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A 14-day itinerary to discover the rich history and pristine untouched wilderness of Alaska, as. The expedition cruise will take you to visit cities with strong Russian and Norwegian heritage and see the soul of Alaska. Be prepared to see immense scenery peppered with imposing mountains, evergreen rainforest, fast flowing waterfalls, majestic fjords and crisp white glaciers. Come face to face with Alaska’s wildlife including colonies of sea lions, orcas and whales bursting from the water.
Day 1: Anchorage
Day 2: Anchorage / Seward - Embarkation
Day 3: College Fjord / Prince William Sound
Day 4: Gulf of Alaska / Hubbard Glacier
Day 5: Icy Strait Point
Day 6: Haines
Day 7: Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm
Day 8: Sitka
Day 9: Petersburg
Day 10: Wrangell
Day 11: Misty Fjords National Monument
Day 12: Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 13: At sea
Day 14: Vancouver – Disembarkation
Anchorage is the largest town in Alaska. You will spend the night at the hotel, which gives you plenty of time to explore the surrounding area filled with towering mountains and fascinating wildlife.
You will be transferred to Seward and appreciate the region’s natural beauty. Seward is surrounded by imposing glaciers and snow-capped mountains. You can admire the beautiful coastal setting of the fishing town before embarking the MS Roald Amundsen at the harbour.
You will explore the rarely visited College Fjord and its collection of glaciers. This untouched wilderness is where the ice and forests meet, there are five tidewater glaciers, five larger valley glaciers, and a dozen smaller glaciers, all named after famous East Coast colleges including Harvard and Yale.
The ship will continue the journey along the coast where you will reach the impressive Hubbard Glacier at Disenchantment Bay, 1350 square miles in area, Hubbard is the largest tidewater glacier in North America.
The next day, you will head to the land of the Tlingit people, where you will observe houses decorated with intricate carvings, totem poles displaying stories of the clans, and colourful cafes, shops, and museums.
Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords are an unforgettable part of Alaska, the landscape is filled with lush greenery, steep valleys and intricate icebergs in the water. If you are lucky you will be able to watch them calve off the blue glaciers at the end of the fjords.
Sitka, the former capital of Russian Alaska, lies in an area surrounded by snow-capped mountains and volcanoes. The area is also home to remarkable wildlife like orcas, whales and dolphins. Visit the Russian Cathedral and historical buildings next to a forest filled with totem poles.
The remarkable city of Petersburg, also known as the “Little Norway”, is a rarely visited place set in amazing scenery. Proud of their Scandinavian roots, the community celebrates Norwegian holidays and you will find the Sons of Norway Hall, a historic fraternal society building on Indian street.
Wrangell is one of the oldest island towns in Alaska and has been governed by four different nations - Tlingit, Russia, Britain and the United States. You will see numerous petroglyphs on the beach as well as moss-covered totem poles around the area. Seals can be spotted in the harbour of Wrangell.
You will continue your journey to the Misty Fjords National Monument, a realm peppered with evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs and waterfalls. Along the coast, you will see mountain rivers and wetlands, frequently covered by a thick fog. This magical place is the largest wilderness area in Southeast Alaska.
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.
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 disembark the ship in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. Take advantage of this last day to enjoy the city’s waterfront parks, international cuisine, galleries, museums and colourful neighbourhoods. You can either extend your stay or decide to fly back to the UK.
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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