April 23, 2014

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Discovering the Wilderness of Alaska by Cruise

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Alaska is the most monumental of the United States. Covering nearly 1.5 million square kilometers, it consists of over 800 islands. Its extensive snow, ice, mountain ranges and active volcanoes are some of the trademarks of one of the last lands in the world that has not been fully explored yet. Largely wild, its magnificent glaciers, its lush forests and fishing ports provide lasting memories.

From the iconic Mount McKinley (6,194 m) to the blue glaciers flowing into Prince William Sound, from the wild beaches of Kodiak Island to the deep forests of Admiralty Island, home to bears, salmon and bald eagles, this is the kind of wilderness one can only meet in Alaska. An Alaska cruise will allow you to discover a nature of unparalleled virginity, in which you will encounter sounds that have long disappeared from the developed world.

Kenai Peninsula

The Kenai Peninsula is located in southern Alaska, in the Kenai Fjords National Park. If you are interested in spotting a wide range of wild animals during your trip to Alaska, this is one of the best places where you can do it, as the peninsula is packed with penguins, cormorants, seals, sea lions, porpoises and even whales. The scenery is breath-taking, with mountains covered with vegetation and sprinkled with rock outcrops and glaciers lining the horizon.

Tracy Arm Fjord

Located south of Juneau, the Tracy Arm Fjord is probably the most beautiful fjord in Alaska. Waterfalls cascading down granite boulders, emerald waters, icebergs and glaciers (the most beautiful of them, the Sawyer Glacier, looks like a vague bluish rock suspended in time), give the place an eerie atmosphere. Many cruises that include the Tracy Arm Fjord in their itinerary offer the possibility to admire the whales and seals.

Mendenhall Glacier

The Mendenhall Glacier is located in the Juneau Icefield, just15 km away from the capital of Alaska. The site is wonderful, but dangerous; it is therefore advised not to visit it on your own and choose a guided tour instead.

Haines

Located on the shores of Lynn Canal, the city of Haines is nestled at the heart of the natural beauty of Alaska. The site is superb and you will not get tired of its beauty. This is also the place where the annual Bald Eagle Festival takes place, which features wildlife presentations and photography workshops.

These are but a few of the things you may discover during your visit in Alaska. You can also choose to go on a guided land, boat or wilderness tour in order to experience a glimpse of the authentic Alaskan life. Whether you are interested in discovering the flora and fauna or the natural wonders of this land, cruising in Alaska has something rewarding for anyone passionate about wilderness.

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