Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Northbound)

Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Northbound)

Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Northbound)

Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Northbound)

Travel information 15 days MS Roald Amundsen
Departures
16 May 2024
9 June 2024
Price from
6190 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

15-day expedition cruise from Vancouver to Seward, along the Inside Passage, exploring Pacific Northwest islands and ending in Anchorage  

Fjords, glaciers and rich cultures 

Discover Alaska’s many fjords, glistening glaciers, primeval rainforest, and rich Indigenous, Russian and Gold Rush-era history, on this fascinating expedition cruise from Vancouver to Seward and Anchorage. You’ll visit remote frontier towns, each with their own unique culture and heritage.  

Incredible nature and wilderness 

Enjoy an unrivalled introduction to Alaskan scenery and wildlife guided by your knowledgeable Expedition Team. Look out for eagles, bears, sea otters and whales, not to mention bison, musk oxen and elk. When we reach Anchorage, you can opt in to join a Post-Programme to Denali National Park.  

Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Northbound) Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Northbound)
  • Day 1
    Vancouver

    A taste of Vancouver

    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
    Inside Passage

    Canada's Inside Passage

    See sublime scenery as we sail the Inside Passage 

    The Inside Passage coastal route takes us through the great North American Pacific Fjordland, a protected stretch of water over 930 miles long. Unlike other cruises which pass through at night, you’ll be able to view the sublime scenery in all its glory during the day.  

    Our smaller expedition ship allows us to reach areas that larger vessels can’t, meaning you’ll get to explore lesser-travelled channels with breathtaking scenery. Keep your cameras and binoculars at the ready to catch sight of dolphins, porpoises, orcas and humpback whales.  

    Day 3
    Inside Passage

    Canada's Inside Passage

  • Day 4
    Misty Fjords

    Unspoiled Misty Fjords

    Revel in 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
    Southeast Alaska

    Explore the wonders of Southeast Alaska

    Discover Southeast Alaska’s magical waterways 

    Explore Alaska in true expedition style, with an exploration day that gives us the freedom to probe this magical corner of the Inside Passage. 

    We may head to the charming town of Petersburg, with its proud Norwegian heritage and thriving fishing community. Explore the docks and discover some of the fantastic nature to be found across Frederick Sound, just outside the harbour. 

     

    We may also take to the water in our expedition boats, and seek out secluded coves, iceberg filled bays, and thickly forested shorelines. Try and catch a glimpse of some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, including eagles, otters, whales and even bear if luck is on our side. 

     

    Day 6
    Southeast Alaska

    Explore the wonders of Southeast Alaska

  • Day 7
    Holkham Bay

    Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm

    See the lesser-known gems of Holkham Bay  

    Holkham Bay is home to two beautiful fjords – Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Your captain will decide which offers better exploration options on the day. Both are equally special to explore!  

    At the end of each fjord, fresh icebergs calve from the glaciers against a stunning backdrop of forested cliffs. Endicott Arm is a breeding ground for harbour seals, often seen on the floating ice. You might also see whales, bears, mountain goats and moose. 

    Get tips from our onboard photographer before heading out on our small expedition boats to get closer to these unique sights.  

    Day 7
    Holkham Bay

    Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm

  • Day 8
    Haines

    Tlingit crafts in Haines 

    Discover an artistic heritage in the 'Valley of the Eagles' 

    Beside Lynn Canal is the frontier town of Haines, originally home to the Chilkat Tlingit people. Renowned for their weaving skills, here you’ll see excellent examples of their work, with mountain goat fur and cedar bark woven into intricate designs.  

    Haines has a flourishing art scene, with galleries and workshops filled with totem carvings, silverwork and sculptures. Investing in Alaskan art is a great way to support local creators. 

    You can practice your photography skills in the incredible landscapes; it's also ideal for adventurers seeking hiking and wildlife spotting opportunities. Look out for Bald Eagles, bears and moose. 

    Day 8
    Haines

    Tlingit crafts in Haines 

  • Day 9
    William Henry Bay

    William Henry Bay

    See ancient forests, wildlife and whales 

    We drop anchor at William Henry Bay, on the edge of the Chilkat Range mountains, for a day of exploration. Local guides will lead you through the old-growth forest. They’ll keep you safe as you watch for brown and black bears, black-tailed deer and moose.  

    Back in the comfort of the ship, enjoy a lecture with the Expedition Team and take in the views from the Explorer Lounge & Bar or the hot tubs out on deck as we cruise towards Sitka.  

    Keep an eye out for humpbacks as we pass Point Adolphus on Chichagof Island. It’s known as one of the best places for whale sightings in North America. 

     

    Day 9
    William Henry Bay

    William Henry Bay

  • Day 10
    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 10
    Sitka

    Blended cultures of Sitka

  • Day 11
    Icy Bay

    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 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 11
    Icy Bay

    Icy Bay

  • Day 12
    Cordova

    Remote Cordova

    Soak up Cordova’s traditional small-town vibe 

    Located in the Chugach National Forest and only accessible by boat or plane, remote Cordova has retained its traditional small-town authenticity. Only a select number of visitors each year get to admire the town’s spectacular setting between Orca Inlet, Hawkins Island, Mount Eccles, Eyak Lake and the Copper River Delta. 

    Cordova is probably best known for the Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred in 1989. Today, after significant clean-up efforts, its coastline has mostly recovered, and you may be able spot wildlife such as sea otters, eagles, tundra swans, beavers, moose and bears.  

    Day 12
    Cordova

    Remote Cordova

  • Day 13
    College Fjord

    Ivy League glaciers

    Get ready to experience nature’s raw power 

    Today we visit College Fjord, which features five tidewater glaciers and five valley glaciers, as well as a dozen other types.  

    The 1899 Harriman expedition team, which charted the fjord, named the glaciers after their alma maters, including Vassar, Harvard and Yale. Princeton is missing, apparently a deliberate snub.  

    We’ll get as close to the glaciers as we can, taking our small expedition boats into the fjord if possible, or even exploring by kayak. From the water, you might catch sight of humpback whales, Bald Eagles, otters and sea lions, all of which who inhabit this icy wilderness. 

    Day 13
    College Fjord

    Ivy League glaciers

  • Day 14

    Seward's stunning beauty

    Travel inland via spectacular landscapes 

    Your expedition cruise ends in Seward, the only deep-water ice-free port with road, rail and air connections to Alaska’s interior. And while this is where you leave the seas, there’s still plenty more to experience. 

    From Seward, you’ll enjoy a scenic transfer across the spectacular backcountry of the Kenai Fjords National Park. You’ll stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and learn about their work with orphaned and injured animals, including eagles, owls, bison, bears and musk oxen. 

    On arrival in Anchorage, check into your hotel and explore the city on your own in the evening. 

    Day 14

    Seward's stunning beauty

  • Day 15
    Anchorage

    Adventure in Anchorage

    Explore Alaska's capital or see wildlife in Denali 

    Your Alaska adventure ends in Anchorage, a city brimming with restaurants, galleries and shops. If you can, it's worth extending your time here.  

    The Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center give you a taste of local culture. If you prefer the open air, why not visit the flowering Town Square Park, or go salmon fishing in Ship Creek. 

    The incredible Denali National Park is home to North America’s highest peak and a high density of Alaskan wildlife. If you have time, join our optional Post-Programme here for a perfect expedition finale. 

    Day 15
    Anchorage

    Adventure in Anchorage

Departures

2024

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May:
16.
June:
9.

What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotel   

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

Transfers 

  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Vancouver, including a city tour  
  • Transfer from the ship in Seward to the hotel in Anchorage, with a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, including admission fee, English-speaking guide, and a packed lunch 

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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