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Abundant Wildlife and Glacier Bay

August 15–23, 2022

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 Cofounder Andy Williams. Andy has numerous years of experience photographing in these parts, and is a professional photographer. You will learn and hone wildlife photography skills, capturing fast and slow moving animals with ease. Andy 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.

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Location

Alaska, USA

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Tuition

$12,495

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Dates

August 15–23, 2022

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Fitness Level

Easy

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Availability

2 Spots Left
Limited to 7 Guests

Itinerary

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.

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.

August 15, 2022: 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!

August 16, 2022: 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.

August 17, 2022: 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.

August 18, 2022: 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.

August 19, 2022: 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.

August 20, 2022: 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.

August 21, 2022: 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.

August 22, 2022: 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!

August 23, 2022: Flights home from Juneau (JNU) anytime today.

The Alaskan Story
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Fitness

Easy: You can live on a small yacht for a week, and you are able to get in and out of zodiacs and onto shore. Some short walks on land.

Flights

Arrive Juneau International Airport (JNU), Juneau, Alaska anytime on August 15, 2022. Flights out can be made anytime on August 23, 2022.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $300 supplement. Juneau hotel only.
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
  • All permits and park fees
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
  • Meals and lodging onboard the ship
  • Waterproof boots for shore excursions
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from Andy Williams
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Juneau, Alaska.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.
  • Single rooming available for $300 supplement.

Payment Terms

  • Your non-refundable deposit of $4,495 will hold your space in this workshop.
  • Further non-refundable payment of $4,000 is due by January 1, 2022.
  • The non-refundable balance is due not later than May 1, 2022.
  • In addition to our standard Terms and Conditions, for this workshop all payments are non-refundable, and this is why we recommend comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancelation.
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.

Testimonials

“The photo opportunities couldn’t have been better. I appreciated the individual help during the photo shooting with settings, timing, and lens choices. I’m still sorting through pictures and it’s amazing how varied and special all the different opportunities were. I was just making a collection of close-ups of the icebergs. Unbelievable! ”

— Debbie Shipler, Alaska Wildlife '18

“Andy was beyond hospitable and would have done everything possible to make certain that everyone was having a good time and had everything that they needed. Andy's outward personality and leadership is much appreciated. ”

— Steve Hollander, Galapagos '13
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