Discover the largest state of the United States, Alaska. We offer you a 10-day polar cruise on the Inside Passage. This natural channel between the islands connects Canada and Alaska without sailing in the middle of the ocean. You will enjoy the tranquility of your trip along the fjords and the observation of an exceptional fauna (killer whales, whales, sea lions, otters and bears...). The crew will take you to small fishing villages with the charm of yesteryear. If you wish, the skipper can also introduce you to sailing!
Qilak, or "the heavenly vault" in Inuit language, is a 16-metre long schooner. Its aluminum hull allows it to navigate in extreme conditions. Inside, the raised saloon can easily accommodate all its guests and also offers a better visibility on the horizon. The cockpit is ideal for observing glaciers and fishing. At the helm are Didier, a seasoned sailor since 1984 (Captain 200 of the Merchant Navy) and his son Dorian, a seasoned sailor and cook.
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Fully equipped kitchen
The boat has 4 cabins with single or double berths and storage. Its capacity of 10 persons has been reduced to 8 persons (6 passengers and 2 sailors) for extra comfort. The two bathrooms will be shared with all passengers and crew.
Welcome to Alaska! This state of unspoiled nature is steeped in history. During your stopovers, you will discover villages with very distinct cultures and customs. You will also notice the influence of the Native American people on the region.
DAY 1: Ketchikan
Didier and Dorian will meet you in the small town of Ketchikan, nicknamed "the capital of salmon". It is also known for its impressive Tlingit (indigenous ethnic group) totem poles scattered everywhere. Your boarding on board Qilak will be at 9am. After a tour of the boat and a quick briefing on your cruise, it will be time to cast off to begin your journey. Night at anchor.
DAYS 2 & 3: Ketchikan - Anan Bay
After breakfast, you will go back to Anan Bay Bear Observatory, located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. This is a protected forest home to the largest tree reserve in the United States. We will take you on an excursion to watch brown and black bears fishing for salmon coming up the river. Night at anchor.
DAY 4 : Anan Bay - Petersburg
Your journey continues to Petersburg, also known as "Little Norway". During the crossing, you may have the chance to see porpoises swimming near the boat. Petersburg is a small village established by a Norwegian colony in 1890. Today it is one of the main ports in the region, and several fish and shellfish canning and freezing companies are located there. Night at anchor.
DAY 5 : Petersburg - Warm Springs Bay
This morning, you head to Warm Springs Bay and its amazing hot springs. After anchoring in the Waterfall lagoon, you will enjoy the benefits of these natural springs at temperatures of around 45 degrees Celsius. At the bottom of the bay you will discover a charming village with colorful houses on stilts and a waterfall that flows into the sea. Night at anchor.
DAYS 6 & 7: Warm Springs Bay - Elfin Cove
You hoist the sails to reach the island of Chichagof. You will make a stopover in the north of the island, in the village of Elfin Cove, only accessible by boat or seaplane. This is the perfect place to learn about fishing (halibut, salmon, cod, redfish...) in a calm and friendly atmosphere. You will also be able to stroll along the port. Night at anchor.
DAYS 8 & 9: Elfin Cove - Glacier Bay National Park
You continue your journey in Glacier Bay National Park, a World Heritage Site since 1979. The park is composed of glaciers, fjords and icebergs whose colors change according to the light. This incredible landscape offers a fascinating spectacle over more than 5,000 square kilometers. The crew will take you to the foot of the ice for the most exotic ride. Night at anchor.
DAY 10 : Glacier Bay National Park - Juneau
You reach Juneau, the capital of Alaska. It is bordered by the Gastineau Strait, Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts making it accessible only by air or sea. The city is also known for its old gold mines discovered at the end of the 19th century. If you are interested in its history, we advise you to visit the Juneau-Douglas Museum. You will disembark in the port of Juneau, around 6pm.
Important : The itinerary is reversed for the departures of 30/07/2020 and 21/08/2020. Embarkation will be in Juneau and disembarkation in Ketchikan.
Ketchikan > Anan Bay > Petersburg > Warm Springs Bay > Elfin Cove > Parc National de Glacier Bay > Juneau
The itinerary may be changed without prior notice due to technical or weather conditions
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