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Alaska Ultima Thule Aerial

LOCATION

One hundred miles from the nearest road in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Ultima Thule Lodge is a place beyond civilization. It’s accessible only by privately chartered bush planes.

Once you’ve walked off the runway and into the compound, you’ll enter a cultivated habitation of comfortable cabins and flowerbeds bright with vivid lupin spikes. The main lodge, with the smell of freshly baked bread emanating from the kitchen, is the community hub. Its floor-to-ceiling windows take in the surging Chitina River foregrounded before a range of imperious snow-capped peaks.  

Meals are a family occasion at Ultima with guests swapping adventure stories while dining on the freshest Alaskan ingredients, such as wild salmon caught that morning and organic vegetables from the kitchen garden. For a more intimate experience, enjoy this elevated cuisine in the comfort of your personal cabin.

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

The gabled log cabins, overflowing with flower boxes, look as if they have been plucked out of a fairy-tale. Their wild charm gives way to supreme comfort and an over-stuffed king-sized feather bed, smothered in furs and blankets.

After a day of walking out in the pristine environment, unwind in the log sauna and hot tub and reenergize for a new day exploring the unknown.

Photographs courtesy of: Arturo Polo Ena