Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands (Northbound)

Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands (Northbound)

Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands (Northbound)

Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands (Northbound)

Travel information 19 days MS Roald Amundsen
Departures
3 July 2024
4 August 2024
Price from
9990 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

19-day expedition cruise from Vancouver to Alaska, taking in spectacular scenery, diverse cultures and Neolithic history 

Wild Alaska 

Discover the pristine coastal wilderness in Misty Fjords National Monument and visit remote islands on this extraordinary expedition cruise. Keep an eye out for black and brown bears on famous Kodiak Island and Katmai National Park, and scout for whales, fur seals and rare seabirds. 

Fascinating heritage 

Encounter Indigenous Tlingit and Aleut cultures, hunt for petroglyphs in Wrangell and follow in the footsteps of gold prospectors and explorers. Visit the picturesque ghost town of Unga and uncover ancient stories on mossy totem poles at Chief Shakes Tribal House. 

Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands (Northbound) Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands (Northbound)
  • Day 1
    Vancouver

    A taste of Vancouver

    Enjoy British Columbia’s largest city 

    Your expedition cruise starts with an overnight stay in Vancouver, a bustling and beautiful seaport city set against steep mountains.  

    Vancouver's various neighbourhoods buzz with world-class farm-to-table cuisine. Don’t miss Gastown, Vancouver’s Victorian neighbourhood. Here you'll find the 553-foot Vancouver Lookout, which offers a perfect 360-degree panoramic view over the city.  

    If you have time, why not arrive a few days prior and take a luxury train trip on the famous Rocky Mountaineer through the Rockies and beautiful landscape with our optional, special Pre-Programme. What better way to begin your adventure? 

    Day 1
    Vancouver

    A taste of Vancouver

  • Day 2
    Vancouver

    Your expedition begins

    Explore Vancouver further and launch your adventure 

    After an enjoyable breakfast at your hotel, we will take you on a city tour to take in the main highlights of fabulous Vancouver.   

    The excursion will end at the pier where MS Roald Amundsen awaits you. Settle in and take your time to get to know the ship, locating the Science Center, gym and restaurants.  

    Our knowledgeable Expedition Team will lead the way on excursions and landings. Get to know them and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner. Afterwards you can kick back and relax, your grand Alaska adventure is underway.   

    Day 2
    Vancouver

    Your expedition begins

  • Day 3
    Canada's Inside Passage

    Inside Passage

    Explore Vancouver further and launch your adventure 

    After an enjoyable breakfast at your hotel, we will take you on a city tour to take in the main highlights of fabulous Vancouver.   

    The excursion will end at the pier where MS Roald Amundsen awaits you. Settle in and take your time to get to know the ship, locating the Science Center, gym and restaurants.  

    Our knowledgeable Expedition Team will lead the way on excursions and landings. Get to know them and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner. Afterwards you can kick back and relax, your grand Alaska adventure is underway.   

    Day 3
    Canada's Inside Passage

    Inside Passage

  • Day 4
    Misty Fjords

    Unspoiled Misty Fjords

    Discover a wilderness where wildlife thrives  

    Part of the Tongass National Forest, Misty Fjords is a pristine wilderness of evergreens, waterfalls and snow-capped peaks. The revered naturalist writer John Muir described the area as one of the most beautiful places he’d ever seen.  

    Weather permitting, you'll join the Expedition Team to tour Misty Fjords in our small expedition boats, or take kayaks out. 

    Misty Fjords is rich in wildlife. You’ll scan for mountain goats, bears and moose as you explore. The waters are home to Pacific salmon, otters, sea lions, harbour seals, orcas and Dall’s porpoises. Skywards, you might spot herons and Bald Eagles. 

    Day 4
    Misty Fjords

    Unspoiled Misty Fjords

  • Day 5
    Wrangell

    Wrangell's Petroglyphs

    Visit one of Alaska’s oldest harbour towns 

    We continue cruising the Alaskan islands to Wrangell. Only a mile out of town, the incredible Petroglyph Beach is where you'll seek out the ancient rock carvings among the sand. 

    Visit the local museum to learn more about Wrangell's fascinating past. Now part of the United States, it was once governed by Britain, Russia and the Tlingit people. Cross to Shakes Island, where the Chief Shakes Tribal House and totem poles tell the story of the Indigenous Tlingit people.  

    Hikers will enjoy the nature trails, surrounded by alluring scenery at the mouth of Stikine River, and the foot of Mount Dewey to the edge of the rainforest.  

    Day 5
    Wrangell

    Wrangell's Petroglyphs

  • Day 6
    Sitka

    Blended cultures of Sitka

    Take in Sitka’s views and unique mix of cultures 

    Surrounded by Tongass National Forest, Sitka is only accessible by sea or air. Get out on deck for stunning views of the Sisters Mountains and Mount Edgecumbe volcano.  

    Discover Sitka's fascinating history with our Expedition Team. Inhabited by the Tlingit people for 10,000 years, it was occupied by Russia in 1804 before being sold to America after the Crimean War. Today, Sitka blends all three cultures.  

    Visit the Russian Orthodox cathedral and Russian Bishop's House. Admire ornate Haida and Tlingit totem poles at Sitka National Historical Park, a real highlight, or enjoy a walking trail through the forest to the ocean.  

    Day 6
    Sitka

    Blended cultures of Sitka

  • Day 7
    Icy Bay

    The glaciers of Icy Bay

    Wildlife watching in glacier-fed waters 

    You'll experience a fantastic expedition day in Icy Bay today. Three glaciers – Guyot, Yahtse and Tyndall – regularly calve into the bay. If conditions allow, you’ll explore the bay in our small expedition boats or by kayak, immersing you in the area’s remarkable beauty. 

    Wildlife abounds in the Gulf of Alaska, offering unrivalled photography opportunities. Humpback whales, orcas, Stellar sea lions, sea otters and harbour seals lazing on floating chunks of ice are often seen in these waters.  

    Day 7
    Icy Bay

    The glaciers of Icy Bay

  • Day 8
    The Gulf of Alaska

    Across the Gulf of Alaska

    A day of wellness and birdwatching at sea  

    Your cruise continues across the Gulf of Alaska. It's the ideal time to enjoy onboard facilities such as the infinity pool, hot tubs, and sauna. Go for a run, hit the gym, or enjoy a massage in the spa.  

    In the Science Center, the Expedition Team invite you to join lectures about the region’s wildlife, geology, glaciology, history and culture.  

    Relax in the Explorer Lounge & Bar and share a drink with your fellow guests, or just sit back and enjoy the view. See if you can spot all three species of North Pacific albatross. The Laysan and Black-footed Albatross are often sighted, but the Short-tailed Albatross is harder to spot.  

    Day 8
    The Gulf of Alaska

    Across the Gulf of Alaska

  • Day 9
    Kodiak

    Kodiak's Brown Bears

    Explore the home of the Alutiiq people  

     Kodiak Island got its nickname, the ‘Emerald Isle’, due to its Spruce forests and grasslands. It's the second-largest island in the US,  meaning there's plenty to see. 

    Discover the island’s rich Indigenous heritage at the Alutiiq Museum, or visit the 1808 Kodiak History Museum, housed in the oldest standing building in the state. You can also visit Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, with its strategic WWII 1939 naval fort and bunkers.  

    The island’s most famous inhabitants are Kodiak brown bears. Around 3,500 of them live in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, which covers two-thirds of the island.  

    Day 9
    Kodiak

    Kodiak's Brown Bears

  • Day 10
    Katmei

    Brown bears in Katmei

    Brown bear spotting in Katmai National Park  

    Your adventure continues in the four million–acre Katmai National Park, which has over a dozen active volcanoes. Katmai is home to  more than 2,000 protected brown bears – the largest concentration in the world.  

    Accompanied by an experienced bear guard, we'll be safely scouting for bears from the deck or in our small expedition boats. They might be foraging for berries, digging for clams or catching fish in the stream. 

    Depending on conditions, we might visit either Geographic Harbor, Kinak Bay or Kukak Bay. Keep your eyes open for sea otters, seabirds and humpback whales. 

    Day 10
    Katmei

    Brown bears in Katmei

  • Day 11
    Chignik

    Tiny Chignik

    Sample local life in a small Alaskan fishing town 

     Perched on the southern coast of the Unalaska Peninsula, Chignik is one of Alaska’s most beautiful small settlements. Venture ashore to explore the village, where the local fishing community will gladly receive you. Chignik’s rivers are home to spawning salmon throughout the summer months, and you may be lucky enough to see the leaping fish making their way upstream. 

    Keep your eyes on the skies, as Chignik’s sheltered conditions and plentiful fish support an abundant population of Bald Eagles. You should also watch for tracks from the local bear population, which can frequently be seen close to the settlement. 

    Day 11
    Chignik

    Tiny Chignik

  • Day 12
    Unga

    The ghost town of Unga

    Experience Unga – a deserted Alaskan town 

    Wild and deserted, Unga Village is an abandoned yet picturesque settlement on the southern end of Unga Island.  

    It was settled by Aleuts in 1833 but was abandoned in 1969 as subsistence fishing proved insufficient to support living here. Today, the few wooden buildings that remain are the only evidence that people once lived here.  

    A carpet of pink lousewort,  fireweed and other wildflowers surround the abandoned shacks as nature has gradually taken over.  Experience the eerie beauty of this place during a nature landing with our small expedition boats. 

    Day 12
    Unga

    The ghost town of Unga

  • Day 13
    Dutch Harbour

    Discover Dutch Harbor

    Soak up history and nature in this fishing hub 

    With a volcano as its backdrop, America's largest fishing port – Dutch Harbor – is a fascinating place to visit. Here, you’ll learn about the local Indigenous Unungan people at the Museum of the Aleutians. Visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral or tour the WWII museum commemorating the battle that took place here in 1942.  

    Scout for Bald Eagles and puffins in the skies. Foxes, lemmings and wild horses thrive on land and whales, sea lions and porpoises in the waters. Dutch Harbor is where the reality television series The Deadliest Catch was filmed, following crab fishermen at work under extreme conditions. 

    Day 13
    Dutch Harbour

    Discover Dutch Harbor

  • Day 14
    At sea

    Learning and Leisure

    Relax and reflect as we cruise along the coast 

    Part of being on an expedition cruise is taking time to connect with the sights and sounds of the world around you. A day at sea lets you do just that. Sit back and take in the panoramic views from our Explorer Lounge & Bar, from the infinity pool or from the outdoor hot tubs.  

    Keep scanning the seas and skies for puffins, auklets, and murrelets, especially closer to the coast. If you’re lucky, you might glimpse the Red-legged Kittiwake, only found in this part of the world. 

    You'll learn more about the region's geography, climate and birdlife from the Expedition Team in the Science Center. 

    Day 14
    At sea

    Learning and Leisure

  • Day 15
    St Paul

    Aleut life in St Paul

    Culture and wildlife on the largest Pribilof Island 

    The windswept island of St Paul is home to the largest Aleut community in the US, numbering around 400. You can visit the historical remains of barabaras here – traditional dwellings built half-underground to protect against the sea winds.  

    St Paul is also designated an Important Bird Area, and around 300 species of migrating birds use it as a resting point. Scan for Horned and Tufted Puffins, the Pribilof Sandpiper and the rare Red-legged Kittiwake.  

    On the shore, you may find northern fur seals waddling and playing – half the world's population of these charming animals live on these islands. 

    Day 15
    St Paul

    Aleut life in St Paul

  • Day 16
    St Matthew

    Wild St Matthew

    Experience this wild, remote and isolated island 

    Part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, 200 miles from the nearest village, St Matthew Island is wild, remote and isolated. You'll see traces of abandoned buildings between black sand beaches and wildflower-dotted tundra. A few hardy souls have tried – and failed – to make a home here.  

    Today, the only inhabitants are birds, including thousands of puffins, murres and cormorants. On our nature landing, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch sight of the rare McKay’s Bunting, which breeds almost exclusively here. And listen out for the sound of the singing vole, named after its unusual warning cry.  

    Day 16
    St Matthew

    Wild St Matthew

  • Day 17
    The Bering Sea

    Crossing the Bering Sea

    Cross the line where tomorrow meets today 

    As we cruise the Bering Sea, you'll have Russia to the east and the United States to the west. We'll cross the International Date Line, where ‘tomorrow’ is on your right, and ‘today’ is on your left. 

    Natural wonders abound here, so keep an eye out for humpback whales, and seabirds wheeling through the skies. 

    This is your last full sea day, so relax and enjoy your time on board. The Expedition Team will recap the highlights of your Alaskan adventure, and you can continue your journey of discovery in the Science Center.  

      

    Day 17
    The Bering Sea

    Crossing the Bering Sea

  • Day 18
    Nome

    No place like Nome

    Learn about Nome’s golden past 

    Prospectors first came to Nome in 1898, and people still hunt for gold here today. You'll see evidence of the Gold Rush all around, including abandoned dredges, turn-of-the-century steam engines and old railroad tracks, lending the town a unique atmosphere. 

    Nome was also the end point of three of Roald Amundsen's great polar expeditions, including an attempt by air to reach the North Pole in 1926.  

    Naturally, Nome is a fitting place to bid farewell to our own MS Roald Amundsen, before flying back to Vancouver, where you will enjoy an overnight stay. 

    Day 18
    Nome

    No place like Nome

  • Day 19
    Vancouver

    Back to Vancouver

    See more of Vancouver or extend your adventure 

    Your expedition cruise ends in Vancouver, giving you another chance to explore this picturesque metropolis. Take in the café culture of Granville Island or head to Richmond’s famous multicultural night market for tasty treats from the food stalls.  

    There are plenty of galleries, museums, events, exhibitions and shows to visit here, but if you’d like to take it easy, head for the sands of Kitsilano Beach.  

    Extend your adventure with our optional Post-Programme to the nearby mountain resort of Whistler. We´ll stop at Shannon Falls and ride on the  Sea to Sky Gondola, which takes you on a panoramic ride almost 3,000 feet above sea level. 

    Day 19
    Vancouver

    Back to Vancouver

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Flights 

  • Flight in economy class from Nome to Vancouver after the expedition cruise. Flight surcharge may apply. 

Transfers 

  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Vancouver, including city tour, before the expedition cruise 
  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Nome 
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Vancouver after the expedition cruise  

Hotel 

  • Overnight in Vancouver, including breakfast, before the expedition cruise 
  • Overnight in Vancouver, including breakfast, after the expedition cruise 

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.  

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

Notes 

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area 
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila
MS Roald Amundsen
Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills
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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila

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