Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords), AK, United States
Misty Fjords National Monument, affectionately known locally as “The Mistys,” is a tract of over two million acres of spectacular wilderness located on the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. Compared geologically to California’s Yosemite Valley by John Muir, it is serrated by numberless glacial fjords; steep valleys cut by flowing ice through the granite rock in ages past. Today these are flooded by the ocean waters into narrow canals up to a thousand feet deep, between peaks and walls towering 2000 to 3000 feet above the surface. Their slopes are densely covered by ancient rain forests of majestic hemlock, Sitka spruce and western red cedar trees. The cliffs are tinseled with innumerable silvery waterfalls plummeting from the heights to ripple the mirrored channel below. The area is abundantly populated with wildlife including grizzly and black bears, whales, mountain goats and deer. Your ship will slowly thread the 100-mile Behm Canal to scenic Rudyerd Bay, from where optional guided Zodiac excursions will be launched from the ship’s Marina, for viewing the scenery and wildlife up close from sea level. Throughout the day, the members of your expedition team will be on deck, offering Swarovski binoculars for viewing and pointing out highlights as they appear.