Alaska & British Columbia – Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Southbound)
Duration: 14 days
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen
19 July 2020
Price from: 5140 € per personCheck prices and availability
- Experience the highlights of the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska
- Explore the largest tidewater glacier in North America – the Hubbard Glacier
- Spend time whale-watching and spotting rich Alaskan wildlife
- Discover the amazing cultural diversity of Alaskan towns and villages
- Day 1 Anchorage
- Day 2 Anchorage / Seward - Embarkation
- Day 3 College Fjord / Prince William Sound
- Day 4 Gulf of Alaska / Hubbard Glacier
- Day 5 Icy Strait Point
- Day 6 Haines
- Day 7 Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm
- Day 8 Sitka
- Day 9 Petersburg
- Day 10 Wrangell
- Day 11 Misty Fjords National Monument
- Day 12 Ketchikan, Alaska
- Day 13 At sea
- Day 14 Vancouver - Disembarkation
Anchorage, the largest town in Alaska, welcomes you with towering mountains and fantastic wildlife. You will start your expedition with an overnight which gives you time to experience this adventurous city.
Transfer through the amazing nature from Anchorage to Seward. Largely a fishing town, Seward welcomes visitors with mountain trails right from town, nearby glaciers, and a beautiful coastal setting. MS Roald Amundsen awaits your embarkation at the harbour.
We explore the less-visited College Fjord with its impressive collection of glaciers. This is a natural wonderland where ice and forests meet, home to five tidewater glaciers, five larger valley glaciers, and a dozen smaller glaciers, all named after famous East Coast colleges.
At 76 miles (120 km) long and almost 7 miles (11 km) wide, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Framed by the amphitheater of snowcapped mountains, it sits at the end of Disenchantment Bay like a sleeping giant.
Land of Tlingit people, Icy Strait Point offers a glimpse into the life of native settlement. Houses adorned with intricate carvings, totem poles displaying stories of the clans, an old cannery restored to become a centre for the community, as well as cafes, shops, and museum displays welcome visitors.
Home of Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, European traders arrived in the late 19th century, followed by the prospectors of the gold rush era. Known for its community of artists today, Haines remains a small Alaskan town at the end of the road, full of stories and hidden surprises.
True gems of Southeast Alaska, Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords feature lush greenery and steep valleys as well as intricate icebergs 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 harbour seals.
Nestled on the western side of Baranof Island, Sitka hosts beautiful scenery with snowcapped mountains, small islands, rich wildlife and even a volcano in sight. A former capital of Russian Alaska, the town has history imprinted on its streets, where a Russian Cathedral and historic buildings stand next to the forest full of totem poles.
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.
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 of this area. Outside of the main cruise ship routes, nowadays it remains a simple fishing town.
Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs adorned by strings of waterfalls, mountain rivers and wetlands along the coast, often with milky fog filling the bays and coves. Quiet and tranquil, this magical place will show you the serenity of the Alaskan soul.
Ketchikan is known as the `Salmon capital of the world´. A true frontier town, it is surrounded by towering mountains and hosts colourful houses on stilts from the gold rush era lining the river banks. The city also holds one of the largest collections of standing totem poles and has strong ties to Tlingit culture.
Enjoy the scenery of the coastal mountains and be on a lookout for the dolphins, porpoise, orcas and whales that frequent these protected inland waters.
Our voyage ends in cosmopolitan Vancouver, city of waterfront parks, international cuisine, galleries, museums, colourful neighbourhoods, and beautiful nature all around. Take your time to explore the city to get even more out of your adventure.
Included in your voyage
- Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
- One overnight in Anchorage before the voyage including breakfast
- Transfer from hotel to ship in Seward
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 (ESTA) required - for details please see Visa information in our Entry requirements
MS Roald Amundsen
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
In 2019, Hurtigruten will add 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.
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- Practical Information: Expedition Cruises with MS Roald Amundsen
- Meet our Expedition Team
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