Alaska & British Columbia – Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture
Duration: 15 days
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen
24 June 2020
Price from: 5821 € per personCheck prices and availability
- Follow the Inside Passage from British Columbia to the mountains of Alaska
- Spend time whale watching from the deck
- Experience the rich diversity of towns and cultures of the Pacific coast
- Discover the northernmost rainforest in the world
- Day 1 Vancouver - Embarkation
- Day 2 At sea
- Day 3 Ketchikan, Alaska
- Day 4 Sitka
- Day 5 Icy Strait Point
- Day 6 Haines
- Day 7 Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm
- Day 8 Juneau
- Day 9 Wrangell
- Day 10 Petersburg
- Day 11 Misty Fjords National Monument
- Day 12 Prince Rupert
- Day 13 Butedale - Cruising through the British Columbia Inside Passage
- Day 14 Alert Bay
- Day 15 Vancouver - Disembarkation
Vibrant Vancouver boasts waterfront parks, nearby mountains with hiking trails in summer and skiing in winter, multitudes of cafes, shops, galleries, museums, and a diversity of cultural neighbourhoods to explore.
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen.
We sail north to Alaska through the narrow weaving channels and straits of Canada’s Inside Passage. Be on the lookout for dolphins, porpoise, orcas, and whales that frequent the protected inland waters.
Join our Expedition Team for fascinating lectures, spend time relaxing on board or meeting your fellow travellers.
Known as the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan is a true frontier town, surrounded by towering mountains. Colourful houses on stilts from the gold rush era line the river bank. The city is home to one of the largest collections of standing totem poles and has strong ties to Tlingit culture.
IncludedKetchikan - Alaskan Lumberjack ShowLearn about Alaska's rich logging history through displays of strength and agility, action, excitement and laughter!
Ketchikan - Eagles, Raptors & Rainforest ExperienceJoin us for a guided rainforest trail walk to search for wildlife and experience a new presentation and exhibit about raptors, including a close encounter with a live bald eagle.
Ketchikan - Potlatch City Tour with Totem Bight State ParkExperience sightseeing in the beautiful coastal community of Ketchikan on a day tour complete with historic sites and city highlights.
Ketchikan Historic Walking TourGain a unique understanding of Ketchikan and its Tlingit culture on this guided walking tour of Alaska’s ‘First City’.
Ketchikan - Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's TourStep aboard a ship with a fascinating and colourful history as a commercial crab fishing boat and hear about the amazing world of Alaskan crab fishing.
Ketchikan - Alaskan Fishing & Wilderness DiningExperience the thrill of fishing in Alaskan waters before dining on your catch of the day!
Sitka has beautiful scenery with snowcapped mountains, small islands, rich wildlife all around, and even a volcano in sight. A former capital of Russian Alaska, the town has historic streets featuring a Russian Cathedral and ornate totem poles.
IncludedSitka - Alaska Raptor CentreJoin us on a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center, which rehabilitates injured bald eagles and other birds of prey
Sitka Cultural DiscoveryExplore the historical highlights and heritage of Sitka, a former Russian capital city, on a unique, fully-narrated sightseeing journey that includes a tour through Sitka National Park and folk dancing presentation.
Sitka Kayak AdventureEnjoy a fully guided kayaking adventure exploring Sitka Sound’s spectacular scenery and marine life.
Sitka - Sea Otter, Raptors & BearsThis unforgettable tour provides the opportunity to experience all three of Sitka’s most popular wildlife viewing experiences.
Sitka - Wildlife Quest and Fin Island LodgeThe ultimate Alaska experience begins as soon as you board this expedition vessel in Sitka. Experience a magnificent scenic cruise followed by a delicious Alaskan feast!
Sitka - Alaska Zodiac Adventure & Fin Island LodgeExplore the waters and islands surrounding Sitka in a Zodiac and get a taste of real Alaska adventure before indulging a true Alaskan feast!
Icy Strait Point offers a glimpse into a life of native settlement. Houses are adorned with intricate carvings, totem poles display stories of the clans, and there are enjoyable cafes, shops, and museum displays.
IncludedIcy Strait Point - Cannery ExperienceEnjoy a nature walk through second-growth forest and a historical tour of the Hoonah Packing Company Cannery
Icy Strait Point - Scenic Mountain Ascent & World's Largest ZipRiderTake in sweeping views of Icy Strait and Glacier Bay as you ‘fly’ over the treetops of Icy Strait Point on this thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime ZipRider cable ride descent - the highest in the U.S. at 1,330 feet (405 m) above sea level and 5,330 feet (1,625 m) long. For adventure-seekers only!
Icy Strait Point - Whales, Wildlife & Brown Bear SearchTwo Alaskan wildlife adventures in one! Watch whales as they feed and frolic in the waters of Icy Strait, then look for wildlife and coastal brown bears along the wild Spasski River.
Icy Strait Point - Wilderness HikeA two-mile guided hike leads you through private, Native American-owned land for an up-close wilderness experience in the dense Tongass National Forest. Follow an abandoned logging trail and take in the spectacular panoramic views of Chichagof Island and across to Glacier Bay. Keep your camera at the ready – wildlife abounds!
Ocean Raft AdventureExperience a thrilling wilderness adventure in an open-air, high speed boat that takes you along the rugged coastline in search of wildlife.
Icy Strait Point - Ultimate Helicopter Tour: Wildlife, Wilderness, Tlingit CultureYour pilot chooses the best route on this helicopter tour that searches for whales, bears and other wildlife.
Framed by glacier-covered mountains, Haines has been the home of Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, before European traders came in the late 19th century, followed by the gold rush era. Now known for its artist community, Haines remains a small Alaskan town full of stories and hidden surprises.
IncludedHaines - Fort Seward Town packageDiscover Fort Seward and the town of Haines at your leisure
Haines - Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve FloatFloat on a river raft through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve while enjoying spectacular scenery and watching for wildlife.
Haines – Last Frontier ATV AdventureExperience the thrill of driving Kawasaki and Arctic Cat all-terrain vehicles into the Alaskan wilderness.
Haines - Klukwan Native Culture ExperienceExperience the native culture of the Tlingit people and the Chilkat Valley on this unique visit to the ancient village of Klukwan.
Haines - Kelgaya Point HikeNature lovers will thrill at this opportunity to discover and explore one of south-east Alaska’s most pristine natural environments.
The Tracy and Endicott Arm fjords feature lush greenery on towering cliffsides in spectacular deep valleys. Study the intricate shapes of icebergs in the water that have calved from the rugged, radiant blue glaciers at the end of the fjords as we sail this unforgettable area.
The capital of Alaska, Juneau has the aura of a gold rush town with old saloons, historic hotels, and remnants of gold mines in the mountains and valleys. Numerous hiking trails can take you from the vibrant busy streets into the wilderness within minutes – a contrast typical of the Alaskan frontier.
IncludedJuneau - Alaska State Museum VisitExplore the recently renovated Alaska State Museum for a unique view of Alaska’s history and diverse cultures
Juneau - Perseverance Trail HikeWith more miles of trails than roads, Juneau is the place for an adventurous day hike.
Juneau - Town, Tram and Timberline TrekEnjoy four tours in one! This fully guided trip gives you the best of Juneau`s history with an exclusive downtown tour, ride on an aerial tram and an easy walk in the timberline wilderness atop Mount Roberts.
Juneau - Mendenhall Glacier Viewpoint & Glacier GardensJoin us for an exciting tour to view Mendenhall Glacier and visit beautiful Rainforest Gardens near Juneau.
Juneau - Mendenhall Glacier Guides Choice Trail HikePut on your hiking boots, fill your lungs with fresh air and experience a day of world-class hiking on this Mendenhall Glacier excursion.
Juneau - Helicopter Dog-sledge TourTake a helicopter flightseeing tour and experience dog-sledging on the Herbert Glacier with Alaska Icefield Expeditions.
Juneau - Discover Alaska's WhalesTake part in an exciting whale-watching safari that additionally gathers and provides scientific data for a university natural history programme.
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 living reminders of the history of this area.
IncludedWrangell - An Alaskan's DayJoin us and learn what it means to be Alaskan
Wrangell - Tongass Botanical Forest WalkExplore the botanical bounty that the Tongass Rainforest has provided both its two and four-legged inhabitants for thousands of years.
Wrangell - Wrangell HighlightsDiscover the highlights of a genuine Alaska town. See its colourful history and native culture come to life while visiting the Wrangell Museum, Petroglyph Beach and Kiks Adi Totem Park.
Wrangell - Stikini River & Wilderness Glacier Lake by Jet BoatVisit one of the last truly wild rivers in North America. The Stikine River runs directly through Alaska’s nearly one-half million-acre Stikine LeConte’ Wilderness area.
Wrangell - Coastal CanoeJoin us on an exciting adventure in traditional Native Alaskan canoes along the coastline of Wrangell Harbor.
Wrangell - Rainforest Jet Boat and HikeJoin us for an exciting combination of water adventure and hiking experience.
Nicknamed `Little Norway´, rarely-visited Petersburg is a thriving fishing village with a strong Norwegian heritage, scenery that will take your breath away and an abundance of marine life all around. Proud of their Scandinavian roots, local residents even celebrate Norwegian holidays, and the heart of the community is the Sons of Norway Hall.
IncludedPetersburg - Dock Walk of PetersburgMeet your local guide who is either a commercial fisherperson or someone involved in the fishing industry for a walk through the harbors
City Creek Trail HikeJoin us on the City Creek Trail Tour through Alaska’s ‘Little Norway', which starts at picturesque Hammer’s Slough. We then proceed by motor vehicle past totem poles and along Peterburg’s Main Street to beautiful Sandy Beach.
Rainforest hike Raven's RoostThis two-mile (3.5km) hike on the Raven’s Roost Trail starts at a trailhead near picturesque Hammer’s Slough. During your ride to the trail we drive past totem poles and along Petersburg’s Main Street with its traditional Norwegian rosemaled storefronts.
Le Conte Glacier FlightTake off on a scenic 45-minute flight over spectacular Le Conte Glacier and see some of the most beautiful sights in Southeast Alaska from above.
Sons of NorwayJoin us on a fascinating tour that explores historic Norwegian culture in Alaska at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Petersburg.
The largest wilderness area in Southeast Alaska, Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs adorned by dramatic waterfalls, mountain rivers and wetlands along the coast, and often milky fog filling the bays and coves. Quiet and tranquil, this magical place will show you the serenity of the Alaskan soul.
Gateway to immense wilderness on the northern coast of British Columbia, Prince Rupert was a busy city at the turn of twentieth century – a major port and railway terminus. Nowadays, it is a sleepy provincial town with interesting stories, wilderness at its doorstep and the beauty of a coastal setting.
A day of exploration through the narrow channels of the Canadian Inside Passage. Prince Royal Island offers ghost towns, abandoned canneries, and waterfalls coming in view, and we will enjoy great wildlife spotting, from eagles overhead to seals lounging on rocky shores.
Alert Bay´s Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations community is based in this scenic village at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Enjoy the elaborate totem poles, paintings, carvings and ceremonial masks in the local museum. We will search for wildlife in the nearby islands.
IncludedAlert Bay - Cultural Dance PerformanceEnjoy traditional Kwakwaka'wakw dances and performances by the Tʼsasała Dance Group, made up of various tribes and language groups
Alert Bay - Island Totem Poles & U’mista TourExplore the fascinating world of Canadian Pacific Northwest First Nation culture through the eyes of a local!
Our voyage ends with a return to cosmopolitan Vancouver. Take your time to explore this colourful and welcoming city to get the most out of your journey.
Included in your voyage
- Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE
- A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team
- Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION
- In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
- Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
- Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
- Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
- Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers
- Destination-focused onboard library
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- A farewell event
PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
- All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
- Coffee and tea included throughout the day
- Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Fredheim restaurant meals included
- A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
- Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
- Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
- Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- No gratuities expected
Not included in your voyage
- International flights
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Visa for US and Canada (ESTA/ETA) required - for details please see Visa information in our Entry requirements
MS Roald Amundsen
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
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.
Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.
Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.
Ketchikan - Alaskan Lumberjack Show
Ketchikan - Potlatch City Tour with Totem Bight State Park
Ketchikan - Ketchikan Historic Walking Tour
Ketchikan - Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour
Ketchikan – Alaskan Fishing & Wilderness Dining
Ketchikan – Eagles, Raptors & Rainforest Experience
Sitka - Alaska Raptor Centre
Sitka - Sitka Cultural Discovery
Sitka - Sea Otter, Raptors & Bears
Sitka - Wildlife Quest and Fin Island Lodge
Sitka – Alaska Zodiac Adventure & Fin Island Lodge
Sitka Kayak Adventure
Icy Strait Point - Cannery Experience
Icy Strait Point - Scenic Mountain Ascent & World's Largest ZipRider
Icy Strait Point - Whales, Wildlife & Brown Bear Search
Icy Strait Point - Wilderness Hike
Icy Strait Point - Ocean Raft Adventure
Icy Strait Point - Ultimate Helicopter Tour: Wildlife, Wilderness, Tlingit Culture
Haines - Fort Seward Town package
Haines – Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Float
Haines – Klukwan Native Culture Experience
Haines – Last Frontier ATV Adventure
Haines – Kelgaya Point Hike
Juneau - Alaska State Museum Visit
Juneau – Town, Tram and Timberline Trek
Juneau – Mendenhall Glacier Guides Choice Trail Hike
Juneau – Discover Alaska's Whales
Juneau – Perseverance Trail Hike
Juneau – Helicopter Dog-sledge Tour
Juneau – Mendenhall Glacier Viewpoint & Glacier Gardens
Wrangell – Tongass Botanical Forest Walk
Wrangell – Wrangell Highlights
Wrangell – Stikini River & Wilderness Glacier Lake by Jet Boat
Wrangell – Coastal Canoe
Wrangell – Rainforest Jet Boat and Hike
Petersburg - Dock Walk of Petersburg
Petersburg - City Creek Trail Hike
Petersburg - Rainforest hike Raven's Roost
Petersburg - Le Conte Glacier Flight
Petersburg - Sons of Norway
Alert Bay - Cultural Dance Performance
Alert Bay - Island Totem Poles & U’mista Tour
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Rocky Mountaineer and Vancouver: Pre-Programme
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- Practical Information: Expedition Cruises with MS Roald Amundsen
- Meet our Expedition Teams
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