Explore wild Alaska on an action-packed expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird. Spend six adventure-filled days discovering southeastern Alaska, from its stunning coastal landscapes and its iconic wildlife to the timeless culture of its indigenous people. Kayak deep into glacially carved fjords, hike beneath towering spruce and hemlocks in old-growth rain forests, and raft to an ancient Tlingit village— with our nimble expedition ship as our moving basecamp.
Go rafting in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and go on hikes, bike rides, and kayak excursions in the Alaska wilderness.
Look for grizzlies on Chichagof Island, and watch for calving glaciers from your expedition landing craft in Tracy or Endicott Arm.
Get acquainted with indigenous traditions during a music and dance performance in a Tlingit village.
Kids on board can take part in the Global Explorers program, learning about glaciers, whales, and the undersea with onboard naturalists; taking part in scavenger hunts, and working with video, photography, and writing to tell a story.
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. (L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Icy Strait
Spend today searching for wildlife in the rich waters of the Icy Strait, where humpbacks and orcas can be found. Ride a Zodiac among the Inian Islands, home to an abundance of Steller sea lions, or take out a kayak for a quiet paddle in the outer waters of Glacier Bay. Step on shore for hikes in the temperate rain forest. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Haines
KKnown 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, enjoy a flight-seeing tour, or cycle along the edge of a glacial fjord. 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. (B,L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Juneau
Disembark in Juneau and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Book by March 31, 2018 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on the May 19, 24, and 29, 2018 departures.
Offer is for new bookings only and is subject to availability. Please call for details.
National Geographic photographer, climber and diver Jonathan Kingston captures images of the natural world and vistas of life on the edge. From arresting photographs of vibrant tribal dances to underwater scenes of elephants swimming at sea to silhouettes of climbers scaling rock, Jonathan’s penchant for travel and love of the wild have taken him to some of the most remote and unmapped corners of the globe. His work has appeared in print and online in National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. A passionate teacher, Jonathan has received multiple honors from the prestigious Communication Arts and PDN Photo Annual competitions. In 2016, he taught a National Geographic Photo Camp on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. This program uses photography to help young adults and children in underserved communities around the world to develop their own voices and tell their stories. Jonathan’s work is represented by National Geographic Creative and the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries.