“Go on the ultimate wilderness adventure and explore the hidden waters of Alaska’s coast and islands!”
Drift peacefully through the clear, icy waters around Alaska. Spend your days hiking and exploring waterways in kayaks. Bears wander the shores, bald eagles nest in the trees, and curious seals play around your boat.
You will start your trip in the charming Petersburg, where friendly locals and warming food will set the scene for your adventure. Next, head off toward Frederick Sound - incredible whale-watching territory! On board you will enjoy plenty of delicious food and drink, and watch the animals on shore going about their daily lives. When you dock, take the chance to hike stunning forest, fjords, and glimmering ice gardens!
This cruise isn’t about vast, polluting ships and non-stop entertainment. This is a small ship that promises a BIG adventure. The cruise teams know exactly how fragile our ecosystems are but they also know what an impact their adventures can have on sustaining local communities. One of the key components of their mission statement is to actively promote environmental protection through education, actions, and initiatives that promote responsible travel.
Welcome to “Little Norway”: charming Petersburg. With very few crowds - even in peak tourism season - due to its remoteness, Petersburg is the perfect place to begin your escape into the Alaskan wilderness. Drop your bags off at your hotel, settle in, then head into town. The bustling harbour is always a fascinating place to explore. If you’re looking for something a little more tranquil, head for a walk along the beach and watch out for the birds. The views from the town are lovely: see the Coast Mountains and Devil’s Thumb looming from across the bay. Start to feel as though you are really in Scandinavia with a delicious Norwegian smorgasbord dinner. Then, full and replete, head to bed to get some rest before the adventure really begins.
Now you are a little more settled into your surroundings and rested after your flight, you can take some time to really make the most of your surroundings. Choose between flight-seeing over snow-capped coastal mountains to a glacial ice field or a fishing charter in calm waters. Spend some more time exploring this quaint Alaskan community, and talk a walking tour of the docks, led by a local. Late in the afternoon, you will embark your home for the next few days. You will get a warm welcome aboard the boat and settle in with a glass of champagne, as the boat heads out into Frederick Sound, prime whale watching territory!
At the northwest end of Kupreanof Island, dancing, legends, and totems tell the Tlingit story. Learn about the incredible culture of the island directly from tribal members. Keep an eye out for some stunning wildlife; black bears amble along the shore, and bald eagles will drift past. You will have a chance to explore the waterways a little more intimately by leaving the boat in a kayak or skiff. Glide silently between islets and along waterways. Later, back on board the boat, you will be greeted with a Viking handshake and a warming cocktail.
On the shore of Kuiu Island, you have the 67,000 acres of stunning Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area at your feet, and at South Baranof, it’s 2,500 foot granite fjord walls and rushing waterfalls. This is wilderness like no other! You’ll spend the day out on guided hikes and in kayaks and skiffs as you search for seaweed, kelp, harbor seals, sea stars, and jellies. Why not try your hand at paddle boarding? If the answer is that you can hardly stay on your feet on dry land, don’t worry; the crew are ready with a dry towel and a hot toddy for anyone that takes a “polar plunge” (intentionally or otherwise).
Continue your journey through Frederick Sound and pass by the Brothers Islands. Here, you will see a plethora of incredible Alaskan wildlife: sea lions, whales, and seabirds on all sides! At Admiralty Island National Monument you will kayak, skiff, and weave in and out of the bays and islets keeping your eyes out for Alaska brown bears and nesting bald eagles. Local Tlingit people call the island “Kootznoowoo”, meaning “Fortress of the Bear”. This is an incredible day for wildlife spotting and getting back in touch with the majesty of the natural world.
Take a skiff up Endicott Arms. Move quietly through turquoise waters, around chunks of broken iceberg, and stop to watch seals lazing in the sun. Your guide will stop for you to absorb the dream-like atmosphere, and to plunge her net into the icy water to catch a piece of floating glacier for you to touch - and taste if you’re feeling adventurous! Further up the Arm, pass deep, U-shaped valleys carved by the glaciers, before coming upon the main attraction: the stunning blue Dawes Glacier, glimmering in the sunlight.
By this point in the trip, you are deep into Alaskan Wilderness. Take your time to make the most of the incredible surroundings. Choose to kayak and skiff in crystal clear waters and perhaps a curious seal pup will decide you’re worth investigating! Or you head out on a hike and get even closer to the mountains. Walk along the fjord walls at Cascade Creek. Fully immerse yourself in this natural landscape.
Leading up the southernmost tidewater glacier, you will find a river of ice. Tides and currents will decide your adventure today. Drop anchor in Ideal Cove and hike along the Three Lakes trail. If it’s high tide, you will pass seal pups riding the icebergs and weave your way through the glacier’s sculptural ice gardens. If the tide is low, walk amongst the beached bergs as though through a great glass graveyard. End your incredible week with a farewell dinner.
It seems like only yesterday that you arrived! After one last breakfast with your new friends, take a transfer to the airport and head home, or off on further adventures.
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