Summary : Traverse the depth and breadth of the iconic Bering Strait and venture deep into the two distinct worlds it joins. Encounter the rich culture of Provideniya, “the Gateway to the Arctic,” before exploring the Pribilof Islands, a naturalist’s paradise. From those lively breeding grounds continue on to explore the dynamic history, culture, and natural wonders of the remote islands along Alaska’s rugged coast. Visit Katmai National Park, one of the premier brown bear viewing areas in the world, and a unique petrified forest to round out this immersive expedition.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Arrive in Anchorage and fly to Nome, Alaska to embark National Geographic Orion.
Spend the first day at sea crossing one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet.
At the western limit of the rich trans-boundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is often called “The Gateway to the Arctic”. It’s also the administrative center where the ship will conduct its clearance into and out of Russia. Visit the excellent museum, and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance.
A naturalist’s paradise, the Pribilof Islands welcome three million seabirds and a million marine mammals each summer as they arrive to breed. Go ashore at St. Paul to explore on land, at St. George go by Zodiac to view puffins, kittiwakes and red-faced cormorants, as well as a northern fur seal rookery.
This morning, arrive at Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island, site of a fierce WWII battle and now one of the world’s most important fishing ports. Continue to the Baby Islands, just east of Unalaska, where dynamic tides offer exciting potential to spot sea otters and fur seals, as well as rare seabirds, both from the ship’s deck and from Zodiacs. Continue along the eastern shore of the Alaska Peninsula, with time for exploration and wildlife watching.
Go ashore on Unga Island to explore incredible tundra and scattered remnants of a unique petrified forest of sequoia trees that were buried in a volcanic mudslide nearly 25 million years ago. Continue along the the Alaska Peninsula, with time for exploration and wildlife watching.
The second largest island in the U.S., Kodiak is best known for its brown bears and its fishing industry. Less well known is its unique mix of Native Alutiiq and Russian-American history. Join your Undersea Specialist for a “dock walk” among the commercial fishing boats in Kodiak’s inner harbor. Photograph the beautiful Holy Resurrection Church on a photo walk, or peruse native art and artifacts at the Alutiiq Museum. Later, explore one of the island’s outer bays by Zodiac.
Spend today exploring the shorelines and waters of coastal Katmai National Park & Preserve, known for its abundant brown bear population, this area provides countless opportunities to watch and photograph bears digging for clams at low tide, or fishing for salmon in the creeks.
Nearly 40 glaciers flow out of the Kenai's Harding Icefield, so the opportunities for exploration abound. Cruise one of the ice-scoured fjords to the face of a tidewater glacier, while searching for mountain goats and other wildlife along the way.
Arrive in Seward this morning and transfer to the airport in Anchorage for flights home.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; 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 (Seward to Nome): 6/19/2021
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera—point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Post-Voyage Extension: Tutka Bay Lodge
The lodge’s seaside location—on the shore of Kachemak Bay—gives guests unique access to both mainland adventures (glacier hiking, bear viewing & more), and water-based activities. Walk through intertidal zones, visit an oyster farm, and keep watch for whales, seals, and otters in the waterway stretching between the lodge and the well-known town of Homer. 5 Days. A 50% deposit is required to book a reservation, and final payment is due 90 days prior to arrival at the lodge. Prior to 90 days before arrival, cancellations are accepted less a $200 cancellation fee per person. After 90 days, cancellations are non-refundable.
Double Occupancy from $7,180 per person
Single Occupancy from $7,340
Post-Voyage Extension: Winterlake Lodge
The Alaska Range and nearby lake provide a perfect backdrop for adventures that make the most of this lodge’s remote location. You’ll have direct access to wildlife like moose, black bears, and Dall sheep, as well as to the surrounding glaciers, river valleys, and old-growth forests—with options to explore it all on hikes or by helicopter. 5 Days. A 50% deposit is required to book a reservation, and final payment is due 90 days prior to arrival at the lodge. Prior to 90 days before arrival, cancellations are accepted less a $200 cancellation fee per person. After 90 days, cancellations are non-refundable.
Double Occupancy from $7,040 per person
Single Occupancy from $7,245
Transfer between airport/ship if booked on recommended flights; shipboard accommodations; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship (except premium brands); crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passport and visa expenses; optional extensions; travel insurance; premium alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature such as Internet and laundry; optional extensions; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © Laure Patricot, © Wolfgang Kaehler