Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
• Fords Terror Wilderness • Dawes Glacier • Endicott Arm • Wrangell • Ketchikan
Wind through canals and explore the Tongass backcountry on foot and by kayak on this 7-night UnCruise itinerary.
Highlights Include: • Dawes Glacier and ice-rich Endicott Arm • Whale watching in Stephens Passage • Adventure exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument • Tlingit cultural presentation • Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visit • Tongass backcountry by kayak, paddle board, skiff, and hike • Search for wildlife including bears, sea lions, eagles, mink, porpoises, & mountain goats • Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal
Your Ship: The fleet of small boats features expedition vessels and boutique yachts - each one uniquely suited and equipped to provide an unbelievable experience. The shallow draft makes each vessel capable of nimble exploration and gives access to the places big ships cannot go. Public and private spaces are loaded with amenities and designed for casual comfort.
Most vessels offer narrative Interpretation; meals; spirits/wine/beer; non-alcoholic beverages; book/DVD library,; casual atmosphere; attentive Service; fitness Equipment; open bridge ; kayaks & EZY Dock launch platform. Cabin features include: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles.
Wilderness Discoverer: Adventure and discovery are at the heart of the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer. Loaded with amenities and a lounge evoking the feel of a National Park lodge or neighborhood pub, this expedition vessel, from top to bottom, exudes the spirit of exploration.
Wilderness Explorer: Exploration, access, and comfort all share equal importance on the Wilderness Explorer. Adventure-ready with casual ambiance - the onboard amenities and equipment on this 74-guest expedition vessel put the focus on action, adventure, and relaxation.
Day 1: Ketchikan Arriving in Ketchikan and met with a warm welcome, that's a good start. You have time to take in a bit of the city once you check in at the hospitality area. But after boarding, grab a glass of bubbly as you push off the dock. Set sail for Misty Fjords National Monument.
Day 2: Misty Fjords National Monument Its affectionate nickname, "The Yosemite of the North," is deserved. There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. And that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with sea water. Sheer 3,000 foot cliffs. Sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it's just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. It's an amazing kickoff to your week.
Day 3: Behm Canal Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it's all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views. Good opportunities for panoramic shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle along the canal. An intertidal shore walk circles a tall sea stack covered in green.
Day 4: Wrangell Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It's also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit and Haida cultures have deep roots here. And local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?
Day 5: Wrangell Narrows > Thomas Bay Wind into the Wrangell Narrows heading toward the fishing town of Petersburg and Thomas Bay. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It's "Christmas Tree Lane", of course. Thomas Bay is way back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. When you come this far, you might as well go all in. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it's all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green tromping through a grassy meadow into the forest.
Day 6: Stephens Passage Yoga stretches on-deck jump start the day. Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they're in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you're in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It's a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades green.
Day 7: Endicott Arm > Fords Terror Take an early peek out your window. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There's no abracadabra here. Mother Nature's magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high. Will it calve? Listen for a crack and unmistakable white thunder. The name Fords Terror originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner. And tides permitting, your skiff driver knows its character and guides you along. It's a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy foot work on the cliffs. Look for them. Tonight, your captain joins you for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a "photo journal" by your crew.
Day 8: Juneau After breakfast this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before you disembark and transfer to the Juneau airport.
*Itinerary operates in reverse
• Small ship cruise onboard the Wilderness Explorer • 7 nights' accommodation • Onboard meals, spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages • Transfers and baggage handling between airport / vessel on embark/disembark days • Entry fees to parks/preserves • Exclusive activities and shore excursions • Sightseeing and entrance fees • Wellness amenities on board
Pricing (per person) $USD
Juneau to Ketchikan onboard Wilderness Explorer
6, 27 Jun
Ketchikan to Juneau onboard Wilderness Explorer 13 Jun
4, 25 Jul
2022 Juneau to Ketchikan onboard Wilderness Explorer 22 May
5 , 26 Jun
Ketchikan to Juneau onboard Wilderness Discoverer 27 Apr
Ketchikan to Juneau onboard Wilderness Explorer 29 May
3 , 24 Jul
Juneau to Ketchikan onboard Wilderness Explorer
6, 27 Jun
Booking conditions • Prices are per person double/twin occupancy. Ask us about single or triple cabin prices.
• Please note amenities and inclusions vary by vessel, please contact us for further details.
• Prices are per person double/twin occupancy. Ask us about single or triple cabin prices. • Please note amenities and inclusions vary by vessel, please contact us for further details.
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities
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