Alaskan Adventure with Aleutian Islands

Join us on an expedition cruise to visit fascinating cultures, sail in remote polar waters amidst glaciers and icebegs, and watch for rich marine and terrestial wildlife. Our advanced hybrid-powered ship explores islands and fjords in its quest to discover horned puffins, brown bears, shoreline beauty, amazing fossil forests and dramatic volcanoes.
18 days


The Magical Inside Passage

From Vancouver, we follow the Inside Passage between British Columbia and Alaska. Along the way, we scan for rich wildlife: whales, bears, sea otters and sea lions.

In Ketchikan and Sitka, you can explore cultural and historical highlights and visit restaurants, museums and shops. At Icy Strait Point, we will learn about the Tlingit culture and enjoy a wide range of activity options.

Disenchantment Bay and Glaciers

Next, our ice-resistant ship will venture through Disenchantment Bay to see the spectacular Hubbard Glacier. We hope to spot brown bears on this voyage, particularly at Kinak Bay in beautiful Katmai National Park. We will also have the chance to visit Unga village, an eerie ghost town with picturesque ruins.

Aleutians and Nome Sweet Nome

Next, we reach the Aleutians and Dutch Harbor, home to the "Deadliest Catch" fleet. At the island of St. Paul, we will encounter the habitat of Northern fur seals and masses of sea birds.

Our final exploration days will be spent in the untouched Bering Sea Wilderness. At last, we head into the town of Nome, which was the end point for two of Roald Amundsen's expeditions, and it is where we end this exciting voyage! 



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Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the purest and most remote waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Safety is always our top priority. We continuously evaluate our cruises to adapt to unexpected weather, ice and sea conditions, and exciting nature opportunities. That’s why we call it an expedition.
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Itinerary

  1. Start of the Expedition - Vancouver - Embarkation

    Vibrant Vancouver features waterfront parks, nearby mountains with summer hiking trails and winter skiing, multitudes of cafes, shops, galleries, museums, and a diversity of colorful cultural neighborhoods to explore.

    Ship: MS Roald Amundsen

    Start of the Expedition - Vancouver - Embarkation
  2. Cruising Through British Columbia - At sea

    We sail north through the narrow, weaving channels of Canada’s Inside Passage. Be on the lookout for the dolphins, porpoise, orcas, and whales that frequent these protected inland waters.

    Join our expedition team for fascinating lectures, spend time relaxing onboard or meeting your fellow travelers.

    Cruising Through British Columbia - At sea
  3. Ketchikan - Gateway to Alaska - Ketchikan, Alaska - Full Day

    Known as the “Salmon capital of the world,” Ketchikan is a true frontier town, surrounded by towering mountains. Colorful gold rush era houses on stilts line the river bank. The city has strong ties to Tlingit culture and is home to one of the largest collections of standing totem poles.

    Included activity:

    Alaskan Lumberjack show (1 hr)

    Learn about Alaska's rich logging history through displays of strength and agility, action, excitement and laughter! World champion lumberjacks compete in 12 athletic events utilizing axes, razor sharp saws and powerful chainsaws. Your cheers will turn to roars of excitement as axes fly, men fall from tall trees, and then run atop spinning logs floating in the water.

    Ketchikan - Gateway to Alaska - Ketchikan, Alaska - Full Day
  4. Sitka, Town of Many Stories - Sitka - Half Day

    Nestled on the western side of Baranof Island, Sitka features beautiful scenery with snowcapped mountains, small islands, rich wildlife and even a visible volcano. A former capital of Russian Alaska, the town’s streets brim with history, including a Russian Orthodox cathedral, historic buildings and a forest full of totem poles.

    Included activity:

    Alaska Raptor Centre (45 mins)

    Join us on a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center, which rehabilitates injured bald eagles and other birds of prey. See the 24 ‘raptors-in-residence’, including bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, and learn about their habitats and how they came to be permanent residents at the Center.

    Sitka, Town of Many Stories - Sitka - Half Day
  5. In the Tlingit Land - Icy Strait Point - Full Day

    Land of Tlingit people, Icy Strait Point offers a glimpse into the life of a native settlement. This welcoming community features houses adorned with intricate carvings, totem poles telling stories of the clans, and colorful cafes, shops, and museum displays.

    In the Tlingit Land - Icy Strait Point - Full Day
  6. Magnificent Iceberg Cruising - Hubbard Glacier - Half Day

    The waterway that hosts Hubbard Glacier was named Disenchantment Bay by Spanish sea captain Alessandro Malaspina in 1792. He was disappointed to find that it was not the Northwest Passage as he had hoped.  We trust you will be enchanted, maybe even spellbound, by the beautiful icescapes found here.

    Magnificent Iceberg Cruising - Hubbard Glacier - Half Day
  7. At Sea in the Gulf of Alaska - At sea

    A day at sea means you can join the lectures by the expedition team, spend time on deck or in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travelers as we sail towards Kodiak Island and the Alaska Peninsula.

    At Sea in the Gulf of Alaska - At sea
  8. Close to Wildlife - Kodiak - Full Day

    When visiting bustling Kodiak, take a walk to Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park to combine history and wildlife spotting. Stop for a while on the cliff edge at Miller Point and scan the sea for whales.

    Included activity:

    Town Package with Museum (2 - 4 hrs)

    Enjoy a stroll through the city of Kodiak, home to the USA’s largest Coast Guard base, and see the Russian Orthodox Church and Seminary. Visit the Kodiak History Museum and the Alutiiq Museum, with its impressive collection derived from 7,500 years of Alutiiq heritage.

    Close to Wildlife - Kodiak - Full Day
  9. Seeking out Brown Bears - Kinak Bay

    Katmai National Park's Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is a dramatic volcanic landscape, with mountains rising to almost 3,000 feet. Here we hope to find brown bears as they forage along the shore for clams, and lunch on berries or fish in the clear running waters of mountain streams.

    Seeking out Brown Bears - Kinak Bay
  10. Ocean Beauty - At sea - Alaska Peninsula

    Enjoy a day at sea as we sail east along the south side of the Alaskan Peninsula. Our expedition team will present plans for the upcoming days.

    Ocean Beauty - At sea - Alaska Peninsula
  11. Ghost Town - Unga Village - Full Day

    Unga Village is an eerie ghost town with picturesque ruins. Settled by Aleuts in 1833, subsistence fishing proved insufficient to support the community, which moved to Sand Point in 1969. Today, a collection of wooden buildings is all that remains, surrounded by a carpet of pink lousewort flowers.

    Ghost Town - Unga Village - Full Day
  12. The Toughest Job in the World - Dutch Harbor - Half Day

    As we sail towards Dutch Harbor, you will see Mount Makushin, a steaming volcano almost 6,000 feet high. The popular TV show, “Deadliest Catch” is based here, featuring local fishing crews. Stroll around town, stop at the Museum of the Aleutians and visit the local Russian Orthodox Church. 

    Included activity:

    Hop on / Hop off Around the Town (1 - 4 hrs)

    Visit the famous fishing town of Dutch Harbor, the scene of a World War II battle in June 1942. Ride local school buses to see such landmarks as the WWII Museum, the Grand Aleutian Hotel, Memorial Park and the Russian Orthodox Church. You can also visit the compelling Museum of the Aleutians with exhibits featuring the varied facets of this fascinating archipelago.

    The Toughest Job in the World - Dutch Harbor - Half Day
  13. Lectures and Relaxing - At sea

    MS Roald Amundsen continues north from the Aleutian Islands into the Bering Sea and onto our next stop at St. Paul island. The expedition team will prepare you for our upcoming destinations and continue their lecture series. 

    Lectures and Relaxing - At sea
  14. The Galapagos of the North? - St. Paul - Full Day

    St. Paul is a bird lovers’ paradise! Horned and tufted puffins and rare red-legged kittiwake are found here. The island’s 400 inhabitants descend from Aleut slaves forced to here by Russian fur traders in the 1780s.  Today, half of the world’s northern fur seal population lives in the surrounding waters.

    The Galapagos of the North? - St. Paul - Full Day
  15. Deserted Island - St. Matthew Island - Half Day

    As we step ashore on the black sand and gravel beaches of St. Matthew island, we will be the only humans here.  St. Matthew has been a nature reserve since 1909 and is home to countless nesting seabirds as well as the native St. Matthew island vole and Arctic fox.  

    Deserted Island - St. Matthew Island - Half Day
  16. Relax at Sea - At sea - Bering Sea

    Enjoy a relaxing last day onboard!  Take time to watch for whales on deck.  The expedition team will recap your cruise and you can also spend time chatting with new friends, or just relax and watch the world sail by! 

    Relax at Sea - At sea - Bering Sea
  17. Gold Rush History - Nome - Disembarkation & Flight

    In 1898, gold was discovered near Nome at Anvil Creek. Within a year, 10,000 men had arrived to seek their fortune.  Our ship expedition ends in this colorful gold rush town.  Transfer to the airport for your flight to Vancouver and an overnight stay.

    Gold Rush History - Nome - Disembarkation & Flight
  18. End of the Expedition - Vancouver

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of this wonderful lively city. Why not extend your stay with a post-cruise Land Adventure before you fly home. 

    End of the Expedition - Vancouver

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