Experience Alaska's iconic scenery and wildlife as you kayak along its coastlines, listen to calving glaciers, and spend a day in Glacier Bay National Park aboard our small ship.

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 Mother bear and cubs in Alaska  Travelers exploring Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm  A kayaker amid sculpted iceberg in Tracy Arm Fjord. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Sea Bird among icebergs in remote Endicott Arm. Credit: Michael Nolan & CT Ticknor  A glacier calving ice. Credit: Sven-Olof Lindblad  Travelers watching a brown bear, Tongass National Forest. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Bald eagle  Sea Otter. Credit: Katherine Davis  Harbor seal lounging on an iceberg. Credit: Larisa Manewal  Breaching whale  Brown bear with cubs fishing for pink salmon on Chichagof Island. Credit: Michael S. Nolan  Sea Bird, Le Conte Bay, Tongass National Forest. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Travelers watching a diving Humpback whale up close.  Credit: Lindblad Expeditions  Killer whale, Chatham Strait. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Outlet of glacier in Glacier Bay National Park  Glacier and mountains of Glacier Bay National Park  The town of Sitka. Credit: ©State of Alaska/Mark Kelley  St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka. Credit: ©State of Alaska/Mark Kelley

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion

8 days from $5,890

Experience Alaska's iconic scenery and wildlife as you kayak along its coastlines, listen to calving glaciers, and spend a day in Glacier Bay National Park aboard our small ship.

or Call 855-330-1542

May 27 - Jun 3, 2017 Departure
David Clapp

David Clapp

David Clapp is a respected naturalist and teacher who worked extensively in land conservation and habitat management. David has taught at Northeastern University, lectured on strategies for land protection in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and consulted for an array of governmental and conservation agencies. He spent his professional career working for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and has led Smithsonian Journeys adventures for about thirty years. His research has included studies in avian populations and breeding birds of various species. Although natural history is his primary focus, David is interested in cultural history, geology, and evolution. He has been involved in ecotourism for more than thirty years and has led tours throughout the world. Especially through his involvement with ecotourism he has been able to train naturalists, provide natural history materials, and work with conservation organizations worldwide. His lectures run the gamut from plate tectonics and the history of the world to flight and migration as it relates to sites being visited. A naturalist of unusual breadth and depth, he has led Smithsonian Journeys practically from pole to pole. David is also an extremely gifted photographer. He is a popular expert and our travelers consistently express their appreciation for his efforts and enthusiasm.


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Jun 8 - 15, 2017 Departure
Patricia Hostiuck

Patricia Hostiuck

Patty Hostiuck has traveled the globe as a naturalist for nearly three decades, seeking out wildlife-rich niches, investigating fascinating landscapes, and sharing her insights with thoughtful travelers. Her academic background in biology and geography shapes a perspective that spotlights the importance of place, the abiding interdependence of living things, and the critical influence of nature on human cultures. She has served as a National Forest Ranger and National Park Ranger and has worked extensively in leading eco-travel and expedition trips from the tropics to both polar regions. She has led more than 100 Smithsonian Journeys across seven continents, from Antarctica to Alaska. Patty has an amazing breadth of knowledge and her passion to untangle nature’s secrets and share a sense of wonder about the natural world through her engaging presentations and informal commentary make her a favorite among Smithsonian travelers.

Aug 27 - Sep 3, 2017 Departure
Dennis Wille Sáenz

Dennis Wille Sáenz

Dennis became enamored of wildlife as a youngster in his native Costa Rica. Living in Central America, it is not difficult to see how biology could become the favorite science for any nature enthusiast, as there are several thousand species in the region. He has a passion for bird sounds and has a collection of them — recently he worked on the creation of a DVD that mixes the piano with the sounds of the birds.

His experience and knowledge has taken him to lead groups in other countries in Central America, South America, Africa, New Zealand, South East Asia, Australia, Russia, Alaska, the Arctic, the Antarctic, and the Caribbean. When he is not lecturing, Dennis travels to remote areas in Central America explaining to young students how fragile the ecosystems are where they live. He also works on several projects to monitor endangered species in order to improve conservation efforts.