Summary : Cruise from Ketchikan to Juneau and sail deep into the fjords and narrow, wildlife rich channels. Encounter abundant and varied wildlife and spend time observing them. Experience the surprisingly colorful undersea through video shot by our undersea specialist. Kayak amid glacial ice, and by special permission hike in the Tongass National Forest. Explore Misty Fjords National Monument.
This trip can be combined with select dates of their Sitka to Juneau voyage for a more in-depth Alaskan experience.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Arrive in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, spread out on the banks of the Gastineau Channel at the base of Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts. Transfer to downtown Juneau and visit the Alaska State Museum to learn about the history and culture of this incredible region of the world, then, settle in aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion.
Today you explore the LeConte Glacier, one of the most active glaciers in Southeast Alaska and the southernmost tidewater glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Icebergs regularly break off from the glacier face, getting caught in this shallow moraine and along the shoreline. Take advantage of spectacular photographic opportunities, practicing tricks and tips from your certified photo instructor. Your experienced captain will read the ice and bring you as close as possible to the glacier, where you’ll set out by expedition landing craft to navigate among these surreal floating sculptures.
Navigate the stunning Wrangell Narrows, an area inaccessible to larger ships, and then cruise into the Sumner Strait, keeping watch for humpback whales surfacing and sea otters gliding through the clear water around the ship. Explore the coast by kayak or expedition landing craft and go ashore to trace bear trails through forests intersected by crystalline salmon streams as you learn about the rain forest ecosystem from your naturalists. Fix your binoculars on the banks to spot Sitka black-tailed deer and moose, as well as black bears, wolves, and bald eagles that frequent the shoreline in search of plentiful salmon.
Drop anchor at the remote town of Wrangell, situated on the northern tip of Wrangell Island. The indigenous Tlingit people have made their home on this island for thousands of years. In the 19th century, Russian fur traders established one of the oldest non-native settlements in Alaska at the site of present-day Wrangell. Spend the afternoon exploring the town, including a visit to a tribal house and a beach famous for native petroglyphs, or set out on an optional jet boat excursion up the Stikine River.
Wake up this morning to catch the sunrise over the stunning cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument, rising more than 2,000 feet above the deep blue waters of the fjord. Watch wisps of cloud drift down the winding waterway and drape over green peaks as you cruise through the mists that give this extraordinary landscape its name. Set out by expedition landing craft and kayak to get close to the forested banks and the many dramatic waterfalls cascading down the cliffs.
Arrive in Ketchikan, the southeastern-most city in Alaska, spread at the base of forested slopes on Revillagigedo Island. Its many monikers, from “salmon capital of the world” to “rain capital of Alaska,” capture the spirit of this city, famous for its colorful buildings and abundant fishing boats and canneries. Visit the Totem Heritage Center to view a unique collection of 19th-century Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian totem poles from abandoned villages around Ketchikan before transferring to the airport to connect with your flight home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Ketchikan/Juneau):
5/26/2021, 6/5/2021, 6/25/2021, 7/15/2021, 8/4/2021, 8/14/2021, 8/24/2021
National Geographic Global Explorers:
Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, this unique program will offer kids and teens the opportunity to choose cool activities—from earning a Zodiac “driver’s license” to recording wildlife sightings in their Field Notebook—all designed to help them develop what National Geographic Education defines as the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of an explorer. They’ll take part in all kinds of cool activities—like learning about glaciers by making ice cream sundaes, or using glacial ice to paint water colors. They will be encouraged to use their creativity—with photos, videos, music, writing, drawing and more, to tell stories about all they’ll see and do.
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.
Optional Pre- or Post-Trip Extension: Denali National Park
Discover the wildness that lives at the heart of Alaska; add an inland exploration of Denali National Park to your coastal expedition. With the idyllic North Face Lodge as your base camp, you’ll enjoy special access. Guests partaking in this extension must sign a participant agreement. 6 Days. A $550 per person initial deposit is required; a second deposit in the amount of 60% of the cost of the extension is due 120 days or more, prior to the departure. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure for expedition.
2021 Double Occupancy from $6,690 per person
2021 Single Occupancy from $9,190
Optional Pre- or Post-Trip Extension: Canadian Rockies and Banff Heli-Hiking
Experience hiking in British Columbia, Canada in the most epic way. Fly high above the treeline and beyond your wildest dreams- deep into the wilderness to places so remote they would take days to reach with a backpack. The stunning views seen from the helicopter and while you are hiking will take your breath away. 7 Days.
2021 Double Occupancy from $5,990 per person
2021 Single Occupancy from $7,690
Optional Pre- or Post-Trip Extension: Glacier Bay
Delve into the natural and cultural riches of Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with a two-night stay at Glacier Bay Lodge, the only accommodations located within the national park’s borders. Get an insider’s perspective during guided catamaran and kayaking excursions, listen for the thunder of calving glaciers, and hike through old-growth forests. End each evening relaxing by the lodge’s stone fireplace or taking in the sunset over the Fairweather Mountains. 3 Days.
2021 Double Occupancy from $1,290 per person
2021 Single Occupancy from $1,730
Transfers between airport and ship if booked on recommended flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; optional extensions; individual transfers; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, internet, etc.; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Stewart Cohen (totem pole, woman with binoculars); Ralph Lee Hopkins (red kayak, Zodiac and bear, orcas, eagle); Sven Lindblad (sea lions); Michael S. Nolan (seal, Zodiac and ice, whale); David Vargas (yellow kayak)