1Embark in Juneau
Welcome aboard the Wilderness Explorer!
2Endicott Arm/Fords Terror
The sides of the fjord reach skyward around you, and ice floats past the ship. At the end of Endicott lies the blue Dawes Glacier, towering high above. Listen for the crack that precedes the thunderous calving! Tides permitting, the skiff driver can take you into Fords Terror. The towering walls show off many waterfalls, and mountain goats climb the cliffs.
Start your morning with yoga on deck as we cruise a region frequented by humpback and orca! Perhaps you’ll spot the misty spout while in warrior pose. We’ll dock in Port Houghton where you can choose your adventure: kayak in search of sea stars and shore birds; paddle board past the port into the salt chuck at the end of the inlet; hike into the Tongass in search of green fields, waterfalls, and beautiful views of evergreen trees.
4Thomas Bay/Wrangell Narrows
Heading deeper into Alaska’s backcountry, you’ll find a muddy playground of glacial moraines and muskegs to stomp through. Or head out onto the clear water, mirroring the beautiful fjord walls. As we wind through the Wrangell Narrows later, we’ll pass Petersburg – a small fishing town.
Today we’ll dive deeper into the history and Native culture that has always called this region home. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska, governed by four nations over the years: Tlingit, Russia, Britain and America! Local islanders will come aboard after we dock for a presentation of local legends and stories. In town you can see the totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and visit Chief Shakes Tribal House.
These remote waterways thru Tongass National Forest are great for wildlife watching. Black bears, mink, and eagles can be seen on shore, or keep your eyes peeled for orcas, porpoises, and otters in the water. A low-elevation hike will be lead on Cleveland Peninsula, or take a shore walk around the tall sea stack between tides.
7Misty Fjords National Monument
Misty Fjords is a stunning ecosystem representative of Southeast Alaska. Cruise past sheer 3000 foot cliffs in search of amazing wildlife. Mountain goats, brown and black bears, sea birds, Sitka deer – all roaming around the fjords. Kayak in Walker Cove or take the skiff to the base of a waterfall to feel the spray off the fjord. After our Farewell Dinner, enjoy the photo journal presentation by your guides, reminiscing about the week you’ve just enjoyed.
8Disembark in Ketchikan
Itinerary also operates in reverse.