Torva Terra Photography Workshops

"Wild Alaska"

Bears, Birds & More in the Pristine Alaskan Wilderness

Small Group Workshop With Hands-on Intensive Photography Training


Natural Bridge State Park

Experience the Wilds of Alaska

"Photograph wild bears from mere yards away"


Torva Terra is now offering a Learning Experience Workshop focusing on the unique wildlife and landscape of Alaska. The main focus of this tour will be to photograph brown bears, scenic landscapes, and various bird species. Participants will be flown via private bush plane to a lodge in the wilds of southern Alaska. This is a place so hidden and pristine that the only way to get there is by plane or boat. Why so far away? Because of its remote location, the wildlife allows us to get unbelievably close and observe them in their natural environment with no blinds or obstruction! It is extremely likely that we will see quite a few brown bears on this trip from mothers with young cubs to majestic male bears called boars. On our last trip we saw over a dozen individual bears up close as they went about clamming in the mudflats, swimming in the water, fishing in shallow tidal streams, grazing in the lovely meadows, etc.



Sunrise at Santa Cruz


This workshop will be held in the exact location where Kate took this photograph that won the National Geographic Travel Chase Adventure Photography Contest! Learn from Kate how she created this award winning image while you photograph wild bears and other Alaskan wildlife.


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       Coastal Brown Bear


This tour is not only bears though. We will also focus on creating scenic compositions with the wildflowers, streams, meadows and mountain backdrops. The lush Alaskan wilderness is perfect for a wide angle layered mountain landscape or even a tight macro shot. This is also an excellent opportunity to practice techniques such as long exposures and focus stacking. The photographic possibilities are just so diverse.

Now we get to one of my favorite parts of this tour. Weather permitting we will take a private charter boat trip to a secluded island to photograph nesting puffins and other native bird species in flight and perched.  On the way there we might even spot eagles and sea otters.

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Horned puffin in flight
Horned puffins flying in front of the active volcano Mount Iliamna


The wildlife on this tour is just that, wild, so while we cannot guarantee any specific species we will do our best to put your lens in front of:


Likely to see: May also see:
  • Brown bears
  • Bald eagles
  • Tufted puffins
  • Horned puffins
  • Cormorants
  • Glaucous winged gulls
  • Various shorebirds and passerines
  • Black bears
  • Moose
  • Owls
  • Sea Otters
  • Red squirrels
  • Etc!




Wild Alaska Learning Experience Tour - Landscape and Wildlife Photography

Next available dates: Summer 2019, Exact Dates TBD

Tuition: $6,300 USD


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Wild Alaska - Bears, Birds & More Workshop
What is included:
Six day / five night tour with hands-on photography instruction and photo review session. Professional wildlife tracking by trained guides. Bush plane transit to and from remote cabins, double occupancy lodging during the tour, meals. (Optional single occupancy upgrade with fee.

Accommodations: From the time that you step onto the bush plane till you depart on it after the tour, accommodations and meals are included. Our spacious guest cabins are fully modern with electricity, heat and hot water. Fresh local cuisine, served family style, is made for us from scratch on site by an executive chef and baker. The food is amazing, even the desserts are fresh baked. Please make a note with your booking if you have any dietary restrictions!

What is not included:  Your transportation to and from Anchorage, lodging in Anchorage, personal items, trip insurance, gratuities, etc.

What to bring:  Plan for brisk mornings and nights so bring warm layers including a jacket, hat, gloves, etc. Gear: DSLR camera, tripod, telephoto lens, wide angle lens, macro lens (optional), filters (10-stop ND, circular polarizing and a 3 stop reverse ND), rain cover, batteries, chargers and lots of memory cards. Bring sunscreen, warm shoes, and any other items of a personal nature. A laptop or tablet with transfer cable or card reader is also recommended to review your images after dinner.

Early Registry Discount:  Book and pay in full by January 15th to save $150 off your workshop!

Want More Activities?:  See below for optional add on activities such as fly fishing or kayaking. Extra fees may apply.


A $1500 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. This is a rain or shine event.




Ready for your Alaskan Adventure?

Click here for the workshop registration form.



Photographs by past guests:

          Sunrise at Santa Cruz



Want More Fun For Your Alaska Trip?

Optional Activities Available - Extra Fees May Apply, Quotes Vary By Activities Desired




World-class fishing for salmon, dolly varden and halibut. Alaska is the perfect setting for anglers wishing to experience the thrill of fly and spin fishing for three species of pacific salmon, with our two Alaska built charter boats. Professional guides ensure every effort is made to maximize your chances of success. Guides cater to all ages, skill level and methods of fishing. The itineraries are flexible and tailored to your preferences, fishing styles and desired time in the field. At times fishing can last until well into the evening, breaking only for meals, or to let the occasional bear pass through the fishing hole.

After a day’s fishing, a popular evening activity is tying up flies in our lounge, experimenting and in search of that nuanced pattern that makes it the perfect “flavor for the week.” For those wishing to retain fish, our lodge limit is two salmon per day and our guides prepare your fish and vacuum seal them in our professional sealer, at a charge of $1/lb.

We also have shipping boxes which typically hold about 30 pounds, for shipping your fish home.

Fishing licenses are sold at our lodge and rod rentals for both fly and spin gear are available. A suggested ‘What to Bring’ list for fly fishermen should include:

  • 7-8 wt fly rod, matching reel with at least 50 yards of backing
  • Medium sink tip line
  • Floating line
  • Fluorocarbon leaders (10 to 16# test, 3-5’ length)
  • Full length waders (optional), jacket, wading shoes (aggressive lug soles, no felt)
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Suggested fly patterns.

Deep-sea fishing is also an option. Being able to access key halibut grounds with less than a one hour boat ride and often fishing in isolated areas, we do our halibut fishing in comfort, enjoying the heated cabin and spacious decks of two custom chartered boats. All gear is provided, including new Avet reels, terminal tackle and bait. Daily limits are two fish per person.


Sea Kayaking:

Untapped salt-water bays and river systems await the eager paddler who seeks an un-crowded and remote marine landscape. We have two sea- kayak packages which cater to both beginner and advanced kayaker. For the beginner kayaker or those just wanting to break away from other activities for a 1-2 hour paddle, the inner sloughs adjacent to the lodge fill at high tide, providing a serene and calm waterway where bears, bald eagles and other local wildlife can often be seen. Only the higher range of tides can make this local trip possible, so it is important to book this in advance.

For the more experienced kayaker, we can arrange full day tours to pristine salt water bays north and south of the lodge. Kayaks and paddlers are transported by charter boat, along with a guide and field lunch for a full day of kayaking among geologically dynamic mountains, sea-birds and tidal estuaries. This is a weather-dependent trip and needs to be arranged prior to arrival. This full day trip has an additional charge of $150 per person with a minimum number of 3 participants and advance notice.

Our fleet includes 3 molded plastic vessels, complete with foot-pedal activated rudders, spray skirts, and life vests. Safety is of utmost importance while dealing with strong tides, cold water, and potential high winds.



A short 15 minute walk from our lodge takes a beautiful marshy lily-pad filled lake system that is the rearing habitat for silver salmon fry. A rich ecosystem that also hosts trumpeter swans, ducks, and beaver, this lake system is well suited for canoe activities which can be tailored to your desired length of time. The panoramic scenery reveals the foothills of the mountains, with promising photo opportunities of the surrounding valley and mountainous terrain.



When the tides recede along the coastal shores, they reveal sand flats that stretch hundreds of yards offshore that are home to vast amounts of Pacific razor clams. All that is needed is a bucket, a shovel and a fishing license to enjoy the exciting and rewarding clam digging activities. This is a guided activity and is available at any tide with a minus value. Your yield can be vacuum sealed for safe travel or prepared for your dining pleasure later in the day.



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