Treasures of SE Alaska

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*Remember: wildlife is wild life, so when it comes to stuff like whales and bears, these ratings show the likelihood of seeing those things as opposed to a guarantee. But that’s nature for ya – and who would want it any other way?
Baranof Island, Fredrick Sound, Admiralty Island, Endicott Arm
Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Edgecombe, on the outer coast of Baranof Island, our trip begins in the Russian Capital turned fishing-port town of Sitka. Departing the Sitka Harbor, we will enter into Sitka Sound in search of Humpback whales, Sea otters, Puffins, Auklets, and other pelagic marine species. From Sitka Sound, we will navigate our way through winding Peril Strait, where we’ll search the shores of the narrow passageway for the terrestrial creatures that frequent this shoreline. Once on the inside of Baranof Island, our journey continues south along the waterfall coast to the small community of Baranof to hike the trails and soak in a beautiful natural hot spring.
From Baranof Island, we will head east into Fredrick Sound – the summer feeding grounds for marine mammals such as Humpback Whales, Porpoise, and Sea Lions. Fredrick Sound is home to Admiralty Island; which boasts the densest Brown Bear and nesting Bald Eagle population on earth. By foot, kayak, and from the decks of the Snow Goose, we will explore the shores of Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rain forest in North America. Every step of the way, our knowledgeable naturalist will be with you to answer questions and offer hands-on learning experiences.
From Baranof Island, we will head east into Fredrick Sound – the summer feeding grounds for marine mammals such as Humpback Whales, Porpoise, and Sea Lions. Fredrick Sound is home to Admiralty Island; which boasts the densest Brown Bear and nesting Bald Eagle population on earth. By foot, kayak, and from the decks of the Snow Goose, we will explore the shores of Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rain forest in North America. Every step of the way, our knowledgeable naturalist will be with you to answer questions and offer hands-on learning experiences.
From Fredrick Sound our course continues north into Stevens Passage and explores the icy fjords of Endicott Arm. The grandeur of this area is spectacular – imagine shear granite cliffs extending thousands of feet vertically from the sea into the sky. Here, we will wind our way through the glacially carved fjord among icebergs to the face of a tidewater glacier. There, we can kayak among the ice and watch the massive glacier calve into the sea. Fords Terror, described by John Muir as the “Yosemite of Alaska”, will highlight this journey. Our experience continues north to Juneau, the capital of Alaska, where passengers will disembark with opportunities to explore a multitude of hiking trails and experience a true Alaskan city.
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All routes are subject to adjustment and change at the captain's discretion and the ability to obtain the proper access permits. This includes US Forest Service and Glacier Bay National Park permits. Passports are required for entry into Canada, and previous DUI convictions may prevent entry.
We are an equal opportunity provider and employer, operating on the Tongass National Forest under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service.