Inian Islands, Alaska, US
The Inian Islands are a half-dozen small, rocky islands situated at the Pacific Ocean end of the Icy Strait between Chichagof Island and the Glacier Bay National Park. They are a part of the 23,151-acre Pleasant/Lemesurier/Inian Islands Wilderness, preserving the pristine natural splendors within Icy Strait. Physically, the islands are characterized by their rugged, rocky shorelines and the distinctive, wind-formed forests that cling to them. Their western coasts are subject to the effects of Pacific weather and waves, and the narrow channels between them funnel the oceanic tides into and out of the Lynn Canal and other inland waterways. This creates high-velocity Venturi-effect currents giving rise to nicknames such as “The Laundry Chute” for some passages during tidal changes. It also provides a continual bath of nutrient rich water to the islands, supporting a plentiful density of marine life including whales, seals and sea lions, otters, and sea birds. The islands also support populations of brown bears, Sitka blacktailed deer, land otters, mink, squirrels and land birds. Access to the wilderness is only by float plane, and motor or human-powered boats. Our fleet of Zodiac inflatable boats and sea kayaks will provide up-close access to Seabourn guests during Ventures by Seabourn excursions guided by our expert expedition staff.