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

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

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

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

Travel information 18 days MS Roald Amundsen
July 22, 2022
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Discover Alaska’s wild nature and rich culture, sail through the Inside Passage, and explore the Aleutian Islands and historic frontier towns.

Isolated Islands in the Bering Sea

Sail south through the Bering Sea, starting in the Gold-Rush-era town of Nome. As we make our first two stops on St. Matthew’s Island and St. Paul Island, you’ll be awestruck by the peaceful atmosphere of these two isolated places. Spend time looking for nesting seabirds on the cliffs, such as the Tufted Puffin, the Pribilof Sandpiper, and even the rare Mckay’s Bunting, which breeds exclusively on St. Matthew Island.

Historic towns of the Inside Passage

From there, we’ll make our way to Dutch Harbor, where you can visit the World War II Museum to learn about the harbor’s history during wartime. Then we will leave this bustling port to explore the abandoned Unga Village before travelling to Chignik, site of local salmon streams. Abundant salmon means Bald Eagles looking for a meal. See how many you can spot!

Before reaching Kodiak, Alaska’s largest fishing port, enjoy a quick visit to Katmai National Park. This huge reserve is famed for its bears, which we’ll keep an eye out while we visit. Marvel at the glaciers in Icy Bay as we travel to Sitka and Wrangell, two towns of blended culture, with indigenous and Russian influences. The final stop of our journey is Vancouver.

Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears, and Aleutian Islands (Southbound) Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears, and Aleutian Islands (Southbound)
  • Day 1
    Vancouver, Canada

    Start of the Expedition

    July 22, 2022

    Your expedition cruise starts in Vancouver. Set amid gorgeous mountain scenery and along the waters of English Bay, Vancouver is both a bustling seaport and cosmopolitan city. Arrive a few days ahead of your cruise and find out why people rave about British Colombia’s largest city.

    Its neighborhoods buzz with world-class farm-to-table cuisine. Chinatown and Punjabi Market have arguably the best Asian food in North America, while Commercial Drive is the home of Little Italy.

    Don’t miss Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood! Gastown’s Victorian buildings house some of the city’s hottest restaurants and its over 500-foot-high Vancouver Lookout also offers a great view of the city.

    Take in the neon lights and nightlife along Granville Street strip or just relax on one of the beaches in West End. The latter is also the gateway to the towering red cedars of Stanley Park, filled with wide-open spaces to explore.

    For an easy way to enjoy the highlights of Vancouver, we offer a half-day Vancouver Sightseeing Tour as a Pre-Program. It even includes a trip to the thrilling Capilano Suspension Bridge, which hangs 230 feet over the Capilano River.

    Pining to venture even further afield? Sign up for the Pre-Program trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train and travel through the Canadian Rockies. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

    Day 1
    Vancouver, Canada

    Start of the Expedition

  • Day 2
    Nome, Alaska

    There’s No Place Like Nome

    July 23, 2022
    Estimated time of departure is 10:00 PM

    Situated on the Seward Peninsula, Nome’s name went down in Alaskan history the day that ‘Three Lucky Swedes’ discovered gold in Anvil Creek in 1898. Prospectors soon flocked from the Yukon and from San Francisco by steamboat. Even the famous sheriff Wyatt Earp followed the call of gold and opened a saloon here.

    Leftovers from Gold Rush era are everywhere, from abandoned dredges to turn-of-the-century steam engines and old railroad tracks. Cries of “Gold! Gold!” can still be heard today by those foraging on the banks of the Snake River and elsewhere in the area.

    The town also marked the end point of three of Roald Amundsen’s great expeditions: the Northwest Passage in 1906, the Northeast Passage in 1921, and an attempt to reach the North Pole by aircraft in 1926.

    Day 2
    Nome, Alaska

    There’s No Place Like Nome

  • Day 3
    At sea – Bering Sea

    Crossing the International Date Line

    July 24, 2022

    Sailing south into the open ocean, you’ll feel the thrill of a great adventure as we navigate the Bering Sea.

    On your first day at sea, keep an eye out for humpback whales. As we sail through the Bering Strait, look to the sky to spot a range of seabirds. You’ll have Russia to the west and the U.S. to the east. This is the International Date Line, where ‘tomorrow’ rests to your left and ‘today’ to the right.

    As our journey begins, consider joining the Expedition Team at the onboard Science Center for fascinating lectures, and spend time getting to know your fellow travelers.

    Day 3
    At sea – Bering Sea

    Crossing the International Date Line

  • Day 4
    St. Matthew Island, Alaska

    Deserted Island in the Bering Sea

    July 25, 2022

    St. Matthew Island lies halfway across the Bering Sea, between Russia and the U.S. Coming ashore on its black-sand beaches, we’ll be the only humans on the isle.

    Separated from the nearest village by more than 200 miles, this is probably the single most isolated place in Alaska. Given this state’s sparse population, that’s saying something!

    Many pioneers have attempted to settle this island over the centuries, but none have ever stayed long, due to the frequent fog, storms, and tough winters. Even the thousands of hardy reindeer that were introduced here dwindled and disappeared.

    Traces of human life still remain on the island though, with abandoned dwellings half buried in the wildflower-speckled tundra. Lichen-covered bones and fishing debris may be found strewn across some of the beaches, washed up in sea storms.

    This island is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Only nesting seabirds like murres, puffins, and cormorants call it home, as well as foxes, who pilfer eggs from their nests.

    Listen for the native Singing Voles, named after their distinctive warning cry. Have your camera ready in case you spot the rare McKay's Bunting, which breeds almost exclusively on St. Matthew Island.

    Day 4
    St. Matthew Island, Alaska

    Deserted Island in the Bering Sea

  • Day 5
    St. Paul, Alaska

    Birdwatching Haven

    July 26, 2022

    The windswept island of St. Paul is the largest of the Pribilof Islands. The only inhabitants reside in the village of St. Paul, with a population of only 480 residents. Close to 90% are indigenous Aleuts, representing the largest Aleut community in the U.S.

    The strong Aleut heritage here includes historical sites showcasing the remains of barabaras, traditional semi-subterranean Aleut houses made from soil. The unique design allowed for the abode to be less exposed to the strong winds of the Bering Sea and for the ground to act as natural insulation to keep in the heat.

    Designated as an Important Bird Area, St. Paul Island is the ideal resting point for more than 300 species of migrating birds. Try spotting a Horned or Tufted Puffin or a Pribilof Sandpiper during your visit. The big draw for birders and ornithologists, though, is the endemic Red-legged Kittiwake, which nests on the island.

    The isle is also home to the northern fur seal, with about half the species’ global population living around the Pribilof Islands. Watch these active creatures waddling along the shore and splashing in the water. In the early summer months, you may even see seal pups playing on the beach.

    Day 5
    St. Paul, Alaska

    Birdwatching Haven

  • Day 6
    At Sea

    Lectures and Relaxation

    July 27, 2022

    An important part of any expedition cruise is knowing how to enjoy the moment. Remember to take time to reconnect with nature and the world around you.

    So take a seat in the panoramic Explorer Lounge or soak in one of the hot tubs out on deck. Sit back and feast your eyes on the serene scenery as untouched isles and green mountains quietly roll by.

    You can also join the Expedition Team in the Science Center, where they’ll share information on the local geography, climate, and birdlife.

    There’s also an opportunity to see seabirds such as the endemic and rare Red-legged Kittiwake, puffins, auklets, and murrelets, especially when we are closer to the coast.

    Day 6
    At Sea

    Lectures and Relaxation

  • Day 7
    Dutch Harbor / Unalaska

    Largest Fishing Port in the U.S.

    July 28, 2022

    Dutch Harbor lies on the southern shores of Amaknak Island, part of the Fox Islands group of the Aleutians. Our approach may provide views of Mount Makushin, a steaming volcano almost 6,000 feet high. The city here is officially called Unalaska, but most of the region’s residents just refer to it as ‘Dutch’, after the harbor.

    The city thrives on commercial fishing. In terms of sheer volume of seafood caught, Dutch Harbor has been the U.S.’s number one port for 20 years straight. You might recognize it from ‘The Deadliest Catch’, the TV show that follows local fishing crews who battle the elements to harvest Alaskan king crabs.

    Stop in at the Museum of the Aleutians to explore the rich culture and history of the indigenous Unungan people, who have lived in harmony with nature around Dutch Harbor for some 10,000 years.

    Russia colonized Unalaska in the 1700s and turned it into an outpost for fur traders. The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of Christ dates to 1896. With its unique domes, it’s the oldest cruciform-style Orthodox church in North America.

    To the north of Amaknak Island is the Aleutian World War II National Historic Area, littered with barracks, concrete bunkers, and ruins of gun batteries. 1942 saw the Battle of Dutch Harbor when it was hit by Japanese bombers. This, along with Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, was one of only a few places in the U.S. directly attacked during World War II.

    Keep your eyes peeled for the bald eagles around town, whose numbers are more than 600 strong, along with 40–50 million seabirds such puffins, cormorants, and kittiwakes.

    The shores have foxes, squirrels, lemmings, and even a herd of wild horses at Summer Bay. Marine life tends to be a mix of humpbacks, orcas, sperm whales, gray whales, sea otters, sea lions, and harbor porpoises.

    Day 7
    Dutch Harbor / Unalaska

    Largest Fishing Port in the U.S.

  • Day 8
    Unga Village, Alaska

    Alaskan Ghost Town

    July 29, 2022

    The abandoned Unga Village is picturesque, located on the southern end of the uninhabited Unga Island in the remote Aleutian Islands. Settled by Aleuts in 1833, subsistence fishing proved insufficient to support the community, who had almost completely moved out by 1969. Today, only a few wooden buildings remain, surrounded by a carpet of pink louseworts and fireweed.

    Day 8
    Unga Village, Alaska

    Alaskan Ghost Town

  • Day 9

    Where the Aleutian Mountains meet the Gulf of Alaska

    July 30, 2022

    The small village of Chignik Bay is a prime example of a typical Alaskan fishing settlement. Red salmon fishing has been the core of the community’s economy for over a century. Stop in at the fish processing plant, meet the welcoming locals, or step into the scenic surroundings to explore the salmon streams. The shores are home to more than 20-or-so waterfowl species and the sky is full of bald eagles.

    Day 9

    Where the Aleutian Mountains meet the Gulf of Alaska

  • Day 10
    Geographic Harbor / Kukak Bay / Kinak Bay

    Seeking out Brown Bears

    July 31, 2022

    Welcome to Katmai National Park. Katmai National Park measures over four million acres and features more than a dozen active volcanoes and the dramatic Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes—the site of one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions ever recorded.

    Today, we’ll cruise around looking for bears from the deck or from our small boats (RIBs) at one of three possible sites in the park, each one known for its brown bear community. Katmai National Park is almost synonymous with excellent bear watching. It has the largest population of protected grizzly bears, numbering more than 2,000.

    Our three options include Geographic Harbor at the top of Amalik Bay, a lagoon fringed by moss-covered rocks and rolling hills, famous for its brown bear population. Or we may visit the secluded Kinak Bay and uncover its hidden yet beautiful beaches. The last option is Kukak Bay, where a wide estuary provides a steady stream of salmon for hungry bears.

    Current weather conditions in the area will dictate which point we’ll visit. This is at the captain’s discretion, in collaboration with the Expedition Team. If time allows, we may even try to see more than one site. Rest assured that we’ll visit the best available choice, taking into account a wide range of factors.

    Accompanied by an experienced bear guard, you’ll hopefully be able to observe brown bears from a safe distance, getting close but never too close. The bears will likely be so busy foraging for berries along the shore, diving for clams, or fishing in the mountain rivers that they won’t pay us much attention.

    Aside from bear watching, you’ll also have great opportunities to see amazing sea otters. The Shelikof Strait is also notable for humpback whales. Don’t forget to also admire the splendid snow-capped mountains and verdant forest, along with plenty of seabirds.

    Day 10
    Geographic Harbor / Kukak Bay / Kinak Bay

    Seeking out Brown Bears

  • Day 11
    Kodiak, Alaska

    Emerald Isle City

    August 1, 2022

    Alaska’s largest fishing port is bustling in Kodiak, which sits on the eastern shores of Kodiak Island. The surrounding spruce forest and grassland inspired its nickname, the ‘Emerald Isle.’ This is Alaska’s largest island, at over 3,500 square miles and over 100 miles in length. It is the second-largest island in the U.S. after Hawaii.

    The Alutiiq people lived here for over 7,000 years before the Russian crown claimed the island as its earliest capital in Alaska. Admire thousands of artifacts and photos at the Alutiiq Museum. Also visit the 1808 Baranov Museum, the oldest standing building in the state, which was a former Russian fur pelt storehouse.

    In World War II, Kodiak became an important launching point for U.S. naval operations in the North Pacific. You can visit Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park to see the 1939 fort and a number of coastal bunkers. The fort itself now serves as the base for the largest Coast Guard in the country.

    The best-known park here, however, is the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, which covers two-thirds of the island. Its wide range of habitats, from mountains to meadows, plays home to the island’s most famous residents: around 3,500 Kodiak brown bears.

    Day 11
    Kodiak, Alaska

    Emerald Isle City

  • Day 12
    At Sea

    Serenity at sea

    August 2, 2022

    This day at sea gives you time to rest, relax, take stock of what you’ve experienced so far, and build excitement for your adventure ahead. Make the most of the onboard facilities like the infinity pool, hot tubs, sauna, indoor gym, outdoor running track, and spa.

    The Expedition Team will also give informative lectures in the Science Center. Each topic, which can range from wildlife to tectonic activity, glaciology, or local history and culture, is designed to help you better appreciate the areas we sail through and inform your upcoming landings.

    Or spend time getting to know the crew, the Expedition Team members, and your fellow explorers. Aside from a passion for adventure, you may find you have similar interests and experiences. Why not share some drinks at the bar and build camaraderie with your new shipmates?

    You may see North Pacific Albatross while sailing through the Gulf of Alaska. Try to spot all three species: Laysan Albatross and Black-footed Albatross are common in the Gulf of Alaska, while the Short-tailed Albatross is a much rarer sight.

    Day 12
    At Sea

    Serenity at sea

  • Day 13
    Icy Bay

    Tidal Glaciers

    August 3, 2022

    Discover Icy Bay, near Prince William Sound—a place that really lives up to its name. Three prominent glaciers—Guyot, Yahtse, and Tyndall—feed vast chunks of floating ice into the bay’s waters.

    This area was once a giant tidewater glacier that ran directly into the Gulf of Alaska. Icy Bay has only been accessible to ships for the last 100 years or so.

    This was also the site of the 2015 megatsunami, when 180 million tons of mountain rock and forest collapsed into the fjord. The resulting wave is thought to be one of the tallest in the past century. Thankfully, the megatsunami dissipated without doing any damage.

    Our aim will be to visit the Guyot Glacier, measuring 34 miles long and 8 miles wide, but that depends on ice we encounter along the way and on local weather conditions. We’ll land as close to the glacier as safely possible and explore the waters by kayak as part of an optional excursion.

    Like always, we’ll be on the lookout for the awesome wildlife that abounds in the Gulf of Alaska, including humpback whales, orcas, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, and many others.

    Photo ops will abound throughout the day in this rough and rugged area steeped in natural beauty. The harbor seals, in particular, love to loaf around on the floating ice.

    Day 13
    Icy Bay

    Tidal Glaciers

  • Day 14
    Sitka, Alaska

    Sitka, Blended Cultures

    August 4, 2022

    Situated on Baranof Island on the outer coast of the Inside Passage, Sitka can only be reached by sea or by air. It’s also surrounded by Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest in the world. While you sail here, enjoy views of the Sisters Mountains and of Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano reminiscent of Japan’s Mount Fuji.

    Originally inhabited by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago, Sikta was conquered by Russia in 1804 and renamed ‘New Archangel’. By 1808, the city was the largest in the region and designated the capital of Alaska. Today, Sitka is home to a blend of cultures. Tlingit traditions remain strong, existing alongside Russian and American influences.

    With Russia reeling from the Crimean War, it sold Alaska to the U.S. to keep it out of the hands of the British. The location of the transfer ceremony in 1867 was none other than New Archangel, which was promptly renamed ‘Sitka’. At the meager price of $7.2 million for the entire region, it was a steal at just two cents per acre!

    Historic sites abound in Sitka, like its oldest intact building, the Russian Bishop’s House, dating back to 1842. Or you can visit the Russian Orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral, which still features its original chandelier, religious art, and a range of other artifacts.

    A highlight for many visitors to Sitka is the 107-acre Sitka National Historical Park. There is a fascinating museum here offering a range of exhibits. You can then follow a trail that leads you by the ocean through a peaceful forest. You’ll also discover beautiful examples of ornate Haida and Tlingit totem poles along the way.

    Day 14
    Sitka, Alaska

    Sitka, Blended Cultures

  • Day 15
    Wrangell, Alaska

    Soul of Alaska

    August 5, 2022

    Feel like you’re truly stepping back in time at Wrangell, one of Alaska’s oldest and most historic island towns. After a short 15-minute walk, you’ll start to see the ancient petroglyph carvings that dot the beach here. There are about 50 in total—see how many you can spot.

    Afterward, pay a visit to the Wrangell Museum. It’s packed full of interesting artifacts and information about the town’s history. Wrangell is now part of the U.S., but was previously governed by Great Britain, Russia, and the Tlingit people, as far back as 8,000 years ago.

    Don’t miss the moss-covered totem poles at the Chief Shakes Tribal House, which tell the story of the local Tlingit people. The beautiful Tribal House, constructed from cedar wood, is only a short walk from the town center, over the wooden bridge to Shakes Island.

    Reconnecting with nature is easy on one of the local trails to the edge of the rainforest, surrounded by alluring scenery at the mouth of Stikine River and at the foot of Mount Dewey.

    Day 15
    Wrangell, Alaska

    Soul of Alaska

  • Day 16
    Misty Fjords National Monument

    Unspoiled Wilderness

    August 6, 2022

    The first area you’ll explore on your expedition cruise is none other than the spectacular Misty Fjords National Monument. It forms part of the two-million-acre Tongass National Forest, a pristine coastal wilderness of evergreen trees, deep fjords, and majestic snow-capped peaks.

    This region receives more than 150 inches of rain per year, which feeds lakes and rivers that run into waterfalls and tumble from the dark granite cliffs. These mountains, covered in cedar, spruce, hemlock, and moss, rise almost vertically from the fjords to heights of more than 3,000 feet.

    The influential Scottish-American mountaineer John Muir, known as the ‘Father of the National Parks’, famously called the Misty Fjords one of the most beautiful places he’d ever seen. As we explore the area, we hope you’ll feel the same. Weather permitting, you’ll tour the area aboard small boats (RIBs) or by kayak on an optional excursion.

    Keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats, brown bears, black bears, and moose along the shores, the ridges, and slopes. All five species of Pacific salmon swim in the waters here, along with river otters, sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, orcas, and Dall porpoises. Keep your binoculars ready for the hummingbirds, Trumpeter Swans, herons, and the greatest American icon: the majestic Bald Eagle.

    Day 16
    Misty Fjords National Monument

    Unspoiled Wilderness

  • Day 17
    At sea

    Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage

    August 7, 2022

    The great North American Pacific Fjordland is a protected stretch of water almost 933 miles long, known for its relatively calm waters and few ocean swells.

    Our expedition ship is small enough to pass through the Inside Passage and make close approaches to interesting and scenic channels. Don’t forget your binoculars!

    It’s the perfect time to wind down and reflect on your experiences in Alaska. Pamper yourself in the Wellness Spa with a soothing treatment. Spend a few hours in the bar with your new friends, chatting about your memories from the trip.

    The Expedition Team will be in a similar mood, as they recap the expedition in the Science Center. Here, you can proudly compare your best photographs and swap stories of the different adventures and excursions.

    Day 17
    At sea

    Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage

  • Day 18
    Vancouver, Canada

    End of the Expedition

    August 8, 2022
    Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

    Your expedition ends in Vancouver. Consider spending some time here after your journey—there’s always something going on in this picturesque metropolis, set between water and mountains.

    Take in its many art galleries or learn about First Nations cultures at the museums. Go on a café crawl on trendy Granville Island or visit the multicultural food stalls at the night market in Richmond. Or soak up the summer sun at Kitsilano Beach.

    We highly recommend our Post-Program to the nearby Whistler mountain resort, via Shannon Falls, along with a ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola 2,900 feet above sea level.

    Day 18
    Vancouver, Canada

    End of the Expedition



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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition


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


  • Economy class flight from Vancouver to Nome


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

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
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will help configure your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage 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


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