Specialty Expeditions

What’s your dream trip?

Photography | Birding | Surfing | Skiing | Group Travel

The Extraordinary is an excellent platform to host your dream trip. In addition to sailing and kayaking exploration, we can design specialty expeditions to fit your adventure goals.

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Photography

Prominent mountains, dynamic glaciers, abundant wildlife, and seemingly endless daylight; Alaska is a dream destination for photographers of all experience levels. If capturing these moments in film, digital, video, or other art mediums is a personal goal for your trip, you can focus your voyage around the best light, stunning views, and creative perspectives with an itinerary informed by our extensive knowledge of this area and it’s best photography opportunities. A large monitor in the main salon allows us to review your best shots from the day and tips for this region.

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Birding

Abundance. Coastal Alaska is a booming place in the summertime. Minerals delivered by glacial rivers, deep upwelling of ocean currents and long daylight hours make for productivity that seabirds just can’t miss! Having to time the hatching and rearing of their chicks with the peak of that productivity, our cliffs, islands and headlands make for an excellent nesting grounds. Come join the crew of the Extraordinary, who have years of experience studying and watching birds, on our quest to find all that makes this place one of the best birding locations in the northern hemisphere. Bring your binoculars and be on the lookout for Common Murre, Tufted and Horned Puffins, Marbled Murrelets, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Legged Kittiwakes and more!

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Surfing

With over 33,000 miles of coastline, Alaska’s surfing potential is incredible. One of the biggest challenges is access, but that’s where we come in. Extraordinary is a great platform to get you to the waves in style. Not only does our vessel have plenty of room for your boards, but it has the hot showers and space to spread out after your surf. Of course, having a Captain who is also a surfer and has a deep understanding of the local weather and swells goes a long way! With several breaks accessible from Seward, the length of your trip and weather will determine our itinerary for the best surfing potential.

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Skiing

Some of the best backcountry skiing in the world is right here in Alaska, and with so many coastal mountains it is possible to access amazing terrain by boat. What better way to ski or snowboard incredible backcountry terrain than to get there by sailing? Extraordinary is has an incredibly low impact on the environment, and continues the self-powered model that share our values of living light and adventuring big. We’re excited to team up with with Nick D’Alessio of Remarkable Adventures and the Alaska Guide Collective. Nick is a Certified Ski Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association, one of the only guides living and working in Alaska to achieve this qualification. We are excited to have a professional leading our ski trips while we manage the sailing and your boat life. This season is earlier than our standard charters, running from March through May (snow permitting, though you can always kayak!).

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Group Travel

Do you have a group that you would like to explore coastal Alaska with? Specialty trips can be organized to fit your group’s needs and goals. Reach out to us and we can explore your goals and options for a custom voyage.

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Have something else in mind?

The Extraordinary is a versatile adventure platform and we’d love to hear your ideas about additional specialty trips or expeditions.