Expedition Details


Explore wild Alaska on an exciting, active expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird. This compact itinerary will introduce you to the stunning coastal landscapes, iconic wildlife, and culture of southeastern Alaska. Kayak deep into glacially-carved fjords, hike beneath towering spruce and hemlock trees in old-growth rain forests, and raft to an ancient Tlingit village—all with our nimble expedition ship as your moving basecamp.

Trip Highlights

  • Aboard the agile National Geographic Sea Lion, venture deep into Lynn Canal, the longest fjord on the continent, and enter narrow channels that are inaccessible to larger ships.
  • Go rafting in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and go on hikes, bike rides, and kayak excursions in the Alaska wilderness.
  • Peer into the hidden world beneath the ship through underwater footage interpreted by our undersea specialist.
  • Look for grizzlies on Chichagof Island, and watch for calving glaciers from your expedition landing craft in Tracy or Endicott Arm.

Itinerary - 6 Days

Day 1 — Sitka, Alaska

This afternoon, arrive in Sitka, Alaska, situated on the western coast of Baranof Island, fronting the Pacific Ocean. Take a walk in Sitka National Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem poles tower over coastal trails. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. Later, embark the National Geographic Sea Bird.

Day 2 — Exploring Baranof and Chichagof Island

Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof and Chichagof Islands, which are part of the ancient Tongass National Forest. Chichagof Island harbors one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world, and both islands are home to diverse wildlife. Kayak along the rugged coastlines and in the afternoon, go hiking through the temperate rain forest, listening for the call of bald eagles from the tops of lofty spruce and hemlock trees.

Day 3 — Lynn Canal/Haines

Venture to the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Lynn Canal—North America’s longest and deepest fjord. Spend the day hiking and kayaking in the shadows of snowcapped peaks. This evening, step ashore at the quaint town of Haines and experience local Alaskan life.

Day 4 — Haines

Known as the “adventure capital of Alaska,” Haines is situated on a scenic peninsula between the Chilkoot and Chilkat Rivers. Hike one of the many world-class trails in the area, or cycle along the edge of a glacial lake. Or set off on a rafting excursion, keeping an eye out for bald eagles, bears, and moose as we float through the spectacular Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Later, visit the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan and enjoy a traditional dance and cultural performance.

Day 5 — Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness

Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness. Cruise through this glacially carved wilderness, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft. View the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close—and possibly witness the dramatic sight of huge slabs of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below. If conditions permit, paddle a kayak below the steep walls of the fjord. Celebrate your voyage with a farewell dinner on board.

Day 6 — Juneau

Disembark in Juneau and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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National Geographic Expert

Krista Rossow

Krista RossowFor more than a decade, Krista Rossow has worked as a photographer, photo editor, and educator for National Geographic. She began her career as a photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine, where she shaped compelling stories from world-class imagery. As a freelance photographer she has shot feature stories for Traveler in New Orleans, San Francisco, South Africa, Costa Rica, and most recently in Asheville, North Carolina. She regularly judges Instagram contests for @NatGeoTravel and photo edits for National Geographic Books. Krista travels with National Geographic Expeditions teaching photography on ships in the Galapagos Islands, Peru and Chile, the Arctic, Alaska and British Columbia, and Antarctica. She sees the camera as a tool for understanding new cultures, meeting the locals, and exploring the natural world. Her images are represented by National Geographic Creative.

Krista will join the following departures:

May 29 - Jun 03, 2018
Jun 03 - 08, 2018

Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • May 19 - 24, 2018
  • May 24 - 29, 2018 REV
  • May 29 - Jun 03, 2018
  • Jun 03 - 08, 2018 REV
  • Jun 28 - Jul 03, 2018
  • Jul 03 - 08, 2018 REV
  • Jul 08 - 13, 2018
  • Jul 13 - 18, 2018 REV
  • Aug 07 - 12, 2018
  • Aug 12 - 17, 2018 REV
  • Aug 17 - 22, 2018
  • Aug 22 - 27, 2018 REV

REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Expedition Cost

Sea Bird
Category 1 $4,290
Category 2 $4,990
Category 3 $5,990

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,150 in Category 1 and $2,500 in Category 2.

Airfare to Sitka and return from Juneau, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

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Activity Level


Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.