Alaska and British Columbia – Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Itinerary 2, Southbound)
- Experience the highlights of the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska
- Explore the largest tidewater glacier in North America – the Hubbard Glacier
- Spend time whale-watching and spotting rich Alaskan wildlife
- Discover the amazing cultural diversity of Alaskan towns and villages
- Day 1 Anchorage
- Day 2 Anchorage / Seward
- Day 3 College Fjord / Prince William Sound
- Day 4 Gulf of Alaska / Hubbard Glacier
- Day 5 Sitka
- Day 6 Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm
- Day 7 Haines
- Day 8 William Henry Bay
- Day 9 Petersburg
- Day 10 Wrangell
- Day 11 Misty Fjords National Monument
- Day 12 At sea
- Day 13 Alert Bay
- Day 14 Vancouver
Anchorage, the largest town in Alaska, welcomes you with towering mountains and fantastic wildlife. You will start your expedition with an overnight which gives you time to experience this adventurous city.
Transfer through the amazing nature from Anchorage to Seward. Largely a fishing town, Seward welcomes visitors with mountain trails right from town, nearby glaciers, and a beautiful coastal setting. MS Roald Amundsen awaits your embarkation at the harbour.
We explore the less-visited College Fjord with its impressive collection of glaciers. This is a natural wonderland where ice and forests meet, home to five tidewater glaciers, five larger valley glaciers, and a dozen smaller glaciers, all named after famous East Coast colleges.
At 76 miles (120 km) long and almost 7 miles (11 km) wide, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Framed by the amphitheater of snowcapped mountains, it sits at the end of Disenchantment Bay like a sleeping giant.
Nestled on the western side of Baranof Island, Sitka hosts beautiful scenery with snowcapped mountains, small islands, rich wildlife and even a volcano in sight. A former capital of Russian Alaska, the town has history imprinted on its streets, where a Russian Cathedral and historic buildings stand next to the forest full of totem poles.
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.
IncludedSitka - Alaska Raptor CentreJoin us on a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center, which rehabilitates injured bald eagles and other birds of prey
Sitka Cultural DiscoveryExplore the historical highlights and heritage of Sitka, a former Russian capital city, on a unique, fully-narrated sightseeing journey that includes a tour through Sitka National Park and folk dancing presentation.
Sitka Kayak AdventureEnjoy a fully guided kayaking adventure exploring Sitka Sound’s spectacular scenery and marine life.
Sitka - Sea Otter, Raptors & BearsThis unforgettable tour provides the opportunity to experience all three of Sitka’s most popular wildlife viewing experiences.
Sitka - Wildlife Quest and Fin Island LodgeThe ultimate Alaska experience begins as soon as you board this expedition vessel in Sitka. Experience a magnificent scenic cruise followed by a delicious Alaskan feast!
Sitka - Alaska Zodiac Adventure & Fin Island LodgeExplore the waters and islands surrounding Sitka in a Zodiac and get a taste of real Alaska adventure before indulging a true Alaskan feast!
True gems of Southeast Alaska, Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords feature lush greenery and steep valleys as well as intricate icebergs in the water, calved from the radiant blue glaciers at the end of the fjords. These fjord areas are also home to mountain goats and harbour seals.
Home of Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, European traders arrived in the late 19th century, followed by the prospectors of the gold rush era. Known for its community of artists today, Haines remains a small Alaskan town at the end of the road, full of stories and hidden surprises.
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.
IncludedHaines - Fort Seward Town packageDiscover the gorgeous scenery, historical buildings and intriguing stories of Fort William H. Seward!
Haines - Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve FloatFloat on a river raft through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve while enjoying spectacular scenery and watching for wildlife.
Haines - Klukwan Native Culture ExperienceExperience the native culture of the Tlingit people and the Chilkat Valley on this unique visit to the ancient village of Klukwan.
Haines – Last Frontier ATV AdventureExperience the thrill of driving Kawasaki and Arctic Cat all-terrain vehicles into the Alaskan wilderness.
Haines - Kelgaya Point HikeNature lovers will thrill at this opportunity to discover and explore one of south-east Alaska’s most pristine natural environments.
Nestled against the dramatic Chilkat mountain range, this exclusive anchorage features a beachfront, old growth forest, muskeg, and a beautiful creek. We head ashore with our expedition boats and explore the wilderness with local guides.
The area is prime habitat for wildlife, including brown and black bears, wolves, moose, and Sitka black-tailed deer.
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.
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.
IncludedPetersburg - Dock Walk of PetersburgMeet your local guide who is either a commercial fisherperson or someone involved in the fishing industry for a walk through the harbors
City Creek Trail HikeJoin us on the City Creek Trail Tour through Alaska’s ‘Little Norway', which starts at picturesque Hammer’s Slough. We then proceed by motor vehicle past totem poles and along Peterburg’s Main Street to beautiful Sandy Beach.
Rainforest hike Raven's RoostThis two-mile (3.5km) hike on the Raven’s Roost Trail starts at a trailhead near picturesque Hammer’s Slough. During your ride to the trail we drive past totem poles and along Petersburg’s Main Street with its traditional Norwegian rosemaled storefronts.
Sons of NorwayJoin us on a fascinating tour that explores historic Norwegian culture in Alaska at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Petersburg.
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 remnants of the distant past of this area. Outside of the main cruise ship routes, nowadays it remains a simple fishing town.
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.
IncludedWrangell - An Alaskan's DayJoin us and learn what it means to be Alaskan
Wrangell - Tongass Botanical Forest WalkExplore the botanical bounty that the Tongass Rainforest has provided both its two and four-legged inhabitants for thousands of years.
Wrangell - Wrangell HighlightsDiscover the highlights of a genuine Alaska town. See its colourful history and native culture come to life while visiting the Wrangell Museum, Petroglyph Beach and Kiks Adi Totem Park.
Wrangell - Stikini River & Wilderness Glacier Lake by Jet BoatVisit one of the last truly wild rivers in North America. The Stikine River runs directly through Alaska’s nearly one-half million-acre Stikine LeConte’ Wilderness area.
Wrangell - Coastal CanoeJoin us on an exciting adventure in traditional Native Alaskan canoes along the coastline of Wrangell Harbor.
Wrangell - Rainforest Jet Boat and HikeJoin us for an exciting combination of water adventure and hiking experience.
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. Quiet and tranquil, this magical place will show you the serenity of the Alaskan soul.
Enjoy the scenery of the coastal mountains and be on a lookout for the dolphins, porpoise, orcas and whales that frequent these protected inland waters.
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.
Our voyage ends in cosmopolitan Vancouver, city of waterfront parks, international cuisine, galleries, museums, colourful neighbourhoods, and beautiful nature all around. Take your time to explore the city to get even more out of your adventure.
Included in your voyage
- Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
- One overnight in Anchorage before the voyage including breakfast
- Transfer from hotel to ship in Seward
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE
- A 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
ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION
- 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
- A farewell event
PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
- 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
Not included in your voyage
- 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 (ESTA) required - for details please see Visa information in our Entry requirements
MS Roald Amundsen
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
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.
Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.
Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.
Sitka - Alaska Raptor Centre
Sitka - Sitka Cultural Discovery
Sitka Kayak Adventure
Sitka - Sea Otter, Raptors & Bears
Sitka - Wildlife Quest and Fin Island Lodge
Sitka – Alaska Zodiac Adventure & Fin Island Lodge
Haines - Fort Seward Town package
Haines – Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Float
Haines – Klukwan Native Culture Experience
Haines – Last Frontier ATV Adventure
Haines – Kelgaya Point Hike
Petersburg - Dock Walk of Petersburg
Petersburg - City Creek Trail Hike
Petersburg - Rainforest hike Raven's Roost
Petersburg - Sons of Norway
Wrangell - An Alaskan's Day
Wrangell – Tongass Botanical Forest Walk
Wrangell – Wrangell Highlights
Wrangell – Stikini River & Wilderness Glacier Lake by Jet Boat
Wrangell – Coastal Canoe
Wrangell – Rainforest Jet Boat and Hike
Extend your cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- MS Roald Amundsen: Life on board and Practical information
- Meet our Expedition Teams
- Young Explorers’ Programme: Bring your kids on board