About Us

About Us, Haines Alaska, and Getting to Haines

About Haines

“Everything you thought Alaska would be is in Haines! Here you will find a perfect sampling of Alaska’s history, scenic beauty, arts, culture, wildlife, and lifestyle.” The Chilkat Valley is renowned for its scenery, outdoor recreation, and native and pioneer history.

I love living in Haines, it is so beautiful – the mountains rise right up from the beach and river valleys. There are lots of fish and wildlife and plenty of interesting, friendly people. I also like the influence my Tlingit neighbors have on our culture and community values.

~ heatherlende.com, Local author

 

Haines ~ rich in culture and abundant wildlife, the perfect balance of adventure and tranquility is found in Haines. By air, land, and sea, Haines is the starting point to all your Alaska adventures. ~ Haines Convention and Visitor Bureau.

Haines shares a border with 20 million acres of protected wilderness. Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park is only a 15-minute flight away. Haines is a full-service community with grocery stores, auto services, campgrounds and RV parks. The award-winning public library and several museums are must-sees. There are two boat harbors, ferry terminal, and a cruise ship dock.

Accommodations are available in historic hotels, motels, and vacation rentals.

Learn more about Haines at https://visithaines.com

 

Getting to Haines

The following resources will help you arrange a trip to Haines, Alaska.

FLIGHTS

Alaska Airlines provides service to Juneau, Alaska, the closest major city to Haines.

Alaska Airlines at 1-800-252-7522

https://www.alaskaair.com

Air transportation between Juneau and Haines takes 40-minutes one-way. Call Alaska Sea Planes for reservations at 1-907-789-3331 or https://www.flyalaskaseaplanes.com

FERRY

To avoid travel delays due to inclement weather we advise visitors to back up their air travel plans between Haines and Juneau with the Alaska Marine Highway ferry. The ferry takes 4.5 hours one way. Visit their website https://www.FerryAlaska.gov or call 1-800-642-0066 for more information.

Haines-Skagway Travel

For travelers in Skagway wanting to join one of our tours in Haines, contact Alaska Nature Tours. We can set up a 40-minute Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry cruise (May through September).

Note: No vehicles on this ferry, passengers only. Arrangements may be made on your own by calling 1-907-766-2100 or visiting the website at https://www.hainesskagwayfastferry.com

Drive

Haines connects with the Alaska Highway in Haines Junction via the 155 miles Haines Highway.

Driving distances: Anchorage – 775 miles, Fairbanks – 660 miles, Whitehorse, Yukon 250 miles.

About Us

Alaska Nature Tours started in 1988 when Dan Egolf, a forestry tech and Daniel Bertsch, a science teacher teamed up to provide guided tours and hikes that not only highlighted the scenic beauty of the area but provided rich interpretation of the diverse flora and fauna of the Chilkat and Chilkoot Valleys in Haines, Alaska.

Being one of the first eco-tour companies in S.E. Alaska, we are proud of our mission to “revive your sense of wonder.” We have chosen the best places to explore, hire knowledgeable guides, and use quality equipment to enhance your experience.

Our passion and expertise have been cultivated by living in this special part of the world. Credit for the company’s success goes to the innovative and creative staff that Alaska Nature Tours has collaborated with over the past 33 years.

Dan & Jo Anna Egolf