Alaska and the Yukon
August 2019

Cruise deep into the iceberg-laden fjords of the Inside Passage to Glacier Bay. On a small ship, the captain has the freedom to cut the engines to watch for foraging bears and frolicking whales. Your small ship carries a maximum of 74 passengers and 26 crew. Board your ship in Sitka after exploring its Tlingit and Russian heritage. Set sail for the whale-rich waters of Icy Strait. Anchor in remote waters, lower the kayaks or enjoy an intertidal walk with your guides. In Glacier Bay National Park, be awed by the calving of glaciers. After disembarking in Juneau begin your exploration of the historic Yukon goldfields. Catch a ferry to Skagway, ride the White Pass & Yukon Route railway and explore the centre of the Klondike gold rush at Whitehorse and Fairbanks. Fly home from Fairbanks or add on Denali National Park and Anchorage.

As a junior biology student, I had heard about Glacier Bay and the 20th century retreat of the glaciers. Then later I learned how the ice melt gave rise to fresh surfaces as it retreats up the valley, and how certain plants form a linear succession on the moraines. Later, as a research student, I studied similar events on Franz Joseph glacier and New Zealand river terraces. You can understand why the possibility of visiting the inside passage of Alaska holds a huge fascination for me. Add to this the Yukon, and the tour becomes an even more compelling adventure. Here the fascinating story of the Klondike Gold Rush will unfold. Warwick is an ex Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato.


  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 7 nights on board the Wilderness Explorer
  • All meals and standard beverages on board the ship. Other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and drivers
  • Pre-tour material

This tour has been withdrawn from the 2019 tour programme. It may be offered again in the future.