Northeast Passage & Alaska - cruise & land journey

32 Days
Anchorage to Tromso
From (AUD)
$ 49,444
Dates & Pricing

2023 Anchorage > Tromso

Journey through the heart of Alaska and uncover a land of rugged but undeniable charm, one that has not yet relinquished all of its mysteries. The Alaskan wilderness still boasts areas that have managed to remain untouched by man. This itinerary will treat you to places of pristine wilderness and exquisite beauty, from flying into the heart of Denali National Park, soaring over glaciers and icebergs, to exploring by foot on a walk through the park with a local Alaskan guide. Board Scenic Eclipse and embark on a truly unique ultra-luxury voyage, as you explore through sea ice, glaciers and icebergs, over tundra plains and ancient ceremonial sites, along mountain lined landscapes and volcano spires. Spot wildlife such as walrus, polar bears, whales and arctic seabird colonies. Walk where the woolly mammoth once roamed and feel the greatness of this untouched corner of the world.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OUA3
Duration:
32 days
Departure City:
Anchorage
Return City:
Tromso

Selected Itinerary

32 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Anchorage

    Begin your journey in Anchorage, where a world of spectacular natural landscapes and intriguing culture awaits. Settle in for a one-night stay. This evening you will join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Talkeetna

    Your adventure starts today with a visit to Anchorage’s Alaska Native Heritage Centre, a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates, and shares Alaska Native Culture, language, heritage, and tradition. Sit back and watch Native artisans as they work on their crafts and enjoy live traditional dance performances before a private visit with an Alaskan native storyteller, who will bring you into their culture as they share the stories about their history and people.

    Drive through the scenic Matanuska-Susitna Valley, considered one of the most important agricultural regions in Alaska. The valley is rimmed by three major mountain ranges: The Alaska Range, and the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains. Indulge in expansive views of alpine peaks and valleys, rivers and streams, and vast spruce and birch forests before arriving at your lodge for the next two-nights. This evening you will have a unique opportunity to meet a local Alaskan, Howard Carbone. Revel in his stories of climbing Denali, nature in the area, and living in Alaska through photographs, videos, and stories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Talkeetna

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a jet boat ride down the Susitna river with an onboard naturalist and visit a Dena’ina Indian Encampment. Alternatively, set out to explore Talkeetna’s best hiking trails with a naturalist guide on a hike through old-growth forest, alive with songbirds, wildflowers, berries, and mushrooms. Watch for loons and kingfishers on the lakes, moose and bears in the woods and enjoy the view of Denali on the horizon.

    Enrich

    A classic Alaskan experience awaits. Fly into the heart of Denali National Park, soaring over glaciers and icebergs, keeping an eye out for moose, black bears, Dall sheep and mountain goats. Land on a snow field high on a glacier and take a walk in this remote environment before returning back to your lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Denali National Park

    Travel aboard luxury dome rail cars from Talkeetna to Denali National Park. Large, panoramic windows allow for mostly unrestricted views of the scenery around you and provide an excellent vantage point for photos. As you approach Denali National Park, journey along the snaking Indian River and enjoy expansive sights of Hurricane Gulch, and make sure to look to your left to view the highest mountain in North America, Denali, and the stunning Alaska Range. On arrival visit the Denali Education Centre and enjoy a talk from a local resident about what it takes to live life in Alaska, before checking into your lodge for a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Denali National Park

    Freechoice

    Discover the spectacular wildlife that call Denali National Park home as you travel 62 miles towards the Stony Hill Overlook. Board a comfortable national park’s tour bus and immerse yourself in a scenic journey of natural wonders, a narrated history of Park Road, and some of the best opportunities to view the park’s inhabitants. Alternatively, spend up to 8 hours exploring Denali National Park on a hiking adventure with your guide. Hike, identify the flora and fauna, capture photos and simply enjoy having a professional, local Alaskan guide take you on a sightseeing adventure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Anchorage

    Today we journey back through scenic mountain scenery to Anchorage. Stop in the small community of Willow for a visit to an authentic sled dog kennel. Meet with a veteran Iditarod musher before an exhilarating and adorable dog sled ride through the property, while safely in an ATV. After your dogsled run, meet the canine athletes that pulled your ATV and interact with the puppies. Following lunch with Vern Halter the owner of the kennel and an Iditrarod champion, continue to Anchorage and your hotel, the Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel for a one-night stay. Tonight, relive your experiences at your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Anchorage, USA > Nome

    A world of wonder awaits as you step on board your included flight to Nome to join Scenic Eclipse. Raise your glass to toast the start of your luxurious cruise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Cross the International Date Line

    Cruise the Bering Sea and cross the International Date Line on your way to Russia. Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board your ultra-luxurious Discovery Yacht. Join a session in one of the fitness spaces or relax in a therapy lounge in the Spa Sanctuary. Tempt your palate at one of the exceptional dining venues or try a wine tasting.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Provideniya, Russia

    Nestled against mountain peaks, Provideniya was built for military purposes and played a large part during WWII. It is also the gateway to the Chukotka Peninsula.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Cape Dezhnev > Uelen Lagoon

    Cruise Cape Dezhnev, known as the easternmost point of the world. The only inhabitants are polar bears, walruses and whales. This afternoon visit the rocky, remote corner of Russia in Uelen. Now home to primarily Chukchi speaking native Russians, there are burial grounds that suggest that this area was previously a major settlement during 500 BC to 1000 AD. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - At Sea

    Relaxation beckons, and with so many choices on board you will be surprised how quickly time passes on board. Choose one of the daily activities, join an entertaining discussion in the theatre or relax in the Senses Spa.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Wrangel Island

    Untouched by glaciers during the last Ice Age, Wrangel Island looks just as it did when the woolly mammoth roamed here. Today it is a well-known wildlife refuge, and is home to the world’s largest denning ground for polar bears, the largest population of Pacific walruses, and the only snow goose nesting colony in Asia. There is an ancient biodiversity on the island, giving you a glimpse into the Pleistocene Epoch.

    Discovery

    Join our Discovery Team cruising around pack ice searching for polar bears, ringed seals and walrus, or on land enjoying a kaleidoscope of wildflowers looking for reindeer, arctic fox, musk oxen and woolly mammoth remains.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Across the Northeast Passage

    Sail through one of the most remote locations on Earth. This truly unique voyage explores through sea ice, glaciers and icebergs, over tundra plains and ancient ceremonial sites, along mountain lined landscapes and volcanic spires. Spot wildlife such as large pods of walrus, polar bears, whales and Arctic seabird colonies. On board Scenic Eclipse you will go further than intrepid explorers were ever able to. Due to the extraordinary nature of this very remote Arctic region, our route is dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Our experienced Captain and Discovery Leaders will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, with each day a highlight. 

    Discovery

    Join our experienced Discovery Team for excursions by Zodiac, kayak, stand up paddleboard and onshore landings for nature walks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Across the Northeast Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Across the Northeast Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Across the Northeast Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Across the Northeast Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Across the Northeast Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Across the Northeast Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Across the Northeast Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Across the Northeast Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Across the Northeast Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Novaya Zemlya

    The largest of the Eurasian Arctic archipelagos, the rarely visited Novaya Zemlya (‘New Land’) is the third-largest wilderness area in Europe. This long, thin region consists of two main islands, Severny (Northern) and Yuzhny (Southern), separated by the imposing Matochkin Strait. Learn about the interesting and unexpected history while admiring the beautiful mountains and glaciers.

    Discovery

    Join our experienced Discovery Team for excursions by Zodiac, kayak, stand up paddleboard and onshore landings for nature walks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Franz Josef Land

    The world;s northernmost archipelago awaits. Franz Josef Land is comprised of 191 remote islands lying entirely above the Arctic Circle, and covered 85% in ice. Home to approximately five million sea birds, two Arctic giants – the polar bear and the walrus, and visited by a multitude of whales, you will always be on the lookout to experience this amazing wildlife in their natural environment. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, making the most of the long hours of daylight, weather and ice conditions. You will partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and on nature walks where possible. Discover majestic Arctic scenery, tundra landscapes, and vibrant wildlife and marine life. 

    Discovery

    Join our experienced Discovery Team for excursions by Zodiac, kayak, stand up paddleboard and onshore landings for nature walks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Franz Josef Land

    Continue exploring the majestic wilderness of Franz Josef Land. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will use their expertise to design this section of your voyage from day to day. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Franz Josef Land

    Continue exploring the majestic wilderness of Franz Josef Land. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will use their expertise to design this section of your voyage from day to day. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - At Sea

    Enjoy a relaxed day at sea on board Scenic Eclipse. There is ample time to rejuvenate and a plethora of venues to explore. Choose a class in one of the fitness spaces or relax in one of the therapy lounges in the Senses Spa.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - At Sea

    Spend the day at leisure exploring the various amenities of your luxurious Discovery Yacht. Enjoy an educational  discussion with your Discovery Team or tempt your palate at one of the dining experiences. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - Murmansk

    Back in Murmansk, we may have a chance to discover the city while the ship goes through clearance procedures. Developed into the world’s largest city above the Arctic Circle, Murmansk has had a tough past. Murmansk was heavily damaged during World War II and became an important port for nuclear icebreakers and submarines during the Cold War. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - Vardø, Norway

    Vardo is Norway’s easternmost city. It is known as one of the oldest towns in northern Norway, with people living in the Arctic climate for over a thousand years. Feel the wind from all directions as you admire the steep mountainsides of Hornøya, populated with nesting birds, or the southern side of the Varangerfjord.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  31. Day 31 - Skarsvåg > Cruising Nordkapp

    Skarsvåg is surrounded by the stark beauty of rolling hills, Arctic fjords and abundant birdlife. Known primarily for its proximity to Nordkapp (North Cape), it also claims to be the world’s northernmost fishing village. Later, cruise the looming cliffs of Nordkapp,the end of Europe’s landmass.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  32. Day 32 - Tromsø

    Bid farewell to your new friends, the crew and the Scenic Eclipse. Transfer to the airport for your onward travels.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Your all-inclusive cruise features
  • Only 200 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 20 member Specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • Complimentary expedition parka, water bottle and use of special polar boots
  • Internal flights and taxes
  • All tipping and gratuities

Highlights
  • Cross the Northeast Passage, a unique voyage and legendary route only travelled by few explorers
  • Visit natural sanctuaries, including Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya
  • Kayak, stand-up paddleboard, cruise on Zodiacs and hike with our experienced Discovery Team, learning about the flora, fauna and history of these spectacular destinations

Pricing & Availability