Ultima Thule Lodge
Raw and Wild
Deemed by National Geographic as one of the best places to visit, Ultima Thule Lodge offers the ultimate Alaskan wilderness experience. Over 160kms from the nearest main road the lodge is located in the heart of the majestic Wrangell-St. Elias National Park overlooking endless, snow covered mountain peaks. Here in the heart of the wilderness bears roam glittering sandbars, moose feast on wild vegetation, dall sheep tread ancient mountain paths and eagles soar from cliff to spruce.
Ultima Thule offers the classic tick-list of Alaskan adventure options, however there are no set itineraries. When staying at Ultima Thule your days are tailored to your interests and there is something unique and perfect for every age group, and fitness level, to discover in this vast Alaskan wilderness. With a fleet of 5 planes and expert bush pilots you can explore remote and inaccessible country where few travellers ever go - with all activities by plane included in your stay. One day, you may fly to explore an abandoned gold mine, hike across a mountain ridge or fish for salmon in a glacial fed river. The following day you may find yourself landing in the middle of the world’s largest non-polar glacier, kayaking, rafting or tracking bears, wolves, foxes and caribou.
After each day’s adventures with expert pilot guides you return to the comforts of the warm and beautifully furnished lodge. The five, two bedroom cabins are hand-crafted from local timber and boast en-suite bathrooms, feather-top mattresses, antique cast-iron stoves, eco-sensitive amenities and unobstructed views of the snow-covered peaks. The attention to detail and unique wilderness charm of each cabin will instantly make you feel at ease and at home. The main lodge houses the dining room and sitting room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the mighty Chitina River and the mountains to the south. Here the kitchen turns out gourmet meals prepared with fresh local ingredients including wild salmon and vegetables from the lodge's organic garden. There is also a cedar sauna/self-spa where you can relax at the end of the day’s adventures.
Ultima Thule Lodge is only accessible by light air craft and offers 4 night / 5 day stays between April and September.
Why we like it
- A last, true wilderness
- Gourmet Alaskan food
- Activities by light aircraft
- Ultimate unplugged destination
- 3 generations of the Claus family