Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Itinerary 1)

Explore the rugged Pacific frontier as we visit native villages full of totem poles and call on quaint fishing villages. This expedition cruise explores the Inside Passage´s protected waterways and beautiful islands to experience amazing wildlife. Join us aboard our hybrid powered expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen for an unforgettable journey.

  • Follow the Inside Passage from British Columbia to the mountains of Alaska
  • Spend time whale watching from the deck
  • Experience the rich diversity of towns and cultures of the Pacific coast
  • Discover the northernmost rainforest in the world
Early booking offer

On 03 December, we released our new expedition cruise program for 2020/21. If you book this voyage before 31 March 2019, you can save £500 per person.

The price you see online already includes the discount.


The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, ice and sea conditions set the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly present – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 17 May 2020

Departs from Vancouver, Canada

Coastal Grandeur

Sailing from Vancouver, we follow the Inside Passage through protected channels between coastal British Columbia and Alaska. Along the way, we scan for wildlife like whales, orcas, bears, sea otters, seals and sea lions, before we emerge in Alaska.

Rich Culture and Living History

This Alaskan cruise will visit small towns and villages like Ketchikan, Juneau and Haines. The port of Wrangell seems as if frozen in time, displaying the life of a typical remote fishing town. Sitka, the center of Russian presence in the past, takes us back through the milestones of Alaskan history.

Petersburg gives us a taste of Norway due to its strong Scandinavian roots. Icy Strait Point and Alert Bay are lands of native communities and are the true guardians of the Inside Passage. Local people will share their rich heritage and remarkable artwork with us.

Unmatched Scenery and Wildlife

Throughout the journey, the immense Alaskan wilderness will slowly reveal its magic – wide open spaces and lush rainforests, deep fjords and rugged glaciers create an unforgettable expedition.

Day 1: Vancouver
West End is a neighbourhood in Vancouver
West End is a neighbourhood in Vancouver Photo

Start of the Expedition

Embarkation - Full day

Vibrant Vancouver boasts waterfront parks, nearby mountains with hiking trails in summer and skiing in winter, multitudes of cafes, shops, galleries, museums, and a diversity of cultural neighbourhoods to explore.   

Ship: MS Roald Amundsen.

Day 2: At sea

Cruising Through British Columbia

We sail north to Alaska through the narrow weaving channels and straits of Canada’s Inside Passage. Be on the lookout for dolphins, porpoise, orcas, and whales that frequent the protected inland waters.

Join our Expedition Team for fascinating lectures, spend time relaxing on board or meeting your fellow travellers.

Day 3: Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan - Gateway to Alaska

Full day

Known as the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan is a true frontier town, surrounded by towering mountains. Colourful houses on stilts from the gold rush era line the river bank. The city is home to one of the largest collections of standing totem poles and has strong ties to Tlingit culture.


Day 4: Sitka

Sitka, Town of Many Stories

Full day

Sitka has beautiful scenery with snowcapped mountains, small islands, rich wildlife all around, and even a volcano in sight. A former capital of Russian Alaska, the town has historic streets featuring a Russian Cathedral and ornate totem poles.

Day 5: Haines

Art in the Wilderness

Full day

Framed by glacier-covered mountains, Haines has been the home of Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, before European traders came in the late 19th century, followed by the gold rush era. Now known for its artist community, Haines remains a small Alaskan town full of stories and hidden surprises.


Day 6: Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm

Alaskan Fjords

Full day

The Tracy and Endicott Arm fjords feature lush greenery on towering cliffsides in spectacular deep valleys. Study the intricate shapes of icebergs in the water that have calved from the rugged, radiant blue glaciers at the end of the fjords as we sail this unforgettable area.

Day 7: Juneau

Gold Rush Fever

Full day

The capital of Alaska, Juneau has the aura of a gold rush town with old saloons, historic hotels, and remnants of gold mines in the mountains and valleys. Numerous hiking trails can take you from the vibrant busy streets into the wilderness within minutes – a contrast typical of the Alaskan frontier.

Day 8: Icy Strait Point

In the Tlingit Land

Full day

Icy Strait Point offers a glimpse into a life of native settlement. Houses are adorned with intricate carvings, totem poles display stories of the clans, and there are enjoyable cafes, shops, and museum displays.

Day 9: Petersburg

Little Norway in Alaska

Full day

Nicknamed `Little Norway´, rarely-visited Petersburg is a thriving fishing village with a strong Norwegian heritage, scenery that will take your breath away and an abundance of marine life all around. Proud of their Scandinavian roots, local residents even celebrate Norwegian holidays, and the heart of the community is the Sons of Norway Hall.

Day 10: Wrangell

The Soul of Alaska

Full day

One of the oldest island towns in Alaska, Wrangell has been governed by four different nations – Tlingit, Russia, Britain and the United States. Numerous petroglyphs on the beach and moss-covered totem poles are living reminders of the history of this area.

Day 11: Misty Fjords National Monument

Unspoiled Wilderness

Full day

The largest wilderness area in Southeast Alaska, Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs adorned by dramatic waterfalls, mountain rivers and wetlands along the coast, and often milky fog filling the bays and coves. Quiet and tranquil, this magical place will show you the serenity of the Alaskan soul.

Day 12: Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert Harbour
Prince Rupert Harbour Photo: Kira Picabo Photo

Canadian Frontier Town

Full day

Gateway to immense wilderness on the northern coast of British Columbia, Prince Rupert was a busy city at the turn of twentieth century – a major port and railway terminus. Nowadays, it is a sleepy provincial town with interesting stories, wilderness at its doorstep and the beauty of a coastal setting.

Day 13: Butedale

Exploring the Inside Passage

Cruising through the British Columbia Inside Passage - Full day

A day of exploration through the narrow channels of the Canadian Inside Passage. Prince Royal Island offers ghost towns, abandoned canneries, and waterfalls coming in view, and we will enjoy great wildlife spotting, from eagles overhead to seals lounging on rocky shores.

Day 14: Alert Bay

First Nations – Keepers of the Inside Passage

Half day

Alert Bay´s Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations community is based in this scenic village at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Enjoy the elaborate totem poles, paintings, carvings and ceremonial masks in the local museum. We will search for wildlife in the nearby islands.

Day 15: Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver Photo

End of the Expedition

Disembarkation - Hotel

Our voyage ends with a return to cosmopolitan Vancouver. After disembarkation transfer to your hotel and overnight stay. Take your time to explore this colourful and welcoming city to get the most out of your journey.

Day 16: Vancouver
Canada Place, Vancouver, Canada
Canada Place, Vancouver, Canada Photo

End of one journey, the start of another?

Breakfast at hotel and end of your journey. We recommend booking an optional Post Programme to extend your experience in this wonderful area.

Arrival 01 June 2020

Location Vancouver, Canada
What's included


  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Vancouver
  • One hotel night in Vancouver after the voyage incl. breakfast


  • A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities 


  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event  


  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   


  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling  


  • Visa for USA and Canada (ESTA/ETA) required - for details please see Visa information in our Entry requirements
Life on board

Your ship: MS Roald Amundsen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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