Alaska British Columbia – Epic Wilderness Expedition (Itinerary 2)
Duration: 16 days
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen
May 17, 2020
Price from: $ 6,548 per personCheck prices and availability Request a quote
- 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
- Day 1 Vancouver - Embarkation
- Day 2 At sea
- Day 3 Ketchikan, Alaska
- Day 4 Sitka
- Day 5 Haines
- Day 6 Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm
- Day 7 Juneau
- Day 8 Icy Strait Point
- Day 9 Petersburg
- Day 10 Wrangell
- Day 11 Misty Fjords National Monument
- Day 12 Prince Rupert
- Day 13 Butedale - Cruising through the British Columbia Inside Passage
- Day 14 Alert Bay
- Day 15 Vancouver
- Day 16 Vancouver
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- A 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
- A 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
- Visa for U.S. and Canada - for details please see Visa information in our Entry Requirements
MS Roald Amundsen
In 2019, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: MS Roald Amundsen. This state-of-the-art vessel will feature new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- Practical Information for Expedition Cruises On Board MS Roald Amundsen
- Meet our Expedition Team
- Young Explorers Program