Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
• Dawes Glacier and ice-rich Endicott Arm • Whale watching in Stephens Passage • Adventure exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument • Tlingit cultural presentation • Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visit • Tongass backcountry by kayak, paddle board, skiff, and hike • Search for wildlife"”bears, Sitka deer, sea lions, eagles, mink, porpoises, mountain goats • Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal
The waterfall, tucked into a zig-zagging cleft in the rock, drums the saltwater in a never-ending rhythm. Kayaks get us close enough to feel the spray on our faces, and see ferns, mushrooms, and moss growing where water meets earth. Fjord walls reach to the sky, as big as the solitude all around.
Day 1: Juneau, Alaska - Embarkation Arriving in Juneau and met with a warm welcome, that's a good start. You have time to take in a bit of the city once you check in at the hospitality area. But after boarding, grab a glass of bubbly as you push off the dock. Set sail for the Endicott Arm wilderness.
Day 2: Endicott Arm > Fords Terror Take an early peek out your window. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There's no abracadabra here. Mother Nature's magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high. Will it calve? Listen for a crack and unmistakable white thunder. The name Fords Terror originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner. And tides permitting, your skiff driver knows its character and guides you along. It's a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy foot work on the cliffs. Look for them
Day 3: Stephens Passage Yoga stretches on-deck jump start the day. Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they're in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you're in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It's a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades green.
Day 4: Thomas Bay > Wrangell Narrows When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is way back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it's all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green tromping through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, pass by the fishing town of Petersburg and wind into the Wrangell Narrows. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It's "Christmas Tree Lane", of course.
Day 5: Wrangell Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It's also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit cultures have deep roots here. And local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?
Day 6: Behm Canal Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it's all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views. Good opportunities for panoramic shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle along the canal. An intertidal shore walk circles a tall sea stack covered in green
Day 7: Misty Fjords National Monument Its affectionate nickname, "The Yosemite of the North," is deserved. There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. And that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with sea water. Sheer 3,000 foot cliffs. Sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it's just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. It's an amazing wrap to your week. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a "photo journal" by your crew.
Day 8: Ketchikan - Disembark After breakfast this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before you disembark and transfer to the Ketchikan airport.
Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Adventure Cruising Expect days of play and relaxation""wildlife in its natural habitat; genuine exchanges with locals; wilderness hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, or snorkeling; exploration by expedition vessel or boutique yacht, and even by skiff. Rain or shine!
Wilderness Discoverer Warm and inviting, efficient, and oh so cared for by her crew. The Wilderness Discoverer's agenda is to deliver big adventure. And she does it in top-of-the-class style. Sleek with a northwest feel, the ship was retrofitted specifically for wilderness exploration. Wild, remote, and at the edges of the map, she carries a bit of Alaska wherever she sails"”the beautiful bar top and tap tower are made from a yellow cedar log found in Peril Strait.
Wilderness Explorer Daring and ambitious, and a wee bit salty. The Wilderness Explorer was destined for Alaska's deep waters from the first moment her boat builders in Boothbay Harbor, Maine slid her into the drink. A strong "sea boat" with feet, she is not bashful or apologetic in her, or her crew's, unflinching drive to seek out secret niches"”with attitude. You know the kind, that "we are better than the rest" attitude. She's special like that.
Wilderness Adventurer Like your favorite, hippie-cool aunt, she's sage, soulful, and game for every adventure"”and likely the one leading the charge. The unassuming Wilderness Adventurer has style and all the amenities needed to get the job done. It's just as comfortable moseying into the lounge for a pint as it is to leap from the fantail for a "polar plunge" or sketch a landscape from the sundeck.
• Exclusive activities, shore excursions, presentation • Entry fees to national parks, preserves, and monuments • Narration and expertise from expedition guides • Meet & greet services, transfers, and baggage handling between airport & vessel on embark and disembark days • Onboard meals • Spirits, wine, and microbrews • Non-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats
Pricing (per person) $USD
Juneau to Ketchikan or vice versa
(R) = Denotes Itinerary available in reverse (Ketchikan to Juneau) Theme Departures
P = Photography
Jun 2(R), 23, 30(R)
Jul 21, 28(R)
Aug 18, 25(R) Wilderness Explorer May 5(P), 12(R)
Jun 2, 9(R), 30
Jul 7(R), 28
Aug 4(R), 25
Sep 1(R) Wilderness Adventurer Sep 29
Juneau to Ketchikan or vice versa
(R) = Denotes Itinerary available in reverse (Ketchikan to Juneau)
Theme Departures P = Photography
Booking conditions • Prices are per person in US Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices.
• Please contact World Journeys for the updated USD exchange rate.
• Charges apply for snorkelling gear (pay direct)
• Prices are per person in US Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated USD exchange rate. • Charges apply for snorkelling gear (pay direct)
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Gratuities to your vessel cruise
• Airfare to and from your home city
• Optional travel insurance
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities to your vessel cruise • Airfare to and from your home city • Optional travel insurance
Gratuity • Un Cruise recommendations for gratuities is USD 25.00 to USD 35.00 per person per day.
• Un Cruise recommendations for gratuities is USD 25.00 to USD 35.00 per person per day.