No place like Nome
Nome was the end point for two of Roald Amundsen's expeditions and it is the starting point for ours! The great Norwegian explorer completed his crossing of the Northwest Passage in 1906 in Nome and this was a landing place for his first flight over the North Pole in an airship. We will bring you to this fascinating Alaskan frontier town by air, before boarding MS Roald Amundsen.
Coastal Alaska at its most remote
Our first days will be spent exploring the Bering Sea Wilderness. We aim to do our first landing at Saint Matthew Island, situated right in the middle of the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Siberia.
At the island of St. Paul, we will encounter a wildlife lovers' paradise. Northern fur seals live in the waters surrounding the island that is itself a breeding ground to many different species of sea birds and an important stop-off place for migratory species.
Islands, villages and bears
Next, we reach the Aleutian chain. Look at any map of the world and this sinuous archipelago seemingly at the edge of the world draws the eye, beckoning to explorers. Our first stop is Dutch Harbour, home to the fishing fleet featured in the "Deadliest Catch". The area features the Mount Makushin volcano, a World WarII center and wonderful green scenery atop steep cliffs.
At Unga village, we will have the chance to walk in a 25 million year old forest of petrified trees. These fossils are the remains of a wood flattened by a volcano and preserved.
We hope to see brown bears on this voyage, and you should keep a particularly sharp eye out in Geographic Harbour in the Katmai National Park for the predators.
Russian and Native American interaction can be explored at Kodiak. The area has a history of fur traders from Russia and the Russian influence remains here in the form of a beautiful Russian Orthodox Church.
Stunning Southeast Alaska
After crossing the Gulf of Alaska, we arrive on the northern reaches of the Inside Passage region. Our ice-strengthened ship will attempt to negotiate Disenchantment Fjord and cruise along the spectacular Hubbard Glacier so that you can enjoy the many shapes and colours of the icebergs.
Alaska's inside passage boasts lush forest scenery and fjords full with life. It is also home to native Alaskan cultures whose history is reflected in towering totem poles. At Icy Strait Point, we will learn about the Tlingit culture and enjoy a wide range of activity options.
Our next stops, Sitka and Ketchikan, are larger ports where you can explore cultural and historical highlights, learn about the rich Alaskan native presence, and visit fine galleries, restaurants, museums and shops. Still, wild Alaska is not far away with plenty of chances to hike through the forest and scan for wildlife.
After a wonderfully peaceful day at sea, we arrive in Vancouver where our expedition ends. Canada's third largest city offers plenty to see and do. Several museums and art galleries cater for all tastes and there is a lively arts and music scene to enjoy.