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Nature lovers abound in this adventurous region.  Explore unspoiled forests, misty fjords, calving glacier fields, peaceful coves and inlets, and steaming hot springs.  Unimaginable wildlife is seen daily.  Cruise amongst humpback whales and dolphin.  Serenely kayak while observing moose and bear in their natural habitat.  Eagles soar above and evoke feelings of the areas Native past.   Try your hand at salmon fishing or even crabbing.  Fresh seafood is certainly on the chef’s menu.   The region is sprinkled with charming towns and villages and also larger cosmopolitan cites.  The itinerary options are endless.  From the sense of expedition and exploration of Alaska and British Columbia to the Coastal cruising of Washington and Oregon State, there is something for everyone in this Nature’s playground!

Day 1: Begin in Juneau.  Perhaps start things off with a helicopter trip to the Mendenhall Glacier. Situated some 12 miles from downtown Juneau, the glacier extends for 12 miles flowing from the 1,500 sqaure mile Juneau Ice Field. Cruise for Saginaw Channel, and watch the whales along the way.

Day 2: Across the icy straits to Tenakee inlet you’ll find Tenakee springs. Sited on Chicagoff Island, in the middle of the Tongass National Forest, Tenakee is a remote village, with no cars or roads. Enjoy the natural hot springs before strolling the quaint village and stopping at the charming coffee and gift shop.

Day 3: It’s off to Sitka, a town rich in Russian history and native Tlingit culture. Sitka is known for its flora and fauna and stunning hiking destination.   You will also find great clamming nearby and possibly halibut, ling, cod or salmon fishing around the entrance of Salisbury Sound.

Day 4: Continue exploring this area.  The Sitka National Historic Park, which is famed for its collection of native totem poles. In 1804 the Battle of Sitka occurred, an armed conflict between the indigenous Tlingit and Russian fur-traders.

Day 5: Head into Chatham Strait and cruise for Baranof Island.  Enjoy a bath in a natural hot pool situated adjacent to a roaring waterfall. Head down the 150-mile long Chatham Strait to Red Bluff where it is possible to view humpback and killer whales.

Day 6: Cruise into Frederick Sound, which is known for summertime whale watching.  The sound provides a passageway between Kupreanof Island and Admiralty Island.  Take the tender for some halibut fishing. In the afternoon, go hiking ashore and visit the nearby sea lion colony.

Day 7: Head to Tracy Arm, take an unbelievable trip through a granite-walled fjord to see the Sawyer Glacier. Tracy Arm is the highlight of most Alaska yacht vacations.  You can see all sorts of wildlife including eagles, seals, brown bears, mountain goats and moose.

Day 8: It’s off to St Petersburg at the northern end of Mitkof Island.   Here the Wrangell Narrows meet Frederick Sound. This area is oftern called ‘Little Norway’.   St Petersburg is flourishing fishing community founded by Norwegian settlers in the 1890’s. It is rich in tradition and is a fantastic destination for fishing King Salmon.

Day 9: Cruise from St Petersburg to the nearby LeConcte Glacier. The 21 mile glacier has retreated almost 2.5 miles since its discovery and is known for ‘shooter’ ice bergs, which calve off the submerged lower part of the glacier and ‘shoot’ up towards the surface.

Day 10: Head to nearby Anan Creek, where the pink salmon run attracts amazing wildlife.  The Anan Observatory provides a viewing platform for the creek and its adjacent waterfall.  It is also a wonderful place to view Alaskan Grizzlies in their natural habitat. Following your visit to the creek, steam toward Myers Chuck and onwards for disembarkation.