Rainforest Photography Expedition

Hone your photography skills and learn how to take better pictures in a pristine rainforest environment.

Join us on an incredible once in a lifetime adventure as you explore all the forest has to offer with one of our expert photographers and naturalist guides. Grab your camera or cellphone and join us in pursuit of the flawless Instagram picture and that perfect shot. Let us show you our office, which happens to be in the middle of a pristine temperate rainforest!

Let’s bring your tour into focus.

After a scenic coastal drive from Ketchikan to a private 40-acre reserve located in picturesque Herring Cove you’ll be greeted by your guide, who will lead you on about a mile-long walk among the towering trees and curious world of the local flora and fauna packed with life and brimming with photo opportunities. Next, you will visit the Alaska Raptor Center exhibit where you will some of Alaska’s most beautiful and majestic birds of prey, including a Bald Eagle! Then, gain appreciation for Alaskan Native culture while exploring a Tsimshian totem park.

You came. You saw. You captured!

Our world-class service and small groups allow for a personalized experience giving you plenty of one on one time with your photography guide. Guides will help with tripod set-up, suggest camera settings, share special angles, point out wildlife and natural phenomenon, advise on changing light conditions, and more. Our professional guides will share with you their wealth of experience photographing landscapes and wildlife all over the world!

Practice your newly acquired skills.

You will have time to independently explore the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company Saw Mill, the totem park with its impressive 40-foot totem and first Tsimshian totem pole park in the Country with 13 poles and the most known to be displayed by one artist and view a blacksmith at work. Shop for souvenirs in the General Store before returning to town.

Please Note: Bring your personal camera and photography equipment.  Rain ponchos are available, if necessary. This tour operates in all weather conditions and to ensure unobstructed views will be available on select days.

Need to Know

3 hours

Comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing and waterproof jacket are recommended

Minimum age is 12 years old

Shopping opportunities are available at the General Store

Difficulty Level: Easy

This experience includes walking for short distances over relatively level terrain, possibly with a few steps or slight inclines. Participants should be able to move into and out of buses or vans.

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Guest Reviews

Great!!

We booked this last minute when our sea plane couldn’t go out and were delighted at how fantastic it was! We did a bear and wildlife tour and saw so much beautiful wildlife including lots of eagles and about a dozen bears. It’s set up so well so you can get maximum viewing and see beautiful surroundings. Highly recommend.

GuyAndGalOnTheMove - Florida

Fun trip for the family

I flew to Ketchikan with a group of 9, 5 adults and 4 kids. We were visiting relatives and they set this up at Adventure Karts. I was pretty excited because the weather was predicted as sunny and warm.

When we got to the site we hung out for a bit and then were given an orientation speech by 1 of the 2 guides. Afterwards we suited up in rain gear bibs (even though it wasn't raining I'd recommend wearing) and helmets. Next the second guide gave instructions on how to operate the karts. I was pumped to get started. Make sure if you plan to drive you bring your drivers license.

First off the karts don't go super fast but I had expected that. you have one lead guide and the second guide trails the group. I was in a 2-seater and my brother had a 4-seater, with the kids. I had also brought along a GoPro and was able to mount it on the front of the kart, just make sure you bring the right mount.

The ride up was pretty cool but there were times when we had to go slow. Since it was a sunny day, it was dry and a bit dusty. If it is rainy or if it recently rained iy may not get as dusty. These are old dirt logging roads so it has multiple potholes and puddles. Additionally you won't have scenic views the entire time. I think the fun part was ripping through those old roads and really getting an off road feel.

The first stop we came to this beautiful spot that had a stunning vista. The guide stopped and we got out to take pics and hear them talk about the area. We took tons of pictures. Eventually we headed off to the next stop and walked about 2 minutes to view some waterfalls. Again we were able to take pictures and chat with the rest of the group. They did have a snack of granola bars and water, so don't expect having hotdogs and sodas.

The guide then brought us back down to the main area. It was a fun trip and the kids absolutely had a blast. They've never ridden a 4 wheeler or ATV before so this was a new experience for them.

Overall the guides were great and the 2 stopping points had really nice views. Since the karts get stretched out just remember to use the suggested hand signals to communicate with each other when driving. I wanted to do something different, get some great pics with great views, see something that is unique to Alaska/Pacific NW(logging roads) & make sure the kids come away feeling like they did something awesome and cool. Adventure Karts exceeded the expectations I had.

Roland P. - New York

Lick a Slug

This place was absolutely amazing. Lush, dense forest was something out of a fairy tale. So much to see and experience. Wonderful and passionate tour guides, warming gift shop with coffee and hot chocolate, insight into totem pole making, up close encounter with eagles, and much more. Wear light rain gear. Highly recommend. Oh, and keep an eye out for the other worldly giant yellow slugs. Lick one if asked, it won't kill you, but it will make your mouth go numb. I mean, why not?

Ryan R - Florida