Where you go
Rafting is available in a number of places across
Alaska, including Juneau, and in quite a few locations in south
central Alaska. Some tours are available for floats in Arctic Alaska.
The trips vary widely, from a gentle float trip in a raft, to
world-class whitewater. Some vendors also offer inflatable kayak
What You See
The scenery on rafting trips is
almost always spectacular. The degree to which a guest pays
attention to the scenery depends on the intensity of the
whitewater. Float trips are often intended mostly as a scenic
excursion, where guests can spend time viewing the scenery and
wildlife. However, even on the most intense whitewater trip,
there is plenty of opportunity to take in the sights.
Some rafting trips specialize in
rafting near glaciers, and some provide guided glacier hikes in
conjunction with their trip.
What You Eat
Many raft trips are quite short in
duration, and no food is provided as a part of the trip. Others are
longer, and provide snacks or meals. Guests should check with their
travel consultant or tour provider for the specifics of the tour.
What You Bring
Tour operators provide all of the
necessary gear for their rafting tours. Weather cancellations are
rare, and so guests should be prepared for all weather possibilities.
Even in mid-summer, Alaskan rivers are cold all year, especially those
fed by glaciers. Make sure you dress for cool temperatures, even if
the day is sunny and warm. Many raft companies take photos of their
rafters as they head down the river, so you may want to leave your
camera in a safe place, knowing that youll be able to purchase a
picture of your trip.
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