A yacht charter in Alaska is a journey into the great outdoors, with pristine waters for superb king salmon fishing and a wilderness teeming with moose, brown bears and bald eagles. The soaring mountains, spellbinding glaciers and clear blue skies add to the magic.
Imagine exploring one of the largest glaciers in North America from the top deck of your own luxury charter yacht, marveling at its immense beauty and phenomenal blue hues. As you draw closer it begins to calf, sending enormous chunks of frozen ice thundering into the ocean below.
Upon boarding in the enchanting town of Sitka, cruise the Peril and Chatham Straits, stopping for a refreshing soak at the beautiful Baranof Warm Springs. While at anchor in Frederick Sound, be on the lookout for breaching humpback and killer whales. In the tiny Nordic-inspired town of Petersburg, take a private helicopter tour of the awe-inspiring landscape featuring beautiful mountains, wildlife and more spectacular glaciers.
Several luxury yachts frequent Alaska and the Pacific Northwest every year, and with knowledgeable captains and experienced crew, itineraries can be customized to include remote areas accessed only by sea. With the added comfort of your luxury charter yacht featuring professional five-star service, you can enjoy Alaska as only few can.
Board your yacht and depart for Peril and Chatham Straits, stopping at the Baranof Warm Springs for a relaxing soak next to a 100-foot waterfall. Continue on to Red Bluff, a beautiful and remote anchorage with waterfalls spilling down 5,000-foot mountains.
Leave early for Frederick Sound, one of the most likely places you’ll see humpback whales during your trip. Turn off the engines and drift as they breach and feed within yards of you and your guests. At the end of the day tuck into a quiet anchorage at The Brothers Islands and watch Steller sea lions frolic along the shore.
Tracy and Endicott Arms are two majestic fjords in Alaska’s wilderness country, where mountain goats and other wildlife dot near-vertical mountain faces. At the end of Tracy Arm are the twin Sawyer Glaciers. These massive walls of ice move two feet per day, grinding against each other and calving away huge chunks of their ragged faces into the sea. Spend the night anchored at No Name Bay near the fjord entrance.
Head south for Petersburg, a picturesque fishing village known as “Little Norway.” The Tlingit fishermen were the first inhabitants, and their soaring totems highlight the area. Spend the afternoon on a breathtaking helicopter ride viewing several glaciers, and enjoy a gourmet picnic atop one of these ancient rivers of ice.
Directly east of Petersburg is the LeConte Glacier— famous for its “shooter” icebergs that calve underwater and then shoot high in the air due to their buoyancy. In Wrangell, visit the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory, a favorite spot for viewing brown and black bears feasting on salmon. More adventurous types can take ATVs through the more than 100 miles of forest roads with access to lakes, rivers and scenic overlooks. Whatever you choose to do during your Alaskan yacht charter vacation, you are sure to create memories that last a lifetime.