Photograph Alaska’s Abundant Wildlife and Glacier Bay
Photograph Alaska’s incredible wildlife and beautiful scenery, including exclusive access to Glacier Bay, aboard our private yacht. This is an adventure through, fjords, past icebergs the size of houses, and up close to tidewater glaciers. We will spend time looking for the thundering “calving”of huge pieces of ice crashing into the sea. At this time of year, we can expect to photograph humpback whales, brown bears, orcas, sea lions, harbor seals, Dall’s porpoises, bald eagles, and perhaps even wolves and moose. Our yacht is one of only a few with the permits required to cruise in Glacier Bay, the crown jewel of the National Park system. We also have all the permits needed to access Alaska’s otherwise restricted federal and state lands.
You will be guided and taught by Muench Workshops Pro Lisa LaPointe. Lisa is a veteran of Alaskan waters, and in addition to being an accomplished pro wildlife photographer, she’s also a naturalist and will share her extensive knowledge of the region. You will learn and hone wildlife photography skills, capturing fast and slow moving animals with ease. Lisa will work with you on making truly compelling compositions of the wildlife and the landscape it inhabits. Each day you’ll have image review and critique time, and you will learn new techniques for post-processing in Lightroom.
Our stabilized luxury yacht is quite comfortable. The staterooms have luxurious beds, down comforters and pillows, and individual temperature controls for heat. Each stateroom has a private bathroom with a shower “ensuite.” There’s a huge salon with comfortable seating, and outside you will find ample open and covered deck space for photography. Each night we will anchor in a quiet, secluded anchorage. During our days we will have the opportunity to go on land for a hike, or kayak along the tidal shore photographing birds, marine life, and even Alaskan brown bears.
One of the great thrills is the opportunity to catch a mighty king salmon or a gigantic halibut. You can fish from the cockpit of the Alaskan Story where our crew will net and clean your catch, or you can head out to fish on our well-equipped skiff. We also have crab and shrimp pots. We are very proud of our ability to “harvest” from the sea.
The food is a highlight of every trip. Our chef selects the freshest available produce and often combines it with the freshest “catch of the day.” Gourmet meals can include King and Silver Salmon, Halibut, Dungeness Crab and Alaskan Spotted Shrimp, and of course fresh produce! Top the meal off with a homemade dessert prepared daily. If seafood is not your favorite, fear not, the chef will work with you to accommodate any diet.
We hope you will join us for this unique experience.
Glacier Bay, Alaska
June 20–28, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
About the Wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.
June 20, 2021: Arrive Juneau anytime this day, and take the shuttle to the hotel. We'll meet for a group dinner and kick off our Alaskan Story!
June 21, 2021: After breakfast in the hotel, we will leave at 11:00 AM and embark our yacht, the Alaskan Story. We will depart the harbor heading north and west around the northeast point of Admiralty Island. Much of our journey will be amongst the "ABC" islands. Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof: the fourth, fifth, and sixth largest islands in the U.S. They are the home of thousands of Alaskan brown bears, perhaps the densest concentration in the world. We will cruise south in Chatham Strait and then west through Icy Strait.
We have been awarded a high season permit to charter within the crown jewel of the United States National Parks—Glacier Bay. In Glacier Bay, we will likely see whales, mountain goats, seals, sea lions, black and brown bears, a variety of migrating waterfowl, and perhaps—if we are lucky—wolves and moose. This area also boasts more tidewater glaciers than in all the rest of the world. We will experience all of this beneath mountains which tower up 15,000 feet in the air. The Alaskan Story is one of only 5 charter yachts over 50 feet allowed into the Bay during the high season of the summer. We will anchor in Bartlett Cove where we can take a hike ashore with our naturalist and return to the Alaskan Story for dinner.
June 22, 2021: We will cruise northwest up the west arm of Glacier Bay past high rocky cliffs where we will see Mountain Goats. We will watch the shores for Alaskan Brown bear. There is no hunting allowed in Glacier Bay, so these majestic animals are not as afraid of humans as elsewhere in Southeast. We will cruise up Tarr Inlet watching for humpback whales and perhaps Orcas. We will stop in front of Margerie Glacier and watch for spectacular calving. We will then cruise back down the arm to North Sandy Cove where we will see black bears and perhaps even wolves and moose.
June 23, 2021: Before exiting Glacier Bay, we will pass by the Marble Islands where we will observe a haul out for Steller Sea lions. Stellers are a much larger version of the California sea Lions—the males can be over 1,500 lbs! We will also see a bird rookery with thousands of gulls, cormorants, and even the beautiful puffin.
We will cruise east in Icy Strait and perhaps stop to fish for dinner, and then south in Chatham Strait. We will anchor in Pavlof Harbor where the spawning salmon returning to the river will be attracting the Brown bears fattening up for the winter. The salmon come in towards the end of July through August is a "must-see." We will likely be able to watch the bears from only feet away from our Boston Whaler skiff.
June 24, 2021: We will cruise south, turning west into Peril Strait and stop for a beautiful hike up a creek with trout and spawning salmon to Lake Eva. We have a "special use" permit allowing us into this restricted area. We will anchor for the night somewhere near depending on the weather.
June 25, 2021: We will cruise back into Chatham Strait heading north. After fishing and perhaps some whale watching we proceed up the west coast of Chichagof Island, certainly one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world and into Tenakee Inlet. After setting the pots for Dungeness crab, we will moor at the community dock. We will walk in this quaint boardwalk village and then hike with our naturalist to a nearby river where the spawning salmon may attract more Brown bears to view.
June 26, 2021: Cruising out of Tenakee Inlet and north in Chatham Strait we will watch for orcas, humpbacks, and perhaps do a little more fishing. We will anchor somewhere near Juneau.
June 27, 2021: We cruise back towards Juneau, getting our last photos today of Alaska's beauty. You will arrive in Juneau with a new appreciation for the way the earth existed before man. We'll check in to our hotel and meet for dinner to celebrate our Alaskan Story!
June 28, 2021: Flights home from Juneau (JNU) anytime today.
The Alaskan Story
What To Bring
Please see our What to Bring page now for guidelines on packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Luxury private yacht, double occupancy staterooms
Lodging and meals during the workshop
Beverages including beer and wine at dinner
All park permits, fees, and gratuities
Photo instruction, including post processing
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Your deposit of $3,995 will hold your place on this workshop. Further payment of $4,000 is due on November 1, 2020. Final balance payment of $4,000 is due on February 1, 2021. All payments are non-refundable which is why we strongly suggest you have trip cancelation insurance. All other Muench Workshops Terms and Conditions apply.
This is an exclusive small-group landscape and wildlife experience that sells out year after year. If this workshop has your name on it, don't delay, click the "Sign Me Up!" button to join us. We'll see you in Alaska!