Summary : Unleash your adventurous side this wilderness multi-sport adventure. Experience active exploration in Alaska’s serene reaches—hike into wildlife-rich forests and kayak in dramatic fjords. After a day of active adventure, relax back on board in the on-deck hot tub. Your experienced expedition team will guide you into some of Alaska’s most scenic and untouched places. Guest speakers, glaciers, unparalleled whales and wildlife, weather, and tides make every adventure unique.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$999,999,999 to $0
Meet your Captain, crew, and the expedition team of your weeklong adventure. Get acquainted with your fellow shipmates as you head into the great Alaskan wilderness.
Enjoy this full day of adventure with some up-close bear viewing and kayaking. Hike in to a bear observatory and stand within yards of bears feeding in their natural habitat. Explore Alaska’s shoreline and outback by kayak with ample opportunity for spotting more wildlife.
Anchor in bear country for backcountry hiking and exploration. You may opt for wild Alaska bushwhacking or kayaking the pristine bays that wind through the Tongass National Forest. Also offered is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel in Alaska and discover the array of sea life hidden below the water’s surface.
Today is filled with glacier-hiking and up-close viewing of the cryptobiotics of this other-worldly terrain. Walk carefully across the terminal moraine—walking back in time—until you stand atop the mile-wide Baird Glacier. Explore the vast expanse of this “river of ice” and learn about the forces that create glaciers and their earth-shaping impact. If you opt for a full-day glacier exploration, you’ll need to bring your own crampons. Or you may choose a combination of glacier hiking, paddle boarding, and kayaking.
On foot and by kayak, explore the extensive backcountry of one of the most striking landscapes in all of Southeast Alaska—Thomas Bay. Choose the steep and rugged Cascade Creek trail (waterproof hiking boots and gaiters are required), which terminates at Swan Lake, an alpine lake formed by glaciers over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. This established trail—with difficult stretches marked by tree roots, large rocks, and possible fallen trees—gains 1,200 feet in 5 miles, and requires 6-7 hours round trip.
An alternate option is the 5-mile (one way) low-elevation hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake. Hike in with your companions, and then launch a kayak into Patterson River for spectacular kayaking to the foot of Patterson Glacier before hiking back to the trailhead. Elevation gain on this trail is less than 750 feet.
Wilderness and wildlife and you—civilization has disappeared and forest has reclaimed the prospector’s territory where gold was first discovered in Alaska. Enjoy a back bay, multi-sport day of exploration—hiking, kayaking, and bushwhacking. While in small groups, explore on foot in the earth’s largest temperate rainforest and kayak along the nature rich shores. Cruising through famed Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, relax while observing nature and whale watching—whales, sea lions, marbled murrelets or pigeon guillemots, and more.
On this last full day of exploration, experiencing the winding fjords with sheer granite walls, cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska that lie within this federally recognized Wilderness Area. With your boat serving as basecamp, you may opt for shorter kayak outings staying nearby or a full-day kayak excursion in Endicott Arm. Conditions permitting; kayak among icebergs in the fjord. This evening during the Captain’s Dinner, raise a toast to the week’s adventures.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking this morning.
Due to the nature of the explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Weather conditions may affect the availability of some activities. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
All onboard meals; guiding and equipment use for kayak, paddle board, hiking and skiff exploration; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/ship; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment (excludes snorkel gear and wetsuit); hot tub, sauna, yoga, and a complimentary massage.
Airfare to and from your home city; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; snorkel gear and wetsuit ($35 rental fee); discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance; port taxes and fees ($175 per person); fuel surcharge may apply.