About Us

your hosts & guides

Who We Are

Adventure Alaska is an Alaskan-owned company operating out of the beautiful Alaskan town of Hope. We have been in operation for 27 years and have made Alaska our home since before that.

Adventure Alaska was set up to provide unique personal experiences in the Far North to the discriminating traveler wishing to experience something different from the offerings of conventional tour operators. We have limited our trips to very small groups and have focused on a handful of the North’s treasures – many traditionally bypassed for their limited accessibility. All are based on a spirit of adventure and exploration.

Adventure Alaska promises an Alaska that most will never see – for those with that spirit of adventure and flexibility, we hope that you will come join us and let us share this very special corner of the planet.

Thank you for considering us and we look forward to working with you to make your Alaska dream trip a reality

With kind regards,
Barbra, Todd and Liam Bureau

Your Hosts

Our Guides:

We go to great pains to find those that believe in what they are doing, because they are the basis of your experience as well as ours. This means that each is older than the industry norm and extremely knowledgeable on the areas visited, as well as the activities involved, and not simply a college kid from somewhere else, looking for a summer job. All are more qualified than you might expect, from safety training to natural history to just plain interesting. Most are multi-lingual with excellence in French, Spanish, German and Dutch.

Patrick Tourne

Our longest serving guide extraordinaire, Patrick has been leading trips with us in consummate fashion since 1993 (it is a lifestyle). Originally drawn by the wide open spaces, Alaska’s unique sense of freedom and possibility early on captured yet another, and he’s been back every year, ever since.

Having led numerous times all of the itineraries, past and present, he by now knows more nooks and crannies across Alaska and the Yukon than most locals.

The “other” season is spent reacquainting with a revolving set of favorite winter haunts, from California to Australia to Europe.

Patrick Tourne

Chris and Kathleen Jones

Chris and Kathleen Jones are our full-time “part-timers.” This couple has been guiding tours for Adventure Alaska since 1994 and love to share their lifelong experiences in our great 49th state. They both are now retired so they pack as much as possible into their summers, including hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, camping & exploring.

Chris is a retired sport-fishing guide, having led fine folks for nine years on some of the best salmon streams in South Central Alaska. They enjoy spending time with their two grown children, Katy and Danny….and spoiling Liam, their favorite Hope, AK son!

Chris and Kathleen Jones

Sheri Bluestein

After a harrowing summer season leading tours for one of the large, cruise ship organizations in Alaska, Sheri came to us in 2000. Her claim to fame and proudest moment as a guide was officiating the marriage of two passengers during a Day Hiker Adventure.

Aside from umpteen seasons in Alaska as a guide, she has also led tours in the Northeast during fall foliage season and in California, and has acted as expedition leader for expeditions in Africa and South America. When she isn’t in Alaska, she and her Dutch husband, Michiel (who also supports Adventure Alaska as a multi-faceted sort) have worked for many seasons at McMurdo and Palmer Station in Antarctica, and now work on small expedition cruise ships, she as Expedition Team Leader and he as the Information Technology Officer.

Sheri Bluestein
Thanks again for leading us on an adventure through the last frontier. It took me a while when we got home to get used to seeing more robins than bald eagles, no moose wandering along the streets and seeing the stars when it actually got dark!
Abbie H. (aged 13) - Massachusetts
Everything was excellent- trip got better everyday! We experienced so much more than we ever imagined we would. The Alaskan "locals" were wonderful and full of information, the weather was great, the scenery was breathtaking.
 Cathy & Gary E. - New York
We still talk about our experiences on our Adventure Alaska trip all the time. Needless to say we had a wonderful time.
Denny & Debby G - Ohio
We had a great time with you, and do hope we can join you again, hopefully during the Iditarod…
Milli & Ken H. - Florida
We continue to be reminded of how lucky we were to be a part of such a unique touring company when we compare notes with our friends who have done the 'Cruise Ship Tour'.
Randy & Cora B - Connecticut

Image Credits

Road to Special Places, Nic McPhee, 2006
Tracy Arm Glacier, Michelle Maria, 2014
Brown Bears, Chris McLennan, 2009
Glacier, Chris McLennan, 2009
Kennicott Copper Mine, Matt Hage, 2005
Anaktavuk Pass, Michael DeYoung, 2010
Prince William Sound, Chris McLennan, 2009
Water Mountain Clouds, Ed Gregory, 2015
Prince William Sound, Chris McLennan, 2009
Flowers in Valley, Alaska Travel Association
Denali National Park, Michael DeYoung, 2010

Eagle River, Matt Hage, 2010
Cow Moose, Michael DeYoung, 2010
Mount McKinley, Skeeze, 2015
Glacier Calving, Jacqueline Schmid, 2011
Glacier Bay, Brian Adams, 2010
Kayakers, Matt Hage, 2010
Alaska River, Ed Gregory, 2015
Misty Fjords, Mark Kelley, 2010
Moose in Denali, Matt Hage, 2005
Homer Beach, Matt Hage, 2005
Kayakers, Alaska Travel Association

Root Glacier, Matt Hage, 2005
Glacier Ice Mountains, Jacqueline Schmid, 2011
Sled Dogs, Matt Hage, 2005
Alaska Wilderness Sky, David Mark,2005
Husky Dog, Skeeze, 2016
Flightseeing, Matt Hage, 2010
Juneau, Mark Kelley, 2011
Moose, Matt Hage, 2005
Denali Highway, Matt Hage, 2005
Mendenhall Glacier, Mark Kelley, 2010
Setting Moon, Mark Kelley, 2010
Lake Water Reflections, David Mark, 2014