Discover Southeast Alaska

Trip Highlights

See the spray of whales only yards away and venture into secluded inlets as you get up close to nature, whether from the decks of the Admiralty Dream, or aboard its skiffs and kayaks. Accompanied by a naturalist Orbridge Expedition Leader, learn surprising details about animal behavior, glacier activity, and the wealth of natural spectacles along these protected waters. Learn about Alaska’s culture and living history from a Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide at Glacier Bay National Park, visits to a salmon hatchery, the Alaska Raptor Center, and Sitka National Historical Park, and a guided tour of the Norwegian fishing community of Petersburg. Joined by a Park Ranger, enter the pristine waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to see the sanctuary’s deep fjords, tidewater glaciers, and snow-capped mountain ranges.


July 21 to July 28, 2017


North America

Tour Operator


Physical Activity Level

Mildly Active


7 Days


$ 3,295.00



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Day 1: Arrive in Juneau–Embarkation
Alaska State Museum, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (D)

Day 2: Icy Strait / Chichagof Island
Kayak, skiff excursions, wildlife viewing.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park
Dynamic glaciers, Ranger and cultural presentations.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 4: Tracy Arm Fjord
Kayak, skiff excursions, wildlife and glacier viewing.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 5: Petersburg/Frederick Sound
Wildlife viewing, Petersburg tour, hike

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 6: Hidden Falls
Hidden Falls Hatchery

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 7: Eastern Baranof Island/Lake Eva
Wildlife viewing, hike, farewell dinner

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 8: Sitka–Disembarkation

Led By

Hosted by Ben van der Pluijm

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Ben van der Pluijm is the BR Clark Collegiate Professor of Geology, and holds appointments in Earth and Environmental Sciences and in Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan. He completed his “kandidaats” and “doctoraal” at the Universities of Leiden and Utrecht, the Netherlands, and dissertation research at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He joined the U-M in 1985.

His research area is Structural Geology, dealing with the deformation of Earth’s crust on scales ranging from microscope to continent; he uses laboratory methods that include X-ray analysis, electron microscopy and isotope geochemistry. Current research topics are seismic faulting and mountain belt architecture. His work takes him around the world, with recent field areas in North America, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Tibet, Japan, Turkey and New Zealand.

In addition to lower and upper level course offerings, including the interdisciplinary Global Change undergraduate curriculum, his educational interests involve the development and use of modern technologies to enhance students’ learning, including TabletPCs for fieldwork (GeoPad) and handhelds and laptops for large classroom interactivity (LectureTools). These activities are carried out in partnerships with NSF, industry and the University.

Professor van der Pluijm has served in many department, college and university roles, including chair of the President’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Initiative and Senior Counselor to the Provost in charge of the university’s latest reaccreditation. He recently returned from the National Science Foundation where he guided a 15-program interdisciplinary initiative on sustainability and human well-being. He has served on many (inter)national agency panels, is member of ~dozen editorial boards, and was editor of the leading geosciences journal GEOLOGY. He recently became editor-in-chief of the transdisciplinary journal Earth’s Future. He has (co-)authored more than 180 peer-reviewed publications, edited several book volumes and published two editions of the popular undergraduate textbook "Earth Structure". His outreach activities include lectures on geology, global environmental change and sustainability.

Professor van der Pluijm is a Fellow and Council delegate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and the recipient of several awards, including the 2010 University Award for Service and Leadership.

He is married to Elisabeth (Lies) Quint, U-M Professor of OB/GYN, who shares his interest in travel and discovery; they have participated in several prior international explorations. They have two sons who recently graduated from U-M.

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