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Rafting

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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 trips.

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.

Glaciers –

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 you’ll be able to purchase a picture of your trip.

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