Our Reading List

Here are some favorites

A little background can do much to increase your understanding and appreciation of Alaska, the Great Land

Guide Favorites

The Nature of Southeast Alaska
O’Claire, Armstrong, Carstensen
Outstanding holistic look at the geology, habitats and animals of the Inside Passage and how they interact.

The Natural History of Gustavus
Greg Streveler
A beautifully illustrated book, alive with detail and insights about the inter-relationships of this dynamic, unique area.

The Book of the Tongass
Carolyn Servid & David Snow
Spirit Walker’s trips are conducted in the Tongass National Forest, the heart the world’s largest temperate rainforest and the largest national forest in the US. This book is a fine collection of writings that capture the region’s incredible beauty and presents the unfinished story of human interdependence and influence in one of the last, best places there is.

Alaska’s Watchable Whales – Humpback and Killer Whales
Mark Kelley & John Hyde
Five Alaskans worked on this book — two photographers and three writers. They each worked decades onshore, near the whale waters of Alaska, and collectively spent thousands of days offshore with the giant mammals.

Killer Whales of Southeast Alaska
Matkin, Graeme, Saulitis, Barrett-Lennard, Matkin
Killer whales (orcas) are fascinating creatures that fire the imagination of  people. This book, by leading researchers, gives us comprehensive look into the complex natural history and lives of these amazing creatures.

Marine Mammals of Alaska
Kate Wynne
A sturdy, spiral-bound guide designed for use in the field, this book features large color photographs, profiles and helpful drawings.

Guide to the Birds of Alaska
Robert H. Armstrong.
A comprehensive guide to Alaska’s birds, with wonderful photographs.

Beachcombers Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest
J. Duane Sept
A concise, beautifully illustrated guide to the most common inter-tidal animals and plants of the Pacific Northwest.

Travels in Alaska
John Muir
A classic and awe-inspiring book about John Muir’s travels through Southeast Alaska.

A Child’s Glacier Bay
Kimberly & Hannah Corral
A look at a family’s kayaking trip to Glacier Bay. This is a great introduction to young readers who want to learn about kayaking, camping, and the natural history of the area.

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast
Pojar/ Mackinnon
An easy-to-use guide featuring 794 species of plants commonly found along the Pacific coast.


Listen to podcasts of Encounters with Richard Nelson!

Encounters is a weekly radio program by Alaska’s acclaimed cultural anthropologist and nature writer, Richard Nelson. These will surely get you in the mood for an adventure in the wilds of Alaska. Download a few episodes for the plane ride north!

More Information

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My trip with Spirit Walker Expeditions was amazing. My experience kayaking among the whales is something I will never forget! Go! You will love it.

Mandy L, visited Sept, 2015

We had a wonderful experience on a Spirit Walker trip this summer. Six nights, seven days in the Myriad Islands Wilderness. The trip was well organized, the gear was top quality and the guides were great! ... an experience I'll always remember.

Walt G, visited July, 2016

Hearing the whales and having them come up so close to you is a once in a lifetime feeling.

Jill T. August 2012

We booked the Whales tour to Point Adolphus for our family which includes a 6 year old and 9 year old... Great safety orientation for our boys who don't have a lot of experience kayaking. Thanks for an unforgettable experience.

Jonathan R, visited July 2016

It doesn't get any better than this. If you want to experience the real Alaska you must get out on the water... If we return to Alaska, we will make this expedition again.

Ernie B, visited August 2013

"Magic Family Holiday" I can't say enough about the wonderful trips that Spirit Walker puts together. The safety and equipment is great. The guides are great fun and knowledgeable about the areas we went. The food is incredible.

NIcondit, Visited August, 2015