Summary : This voyage explores Misty Fjords National Monument which covers 2,294,343 acres of Tongass National Forest in the panhandle of Southeast Alaska. This unique fjord land is accessed only by water and air and crisscrossed with hundreds of swift-running streams, rivers and waterfalls, where five species of salmon follow unseen trails to the unspoiled waters of their birth. The walls of its valleys are near vertical and often rise 2,000 to 3,000 feet above sea level and drop 1,000 feet below it. Brown and black bears roam, mountain goats and deer graze, and whales and salmon navigate the waterways.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking
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Depart Ketchikan and head toward Misty Fjords, where you’ll spend four days exploring. Travel for a few hours today with hopes to make the first kayak paddle before dinner.
Misty Fjords is the meeting place of mist, mountain, and sea. Glaciers have carved channels thousands of feet deep through mountains that are thousands of feet high. Countless un-named waterfalls drop from peaks often lost in the clouds into greenstone seas where you will cruise in your venerable ship. Seldom visited, especially during the times of the spring and fall trips, this is an area to take in the essence of the tremendous forces that created Southeast Alaska.
Anchorages will be selected that provide solitude, as well as opportunities for educational activities such as hiking and kayaking. There are good chances for bear viewing, seeing migratory birds, humpback and orca whales, and to explore in depth the habitats that attract these animals to the region. There is something for everyone here, from the mariner who wants to learn the routes through the area, to the naturalist who seeks to check off some more boxes on their life list or those who find peace and balance in the wilderness, no one will leave disappointed.
Spend the final three days exploring the areas of Wrangell Narrows and Zimovia Strait. Wrangell Narrows provides a sheltered route for fishing boats, ferries, tugs and barges, and private boats traveling the Inside Passage. Zimovia Strait is a less traveled, narrower and more serpentine passage that takes you past ancient Indian village sites. Transiting these iconic Alaskan channels is a rite of passage for all Northwestern navigators. On the final morning, conclude your Alaska voyage in Petersburg, Alaska’s Little Norway.
While this is a planned itinerary, each trip differs slightly depending upon the time of the tidal currents, the weather conditions, wildlife viewing opportunities, and the wishes of the passengers.
Accommodations aboard the Catalyst; all meals onboard ship; wine and beer; excursions; entrance fees; leadership of crew and local guides; boots; kayaking equipment; and permits, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.
The cost of air flights, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary; airport taxes; passports; visas; immunizations; insurance of any kind; laundry; excess baggage; items of a personal nature; discretionary gratuities; medical costs; costs of hospitalization; additional expenses arising from the delay or extension of a trip due to weather, political disputes, illness, failure of transportation, or other causes beyond control.