1Embark in Sitka
Welcome aboard the Wilderness Explorer!
2Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds
Along Baranof Island are remote, uninhabited islands, creating secluded coves and islets all along the island. Pick your adventure and get off the boat: will you explore by kayak, paddleboard, skiff, or beach combing?
3Sergius Narrows/Neva Strait
Morning fog lies thick in these woods. As we pass through the narrows, you’ll notice the shorelines coming closer… at its narrowest, 300 feet wide and 24 feet deep! Look for otters cracking a snack on their bellies, or go for a hike in the backcountry.
4Peril Strait/Chichagof Island
Join our guides for on-deck yoga this morning, which will loosen you up before your kayak or skiff ride this morning. Look for giant trees, tidal pools, and bears while hiking in the Tongass.
We’re getting close to the Pacific Ocean in search of whales and other marine mammals. Sea lions, porpoises, and dolphins could all make an appearance today. You can also choose to explore the coastline, either by hiking or on the skiff.
6Glacier Bay National Park
This UNESCO World Heritage Site & Biosphere Reserve is 3.3 million acres of Alaskan wonders to discover! A park ranger will come onboard at Bartlett Cove to point out amazing sites and teach us about the park’s history. On South Marble Island, we’ll see/hear/smell the sea lions! Watch for foraging bears and mountain goats, as well as orange-beaked puffins, marbled murrelets, guillemots and more. As we head towards Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers, you’ll notice the water turning milky white from glacial silt.
The Captain will decide which seems a better option today: Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait. Our onboard guides will help you get the appropriate gear on – you can head out by kayak or paddleboard to take in the wonders of Alaska. Watch for bald eagles in the trees, and harbor seals bobbing up around you.
In Alaska’s capital, you have a variety of on-land options to choose from. For adventure, head to Mendenhall Lake to paddle among icebergs over to Nugget Falls. Then hike 5 miles roundtrip to Mendenhall Glacier to learn about the natural history of the region. For a slower pace, tour the city to learn its history and culture, then ride up the Mt Roberts Tram which ascends 1800 feet! A naturalist will guide you through your options at the top, including many trails to hike with different exertion levels. Mendenhall Lake/Glacier outing only available to children 8 years and older. Anyone traveling with children under 8 can take the Mt Roberts tram.
9Endicott 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.
11Thomas 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.
14Misty 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.
15Disembark in Ketchikan
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or extend your stay with a hotel package.