- Six days spent cruising, kayaking, and hiking in wildlife rich Glacier Bay National Park
- Get up close with glaciers and icebergs, and enjoy breathtaking forest landscapes throughout the trip
- See humpback whales on their summer feeding grounds. Killer whales (orcas) may also be spotted.
- Enjoy one-on-one photography instruction from environmental writer and conservation photographer, Jaymi Heimbuch
This is not your average Alaska cruise! Traveling aboard the 12-passenger Snow Goose, we will explore the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska including Glacier Bay and Chatham Strait with a goal to maximize wildlife sightings and examine our natural surroundings in depth.
Over our 10-day/9-night cruise we will have opportunities for wondrous encounters with humpback whales, bears, moose, mountain goats, sea otters, seals, sea lions, eagles and horned puffins to name just a few. Armed with onboard water sampling capabilities, hydrophones, microscopes, and other tools, we will go beyond basic wildlife observation to truly explore and appreciate the details of this magnificent ecosystem. Six double sea kayaks and a large skiff allow us to fully explore the coastline and make excursions on the shore.
A highlight of our experience will be the opportunity to explore Glacier Bay, a pristine and protected wilderness area that few vessels are granted permission to access. Old growth forests give way to bare rock as we venture into the upper reaches of the bay, where retreating tidewater glaciers rumble and roar as they drop huge icebergs into the sea. Dwarfed by towering granite cliffs, we will wind our way up to the fjord to visit the faces of these massive glaciers and to learn about plant succession, glaciation, geology, and the amazing biodiversity of this wild area.
Leaving Glacier Bay we head toward the town of Sitka, traveling either around the outer coast of Chichagof Island or south through the protected inside waterways of Chatham and Peril Straits. Either route offers excellent sights and spectacular humpback whale viewing; there is even the possibility of a stop at hot springs along the way.
Learn more about life on board the Snow Goose below and get to know our naturalist and photography instructor for this expedition, renowned environmental writer and conservation photographer Jaymi Heimbuch, who will provided one-on-one photography instruction throughout the trip.
During the summer months, the Inside Passage of Alaska is home to a large concentration of feeding humpback whales, and we should have many opportunities to observe these gentle giants and their unique behaviors, including breaching and bubble net feeding. We may also have the chance to see resident and transient killer whales (orcas) towards the end of the trip, and other marine mammals including Dall's porpoise, Steller sea lions, and more.
Bald eagles are abundant in this region and will be seen throughout the trip, and we may also see golden eagles and puffins, in addition to many other bird species. With luck, we may also encounter brown (grizzly) and black bears along the shore.
Trip Dates & Cost
2016: July 12-21 | $6,475 / person* in double occupancy cabins (no single cabins available). NOTE: there is just one space remaining on this departure, for a single female traveler in a shared, double-occupancy cabin.
*Trip price does not include airfare to/from the start and end points of the trip. Click here for our full expedition terms and conditions.
Jaymi Heimbuch is an environmental news writer for Mother Nature Network and a conservation photojournalist. Her work has appeared in print and online publications worldwide. Jaymi is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and is an Affiliate with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). She is also the author of the award-winning book The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction. Jaymi has always had a profound interest in wildlife and the natural world. Learn more about Jaymi at jaymiheimbuch.com.