Expedition Details

 

Experience the remarkable beauty of southeastern Alaska on a voyage into a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife with some of our finest photographers. Sailing aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or the National Geographic Sea Lion, 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 photographers who have an intimate knowledge of the region. Our small ship has the flexibility to take you ashore to places that few others see. This specially crafted expedition will put you in position to take photos with some of the world's premier photographers as your guides.

Trip Highlights

    • Sail aboard the comfortable 62-passenger expedition ships National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion equipped with motorized landing crafts and sea kayaks.
    • The expedition will feature sessions for both photographers and videographers.
    • 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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Day 8 — Sitka/Seattle, Washington

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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Expedition Team

A diverse team of expert photographers and naturalists will accompany this expedition. They will share their knowledge and insights on the photographic techniques required to capture the wildlife, landscapes, and cultural elements of this voyage. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.

Flip Nicklin

Flip NicklinNational Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin is one of the world's leading photographers of whales. His majestic photos and amazing audio tracks of humpbacks and killer whales have appeared in numerous National Geographic publications and television specials. The North American Nature Photography Association has named him Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year. Flip migrates with the humpbacks, spending summers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and winters off Maui, Hawaii.

Flip will join the following departure:

Aug 30 - Sep 06, 2014

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2014
  • Jun 01 - 08, 2014 [SL] (waitlist only)
  • Jun 08 - 15, 2014 [SL] (waitlist only)
  • Aug 30 - Sep 06, 2014 [SB]
  • Aug 31 - Sep 07, 2014 [SL]
2015
  • Jun 13 - 20, 2015 [SB]
  • Jun 20 - 27, 2015 [SB]
  • Aug 29 - Sep 05, 2015 [SB]
  • Aug 30 - Sep 06, 2015 [SL]

[SB] National Geographic Sea Bird
[SL] National Geographic Sea Lion

Please note that the June 1, 2014 and June 13, 2015 departures follow the same itinerary but in the reverse order from Sitka to Juneau.

Expedition Cost

2014
2014
Category 1 $6,260
Category 2 $7,340
Category 3 $8,390

2015
2015
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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