Set sail on a remarkable journey to Alaska’s Inside Passage and British Columbia, and experience the extraordinary biodiversity and cultural riches of the Haida Gwaii archipelago. Encounter ancient totem poles, and kayak or cruise in motorized landing crafts along wild shores shrouded with old-growth forest. Continue to the dramatic fjords and inland waterways of southeastern Alaska, on the lookout for orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Then listen for the thunder of calving glaciers while exploring the stunning wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.
Explore the Haida Gwaii islands, known as the Canadian Galápagos, for endemic plants, land mammals, and birds.
Peer up at the ancient totem poles of SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls.
Spot incredible marine life, including orcas and humpback whales, from the prow of the National Geographic Sea Lion or Sea Bird
Learn from National Geographic photographers aboard a photo expedition on the September 6 and 7, 2014 and September 5 and 6, 2015 departures.
Itinerary - 15 Days
Days 1 & 2 — Seattle, Washington and Gulf Islands, British Columbia
Arrive in Seattle in the afternoon and embark our ship. The next day, search for orcas and cruise around forested islands. (B,L,D)
Days 3, 4, & 5 — Alert Bay and Johnstone Strait, Canada/British Columbia’s Inside Passage
In the village of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre to watch a traditional performance by the Kwakwaka’wakw people and learn about their culture. Then head north along the unspoiled coastline, looking for whales, dolphins, bears, and other wildlife. We’ll stop to explore the many bays and inlets by kayak and on foot. (B,L,D)
Days 6, 7, & 8 — Haida Gwaii
Discover the wildlife and cultural sites of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, including the magnificent Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Join a traditional dance performance and feast, gaze up at the totem poles of SGang Gwaay, and experience the islands’ rich biodiversity while exploring by kayak and motorized landing craft. (B,L,D)
Days 9, 10, & 11 — Alaska’s Inside Passage
Spend three days encountering spectacular scenery and wildlife along Alaska’s coast. Visit the charming fishing village of Petersburg; cruise and kayak past the glacially carved cliffs of Tracy or Endicott Arm spotting orca, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions; and go ashore for walks through the forest. (B,L,D)
Days 12, 13, & 14 — Juneau/Glacier Bay National Park/Chichagof Island
Visit the impressive Mendenhall Glacier. By special park permit, spend the next day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. Kayak, hike, and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 15 — Sitka/Seattle, Washington
In Sitka, visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and see rehabilitated eagles up close at the Alaska Raptor Center. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Seattle. (B,L,D)
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade
Davis is an anthropologist, writer, photographer,
and filmmaker whose work has taken him from
the Amazon to Tibet, from Africa to Australia,
and from Polynesia to the Arctic. He has lived for
extended periods among indigenous communities, learning and recording their complex rituals and customs. Wade is the author
of 17 bestselling books including The Serpent and the Rainbow
(1986), One River (1996), The Wayfinders (2009), and The Sacred
Headwaters (2011). His latest book, Into the Silence: The Great
War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, won the 2012 Samuel
Johnson Prize, the top non-fiction prize in the English language.
His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World,
an eight-hour documentary series produced for the National
Geographic Channel. Wade is one of 20 Honorary Members of
the Explorers Club. In 2009, he received the Gold Medal from the
Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to
anthropology and conservation. He is the 2011 recipient of the
Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers Club, and
the 2012 David Fairchild Medal, the most prestigious award for