Expedition Details


Experience the remarkable beauty of southeastern Alaska on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion into a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Search for orcas and humpback whales, kayak around dramatic icebergs, spend a full day in Glacier Bay National Park, and learn about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage.

Our approach during this voyage is one of discovery. We take time to stop and explore this beautiful and intriguing land up close, in the company of expert naturalists who have an intimate knowledge of the region. Our small ship has the flexibility to take you ashore to places that few others see. The long days of summer allow for wildlife viewing well into the evening hours.

Trip Highlights

    • Kayak into protected coves and look for sea otters, seabirds, and whales.
    • Hike through lush forest trails to cascading waterfalls, and take a motorized landing craft into sheltered coves where brown bears feed.
    • Watch for calving ice in the iceberg-laden waters of Glacier Bay National Park.
    • Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation to learn about the local whale population, and get a firsthand perspective on Alaska’s indigenous peple from a Tlingit cultural interpreter.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 — Seattle/Juneau, Alaska

Fly from Seattle to Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Visit the imposing Mendenhall Glacier. There is time to explore Juneau on your own before we embark the ship in the late afternoon.
National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird (D)

Day 2 — Tracy Arm Fjord—Fords Terror Wilderness

Enter Tracy Arm, a spectacular 22-mile-long fjord where waterfalls cascade from towering, glacially carved walls. We maneuver among large icebergs, keeping an eye out for feeding bears on the shoreline and mountain goats on the cliffs above.

Day 3 — Petersburg

Discover the small town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, founded more than 100 years ago by rugged Norwegian fishermen. A visit to Petersburg provides a glimpse of a true Alaskan town and an opportunity for hiking along forest trails. Explore Southeast Alaska’s muskeg, an area with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is also an opportunity for optional flightseeing (weather permitting) or bike riding. Enjoy a crab feast for dinner this evening.

Day 4 — Exploring Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

These waters often make for great whale watching. Look for Steller sea lions stretched out on the rocky islands that dot the channels. Take a walk with naturalists along a quiet forest trail or kayak in the tiny coves in this area. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation—whose work is supported by a grant from the National Geographic/Lindblad Fund—and discuss some of their recent discoveries about the region's marine mammal population.

Day 5 — Icy Straits and Inian Pass

Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters reside. We’ll search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Straits and, conditions permitting, lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on the whales’ communication.

Day 6 — Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Spend the day exploring magnificent Glacier Bay, where enormous glaciers flow from the ice fields far above. Watch and hear glaciers calving as tons of ice crash into the sea. Venture near islets that are home to seabirds such as puffins and guillemots, and look for humpback whales and orcas. Get a firsthand perspective on Alaska’s indigenous people from a Tlingit cultural interpreter, who will be on board with us today to share stories passed down through oral tradition and art.

Day 7 — Exploring Alaska's Islands, Bays, and Fjords

Beachcomb, hike forest trails, explore by kayak, or cruise along Admiralty Island, where the massive brown bear is found, along with perhaps the world's highest density of nesting bald eagles. If conditions permit, explore the coastlines of some remote islands by kayak. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 8 — Sitka/Seattle

After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, a unique town with a strong Russian heritage. Visit St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a striking testament to Alaska's roots prior to the U.S. purchase of the territory from Russia. In the early afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight to Seattle.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book by December 31, 2014 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on select May and June 2015 departures.

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. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.

Casey Anderson

Casey AndersonThe host of Nat Geo WILD’s Expedition Wild and America the Wild, naturalist Casey Anderson was nicknamed the “animal magnet” while growing up in Montana. In 2002, Casey rescued an abandoned grizzly bear cub and dedicated his life to raising Brutus to be an ambassador for his wild grizzly cousins. Casey built Brutus a sanctuary which became the Montana Grizzly Encounter, a bear rescue and education facility. Together, they have been featured in the National Geographic Channel’s Expedition Grizzly and in numerous educational videos, films, television shows, and commercials—even in a game for X-Box Kinect. When not on set, they spend their days at the rescue center helping educate the public about wildlife conservation. A passionate advocate for wildlife as well as an entertaining presenter, Casey will share insights from his many adventures including those in Alaska, where he studied the grizzly population of Kodiak Island.

Casey will join the following departures:

May 16 - 23, 2015
May 23 - 30, 2015

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • May 16 - 23, 2015 [SB] REV
  • May 17 - 24, 2015 [SL] REV
  • May 23 - 30, 2015 [SB]
  • May 24 - 31, 2015 [SL]
  • May 30 - Jun 06, 2015 [SB] REV
  • May 31 - Jun 07, 2015 [SL] REV
  • Jun 06 - 13, 2015 [SB]
  • Jun 07 - 14, 2015 [SL] (waitlist only)
  • Jun 14 - 21, 2015 [SL] REV
  • Jun 21 - 28, 2015 [SL]
  • Jun 28 - Jul 05, 2015 [SL] REV
  • Jul 04 - 11, 2015 [SB]
  • Jul 05 - 12, 2015 [SL]
  • Jul 11 - 18, 2015 [SB] REV
  • Jul 12 - 19, 2015 [SL] REV
  • Jul 19 - 26, 2015 [SL]
  • Jul 25 - Aug 01, 2015 [SB] REV
  • Jul 26 - Aug 02, 2015 [SL] REV
  • Aug 02 - 09, 2015 [SL]
  • Aug 08 - 15, 2015 [SB] REV
  • Aug 09 - 16, 2015 [SL] REV
  • Aug 15 - 22, 2015 [SB]
  • Aug 16 - 23, 2015 [SL]
  • Aug 22 - 29, 2015 [SB] REV
  • Aug 23 - 30, 2015 [SL] REV

[SL] National Geographic Sea Lion
[SB] National Geographic Sea Bird
REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Add a seven-day extension to Alaska’s Denali National Park. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

Category 1 $6,290
Category 2 $7,340
Category 3 $8,390

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2014 and 2015, add $3,150 in Category 1 and $3,670 in Category 2.

Airfare to Juneau and return from Sitka is not included in the expedition cost.

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