Peaks that fill the horizon, a glittering blue river of ice, an abundance of wildlife, and the booming crack of “white thunder” are among the highlights of this spectacular small ship cruise in South East Alaska. Watch for wildlife and shorebirds while kayaking in Port Houghton, gear up for an adventurous walk in Frederick Sound and watch for whales and sea lions in Icy Strait.

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Explore iceberg-rich Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier while keeping watch for mountain goats, arctic terns and seals.

Kayak and hike along a coastal river in the remote, rugged cove of Port Houghton home to more wildlife and shorebirds.

Witness towering waterfalls and steep fjords of Baranof Island where you can hike through the temperate rainforest.

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Yachters’ Alaskan Frontier

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Day 1

Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation

Your adventure begins as you sail through Stephens Passage.

Day 2

Endicott Arm / Fords Terror

Take to the skiffs to explore this astounding fjord. Keep watch for local residents—mountain goats, arctic terns, and seals on the “bergy bits” that have calved off Dawes Glacier.

Day 3

Port Houghton

Explore this wilderness fjord by skiff or hike along a coastal river. Investigate the rugged shore by kayak, watching for wildlife and shorebirds.

Day 4

Frederick Sound

Frederick Sound is a playground for whales, harbor seals and sea lions! Surrounded by emerald forests and a backdrop of the looming Coast Mountains, gear up for an adventurous bushwhack or a guided walk among tide pools.

Day 5

Baranof Island

Baranof boasts towering waterfalls along its sheer granite walls. Eagles soar above and sea otters play below. A guided hike through temperate rainforest uncovers an intricate ecosystem.

Day 6

Chichagof Island

Chichagof’s waterfall-lined coast is home to harbor seals, whales, and porpoises, and deep in the forest, bears. Head ashore for a hike or a paddle in the heart of this wild archipelago.

Day 7

Icy Strait

Icy Strait is a favored summer stopping point for whales. Watch for the tell-tale spray from the bow. Get up-close to the rugged coast by skiff, keeping a lookout for rambunctious Steller sea lions.

Day 8

Juneau - Disembarkation

Savor a last breakfast before disembarking.

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