Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Itinerary 1)

Explore the rugged Pacific frontier as we visit native villages full of totem poles and call on quaint fishing villages. This expedition cruise explores the Inside Passage´s protected waterways and beautiful islands to experience amazing wildlife. Join us aboard our hybrid powered expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen for an unforgettable journey.

  • Follow the Inside Passage from British Columbia to the mountains of Alaska
  • Spend time whale watching from the deck
  • Experience the rich diversity of towns and cultures of the Pacific coast
  • Discover the northernmost rainforest in the world

The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, ice and sea conditions set 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 present – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 24 June 2020

Departs from Vancouver, Canada

Coastal Grandeur

Sailing from Vancouver, we follow the Inside Passage through protected channels between coastal British Columbia and Alaska. Along the way, we scan for wildlife like whales, orcas, bears, sea otters, seals and sea lions, before we emerge in Alaska.

Rich Culture and Living History

This cruise will visit small towns and villages like Ketchikan, Juneau and Haines. The port of Wrangell seems as if frozen in time, displaying the life of a typical remote fishing town. Sitka, the center of Russian presence in the past, takes us back through the milestones of Alaskan history.

Petersburg gives us a taste of Norway due to its strong Scandinavian roots. Icy Strait Point and Alert Bay are lands of native communities and are the true guardians of the Inside Passage. Local people will share their rich heritage and remarkable artwork with us.

Unmatched Scenery and Wildlife

Throughout the journey, the immense Alaskan wilderness will slowly reveal its magic – wide open spaces and lush rainforests, deep fjords and rugged glaciers create an unforgettable expedition.

Day 1: Vancouver
West End is a neighbourhood in Vancouver
West End is a neighbourhood in Vancouver Photo

Start of the Expedition

Embarkation - Full day

Vibrant Vancouver boasts waterfront parks, nearby mountains with hiking trails in summer and skiing in winter, multitudes of cafes, shops, galleries, museums, and a diversity of cultural neighbourhoods to explore.   

Ship: MS Roald Amundsen.

Day 2: At sea

Cruising Through British Columbia

We sail north to Alaska through the narrow weaving channels and straits of Canada’s Inside Passage. Be on the lookout for dolphins, porpoise, orcas, and whales that frequent the protected inland waters.

Join our Expedition Team for fascinating lectures, spend time relaxing on board or meeting your fellow travellers.

Day 3: Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan - Gateway to Alaska

Full day

Known as the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan is a true frontier town, surrounded by towering mountains. Colourful houses on stilts from the gold rush era line the river bank. The city is home to one of the largest collections of standing totem poles and has strong ties to Tlingit culture.

Included activity:

Alaskan Lumberjack show (1 hr)

Learn about Alaska's rich logging history through displays of strength and agility, action, excitement and laughter! World champion lumberjacks compete in 12 athletic events utilizing axes, razor sharp saws and powerful chainsaws. Your cheers will turn to roars of excitement as axes fly, men fall from tall trees, and then run atop spinning logs floating in the water.

Day 4: Sitka

Sitka, Town of Many Stories

Full day

Sitka has beautiful scenery with snowcapped mountains, small islands, rich wildlife all around, and even a volcano in sight. A former capital of Russian Alaska, the town has historic streets featuring a Russian Cathedral and ornate totem poles.

Included activity:

Alaska Raptor Centre (45 mins)

Join us on a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center, which rehabilitates injured bald eagles and other birds of prey. See the 24 ‘raptors-in-residence’, including bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, and learn about their habitats and how they came to be permanent residents at the Center.

Day 5: Icy Strait Point

In the Tlingit Land

Full day

Icy Strait Point offers a glimpse into a life of native settlement. Houses are adorned with intricate carvings, totem poles display stories of the clans, and there are enjoyable cafes, shops, and museum displays.

Included activity:

Cannery Experience (1 hr)

Enjoy a nature walk through second-growth forest and a historical tour of the Hoonah Packing Company Cannery. Your guide tells you about the area’s fishing industry, local flora and fauna, and the native Tlingit culture. See a canning line in operation and take home your own can with a special treat inside.

Day 6: Haines

Art in the Wilderness

Full day

Framed by glacier-covered mountains, Haines has been the home of Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, before European traders came in the late 19th century, followed by the gold rush era. Now known for its artist community, Haines remains a small Alaskan town full of stories and hidden surprises.

Included activity:

Fort Seward Town package (1 - 2 hrs)

Discover Fort Seward and the town of Haines at your leisure. Guides will be stationed at strategic points to present you with the history and culture. Wander with a map of the fort highlighting such interesting sites as the old barracks building, salmon smokehouse, Alaska Indian Arts, the old hospital building, Officers Row and the fire station.

Day 7: Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm

Alaskan Fjords

Full day

The Tracy and Endicott Arm fjords feature lush greenery on towering cliffsides in spectacular deep valleys. Study the intricate shapes of icebergs in the water that have calved from the rugged, radiant blue glaciers at the end of the fjords as we sail this unforgettable area.

Day 8: Juneau

Gold Rush Fever

Full day

The capital of Alaska, Juneau has the aura of a gold rush town with old saloons, historic hotels, and remnants of gold mines in the mountains and valleys. Numerous hiking trails can take you from the vibrant busy streets into the wilderness within minutes – a contrast typical of the Alaskan frontier.

Included activity:

Alaska State Museum Visit (1 - 3 hrs)

Explore the recently renovated Alaska State Museum for a unique view of Alaska’s history and diverse cultures. Discover the vast collection of Alaska Native materials, fine art, and items related to mining, fishing, forestry, tourism, Russian-American period, and World War II.

Day 9: Wrangell

The Soul of Alaska

Full day

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 living reminders of the history of this area.

Included activity:

An Alaskan's Day (1 - 3 hrs)

Join us and learn what it means to be Alaskan. We drive to a city park with views of the water and surrounding islands, to learn how to cook (and taste) local seafood on a fire pit. Your hosts tell stories about Wrangell’s fishing industry, its history and what it’s like living here today. Local hosts include people from various backgrounds representing their unique perspective of culture, traditional occupations with local skills, and more. Occasional humpback whales, Orca, seals and more frolic in the channel and tidal creatures play in several tide pools ready to be explored along the beach.

Day 10: Petersburg

Little Norway in Alaska

Full day

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.

Included activity:

Dock Walk of Petersburg (1 hr)

Meet your local guide who is either a commercial fisherperson or someone involved in the fishing industry for a walk through the harbors. During your time on the dock your guide will point out various types of fishing gear and how it is used to successfully harvest some of Alaska's delicious seafood. Learn about what types of seafood is caught and the sustainability of the fisheries in the area. An underwater video camera will provide the opportunity to see under the dock in hopes of viewing sealife up close, you will be amazed to see what is living just underneath your feet! During your walk you may even hear a story or two from the fishermen preparing their boats.

Day 11: Misty Fjords National Monument

Unspoiled Wilderness

Full day

The largest wilderness area in Southeast Alaska, Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs adorned by dramatic waterfalls, mountain rivers and wetlands along the coast, and often milky fog filling the bays and coves. Quiet and tranquil, this magical place will show you the serenity of the Alaskan soul.

Day 12: Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert Harbour
Prince Rupert Harbour Photo: Kira Picabo Photo

Canadian Frontier Town

Full day

Gateway to immense wilderness on the northern coast of British Columbia, Prince Rupert was a busy city at the turn of twentieth century – a major port and railway terminus. Nowadays, it is a sleepy provincial town with interesting stories, wilderness at its doorstep and the beauty of a coastal setting.

Day 13: Butedale

Exploring the Inside Passage

Cruising through the British Columbia Inside Passage - Full day

A day of exploration through the narrow channels of the Canadian Inside Passage. Prince Royal Island offers ghost towns, abandoned canneries, and waterfalls coming in view, and we will enjoy great wildlife spotting, from eagles overhead to seals lounging on rocky shores.

Day 14: Alert Bay

First Nations – Keepers of the Inside Passage

Half day

Alert Bay´s Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations community is based in this scenic village at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Enjoy the elaborate totem poles, paintings, carvings and ceremonial masks in the local museum. We will search for wildlife in the nearby islands.

Included activity:

Cultural Dance Performance (1 hr)

Enjoy traditional Kwakwaka'wakw dances and performances by the Tʼsasała Dance Group, made up of various tribes and language groups. The next generation of Kwakwa̱k̕a̱'wakw will share their culture to educate the world about their ancient songs, dances, teachings and values. These teachings are still being passed on today to the children of T'sasała. Witness the dances of the T̕seka, the red cedar bark ceremony as well as traditional dances connecting to land, sky, and sea. The T̕seka will be followed by the T̕ła'sala ceremony - peace dances then finally the A̱mlala or fun dances were you will get a chance to join in.

Day 15: Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver Photo

End of the Expedition


Our voyage ends with a return to cosmopolitan Vancouver. Take your time to explore this colourful and welcoming city to get the most out of your journey.

Arrival 08 July 2020

Location Vancouver, Canada
What's included


  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice


  • 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 


  • 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
  • farewell event  


  • 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   


  • 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 and Canada (ESTA/ETA) required - for details please see Visa information in our Entry requirements
Life on board

Your ship: MS Roald Amundsen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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