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Setting sail from Seward
The tiny city of Seward, home to just 3,000 people, enjoys a spectacular setting on the edge of Resurrection Bay, on Alaska's southern coast. Surrounded by the mountains and forests of the Kenai Fjords National Park, it's a great base for exploring the Harding Ice Field and the stunning scenery of the Kenai Peninsula. It's also a hub for activities including sea kayaking, birding and whale watching, and has a pleasant downtown area with plenty of shops and good quality restaurants. If you have time, the excellent Alaska Sealife Centre is also well worth a visit.
Kenai Fjords National Park is Alaska in one bite – fantastic sea life, stunning natural beauty.
United States: Chiswell Islands
The craggy cliffs and sea caves of the uninhabited Chiswell Islands provide a home for millions of marine birds, including tufted puffins, black-legged kittiwakes and pelagic cormorants, as well as a small rookery of endangered Steller sea lions.
United States: Kukak Bay
United States: Geographic Harbor
Geographic Harbor is situated in Alaska’s stunning Katmai National Park, and is known for its large brown bear population. As you approach the shore you might spot the bears foraging for clams and crabs when the tide goes out, or fishing for salmon in the mountain streams.
United States: Semidi, Unga Island
United States: Dutch Harbor
Dutch Harbor is the port that serves the city of Unalaska, and is known for the hardy fishermen who brave the turbulent, icy seas off the Aleutian Islands. Points of interest include the remains of defensive fortifications built during the Second World War and the striking Russian Orthodox church.
United States: Kiska Island, Attu Island
Petropavlovsk is the main city on Russia’s remote Kamchatka peninsula, a hardy place where bleak Soviet tower blocks stand in the shadow of giant volcanoes. It’s a spectacular setting, and the city serves as the main gateway for exploring Kamchatka’s otherworldly landscapes and incredible wildlife.
Russia: Utashud Island
Russia: Atlasova Island
Atlasova Island is dominated by the Alaid volcano, the tallest in the Kuril Islands, and fringed by black lava beaches where you may spot birds including peregrine falcons, buzzards and tufted ducks. The island was a women’s gulag during the Soviet era, but these days it is uninhabited.
The uninhabited island of Matua is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Islands, Sarychev, which last erupted in 2009. Matua was home to a Japanese military base during the Second World War, and the island’s rich bird life includes Siberian rubythroats, peregrine falcons and eye-browed thrushes.
Russia: Yankitcha Island
Russia: Chirpoy Island
Chirpoy Island is formed from three overlapping statovolcanoes, and if the Snow volcano is active when you visit you may be lucky enough to see the remarkable spectacle of the lava flow meeting the sea. Look out too for wildlife including Steller sea lions, puffins and orcas.
Tyuleniy is the Russian word for ‘seal’, and this tiny island, located off the south east coast of Sakhalin in the Sea of Okhotsk, is an important breeding ground for both northern fur seals and Steller sea lions.
Arriving in Otaru
The charming port town of Otaru, on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, is a common start and end point for cruises visiting both Japan and the Russian Far East. The town has a notable history, playing an important role in the herring trade during the 19th century, and this is reflected in the stone warehouses alongside the picturesque canal. It's only a small place, so if you run out of things to do then the city of Sapporo is just a half-hour train ride away, or you can explore the wild and beautiful landscapes of rural Hokkaido.
Get out of the city to see the breathtaking mountain scenery in the region, not to mention the great beaches.
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Where to stay in Seward
If you’re here, you’re probably not stopping long. You get a better choice of hotels in nearby Anchorage.
What to do around Seward
Go kayaking if you can – once you are away from the noise of engines and people, the peace is amazing.
Where to stay in Otaru
If you’ve always wanted to stay at a ryokan, Ginrinso could be a great choice – expensive, but pretty special.
Take a tour of Otaru
A local tour by ebisuya (rickshaw) is easy paced with a great guide thrown in.