Alaska Wildlife: Eagles and Whales Aboard Luxury Yacht Northern Song

UPDATE: As of January 6, 2019 this workshop is sold out. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Southeast Alaska is a remarkable place. Historically, as the northern end of the fabled Inside Passage, “Southeast” has long been an important travel corridor for Native peoples, and those seeking fortunes in fur and gold.  Culturally, it remains the ancestral homeland of the Tlingit people, whose traditional ways still permeate. Geologically, it is new land, still rebounding from the weight of retreating glaciers, and still largely defined by those that remain. Ecologically, Southeast’s lands are dominated by the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States, and containing much of the last temperate rainforest region left anywhere in the world.

The majority of the land in Southeast Alaska lies within 3 miles of the coastline—nowhere else is there such an intimate relationship between land and sea. Bald eagles—some 25% of the world’s total—fish for salmon and herring along Southeast’s waterways. Bears too, growing unusually large here on the local bounty. Humpback whales travel thousands of miles from their breeding grounds to feed in Southeast’s nutrient-rich waters, and killer whales, porpoise, and otters are resident. Nearly every living thing in Southeast depends in some way—directly or indirectly—on its waterways.

The best way to see these magnificent waterways? By private yacht, of course! For this journey, you’ll join Marc Muench for nine days and eight nights aboard the Northern Song, exploring the islands, waterways, and quiet natural harbors around Sitka. We have scheduled our workshop for the springtime, historically the best time of year to see spawning herring, and the abundance of wildlife that gathers to feed on them. With some luck, we will encounter eagles by the thousands, humpback whales engaged in feeding behaviors, Dall’s porpoise riding our bow, vast haulouts of Steller sea lions, and more. Although the herring spawn has been threatened in recent years by the commercial fishery, the region remains one of the best for witnessing an awe-inspiring natural wildlife gathering. And it’s all complemented by a jaw-dropping backdrop of mountains, forests, and even a sleeping volcano!

This is a very exclusive workshop. You’ll be joining a very small group—only 7 guests—of like-minded photographers and wildlife enthusiasts aboard one of the most outstanding small vessels in the region. You’ll have intensive instruction in wildlife and landscape photography by Marc, and plenty of image review and post processing time as well. Expect warm hospitality, comfortable accommodations, great food, and outstanding photographic opportunities!

Location:

Sitka, Alaska

Tuition:

$10,995

Dates:

April 6–14, 2020

Fitness Level:
Your Pros:
Availability:

Sold Out – Wait List

The trip to Alaska did not disappoint: stunning wildlife, scenery, and great people. The weather could not have been better! We saw humpback whales bubblejet feeding, breaching, and more tail flukes than you can imagine. We saw Orcas and we saw them breach and spyhop. We visited the Dawes Glacier and saw the icebergs floating down the Endicott Channel. The Northern Song was a beautiful yacht and we had a chef that fed us three wonderful meals everyday. The captain and his staff were exceptional. Muench Workshops hit the ball out of the park with this trip!
— Margie Trandem, Alaska Wildlife '17, Arches and Canyonlands '13, Botswana '15, Grizzly Bears '16, Oregon Coast '16, Norway '17, New Mexico Night Sky '17, Antarctica '17

Itinerary and General Information

April 5, 2020: Arrive into Sitka, Alaska at any time today. It’s ok if you are on the 6:30 PM arriving flight. We’ll pick you up at the airport, and take you for dinner to the Sitka home of one of our good friends and pro photographers, Dan Evans.

April 6, 2020: Shortly after lunchtime, we'll board our yacht Northern Song, and live aboard for the next eight nights.

April 7–13, 2020: We’re aboard Northern Song, sailing the waters around Sitka.

April 14, 2020: We’ll reach port in Sitka at approximately 3:00 PM. We have rooms arranged in Sitka as you will likely need to fly out on April 15, 2020 (there is a flight out of Sitka after 6:00 PM on the 14th, but it will likely only get you as far as Seattle for the night).

Flights: Arrive in Sitka, Alaska, on or before April 5, 2020 and depart from Sitka, Alaska anytime on April 15, 2020.

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

What’s Included

  • Luxury private yacht, M/V Northern Song

  • Lodging and meals during the workshop

  • Beverages including beer and wine at dinner

  • All permits, fees and gratuities

  • Photo instruction, including post processing

  • Inspiration and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Your transportation to and from Sitka, Alaska, and any lodging in Sitka (we have arranged rooms). Alcoholic beverages, except as noted (beer and wine at dinner). Medical Evacuation Insurance (Required). Trip Cancellation Insurance (Optional). Items of a personal nature. Anything specifically not mentioned as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $4,000 USD will reserve your place, with a second payment of $3,000 due by October 1, 2019, and the balance is due not later than January 1, 2020. For this workshop all payments are non-refundable so we recommend trip cancelation insurance. All of our other standard terms and conditions apply.

Additional Information

This is an exclusive small-group wildlife photographic experience that sells out year after year. If this workshop has your name on it, don't delay, click the "Sign Me Up!" button to join us. We'll see you in Alaska!