Alaska Wildlife: Eagles and Whales Aboard Luxury Yacht Northern Song
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!
April 6–14, 2021
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 5, 2021: Arrive into Sitka, Alaska at any time today. We’ll meet for an amazing Alaskan dinner at the home of our long-time friend in Sitka, Dan Evans.
April 6, 2021: Shortly after lunchtime, we'll board our yacht Northern Song, and live aboard for the next eight nights.
April 6–14, 2021: We’re aboard the Northern Song, sailing, photographing, and exploring the the waters of Southeast Alaska.
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 at 6:30 PM, and depart from Sitka, Alaska after 5:00 PM on April 14, 2020 or 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.
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!
What’s 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 (Recommended). Items of a personal nature. Anything specifically not mentioned as included.
Your deposit of $4,000 USD will reserve your place, with a second payment of $3,000 due by August 1, 2020, and the balance is due not later than Decmeber 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.
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!