Alaska and British Columbia - Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands

This voyage takes us to fascinating cultures and remote polar waters to sail among glaciers while we scan for rich wildlife. Our cutting-edge hybrid ship explores islands and fjords, seeking out horned puffins, brown bears, shoreline beauty, amazing fossil forests and dramatic volcanoes.

  • Discover the unmatched magnificence of coastal Alaska
  • Explore the fascinating Aleutian Islands, home of the Deadliest Catch
  • Good chance to see Brown bears
  • Experience the landscape in glorious autumn colours

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 31 May 2020

Departs from Vancouver, Canada

The Magical Inside Passage

From Vancouver, we follow the Inside Passage between British Columbia and Alaska. Along the way, we scan for rich wildlife: whales, bears, sea otters and sea lions, before we emerge in Alaska.

In Ketchikan and Sitka, you can explore cultural and historical highlights and visit restaurants, museums and shops. At Icy Strait Point, we will learn about the Tlingit culture and enjoy a wide range of activity options.

Disenchantment Bay and Glaciers

Next, our ice-strengthened ship will venture through Disenchantment Bay to see the spectacular Hubbard Glacier. We hope to spot Brown bears on this voyage, particularly in Kinak Bay in beautiful Katmai National Park. We will also have the chance to visit Unga village, an eerie ghost town with picturesque ruins.

Aleutians and Nome Sweet Nome

Next, we reach the Aleutians and Dutch Harbor, home to the "Deadliest Catch" fleet. At the island of St. Paul, we will encounter the habitat of Northern fur seals and masses of sea birds.

Our final exploration days will be spent in the untouched Bering Sea Wilderness. At last, we head into the town of Nome, which was the end point for two of Roald Amundsen's expeditions, and it is where we end this exciting voyage! 

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

Start of the Expedition


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

Half 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 8: 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.

Day 6: Hubbard Glacier

Magnificent Iceberg Cruising

Half day

This waterway that hosts the Hubbard Glacier was named Disenchantment Bay by Spanish naval officer Alessandro Malaspina in 1792, when he was disappointed to discover it was not the Northwest Passage, as he had hoped.  We trust that you will be enchanted, maybe even spellbound, by the beautiful icescape here.

Day 7: At sea

At Sea in the Gulf of Alaska

A day at sea means you can join the lectures by the Expedition Team, spend time on deck or in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travellers as we sail towards Alaska’s Panhandle.

Day 8: Kodiak

Close to Wildlife

Full day

When visiting bustling Kodiak, take a walk to Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park to combine history with wildlife spotting. Stop for a while on the cliff edge of Miller Point and watch the sea for the chance to see whales.

Included activity:

Town Package with Museum (2 - 4 hrs)

Enjoy a stroll through the city of Kodiak, home to the USA’s largest Coast Guard base, and see the Russian Orthodox Church and Seminary. Visit the Kodiak History Museum and the Alutiiq Museum, with its impressive collection derived from 7,500 years of Alutiiq heritage.

Day 9: Kinak Bay

Seeking out Brown Bears

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.

Day 10: At sea - Alaska Peninsula
View of Swikshak, Katmai National Park
View of Swikshak, Katmai National Park. Photo: Katmai National Park and Preserve Photo

Ocean Beauty

Enjoy a day at sea as we sail east along the south side of the Alaskan Peninsula. Our Expedition Team will present the plans for the upcoming days.  

Day 11: Unga Village
A large body of water with a mountain in the background
Photo: Joseph/Flickr Photo

Ghost Town

Full day

Unga Village is an eerie ghost town with picturesque village ruins. Settled by Aleuts in 1833, subsistence fishing proved insufficient to support the community, which moved to Sand Point in 1969. Today, a collection of wooden buildings is all that remains, surrounded by a carpet of pink louseworts.

Day 12: Dutch Harbor

The Toughest Job in the World

Half day

As we sail towards 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. Stroll around the town, stop in at the Museum of the Aleutians and take a look at the local Russian Orthodox Church. 

Included activity:

Hop on / Hop off Around the Town (1 - 4 hrs)

Visit the famous fishing town of Dutch Harbor, the scene of a World War II battle in June 1942. Ride local school buses to see such landmarks as the WWII Museum, the Grand Aleutian Hotel, Memorial Park and the Russian Orthodox Church. You can also visit the compelling Museum of the Aleutians with exhibits featuring the varied facets of this fascinating archipelago.

Day 13: At sea
Birdwatching from the ship
Birdwatching from the ship. Photo: Kaitlin Thoresen Photo

Lectures and Relaxing

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. 

Day 14: St. Paul

The Galapagos of the North?

Full day

This area is a bird lovers’ paradise! Horned and Tufted puffins are found here, along with the rare Red-legged kittiwake. The 400 islanders descend from Aleut slaves forcibly moved to the island by Russian fur traders in 1780’s.  Today, the seal population is thriving, around half the world’s northern fur seal population live in the waters around the island.

Day 15: St. Matthew Island
A close up of a snow covered mountain
Photo: Kevin Schafer Photo

Deserted Island

Half day

As we step ashore on the black sand and gravel beaches of St. Matthew Island, we will be the only humans on the isle.  St. Matthew has been a nature reserve since 1909 and is home to countless nesting seabirds as well as the native St. Matthew island vole and the Arctic fox.  

Day 16: At sea - Bering Sea

Relax at Sea

Enjoy a relaxing last day on board!  Take time on deck to look out for whales.  Onboard, the Expedition Team will recap your voyage and you can spend time chatting with new friends, or just relax and watch the world sail by! 

Day 17: Nome

Gold Rush History

Disembarkation & flight

In 1898, gold was discovered in Nome, at nearby Anvil Creek, and within a year, 10,000 men had arrived to seek their fortune.  Our ship expedition ends in this colourful gold rush town.  Transfer to the airport and flight to Vancouver for an overnight stay.

Day 18: Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver Photo

End of the Expedition

Enjoy the sights of this lively city or extend your stay with our Post-Programme before you fly home. 

Arrival 18 August 2020

Location Vancouver, Canada
What's included


  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • Transfer from ship to airport in Nome
  • Economy flight from Nome to Vancouver
  • Transfer airport to hotel in Vancouver
  • One hotel night in Vancouver after the voyage incl. breakfast


  • 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
  • This cruise is not suitable for guests using wheelchairs due to the possibility of using tender boats during embarkation or disembarkation.
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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