Icy Strait, Inian Islands, George Island

Jun 12, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

We spent all day exploring the wild margin between the Gulf of Alaska and the inland fjord system that makes up Southeast Alaska.  Zodiac cruisers and kayakers delighted in watching sea lions, sea otters, bald eagles, and even humpback whales. Hikers experienced rainforest trails, photographed WWII artifacts and wandered near tidepools.  As backdrop to it all, the rugged beautiful landscape of Alaska’s outer coast.

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About the Author

Linda Nicklin


After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in biology and anthropology, Linda Nicklin relocated to Alaska, where she fell in love with the state while spending summers in remote wilderness camps doing botanical surveys for the U.S. Forest Service.  She has lived in Juneau for twenty-four years.  

About the Photographer

Flip Nicklin

National Geographic Photographer

Flip Nicklin was born with both diving and photography in his blood.  His grandfather dove while wearing hard hat gear for construction. His father, Chuck, is a diver and underwater cinematographer, who taught his sons to become scuba divers. By the age of fourteen, Flip was helping his father teach people to dive off of the coast of Southern California, in La Jolla.

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