Covered in mosquito bites, watching out for bears and working through 24-hours of sunlight were some of the challenges the Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom team had to contend with while capturing their incredible footage.
Starting on Wednesday 4th February (8pm on BBC2), we’ll get to marvel at the breathtaking panoramas and cute creatures – from white owls and arctic ground squirrels to baby sea otters – captured on film. If you’re feeling inspired to travel to this untamed wilderness, follow producer Alex Lanchester’s guide animal spotting in America’s last frontier…
Katmai National Park “There are great bear viewing places here, there’s one at a place called Brooks Falls, a very famous waterfall, where you get big congregations of bears catching salmon. There are viewing platforms and often guides with guns on patrol (guns are used as a last resort, as guides know what to do to avoid confrontations with bears). The bears in Alaska are the biggest bears in the world. You’ll find the biggest brown bears in the world at Kodiak Island, they can weigh as much as a small car.”
Fairbanks “Sandhill cranes feature in the winter programme. There’s a nature reserve with old crop fields, and it’s exactly what the cranes love. They were doing this huge migration into the arctic where they’re going to breed.”
Denali “I’d highly recommend going to this national park, it’s got Mount Denali (also known as Mount McKinley), the highest mountain in the whole of America. Inside the park you’ll find bears, caribou, moose, wolves and every big amazing Alaskan animal you can imagine.”
Watch Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom at 8pm on BBC2
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