Throughout time, humanity has carved out its own place amongst the throes of the wilderness. It’s a monumental feat in its own right, but the success of living can sometimes be eclipsed by the many comforts of everyday life. Nothing helps put the thrill of the daily existence back into perspective quite like stepping out of your routine and feeling what the visceral rush of nature is like—if only for an afternoon at a time.
To truly experience life outside of the everyday norm, look no further than the edge of modern civilization—Alaska. “The Last Frontier” is home to a gold mine of experiences and possibilities certain to invoke wonder and awe. For some options in discovering Alaska’s best, you’ll want to seek out the ports below.
The only privately-owned cruise destination in Alaska, Icy Strait Point is a picturesque seaside portrait of Alaskan life, both past and present. Owned by the Huna Totem Corporation, it’s a testament to the native Huna Tilingit culture and goes to great lengths to showcase the character of the village before it became a tourist destination. The local town of Hoonah is a mere mile away and provides a greater peek at the native Tlingit culture.
The next can’t-miss chance at experiencing the thrill of Alaskan living can be found on the banks of Icy Strait’s wild streams. Fishing is prominent at Icy Strait, and the opportunity to test your mettle against Alaska’s many fish is a moment of meditative euphoria rarely replicated in a bustling city. Whether you’re reflecting on the Huna Tilingit culture or just focusing on catching fish, it’s an experience you won’t forget.
The capital of Alaska, Juneau paradoxically offers some of the best options for appreciating the wilderness. With rainforest trails just outside the city and whales frolicking just beyond the port, there are sights that will astound you in whichever direction you head. For a trip back in time as well as outside the city bubble, discover the remnants of the gold rush—you might even strike it rich with the chance to go gold-panning yourself.
Equally accessible from Juneau are glaciers. The great Mendenhall Glacier lies just north and provides sights certain to give goosebumps. For a more immersive glacier experience, you’ll want to traverse rather than simply view. Luckily enough, Juneau is home to a number of bespoke tour options. While flying over glaciers in a helicopter is thrilling, visiting a musher’s camp and racing across the wintery terrain via dogsled offers far more opportunity to live life in the moment.
Ready to leave behind the mundane of the everyday and discover a world unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before? Getting to “The Last Frontier” is easy when our cruise specialists help. Thanks to their stellar relationships with industry-leading cruise lines like Norwegian Cruise Line, you can enjoy living life on the wild side without ever roughing it.