Discover the frontier town of Icy Strait surrounded by nature in its unspoiled glory. Pine trees as tall as skyscrapers, humpback whales, eagles, wild salmon, black bears and more, form the harmonious tapestry of life in this Alaskan hinterland. Visit the Native Theater and Heritage Center to see Tlinglit tribal members enacting their history through song and dance. Also worthy of attention are the elaborately carved totem poles. Stroll over to the Cannery Museum and find out how this staple of the Alaskan diet is processed. Shop for locally made preserves, jewelry, wooden carvings, clothing, and bath products. Take a walk along the well-marked nature trail to Hoonah. Enjoy delicious and abundant seafood, Dungeness crab, salmon, shrimp and cod in this remarkable natural environment.

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  • Hoonah Sightseeing & Tribal Dance

    Immerse yourself in the Tlingit culture by touring their largest settlement and watching a traditional dance performance.

    Traveling from the pier, your excursion commences with a driving tour of Hoonah, the largest Tlingit Indian village in Alaska. Along the way, you will see and learn how the residents often travel from place to place on a ferry along the Alaska Marine Highway. At the harbor, located at the crossroads of Icy Strait and Glacier Bay, you'll discover how it was founded and how it transitioned over the years to accommodate cruise ships. You will also listen to some enthralling stories about the Tlingit, which are also told visually through the intricate carvings found on totem poles that are located at a local school.

    Of course, for the ultimate insight into Tlingit culture, you will tour the Heritage Center at Icy Point Strait. Here, you will learn how the Huna Tlingets were forced from their ancestral lands around Glacier Bay by advancing glaciers, and how the epic fire of 1944 destroyed the village and altered the Tlingit's way of life. Still, the highlight is the interpretive performance by the Tlingit, who sing, dance and tell revealing stories about their culture over the centuries. During the performance, the dancers are dressed in full regalia, including masks and headdresses. It's a wonderful way to absorb the rich history of the Tlingits and appreciate their culture on an even deeper level.

    After being treated to an enthralling performance, you may return to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however, some of it is over gravel surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Flat, comfortable walking shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear is suggested as you may be exposed to the elements. Photography and videotaping are not permitted during the performance.

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  • Whale & Marine Mammals Cruise

    Watch humpback whales and other creatures cavorting in these nutrient rich waters, one of Alaska’s premier observation points.

    Depart on a boat specifically designed for watching whales and other marine life. On the way, a naturalist will describe the diversity of animals that converge here each summer. They come primarily to feed in the waters that are extraordinarily rich in halibut, salmon and plankton.

    This area is noted for having the highest concentration of humpback whales in the Alaskan panhandle, so be on the lookout for these majestic and intelligent creatures. They will be breaching the water's surface, waving their flukes up and down as they dive, and feeding voraciously to fatten up for their winter migration south. It's a mesmerizing sight that you will not soon forget.

    Humpback whales; however, are but one species that congregate in these summer feeding grounds. You might also observe frolicking Dall's porpoises, Stellar Sea Lions, curious Harbor Seals and Orca whales. Picturesque This area supports a huge concentration of sea life, much of it passing close to your tour boat. In addition, you may see graceful bald eagles swooping down to grab fish in their talons, and perhaps even bears and deer in the surrounding wooded landscape.

    Following your viewing time, you will cruise back to Icy Strait Point and your awaiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes very limited walking, although there are stairs to negotiate for those who wish to sit on the open-air observation deck. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and a companion to assist them. Those who are prone to sea sickness should take appropriate pre-emptive measures before commencing the tour. Flat, comfortable shoes with a non-slip sole are suggested and warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear are recommended for those using the open-air observation deck. Don't forget your camera and binoculars.

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  • Forest & Nature Tram

    Ride through a spectacular second growth forest, later emerging at the unspoiled shores of Icy Strait.

    Departing from the ship, you will make your way to the covered-wheel tram that will carry you through the lush greenery that is part of the Tongass National Forest. The majestic Tongass sprawls over 17 million acres, making it three times the size of America's next largest national forest. Riding through its virgin stands of spruce and hemlock is a hauntingly silent, immensely peaceful, and almost spiritual experience. No wonder these forests are often referred to as cathedral forests.

    As you pass beneath the towering trees, your guide will describe the diversity of the forest, geology, flora and fauna. Sitka Blacktail Deer and brown bears are but a few of the larger creatures that make their home here. Emerging from the forest, you will find yourself at Icy Strait, an area known for attracting porpoises, sea lions and seals. The waters are also teeming with halibut and all five species of Pacific salmon. At Icy Point, you may even gaze upon an active bald eagle nest in one of the ancient spruce trees.

    After some time to beach comb on the shore, your tram will return you to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during time at the beach. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Flat, comfortable walking shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear is suggested as you may be exposed to the elements.

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  • In Alaska's Wildest Kitchen

    Learn hands-on how to prepare and grill locally caught seafood and then savor the feast that you have masterfully created.

    This one-of-a-kind culinary class isn't just educational and entertaining; it's immensely satisfying to the palate, as you will feast on the local specialties that you have grilled yourself. You'll join a local host and cooking expert, who will walk you through all the steps of preparation and grilling Alaskan seafood. The inventive menu includes wild salmon and halibut.

    First, you will learn how to prepare the seafood dishes, using the preferred methods of filleting fish and adding seasonings that bring out the full flavors when grilling. Depending on the recipe, you may use freshly picked herbs or special sauces concocted from local ingredients. After the dishes are prepared, they will be grilled to perfection over alder wood, which imparts a unique smoked flavoring because of the natural sugars stored in the wood. Your mouth will surely be watering as the seafood is expertly grilled to seal in the juices and flavors. Then comes the moment you have been waiting for: feasting on the grilled bounty of the sea, which you now know how to recreate at home.

    Following your cooking class, you are free to return to the ship, or stroll about on your own.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however, some of it is over gravel surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Flat, comfortable walking shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear is suggested as you may be exposed to the elements. Beer and wine may be purchased with your meal at an additional cost.

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  • Private Luxury Whale Watching

    Pamper yourself by spending the day on Southeast Alaska’s only private whale watching yacht available to cruise ship guests. Just as the name suggests, luxury is the difference.

    You choose your own traveling companions (up to a total of 6 guests) to join you on this unique 5-star adventure. Your private Marquis 40 SC Yacht is a combination of speed, style, safety and comfort. Enjoy three hours searching for wildlife in luxury.

    Icy Strait Point has some of the most pristine waters anywhere in the world and it’s teeming with wildlife for you to experience. We are so confident that you will spot a whale on tour that we offer a 100% guarantee. Humpback sightings are a daily occurrence but you can expect to see much more. Keep your eyes out for world-class wildlife like Orca, bald eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, Stellar sea lions and even the occasional coastal brown bear. Chichagof Island is home to the largest concentration of coastal brown bears in the world.

    While you explore this majestic area sip champagne and enjoy fresh oysters harvested in Port Fredrick near Icy Strait Point. Also included in your excursion is smoked salmon dip, king crab bisque, assorted cheeses and fruit, as well as soft drinks, bottled water, and top shelf open bar.

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  • Back Country Jeep Adventure

    Explore the wilds of Chichagof Island on a two-and-a-half hour Jeep tour. Your guide will lead you on a journey of discovery while driving a four-person Jeep Wrangler on roads less traveled.

    Your small group of explorers will drive along the back roads in search of wildlife and adventure. While traveling along the old logging roads you may encounter wildlife such as eagles, Sitka black tailed deer and the coastal brown bear. Head up mountain trails to seek spectacular vistas of the surrounding area.

    Your friendly tour guide, in the lead Jeep, will educate you on the local history and culture. Jeeps have radio communication with the guide vehicle. You and your friends or family will be lead to destinations off the beaten path.

    Notes: Drivers must be at least 25 years old, are required to show a valid driver’s license, and must sign a liability/insurance waiver. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. Parties under four will share a Jeep. We will provide a car seat or booster seat for children upon request and subject to availability. Multiple stops will be made along the way to allow for guests to switch drivers. Jeep® and Jeep Wrangler® are registered trademarks of Chrysler Group LLC. Prices are per person.

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  • Forest Tram & Tribal Dance

    Experience the joys of the natural world in a second-growth forest and discover the heritage of the Tlingits through traditional tribal dancing.

    Boarding your covered-wheel tram at Icy Strait Point, you will set-off for a trek through lush forest in the sprawling 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest. The towering stands of virgin spruce and hemlock, which have never been logged, are a wonder to behold. The significance of the forest becomes even clearer when your guide describes in detail the delicate balance of its bio-diversity and fascinating geology. During the tram ride, which at times follows the shoreline of Icy Strait, you may spot Sitka Blacktail Deer or brown bear foraging. Another favorite sight is the massive bald eagle nest constructed of dead branches atop a spruce tree.

    Upon returning to Icy Strait Point, you will gather at the Heritage Center Theater to watch the Tlingit Indians perform an inspiring tribal dance. The Tlingits have lived in this part of southeastern Alaska for thousands of years and their traditions run deep. They express them beautifully through interpretive songs, dance and storytelling. During the performance, the dancers are dressed in full regalia, including masks and headdresses. It's a wonderful way to absorb the rich history of the Tlingits and appreciate their culture on an even deeper level.

    At the conclusion of the performance, you will transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however, some of it is over gravel surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Flat, comfortable walking shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear is suggested as you may be exposed to the elements. Photography and videotaping are not permitted during the performance.

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  • Discovering Birds of Hoonah

    Explore the avian diversity of Hoonah's lush temperate rainforest and its surrounding tidal waters with a local expert. Your guide will show you the best places to scope for seabirds, ducks, gulls, and bald eagles.

    As you depart Icy Strait Point, travel along the shore of Port Frederick where you will see seabirds feeding in the nutrient rich waters. Stop at the ferry terminal and scope the surrounding area for pigeon guillemots and other gulls, ducks and seabirds. Make a brief stop at an active bald eagle’s nest before heading out the road to the Long Island causeway. Scan for shorebirds, ducks, eagles, crows, ravens, cormorants, and much more.

    Then, your guide will lead your small group down a trail through mixed forest and grasslands to find a wealth of passerines. Along the trail you may find warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, jays, woodpeckers, sapsuckers, wrens, kinglets, swallows, swifts, hummingbirds, creepers, chickadees and thrushes. Binoculars, rain jackets, and the highest quality spotting scopes will be provided. Whether you are an avid birder or a casual birdwatcher, your guide will help you get the most out of your Alaska experience.

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    Participants must be at least 8 years of age. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Juneau Audubon Society for research and development of birding in the Hoonah area.

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  • Icy Strait Point Kayak Adventure

    Explore the pristine waters of Icy Strait Point on this tour that highlights the protected waters of Port Frederick.

    From the pier, you will walk the short distance to the beach at Icy Strait Point where you will receive a safety briefing and kayaking orientation. Following that, you will hop in your two-person kayak and begin your adventure. You'll spend nearly two hours paddling about these pristine waters, delighting in the serenity and joy of being out on the water, as well as having the opportunity to observe the bountiful wildlife that inhabits this wilderness area.

    Your guide will help you spot animals, explain their habits, and offer all sorts of tidbits to maximize your time kayaking along the shoreline. While there are no certainties regarding what you might observe, humpback whales typically feed along the very same route that you will be traveling. You may see one in the distance breaching the water's surface, waving its fluke before diving, or spy hopping, which is when a whale pokes just its head out of the water to look around. The nutrient-rich waters of Icy Strait are also home to orcas, sea lions, porpoises, sea otters and seals. During your excursion, you will also paddle to an even more serene area, frequented by bald eagles. There are few sights more visually arresting than following the flight of one of these majestic creatures as it rides the wind until swooping down to catch a fish with its talons.

    After returning to the beach at Icy Strait Point, you will turn in your equipment and head back to the ship, or perhaps visit the nearby Welcome Center.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however the walking is primarily over gravel surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems. Participants should be in good physical condition. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Sturdy, flat shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear are suggested as you may be exposed to the elements. There is a minimum height requirement of 4'10" to participate and the maximum height allowed is 6'6". Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.

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  • Whale Watching & Ziprider Combo

    Experience the best of Icy Strait Point on a tour that takes you from sea to sky.

    Be swept away on a small group whale watching excursion which boasts one of Alaska’s largest resident whale populations. The 24-passenger vessel sits low in the water, putting you eye to eye with whales, sea lions, and harbor seals that make their home in these protected waters. Be sure to keep a look out for eagles that soar high above and brown bears along the coastline. We guarantee you will see at least one whale or you receive a full refund of the whale watching portion of your tour.

    Then, enjoy a scenic drive through Hoonah, the largest Tlingit village in the world, on your way 1550 feet up the mountainside to begin your ZipRider adventure. Take in the spectacular views of Icy Strait and distant Glacier Bay before flying back to sea level over the rainforest below at speeds exceeding 60 mph. Up to six people can descend simultaneously, making this a great group activity! This amazing adrenaline-fueled zip-ride ends with a gentle touchdown on the beach at the water's edge at Icy Strait Point.

    Toast your adventure with a drink before returning to your ship, options include locally brewed Cannery Red Ale, wine, soda, water or our famous Zipper Drop Shot.

    Notes: Tour order may vary. Participants must weigh between 75 lbs. and 275 lbs. Minimum height is 4'4", maximum height is 6'8". Wear closed-toe shoes. No expectant mothers or guests with back or neck injuries. Layered clothing and waterproof outerwear recommended. Minimum age to drink alcohol is 21 years.

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  • Coastal Exploration By Zodiac Boat

    Get away from it all on a small group experience that explores the surrounding waterways by Zodiac.

    Be outfitted in rain gear, rubber boots and a life jacket before you depart directly from Icy Strait Point. Following a safety briefing, you will get to captain the boat yourself as you traverse the protected waterways.

    You’ll board a four-passenger boat and head out into the wilderness to explore the beautiful coastlines of Port Frederick and Icy Strait. Depending on weather and recent wildlife sightings, your guide will choose a route that is best suited for the day’s conditions. Be escorted by a knowledgeable guide and learn about the area’s history and culture as you look for wildlife such as humpback whales, sea lions, seals, eagles and bears.

    Following your maritime adventure, return to the dock and warm up with a hot beverage before returning to your ship.

    Notes: Minimum age is 6. Guests must weigh between 30 lbs. and 350 lbs. Drivers must be at least 25 years of age and present a valid driver’s license or other proof of age. Maximum of four guests per boat and all eligible guests will have a chance to drive. Parties under four will share a boat. Tour route may change due to daily tide and weather variations. This tour is not a good choice for guests with back or neck injuries, or expectant mothers. The seas can become rough and bumpy. Life jacket, rain gear, rubber boots are provided.

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  • Scenic Mountain Ascent and World's Largest Ziprider

    Want a super thrill? Then ride the world's largest and longest zip-line over the treetops and down a mountain at speeds up to 60 mph.

    Board your bus and head straight for Icy Strait Point to the famed ZipRider experience for a once-in-a-lifetime zip-line ride down the mountain. Be forewarned, this exhilarating adventure is not for the faint-hearted! En route to the site, you will pass through the town of Hoonah, enjoying an informative narration from your driver. Arriving at the staging area, you will walk to the launching platform which rises 1,300 feet above sea level, and offers up stunning views in every direction.

    After receiving a safety briefing and being securely strapped into the harness seat, off you go. Traveling at speeds approaching 60 miles per hour, you will zoom along just 300 feet above the dense green forest. Looking down, if you dare, the scenery will zip by. Two other adventurers will be nearby on adjoining lines, sharing the thrills and racing with you to the bottom. The ride down is more than a mile long with a plummeting vertical drop. It's as close to flying as you will ever come and if your eyes are still open, you will be able to take in sweeping views Port Frederick, Icy Strait and your awaiting ship. The average grade is 25%, making it one wild ride to the bottom of Icy Strait Point. As you approach the Landing Zone on the beach, the ZipRider brakes automatically, easing you down to land.

    You will no doubt have plenty to talk about later when you share your amazing experience with your fellow guests.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however most of it is over gravel surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems. Minimum weight requirement is 90 lbs and the maximum allowable weight is 275 lbs. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Sturdy, flat shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear is suggested as you may be exposed to the elements. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.

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  • Whales, Wildlife & Bear Search

    Venture into the pristine wilds of Alaska to see its most iconic creatures - humpback whales and grizzly bears - in their natural habitats.

    Depart on a whale-watching boat, listening to a naturalist talk about the majestic animals you will soon observe. The nutrient-rich waters here are absolutely teeming with humpback whales that come to feed each summer before heading south to their breeding grounds. What a sight to watch these behemoths - which grow to about 50 feet long and weigh up to 50 tons, as they breach the water's surface and then dive down to feed again. Chances are, you will also catch sight of porpoises, sea lions and seals.

    Returning to shore, you will have a short break (time permitting) before rejoining your group and re-boarding your motor coach as your tour resumes with a drive into Alaska's wilderness, traveling deep into the remote Spasski River Valley. On the way, your guide will enlighten you on the history and culture of the Tlingit village of Hoonah.

    Upon arriving in the valley, you will take a short easy hike to an area of raised platforms designed to provide you with the best viewing opportunities. It's a great spot to observe grizzly bears, which take their name from the gray, grizzled tips of their fur. Bald eagles and Sitka black-tailed deer are also abundant here.

    Finally, you will return to the coach and make the return journey back to the pier at Icy Strait Point.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 800 yards of walking, over gravel and boardwalk paths and there may be stairs to negotiate for upper-deck viewing on the touring vessel. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those who are prone to sea sickness should take appropriate pre-emptive measures before commencing the tour and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Children under 8 years of age are not allowed on the tour and anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Flat, comfortable hiking shoes and warm layered clothing is suggested. Rain jackets may be provided as needed. During the tour you will be in wilderness areas that are not fenced and the wildlife is not in captivity; therefore, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The road to the Spasski River site is an unpaved remote road that will be bumpy. Don't forget your camera and binoculars.

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  • Halibut Fishing

    Go fishing for halibut in Icy Strait, where these giant flatfish are voraciously feeding throughout the summer.

    Meeting at the dock, you will embark your comfortable cabin cruiser and receive a safety orientation before taking the 20-30 minute ride out to the premier fishing area in Icy Strait. These waters are teeming with halibut as they serve as the main migration corridor for halibut traveling from the Pacific to their summer feeding grounds and spawning streams in southeast Alaska.

    The largest Pacific flatfish, Alaskan halibut are renowned for their mammoth size. The former state record halibut-a 440-pound whopper-was landed near Hoonah, and catching a 100-pounder in Icy Strait isn't unusual. Imagine the thrill of hooking one of these monster fish and reeling it in from the depths. It's an amazing experience because halibut are longer than most flatfishes with a width one third of their length, so that husky girth produces a lot of resistance.

    You will spend approximately 2.5 hours on the water, fishing with bait that may include herring, salmon and octopus, which is one of the halibut's favorite meals. If you catch one, you'll notice that halibut has smooth scales, a light-colored bottom side and a darker top. The colors are a natural camouflage that mimics the hues of the ocean floor and water.

    Not only are these waters home to halibut, they are also filled with whales, sea lion, and seals so come prepared with your camera and binoculars.

    At the conclusion of your fishing time, you will head back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes very limited walking, although there are steps to negotiate to board the fishing vessel. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Persons who are prone to sea sickness should take appropriate pre-emptive measures before commencing the tour. Flat, comfortable shoes with a non-slip sole are required and warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear are recommended as you may be exposed to the elements. Minimum age for participation is 6 years old and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. U.S.C.G. regulations require children under 13 years of age to wear a life vest while aboard the vessel. Alaska State Law requires that participants purchase a one-day fishing license which may be purchased for $25.00 (cash) before the start of your excursion. If you land a fish and choose not to release it, you are responsible for processing and shipping the fish home. Shipping is not available outside the continental U.S. The catching of fish and wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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  • Spasski River Valley Wildlife & Bear Search

    Look for bears, deer and bald eagles in their natural habitats from an elevated observation area in the remote Spasski River Valley.

    Departing the pier, you fill first head through Hoonah, Alaska's largest Tlingit Indian settlement. Before long, you will be deep in the bush country approaching the Spasski River Valley. During the drive, your guide will enlighten you with stories about the Tlingit Indians, the engrossing history of Hoonah and its surrounds, and the best ways to catch a glimpse of the bountiful wildlife in the valley.

    Once you arrive in the heart of the Spasski River Valley, you will walk about 800 yards along a gravel path and boardwalk to the elevated viewing platform. During your time here, be on the lookout for the diverse wildlife that makes its home here, including grizzly bears. While this is an excellent area to observe animals, they roam freely, so there are no guarantees that you will catch sight of them.

    However, the Alaska coastal brown bear is only one of the many creatures that live in the Spasski River Valley. They are highly intelligent omnivores that primarily eat vegetation. The Sitka black-tail deer is another native that may be spotted from the observation area, as well as land otters, mink and marten. And don't forget to look skyward for bald eagles, a highly efficient bird of prey that frequents the valley.

    After approximately 1-hour at the viewing area, you will walk back to your bus and transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however, some of it is over gravel surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Flat, comfortable walking shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear is suggested as you may be exposed to the elements. During the tour you will be in wilderness areas that are not fenced and the wildlife is not in captivity; therefore, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The road to the Spasski River site is an unpaved remote road that will be bumpy. Don't forget your camera and binoculars.

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  • Wilderness Hike

    Hike through the wilderness and along the hillsides of Chichagof Island.

    Drive through the village of Hoonah, the largest Tlingit village in the world, on your way out to the Spasski River Valley. Continue through the Tongass National Forest up one of the old logging roads to the trail head.

    Once there, you will hike approximately two miles through private Native-owned lands, up an abandoned logging trail, to the secluded locally known viewing area. As you come to the top of the mountain, feel the serenity and see the breathtaking 360 degree views of Chichagof Island and its surrounding waterways and islands with nothing but nature all around you. Your local guide will share knowledge of the flora and fauna that inhabit the area, along with history of the land and its rich diverse culture.

    The opportunity to see brown bears, Sitka black tailed deer, eagles, and even humpback whales abound. With very little time spent in the forest area, this tour provides spectacular views of the area with ample opportunities for photography.

    Note: Participants must be at least 7 years of age. Group size is limited to 12 hikers per guide. Participants must be in good health and able to independently navigate terrain. Wear sturdy footwear and dress warmly in layers. This tour operates in all weather conditions.

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  • ATV Expedition

    There's no better way to experience Alaska's rugged terrain than by driving an All Terrain Vehicle through the forests and mountains on Chichagof Island.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, your tour begins with a drive through the Tlingit village of Hoonah and then you head into the surrounding hills. Arriving at the ATV staging area, you will receive an orientation on how best to operate an ATV in the Alaskan wilderness. Once everyone is ready, you will hop aboard and set-off on your journey.

    The fifth largest island in the United States at 2,100 square miles, Chichagof is an excellent setting for this outdoor adventure. The entire island lies within the limits of the 17-million acre Tongass National Forest, which has the distinction of being America's largest national forest. The terrain of Chichagof Island ranges from seaside estuaries to alpine mountain peaks, and you will have plenty of chances to stop and view the scenery. Many of the roads you will see were built to harvest valuable timber, including hemlock, spruce and cedar trees.

    With its remote location and limited accessibility, Chichagof is home to some of the animals most often associated with Alaska, including the brown bear. In fact, the island has the world's largest brown bear population, estimated to be three per square mile. You might also see bald eagles soaring above, land otters, Sitka black-tail deer and red squirrels.

    After approximately 75-minutes spent traversing the trails of Chichagof, you will return your ATV to the staging area where your coach awaits to transfer you back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes walking; however most of it is over both gravel and natural and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems. Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on the tour and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Sturdy, flat shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear are suggested. During the tour you will be in wilderness areas that are not fenced and the wildlife is not in captivity; therefore, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. This is a remote 4X4 experience and the trails will be bumpy. There will be 2 guests per 4X4 and all guests who will be driving must present a valid drivers' license. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.

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  • Ocean Raft Adventure

    Experience a thrilling wilderness adventure in an open-air, high speed boat that takes you along the rugged coastline in search of wildlife.

    Gear-up in a survival suit, lifejacket, hat, neck gaiter (scarf), goggles and gloves. Then board our 27 foot Rigid Hull Inflatable vessel designed for high speeds and optimal maneuverability. Delight your senses as the fresh ocean air rushes past and the beauty and majesty of Alaska takes your breath away.

    During this 1.5 hour thrill ride, the captain adjusts the route based on weather conditions and wildlife viewing. Get up-close views of waterfalls, tidal flats and abundant wildlife that live on the rugged shores such as the coastal brown bear and Sitka black-tailed deer. Also, keep an eye out for marine life such as sea lions, sea otters, seals, humpback whales and Orcas. Bald eagles, puffins and other waterfowl may surprise you along the way.

    At opportune times the captain will stop the boat to tell you about what makes these waterways so important to the local Native Tlingit. Hear a Tlingit story related to the area or learn about the subsistence lifestyle that continues to be a way-of-life in Hoonah.

    Return to the dock with a greater appreciation of the natural landscape and a sense of awe that leaves you with lasting memories. Enjoy a hot beverage before returning to your ship or explore the cannery and nature trail at Icy Strait Point.

    Note: Participants must be at least 10 years of age and weigh no more than 250 lbs. Guests must be able to walk without assistance. You will be provided a Coast Guard-approved exposure suit that you will wear over your own clothing, which will keep you warm and dry throughout your adventure. You will also be provided with goggles, gloves, neck gaiters, and hats if the weather requires them. This tour is not recommended for guests with back/neck injuries or expectant mothers. Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when considering this tour.

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