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The Aleutian Islands: Exceptional sailing cruises along the Pacific Ring of Fire

Aleutian Islands, Alaska Peninsula, KatmaiI National Park, Kodiak Archipelago

The cruise at a glance

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  • 16 days
  • 1 departure date
  • 5950 € per person
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Embark on board of Qilak for a unique expedition cruise and be captivated by the beauty of the Aleutian Islands. This elongated archipelago, marking the boundary between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, forms a true natural bridge between Russian Kamchatka and Alaska and extends in an arc for nearly 2,000 km.

 

During your journey, you will approach the most active volcanoes on earth and enjoy the exceptional diversity of wildlife that reigns on the premises in beautiful bays frequented by grizzly bears. Surrounded by waters particularly abundant in nutrients, the Aleutian Mountains are home to a very rich fauna. Whales, orcs and seabirds are common here. The Alutiiq people, who inhabited these islands, are said to have crossed the inlet separating Asia from Alaska about 12,000 years ago.

 

He lived mainly from whaling and crustacean fishing until the arrival of the Russians in 1763 who were amazed by the beauty of sea otter furs and Kodiak became the first Russian capital of Alaska.

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When to join us?

Only 16 days on-site cruise for 5950€. (5410€ + 540€ onboard kitty ).

June 2020

From 28/06/2020 To 13/07/2020 Boarding : Kodiak Landing : Kodiak Code : A1

Why join us ?

  • A unique expedition cruise in a small group of up to six people and two sailors aboard a polar exploration sailboat.
  • What the Aleutian Islands can offer to the few visitors who venture there
  • Wildlife: the huge grizzly bears of Kodiak and Katmai, whales, orcas, seabirds
  • Being able to access pristine land only accessible by sea
  •  A french cook and fishing on boardNote that the weather conditions require to accommodate a sometimes rough sea and can change the program indicated.

Prices do not include air and hotel, transportation from the airport to the sailboat, alcohol (other than wine at dinners), or restaurants (including the last dinner on Day 16) and shore bars.

Participants arrive at the boarding port early morning on Day 1. Boarding takes place at 9am on Day 1 : meeting front of the Harbor Master office of Saint Paul Harbor at Kodiak City, and we set sail shortly afterwards. The landing takes place around 6pm on Day 16.

Our itinerary

Day 1 : Boarding in Kodiak

Boarding at St. Paul's Harbor in Kodiak (both the name of the island and its capital). Fishing is the main activity and the port of St. Paul is one of the top 3 fishing ports in the USA. It alone is home to a fleet of 800 trawlers, active in all seasons: summer is the season of salmon, cod and halibut, autumn is the season of the king crab, the winter that of the snow crab, the spring being the season of the herring.

Day 2 and 3 : Kodiak Island: Uganik East Arm

We target the bays most known for wildlife watching, especially grizzly bears that come to fish for salmon in estuaries. So we spend time on land, the vegetation is dense and has given way to the development of a species of bear specific to these islands: the bear Kodiak approaching a height of 3.50 meters when they stand.

Day 4 and 5 : Katmai Peninsula

There are fourteen active volcanoes in this region. Brown bears congregate in large numbers in estuaries to catch migratory salmon. Fed by this rich supply of protein, Katmai brown bears can reach the weight of a ton!

Day 6 : The Aleutians, Unga Island

Landing as an annex in an old village of which there are many remains: dilapidated wooden houses scattered within a flowermeadow, church with collapsed walls whose roof persists to remain in place, cemetery... This small ghost village now invaded by epilobes, which was home to a hundred inhabitants in the 19th century, has been renamed Unga.

Day 7 : The Aleutians: False Pass

False Pass is a winding strait between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, on the Aleutian Islands. It is also a dynamic village of 35 fishermen, located on Unimak Island, mountainous and volcanic.

Day 8 and 9 : The Aleutians, Dutch Harbor

Discover an exceptional place: Unalaska Island and its Dutch Harbor, the only deep-water port in the archipelago. The island, on the other hand, offers stunning landscapes: volcanic ridges, green valleys sometimes dotted with flowers in vibrant colors in summer, sometimes covered with snow in winter... Unalaska is an island with an amazing nature and a very diverse fauna, which remains steeped in ancient indigenous cultures.

Day 10 and 11 : Alaska Peninsula

Cabotage along the Alaskan Peninsula, caught in the grip between the Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, with many stops, observation of cetaceans and orcas in our wake. In the heights, it is possible to distinguish bald eagles, proudly perched on the cliffs.

Day 12 and 13 : Katmai Peninsula: Geographic Harbor

Here you are in the heart of Katmai National Park. Here, the rocky cliffs are punctuated by white spots, remnants of ash accumulated following a past volcanic eruption. A little further south, you can explore the nooks and crannies of Geographic Harbor and its high green cliffs plunging into the sea.

Day 14 : Katmai Peninsula: Hidden Harbor

Kinak Bay leads, at the end of a narrow passage crossed by strong currents, on some small beaches more charming than the other. You have arrived at Hidden Harbor, the territory of brown bears that congregate in large numbers in estuaries to catch migratory salmon.

Day 15 and 16 : Kodiak

Crossing the Shelikof Strait to Kodiak Island, landing at Port St. Paul of Kodiak.