MS Roald Amundsen
18 days

Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands (Northbound)

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$ 10185
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Roald Amundsen
18 days

Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands (Northbound)

Price from
$ 10185
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands (Northbound) 2022
Departures
7 July 2022
8 August 2022
  • Explore Alaska’s wild landscapes in the Misty Fjords, Icy Bay, and the Aleutian Islands
  • Learn Native and early settler history in frontier towns Wrangell, Sitka, and Nome
  • Visit Katmai National Park near Kodiak Island to look for brown and black bears
  • Spot bald eagles in Chignik and other rare birds on St. Paul and St. Matthew Islands

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Itinerary

This voyage takes you on a journey from Vancouver to Alaska’s Misty Fjords and Icy Bay, and the mixed heritage towns of Wrangell and Sitka. Spot bald eagles in the fishing village of Chignik Bay and other rare birds on the isolated islands of St. Paul and St. Matthew in the Bering Sea. We’ll also visit Katmai National Park to look for brown and black bears.
Day 1
Vancouver, Canada

Estimated time of departure is 6:00 PM

Start of the Expedition
Enjoy a Pre-Programme ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train.
Enjoy a Pre-Programme ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train.
Photo: Shutterstock

From the boutiques on Main Street to the coffee shops of Commercial Drive, the steam clock in Gastown or the heritage-house beachfronts of Kitsilano, you’ll quickly find out why this coastal metropolis is consistently voted one of the worlds most livable cities. Add an optional Pre-Programme train ride aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer.

Enjoy a Pre-Programme ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train.
Enjoy a Pre-Programme ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train.
Photo: Shutterstock
Get to know the Gastown district in Vancouver.
Get to know the Gastown district in Vancouver.
Photo: Shutterstock
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers.
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers.
Photo: Nils Lund Svai
Scan for Orcas in the blue waters.
Scan for Orcas in the blue waters.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 2
At sea
Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers.
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers.
Photo: Nils Lund Svai

Sailing north into the open ocean, we spend a few hours journeying through the Inside Passage, admiring places such as Grenville Channel, Princess Royal Channel or Johnstone Strait. Enjoy exceptional views of tranquil fjords and mountains covered in evergreen forests. Unlike other cruise ships that normally pass through the area at night, you’ll be able to see this sublime summer scenery during the day.

Day 3
Misty Fjords National Monument
Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage
Explore the mysterious beauty of the fjord.
Explore the mysterious beauty of the fjord.
Photo: shutterstock

Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, mountain rivers, granite cliffs adorned by strips of waterfalls, and wetlands along the coast, often with milky fog filling the bays and coves. Weather permissible, you will explore the area on our small expedition boats or kayaks.

Explore the mysterious beauty of the fjord.
Explore the mysterious beauty of the fjord.
Photo: shutterstock
Magical New Eddystone Rock in Misty Fjords.
Magical New Eddystone Rock in Misty Fjords.
Photo: shutterstock
Get to know this off the beaten track fishing town.
Day 4
Wrangell, Alaska
Soul of Alaska
Traditional tribal house at Reliance Dock.
Traditional tribal house at Reliance Dock.
Photo: shutterstock
Discover petroglyphs on the beach near Wrangell.
Discover petroglyphs on the beach near Wrangell.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 4
Wrangell, Alaska
Soul of Alaska
Get to know this off the beaten track fishing town.
Get to know this off the beaten track fishing town.
Photo: shutterstock

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

Day 5
Sitka, Alaska
Sitka, Blended Cultures
Sitka National Historic Park features Tinglit totem poles.
Sitka National Historic Park features Tinglit totem poles.
Photo: Hurtigruten

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 Tlingit totem poles on display.

Sitka National Historic Park features Tinglit totem poles.
Sitka National Historic Park features Tinglit totem poles.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Wander the streets of colourful Sitka.
Wander the streets of colourful Sitka.
Photo: shutterstock
Watch for harbor seals resting on ice in the sound.
Day 6
Icy Bay
Tidal Glaciers
Glaciers and rugged beauty throughout the area.
Glaciers and rugged beauty throughout the area.
Photo: shutterstock
Experience the dramatic icescape of Prince William Sound.
Experience the dramatic icescape of Prince William Sound.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 6
Icy Bay
Tidal Glaciers
Watch for harbor seals resting on ice in the sound.
Watch for harbor seals resting on ice in the sound.
Photo: shutterstock

Icy Bay lives up to its name. Located in Prince William Sound, the spectacular scenery here formed in 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 weather and glacier ice conditions on the day will dictate which areas we will be able to visit.

Day 7
At sea
Serenity at Sea
Gain in-depth understanding in the Science Center.
Gain in-depth understanding in the Science Center.
Photo: Nils Lund/ Hurtigruten

Enjoy a day at sea. Our Expedition Team continues its lecture programme, sharing their extensive knowledge and experience, as well as summarising the voyage so far and presenting plans for the exciting days ahead.

Gain in-depth understanding in the Science Center.
Gain in-depth understanding in the Science Center.
Photo: Nils Lund/ Hurtigruten
Meet, chat and share with your fellow explorers.
Meet, chat and share with your fellow explorers.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Rugged beauty in Abercrombie State Park.
Rugged beauty in Abercrombie State Park.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Rich local wildlife can appear at any time.
Rich local wildlife can appear at any time.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 8
Kodiak, Alaska
Emerald Isle City
Rugged beauty in Abercrombie State Park.
Rugged beauty in Abercrombie State Park.
Photo: Hurtigruten

The bustling city of Kodiak sits on Alaska’s largest island, surrounded by verdant forest. Take a walk in Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park home to bunkers from WWII as well as ocean and forest wildlife. Make sure to also visit Baranov Museum, the oldest standing building in Alaska which chronicles Kodiak’s diverse history.

Discover Katmai National Park.
Day 9
Geographic Harbor / Kukak Bay / Kinak Bay
Seeking out Brown Bears
Day 9
Geographic Harbor / Kukak Bay / Kinak Bay
Seeking out Brown Bears
Discover Katmai National Park.
Discover Katmai National Park.
Photo: Hurtigruten

Katmai National Park´s Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is a dramatic volcanic landscape, with mountains rising to almost 915 meters (3,000 feet). Here we hope to find brown bears as they forage along the shore for clams, and lunch on berries or fish in the clear running waters of the mountain streams.

Join us to scan for powerful bears from a safe distance.
Join us to scan for powerful bears from a safe distance.
Photo: Hurtigruten
The area supports a healthy population of brown bears.
The area supports a healthy population of brown bears.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Scenic Chignik Bay.
Scenic Chignik Bay.
Photo: Alamy
Explore local salmon streams.
Explore local salmon streams.
Photo: Alamy
Superb fishing in the Copper River.
Superb fishing in the Copper River.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 10
Chignik
Where the Aleutian Mountains meet the Gulf of Alaska
Explore local salmon streams.
Explore local salmon streams.
Photo: Alamy

In the small village of Chignik Bay, red salmon fishing has been the core of the community’s economy for over a century. Stop in at the fish factory, meet the welcoming locals, or explore the salmon streams in the scenic surroundings. Scan the shores to spot the 20-or-so waterfowl species, or the skies for bald eagles.

Explore rugged wilderness and relics of the past on Unga Island.
Day 11
Unga Village, Alaska
Alaskan Ghost Town
Day 11
Unga Village, Alaska
Alaskan Ghost Town
Explore rugged wilderness and relics of the past on Unga Island.
Explore rugged wilderness and relics of the past on Unga Island.
Photo: Alamy

Unga Village is a picturesque but abandoned town on the southern end of uninhabited Unga Island in the remote Aleutian Islands. Settled by Aleuts in 1833, subsistence fishing proved insufficient to support the community, which later moved in 1969. Today, a collection of wooden buildings is all that remains, surrounded by a carpet of pink louseworts.

Pink louseworts add colour to the amazing scenery.
Pink louseworts add colour to the amazing scenery.
Photo: Alamy
Stroll in a wooden village returning to nature.
Stroll in a wooden village returning to nature.
Photo: Alamy
The ornate Russian Orthodox church in the town.
The ornate Russian Orthodox church in the town.
Photo: Shutterstock
Learn about local history at the WWII museum.
Learn about local history at the WWII museum.
Photo: Alamy
Mt. Makushin looms over Dutch Harbor.
Mt. Makushin looms over Dutch Harbor.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 12
Dutch Harbor / Unalaska
Largest Fishing Port in the US
Learn about local history at the WWII museum.
Learn about local history at the WWII museum.
Photo: Alamy

As we sail towards Unalaska, better known as Dutch Harbor, you will see Mount Makushin, a steaming volcano almost 6,000-feet high. The popular TV show `Deadliest Catch´ is based here, featuring local fishing crews. Stop in at the Museum of the Aleutians, view the Russian Orthodox Church, or spot some of the more-than-600 bald eagles around town.

Day 13
At sea
Lectures and Relaxing
Join fascinating lectures onboard.
Join fascinating lectures onboard.
Photo: Nils Lund

MS Roald Amundsen continues north through the Bering Sea, from the Aleutian Islands and towards our next stop of St. Paul. The Expedition Team will prepare you for our upcoming destinations and continue their lecture series. 

Join fascinating lectures onboard.
Join fascinating lectures onboard.
Photo: Nils Lund
Our experts love to share their knowledge.
Our experts love to share their knowledge.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
The island is a haven for northern fur seals.
Day 14
St. Paul, Alaska
Birdwatching Haven
Scan for amazing birdlife like the red-legged kittiwake.
Scan for amazing birdlife like the red-legged kittiwake.
Photo: Shutterstock
Tufted puffin on the cliffs of St. Paul island.
Tufted puffin on the cliffs of St. Paul island.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 14
St. Paul, Alaska
Birdwatching Haven
The island is a haven for northern fur seals.
The island is a haven for northern fur seals.
Photo: Shutterstock

The island of St. Paul is an ideal resting point for migrating birds, attracting some 300 species, including horned and tufted puffins, red-legged kittiwakes, and Pribilof sandpipers. About half of the world’s northern fur seal population also live in the waters here. 

Day 15
St. Matthew Island, Alaska
Deserted Island in the Bering Sea
Scan for the stunning Arctic fox.
Scan for the stunning Arctic fox.
Photo: Shutterstock

Coming ashore on the black sand beaches of isolated St. Matthew Island, we will be the only humans on the isle. It lies more than 200 miles from the nearest village, home only to nesting seabirds like murres and cormorants, the native St. Matthew Island vole and the Arctic fox.

Scan for the stunning Arctic fox.
Scan for the stunning Arctic fox.
Photo: Shutterstock
Come ashore on the uninhabited beauty of the island.
Come ashore on the uninhabited beauty of the island.
Photo: Alamy
Watch for powerful whales from deck.
Watch for powerful whales from deck.
Photo: Hurtigruten
There´s always something interesting happening in the Science Center.
There´s always something interesting happening in the Science Center.
Photo: Hurtigruten/ Nils Lund
Day 16
At sea – Bering Sea
Crossing the International Date Line
Watch for powerful whales from deck.
Watch for powerful whales from deck.
Photo: Hurtigruten

Spend your last day at sea looking out for whales on deck, chatting with new friends, recapping your voyage with the Expedition Team in the Science Center, or just watching the world sail by. During the day, we will also cross the international date line – heading into tomorrow for a short while, before sailing back into today!

Day 17
Nome, Alaska
There’s No Place Like Nome
Relics of mining history near Nome.
Relics of mining history near Nome.
Photo: Shutterstock

Set at the tip of the Seward Peninsula, overlooking the Bering Sea, Nome is perhaps the most famous gold rush town in Alaskan history. There are artefacts of the gold rush era to be seen everywhere, including abandoned dredges, turn-of-the-century steam engines, and old railroad tracks. Transfer to the airport and fly to Vancouver for an overnight stay.

Relics of mining history near Nome.
Relics of mining history near Nome.
Photo: Shutterstock
Get to know the town on the edge of the Bering Sea.
Get to know the town on the edge of the Bering Sea.
Photo: Shutterstock
Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver.
Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver.
Photo: Shutterstock
The city´s modern skyline in a stunning natural setting.
The city´s modern skyline in a stunning natural setting.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 18
Vancouver, Canada

Estimated time of arrival is 6:00 AM

End of the Expedition
Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver.
Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver.
Photo: Shutterstock

Your expedition ends back in Vancouver. Extend your holiday to spend some extra time in this vibrant city. Make the most of the summer weather and cycle around Stanley Park, or enjoy the scenic views at the Sea-to-Sky Gondola. Richmond Night Market boasts endless food stalls while Granville Island is the artsy hub.

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.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Flights

  • Flight in economy class from Nome to Vancouver at the end of your voyage

Hotel

  • One night in a hotel in Vancouver after the expedition cruise, including breakfast

Transfers

  • Transfer from ship to airport in Nome
  • Transfer from airport to hotel after the expedition cruise in Vancouver

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 on board. 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 on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board 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 programme 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

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

Notes

MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

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.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
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