A small, unassuming timber and fishing community, Wrangell sits on the northern tip of Wrangell Island, near the mouth of the fast-flowing Stikine River—North America's largest undammed river. The Stikine plays a large role in the life of many Wrangell residents, including those who grew up homesteading on the islands that pepper the area. Trips on the river with local guides are highly recommended as they provide, basically, an insider's guide to the Stikine and a very Alaskan way of life. View more
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Enjoy fantastic views of the coastal rainforest, Stikine-LeConte ice cap and Outer Islands of coastal Alaska on this invigorating tour through the rain forest hike as you climb almost 1,100 (335 metres) above sea level to the spine of Wrangell Island.
Depart the pier with your naturalist guide for the short transfer to the HIgh Country Trail where you commence your informative, exclusive hike through the rainforest to the Stikine-Le Conte ice cap that offers views of the numerous islands that dot the coast of Alaska on the other side. Follow paths that teem with life, from the moss- and lichen-covered forest floor to the filtering canopy above, hanging with licorice fern and mistletoe. The sheer density of the vegetation makes this one of the greatest biomasses of any natural community in the world.
Along the way, your naturalist guide will touch on a variety of topics such as botany, natural history, and rain forest ecology. Enjoy a healthy snack and needed break on the spine of Wrangell Island high above, as eagles soar by at eye level before making your way back down the trail and returning to the ship.
Please note: This tour is designed for athletic, energetic and physically fit adventurers. Approximate walking distance is 5 miles (8.04 Kilometres) with many steps throughout. Due to the nature of the wilderness trail you may encounter mud and slick trail conditions. We suggest you dress in layers, waterproof hiking boots and bring rain gear as the area is often shrouded in mist. There are no toilet facilities during the on-site portion of the tour, therefore we recommend guests use the facilities on the ship prior to departure.
Enjoy world class fishing in the abundant waters of the Pacific Ocean along the famed Inside Passage of Alaska. Experience spectacular scenery and protected nearby calm waters while fishing for a multitude of sought after species including, salmon and halibut, depending on the season. A major difference with fishing in our area is the normally short distance to the fishing grounds.
Meet your experienced and licensed Captain and walk the short distance over to your fishing boat. Following a short safety briefing, depart on your fishing experience.
Your catch may be professionally processed and shipped to your home for an additional fee, including filleting, within the Continental United States. If you prefer not to keep your catch, you may donate to the local Senior Centre for their meals program for Wrangell Senior Citizens.
Equipment, tackle, bait and raingear are included. A one-day, non-resident fishing license is required and available for cash purchase (US$20) from your boat captain.
Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of activity and is not recommended for guests utilising a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. Comfortable outdoor clothing and sturdy waterproof footwear are recommended. The boat takes up to 6 guests, however only 4 poles are available. When sold for more than 4 guests, poles will be rotated among all fishers.
If you relish the chance to paddle on Alaska's pristine waters and watch for native wildlife in their natural habitat, this kayaking adventure is the perfect choice.
Your excursion begins at the pier, where you join a comfortable minibus for the 20-minute journey 'out the road'. Your wildlife sightseeing starts almost immediately, as you may spot eagles, bears and deer along the way.
Arriving to the shore, your guide is waiting to fit you with a life jacket, introduce you to your stable, two-person kayak, and provide some expert kayaking instruction. Next, 'put in' for a refreshing paddle in this remote location. As you serenely glide around Wrangell's offshore islands, you may see eagles soaring overhead and curious seals playing hide-and-seek. An Orca may even pay a visit, startling the seals as it searches for schools of salmon, herring or eulachon.
Enjoy a relaxing break and snack on the beach before easing back into your kayak and returning to the start point. From here, a shuttle returns you to the pier and Silver Shadow.
Please note: This tour is an active excursion involving approximately 2.5 hours of kayaking, and is suitable for those who are physically fit. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. Each participant must weigh no more than 250 lbs (113 kg or 18 stone). The minimum age requirement is 18 years old, younger participants must be accompanied by an adult. Although life jackets are worn by all, participants must also be able to swim. We recommend that you dress warmly in layers, and wear waterproof shoes with tread. Rain gear and kayak spray shirts will be provided.
Enjoy the excitement of an exhilarating jet-boat ride, gold rush history and world-renowned scenery on this adventure.
The Stikine River is considered one of the last truly wild rivers in North America. Famed American naturalist, John Muir, described it as 'a Yosemite 100 miles (160 kilometres) long'. Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the world's largest temperate rain forest.
On the pier, board a custom, purpose-built, heated and covered jet-boat to begin your adventure. Traverse the ever changing river delta, meander through side sloughs, explore the banks of the river, and be on the look-out for passing moose, bear or deer. Seek out views of distant mountain peaks, spy on spawning salmon and listen to thundering waterfalls. Your journey culminates at Shakes Lake with sparkling blue and crystal clear icebergs. Venture in farther if conditions allow for a view of Shakes Glacier and the ancient ice from which it was created.
The tour concludes back at the pier in Wrangell.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity, and guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of a jet boat. It is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with limited mobility, guests with back and/or neck problems, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, layered clothing, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Due to the nature of boating in the wilderness on the Stikine River, which sometimes requires travel in shallow water, you may experience quick or sudden stops, starts and turns. The tour routing may change due to weather and water conditions. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
Discover the highlights of this truly Alaskan town and see its colourful history and native culture to life while visiting the Wrangell Museum and viewing the famous Chief Shakes Tribal House.
Departing the pier, explore Shakes Island en route to the Chief Shakes Island. Here, interpretive narration is provided by local natives. Then, learn about the Stikine River and its significant influence on the development of Wrangell as you pass through the town and see its historic churches.
Visit Wrangell's famous anthropological sight, Petroglyph Beach. It was here that rock carvings dated 8,000 years before the settlement by the Tlingit tribes. Enjoy a petroglyph rubbing demonstration before heading to the Wrangell Museum. The local museum houses a rich assortment of over 5,000 historic photos, native artefacts, a collection of Tlingit petroglyphs, and fishing, mining and logging displays. Afterwards, make your way back to the ship.
Please note: The order of sites may vary. Little walking is required. Guests may wish to enjoy additional city highlights on their own before returning to the ship.