Your adventure begins with a scenic drive from Anchorage
(Alaska’s largest city) to Seward, you’ll view
orphaned and rehabilitating wildlife at the conservation center. From
there, we’ll sail into Prince William Sound, exploring
College Fjord and Icy Bay, where you’ll see spectacular
glaciers and have the chance to spot wildlife such as humpback whales,
Bald Eagles, and otters.
Then, we’ll drop anchor at William Henry Bay, an old copper
and gold mining site. Keep an eye out for deer while you’re
hiking through the forest with local guides. Next up is the creative
hub of Haines. Learn about the town’s Chilkat Tlingit roots
in the museum and browse the many galleries and boutiques.
Southeast Inside Passage
Crossing Holkham Bay, you’ll be treated to magnificent views
of either the Tracy or Endicott Arm, two pristine fjords with waters so
calm they look like a mirror. Weather and ice conditions permitting,
you may be able to explore the fjords in a kayak as part of an optional
Your journey continues in Sitka, a town with a blended culture with
both Russian and Tlingit influences From there, you can learn about
‘Little Norway’ in Petersburg and marvel at the
impressive totem poles in Wrangell and Alert Bay. The bustling city of
Vancouver marks the end of your cruise.
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR||From USD|
|Jun 19, 2023||Jul 03, 2023||5,690
Rates are listed per person
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR||From USD|
|Jun 19, 2023||Jul 03, 2023||5,690
Day 1 - Anchorage
Day 2 - Seward, Alaska
Day 3 - College Fjord
Day 4 - Cordova
Day 5 - Icy Bay
Day 6 - William Henry Bay, Alaska
Day 7 - Haines, Alaska
Day 8 - Tracy / Endicott Arm Fjords, Alaska
Day 9 - Sitka, Alaska
Day 10 - Petersburg, Alaska
Day 11 - Wrangell, Alaska
Day 12 - Misty Fjords National Monument
Day 13 - B.C. Inside Passage
Day 14 - Alert Bay, British Colombia
Day 15 - Vancouver
Day 1 Alaska’s Largest City
Your expedition cruise begins in Alaska’s largest city, home
to almost 40% of the state’s population—a
proportion beaten only by New York state and its famous city. In fact,
Anchorage sits almost exactly midway between New York City and Tokyo,
Japan; but it’s even farther north than Oslo, Norway, and
Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Anchorage is packed with the restaurants, galleries, events, and
baseball games; you’re sure to enjoy this modern American
metropolis. It’s also near Denali National Park, which you
can explore as part of our Pre-Program.
If you have time, the Anchorage Museum’s artwork and
artifacts collections is worth a visit. The Native Heritage Center also
showcases a variety of indigenous cultures and traditional dance
Flowers will be in full boom in Town Square Park, while locals will be
fishing for salmon in downtown Ship Creek, making the most of the long
summer days. Moose are commonly seen roaming certain neighborhoods,
with brown and black bears also known to wander into parts of the city.
You will spend your first night at a hotel in Anchorage. Enjoy your
stay and use the hotel’s amenities. Dinner is on your own.
Day 2 Alaskan scenery and wildlife.
After enjoying your breakfast, you will head off from Anchorage to
Seward, including after a scenic drive through spectacular backcountry.
The route between Anchorage and Seward is also well known for sightings
of the horned Dall sheep.
Sitting on the Kenai Peninsula at the head of Resurrection Bay and
beneath Mount Marathon, Seward boasts incredible natural scenery. This
is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, a vast mountainous area
containing one of Alaska’s largest ice fields.
Founded in 1903, Seward is the only deepwater ice-free port that also
connects to Alaska’s interior via plane, train, and highway.
It is named after William H. Seward, the Secretary of State who
negotiated the U.S. purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.
We’ll also make a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation
Center along the way. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, this
sanctuary in Portage Valley cares for orphaned and injured Alaskan
animals. Here, you might see bears, bison, moose, caribou, elk, eagles,
owls, musk oxen, and a variety of birds.
MS Roald Amundsen is then waiting for you at the pier in Seward to take
you on an unforgettable expedition cruise.
Day 3 Ivy League Glaciers
This area in northern Prince William Sound is home to five magnificent
tidewater glaciers, five large valley glaciers, and a dozen smaller
ones. From afar, the glaciers look like frozen waterfalls, tumbling
slowly down the black rock of the Chugach Mountains into the blue seas
Glaciers such as Vassar, Smith, Yale, and Harvard were named after
their discoverers’ Ivy League alma maters during the 1899
Harriman Expedition. Princeton is notably missing—the
discoverers are said to have taken great delight in this deliberate
Harvard Glacier is the largest among these glaciers. Its face is
200-feet-thick and over a mile wide. We’ll get as close as we
safely can to these natural wonders, provided that the wind, waves, and
conditions are favorable.
Be on the lookout for wildlife, including humpback whales, bald eagles,
otters, and sea lions, which are often spotted in this remote area.
There is also a possibility of small-boat (RIB) cruising on the fjord,
or even kayaking as an optional excursion.
Day 4 Alaska’s Little Secret
Cordova is an authentic Alaskan salmon fishing town surrounded by the
vast Chugach National Forest. As it’s only accessible by boat
or plane, only a few visitors each year admire the town’s
spectacular setting between Orca Inlet, Hawkins Island, Mount Eccles,
Eyak Lake, and the Copper River Delta.
Thanks to this remoteness, Cordova has preserved its small-town,
traditional feel more than many other communities in Alaska. Enjoy the
friendly atmosphere and chat with the welcoming locals about their
Head down to the Ilanka Cultural Center and see a collection of tribal
artifacts and artwork, including a fully reconstructed orca skeleton.
You can also check out the museum on Main Street for a snapshot of
Some might know of Cordova due to the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill
of 1989, when a tanker ran aground on Bligh Reef northwest of the town.
Major efforts helped clean up the coastline. While the
region’s sea otters, eagles, Tundra Swans, beavers, moose,
and bears have largely recovered, certain after-effects remain.
Day 5 Tidal Glaciers
Discover Icy Bay, near Prince William Sound—a place that
really lives up to its name. Three prominent glaciers—Guyot,
Yahtse, and Tyndall—feed vast chunks of floating ice into the
This area was once a giant tidewater glacier that ran directly into the
Gulf of Alaska. Icy Bay has only been accessible to ships for the last
100 years or so.
This was also the site of the 2015 megatsunami, when 180 million tons
of mountain rock and forest collapsed into the fjord. The resulting
wave is thought to be one of the tallest in the past century.
Thankfully, the megatsunami dissipated without doing any damage.
Our aim will be to visit the Guyot Glacier, measuring 34 miles long and
8 miles wide, but that depends on ice we encounter along the way and on
local weather conditions. We’ll land as close to the glacier
as safely possible and explore the waters by kayak as part of an
Like always, we’ll be on the lookout for the awesome wildlife
that abounds in the Gulf of Alaska, including humpback whales, orcas,
Stellar sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, and many others.
Photo ops will abound throughout the day in this rough and rugged area
steeped in natural beauty. The harbor seals, in particular, love to
loaf around on the floating ice.
Day 6 Wilderness Exploration
In the morning, we’ll pass by Point Adolphus, located on the
northern tip of Chichagof Island, across from Glacier Bay National
Park. These nutrient-rich waters are famous for attracting large
numbers of humpback whales and other marine life. See why Point
Adolphus is known as one of the best whale-sighting spots in North
William Henry Bay lies south of Haines, at the edge of the Chilkat
Range mountain range. We’ll drop anchor and explore the
shores lined with old-growth forest with local guides. Keep your eyes
open for brown and black bears, black-tailed deer, and moose.
The area here was the site of copper mining, and later gold, in 1921.
With the Cold War and nuclear arms proliferation of the 1950s, the U.S.
government spurred on a ‘uranium rush’ around
William Henry Bay, but failed to find any significant deposits. Recent
surveys seem to suggest that there still be gold in these
Day 7 Art in the Wilderness
Discover this rugged frontier Alaskan town with a heart for art. Haines
is postcard perfect, located in the northern part of the Alaskan
Panhandle beside the Lynn Canal deepwater fjord.
Before the Gold Rush, Haines was the home to the Chilkat Tlingit
people. who are well-known for weaving intricate designs with mountain
goat fur and yellow cedar bark. Visit the Haines Sheldon Museum to see
authentic Chilkat blankets on display.
The creative spirit lives on in Haines through its flourishing art
scene. There are more artists per capita here than any other town in
Southeast Alaska, explaining the diverse art collections in the local
galleries and workshops. Totem carving, silverwork, sculpture, and
photography are just some of the art forms on display here.
Haines is also ideal for adventurers seeking hiking and
wildlife-spotting opportunities. Known as the ‘Valley of the
Eagles’, Haines is a Bald Eagle magnet. Its varied ecosystems
also support bears and moose.
If you’re a fan of the offbeat and quirky, check out the
Hammer Museum. It’s not hard to spot—just look out
for the giant hammer.
Day 8 Rainforests to Glaciers
Crossing Holkham Bay, we can choose between exploring Tracy Arm or
Endicott Arm. These fjords are lesser-known gems of Alaska, due to
their relative inaccessibility for larger vessels. You’ll
appreciate just how special they are when you see them.
The water is often so calm here it seems like a mirror reflecting the
sky and the mountains around it. Calving glaciers lie at the end of
each fjord, releasing beautiful fresh icebergs out into the tranquil
waters—some as tall as buildings.
Tracy Arm is the home of the combined North and South Sawyer Glaciers,
while the Dawes Glacier lies in the Endicott Arm. Both arms are home to
rugged and radiant blue-ice glaciers and icebergs, set against a
stunning backdrop of Alaskan forests and towering cliffs.
Endicott Arm is one of the world’s largest breeding grounds
for harbor seals, which are often seen loafing on the floating ice.
Keep your eyes peeled for whales, bears, mountain goats, moose, and
other wildlife. If conditions are right you might catch a closer view
from our small boats (RIBs) or by kayaks on an optional excursion.
Day 9 Sitka, Blended Cultures
Situated on Baranof Island on the outer coast of the Inside Passage,
Sitka can only be reached by sea or by air. It’s also
surrounded by Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest
in the world. While you sail here, enjoy views of the Sisters Mountains
and of Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano reminiscent of
Japan’s Mount Fuji.
Originally inhabited by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago, Sikta
was conquered by Russia in 1804 and renamed ‘New
Archangel’. By 1808, the city was the largest in the region
and designated the capital of Alaska. Today, Sitka is home to a blend
of cultures. Tlingit traditions remain strong, existing alongside
Russian and American influences.
With Russia reeling from the Crimean War, it sold Alaska to the U.S. to
keep it out of the hands of the British. The location of the transfer
ceremony in 1867 was none other than New Archangel, which was promptly
renamed ‘Sitka’. At the meager price of $7.2
million for the entire region, it was a steal at just two cents per
Historic sites abound in Sitka, like its oldest intact building, the
Russian Bishop’s House, dating back to 1842. Or you can visit
the Russian Orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral, which still
features its original chandelier, religious art, and a range of other
A highlight for many visitors to Sitka is the 107-acre Sitka National
Historical Park. There is a fascinating museum here offering a range of
exhibits. You can then follow a trail that leads you by the ocean
through a peaceful forest. You’ll also discover beautiful
examples of ornate Haida and Tlingit totem poles along the way.
Day 10 Little Norway in Alaska
This little fishing town is located at the north end of Mitkof Island,
where the Wrangell Narrows meets Frederick Sound. Here, you might see
icebergs in the sound, calved from LeConte Glacier on the opposite
shore. In the summer, these waters are usually important feeding
grounds for humpback whales.
Petersburg boasts the largest home-based halibut fleet in Alaska, which
supports a number of canneries. The harbor is brimming with ships and
seaplanes, but isn’t deep enough to receive larger cruise
From the waterfront, you’ll have enviable views of the snowy
summits across Frederick Sound. The most prominent of these peaks is
the Devil’s Thumb, the site of the biggest rockface in North
Founded by a Norwegian named Peter Buschmann in the 1800s, the 3,000
residents of this ‘Little Norway’ are very proud of
their Scandinavian heritage. With Hurtigruten being from their
ancestral homeland, we’re likely to get a warm welcome from
Enjoy the quaint wooden houses decorated with traditional Norwegian
rosemaling as you stroll quiet streets like Sing Lee Alley. Learn all
about the town’s Nordic history at the Sons of Norway hall, a
large white building built in 1912. You’ll even find a
locally constructed replica of a Viking ship, the Valhalla, which was
Day 11 Soul of Alaska
Feel like you’re truly stepping back in time at Wrangell, one
of Alaska’s oldest and most historic island towns. After a
short 15-minute walk, you’ll start to see the ancient
petroglyph carvings that dot the beach here. There are about 50 in
total—see how many you can spot.
Afterward, pay a visit to the Wrangell Museum. It’s packed
full of interesting artifacts and information about the
town’s history. Wrangell is now part of the U.S., but was
previously governed by Great Britain, Russia, and the Tlingit people,
as far back as 8,000 years ago.
Don’t miss the moss-covered totem poles at the Chief Shakes
Tribal House, which tell the story of the local Tlingit people. The
beautiful Tribal House, constructed from cedar wood, is only a short
walk from the town center, over the wooden bridge to Shakes Island.
Reconnecting with nature is easy on one of the local trails to the edge
of the rainforest, surrounded by alluring scenery at the mouth of
Stikine River and at the foot of Mount Dewey.
Day 12 Unspoiled Wilderness
Misty Fjords belongs to the two million acres of Tongass National
Forest. This pristine coastal wilderness showcases evergreen trees,
deep fjords, and majestic snow-capped peaks.
This region receives more than 150 inches of rain per year, which feeds
lakes and rivers that run into waterfalls and tumble from the dark
granite cliffs. These mountains, covered in cedar, spruce, hemlock, and
moss, rise almost vertically from the fjords to heights of more than
The influential Scottish-American mountaineer John Muir, known as the
‘Father of the National Parks’, famously called the
Misty Fjords one of the most beautiful places he’d ever seen.
As we explore the area, we hope you’ll feel the same. Weather
permitting, you’ll tour the area aboard small boats (RIBs) or
by kayak on an optional excursion.
Keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats, brown bears, black bears, and
moose along the shores, the ridges, and slopes. All five species of
Pacific salmon swim in the waters, along with river otters, sea otters,
sea lions, harbor seals, orcas, and Dall porpoises. Keep your
binoculars ready for the hummingbirds, Trumpeter Swans, herons, and the
greatest American icon: the majestic Bald Eagle.
Day 13 Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage
The great North American Pacific Fjordland is a protected stretch of
water over 930 miles long, known for its relatively calm waters and few
ocean swells. Unlike other cruise ships that normally pass through the
area at night, you’ll see this sublime summer scenery during
Our expedition ship is small enough to pass through the Inside Passage
and make close approaches to interesting and scenic channels.
Don’t forget your binoculars!
Day 14 First Nations, Keepers of the Inside Passage
Alert Bay´s Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations community
is based in this scenic village on Cormorant Island, just off the
northern coast of Vancouver Island. Local mythology tells of ancestral
animals that transformed into humans after discovering the land long
ago, becoming the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
Experience the rich history of this indigenous community at the U'mista
Cultural Centre, where you can see elaborate totem poles, paintings,
carvings, and ceremonial masks on display. Come see the
world’s tallest totem pole, standing over 170 feet tall,
depicting many figures from the Kwakwaka’wakw
This area and the nearby islands are home to diverse wildlife. You may
see orcas and humpback whales gracing the shores and keep an eye out
for the distinctive speckled back of the Yellow-billed Loon.
Day 15 Vibrant Vancouver
Our voyage ends in vibrant Vancouver. Set amid beautiful mountain
scenery and the waters of English Bay, Vancouver is both a bustling
seaport and a cosmopolitan city. It boasts waterfront parks and
numerous cafés, shops, galleries, and museums, along with a
variety of cultural neighborhoods to explore. Add an optional extra
night and join us on a full-day excursion to Whistler.
Vancouver’s neighborhoods buzz with world-class farm-to-table
cuisine. Chinatown and Punjabi Market have arguably the best Asian food
in North America, while Commercial Drive is the home of Little Italy.
Don’t miss Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood!
Gastown’s Victorian buildings house some of the
city’s hottest restaurants and its over 500-foot-high
Vancouver Lookout also offers a great view of the city.
Take in the neon lights and nightlife along Granville Street strip or
just relax on one of the beaches in West End. The latter is also the
gateway to the towering red cedars of Stanley Park, filled with
wide-open spaces to explore.
If you feel like extending your stay in Vancouver, we recommend booking
our optional two-day Post-Program. This includes a full-day excursion
to Whistler with a ride on the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and an overnight in a
centrally located hotel.
MS Roald Amundsen
Named after the first man to cross Antarctica and reach the South Pole, MS Roald Amundsen leads the way towards an even more sustainable way of traveling. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters. It serves as a comfortable base camp at sea - bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.
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Included in Your
- One night in Anchorage, including breakfast at the start of
the expedition cruise
- Transfer from hotel in Anchorage to Seward with a stop at
the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which includes the admission
fee, an English-speaking guide, and a packed lunch.
- Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house
beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and
- Fine-dining in À la carte restaurant
Lindstrøm is 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 fill at onboard
water refill stations
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide
activities, both on board and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures
on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an
extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to
current scientific research projects
- The onboard professional photographer will give tips and
tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
- The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an
outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
- Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as
daily recaps and the next day’s preparations
Not Included In Your
- Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers help you configure your camera
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Baggage 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 U.S. and Canada
- No gratuities are expected