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Alaska’s Glacier Country (Wilderness Adventurer)

Alaska’s Glacier Country (Wilderness Adventurer)

From USD $3,895

Description

Explore islands, glaciers, and forests. Kayak in remote inlets that bring you closer to wildlife including eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and seabirds.

Trip Name
Alaska's Glacier Country (Wilderness Adventurer)
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 160 feet Pasenger Capacity: 60 guests Built: 1984, renovated in 2011 The Wilderness Adventurer’s interior complements the wild places it sails through and both public and private spaces are amenity-full. The main lounge evokes the feel of a wilderness lodge or neighborhood pub, with a long bar made from reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar. Three accessible decks are ideal for keeping watch for wildlife and taking in the outdoors. The sun deck features roomy space for lounging and the observation deck offers over-the-top viewing from the bow. The vessel is outfitted with adventure gear including kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, wet suits and snorkel equipment, and yoga mats. The EZ Dock launch platform on the main deck makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone and a bow-mounted underwater camera share the sounds and sights below the surface. The onboard wellness program includes a hot tub and fitness equipment. There are three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Adventurer: Navigator; Trailblazer; and Pathfinder. Pathfinder cabins accommodate singles and doubles. Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; private bath with shower; a view window (no portholes).

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Hello, Juneau! First settled in the gold rush days, Juneau welcomes with both small town charm and towering glaciers. Toast to the riches of Alaska as you sail west toward Icy Strait.
Day 2 - DAY 2 Icy Strait
Kick start the morning with on-deck stretches and a strong cup of coffee. Energized and snug in your kayak, glide around in remote bays off of Icy Strait through giant bullwhip kelp that can grow to over 100 feet long. Join the gang in a skiff to a rocky outcropping to watch sea lions play. Or, step into mud boots for a forest hike with your top-notch, naturalist guides who have plenty to share about everything Alaska—marine biology, plants, and even geology. On board, soak it all in as you soak in the hot tub.
Day 3 - DAY 3 Glacier Bay National Park
You’re in for a real treat. A National Park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. Have your binoculars handy—South Marble Island is a birder’s slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water. Guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don’t seem to mind. More thrills and chills await as you cruise to the far end of John Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet where glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, bears forage along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet. Mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s HQ, and say farewell to your ranger.
Day 4 - DAY 4 Chatham Strait
Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Rest assured your captain navigates to the best. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees and rain-fed waterfalls. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion, and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. A nosy seal could be watching your every stroke. Beachcomb rocky shores. Tiny creatures cling to rocks. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.
Day 5 - DAY 5 Kuiu Island
The jagged arms and fingers of Kuiu Island stretch from 25 to just six miles wide. Salmon streams dot the coastline—and where there’s salmon, there are bears. Despite its slim size, Kuiu Island is home to many black bears, who, like you, love the solitude and open skies in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. From kayak or skiff, scope the intertidal zones of Skanax Bay for these guys. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch with an easy stroll amidst the tide pools. It’s remote, and remarkable.
Day 6 - DAY 6 Frederick Sound
Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feed on krill, zooplankton, and herring. Watch for whales feasting in these abundant glacial waters. Hang out and enjoy the show. Based on wind and weather, your expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. Somewhere nearby, carrot-billed black oystercatchers are saying hello. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.
Day 7 - DAY 7 Endicott Arm / Dawes Glacier
Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror, the steep walls of this narrow opening streaked with waterfalls. Back in the Arm, gasp at the deep glacier-carved valleys. It’s at the end where you meet the piece de resistance: Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, the white thunder of a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and “photo journal” from your expedition team.
Day 8 - DAY 8 Juneau – Disembarkation
Mmmm, fresh baked pastries over one last breakfast. Your crew and new friends wish heartfelt goodbyes. This morning, transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
14-05-202121-05-2021USD $4,495Navigator Cabin
14-05-202121-05-2021USD $5,295Trailblazer Cabin
14-05-202121-05-2021USD $5,795Pathfinder Cabin
14-05-202121-05-2021USD $6,745Single
21-05-202128-05-2021USD $4,495Navigator Cabin
21-05-202128-05-2021USD $5,295Trailblazer Cabin
21-05-202128-05-2021USD $5,795Pathfinder Cabin
21-05-202128-05-2021USD $6,745Single
28-05-202104-06-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
28-05-202104-06-2021USD $7,795Single
28-05-202104-06-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
28-05-202104-06-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
04-06-202111-06-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
04-06-202111-06-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
04-06-202111-06-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
04-06-202111-06-2021USD $7,795Single
11-06-202118-06-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
11-06-202118-06-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
11-06-202118-06-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
11-06-202118-06-2021USD $7,795Single
18-06-202125-06-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
18-06-202125-06-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
18-06-202125-06-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
18-06-202125-06-2021USD $7,795Single
25-06-202102-07-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
25-06-202102-07-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
25-06-202102-07-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
25-06-202102-07-2021USD $7,795Single
02-07-202109-07-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
02-07-202109-07-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
02-07-202109-07-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
02-07-202109-07-2021USD $7,795Single
09-07-202116-07-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
09-07-202116-07-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
09-07-202116-07-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
09-07-202116-07-2021USD $7,795Single
16-07-202123-07-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
16-07-202123-07-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
16-07-202123-07-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
16-07-202123-07-2021USD $7,795Single
23-07-202130-07-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
23-07-202130-07-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
23-07-202130-07-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
23-07-202130-07-2021USD $7,795Single
30-07-202106-08-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
30-07-202106-08-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
30-07-202106-08-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
30-07-202106-08-2021USD $7,795Single
06-08-202113-08-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
06-08-202113-08-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
06-08-202113-08-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
06-08-202113-08-2021USD $7,795Single
13-08-202120-08-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
13-08-202120-08-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
13-08-202120-08-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
13-08-202120-08-2021USD $7,795Single
20-08-202127-08-2021USD $5,195Navigator Cabin
20-08-202127-08-2021USD $5,995Trailblazer Cabin
20-08-202127-08-2021USD $6,495Pathfinder Cabin
20-08-202127-08-2021USD $7,795Single
27-08-202103-09-2021USD $4,495Navigator Cabin
27-08-202103-09-2021USD $5,295Trailblazer Cabin
27-08-202103-09-2021USD $5,795Pathfinder Cabin
27-08-202103-09-2021USD $6,745Single
03-09-202110-09-2021USD $4,495Navigator Cabin
03-09-202110-09-2021USD $5,295Trailblazer Cabin
03-09-202110-09-2021USD $5,795Pathfinder Cabin
03-09-202110-09-2021USD $6,745Single
10-09-202117-09-2021USD $4,495Navigator Cabin
10-09-202117-09-2021USD $5,295Trailblazer Cabin
10-09-202117-09-2021USD $5,795Pathfinder Cabin
10-09-202117-09-2021USD $6,745Single
17-09-202124-09-2021USD $3,895Navigator Cabin
17-09-202124-09-2021USD $4,795Trailblazer Cabin
17-09-202124-09-2021USD $5,195Pathfinder Cabin
17-09-202124-09-2021USD $5,845Single
24-09-202101-10-2021USD $3,895Navigator Cabin
24-09-202101-10-2021USD $4,795Trailblazer Cabin
24-09-202101-10-2021USD $5,195Pathfinder Cabin
24-09-202101-10-2021USD $5,845Single

Inclusions

    • One day in Glacier Bay National Park, joined by a park ranger
    • Get close up to glaciers: Dawes, Margerie, and Grand Pacific
    • Bushwhack in the Tongass National Forest
    • Fords Terror Wilderness Area by skiff and hike inland on Chichagof Island
    • Humpback whales in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
    • Wildlife searches: black and brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, sea birds
    • Kayak, paddle board and skiff remote inlets
    • Beachcombing, tide pool, and forest ecology discoveries

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