Retrace parts of the famous 1899 Harriman Expedition that went from Seattle to Siberia and understand why dozens of scientists, writers and artists joined the voyage. Experience the Tsimshian indigenous culture in Metlakatla. Visit and tour the Tongass National Forest by land and sea. Cruise past the six-mile-wide Hubbard Glacier and the incredible Misty Fjords in search of bears, seals, and sea otters. Trace winding fjords to hear the crackle of glaciers as they calve new icebergs. Nature lovers will delight not just in sweeping mountain and fjord views but also sightings of Bald Eagles, humpback whales, orca whales, Steller sea lions and harbor seals.
Kayak Island, Alaska, USA –
Silver Cloud will approach Kayak Island, a historical landmark -as this was the only island in Alaska where Georg Steller landed during the Bering Expedition of 1740. Cape Elias has a few haul-outs of Steller sea lions on the flat rocks of the southern tip. Some of the island’s haul-outs are quite large, containing several huge males and their harems of females. On the water rafts of Short-tailed Shearwaters and Red-necked Phalaropes are not uncommon.
Hubbard Glacier, Alaska, USA –
Cruise along Hubbard Glacier, off the coast of Yakutat, Alaska, the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front that is more than six miles wide. This glacier has been very active, with two major surges forward in 1986 and again in 2002.
Elfin Cove, Alaska, USA –
Spend time in the small community of Elfin Cove, exploring this quaint little village and its scenic boardwalk. This community is known for its sports fishing opportunities, with Bald Eagles and hummingbirds frequenting the village.
Wrangell, Alaska, USA –
The town of Wrangell, one of Alaska’s oldest towns, is on the northern tip of Wrangell Island. More than a dozen totem poles are scattered throughout town and one of the best collections of totem poles is found on Chief Shakes Island, a grassy islet in the middle of the boat harbor. Further proof of Wrangell having been visited and used by the Tlingit is Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park with more than 40 of the designs found along the shore just a few hundred meters north of the town.
Behm Canal and Misty Fjord, Alaska, USA
Silver Cloud will be cruising the Behm Canal which passes through the Misty Fiords National Monument to the east of Revillagigedo Island. There is a broad spectrum of wildlife to be seen during the day. The iconic Misty Fjord is within the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the US with 17 million acres of protected land. This massive reserve holds the largest Pacific temperate rainforest.
Metlakatla, Alaska, USA –
The Tsimshian are the indigenous people of Metlakatla, a small ocean-front community in southern Alaska. The settlement holds at least a dozen ornate and emblematic Totem Poles for which the Tsimshian are famous. The people here respect and pay homage to their ancestors with traditional dance performances and ceremonies at their longhouse, the community’s heart and soul.
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada –
Prince Rupert is known as the “City of Rainbows” and Canada’s “Gateway to the North”.
Prince Rupert’s port is the deepest natural harbour in North America and ice-free all year round, making it an ideal port for cargo between Asia and North America since it is connected to the Canadian Railway, too. In Prince Rupert tour the North Pacific Cannery, the longest running cannery in British Columbia (and now a museum) to better understand part of Prince Rupert’s economy. The North Pacific Historic Fishing Village is a National Historic Site and is the most complete cannery that remains of these remote villages that once dotted the West Coast.
- Visit Metlakatla, home of the indigenous Tsimshian people, famous for their emblematic Totem Poles.
- Observe native cultural presentations and ceremonies.
- Retrace parts of the famous Harriman Alaska Expedition.
Wildlife Watch List:
- Bald Eagle, Steller’s Jay, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Marbled Murrelet, Pigeon Guillemot; Common, Bonaparte’s, Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls
- Brown and black bears
- Humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals
Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and/or ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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