Alaska 2020 - Itinerary
21 day escorted tour from £7,290pp
The Alaska cruise route and shore visits are dependent upon sea and weather conditions, and will be finalised locally by the MS Roald Amundsen Captain and Hurtigruten Expedition Leader.
29 May 2020 - UK to Vancouver
Join our daytime flight from Heathrow to Vancouver for a 2-night stay. Flights and connections from other UK airports may be available, please ask. Dinner is included at our hotel tonight.
30 May 2020 - Vancouver
Breakfast included before an escorted walking tour of Downtown Vancouver. A free afternoon to follow, and dinner this evening is also included. Vibrant Vancouver boasts waterfront parks, great shopping and dining, galleries, museums, and a diversity of cultural neighbourhoods to explore.
31 May 2020 - Embak MS Roald Amundsen
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and time for a stroll in Stanley Park. Mid-to-late afternoon we transfer to the cruise port to embark MS Roald Amundsen.
01 June 2020 - Cruising British Columbia
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.
02 June 2020 - Ketchikan
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.
03 June 2020 - Misty Fjords
Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs adorned by strings of waterfalls, mountain rivers and wetlands along the coast, often with a milky fog filling the bays and coves. Quiet and tranquil, this magical place will show you the serenity of the Alaskan soul.
04 June 2020 - Wrangell
One of the oldest island towns in Alaska, Wrangell has been governed by four different nations – Tlingit, Russia, Britain and the United States. Rock art on the beach and moss-covered totem poles are remnants of the distant past of this area. Outside of the big cruise ship routes, nowadays Wrangell remains a simple fishing town.
05 June 2020 - Petersburg
Nicknamed `Little Norway´, rarely-visited Petersburg is a thriving fishing village with a strong Norwegian heritage, scenery that will take your breath away and an abundance of marine life all around. Proud of their Scandinavian roots, local residents even celebrate Norwegian holidays, and the heart of the community is the Sons of Norway Hall.
06 June 2020 - Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm
True gems of Southeast Alaska, Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords feature lush greenery and steep valleys as well as intricate icebergs in the water, calved from the radiant blue glaciers at the end of the fjords. These fjord areas are also home to mountain goats and harbour seals.
07 June 2020 - Haines
Framed by mountains, Haines was the home of the Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, before Europeans arrived in the late 19th century, followed by gold rush settlers. Known for its community of artists in modern times, Haines remains at heart a small Alaskan town at the edge of wilderness.
08 June 2020 - Icy Strait Point
Land of the Tlingit people, Icy Strait Point offers a glimpse into a life of native settlement. Houses adorned with intricate carvings, totem poles displaying stories of the clans, cafes, shops, and museum displays create a welcoming and historic town for your visit.
09 June 2020 - Gulf of Alaska / Hubbard Glacier
At 76 miles (120 km) long and almost 7 miles (11 km) wide, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Framed by the amphitheatre of snowcapped mountains, it sits at the end of Disenchantment Bay like a sleeping giant. With icebergs and brash ice in the bay, the scenery is simply breathtaking.
10 June 2020 - College Fjord
A true expedition day and a rare treat to explore the less-visited College Fjord with its impressive collection of glaciers. This is a natural wonderland where ice and forests meet, and home to five tidewater glaciers, five larger valley glaciers and a dozen smaller glaciers, all named after famous US East Coast colleges.
11 June 2020 - Prince William Sound
Rarely-visited Prince William Sound is framed by the impressive Chugach Mountains. This is a glacial paradise where rugged coastline is carved by numerous fjords and inlets, many with tidewater glaciers sending icebergs towards forest-covered islands in the middle of the Sound. With summer visits by the whales, the area is simply magical.
12 June 2020 - Seward / Anchorage
In 1793, Alexander Baranov established a trading post in Resurrection Bay. Nowadays largely a fishing town, Seward welcomes you with mountain trails, glaciers nearby and a beautiful coastal setting. After disembarkation we transfer through wonderful inland scenery to Anchorage for an overnight stay.
13 June 2020 - Anchorage to Denali
We depart Anchorage this morning and drive to Denali for a 3-night stay near North America’s highest mountain. If you wish to arrive in style, we highly recommend taking our Alaska Railroad option, featuring travel from Anchorage all the way to Denali in a stunning dome train carriage offering 360 degree views, all-inclusive meals and beverages on route. Rail travel in Alaska is spectacular and Richard and Dawn hope you will join them aboard our Denali Express!
14 June 2020 - Denali National Park
To protect the wilderness of Denali, private cars and tour coaches are not permitted inside the park, but the National Park Service operate a number of activities including a half-day Natural History Tour and a full-day Tundra Wilderness Tour. Private tour operators nearby offer helicopter and small aircraft sightseeing, rafting on the Nenana River and more. You will be able to make excursion bookings in advance.
15 June 2020 - Denali National Park
We recommend you enjoy at least one day at leisure, taking time to look at the stunning views. There are also easy self-guided walks and escorted hikes available if you wish to explore further. Tonight, we re-group for the Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre, a Gold Rush tale of Alaskan adventures in the early 1900’s. Touristy, yes. Riotous fun for one night, definitely!
16 June 2020 - Denali to Fairbanks
We depart Denali this morning and drive to Fairbanks, the heart of the last frontier. This afternoon an optional trip aboard the Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery along the Chena River.
17 June 2020 - Depart Fairbanks
This morning we join a scheduled flight from Fairbanks, direct to Seattle, where we connect with our direct flight home to the UK.
18 June 2020 - Arrive UK
We land at Heathrow early this morning, UK time.