We’ve just had a couple of cancellations for this ever-popular Southeast Alaska trip. Expect bears, whales, ice–and of course–spectacular scenery. With a 50-foot live-aboard, eat-aboard boat as our base, we can take up to seven people. Yes, the cabins are VERY tiny, but you’ll be pampered by a great cook, naturalist/first mate and captain who has an encyclopedic knowledge of everything connected with Alaska natural history. And Betty Sederquist will give you photography tips so that you come back with some truly memorable photos. Betty has been traveling Southeast Alaska in this way since 1999. Truly, this is the trip of a lifetime! Because we’re on the Inside Passage, we seldom encounter rough water.

This 8 1/2 day trip starts and ends in Auke Bay, just north of Juneau (accessible via ferry and Alaska Airlines jet). We’ll then work our way through whale waters of Icy Strait and Chatham Strait. Depending on weather, wildlife and passenger preferences, we might stop at Warm Springs Bay (with its huge waterfall and natural hot springs) and/or Tenakee Springs, a historic village that is now an artists’ colony. We may also stop at Pavlov Bay (fishing brown bears), and we’ll definitely make the long detour up Seymour Canal (actually a fjord) to Pack Creek, where we’ll spend most of a day watching fishing brown bears. Sometimes we anchor at the beautiful Brothers Islands in the heart of whale-rich Frederick Sound. From the anchorage a colony of sea lions roars all day and through the short Alaska night. From Frederick Sound we make our way up waterfall-edged Endicott Arm to Dawes Glacier, a tidewater behemoth that cracks and crashes its way to the sea. Finally, we make our way back north to Juneau.

The trip fee—perhaps the most reasonable you’ll find for this kind adventure—includes boat travel and guiding, meals and sleeping accommodations. Not included is roundtrip airfare or gratuities.