Sailing aboard a luxury yacht charter amid massive glaciers and crystalline seas in the North Atlantic has earned top destination status in recent years. Regal, resplendent, and expansive, Alaska’s natural gifts are every bit as stunning and much less common than those found in more tropical locales. While the onboard wardrobe may change from the usual tropical destinations, the yachts are every bit as luxurious, with every amenity tucked in to make a northern exposure itinerary magical and memorable.
If you’ve ever dreamed of quietly threading your way through the icy seas and exquisite fjords of Alaska, there is no better time to plan than now. This Best of Yachting 7-day itinerary explores the Inside Passage, giving only a tiny peek at the riches this vast land has to offer. Ensure you select a yacht equipped with a helicopter if you truly want to see it all. You may also find a fireplace a wonderful amenity for cozy evenings.
— The city of departure is the capital of the state of Alaska, sporting an eclectic collection of museums, gold rush era structures, and gorgeous backdrops. Board your luxury yacht charter and get settled in for a magnificent seven day wilderness experience. And make sure you’ve got lots of space on your camera cards, iPads, and smart phones. The photo ops will be plentiful, memorable, and stunning. Have an elegant Juneau dinner at Salt or enjoy seafood, Wagyu beef, and beautifully prepared comfort foods at Hangar on the Wharf.
Day 2: Tracy Arm — Headed south, cruise the 30-mile fjord showing off dramatic waterfalls, steep glaciers, majestic mountains, and abundant wildlife. At the end of the Arm, stare up the steep granite walls of the Sawyer Glaciers while bearspotting for blacks and browns, harbor seals, deer, wolves, eagles, arctic terns and other sea birds.
Day 3-4: Devil’s Country and Wrangell Narrows — The legend of Thomas Bay and the strange sightings provides interesting backdrop for the beauty of this area. Following the red and green buoys through one of the narrowest passages in Alaska, the scenery through the Wrangell Narrows is postcard perfect. Cozy up in the salon, next to the fireplace if the yacht allows, and watch day turn to night as the sun kisses the waterline and abundant stars blanket the sky.
Day 5: Tongass National Forest — At 17 million acres, this is the largest of all national forests in the U.S. with one of the largest brown bear populations and the largest black bear population in the world. Salmon, sea lions, bald eagles, and other sea birds are plentiful, providing a National Geographic moment everywhere you look.
Day 6: Misty Fjords National Monument — View valleys carved out by glaciers, high ridges rising directly out of the sea, and ancient lava flows, while watching for wolves, wolverines, moose, black and brown bears, mountain goats, and killer whales.
Day 7: Ketchikan: A fitting finish to a week’s worth of wonder, Ketchikan delivers totem poles galore and salmon tribute everywhere. Ketchikan is a charming old fishing town that claims the title as Alaska’s southernmost city. Dine on seafood at Annabelle’s Restaurant in the Gilmore Hotel, board the funicular up to the Cape Fox Lodge for similarly good fare and live music in the Heen Kahidi Lounge, or the Numshee Jitters Café.