Experience the majesty of Alaska with family and friends on this lodge-based Journey, July 21-28, 2014

Although there are many cruise-based journeys in Alaska — and we have offered one or two successful ones in the past — one of the best ways to experience the splendor of Alaska is to approach it quietly and thoughtfully on a small group, land-based program. We are pleased to work with Alaska Wildland Adventures, the leader in lodge-based programs for the last three decades, to provide Princetonians the opportunity to explore the best of the Kenai Peninsula and Denali National Park.

After joining as a group in Fairbanks and gaining an understanding of native cultures and traditional Alaskan life at a special presentation at the University of Fairbanks Museum and an appreciation of modern life during a visit to the famous Alaska Pipeline, board the historic Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park. The wildlife viewing opportunities will not disappoint and — if weather permits — you may be able to gaze upon the splendor of Denali (Mt. McKinley)! Two nights in cabin accommodations at the Kantishna Roadhouse allow for exploration and hiking. Continue on to Anchorage before driving south through Chugach National Forest to the stunning seacoast town of Seward. From there, board a small boat bound for your exclusive lodge destination: Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.

The Glacier Lodge, with its stunning views of Pedersen Glacier and exclusively reserved for this Princeton group, offers miles of pristine beachfront and a wide array of activities suited to every energy level and interest. Guided options include naturalist walks, sea kayaking, group canoe paddles and more.

About the Study Leader

Dr. Christopher Little *10, Associate Research Scholar in the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, will serve as Study Leader for this program.

Dr. Little received his B.A. from Williams College in chemistry with a concentration in Environmental Studies and earned his Ph.D. from Princeton's department of geosciences. His research interests include polar oceanography, ice sheet dynamics, sea level change, and the characterization of uncertainty in climate projections. With collaborators at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Chris uses numerical models to investigate the coupling between climate and ice sheets. His recent work at the Woodrow Wilson School focuses on developing transparent, updatable frameworks for projecting sea level change. He is a contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters, the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, and the New York City Panel on Climate Change's recent climate risk assessment. While much of his field work has taken place aboard a research vessel in the Antarctic, he has traveled to Alaska overland. During this Journey, Dr. Little will introduce the key processes underlying past and future sea level variability, including changes the flow of ice sheets and Alaskan glaciers. He will highlight the ways in which climate interacts with the cryosphere and recent observations of rapid change in polar regions. Dr. Little hopes that this background information will lead to lively discussions about climate and sea level projections, possible impacts on coastal regions, and societal responses to these risks.

Trip Details

  • Dates: July 21-28, 2014
  • Cost: From $5,475 adult; $4,475 youth (ages 7-12)
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Active - Pace

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