The Journey with Erika Team invites you to sail along this breathtaking adventure in Alaska. Join us, sailing from Sitka to Juneau on May 19, 2022, or reach out to plan a future cruise!
Explore Alaska on an active, exciting expedition to see the region’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes in the compact time frame of one workweek. By special permission from the U.S. Forest Service, hike through forests of towering trees, kayak long routes deep into glacially carved fjords, and raft from an ancient Alaska native village—all with our nimble expedition ship as your moving base camp.
Kayak or paddleboard along rugged coastlines of Chichagof Island which harbors one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world
Hike through the temperate rainforest on Baranof island, listening for bald eagles calling out from the towering spruce and hemlock trees
Explore Haines, the “adventure capital of Alaska,” via raft, bicycle, or hiking boot, and opt to soar over Glacier Bay National Park on a flightseeing tour.
Cruise by Zodiac and kayak among abundant sea lions and search for whales in the Inian Islands
Meet eagles at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center
Seamlessly combine the experience with our southern Wild Alaska Escape itinerary and double the sights, sightings, and wildness on this most active of expeditions
Whale-watch daily from the bow of our small ship, and witness breaching humpbacks and orcas on the hunt.
DAY 1: Sitka / Embark
Arrive in Sitka, Alaska, situated on the western coast of Baranof Island and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Take a walk in Sitka National Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem poles tower over coastal trails. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. Later, embark the National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird.
DAY 2: Exploring Baranof or Chichagof Island
Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof or Chichagof Islands, both part of the ancient Tongass National Forest. Chichagof Island harbors one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world, and both islands are home to diverse wildlife. Kayak or paddleboard along rugged coastlines, and in the afternoon, go hiking through the temperate rainforest, listening for bald eagles calling out from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees.
DAY 3: Icy Strait & the Inian Islands
Spend today searching for wildlife in nutrient-rich waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Inside Passage. Options include a Zodiac cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside; kayaking in the calm outer waters of Glacier Bay; or hiking in the lush temperate rainforest where bald eagles dot the canopies.
DAY 4: Haines
Haines is known as the “adventure capital of Alaska.” If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can choose from one of many world-class hikes, cycle along the edge of a glacial fjord, or take a flightseeing excursion over Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Or choose to call into the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan for a dance demonstration and cultural interpretation before rafting down the Chilkat River. This day is full of options.
DAY 5: Tracy Arm – Fords Terror Wilderness
Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness. Cruise through this glacially carved fjord, then set out to explore by Zodiac. View the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close—and keep an eye out for the dramatic sight of huge slabs of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below. If conditions permit, paddle a kayak below the steep walls of the fjord. Celebrate your voyage with a farewell dinner on board.
DAY 6: Juneau
Disembark in Juneau and transfer to the airport for your flight home.