Alaska Experience Guide
Purchased from Russia in 1867—much to the chagrin of the disapproving United States public—Alaska was an incredible unknown treasure. But shortly after, gold was discovered and the rush was on.
John Muir, Edward S. Curtis, William Dall, Jack London, Eliza Scidmore, and many other intrepid men and women have all been wooed by its glaciers, rainforests, and wildlife-rich fjords. Shaped by massive glaciers over millions of years, Alaska presents one of the most wildly rugged, diverse, and spectacular landscapes.
Ideal for those with an explorer’s spirit and a love for nature, Alaska delivers. Aboard our small ships, access to off-the-beaten path places, wildlife up-close, and opportunities to experience it by hike, kayak, and skiff show a side of Alaska few visitors know.
April and May—a favorite time of year for many—is Alaska Awakening! Bears, baby animals, spring flowers, budding forests, snow-covered peaks, gushing waterfalls, and shorter days makes Aurora Borealis sightings possible. Plus, the weather is good and it's crowd-free.
Long days are a signature for Alaska summers—meaning extra playtime. Daytime temps are warmer, so there's more melting. Better access to higher elevations on hikes. And Humpbacks are back en masse. Come summer's end, wildlife gets busy—mating, migrating, and feeding up for winter.