The Wild North

 

Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

Navigate narrow channels, explore tranquil inlets and bays far from the cruise ships

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Welcome to Southeast Alaska!

Watching humpback whales bubble-net feed and orcas breach, hiking through the Sitka spruce forest, spotting grizzlies (at a safe distance), kayaking in quiet bays, fly fishing in quick streams, cheering as glaciers calve, dining on fresh-caught shrimp: you will discover and delight in Southeast Alaska's remarkable beauty.
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Daily exploration

A small fleet of skiffs are unloaded each day for guests to go out and explore, fish and hike.

The crew meet with guests each morning to discuss the day’s opportunities.  Yet there are no required activities.  You may happily spend your entire trip curled up in the salon with a good book—or watch it all go by from a chair up on the skiff deck while sipping coffee or a chilled glass of wine.

The LISERON and MIST COVE

Two unique custom vessels perfect for exploring off the beaten path.

MV LISERON was built in 1952 in Seattle, sold to France as a minesweeper, and was acquired and lovingly restored in 1989. All cabins have private bath with stall shower, double wardrobe, several drawers, a screened picture window, and a screened door which may be latched open.  MV MIST COVE was built patterned on the LISERON but designed from scratch. She’s 157 feet long and 33 feet wide, with a draft of almost 9 feet, and constructed of heavy-duty aluminum. The interior is plush and stately, with mahogany accents throughout.   More about LISERON » | More about MIST COVE »

Your Itinerary

The Wild North operates alternately between Sitka and Juneau. The itinerary below is a sample. The actual itinerary is left flexible, somewhat dependent on weather, wildlife, and group interests. From Juneau to Sitka, the itinerary operates in reverse.

 

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Day 1 | Arrive Juneau

Arrive in Juneau. Transfer to hotel. Day free in Juneau to visit the Alaska State Museum, ride the Mt. Roberts tram, take a glacier overview flight, ride with sled dogs, or simply walk through town.

Day 2 | Sitka and Boarding the Yacht

Head up very narrow Neva Strait to anchor in sheltered Kalinin Bay on Kruzof Island. Kayak in the evening.

Day 3 | Salisbury Sound and Sergius River

Hike over a Kruzof Island ridge to Sealion Cove on the Pacific Ocean, or fish from the skiff. Cruise Sergius Narrows and Peril Strait, looking for whales, orcas, bears, deer and eagles.

Day 4 | Paradise Flats & Kelp Bay

Cruise Chatham Strait into Frederick Sound, where we hope to see humpback whales "bubble-netting." Afternoon halibut fishing at the Brothers Islands.

Day 5 | Red Bluff and Pybus Bay — Admirality Island

Hear a Steller Sea Lion orchestra, spy grizzlies on Admiralty Island, the home to the densest population in the world. Check the crab pots!

Day 6 | Admirality and Brother’s Islands

Walk to a pristine forest lake, fly fish a rapid stream, or beach comb the tidal flats. Cruise to the mainland and anchor within striking distance of tomorrow’s fjords. Enjoy the long northern sunset.

Day 7 | Glacier Day

Cruise up the narrow Tracy Arm Fjord to the massive Sawyer Glacier. Return to Stephens Passage.

Day 8 | Juneau

Cruise up Gastineau Channel to Juneau. Disembark your vessel. Fly from Juneau to home, or stay to explore Juneau to visit the Alaska State Museum, ride the Mt. Roberts tram, take a glacier overview flight, ride with sled dogs, or simply walk through town.

The Wild North - Dates & Prices

The Wild North operates from May to August.  All prices are per person, double occupancy unless otherwise specified.

2019 Departures | Scroll down for 2020 departures

2019 Liseron
Dates Price Start
May 11 - May 18 sold out Sitka
May 18 - May 25 sold out Juneau
May 25 - Jun 1 sold out Sitka
Jun 1 - Jun 8 sold out Juneau
Jun 8 - Jun 15 sold out Sitka
Jun 15 - Jun 22 sold out Juneau
Jun 22 - Jun 29 sold out Sitka
Jun 29 - Jul 6 sold out Juneau
Jul 6 - Jul 13 sold out Sitka
Jul 13 - Jul 20 sold out Juneau
Jul 20 - Jul 27 sold out Sitka
Jul 27 - Aug 3 sold out Juneau
Aug 3 - Aug 10 sold out Sitka
Aug 10 - Aug 17 sold out Juneau
Aug 17 - Aug 24 sold out Sitka
Aug 24 - Aug 31 sold out Juneau
2019 Mist Cove
Dates Price Start
May 11 - May 18 sold out Juneau
May 18 - May 25 sold out Sitka
May 25 - Jun 1 sold out Juneau
Jun 1 - Jun 8 sold out Sitka
Jun 8 - Jun 15 sold out Juneau
Jun 15 - Jun 22 sold out Sitka
Jun 22 - Jun 29 sold out Juneau
Jun 29 - Jul 6 sold out Sitka
Jul 6 - Jul 13 sold out Juneau
Jul 13 - Jul 20 sold out Sitka
Jul 20 - Jul 27 sold out Juneau
Jul 27 - Aug 3 sold out Sitka
Aug 3 - Aug 10 sold out Juneau
Aug 10 - Aug 17 sold out Sitka
Aug 17 - Aug 24 sold out Juneau
Aug 24 - Aug 31 sold out Sitka

2020 Departures

2020 Liseron
Dates Price Start
May 2 - May 9 $5950 Sitka
May 9 - May 16 $5950 Juneau
May 16 - May 23 $6450 Sitka
May 23 - May 30 $7150 Juneau
May 30 - Jun 6 $8200 Sitka
Jun 6 - Jun 13 $9245 Juneau
Jun 13 - Jun 20 sold out Sitka
Jun 20 - Jun 27 sold out Juneau
Jun 27 - Jul 4 sold out Sitka
Jul 4 - Jul 11 sold out Juneau
Jul 11 - Jul 18 sold out Sitka
Jul 18 - Jul 25 sold out Juneau
Jul 25 - Aug 1 sold out Sitka
Aug 1 - Aug 8 sold out Juneau
Aug 8 - Aug 15 sold out Sitka
Aug 15 - Aug 22 sold out Juneau
Aug 22 - Aug 29 sold out Sitka
Aug 29 - Sep 5 $9500 Juneau
Sep 5 - Sep 12 $9500 Sitka
Sep 12 - Sep 19 $9500 Juneau
2020 Mist Cove
Dates Price Start
May 2 - May 9 $5950 Sitka
May 9 - May 16 $5950 Juneau
May 16 - May 23 $6450 Sitka
May 23 - May 30 $7150 Juneau
May 30 - Jun 6 $8200 Sitka
Jun 6 - Jun 13 sold out Juneau
Jun 13 - Jun 20 sold out Sitka
Jun 20 - Jun 27 sold out Juneau
Jun 27 - Jul 4 sold out Sitka
Jul 4 - Jul 11 sold out Juneau
Jul 11 - Jul 18 sold out Sitka
Jul 18 - Jul 25 sold out Juneau
Jul 25 - Aug 1 sold out Sitka
Aug 1 - Aug 8 sold out Juneau
Aug 8 - Aug 15 sold out Sitka
Aug 15 - Aug 22 sold out Juneau
Aug 22 - Aug 29 $9500 Sitka
Aug 29 - Sep 5 sold out Juneau
Sep 5 - Sep 12 $9500 Sitka
Sep 12 - Sep 19 $9500 Juneau

Upgrades, supplements, inclusions and exclusions

Single Travelers

  • Requested single accommodations are subject to 60% supplement.

Children

  • Limited discounts apply. Call for details.

Inclusions

  • Hotel accommodations for the first Saturday night in Sitka or Juneau

  • Airport & hotel transfers

  • Use of all recreational equipment: kayaks, salmon & halibut fishing gear, hand-tied flies & lures

  • All shore excursions – guided hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking & fishing

  • Cleaning, packing & freezing your catch in an easy-to-carry box

  • All meals prepared by our onboard chef – special diets accommodated – wines with dinner

  • Open bar including top-shelf brands

Exclusions

  • Round-trip airfare to Alaska

  • Late arrival or early departure via floatplane

  • Highly personalized fly-fishing rods & gear – waders

  • Gratuities to the ship’s crew

  • Travel insurance

  • Child care.

Video

A taste of what to expect

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the right trip for me?

Each departure is shaped by your personal interests combined with the great variety of activities available in Southeast Alaska, including hiking, beachcombing, kayaking, fishing, whale watching and wildlife viewing.  

The crew meet with guests each morning to discuss the day’s opportunities.  Yet there are no required activities.  You may happily spend your entire trip curled up in the salon with a good book—or watch it all go by from a chair up on the skiff deck while sipping coffee or a chilled glass of wine.

What will I see?

There are no wildlife “guarantees,” however you will see a variety of species each day. Brown and black bear are present on shore throughout the summer and can be spotted stream fishing in fall.  Dolphins and whales, especially humpbacks, abound.  Orca and sea otter are less common but also present.  We’ll pass Harbor seals with new pups resting on ice floes in Tracy Arm fjord.  We usually visit a sea lion rookery each trip.  Deer and different kinds of birds—notably bald eagles, hawks and other raptors—may be observed on hikes or along the shores.  Tide pools reveal a plethora of smaller creatures.  Sitka and Juneau host impressive museums of native history, culture and art, which should not be missed.

When is the best time to go?

The season is between May and September, with July the most popular month.  When you choose to go depends on your schedule and your interests.  

Humpback and Minke Whales, Orcas, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Dall's and Harbor Porpoises can all be seen in Alaska's waters generally between June and early September.  Spring is an excellent time to see wildflowers in bloom and the fall is known for its colorful fall foliage.  The warmest and longest days of the year are in June and July. 

Best fishing times in the Sitka-Juneau area
Species Peak Season
King Salmon May through July
Sockeye Salmon July
Coho Salmon Mid july through Mid September
Pink Salmon Mid July through Mid September
Chum Salmon June through Mid September
Dolly Vardon June through Mid July
Cutthroat Trout June
Halibut June through Mid September
Rockfish June through Mid September
Lingcod Year Round

Climate and Weather

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a temperate rain forest.  Rainfall averages about 3½“ during May and June, trending upward to 7½“ in September.  Rainfall is usually intermittent and it is rare to have an entire week of blue skies.  Temperatures average in the mid-60s during the day and mid-40s at night, but range from 80s to 30s—layers are the key to comfort!

Should I worry about seasickness?
You’ll be traveling on the sheltered, often mirror-calm waters of the Inside Passage.  Each night will be at anchor in a sheltered cove.  If you are prone to motion sickness, it’s best to consult your physician beforehand and choose either a prescription or OTC remedy.

What about bugs—do I need to bring bug spray?
Biting insects are not as prevalent in the Inside Passage—the famous “Alaskan State Bird” mosquitoes are very rare—and they peak in July.  Pack your preferred brand of insect repellent and we will also have head nets and a variety of sprays, lotions and creams aboard.

I don’t know anything about fishing—will someone help me?
Yes.  The deckhands and guides are happy to help novices.  They’ll get you started in any fishing excursion; however, their primary job while ashore in bear country is to ensure group safety, so fishing excursions do not allow for prolonged one-on-one individual attention.

Can I bring the fish I caught in Alaska home with me?
Yes!  The crew will clean; fillet & vacuum seal your fish before stowing it in the walk in freezer on board.  At the end of your trip, they will pack your catch in an insulated, easy to carry box for your flight home. 

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