Alaska and British Columbia - Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Northbound)

We sail north from Vancouver to the Misty Fjords, William Henry Bay, and the dramatic glaciers of College Fjord, looking out for eagles, bears, and whales along the way. You’ll also visit Haines, Sitka, and Cordova, authentic Alaskan frontier towns that are a mix of native and early settler cultures. We end the journey with a train ride from Seward to Anchorage.
14 Days




Hotel  

Transfer, Alaska Railroad 

Expedition Cruise

Onboard Activities

Landing Activities


Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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Itinerary

  1. Start of the Expedition - Vancouver, Canada

    Vibrant Vancouver boasts waterfront parks, nearby mountains, multitudes of cafes, shops, galleries, museums, and a diversity of cultural neighborhoods to explore. Enjoy a scenic journey into the Canadian wilderness aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train with an optional Pre-Program.  

    Start of the Expedition - Vancouver, Canada
  2. Cruising through British Columbia - At Sea

    Sailing north into the open ocean, we make our way towards the narrow channels of Canada’s Inside Passage. Join our Expedition Team in the onboard Science Center for fascinating lectures, spend time getting to know your fellow travelers, or go on deck to look out for dolphins, porpoises, orcas, and whales in the nearby waters.

    Cruising through British Columbia - At Sea
  3. Unspoiled Wilderness - Misty Fjords National Monument

    Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs adorned by strings of waterfalls, mountain rivers and wetlands along the coast, often with milky fog filling the bays and coves. Weather permitting, you will explore the area on our small expedition boats or kayaks. 

    Unspoiled Wilderness - Misty Fjords National Monument
  4. Soul of Alaska - Wrangell, Alaska

    One of the oldest island towns in Alaska, Wrangell has been governed by four different nations – Tlingit, Russian, British and the United States. Numerous petroglyphs on the beach and moss-covered totem poles showcase the distant past of this area. Outside of the main cruise ship routes, Wrangell remains a simple fishing town.

    Soul of Alaska - Wrangell, Alaska
  5. Day 5 - Tracy / Endicott Arm Fjords, Alaska

    True gems of Southeast Alaska, the Tracy and Endicott Arm fjords feature lush Alaskan greenery on towering cliff sides as well intricate icebergs in the water and rugged, radiant-blue glaciers at the end of the fjords. The region is also home to mountain goats and harbor seals. If sea conditions are right, we’ll explore the area aboard our small expedition boats or kayaks.

    Day 5 - Tracy / Endicott Arm Fjords, Alaska
  6. Little Norway in Alaska - Petersburg, Alaska

    Nicknamed “A little Norway,” rarely-visited Petersburg is a thriving fishing village with a strong Norwegian heritage, scenery that will take your breath away and an abundance of 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.”

    Little Norway in Alaska - Petersburg, Alaska
  7. Art in the Wilderness - Haines, Alaska

    Framed by mountains, Haines was the home of the Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, before Europeans arrived in the late 19th century, followed by gold rush settlers. Known in modern times for its community of artists, Haines remains at heart a small Alaskan town on the edge of wilderness.

    Art in the Wilderness - Haines, Alaska
  8. Wilderness Exploration - William Henry Bay, Alaska

    We head ashore with our expedition boats and explore this anchorage with local guides. Nestled against the Chilkat mountain range, the wilderness here features old growth forest, and is home to brown and black bears, wolves, moose, and Sitka black-tailed deer. In the evening, the ship passes through Point Adolphus, a renowned whale watching area. 

    Wilderness Exploration - William Henry Bay, Alaska
  9. Sitka, Blended Cultures - Sitka, Alaska

    Sitka enjoys views of The Sisters Mountains and of Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano. The former capital of Alaska when it belonged to Russia, this historic town is now a blend of cultures. Wander around the Russian Orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral, or visit nearby Stika National Historical Park, which has many ornate Tinglit totem poles on display.

    Sitka, Blended Cultures - Sitka, Alaska
  10. Tidal Glaciers - Icy Bay

    Icy Bay lives up to its name. Located in Prince William Sound, the spectacular scenery here has formed during the past 100 years with the retreat of three prominent glaciers, which still feed ice into the bay. Our aim is to explore Guyot Glacier. The day’s weather and glacier ice conditions will determine which areas we can visit.

    Tidal Glaciers - Icy Bay
  11. Alaska’s Little Secret - Cordova

    Cordova is an authentic Alaskan salmon fishing town surrounded by vast forests, and only accessible by boat or plane. Thanks to this remoteness, Cordova has preserved its small-town, old-school vibe more than many other communities. Sea otters, eagles, and tundra swans are readily seen while moose, beaver, wolf, and bears are rarer sights.

    Alaska’s Little Secret - Cordova
  12. Ivy League Glaciers - College Fjord

    We spend the day in the northern sector of Prince William Sound exploring College Fjord surrounded by the snow-capped Chugach Mountains. The area is home to five magnificent tidewater glaciers and a dozen smaller ones, most named after famous Ivy League East Coast colleges. May is also one of the top months to spot humpback whales here.

    Ivy League Glaciers - College Fjord
  13. Seward’s Scenic Train Ride - Seward

    After disembarking the ship, ride the Alaskan Railroad from Seward to Anchorage. Traveling along the shores of Turnagain Arm, you’ll see a showcase of South-Central Alaska’s natural beauty - jagged peaks, alpine meadows, breathtaking fjords, and crystal lakes. Once in Anchorage, we visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center before transferring to your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Seward’s Scenic Train Ride - Seward
  14. ‘Big Apple of the North’ - Anchorage

    Situated between the 5,000-foot peaks of the Chugach Mountains, the city has more than 40% of the state's population. Locals fish for salmon from Ship Creek downtown and 1,500 moose wander free within the city limits. Extend your stay with a four-day Post-Program to pristine Denali National Park before flying home.

    ‘Big Apple of the North’ - Anchorage

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