Set sail aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird on an in-depth expedition through Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Photograph the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fiords; the icescapes of Glacier Bay; and the wildlife-rich waters of Icy Strait, home to whales, puffins, and Steller sea lions. Explore spectacular fjords by expedition landing craft and kayak, and go on hikes through old-growth forests. Capture it all with the help of our National Geographic-Lindblad certified photo instructors.
Aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird, travel to the southern and northern extremes of Alaska’s coastal waterways, experiencing the breadth and beauty of its forests, fjords, and glaciers.
By special permit, spend a day sailing the coastal waters of Tongass National Forest, and enjoy a full day to explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
Kayak and cruise by expedition landing craft amid the breathtaking cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument.
Raft through the remote Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve—home
to one of the largest convocations of bald eagles in the world.
Itinerary - 11 Days
Day 1 — Ketchikan, Alaska
Arrive in the coastal city of Ketchikan this
afternoon. Delve into Alaska’s Native American
heritage at Saxman Totem Park before embarking
the National Geographic Sea Bird. (D)
Day 2 — Misty Fiords National Monument
Awaken amid the glacially carved cliffs of Misty
Fiords National Monument Wilderness. Set out by
expedition landing craft or kayak to explore this spectacular wilderness of jewel-like
lakes, waterfalls, and snowcapped peaks. (B,L,D)
Days 3 & 4 — Behm Canal/Clarence Strait/Petersburg
Hike beneath towering trees in the Tongass
National Forest. Then cruise through scenic
channels in search of humpback whales. Visit the
quaint harbor of Petersburg on Mitkof Island.
Discover the island’s unique muskeg ecosystem,
and explore by bicycle or take an optional flightseeing
tour (weather permitting). (B,L,D Daily)
Day 5 — Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness
Navigate the iceberg-strewn waters of Tracy Arm
or Endicott Arm, where waterfalls cascade down
granite cliffs. Capture images of the majestic South
Sawyer or Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, venture
closer in expedition landing crafts. (B,L,D)
Days 6 & 7 — Haines/Lynn Canal
Explore Haines, the so-called “adventure capital”
of Alaska, on a hike or a bike ride along a glacial
lake. Or set off on a rafting excursion, keeping
an eye out for wildlife as we float down through
the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Visit the
ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan, where we’ll
enjoy a traditional dance performance. Spend the
following day hiking and kayaking at the northern
limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage. (B,L,D Daily)
Day 8 — Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
In Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, get up close to blue icebergs and watch for ice calving off the glacier. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, and puffins along the coast, and learn local lore from a native Tlingit interpreter and National Park Service ranger. (B,L,D)
Days 9 & 10 — Icy Strait/ Inian Islands/Baranof or Chichagof Island
Cruise amid the Inian islands, home to Steller sea
lions and a variety of sea birds, and search for
whales off Icy Strait. Then venture to the rugged
shores of Baranof or Chichagof Island. Go hiking
and kayaking in areas where wildlife is most active. (B,L,D Daily)
Day 11 — Sitka/Seattle, Washington
Disembark in Sitka. Visit St. Michael’s Russian
Orthodox Cathedral and the Alaska Raptor
Center. Transfer to the airport for your flight
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts--from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. The expert featured below will be part of the expedition team on the dates noted.
Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and instructor Rich Reid has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for more than two decades. He explored Alaska's Inside Passage by bike and ferry for National Geographic Adventure and is represented by National Geographic Stock. Recently, the North America Nature Photography Association presented Rich with a Fellows Award for his professional contribution to nature photography. His award-winning short documentary highlighting watershed conservation on the California coast has motivated him to continue to create multimedia projects using time-lapse photography to benefit our oceans, open spaces, and wildlife. Rich has shared his photography passion for most of his career operating photo tours in Alaska, teaching Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute in California, and guiding guests on National Geographic Expeditions throughout the globe.
Please note: The June 8 and July 18, 2018 as well as the June 6 and July 24, 2019 departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, starting in Sitka and ending in Ketchikan. The July 18 and 28, 2018 departures are dedicated photography expeditions. Learn more about photo expeditions here >>
Add a post voyage extension to Denali National Park. Please call for details.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,500 in Category 1 and $5,250 in Category
Airfare to Ketchikan and return from Sitka, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.
Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.
For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.