MS Roald Amundsen
18 days

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

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6990 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Roald Amundsen
18 days

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

Price from
6990 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands (Southbound)
Departure
14 July 2021
  • Explore Alaska’s wild landscapes in the Misty Fjords, Icy Bay, and the Aleutian Islands
  • Spot bald eagles in Chignik and other rare birds in St. Paul and St. Matthew Islands
  • Learn Native and early settler history in frontier towns Wrangell, Sitka, and Nome
  • Visit Katmai National Park near Kodiak Island to look for brown and black bears
Experience the dramatic icescape of Prince William Sound.

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Itinerary

Starting in the gold-rush town of Nome, we first bird-watch on isolated St. Paul and St. Matthew Islands in the Bering Sea, before visiting bustling Unalaska and abandoned Unga in the Aleutian Islands. Look for bald eagles in Chignik Bay and brown bears in Katmai National Park. The expedition ends in Vancouver via the Misty Fjords, Icy Bay, and the mixed heritage towns of Wrangell and Sitka.
Day 1
Vancouver, Canada
Start of the Expedition
Enjoy a Pre-Programme ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train.
Enjoy a Pre-Programme ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train.
Photo: Shutterstock

Your expedition starts with an overnight in Vancvouer. From the boutiques on Main Street to the coffee shops of Commercial Drive, the steam clock in Gastown or the heritage-house beachfronts of Kitsilano, you’ll quickly find out why this coastal metropolis is consistently voted one of the world´s most liveable cities. Add an optional Pre-Programme train ride aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer.

Enjoy a Pre-Programme ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train.
Enjoy a Pre-Programme ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train.
Photo: Shutterstock
Get to know the Gastown district in Vancouver.
Get to know the Gastown district in Vancouver.
Photo: Shutterstock
Relics of mining history near Nome.
Relics of mining history near Nome.
Photo: Shutterstock
Get to know the town on the edge of the Bering Sea.
Get to know the town on the edge of the Bering Sea.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 2
Nome, Alaska
There’s No Place Like Nome
Relics of mining history near Nome.
Relics of mining history near Nome.
Photo: Shutterstock

Today, we fly you from Vancouver to Nome. Set at the tip of the Seward Peninsula, overlooking the Bering Sea, Nome is perhaps the most famous gold rush town in Alaskan history. There are artefacts of the gold rush era to be seen everywhere, including abandoned dredges, turn-of-the-century steam engines, and old railroad tracks.

Day 3
At sea – Bering Sea
Crossing the International Date Line
Watch for powerful whales from deck.
Watch for powerful whales from deck.
Photo: Hurtigruten

Spend your first day at sea looking out for whales on deck, chatting with new friends, recapping your voyage with the Expedition Team in the Science Center, or just watching the world sail by. During the day, we will also cross the international date line – heading into tomorrow for a short while, before sailing back into today!

Watch for powerful whales from deck.
Watch for powerful whales from deck.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Relax, share and enjoy in the Science Center.
Relax, share and enjoy in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Scan for the stunning Arctic fox.
Scan for the stunning Arctic fox.
Photo: Shutterstock
Come ashore on the uninhabited beauty of the island.
Come ashore on the uninhabited beauty of the island.
Photo: Alamy
Day 4
St. Matthew Island, Alaska
Deserted Island in the Bering Sea
Scan for the stunning Arctic fox.
Scan for the stunning Arctic fox.
Photo: Shutterstock

Coming ashore on the black sand beaches of isolated St. Matthew Island, we will be the only humans on the isle. It lies more than 200 miles from the nearest village, home only to nesting seabirds like murres and cormorants, the native St. Matthew Island vole, and the Arctic fox.

Tufted puffin on the cliffs of St. Paul island.
Day 5
St. Paul, Alaska
Birdwatching Haven
Day 5
St. Paul, Alaska
Birdwatching Haven
Tufted puffin on the cliffs of St. Paul island.
Tufted puffin on the cliffs of St. Paul island.
Photo: Shutterstock

The island of St. Paul is an ideal resting point for migrating birds, attracting some 300 species, including horned and tufted puffins, red-legged kittiwakes, and Pribilof sandpipers. About half of the world’s northern fur seal population also live in the waters here. They will be busy nursing new-borns when you visit in mid-July.

Scan for amazing birdlife like the red-legged kittiwake.
Scan for amazing birdlife like the red-legged kittiwake.
Photo: Shutterstock
The island is a haven for northern fur seals.
The island is a haven for northern fur seals.
Photo: Shutterstock
Learn and explore in our Science Center.
Learn and explore in our Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Relax in the peace of a day at sea.
Relax in the peace of a day at sea.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 6
At Sea
Lectures and Relaxing
Learn and explore in our Science Center.
Learn and explore in our Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

MS Roald Amundsen continues south through the Bering Sea, from the Aleutian Islands and towards our next stop of Dutch Harbor. The Expedition Team will prepare you for our upcoming destinations and continue their lecture series. 

The ornate Russian Orthodox church in the town.
Day 7
Dutch Harbor / Unalaska
Largest Fishing Port in the US
Day 7
Dutch Harbor / Unalaska
Largest Fishing Port in the US
The ornate Russian Orthodox church in the town.
The ornate Russian Orthodox church in the town.
Photo: Shutterstock

As we sail towards Unalaska, better known as Dutch Harbor, you will see Mount Makushin, a steaming volcano almost 6,000-feet high. The popular TV show `Deadliest Catch´ is based here, featuring local fishing crews. Stop in at the Museum of the Aleutians, view the Russian Orthodox Church, or spot some of the more-than-600 bald eagles around town.

Mt. Makushin looms over Dutch Harbor.
Mt. Makushin looms over Dutch Harbor.
Photo: Shutterstock
Learn about local history at the WWII museum.
Learn about local history at the WWII museum.
Photo: Alamy
Explore rugged wilderness and relics of the past on Unga Island.
Explore rugged wilderness and relics of the past on Unga Island.
Photo: Alamy
Pink louseworts add colour to the amazing scenery.
Pink louseworts add colour to the amazing scenery.
Photo: Alamy
Stroll in a wooden village returning to nature.
Stroll in a wooden village returning to nature.
Photo: Alamy
Day 8
Unga Village, Alaska
Alaskan Ghost Town
Pink louseworts add colour to the amazing scenery.
Pink louseworts add colour to the amazing scenery.
Photo: Alamy

Unga Village is a picturesque but abandoned town on the southern end of uninhabited Unga Island in the remote Aleutian Islands. Settled by Aleuts in 1833, subsistence fishing proved insufficient to support the community, which later moved in 1969. Today, a collection of wooden buildings is all that remains, surrounded by a carpet of pink louseworts.

Scenic Chignik Bay.
Day 9
Chignik
Where the Aleutian Mountains meet the Gulf of Alaska
Day 9
Chignik
Where the Aleutian Mountains meet the Gulf of Alaska
Scenic Chignik Bay.
Scenic Chignik Bay.
Photo: Alamy

In the small village of Chignik Bay, red salmon fishing has been the core of the community’s economy for over a century. Stop in at the fish factory, meet the welcoming locals, or explore the salmon streams in the scenic surroundings. Scan the shores to spot the 20-or-so waterfowl species, or the skies for bald eagles.

Explore local salmon streams.
Explore local salmon streams.
Photo: Alamy
Superb fishing in the Copper River.
Superb fishing in the Copper River.
Photo: shutterstock
The area supports a healthy population of brown bears.
The area supports a healthy population of brown bears.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Discover Katmai National Park.
Discover Katmai National Park.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Join us to scan for powerful bears from a safe distance.
Join us to scan for powerful bears from a safe distance.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Day 10
Geographic Harbor / Kukak Bay / Kinak Bay
Seeking out Brown Bears
Discover Katmai National Park.
Discover Katmai National Park.
Photo: Hurtigruten

Katmai National Park´s Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is a dramatic volcanic landscape, with mountains rising to almost 915 meters (3,000 feet). Here we hope to find brown bears as they forage along the shore for clams, and lunch on berries or fish in the clear running waters of the mountain streams.

Rich local wildlife can appear at any time.
Day 11
Kodiak, Alaska
Emerald Isle City
Day 11
Kodiak, Alaska
Emerald Isle City
Rich local wildlife can appear at any time.
Rich local wildlife can appear at any time.
Photo: Shutterstock

The bustling city of Kodiak sits on Alaska’s largest island, surrounded by verdant forest. Take a walk in Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park home to bunkers from WWII as well as ocean and forest wildlife. Make sure to also visit Baranov Museum, the oldest standing building in Alaska which chronicles Kodiak’s diverse history.

Rugged beauty in Abercrombie State Park.
Rugged beauty in Abercrombie State Park.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Scan for humpback whales from deck.
Scan for humpback whales from deck.
Photo: Shutterstock
Take advantage of our fitness facilities.
Take advantage of our fitness facilities.
Photo: Nils Lund
Gain in-depth understanding in the Science Center.
Gain in-depth understanding in the Science Center.
Photo: Nils Lund/ Hurtigruten
Day 12
At Sea
Serenity at Sea
Take advantage of our fitness facilities.
Take advantage of our fitness facilities.
Photo: Nils Lund

Enjoy a day at sea! Our Expedition Team continues its lecture programme, sharing their extensive knowledge and experience, as well as summarising the voyage so far and presenting plans for the exciting days ahead.

Powerful glaciers dominate the landscape.
Day 13
Icy Bay
Tidal Glaciers
Day 13
Icy Bay
Tidal Glaciers
Powerful glaciers dominate the landscape.
Powerful glaciers dominate the landscape.
Photo: Jacob W. Frank

Icy Bay lives up to its name. Located in Prince William Sound, the spectacular scenery here formed in the past 100 years with the retreat of three prominent glaciers which still feed ice into the bay. Our aim is to explore Guyot Glacier. The weather and glacier ice conditions on the day will dictate which areas we will be able to visit.

Watch for harbor seals resting on ice in the sound.
Watch for harbor seals resting on ice in the sound.
Photo: shutterstock
Experience the dramatic icescape of Prince William Sound.
Experience the dramatic icescape of Prince William Sound.
Photo: shutterstock
Stroll the quaint waterfront.
Stroll the quaint waterfront.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Sitka National Historic Park features Tinglit totem poles.
Sitka National Historic Park features Tinglit totem poles.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Wander the streets of colourful Sitka.
Wander the streets of colourful Sitka.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 14
Sitka, Alaska
Sitka, Blended Cultures
Sitka National Historic Park features Tinglit totem poles.
Sitka National Historic Park features Tinglit totem poles.
Photo: Hurtigruten

Sitka enjoys views of The Sisters Mountains and of Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano. The former capital of Alaska when it belonged to Russia, this historic town is now a blend of cultures. Wander around the Russian Orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral, or visit nearby Stika National Historical Park, which has many ornate Tlingit totem poles on display.

Traditional tribal house at Reliance Dock.
Day 15
Wrangell, Alaska
Soul of Alaska
Day 15
Wrangell, Alaska
Soul of Alaska
Traditional tribal house at Reliance Dock.
Traditional tribal house at Reliance Dock.
Photo: shutterstock

One of the oldest island towns in Alaska, Wrangell has been governed by four different nations – Tlingit, Russian, British and United States. Numerous petroglyphs on the beach and moss-covered totem poles manifest to the distant past of this area. Outside of the main cruise ships routes, nowadays it remains a simple fishing town.

Get to know this off the beaten track fishing town.
Get to know this off the beaten track fishing town.
Photo: shutterstock
Discover petroglyphs on the beach near Wrangell.
Discover petroglyphs on the beach near Wrangell.
Photo: shutterstock
Waterfalls tumble down granite cliffs.
Waterfalls tumble down granite cliffs.
Photo: Shutterstock
Magical New Eddystone Rock in Misty Fjords.
Magical New Eddystone Rock in Misty Fjords.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 16
Misty Fjords National Monument
Unspoiled Wilderness
Waterfalls tumble down granite cliffs.
Waterfalls tumble down granite cliffs.
Photo: Shutterstock

Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, mountain rivers, granite cliffs adorned by strips of waterfalls, and wetlands along the coast, often with milky fog filling the bays and coves. Weather permissible, you will explore the area on our small expedition boats or kayaks.

Day 17
At sea
Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage
Scan for Orcas in the blue waters.
Scan for Orcas in the blue waters.
Photo: shutterstock

Sailing south into the open ocean, we spend a few hours journeying through the Inside Passage, admiring places such as Grenville Channel, Princess Royal Channel or Johnstone Strait. Enjoy exceptional views of tranquil fjords and mountains covered in evergreen forests. Unlike other cruise ships that normally pass through the area at night, you’ll be able to see this sublime summer scenery during the day.

Scan for Orcas in the blue waters.
Scan for Orcas in the blue waters.
Photo: shutterstock
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers.
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers.
Photo: Nils Lund Svai
Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver.
Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver.
Photo: Shutterstock
The city´s modern skyline in a stunning natural setting.
The city´s modern skyline in a stunning natural setting.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 18
Vancouver, Canada
End of the Expedition
Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver.
Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver.
Photo: Shutterstock

Your expedition cruise ends in Vancouver. Extend your holiday with an optional Post-Programme to spend some extra time in this vibrant city. Make the most of the summer weather and cycle around Stanley Park, or enjoy the scenic views at the Sea-to-Sky Gondola. Richmond Night Market boasts endless food stalls while Granville Island is the artsy hub.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotel

  • One night in a hotel in Vancouver including breakfast before the expedition cruise

Flights

  • Flight in economy class from Vancouver to Nome

Transfers

  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Vancouver before the expedition cruise
  • Transfer from airport to ship in Nome

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

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 help with your camera settings before landings

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

Notes

MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills

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Vancouver: Post-Programme

North America

Duration

2 Days

From

529 €

Booking code

YVRPOSTA

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Vancouver Sightseeing Tour & Capilano Bridge Pre-excursion

North America

Duration

7 Hours

From

171 €

Booking code

YVR03

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Rocky Mountaineer and Vancouver: Pre-Programme

North America, Northwest Passage

Duration

7 Days

From

3667 €

Booking code

YVRROCKPREB/YVROCKPRED

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