Alaska, Canada & North America

Explore the magnificent isolation of Alaska, Canada and North America where wildlife is free to roam and the skies are a constantly shifting dance of colour. Expand your frontiers on a Hurtigruten expedition cruise below...

Discover the untouched wilderness of Alaska, Canada & North America

On the east coast, the Canadian Maritimes offer charming fishing villages and rugged beauty, while on the Pacific coast we voyage along the spectacular Alaskan and Canadian shoreline, finding unmatched wilderness and rich native cultures.

Alaska is one of the world’s most isolated and untouched destinations, a place where wildlife is free to roam and the skies are a constantly shifting dance of colour. Perhaps Alaska’s biggest drawcard is its extraordinary wildlife — everything from brown bears to bald eagles, giant salmon, gray wolves, musk oxen and wandering moose.

Seek out all this incredible wildlife contained within the pure natural setting and quaint towns of America’s 49th State. Hurtigruten’s cutting-edge hybrid ship will take you through misty islands, scenic fjords, jaw-dropping glaciers and to national parks where few travellers have set foot. The state’s southernmost town, Ketchikan, is known as the salmon capital of the world and is home to one of the largest collections of standing totem poles with strong ties to Tlingit culture.

Then there is Sitka – set among snow capped mountains, rich wildlife and even a volcano in sight. A former capital of Russian Alaska, the town is full of history, with a Russian Cathedral and historical buildings standing next to a forest full of totem poles. Further north, you will find the capital of Alaska, Juneau, which has the aura of a gold rush town with old saloons, historic hotels, and remnants of gold mines in the mountains and valleys. Another place of note is the small town of Haines, home to the Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries.

Then there is Newfoundland, a large island off the east coast of Canada settled over 4000 years ago by the Dorset people, a pre-Inuit people, who spanned across Arctic North America. Now a national historic site, this fascinating UNESCO heritage-listed archaeological site transports visitors to the time of Vikings.

The provincial capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, St John’s, is located on the south eastern coast of the larger island and is full of charm. Colourful houses are bundled tightly onto each street, with criss-crossing roads and hidden alleys created hundreds of years ago by horse and carriage. Rich history and cultural life abound, with museums, sites and a thriving nightlife. 

Newfoundlands Gros Morne national park, UNESCO world heritage-listed, is one of the most significant parks geologically in the world, with rocks pushed up from Earth’s core into soaring mountains, cradling misty lakes and tiny seaside communities.