You tell us what you want to see and what activities you want to do. We offer several different fishing adventures. Maybe you just want to cruise to small bush towns or experience hot springs that other cruise ships never see. We can get close enough to the glaciers to watch them calve. We also offer kayaking along the way if you'd like to get up close and personal with some of the native wildlife and flora. Or we can travel to some of the towns like Sitka, Ketchikan or Petersburg for a richly authentic look into the laid back culture and lifestyle of native Alaskans. It's up to you! Our professional and experienced crew and captain aboard the Northern Dream will ensure that you receive your dream Alaska adventure.
Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town and empties into the Tongass Narrows a short distance southeast of downtown.
Ketchikan has the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, found throughout the city and at four major locations: Saxman Totem Park, Totem Bight State Park, Potlatch Park, and the Totem Heritage Center. Most of the totems at Saxman Totem Park and Totem Bight State Park are re-carvings of older poles, a practice that began during the Roosevelt Administration through the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Totem Heritage Center displays preserved 19th-century poles rescued from abandoned village sites near Ketchikan.
There are adventures and experiences in Wrangell that will last a lifetime for everyone. History, cultural sites, wildlife, natural beauty, glaciers, and excitement await you here.
Wildlife abounds in the area. There are glaciers, black and brown bears, eagles, sea lions, harbor seals, whales, salmon and halibut to name a few. Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory is favorite spot to view brown and black bears feasting on salmon. The Observatory was developed by the U.S. Forest Service. It is an enclosed and partially covered deck area that provides an opportunity to watch the bears up close. The observation platform and photo blind overlook cascading falls where the salmon jump up river and the bears catch their meal.
Petersburg is located on the north end of Mitkof Island where the Wrangell Narrows meets Frederick Sound. Petersburg is halfway between Juneau, 190 km (120 mi) to the north, and Ketchikan, 180 km (110 mi) to the south.
In the nineteenth century, Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant, settled here and built a cannery, sawmill, docks and early structures. The settlement was named Petersburg after him, and it flourished as a fishing port. (Icebergs from the nearby LeConte Glacier provided a source for cooling fish). Petersburg originally incorporated as a town on April 2, 1910. The town had attracted mostly immigrants of Scandinavian origin, thus giving Petersburg the nickname "Little Norway".
The City of Sitka (Tlingit: Sheet-k? means "People on the Outside of Baranof Island"), is located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska.
Sitka was the site of the signing of the Alaska purchase and where the transfer of power took place on October 18, 1867. Russia was going through economic and political turmoil after it lost the Crimean War to Britain, France, and Turkey in 1856 and decided it wanted to sell Alaska before it got taken over by Britain. Russia offered to sell it to the United States. Secretary of State William Seward had wanted to purchase Alaska for quite some time as he saw it as an integral part of Manifest Destiny and America's reach to the Pacific Ocean. While the agreement to purchase Alaska was made in April 1867, the actual purchase and transfer of power took place on October 18, 1867. The cost to purchase Alaska was $7.2 million.
The Northern Dream offers you a queen-sized bed in each state room along with it's own private, well-appointed bathroom. Each room has it's own TV and DVD collection of over 130 movies to choose from. Our on board professional chef will delight you with various gourmet meals created from fresh local ingredients along the way. Our yacht is spacious, comfortable and has a complete walk-around main deck and forward-seating area along with a large upper deck area for a high unobstructed 365 view. Kayaks are also available for those who want to enjoy the river up close.