Alaska and British Columbia Photo Expedition

  • 12 days aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or Sea Bird
  • Explore with a team of naturalists and a National Geographic photographer.

Expedition Details


The northwest seaboard of North America is an unspoiled labyrinth of tiny islands, spectacular fiords, and abundant wildlife. Trace the coast from Seattle to Alaska in our nimble expedition ship, the National Geographic Sea Lion or the National Geographic Sea Bird, and explore narrow fjords, hidden coves, and stunning archipelagos by kayak and motorized landing craft. As you cruise from the lush Gulf Islands to the ice floes of Glacier Bay, learn about native cultures, spot whales, raptors, dolphins, and bears and get shooting tips from an on board National Geographic photographer.

Itinerary - 12 Days

Day 1 — Seattle, Washington

Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship.
National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion. (D)

Day 2 — Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Search for orca whales, kayak around forested islands and explore the town of Nanaimo.

Day 3 — Alert Bay/Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

Sail into Alert Bay to see Native American artifacts at the U'mista Cultural Centre. Continue to Johnstone Strait, a narrow channel favored by orcas.

Days 4 & 5 — Inside Passage of British Columbia

We continue our journey North along the Coast of British Columbia, searching for wildlife along the way. If conditions permit we may go ashore to explore or kayak.

Day 6 — Misty Fiords

In these majestic fiordlands, kayak beneath glacier-carved outcrops and float past icy waterfalls in a motorized landing craft, easily navigating narrow waterways that slice between sheer cliffs.

Day 7 — Frederick Sound and Petersburg

Join naturalists on deck and search for orca, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and visit the fishing village of Petersburg, known as “Alaska’s Little Norway”

Day 8 — Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a ride on a motorized landing craft for an unforgettable view of sculpted icebergs.

Day 9 — Juneau

Visit the Alaska State Museum in Juneau for an excellent overview of Alaska's natural history and cultures. At Mendenhall Glacier observe the ice-carved valley up close.

Day 10 — Glacier Bay National Park

Spend the day exploring the coves, fiords, tidewater glaciers, and freshwater lakes of Glacier Bay National Park. Watch calving glaciers and mountain goats scampering on the peaks, and look for puffin and brown bears.

Day 11 — Alaska's Southeast Islands, Bays and Fjords

With the luxury of a flexible schedule, we will hike on remote islands through the old-growth forest or kayak the coast.

Day 12 — Sitka/Disembark

Visit Saint Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire; walk through the totem pole lined trails of Sitka National Historical Park; and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Depart for the airport for your flight home.

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


This expedition is not currently being offered.