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  • Jun 14, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015
  • Jun 24, 2015 - Jul 1, 2015
  • Jul 3, 2015 - Jul 10, 2015
  • Jul 6, 2015 - Jul 16, 2015
  • Jul 12, 2015 - Jul 21, 2015
  • Jul 17, 2015 - Jul 27, 2015
  • Jul 24, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015
  • Aug 4, 2015 - Aug 13, 2015
  • Aug 15, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015
  • Aug 24, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015


This trip will start at 11:00am at the Petersburg Harbor Master's office, requiring that you arrive in Petersburg the day before your tour starts and overnight at a local accommodation. Fog and other weather conditions can sometimes create flight delays affecting your trip. Arriving the day before eliminates the possibility of missing the start of your tour due to unforeseen weather conditions.

Arriving the day before gives you the opportunity to explore Petersburg. The town has a proud fishing tradition and was originally founded by Norwegians, hence the title 'little Norway'. The harbor has one of the most impressive fishing fleets in Alaska, and there is continual activity as boats go to and fro between the fish canneries and the fishing grounds. A walk along the docks is in order, a mile north of town there are some fascinating native petroglyphs (rock carvings" and the US Forest Service has hiking trails in the region.

Day 1-7

Following a brief safety and orientation briefing and cabin assignment, we will be underway. Early in the trip, we have the possibility of hiking to the base of Baird Glacier, which has receded back from the sea and into a stunning rocky canyon. From there, we will head Northwest in search of humpback whales, sea lions, porpoise and other marine mammals in their summer feeding grounds of Frederick Sound. We will spend hours floating, watching and listening to the sights and sounds of the animals that call Frederck Sound home - great opportunities for that perfect photo. We hope to see bears as we explore the shores of Admiralty Island - which supports the densest population of brown bears and nesting bald eagles anywhere in North America.

We hope to visit the ancient T'lingit village of Kake located on the Island of Kupreanof where hope to see black bears foragng along the shorelines and for salmon in streams. By foot, kayak and from the decks, we will explore the shores of Tongass National Forest, which is the largest temperate rainforest in North America. Evenings will bring us to isolated anchorages with time to relax as we drop kayaks, fishing lines and crab pots!

From Frederick Sound we will continue north into Stephens Passage to the steep mainland fiords, we will visit a tidewater glacier amidst blue icebergs. Take in this amazing scenery as we journey towards Holkam Bay - up the icy fjords of Endicott and Tracy Arm. Imagine sheer granite cliffs extending a thousand feet, vertically, from the sea into the sky! Here, we will wind our way through ice to the face of a tidewater glacier where we can kayak among icebergs and watch the massive glacier calve into the sea.

Day 8

We will then continue north to Juneau, the Capital of Alaska, where guests will disembark with opportunities to explore a multitude of hiking trails and experience a true Alaska City.

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