Early spring in Sitka is one of Southeast Alaska’s best kept secrets. Many locals prefer this season over any other time of year, with its crisp mornings, lengthening daylight hours, flora and fauna springing to life, and frenzy of wildlife activity. Experience it all by joining our newest excursion aboard the M/V Misty Fjord. The intimate setting of our 10-passenger vessel will allow you to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife quest. As with all Misty Fjord itineraries, routes are not strictly defined. A knowledgeable local captain and on-board naturalist will choose the best activities based on each day’s unique circumstances and guest interests. The versatility of this small boat creates a photographer’s dream trip, allowing all aboard to view abundant wildlife as it emerges with the changing of the seasons amid the remarkable beauty of Southeast Alaska.
Flexible itinerary is dependent on weather, wildlife sightings, and guest interests. With only 10 guests, it is a cozy, friendly group. Charters are available.
- All onboard meals;
- non-alcoholic beverages;
- exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days;
- entry fees to national parks/preserves;
- all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment;
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
- Luggage, trip cancellation and Emergency Evacuation Insurance;
- Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
- Staff gratuities;
- Beer, wine, spirits
- fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
- Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
ARRIVE SITKA, ALASKA
We recommend arriving at least one day early to avoid potential flight delay issues.
Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit fascinating sites that highlight the community’s rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife. Anchor for the evening in a protected body of water in Peril Strait or eastern Baranof Island. Bear in mind this is a flexible itinerary – so what we present is only a suggestion of what you might experience.
WILDERNESS EXPLORATION – BARANOF ISLAND
You’ll skirt miles of rugged coastline, taking in dramatic mountain views, pristine old growth forest, and the bountiful wildlife that rely on herring as a keystone species. The shallow draft of the Misty Fjord allows passengers an up-close view of stunning estuaries and bays that become spawning grounds for herring. While the specific timing of the herring spawn changes from year to year, guests are guaranteed an exclusive and personalized journey in and around the channels and bays of the Sitka Sound area.
During the days, you may find yourself immersed in whale and other wildlife viewing or on kayak, paddleboard, and hiking excursions. In the evenings, you’ll enjoy exquisite meals featuring fresh Alaska cuisine while anchored in secluded coves. After a decadent dessert, step onto the upper deck to enjoy the sunset, alpenglow, and stars while listening for the faint sounds of nearby humpback whales and the rustle of eagles settling into their nests. Upon setting sail, you’ll immediately be immersed in the unparalleled natural beauty of Sitka Sound. This itinerary truly has something for everyone: jaw-dropping photography opportunities, birding and wildlife viewing, kayak ventures, and even the possibility of witnessing the spirited and competitive commercial herring fishery.
Return to Sitka - Disembark
The 5-night expedition comes to a close back in our home port of Sitka. Before departing, you will have another chance to enjoy more local amenities including galleries, museums, an award-winning independent bookstore, boutique shopping, an extensive trail system, yoga studios, and restaurants featuring local seafood and ocean views.
The 10 passenger M/V Misty Fjord expedition vessel was custom designed for in-depth wilderness exploration of Southeast Alaska. Her hull is based on the design of well-proven Alaska commercial fishing boats for supreme comfort and stability while sailing the waters of the Inside Passage. The onboard experience features a plush interior with elegant teak finish, aft salon, spacious wheelhouse, and outer deck engineered for optimal wildlife viewing.
Length: 60 feet
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Alcohol is included with all stateroom bookings
*All rooms have private head and shower
*Some beds are 37 to 48 inches from floor