Alaska Yacht—Bears, Bergs, & Bushwhacking

8-night itinerary exploring Southeast Alaska sailing roundtrip Petersburg

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  • Four designated Wilderness Areas or National Monuments
  • One-night pre-cruise hotel stay and excursion
  • LeConte Glacier—ice gardens or glacial icefield
  • Tlingit culture and private tour of Kake native village
  • Admiralty Island bear tour and viewing by skiff and hike
  • Whale watching in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
  • Wildlife and birding by kayak, paddle board, and skiff
  • Backcountry wilderness exploration

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Roundtrip Petersburg



Velkommen! Petersburg, nicknamed “Little Norway,” has its fair share of charm. Check in. Drop your bags. Then head into town. This hardworking fishing harbor bustles with action—trollers, seiners, longliners, crabbers. Beachwalk and bird watch. The views are pretty good too with the Coast Mountains and Devil’s Thumb looming from across the bay. Rest easy tonight after your Norwegian smorgasbord dinner, you have a big adventure tomorrow. Overnight at Tides Inn (or similar).


Petersburg - Embarkation
The day is yours for the taking. Choose between flightseeing over snow-capped coastal mountains to a glacial icefield or a fishing charter in calm waters. Take in this quaint and authentic Alaskan community's charms on a walking tour of the Petersburg docks led by a local resident. Whatever the day brings, enjoy it! Make the scene with the locals, you’re on your own for lunch. Late afternoon, you’ll get a warm welcome aboard the Safari Quest. Settle in with champagne for an evening sail into whale-loving Frederick Sound.*


Kake / Keku Islands
At the northwest end of Kupreanof Island, dancing, legends, and totems tell the Tlingit story. Tribal members share Kake’s history—settle in, it goes back thousands of years. Ambling along, black bears. Eyes peeled on the woods and the shore. And look up now and again for bald eagles. Across the water, the Keku Islands dot Keku Strait. Slide into a kayak or skiff and glide along the fingerling islets and passageways. Make for shore on a tidal zone stroll turning up sea life clinging to rocks. Back on board, you’re greeted with a Viking handshake and a belly-warming cocktail.


Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area / South Baranof Wilderness Area
Into the wild you go, on the western shore of Kuiu Island. Just shy of 67,000 acres of islands, islets, and forest sits in the Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area. And at South Baranof, it's 2,500-foot granite fjord walls and rushing waterfalls. Wilderness with a capital W! Both primed for exploration. Rubber boots at the ready—muskeg, woods, and tide pools set the stage for guided hikes. Kayaks and skiffs bring on the search for seaweed, kelp, harbor seals, sea stars, and jellies. Or try your hand at paddle boarding. Balance not quite so steady? The crew has a dry towel and hot toddy ready if you take a “polar plunge” by choice or by accident.


Admiralty Island National Monument
Cruising through Frederick Sound, pass by The Brothers Islands—sea lion haul outs, sea birds, and humpback whales on all sides. Search and stop for it all. At Admiralty Island National Monument kayak, skiff, and weave in and out of the bays and inlets keeping your eyes out for Alaskan brown bears and nesting bald eagles. Tlingit call the island Kootznoowoo, meaning "Fortress of the Bear" and Admiralty Island has a higher density of bald eagles than all the other states combined. After another big day, pop up to the bridge to look over charts with your captain and mates.


Endicott Arm / Dawes Glacier
A skiff up Endicott Arm rushes through turquoise water dotted with bergy bits. The driver pauses for seals lazing on ice bergs—the most inquisitive ones periscoping out the water, watching you with their big, black eyes. "Oohs" and awe all around. It's true. You really do pause for wildlife and a "taste" of the area. Your guide plunges her net in the water pulling out a hunk of glacial ice to touch and taste if you're feeling adventurous. Zipping further up the Arm, pass deep, U-shaped valleys carved by glaciers before spotting the main attraction: Dawes Glacier—its icy blue magnificence more moving than you imagined.


Scenery Cove
When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is the way back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. In this playground, it's all an option day. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass—the mirror image of fjord walls playing on the surface reflecting your week of adventure. Take it all in. A seal pup could pop up at any moment to "break the ice." Trekkers get even closer to the mountains. Hike alongside the fjord walls as Cascade Creek falls in a rush beside and beyond your footsteps. Immersed in this hidden wilderness, recreation has never felt more remote yet in the middle of it all.


Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area
Alaska wilderness delivers! Flowing a little slower than your typical river, you find a river of ice leading up to the southern-most tidewater glacier—LeConte. Tides and currents decide your LeConte Bay adventures. Drop anchor in Ideal Cove and hike along the Three Lakes trail. High tide? Pass bergy-riding seal pups as you weave through the glacier’s sculptural ice gardens. Low tide? Walk among icebergs the size of cars caught in the glacial outwash field. It's a grand finale of a day. Cap off your week with a celebratory Farewell Dinner and slideshow.


Petersburg– Disembarkation
Truth, all good things must end. After one last breakfast with new friends, transfer to the airport for your flight home, or to your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

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Petersburg to Petersburg
Safari Quest

Unwind into adventure aboard our 22-guest boutique yacht. Four decks offer invigorating spaces to get away from it all and take in up-close views of surrounding wilderness. Recap the day's activities, relax, or watch a movie on the wide screen TV in the comfortable and sophisticated salon. The yacht also features a fully stocked bar and a library with large view windows for reading or discussing marine life with fellow guests.


  • 22 guests
  • 11 cabins
  • 10 crew members
  • 120 feet in length
  • 29 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio


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Ports & Places

The places you visit play a starring role throughout every journey. While this list isn’t exhaustive of every nook-and-cranny you’ll explore along the way, we’ve included descriptions of key ports and places to help you get to know the wilderness areas, landmark locations, notable regions, and coastal towns relevant to this itinerary.

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At the north end of Mitkof Island, where Wrangell Narrows meets Frederick Sound, sits picturesque Petersburg. The area has a long fishing history beginning with the Tlingit who used it as a summer fishing camp for thousands of years. Then, in the 1800s, Norwegian immigrants settled here. Named after prominent settler, Peter Buschmann, the fledgling town quickly bustled with a growing industry including a cannery and fish port. Known as “Little Norway”, the town’s Scandinavian history can be seen in architecture of buildings and celebrated festivals and events. Fishing is still Petersburg’s biggest industry—easily seen at its lively docks.



Pronounced like the dessert “cake,” Kake has been inhabited by Tlingit people for thousands of years, and today is home to about 550 residents. While small in size, Kake celebrates a wealth of Tlingit heritage and tradition including the revered craft of totem carving. The town boasts a 132-foot totem pole that was carved in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ purchase of Alaska.

Overlooking Frederick Sound and Baranof Island, this Kupreonof Island town is accessed only by water or air. Due to the Kake’s remote location, encountering town “neighbors” like humpback whales that frequent waters off shore, bear, moose, Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles, otters, and seals is a frequent happening.


Keku Islands

The Keku Islands dot Keku Strait, separating the north ends of Kupreanof and Kuiu islands. These scattered low-lying islands were once occupied by the Tlingit who had villages and camps along the waterway. Stretching about 4 miles, the highest points within this tiny archipelago climb to less than 1,000 feet above sea level. Despite their diminutive size, the islands boast a remarkable variety of terrain—prominent cliffs, gently sloping forests, freshwater lakes, and of course the shoreline—as well as wildlife and marine life.


Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area

Tucked within the greater Tongass National Forest and bordered by Kuiu Wilderness Area to the south, Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area encompasses 66,800 acres of wild landscape including many coves, bays, inlets, and islets. Old-growth forests rise from the shoreline to sub-alpine meadows over 2,000 feet above. Designated a wilderness area in 1980, it is only accessible by floatplane, boat, or paddle. Truly remote, the few trails in the area are primitive—and the wildlife abundant. Several species of salmon, among other marine life like Dungeness crab and halibut, thrive here. Sea otters, whales, and seals are common residents here, too.


Bay of Pillars

Located within the Kuiu Wilderness Area, Bay of Pillars opens into Chatham Strait at Point Ellis. Dotted with small rocky islets and fed by numerous streams the bay is divided by a narrows, or skookumchuck, that pinches to a width of about 100 yards.


Baranof Island

The second island in the ABC islands of Alaska, Baranof Island is also known as Sitka Island. It eloquently sits at the northern end of the Alexander Archipelago in the Alaska Panhandle surrounded by glacier-carved fjords, hanging valleys, old-growth temperate rainforests and sheer granite mountains. Baranof Island is the tenth largest island in the United States and is mostly covered by the Tongass National Forest. Today most of the southern end of the island is protected by the South Baranof Wilderness.

Around 1900, the town of Sitka was used for many small-scale mining sites, canneries, whaling statins and fox farms. However most of these ventures were abandoned at the beginning of World War II. Today, many of the remains of Baranof Island's past can still be seen.


Frederick Sound

Frederick Sound is a body of water approximately 45 miles wide in the central part of Southeast Alaska, at the confluence of Portage Bay (West), lower Stephens Passage (North), and Chatham Strait between the communities of Juneau (North) and Petersburg (South). Frederick Sound is only accessible by boat or air.

Abundant krill (small, shrimp-like crustaceans), zooplankton and herring thrive in the glacially fed waters of Frederick Sound. These super nutrient-rich waters are a magnet for migrating humpback whales, making it one of the premier places in Alaska to observe feeding humpbacks.

Marine mammals in the sound also include orcas (killer whales), Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, and harbor seals. A variety of seabirds thrive in this region as well and can be observed flying overhead or flocking after the whale’s watery leftovers, creating a great clue to where the humpbacks might be. Surrounding the sound are the majestic craggy snow-covered mountains of the Coast Range rising from the sea to grand heights of 10,000 feet.


Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area

Nearly 450,000 acres in size, the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area stretches between Wrangell, Petersburg, and the Canadian border. Two of the area’s claims to fame include the fastest free-flowing navigable river in the U.S., the Stikine River, and the southern-most tidewater glacier on the Pacific Coast, the LeConte Glacier. Beginning in the springtime, icebergs from the LeConte Glacier can be found drifting as far away as Frederick Sound.

This rich ecosystem hosts several salmon species, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, migrating shorebirds, brown and black bears, moose, and wolves among other wildlife. With wilderness that covers the saltwater and salt flats to the river and up into the alpine, the Stikine-LeConte also hosts a wide array of adventurers, from paddlers and boaters, to ice climbers, hikers, and birders.

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Overlooking Petersburg’s North Harbor of town and Wrangell Narrows, this family-run inn aims to be your home-away-from-home. Known for exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable staff, they’re happy to point you towards interesting sights and parks around town, most just an easy walking distance away.


Overlooking Petersburg’s North Harbor of town and Wrangell Narrows, this family-run inn aims to be your home-away-from-home. Known for exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable staff, they’re happy to point you towards interesting sights and parks around town, most just an easy walking distance away.

Vessels for this Itinerary


Safari Quest

Agile, spry, and with clean design lines, the Safari Quest—carrying just 22 guests—can cut into the tiniest nooks that even our other small ships can’t reach. This includes coveted wilderness areas with highly limited access of no more than two groups of twelve guests per day. For those most special adventures, she is the ticket in. While small is her secret for access, on the inside this yacht is anything but. Spacious and comfy cabins. A cozy and welcoming lounge and dining room. And plenty of onboard niches for nestling and relaxing. On a boat this size, camaraderie is near-instant—feel the love.

Onboard Features: Full-beam swim step; underwater bow-mounted camera; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; on-deck hot tub; fitness equipment; DVD and book library

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; heated tile floor in all bathrooms; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles

Destinations: AlaskaPacific Northwest

  • 22 guests
  • 11 cabins
  • 10 crew members
  • 120 feet in length
  • 29 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

C1-C4, C6
King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower


Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower


King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower


Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)