Wilds of Alaska & the Northwest Passage - a land & cruise journey

27 Days
Anchorage to Copenhagen
From (CAD)
$ 49,316
Dates & Pricing

2023 Anchorage > Copenhagen

In the footsteps of explorers

The mountains, timeless frontier towns and rich Inuit culture of Alaska will weave their magic around your soul. Join Scenic Eclipse and follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, as you discover one of the world's last frontiers, the infamous Northwest Passage.
This journey through the heart of Alaska will reveal a land of rugged but undeniable charm, one that has not yet relinquished all of its mysteries. The Alaskan wilderness still boasts spots that have managed to remain untouched by man. This itinerary will treat you to places of pristine wilderness and exquisite beauty, from seeing Denali National Park from above during your Scenic Enrich, flying over glaciers and icebergs, to exploring by foot, walking through the park with a local Alaskan guide. Traversing from Nome in Alaska to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, you'll encounter wild and remote fjords, glaciers, harbours and uninhabited islands that dot the archipelago of Canada’s High Arctic. Marvel at the pristine landscapes that are worlds away from modern civilisation.
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Tour Code:
OUA2
Duration:
27 days
Departure City:
Anchorage
Return City:
Copenhagen

27 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Anchorage

    Begin your journey in Anchorage, where a world of spectacular natural landscapes and intriguing culture awaits. Settle in for a one-night stay. This evening you will join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Talkeetna

    Your adventure starts today with a visit to Anchorage’s Alaska Native Heritage Centre, a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates, and shares Alaska Native Culture, language, heritage, and tradition. Sit back and watch Native artisans as they work on their crafts and enjoy live traditional dance performances before a private visit with an Alaskan native storyteller, who will bring you into their culture as they share the stories about their history and people.

    Drive through the scenic Matanuska-Susitna Valley, considered one of the most important agricultural regions in Alaska. The valley is rimmed by three major mountain ranges: The Alaska Range, and the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains. Indulge in expansive views of alpine peaks and valleys, rivers and streams, and vast spruce and birch forests before arriving at your lodge for the next two-nights. This evening you will have a unique opportunity to meet a local Alaskan, Howard Carbone. Revel in his stories of climbing Denali, nature in the area, and living in Alaska through photographs, videos, and stories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Talkeetna

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a jet boat ride down the Susitna river with an onboard naturalist and visit a Dena’ina Indian Encampment. Alternatively, set out to explore Talkeetna’s best hiking trails with a naturalist guide on a hike through old-growth forest, alive with songbirds, wildflowers, berries, and mushrooms. Watch for loons and kingfishers on the lakes, moose and bears in the woods and enjoy the view of Denali on the horizon.

    Enrich

    A classic Alaskan experience awaits. Fly into the heart of Denali National Park, soaring over glaciers and icebergs, keeping an eye out for moose, black bears, Dall sheep and mountain goats. Land on a snow field high on a glacier and take a walk in this remote environment before returning back to your lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Denali National Park

    Travel aboard luxury dome rail cars from Talkeetna to Denali National Park. Large, panoramic windows allow for mostly unrestricted views of the scenery around you and provide an excellent vantage point for photos. As you approach Denali National Park, journey along the snaking Indian River and enjoy expansive sights of Hurricane Gulch, and make sure to look to your left to view the highest mountain in North America, Denali, and the stunning Alaska Range. On arrival visit the Denali Education Centre and enjoy a talk from a local resident about what it takes to live life in Alaska, before checking into your lodge for a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Denali National Park

    Freechoice

    Discover the spectacular wildlife that call Denali National Park home as you travel 62 miles towards the Stony Hill Overlook. Board a comfortable national park’s tour bus and immerse yourself in a scenic journey of natural wonders, a narrated history of Park Road, and some of the best opportunities to view the park’s inhabitants. Alternatively, spend up to 8 hours exploring Denali National Park on a hiking adventure with your guide. Hike, identify the flora and fauna, capture photos and simply enjoy having a professional, local Alaskan guide take you on a sightseeing adventure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Anchorage

    Today we journey back through scenic mountain scenery to Anchorage. Stop in the small community of Willow for a visit to an authentic sled dog kennel. Meet with a veteran Iditarod musher before an exhilarating and adorable dog sled ride through the property, while safely in an ATV. After your dogsled run, meet the canine athletes that pulled your ATV and interact with the puppies. Following lunch with Vern Halter the owner of the kennel and an Iditrarod champion, continue to Anchorage and your hotel, the Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel for a one-night stay. Tonight, relive your experiences at your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Anchorage, USA > Nome

    Welcome to Nome, set at the tip of the Seward Peninsula and overlooking the Bering Sea. A world of wonder awaits as you step on board and raise your glass to toast the start of your luxurious cruise. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Bering Strait

    Traverse the Chukchi Sea to the Bering Strait. Linking the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, this narrow waterway is only 82 kilometres at its widest point. Alaska and the USA are starboard side and the Chukotka region in Russia port side, with the closest point between the two countries, less than seven kilometres. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bering Strait

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - At sea

    Spend the day at leisure exploring the various amenities of your luxurious Discovery Yacht. Enjoy an educational discussion with your expert Discovery Team or tempt your palate at one of the dining experiences. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - At Sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Herschel Island, Canada

    Sitting on the edge the Beaufort Sea, north of Canada’s Yukon Territory, Herschel Island was first inhabited by the Thule, ancestors of the Inuit. Herschel Island is home to a unique array of Arctic plants, animals and sea life, including the largest colony of Black Guillemots in the Western Arctic. 

    Discovery

    Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and onshore landings to explore historic structures. Learn about the Thule and Inuit cultures and explore the melting permafrost. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Exciting days lie ahead as you venture into the Northwest Passage, navigating delicately through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, this once impassable route is a place where few are lucky enough to have travelled. From John Cabot to James Cook and Sir John Franklin, many explorers set out to conquer this fabled route and failed. On board Scenic Eclipse you will go further than these intrepid explorers were ever able to. Due to the extraordinary nature of this very remote Arctic region, our route is dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Our experienced Captain and Discovery Leaders will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, with each day a highlight. 

    Discovery

    Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and onshore landings for nature walks and visits to remote communities. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Prince Leopold Island > Beechey Island

    Prince Leopold Island is home to over 400,000 birds nesting on the small island, with limestone cliffs stretching up to nearly 870 feet tall. Beechey Island was the winter camp of the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition. The final resting place of three of Sir John Franklin’s crew, it has served as the base camp for much of the exploration of the Northwest Passage.

    Discovery

    Explore Beechey Island with our Discovery Team. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Devon Island

    Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on the planet, however it is home to the remnants of the Thule settlement that date back to 1000 AD. This interesting place has been a focus of the research community. With land that remains frozen for almost the entire year, dominated by frost shattered rocks and minimal plants and animals, it is a barren wasteland that has very similar conditions to the planet of Mars. It is also the location of the Haughton impact crater, formed when a meteorite about 2km in diameter crashed into the surface 39 million years ago. Flat top mountains, glacial valleys and a substantial ice caps, Devon Island has a unique and majestic beauty.  

    Discovery

    Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and onshore landings. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Pond Inlet, Canada

    On Baffin Island, at the mouth of the famous Northwest Passage lies a small Inuit settlement. Pond Inlet is surrounded by spectacular snow-capped mountains, fjords and glaciers, and your exploration of this remote region will leave you with lasting memories.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - At Sea

    Today, relax on board. With the many choices available, you will be surprised at how quickly time passes. Choose one of the daily activities, join an entertaining discussion in the theatre or unwind in Senses Spa.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Disko Bay, Greenland

    Spectacular days await as you cruise Disko Bay. Renowned for its pristine icebergs and glorious glaciers, stand on the Observation Terrace or your private verandah and listen for the remarkable sound of a calving glacier echoing across the fjord

    Discovery

    Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak or go onshore for landings. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Sisimiut

    Sisimiut has the reputation of being the adventure hub of Greenland. With a cool, urban character and brightly coloured houses, it is located in the middle of wild territory. Sisimiut was colonised in 1756, although people have lived here on and off since 2,500 BC. 

    Freechoice

    Walk through town and visit the market and the museum, or taste some of the local delicacies.

    Discovery

    Choose the hike through the mountain landscape or to the Sisimiut viewpoint or go kayaking around the beautiful surroundings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Kangerlussuaq > Copenhagen, Denmark

    Your journey into wonder ends as you fly from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the cruise will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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