Alaska, the Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands

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Hurtigruten 18 Day exploration voyage on MS Roald Amundsen , Hurtigruten - Call for price

Departure 01 August 2020 | Alaska, the Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands


  • Vancouver
  • At Sea
  • Ketchikan
  • Sitka
  • Icy Strait Point
  • Hubbard Glacier
  • At Sea
  • Kodiak
  • Kinak Bay
  • At Sea
  • Unga Village
  • Dutch Harbor
  • At Sea
  • Saint Paul Island
  • St Matthew Island
  • At Sea
  • Nome
  • Vancouver

Alaska, the Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands

This voyage takes you to fascinating cultures and remote polar waters to sail among glaciers while the officers scan for rich wildlife. The cutting-edge hybrid ship explores islands and fjords, seeking out horned puffins, brown bears, shoreline beauty, amazing fossil forests and dramatic volcanoes.

  • Discover the unmatched magnificence of coastal Alaska
  • Explore the fascinating Aleutian Islands, home of the Deadliest Catch
  • Good chance to see Brown bears
  • Experience the landscape in glorious autumn colours

The Magical Inside Passage

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

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

Disenchantment Bay and Glaciers

Next, the ice-strengthened ship will venture through Disenchantment Bay to see the spectacular Hubbard Glacier.  Spot Brown bears on this voyage, particularly in Kinak Bay in beautiful Katmai National Park. Visit Unga village, an eerie ghost town with picturesque ruins.

Aleutians and Nome

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

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

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 — Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver Skyline

Vancouver Skyline

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

Day 2 — At sea

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

Join our Expedition Team for fascinating lectures, spend time relaxing on board or meeting your fellow travellers.

Day 3 — Ketchikan
Port of Call, Ketchikan, Alaska

Port of Call, Ketchikan, Alaska

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

Day 4 — Sitka
Sitka, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska

Sitka is set among snowcapped mountains with rich wildlife all around, and even a volcano in sight. A former capital of Russian Alaska, the town is full of history, with a Russian Cathedral and historical buildings standing next to a forest full of totem poles.

Day 5 — Icy Strait Point

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

Day 6 — Hubbard Glacier

This waterway that hosts the Hubbard Glacier was named Disenchantment Bay by Spanish naval officer Alessandro Malaspina in 1792, when he was disappointed to discover it was not the Northwest Passage, as he had hoped. We trust that you will be enchanted, maybe even spellbound, by the beautiful icescape here.

Day 7 — 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 travellers as we sail towards Alaska’s Panhandle.

Day 8 — Kodiak
aerial view of the town of Kodiak Alaska

aerial view of the town of Kodiak Alaska

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

Day 9 — Kinak Bay

Katmai National Park´s Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is a dramatic volcanic landscape, with mountains rising to almost 915 meters (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 the mountain streams.

Day 10 — At sea

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

Day 11 — Unga Village

Unga Village is an eerie ghost town with picturesque village 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 louseworts.

Day 12 — Dutch Harbour

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 the town, stop in at the Museum of the Aleutians and take a look at the local Russian Orthodox Church

Day 13 — At sea

MS Roald Amundsen continues north through the Bering Sea, from the Aleutian Islands and towards our next stop of St. Paul. The Expedition Team will prepare you for our upcoming destinations and continue their lecture series.

Day 14 — St. Paul

This area is a bird lovers’ paradise! Horned and Tufted puffins are found here, along with the rare Red-legged kittiwake. The 400 islanders descend from Aleut slaves forcibly moved to the island by Russian fur traders in 1780’s. Today, the seal population is thriving, around half the world’s northern fur seal population live in the waters around the island.

Day 15 — St. Matthew Island

As we step ashore on the black sand and gravel beaches of St. Matthew Island, we will be the only humans on the isle. 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 the Arctic fox.

Day 16 — At sea

Enjoy a relaxing last day on board! Take time on deck to look out for whales. Onboard, the Expedition Team will recap your voyage and you can spend time chatting with new friends, or just relax and watch the world sail by!

Day 17 — Nome, Alaska

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

Day 18 — Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver Skyline

Vancouver Skyline

Enjoy the sights of this lively city or extend your stay with a Post-Programme before you fly home.

Sailing on MS Roald Amundsen

In July 2018, Hurtigruten will add a brand new expedition ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen.

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