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3 Things You’ll See On Our Alaska Expeditions

The latest additions to the Fred Expeditions site are cruises to the Last Frontier; Alaska. There are two different options to choose from, both of which take in the natural wonders of this beautiful place, as well as helping you understand more about its history. These trips are operated by Lindblad, who in turn partner with National Geographic, so there’ll be plenty of guidance on hand when attempting to capture that perfect picture.

Let’s take a look at three things you’ll find in abundance in Alaska.

Wildlife

Brown Bears

In a place which boasts a population density of just over one person for every square mile, there is sure to be endless space in which wildlife can roam free. Whilst brown and black bears prowl the lands, occasionally swiping a fish from a nearby stream; eagles hover overhead, patiently waiting to pounce. The land is also home to other animals, such as mountain goats, weasels, and pine martins.

However, it is at sea that you will possibly have your most memorable interaction with the Alaskan wildlife. This is one of the best places in the world for whale watching and so the chances are pretty high that you’ll see these majestic animals breaching the waters surrounding your ship. There’s also likely to be seals playing along the coasts and perching on the ice floes, as well as orcas and sea lions amongst the waves.

Native Communities

Haida Gwaii Totem Poles

The traditions of the Haida people live on in a group of islands that are formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Haida Gwaii, as they are referred to now, is a region only open to a small number of tourist vessels, but invites you to learn about the history and culture of its ancient civilisations. You will visit the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and a local museum where you will discover remnants of traditional art and carvings.

You will also have the chance to learn about the Tlingit people who settled in Alaska over 10,000 years ago. The area they lived in is now known as Sitka and your time in this Russian-speaking town will also include a look around the beautiful Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. In addition, you will get to interact with the Kwakwaka’wakw people who inhabit a small community in Alert Bay.

Glaciers

Sawyer Glacier Calving

America’s largest state is also home to gigantic glaciers that tumble into the sea in a process known as calving. They are likely to feature all the way through your Alaska expedition cruise, but most abundantly in the Glacier Bay National Park. The landscape here is made up of inlets, coves and fjords and you’ll be able to explore it all in more detail as you take to the zodiac or your very own kayak.

The largest glaciers are given names and so some of the characters you are likely to meet include those known as Sawyer, Mendenhall, and Dawes.

If you would like to embark on any of our Alaska expeditions, we have two excellent itineraries for you to choose from. For more information, or to book your cruise, speak to our friendly team or submit an online enquiry.