Treasures of the Alaskan Coast (Northbound, Itinerary 1)
14 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
Day 1: Vancouver
Vibrant Vancouver's waterfront parks, nearby mountains with summer hiking trails and winter skiing, multitude of cafes, shops, galleries, museums, and diversity of cultural neighborhoods make this a great starting point. We recommend adding one of our optional pre-cruise Land Adventures to explore Vancouver.
Day 2: At sea
We sail north to Alaska, passing through the narrow weaving channels and straits of Canada’s Inside Passage. Be on the lookout for the dolphins, porpoises, orcas and whales that frequent these protected inland waters. Join our expedition team for fascinating lectures, spend time relaxing onboard or meeting your fellow travelers.
Day 3: Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan is known as the “Salmon capital of the world.” A true frontier town, it is surrounded by towering mountains and features colorful gold rush era houses along the river banks. The town also has strong ties to Tlingit culture and one of the largest collections of standing totem poles.
Day 4: Misty Fjords National Monument
Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs adorned by cascading waterfalls, mountain rivers and coastal wetlands, with milky fog often filling the bays and coves. Quiet and tranquil, this magical place will show you the serenity of the Alaskan soul.
Day 5: Wrangell
One of the oldest island towns in Alaska, Wrangell has been governed by four different nations – Tlingit, Russia, Britain and the United States. Numerous petroglyphs on the beach and moss-covered totem poles are remnants of the distant past. Outside the main cruise ship routes, Wrangell remains a simple fishing town.
Day 6: Petersburg
Nicknamed “Little Norway,” rarely-visited Petersburg is a thriving fishing village with a strong Norwegian heritage, breathtaking scenery, and abundant marine life. Proud of their Scandinavian roots, local residents even celebrate Norwegian holidays, and the heart of the community is the “Sons of Norway Hall.”
Day 7: Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm fjords
True gems of Southeast Alaska, Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords feature lush greenery and steep valleys as well as intricately shaped icebergs bobbing in the water, calved from the radiant blue glaciers at the end of the fjords. These fjord areas are also home to mountain goats and harbor seals.
Day 8: Haines
Framed by mountains, Haines was home to the Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, before Europeans arrived in the late 1800s, followed by gold rush settlers. Known for its community of artists in modern times, Haines remains at heart a small Alaskan town at the edge of wilderness.
Day 9: Icy Strait Point
Land of the Tlingit people, Icy Strait Point offers a glimpse into the life of a native settlement. Houses adorned with intricate carvings, totem poles displaying stories of the clans, cafes, shops, and museum displays create a welcoming and historic town for your visit.
Day 10: Gulf of Alaska / Hubbard Glacier
At 76 miles long and almost 7 miles wide, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Framed by an amphitheater of snowcapped mountains, it sits at the end of Disenchantment Bay like a sleeping giant. With icebergs and brash ice in the bay, the scenery is simply breathtaking!
Day 11: College Fjord / Prince William Sound
A true expedition day and rare treat to explore the less-visited College Fjord with its impressive collection of glaciers. This is a natural wonderland where ice and forests meet, and home to five tidewater glaciers, five larger valley glaciers and many smaller glaciers, all named after famous East Coast colleges.
Day 12: Prince William Sound
Rarely-visited Prince William Sound is framed by the impressive Chugach Mountains. This is a glacial paradise where rugged coastline is carved by fjords and inlets, many with tidewater glaciers sending icebergs towards forest-covered islands in the Sound. With summer visits by the whales, the area is simply magical!
Day 13: Seward / Anchorage
In 1793, Alexander Baranov established a trading post in Resurrection Bay. Nowadays largely a fishing town, Seward welcomes you with mountain trails right from town, nearby glaciers and a beautiful coastal setting. After disembarkation we transfer you through amazing scenery to Anchorage for an overnight stay.
Day 14: Anchorage
We recommend extending your stay in this intriguing frontier city before flying home.
All This Included
This cruise takes you to the most scenic fjords and glaciers in Alaska. Experience Misty Fjords, with its endless waterfalls, and Tracy Arm Fjord, with the bluest glaciers imaginable. Explore the northernmost rainforest in the world and spot wildlife. Visit Alaska’s famous Hubbard Glacier and explore beautiful Prince William Sound.
Cruising: Category onboard MS Roald Amundsen
Anchorage: To be determined
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