The Inside Passage in Alaska’s south east is synonymous with cruising. At Steppes we offer a range of expeditionary voyages aboard small ships that allow for intimate and in-depth exploration. From this floating base, not only sail through the scenery but get up close exploring on foot or by small boat, through forests and muskeg, along deserted beaches or next to towering glaciers.
About South East Alaska
Alaska’s south east is a narrow strip of land separated from Canada by the high peaks of the Coast Mountains. The vast majority of this area lies within the Tongass National Forest. The Inside Passage is made up of over a thousand named islands and hundreds of islets, home to the Tlingit and Haida first nation’s peoples. With a sparse population, ancient forests, glaciers and salmon rich rivers it make this a wonderful region for wildlife.
- Poke your nose into small bays deep within the Inside Passage
- Sail amongst might glaciers which frequently calve huge chunks of ice, how often do you have 10,000 year old ice in your G&T?
- Watch dextrous sea otters open clams on their bellies
- Learn the ancestral stories of the Tinglit & Haida carved in their totems
- Watch grizzly bears gorge on the prolific salmon during the spawning season or black bears effortlessly flicking over boulders in search of bivalves along the beaches
Beyond the ordinary
For a completely different perspective climb into a kayak or on a stand up paddle board and explore. With bald eagles watching from the treetops and the occasional splosh of a diving sea otter to keep you company, this near silent form of transport is the ideal way to experience the utter solitude that Alaska offers.