Wild Alaska Escape: Haines, the Inian Islands & Tracy Arm Fjord on National Geographic Sea Lion
Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau
Explore Alaska on an active, exciting expedition to see the region’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes in the compact timeframe of one work week. Take long hikes on world-class trails through forests of towering trees, kayak long routes deep into glacially carved fjords, and raft to an ancient Alaska native village—all with our nimble expedition ship as your moving basecamp. This expedition will enable you to:
- Paddle on long, naturalist-guided kayaking journeys into Alaska’s dramatic bays
- Raft the Chilkat River with local guides and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan
- Explore Haines, the 'adventure capital of Alaska,' via raft, bicycle, or hiking boot
- Zip around incredible icebergs and view glaciers in Tracy or Endicott Arm
Enjoy our most active Alaska expedition
Expect long point-to-point kayak outings where our ship drops off our groups and then repositions to pick us up after time spent exploring quiet bays and coastlines of towering ancient trees. Hike rocky trails high into the mountains for incredible views. And venture deep into the forest along rugged trails and salmon streams to explore new ecosystems.
Encounter legendary wildlife
See humpback whales, brown bears, and bald eagles—the iconic wildlife of Southeast Alaska. Search for killer whales in the wildlife-rich channels between islands and sure-footed mountain goats in steep fjords.
Explore the 'Adventure Capital of Alaska'
Call in at the small town of Haines, Alaska and choose to take a bicycle ride around a glacial lake or raft to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where the highest concentration of bald eagles in the world thrive. Be sure to stop in at local stores or, in the evening, at one of the town's bars to hoist a few pints of local craft ale and mix with locals.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist--the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska. Their knowledge and passion for Alaska is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Safari, Animals, and Wildlife
Before they built the National Geographic Venture and Quest, U.S. shipbuilder Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Lion and National Geographic Sea Bird. Nimble, reliable, and intimately scaled, they both continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America.
Sea Lion accommodates just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Her inviting public spaces foster a sense of shipboard life where everyone is integral to the adventure, engendering a rewarding sense of community and esprit du corps. National Geographic writer Andrew Evans called Sea Lion the “closest thing to Cousteau’s Calypso” he’s ever had the pleasure to be on.
With a shallow draft and small size, she can easily reach places inaccessible to larger ships. She can venture into fast-moving channels where whales come to feed, transit a series of locks in the Pacific Northwest, nose up to waterfalls in secluded coves, and sail into protected anchorages in small bays perfect for snorkeling and kayaking.
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
Teams that do whatever it take ...