Summary : Explore the back passages and narrow waterways of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage while navigating the wilderness by small ship. Reach rarely seen areas where explosive scenery and pristine beauty are around every turn. Discover glacial landscapes, old growth and rainforest, whales and rich cultural roots. How you choose to explore it further—by kayak, stand up paddleboard, skiff or foot—is entirely up to you. Join an adventure excursion such as a one-of-a-kind kayaking trip with an expert naturalist, and hike into breathtaking wilderness with a small group of companions and really find out why Alaska’s Inside Passage is an unforgettable frontier.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
$3,795 to $7,595
Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail.
Reverse Itinerary: (Ketchikan-Juneau)
6/2/2018, 6/30/2018, 7/28/2018, 8/25/2018, 6/8/2019, 7/6/2019, 8/3/2019, 8/31/2019
Take an early peek out your window and take in fjord cliffs reaching skyward, floating ice, and deep U-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here—Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high. Will it calve? Listen for a crack and unmistakable white thunder. The name 'Ford's Terror' originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner. Your skiff driver knows its character and, tides permitting, guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, Coastal Mountains, and so many waterfalls. Look for mountain goats showing off fancy foot work on the cliffs.
Yoga stretches on deck jump start the day. Humpback and orca whales are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow, spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades of green.
When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is the way-back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green, tromping through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, pass by the fishing town of Petersburg and wind into the Wrangell Narrows. The abundant bright red and green navigation lights of 'Christmas Tree Lane' guide the way.
Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It’s also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit cultures have deep roots here. And local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?
Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it’s all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views. There are good opportunities for panoramic shots of the Southeast here. In the water, orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Enjoy a guided paddle along the canal. An intertidal shore walk circles a tall sea stack covered in green.
Affectionately called “The Yosemite of the North,” Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water and sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay by kayak or explore by skiff, soaking in the splendor of this remote corner of the world. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a “photo journal” by your crew.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning. Transfer to the Ketchikan airport for return flights home.
Due to the nature of the exploration, the itinerary is a guideline and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Ketchikan to Juneau): 6/8/2019, 7/6/2019, 8/3/2019, 8/31/2019
Alaska Insider Departure: Geologist and Author, Cathy L. Connor, Ph.D. (4/6/2019)
Spend quality time with people who have lived and breathed Alaska. Experts with firsthand, boots-on-the-ground experience—glaciologists, seasoned bear and salmon experts, memoirists, authors—share their connections to The Great Land.
Dr. Connor earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from Stanford University before continuing on to earn her Ph.D in geology with a focus on glaciology from the University of Montana. A professor at the University of Alaska Southeast, she teaches courses in geology, mineralogy and petrology, archaeology, environmental science, glaciation, and climate change as well as guiding field research. Cathy was honored with an Outstanding Faculty Award in 2008. Beyond the university, Cathy has shared her knowledge with others in her guidebook, "Roadside Geology of Alaska." During the summers, Cathy heads for Juneau’s icefields to conduct field studies, including research on an ancient forest that has recently reemerged from beneath the retreating Mendenhall Glacier.
Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; shipboard accommodations; most alcoholic beverages; non-alcoholic beverages; entry fees to national parks/preserves; kayaking; stand up paddleboarding; gear on loan (yoga mats and a limited supply of rubber boots); all meals onboard the ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; items of a personal nature; some premium alcoholic beverages; optional gratuities; travel insurance; port taxes and fees; fuel surcharge may apply.