Day 1: Australia – – Vancouver
Depart on your Canada-bound flight and land in Vancouver. Make your own way to the hotel upon arrival.
Please note that some flights may depart one day earlier.
Day 2: Vancouver (B)
You have today as free time to explore Vancouver at your own pace.
Day 3: Vancouver – Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise (B, D)
Head to the Vancouver cruise terminal at the appropriate time and get ready to embark on your spectacular cruise expedition of the Alaska Inside Passage and Aleutian Islands.
Day 4: At Sea (B, L, D)
The MS Roald Amundsen sets out on the voyage north to Alaska, first navigating the channels and straits of Canada’s Inside Passage. The entirety of today is spent at sea so passengers should take this opportunity to discover the ship’s first-class facilities, attend a lecture by the Expedition Team, mingle with fellow travellers, or gaze across the landscape and look out for dolphins, porpoise and whales.
Day 5: Ketchikan (B, L, D)
The cruise makes its first port in Ketchikan, a waterfront city known as the salmon capital of the world. Ketchikan is a true frontier town and has a rich Tlingit heritage. Discover the colourful Gold Rush-era houses that line the riverbank or learn more about local culture by visiting the standing totem poles.
Day 6: Sitka (B, L, D)
Today’s itinerary sees you step foot off the MS Roald Amundsen and into Sitka. This was once the capital of Russian Alaska. Admire the surrounding snow-capped mountains – and see if you can pinpoint the neighbouring volcano – and see the city’s Russian cathedral and grouping of historical buildings that stand next to a forest dotted with totem poles.
Day 7: Icy Strait Point (B, L, D)
Stop at Icy Strait Point today and get a glimpse into the ways of local life. Take in houses adorned with intricate carvings, see totem poles documenting indigenous folklore, and wander through the cafes, shops, and museum displays.
Day 8: Hubbard Glacier (B, L, D)
Get a front-row perch for marvelling at Hubbard Glacier today. The waterway ushering passengers to the glacier was named Disenchantment Bay after an 18th-century Spanish naval officer was disappointed to learn it was not the Northwest Passage. Appreciate the mammoth size of the glacier and keep eyes peeled for any icebergs that calve.
Day 9: At Sea (B, L, D)
The ship cruises through the Gulf of Alaska today. Join one of the on-board lectures, relax in the Panorama Lounge, or chat with fellow passengers as you spend the day at sea.
Day 10: Kodiak (B, L, D)
Visit Kodiak today. Your time here starts with a walk to Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park; an excursion that combines a local history lesson with excellent wildlife-watching opportunities. Be sure to pause for a minute or two at the crest of Miller Point and scan the water for whales.
Day 11: Kinak Bay (B, L, D)
Roam the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in Katmai National Park and Preserve and commit the beauty of this dramatic volcanic landscape to your camera roll. You might be lucky enough to spy brown bears foraging for clams along the shore or having their lunch of wild berries and river fish.
Day 12: At Sea (B, L, D)
Move through the Alaska Peninsula today with a day at sea. Perhaps use this time to book in a treatment at the on-board wellness centre, sit down to lunch at one of the three restaurants, or unwind in your cabin. The Expedition Team will also present the brief for the coming days.
Day 13: Unga Village (B, L, D)
Feel chills as you wander Unga Village and learn about its reputation as a ghost town. It was originally settled by the Aleuts in 1833 but was abandoned when the community moved to Sand Point in 1969. The only evidence of life here is the remnants of wooden buildings.
Day 14: Dutch Harbour (B, L, D)
The ship sails towards Dutch Harbour. Enroute you will see the peak of Makushin, a volcano that rises almost 6000-feet high. Followers of the TV show The Deadliest Catch may be able to pinpoint locations filmed in the gritty reality series. Take a walk through the town centre, swing past the Museum of the Aleutians, or duck into the local Russian Orthodox Church.
Day 15: At Sea (B, L, D)
The MS Roald Amundsen continues its voyage north through the Bering Sea, journeying from the Aleutian Islands and towards St. Paul. Attend a briefing led by the Expedition Team to learn about your next destination.
Day 16: St. Paul (B, L, D)
Avid bird-watchers will love St. Paul. Some of the species you might come across include horned and tufted puffins, along with rare red-legged kittiwake. The island also has a thriving seal colony; about half of the world’s northern fur seal population live in the waters around the island. The island’s current human residents are descendants of Aleut slaves who were moved to the isle by Russian fur traders in the 1780s.
Day 17: St. Matthew Island (B, L, D)
Step foot on St. Matthew Island today. Here you can walk along the black-sand and gravelly beaches and enjoy the peace and quiet that comes with being the only humans on the island. This isle has been a nature reserve since 1909 and is home to colonies of nesting seabirds, plus the Arctic fox and the native St. Matthew Island vole.
Day 18: Bering Sea (B, L, D)
Today marks your final day at sea – be sure to make the most of it! Take one last walk around deck, utilise the ship’s excellent facilities, or simply soak in those views.
Day 19: Nome – Vancouver (B)
Disembark the MS Roald Amundsen in Nome, Alaska. Gold was found near the city, in Anvil Creek, in 1898 and this discovery quickly saw 10, 000 fortune-seekers flood into Nome in less than a year. It is apt that this colourful Gold Rush city marks the final point of the spectacular cruise experience. After disembarking, take the transfer to the airport and catch a one-way flight to Vancouver for an overnight stay.
Day 20: Vancouver – – Australia (B)
Enjoy the time you have in Vancouver to explore this cosmopolitan Canadian city before making your own way to the airport at the appropriate time and catching your return flight to Australia.
Day 21: In Flight
Day 22: Australia
Arrive back in Australia today.