MS Roald Amundsen sails into the Hurtigruten fleet in Spring 2019. This state-of-the-art expedition ship features new and environmentally-friendly hybrid technology and electrical power, which reduces fuel usage and CO2-emissions. Setting sail with a maximum of 530 passengers on board; you'll soon feel at home in your modern and well-equipped sea-facing cabin or suite and get to know your travelling companions and the resident crew and Expedition Team. The laid-back and friendly on-board lifestyle and the casual dress code are equally matched by the locally-inspired and tasty cuisine. The focus is very much on what you can experience ashore and the on and off ship activities. Spend your days at sea relaxing on the outdoor explorer deck and enjoying the views from the observation lounge. Work out in the fitness room and take a brisk stroll around the outdoor walking deck, before enjoying some downtime in the wellness area.
The cuisine on board is locally-sourced and made from the freshest of ingredients. Take your seat in the T Alune Main Dining restaurant at breakfast, lunch, and dinner to enjoy first-class service and a varied menu of starters, main courses, and desserts. Pay a small supplement to dine on gourmet fare in the Fredheim and Lindstrom Restaurants.
Explorer Lounge & Bar on Deck Ten is the social hub of the ship. From your morning coffee through to pre-dinner drinks and late evening nightcaps; this is the place to mix with your fellow passengers and take in the ever-changing outside views.
The entertainment on board MS Roald Amundsen is relaxed and low-key. The Expedition Team host a programme of enrichment talks and evening get-togethers; while out on deck they guide you through the points of interest, nature, and other fascinating sights. Enjoy ambient background music in the evening as you socialise with your fellow guests in the lounge and bar.
Day 1: Anchorage
Fly from London to Anchorage,the largest town in Alaska, with towering mountains and fantastic wildlife.
Day 2: Start of the expedition
Transfer through the amazing nature from Anchorage to Seward. Largely a fishing town, Seward welcomes visitors with mountain trails right from town, nearby glaciers, and a beautiful coastal setting. MS Roald Amundsen awaits your embarkation at the harbour.
Day 3: Glacial Wonderland
Explore the less-visited natural wonderland of College Fjord with its impressive collection of glaciers,, all named after famous East Coast colleges where ice and forests meet.
Day 4: Gulf of Alaska and Hubbard Glacier
Framed by the amphitheatre of snowcapped mountains at the end of Disenchantment Bay like a sleeping giant amid breathtaking scenery, is Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America.
Day 5: In the Tlingit Land
Get a glimpse into a life of native settlement at Icy Strait Point today where you'll discover houses adorned with mesmerising carvings and totem poles display the many stories of the clans. There are many enjoyable cafes, shops, and museum displays to appreciate here - make sure you don't forget your camera to capture plenty of stand-still memories.
Day 6: Sitka, Town of many stories
Packed with plenty of beautiful scenery, snow-capped mountains, rich wildlife, and a volcanic landscape, this former capital of Russian Alaska and its streets feature a spectacular Russian Cathedral with ornate totem poles. If you have time visit Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska Rapor Center, and Fortress of the Bear to get an insight of the wonderful nature that surrounds.
Day 7: Alaskan Fjords
Lush greenery and towering cliffsides in breath-taking deep valleys feature today in the Tracy and Endicott Arm fjords. Marvel at the intricate shapes of the icebergs in the water that have formed from the rugged blue glaciers found at the end of the fjords as you sail this truly unforgettable area.
Day 8: Art in the wilderness
Haines is framed by glacier-covered mountains and has been the home of Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, before European traders came in the late 19th century. It's also well-known for its artist community, stories, and many hidden surprises. Spend the full day here to explore this peaceful little find; take a stroll to the waterfront to breathe in the fresh air and marvel at unique birdlife.
Day 9: Little Norway in Alaska
Referred to as 'Little Norway', the rarely-visited Petersburg is a small yet thriving fishing village supported by a strong Norwegian heritage with scenery that will leave you completely in awe. Discover an abundance of marine life all around. Here they are proud of their Scandinavian roots and the heart of the community is the Sons of Norway Hall.
Day 10: The Soul of Alaska
Famously one of the oldest island towns in Alaska, Wrangell has been governed by four different nations over the years - Tlingit, Russia, Britain, and the United States. A number of petroglyphs on the beach and moss-covered totem poles are just a few of the living reminders of the fascinating history this area has to offer.
Day 11: Unspoiled wilderness
Southeast Alaska's largest wilderness area is Misty Fjords National Monument; a realm of thick evergreen rainforests and granite cliffs complemented by dramatic waterfalls, mountain rivers, and wetlands. These coastal areas often see milky fog filling the bays and coves. This tranquil setting will showcase the serenity of the Alaskan soul.
Day 12: Ketchikan - Gateway to Alaska
Often known as the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan is a true frontier town surrounded by breath-taking mountainous landscapes. Lining the river bank today you'll find a range of colourful houses on stilts from the gold rush era line. The city is also home to one of the largest collections of standing totem poles and has strong ties to Tlingit culture.
Day 13: Cruising through British Columbia
Sail north to Alaska through the narrow meandering channels and straits of Canada’s Inside Passage. Be sure to have your camera at the ready and look out for dolphins, porpoise, orcas, and whales that frequent the protected inland waters. Feel free to join the Expedition Team to enjoy fascinating lectures, spend your time on board relaxing, and meet your fellow travellers to share experiences.
Day 14: End of the expedition
Your voyage ends in cosmopolitan Vancouver where you will disembark Roald Amundsen and transfer to airport for your return flight to the UK.