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Welcome to Alaska! Home to rejuvenating hot springs, majestic glaciers and fascinating Inuit culture, not to mention amazing wildlife – lookout for whales, bears, moose and more!
Join the yacht in Juneau, the capital of Alaska and the home of Native American fisherman, European fur traders, and American gold prospectors.
Now a free-spirited state capital, Juneau is the perfect place for a journey into the gorgeous Alaskan wilderness, whether it is for fishing, kayaking, and dog sledding in the National Parks, whale-watching at Icy Strait, or glacier hiking at the Juneau Icefield.
By helicopter visit Juneau Icefield, and then land on Herbert, Taku, Lemon or Norris Glacier to explore the remote landscape by foot. If you prefer to explore from the comfort of a vehicle, you can enjoy the Juneau Jeep Tour, with pick up from The Wharf.
The yacht will cruise south towards Tracy Arm, named after the Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Franklin Tracey, where you can see the North and South Sawyer glaciers. Both are notorious for suddenly releasing chunks of ice into the water (some as large as a three-story building) especially in the summer months, so have your camera at the ready!
Tracy Arm is the heart of the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, designated by the United States Congress in 1980. The wildlife in the area includes black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and a variety of birds, such as Arctic terns and pigeon guillemots.
Get closer to the bay’s incredible icebergs in the yacht’s tender. Anchor overnight in Wood Spit Cove.
Today the yacht will cruise to Dawes Glacier. Offering a glimpse back in time, the Dawes Glacier is a reminder of an age long gone, when ice the size of continents swallowed up whole countries during the Ice Ages. Expect to witness huge pieces of ice falling into the fjord while seals sleep soundly nearby on their ice beds.
Enjoy lunch on board with a backdrop of Ford’s Terror fjord complete with rushing waterfalls and glacial blue waters.
In late afternoon the yacht will return to Wood Spit Cove for an evening of boating or fishing. Listen out for the sounds of humpback whales that visit the adjoining Holkham Bay and watch the shoreline for the occasional black bear that makes its way to the beach.
Wake and enjoy breakfast as the yacht cruises south into Frederick Sound to observe the humpback whales.
Accessible only by boat or air, the area is surrounded by the majestic snow-covered mountains of the Coast Range, which rise to 3,000 metres. The glacier-fed waters are teeming with krill and herring, making it one of the best places on earth to observe feeding whales.
Other marine animals seen here include orcas, Steller’s sealions, Dall’s porpoise and harbor seals. Seabirds thrive in the sound and can be great indicators as to the location of humpbacks as they flock after the whales’ leftovers.
The yacht can shut down and drift among them or if you’re feeling brave, jump in the tender for a closer encounter.
Afterwards, drop anchor in Cannery Cove, where you can watch brown bears Juneau feeding along the coast.
The yacht will cruise into Red Bluff Bay, named after the hillsides near the entrance and their distinctive reddish coloration due to the high levels of chromite. The bay is a near perfect anchorage when it comes to dramatic scenery that will take your breath away.
Home to mountains, waterfalls and glistening ice fields, take the opportunity to kayak into the spray of a waterfall and get a close-up view of bears fishing for salmon (mostly in August).
This is also a great spot to set pots for fresh Dungeness crab and shrimp – catch your own dinner or have the crew take care of it for you.
Today you will visit the Baranof Warm Springs, which are located just off the Chatham Strait, next to a beautiful 30m waterfall. Nine hot springs range in temperature, reaching as high as 48°C. Relax in their warmth with a glass of champagne in hand.
If your appetite for a life in the wilderness is still not satisfied, leopard rainbow trout can be fished in the nearby river, this is also another great spot to catch the Alaskan Dungeness crab and sweet Alaskan spot prawns.
You will be able to bait and set your own traps, go saltwater fishing or kayaking, and retrieve the traps on the way back home. The chef will prepare your catch once back on board.
On your last full day you will cruise north through the Chatham Strait, stopping at Tenakee Springs. A visit to Tenakee provides a getaway like no other. It’s a tiny, beachfront city of 85 year-round residents, without cars but perfect for boating, mountain biking, hiking and walking and it’s famous for its bakery’s delicious cinnamon rolls.
For recreation, fish in fresh or salt waters, cruise to see brown bears doing their own fishing, and get out on the tenders to see some amazing whale action as pods work together.
On land you can opt to hang out with local artists at the cafe, ending your day with a soak in the 40°C degree therapeutic hot springs.
Anchor overnight at scenic Pavlof Harbor, which is perfect for bear watching. The next morning head back to Juneau for departure.