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Expedition Details

 

Set sail aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird on an in-depth and wide-ranging photo 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 photo hikes through old-growth forests. Capture it all with the help of our National Geographic photo expedition team.

Trip Highlights

    • Hone your photography skills while exploring the wild fjords and islands of southeastern Alaska
    • Raft through the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, which boasts one of the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world.
    • Photograph tidewater glaciers and icebergs in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and search for humpback whales in the waters off Icy Strait.
    • Hike in the ancient Tongass National Forest and learn about the region’s rich Tlingit heritage.

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.
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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 photograph and explore this spectacular wilderness of jewel-like lakes, waterfalls, and snowcapped peaks.
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Days 3 & 4 — Tongass National Forest/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).
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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

Spanning more than three million acres of fjords, tidewater glaciers, mountains, and forests, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve offers a stunning array of photographic opportunities. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, and puffins along the coast, and learn about local lore from a native Tlingit interpreter.
(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 home.
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Expedition Team

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 date noted.

Rich Reid

Rich ReidRich has specialized in travel, environmental, and adventure photography for the past 20 years. His frequent contributions to National Geographic Adventure magazine included an assignment biking Alaska's Inside Passage. As a previous Alaska travel business owner, he has guided a variety of groups throughout the state. Much of his current work is with non-profit organizations preserving lands and cultural sites with his photography. He also works in film, and recently produced and directed an award-winning documentary on watersheds. As a former instructor at Brooks Institute, Rich traveled with his students to document California's natural history.

Rich will join the following departure:

Jun 16 - 26, 2017

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2017
  • Jun 16 - 26, 2017
  • Jun 26 - Jul 06, 2017
  • Jul 26 - Aug 05, 2017
  • Aug 05 - 15, 2017
2018
  • Jun 08 - 18, 2018
  • Jun 18 - 28, 2018
  • Jul 18 - 28, 2018
  • Jul 28 - Aug 07, 2018

Please note: The June 16 and July 26, 2017, and June 8 and July 18, 2018 departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, starting in Sitka and ending in Ketchikan.

Add a post voyage extension to Denali National Park. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

2017
Sea Bird
Category 1 $8,990
Category 2 $10,490
Category 3 $11,890

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,500 in Category 1 and $5,250 in Category 2.

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

Please note: the pricing above is valid for 2018 departures booked by June 1, 2017.

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