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An 18-day itinerary that takes you to explore remote and pristine polar waters and discover fascinating cultures. From Vancouver, you will follow the Inside Passage - home to rich wildlife from sea lions to bald eagles and brown bears! Venture through Disenchantment Bay to see the imposing Hubbard Glacier before heading west towards the Alaskan Peninsula and fascinating islands including St. Paul Island.
Day 1: Vancouver – Embarkation
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 4: Sitka
Day 5: Icy Strait Point
Day 6: Hubbard Glacier
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Kodiak
Day 9: Kinak Bay
Day 10: At Sea – Alaska Peninsula
Day 11: Unga Village
Day 12: Dutch Harbor
Day 13: At Sea
Day 14: St. Paul
Day 15: St. Matthew Island
Day 16: At Sea – Bering Sea
Day 17: Nome – Disembarkation
Day 18: Vancouver
You will embark the MS Roald Amundsen in the vibrant city of Vancouver. Appreciate the city’s waterfront parks and nearby mountains which offer fascinating hiking trails in summer and skiing options for wintertime. Vancouver also has multitudes of cafes, shops, galleries, museums, and a diversity of cultural neighbourhoods to explore.
The ship will set sail to the north of Alaska through the narrow channels and straits of Canada’s Inside Passage. You can enjoy the ship’s facilities and attend the expedition team’s lectures. On the deck, the scenery will reveal formidable wildlife such as dolphins, porpoise, orcas, and whales in the protected inland waters.
You will reach Ketchikan, a city known as the salmon capital of the world and home to one of the largest collections of standing totem poles. The place is closely connected to Tlingit culture and you can admire colourful houses lining up on the river bank and see towering mountains surrounding the area.
Sitka, the former capital of Russian Alaska, lies in an area surrounded by snow-capped mountains and a volcano, as well as remarkable wildlife. You can visit the Russian Cathedral and historical buildings next to a forest filled with totem poles.
The next day, you will head to the land of Tlingit people, where you will observe houses decorated with intricate carvings, totem poles displaying stories of the clans, and colourful cafes, shops, and museum displays.
You will navigate through Disenchantment Bay, named by Spanish naval officer Alessandro Malaspina after he mistook it for the Northwest Passage. However, you will be enchanted once you will see Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America!
Today will be the time to join lectures presented by the expedition team. On the deck, you might see Orcas playing and swimming around the ship.
After visiting the city of Kodiak, you will take a walk to Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park that combines history with wildlife spotting. The cliff edge of Miller Point is the perfect place to watch whales.
You will discover Katmai National Park´s Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a place filled with mountains rising to almost 3,000 feet. Curious brown bears are known to forage along the shore for clams, try not to miss them!
As you sail east along the south side of the Alaskan Peninsula, you will have plenty of time to join lectures presented by the expedition team,
You will visit the “Ghost Town” of Unga. Due to insufficient fishing areas to support the community, people moved to Sand Point in 1969, Today, you can only see a collection of wooden buildings that remain.
The ship will set sail towards Dutch Harbor where you will have the opportunity to observe Makushin, a steaming volcano almost 6,000 feet high. Walk through the town and take a look at the local Russian Orthodox Church before visiting the Museum of the Aleutians.
You will continue north through the Bering Sea. You can enjoy the ship’s facilities and attend lectures from the expedition team.
The island is a paradise for bird lovers, you will spot horned and tufted puffins dotting the area as well as red-legged kittiwake. Near the village inhabited by 400 islanders, the seal population is thriving. In fact, around half the world’s northern fur seal population live around the island.
St. Matthew has been a nature reserve since 1909. As no one lives there, you will be the only humans. You will step ashore on the black sand and gravel beaches of the island and see countless of birdlife nesting on the cliffs, as well as St. Matthew island vole and Arctic fox.
You will enjoy your last few days onboard. Share your experience with your fellow travellers or perhaps spend some time on deck to look out for whales.
You will disembark the ship in this colourful town of Nome, where gold was discovered in 1898. Within the following year, 10,000 men arrived to seek their fortune. Nowadays, you can still see the abandoned locomotive near the town and an isolated small wooden house from the gold rush era. You will bid farewell to your fellow travellers and expedition team. You will be transferred to the airport to Vancouver for an overnight stay.
Take advantage of this last day to enjoy the sights of this charming city. You can either extend your stay or transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Named after the Norwegian polar explorer, Roald Amundsen who was the first person to reach the South Pole. Like its namesake, the MS Roald Amundson is a pioneer in Polar expedition voyages. The ship is one of the first to feature a hybrid propulsion system that will not only reduce its fuel consumption but will show that large hybrid ships are possible. The Roald Amundsen will be joined by its sister ship the MS Fridtjof Nansen in 2019.
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