Cruise Through the Wilderness
10 Days, from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park
The coastline between Vancouver Island and Alaska’s capital Juneau is widely regarded as one of the most awe-inspiring in the world. The dramatic waters provide everything from exciting kayaking, diving, and fishing adventures to incredible scenery.
Day 1 Juneau
Deep in southeast Alaska, Juneau is an enchanting entry point for a cruise of the remote and fascinating Inside Passage.
Day 2 Juneau – Holkham Bay
Embark on a cruise to Holkham Bay, located at the mouth of the Tracy Arm fjord.This region has earned itself the name of ‘iceberg graveyard’ and the waters are teeming with floating ice caps.
Day 3 Holkam Bay – Endicott Arm
Cruise to the fjord at Endicott Arm.Home to Dawes Glacier, the area is a great place to whale-spot and see calving glaciers. Experienced kayakers can paddle off to explore local waters.
Day 4 Endicott Arm – The Brothers
The two tiny Brothers islands, allows for further opportunities to discover creatures in their natural habitats.Step ashore to explore the forests, keeping an eye out for river otters and deer as you explore the rugged landscape. Anchored in Red Bluff Bay for the night, psyche yourself up for the following day’s encounter with bears as you’ll be heading for Baranof Island.
Day 5 The Brothers – Baranof Island
One of three major islands in the Tongass National Forest, Baranof Island is home to the world’s highest concentration of bears, largely thanks to the island’s glut of salmon streams.
Day 6 Baranof Island
After a hearty breakfast on board, hike up to Baranof Lake or Sadie Lake.The latter is more of a challenge, but both are wonderfully scenic walks and those who put in the effort will be rewarded with a dip in the Baranof Warm Springs – a suitably scenic spot in which to soak weary muscles.
Day 7 Baranof Island – Sitka
Nature lovers will be in their element as you cruise the twisting Sergius Narrows.Pass serene forested islands where the keen-eyed can spot bald eagles, blacktailed deer and sea otters as you wind your way to Sitka.
Day 8 Sitka – Point Adolphus
From the stunning port of Sitka, cruise on to Point Adolphus.Prepare to encounter the largest colony of humpback whales in the Alaskan panhandle. Expertly guided along the intricate waterways of the Icy Strait, stand on deck and watch these incredible giants in their natural habitat.
Day 9 & 10 Point Adolphus – Glacier Bay National Pk
A park ranger will join you for the final part of your cruise through the Glacier Bay National Park.You will ideally want a few days here, during which time you will cruise around 60 miles up to the Grand Pacific and Margerie glaciers. The next stage of your journey sees you swap the yacht for a new mode of transport – a plane to Fairbanks to explore the interior of Alaska, or back to Juneau.