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

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We sail north from Vancouver to the Misty Fjords, William Henry Bay, and the dramatic glaciers of College Fjord, looking out for eagles, bears, and whales along the way. You’ll also visit Haines, Sitka, and Cordova, authentic Alaskan frontier towns that are a mix of native and early settler cultures. We end the journey with a train ride from Seward to Anchorage.
14 Days



      Explore Alaska’s wild landscapes, such as Misty Fjords, College Fjord, and Icy Bay
      Scenic journey aboard the famous Alaska Railroad from Seward to Anchorage
      A chance to see Alaskan wildlife, such as the bald eagle and brown and black bears
      Learn native and early settler history in frontier towns Haines, Sitka, and Cordova

Hotel  

  • One night in Anchorage, including breakfast at the end of your voyage (also possible to book without hotel)

Transfer, Alaska Railroad 

  • Train ride in single-level dome cars from Seward to Anchorage
  • Transfer from Anchorage rail depot to hotel in Anchorage with a stop at Alaska Native Heritage Center including admission fee, English-speaking guide, and a packed lunch

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 onboard. 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 onboard
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities onboard 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 program 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

  • International flights
  • Travel protection plan
  • 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
  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please check visa requirements for the US and Canada
  • No gratuities expected
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.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

Itinerary

  1. Start of the Expedition - Vancouver, Canada

    Vibrant Vancouver boasts waterfront parks, nearby mountains, multitudes of cafes, shops, galleries, museums, and a diversity of cultural neighborhoods to explore. Enjoy a scenic journey into the Canadian wilderness aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train with an optional Pre-Program.  

    Start of the Expedition - Vancouver, Canada
  2. Cruising through British Columbia - At Sea

    Sailing north into the open ocean, we make our way towards the narrow channels of Canada’s Inside Passage. Join our Expedition Team in the onboard Science Center for fascinating lectures, spend time getting to know your fellow travelers, or go on deck to look out for dolphins, porpoises, orcas, and whales in the nearby waters.

    Cruising through British Columbia - At Sea
  3. Unspoiled Wilderness - Misty Fjords National Monument

    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. Weather permitting, you will explore the area on our small expedition boats or kayaks. 

    Unspoiled Wilderness - Misty Fjords National Monument
  4. Soul of Alaska - Wrangell, Alaska

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

    Soul of Alaska - Wrangell, Alaska
  5. Day 5 - Tracy / Endicott Arm Fjords, Alaska

    True gems of Southeast Alaska, the Tracy and Endicott Arm fjords feature lush Alaskan greenery on towering cliff sides as well intricate icebergs in the water and rugged, radiant-blue glaciers at the end of the fjords. The region is also home to mountain goats and harbor seals. If sea conditions are right, we’ll explore the area aboard our small expedition boats or kayaks.

    Day 5 - Tracy / Endicott Arm Fjords, Alaska
  6. Little Norway in Alaska - Petersburg, Alaska

    Nicknamed “A 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.”

    Little Norway in Alaska - Petersburg, Alaska
  7. Art in the Wilderness - Haines, Alaska

    Framed by mountains, Haines was the home of the Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, before Europeans arrived in the late 19th century, followed by gold rush settlers. Known in modern times for its community of artists, Haines remains at heart a small Alaskan town on the edge of wilderness.

    Art in the Wilderness - Haines, Alaska
  8. Wilderness Exploration - William Henry Bay, Alaska

    We head ashore with our expedition boats and explore this anchorage with local guides. Nestled against the Chilkat mountain range, the wilderness here features old growth forest, and is home to brown and black bears, wolves, moose, and Sitka black-tailed deer. In the evening, the ship passes through Point Adolphus, a renowned whale watching area. 

    Wilderness Exploration - William Henry Bay, Alaska
  9. Sitka, Blended Cultures - Sitka, Alaska

    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 Tinglit totem poles on display.

    Sitka, Blended Cultures - Sitka, Alaska
  10. Tidal Glaciers - Icy Bay

    Icy Bay lives up to its name. Located in Prince William Sound, the spectacular scenery here has formed during 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 day’s weather and glacier ice conditions will determine which areas we can visit.

    Tidal Glaciers - Icy Bay
  11. Alaska’s Little Secret - Cordova

    Cordova is an authentic Alaskan salmon fishing town surrounded by vast forests, and only accessible by boat or plane. Thanks to this remoteness, Cordova has preserved its small-town, old-school vibe more than many other communities. Sea otters, eagles, and tundra swans are readily seen while moose, beaver, wolf, and bears are rarer sights.

    Alaska’s Little Secret - Cordova
  12. Ivy League Glaciers - College Fjord

    We spend the day in the northern sector of Prince William Sound exploring College Fjord surrounded by the snow-capped Chugach Mountains. The area is home to five magnificent tidewater glaciers and a dozen smaller ones, most named after famous Ivy League East Coast colleges. May is also one of the top months to spot humpback whales here.

    Ivy League Glaciers - College Fjord
  13. Seward’s Scenic Train Ride - Seward

    After disembarking the ship, ride the Alaskan Railroad from Seward to Anchorage. Traveling along the shores of Turnagain Arm, you’ll see a showcase of South-Central Alaska’s natural beauty - jagged peaks, alpine meadows, breathtaking fjords, and crystal lakes. Once in Anchorage, we visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center before transferring to your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Seward’s Scenic Train Ride - Seward
  14. ‘Big Apple of the North’ - Anchorage

    Situated between the 5,000-foot peaks of the Chugach Mountains, the city has more than 40% of the state's population. Locals fish for salmon from Ship Creek downtown and 1,500 moose wander free within the city limits. Extend your stay with a four-day Post-Program to pristine Denali National Park before flying home.

    ‘Big Apple of the North’ - Anchorage

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