Alaska and British Columbia - Epic Wilderness Expedition (Itinerary 2)

Join us for an exciting cruise aboard our hybrid-powered expedition ship along the Pacific coast of Canada and Alaska. We visit native villages with totem poles, see quaint fishing villages, explore vestiges of the gold rush and discover amazing wildlife. Experience the Inside Passage´s protected waterways and beautiful islands on an unforgettable journey.

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

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Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the purest and most remote waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Safety is always our top priority. We continuously evaluate our cruises to adapt to unexpected weather, ice and sea conditions, and exciting nature opportunities. That’s why we call it an expedition.

Departure May 17, 2020

Departs from Vancouver, Canada
Overview

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.

Rich Culture and Living History

This Alaskan expedition cruise will visit small towns and villages like Ketchikan, Juneau and Haines. The port of Wrangell seems frozen in time, revealing the life of a typical remote fishing town. Sitka, the center of past Russian presence in Alaska, 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 the true guardians of the Inside Passage. Local people will share their rich heritage and remarkable artwork with you.

Unmatched Scenery and Wildlife

Throughout the journey, the immense Alaskan wilderness slowly reveals its magic – wide open spaces, incredible wildlife, lush rainforests, deep fjords and rugged glaciers. Experience all of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska’s majesty on one cruise for an unforgettable expedition.

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

Start of the Expedition

Full Day - Embarkation

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 the dolphins, porpoise, orcas, and whales that frequent these protected inland waters.

Join our expedition team for fascinating lectures, spend time relaxing onboard, or meeting your fellow travelers.

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. Colorful gold rush era houses on stilts line the river bank. The city has strong ties to Tlingit culture and is home to one of the largest collections of standing totem poles.

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 visible volcano. A former capital of Russian Alaska, the town has historic streets featuring a Russian Orthodox cathedral and ornate totem poles.

Day 5: Haines

Art in the Wilderness

Full Day

Framed by glacier-covered mountains, Haines has been the home of Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries. 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 colorful stories and hidden surprises.

 

Day 6: Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm

Alaskan Fjords

Full Day

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

Day 7: 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 take you from the vibrant busy streets into the wilderness within minutes – a contrast typical of the Alaskan frontier.

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 9: Petersburg

Little Norway in Alaska

Full Day

Nicknamed “Little Norway,” rarely-visited Petersburg is a thriving fishing village with a strong Norwegian heritage, breathtaking scenery and abundant 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.

Day 10: 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 area’s rich and varied history.

Day 11: Misty Fjords National Monument

Unspoiled Wilderness

Full Day

Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs adorned with cascading waterfalls, mountain streams and coastal wetlands, often filling the bays and coves with milky fog. 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 20th 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

Full Day - Cruising through the British Columbia Inside Passage

A day of exploration through the narrow channels of the Canadian Inside Passage. Prince Royal Island offers ghost towns, abandoned canneries, and waterfalls. You will enjoy great wildlife spotting, from eagles overhead to seals lounging on the 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. Admire the elaborate totem poles, paintings, carvings and ceremonial masks in the local museum. We will search for wildlife on nearby islands.

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

Hotel

Our voyage ends with a return to cosmopolitan Vancouver. After disembarkation transfer to your hotel and an overnight stay. Take your time to explore this colorful, welcoming city and get even more out of your journey.

Day 16: Vancouver
Canada Place, Vancouver, Canada
Canada Place, Vancouver, Canada Photo

End of the Expedition

Breakfast at hotel and the end of your cruise adventure. We recommend booking an optional post-cruise Land Adventure to extend your experience in this wonderful part of the world.

Arrival June 01, 2020

Location Vancouver, Canada
What's included

INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Vancouver
  • One hotel night in Vancouver after the voyage, incl. breakfast

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • rich program 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 in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail through  
  • 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 program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to 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  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship 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, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi onboard 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 EXPEDITION:

  • 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 protection plan
  • Luggage handling  

NOTES:

  • Visa for Canada (ETA) - 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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