Alaska Nature & Wildlife Expedition
SGY-420 | Skagway, Alaska |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- Wildlife Search
You will see:
Approx. 6.25 hours
The journey begins with a 45-minute scenic cruise aboard a high-speed fast ferry along North America's longest and deepest fjord to Haines. Enjoy spectacular views of waterfalls and ice-sculpted peaks as your onboard guide provides informative commentary and points out marine wildlife in route.
Upon arrival in Haines, join personable naturalists as you board your expedition bus to follow the route of returning salmon along the Chilkoot River. Nestled between rugged glaciers and snowcapped mountains, the fertile Chilkoot Valley is home to generations of brown bears, bald eagles, mountain goats, marine mammals, numerous birds and spawning salmon. Inquisitive visitors, bird watchers and photographers are amazed by the abundance of migratory and resident birds. Several stops along the way allow for a stunning photo opportunity and a fascinating depiction of Tlingit Indian legends and history by your guide.
View a fish counting weir where you may watch a technician count migrating salmon as they return. You'll make your way to Chilkoot Lake and set up powerful spotting scopes, which may be used for close-up views of mountain goats in alpine meadows, bears along the river and nesting eagles. You can actually take photos through the scopes. A refreshing nature walk beneath the canopy of trees in the temperate rainforest leads to you to an ancient muskeg.
Your tour concludes with a narrated drive through historic Fort Seward and downtown Haines, where you'll enjoy a sack lunch before returning to Skagway via ferry.
Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Seasonal wildlife updates are posted at the onboard Tour Office. Tide conditions can make ramp to dock very steep, guests with limited mobility not recommended. Wear comfortable shoes with traction. Some departures may enjoy lunch at the beginning of the tour. Afternoon departures have meal in the evening. Vegetarian meal available. Please notify Tour Office onboard at least 24 hours prior to tour.
Provided: Spotting scope, binoculars, bird and wildlife checklists, lunch, roundtrip ferry ride to Haines
Meal: Chicken Caesar wrap, whole-grain chips, fresh fruit, cookie, bottled water or juice pack
Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
12 years & under only