Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird, travel to the southern and northern extremes of Alaska’s coastal waterways, experiencing the breadth and beauty of its forests, fjords, and glaciers alongside a National Geographic photographer.
  • By special permit, sail the coastal waters of Tongass National Forest, and enjoy a full day to explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
  • Kayak and cruise by expedition landing craft amid the breathtaking cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument.
  • Raft through the remote Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve—home to one of the largest convocations of bald eagles in the world.



Set sail aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird on an in-depth expedition through Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Photograph the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fiords; the icescapes of Glacier Bay; and the wildlife-rich waters of Icy Strait, home to whales, puffins, and Steller sea lions. Explore spectacular fjords by expedition landing craft and kayak, and go on hikes through old-growth forests. Capture it all with the help of our National Geographic-Lindblad certified photo instructors.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.


Day 1: Ketchikan, Alaska

Arrive in the coastal city of Ketchikan. View the priceless collection of 19th-century Tlingit totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center before embarking the National Geographic Sea Bird.

Meals Included:Dinner
Day 2: Misty Fjords National Monument

Wake amid the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Set out by expedition landing craft or kayak to explore this spectacular wilderness of jewel-like lakes, waterfalls, and snowcapped peaks.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3-4: Behm Canal/Clarence Strait/Petersburg

Hike beneath towering trees in the Tongass National Forest. Then cruise through scenic channels in search of humpback whales. Visit the quaint town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Discover the island’s unique muskeg ecosystem, and explore by bicycle or take aerial shots on an optional flightseeing tour (weather permitting).

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 5: Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness

Navigate the iceberg-strewn waters of Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, where waterfalls cascade down granite cliffs. Capture images of the majestic South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, venture closer in expedition landing crafts.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7: Haines/Lynn Canal

Explore Haines, the so-called “adventure capital” of Alaska, on a hike or a bike ride along a glacial lake. Or set off on a rafting excursion, keeping an eye out for wildlife as we float down through the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Visit the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan, where we’ll enjoy a traditional dance performance. Spend the following day hiking and kayaking at the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 8: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

In Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, get up close to blue icebergs and watch for ice calving off the glacier. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, and puffins along the coast, and hear about the region's natural and cultural history from a native Tlingit interpreter and National Park Service ranger.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 9-10: Icy Strait/ Inian Islands/Baranof or Chichagof Island

Cruise amid the Inian islands, home to Steller sea lions and a variety of sea birds, and search for whales off Icy Strait. Then venture to the rugged shores of Baranof or Chichagof Island. Go hiking and kayaking in areas where wildlife is most active.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 11: Sitka

Disembark in Sitka. Visit St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Alaska Raptor Center. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast