Alaska Wildlife: Eagles and Whales Aboard Luxury Yacht Northern Song

UPDATE: As of June 24, 2019 this workshop is sold out. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Did you know that the majority of the land in Southeast Alaska lies within 3 miles of some of the most jaw-dropping coastline in North America? There is such an intimate relationship between land and sea in this region that the best way to see these magnificent waterways is by our private yacht.

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 Alaska depends in some way—directly or indirectly—on its waterways.

For nine days and eight nights aboard the Northern Song, you’ll be 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 may see eagles by the thousands, humpback whales feeding, 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 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 learn the proper techniques to photograph swift eagles in flight or feeding humpbacks. We’ll teach the finer points of tracking, focusing, exposure, and of course, composition. Expect warm hospitality, comfortable accommodations, great food, and outstanding photographic opportunities!

Location:

Sitka and
Petersburg Alaska

Tuition:

$10,995

Dates:

April 17–25, 2020

Fitness Level:
Your Pros:
Availability:

Sold Out – Wait List
Strictly Limited to 7 Guests

The photo opportunities couldn’t have been better. I particularly appreciated the training on catching the eagles from the boat before we went out in the skiffs. I appreciated Andy’s individual help during the photo shooting with settings, timing, and lens choices. I’m still sorting through pictures and it’s amazing how varied and special all the different opportunities were. I was just making a collection of close-ups of the icebergs. Unbelievable.
— Debby Shipler, Alaska Wildlife April '18

Itinerary and General Information

About the Wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.

April 16, 2020: Arrive into Sitka, Alaska at any time today.

April 17, 2020: Shortly after lunchtime, we'll board our yacht Northern Song, and live aboard for the next eight nights.

April 18–24, 2020: We’re aboard the Northern Song, sailing, photographing, and exploring the the waters between Sitka and Petersburg.

April 25, 2020: We reach port in Petersburg at approximately 3:00 PM. We have rooms arranged in Petersburg as you will likely need to fly out on April 26, 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

  • Fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Your transportation to Sitka and from Petersburg, and any lodging in Sitka or Petersburg (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!