Alaska Nature & Wildlife Expedition

6 hours | Skagway | SGY-420
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Points of Interest

  • Haines
Includes meal, Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

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.

Special Notes:

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 the meal in the evening. Vegetarian meal available upon request. 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.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Tour briefing & board ferry

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:20
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
125
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Walk back to cruise ship pier

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:10
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
125
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Cruise to Haines

Transport type:
Catamaran
Transport Capacity:
150
Travel time:
00:45
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Greeting & orientation in Haines

Time at site:
00:15
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
125
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Journey along waterways with stops

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
02:00
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
180
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Forest & muskeg nature walk near Chilkoot Lake

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:45
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
400
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Journey back along waterways

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:20
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Enjoy lunch

Time at site:
00:35
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
24
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Tour through Haines & Ft. William H. Seward

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:10
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Cruise back to Skagway

Transport type:
Catamaran
Transport Capacity:
150
Travel time:
00:45
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes