Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Itinerary 2, Northbound)

This journey takes you to the most scenic fjords and glaciers in the Alaskan wilderness. Experience Misty Fjords with endless waterfalls and Tracy Arm Fjord with the bluest glaciers you will see. Explore the northernmost rainforest in the world and spot wildlife. Visit Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier and explore beautiful Prince William Sound.

  • Discover Southeast Alaska, Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound in one voyage
  • Enjoy sailing into beautiful and picturesque Prince William Sound
  • See many of the most famous Alaskan glaciers
  • Scout for wildlife from whales, seals and sea birds to bears and otters
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.


Itinerary

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 08 July 2020

Departs from Vancouver, Canada
Overview

Wildlife in the Wilderness

Starting from Canada’s vibrant metropolis Vancouver, we leave the urban world behind and set off on an expedition cruise with MS Roald Amundsen to the last frontier - Alaska. Along the way, we explore the rich diversity of Alaskan wildlife from whales and orcas to bears, sea otters, seals and sea lions as we emerge into the realm of the greatest wilderness.

Rich Diversity of Cultures

Stopping in small towns and villages along the way, each with its own history and roots, we will see how Alaskan culture was shaped – from the former Russian settlement of Sitka, to Petersburg with its Norwegian heritage, to the gold rush towns of Haines and Ketchikan, to the Tlingit native village at Icy Strait Point and the fishing town of Wrangell. These communities live in the midst of powerful wilderness, where eagles soar over the towns’ streets and bears visit on occasion.

Natural Wonders

This exceptional voyage takes you to some of the most impressive Alaskan natural wonders – the wilderness of Misty Fjords - land of waterfalls and lush rainforests; spectacular Tracy Arm Fjord where glaciers and forests meet;  to the land of giants, the largest tidewater glacier of North America, Hubbard Glacier;  and the impressive Prince William Sound, a maze of endless glaciers where whales play among the icebergs and mountains mirror in the waters below.

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

Start of the Expedition

Full day - Embarkation

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

Gateway to Alaska

Full day

Ketchikan is known as the `Salmon capital of the world´. A true frontier town, it is surrounded by towering mountains and hosts colourful houses on stilts from the gold rush era lining the river banks. The city also holds one of the largest collections of standing totem poles and has strong ties to Tlingit culture.

Day 4: Misty Fjords National Monument

Unspoiled Wilderness

Full day

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

Day 5: 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 remnants of the distant past of this area. Outside of the main cruise ship routes, nowadays it remains a simple fishing town.

Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: Icy Strait Point

In the Tlingit Land

Full day

Land of the Tlingit people, Icy Strait Point offers a glimpse into a life of native settlement. Houses adorned with intricate carvings, totem poles displaying stories of the clans, cafes, shops, and museum displays create a welcoming and historic town for your visit.

Day 9: Haines

Art in the Wilderness

Full day

Framed by mountains, Haines was the home of the Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, before Europeans arrived in the late 19th century, followed by gold rush settlers. Known for its community of artists in modern times, Haines remains at heart a small Alaskan town at the edge of wilderness.

Day 10: Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm

Alaskan Fjords

True gems of Southeast Alaska, Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords feature lush greenery and steep valleys as well as intricate icebergs in the water, calved from the radiant blue glaciers at the end of the fjords. These fjord areas are also home to mountain goats and harbour seals.

Day 11: Gulf of Alaska / Hubbard Glacier

Largest Tidewater Glacier

At Sea - Half day - Hubbard Glacier

At 76 miles (120 km) long and almost 7 miles (11 km) wide, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Framed by the amphitheater of snowcapped mountains, it sits at the end of Disenchantment Bay like a sleeping giant. With icebergs and brash ice in the bay, the scenery is simply breathtaking!

Day 12: College Fjord / Prince William Sound

Glacial Wonderland

Half day

A true expedition day and a rare treat to explore the less-visited College Fjord with its impressive collection of glaciers. This is a natural wonderland where ice and forests meet, and home to five tidewater glaciers, five larger valley glaciers and a dozen smaller glaciers, all named after famous East Coast colleges.

Day 13: Seward / Anchorage

Historic Seward

Hotel - Disembarkation

In 1793, Alexander Baranov established a trading post in Resurrection Bay. Nowadays largely a fishing town, Seward welcomes you with mountain trails right from town, glaciers nearby and a beautiful coastal setting.

After disembarkation we transfer you through an amazing scenery to Anchorage for an overnight stay.

Day 14: Anchorage

End of the Expedition

We recommend extending your stay in this intriguing frontier city before flying home.

Arrival 21 July 2020

Location Anchorage, Alaska
What's included

INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

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

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • 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 

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • 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
  • farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • 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   

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

  • 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  

NOTES:

  • Visa for USA (ESTA) and Canada (ETA) - 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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