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

Join us on an expedition cruise sailing south from Anchorage through the Gulf of Alaska and along the Inside Passage towards Vancouver. We’ll look for wildlife along the way and visit spectacular landscapes at the Misty Fjords, College Fjords, and William Henry Bay. You’ll also learn about native culture and history, as well as Alaska’s gold rush period.
14 Days


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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  1. Alaska’s Largest City - Anchorage

    Arrive in Anchorage where you’ll spend the night at a hotel. This city is one of the only places in Alaska with all the modern fixtures of American life - numerous shopping malls, gourmet restaurants and art centers. Add a four-day Pre-Program and discover Denali National Park, home to North America’s highest peak.

    Alaska’s Largest City - Anchorage
  2. Alaska Railroad, Start of the Expedition - Seward, Alaska

    In the morning, we visit Alaska Native Heritage Center before boarding the Alaska Railroad for a scenic journey to Seward. Traveling along the shores of Turnagain Arm, you’ll see jagged peaks, alpine meadows, breathtaking fjords and crystal lakes. Seward, largely a fishing town, welcomes visitors with a beautiful coastal setting. MS Roald Amundsen awaits your embarkation at the harbor.

    Alaska Railroad, Start of the Expedition - Seward, Alaska
  3. 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 colleges. May is also one of the top months to spot humpback whales here.

    Ivy League Glaciers - College Fjord
  4. 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
  5. Wilderness Exploration - William Henry Bay, Alaska

    In the morning, the ship passes through Point Adolphus, a renowned whale watching area. We then 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.

    Wilderness Exploration - William Henry Bay, Alaska
  6. 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
  7. From Rainforests to Glaciers - 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.

    From Rainforests to Glaciers - Tracy / Endicott Arm Fjords, Alaska
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 in our small expedition boats or kayaks. 

    Unspoiled Wilderness - Misty Fjords National Monument
  12. Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage - BC Inside Passage

    Sailing south, we journey through the Inside Passage, admiring places like Grenville Channel and Princess Royal Channel. Enjoy exceptional views of tranquil fjords and mountains covered in evergreen forests. Unlike other cruise ships that normally pass through the area at night, you’ll be able to see this sublime summer scenery during the day.

    Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage - BC Inside Passage
  13. First Nations – Keepers of the Inside Passage - Alert Bay, British Colombia

    Alert Bay´s Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations community is based in this scenic village at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Enjoy the elaborate totem poles, paintings, carvings and ceremonial masks in the local museum. We will search for wildlife in the nearby islands.

    First Nations – Keepers of the Inside Passage - Alert Bay, British Colombia
  14. Vibrant Vancouver - Vancouver

    Our voyage ends in vibrant Vancouver, which boasts waterfront parks, nearby mountains, multitudes of cafés, shops, galleries, museums, and a diversity of cultural neighborhoods to explore. Add an optional extra night and join us on a full-day excursion to Whistler.  

    Vibrant Vancouver  - Vancouver

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