Heart of the Northwest Passage

from £8500
excluding flights *
8, 11 nights Aug


Voyage deep into the heart of one of the Arctic's most iconic routes, the Northwest Passage. Travel back in time to the Age of Exploration, following in the footsteps of Sir John Franklin, as you navigate the waters and visit historic sites in and around the Lancaster Sound. Today, this elusive route offers a fascinating history and the chance to see iconic Arctic wildlife.


  • Explore the highlights of Lancaster Sound
  • Opportunities to see iconic Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, narwhals and musk ox
  • Visit Inuit communities and learn about their customs and traditions
  • Experience a truly immersive experience, incorporating travel via ship, Zodiac and helicopter

What's Included

  • Pre- and post-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Toronto
  • Return charter flights between Toronto to Resolute
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Helicopter flight-seeing and helicopter hiking excursions (weather permitting)
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team

Full description

Experience soaring cliffs, spectacular glacial formations, stunning alpine vistas and expansive waterways on this voyage into the heart of the mysterious Northwest Passage. This forbidding area is remote and rich with magnificent wildlife, with opportunities to spot polar bears, narwhals and possibly the elusive arctic fox. You can also enjoy visits local remote communities to learn about the history and culture of the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic, who have called these shores home for almost 5,000 years. And with the advantage of the Ultramarine's on-board twin-engine helicopters, weather conditions permitting, you will have the chance to truly immerse yourself in the full Arctic experience with your included flightseeing and heli-landings.

On the longer 12 day voyage, you may also have the opportunity to reach Canada’s most northerly and rarely visited islands: Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere Islands.

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Prices & Dates *


Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2021 Departures - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
16 Aug 2021 9 days Ultramarine £8,792
22 Aug 2021 12 days Ultramarine £11,992

Activity Key:

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What's Included

  • Pre- and post-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Toronto
  • Return charter flights between Toronto to Resolute
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Helicopter flight-seeing and helicopter hiking excursions (weather permitting)
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Expedition jacket - yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Toronto

Arrive in Toronto and spend the rest of the day at leisure in Canada’s largest city. Overnight at an included hotel.

Day 2: Toronto - Resolute, Embarkation

This morning, board your charter flight to Resolute, from where you will make your way to the ship by Zodiac and begin your voyage through the heart of the Northwest Passage.

Days 3-7: Canadian High Arctic & the Northwest Passage

Explore the highlights in the heart of the Canadian Arctic as you navigate the Northwest Passage. Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition's itinerary, including sea, ice and weather conditions, but your Expedition Team will ensure you see as much as possible with regular shore landings and Zodiac cruises. You may also take an included sightseeing flight by helicopter and enjoy a heli-landing to areas not easily accessible, such as the Devon ice cap, one of the largest in the Canadian Arctic.
Possible highlights of your voyage may include the chance to go ashore on Coburg Island, or view the imposing vertical cliffs dotted with nesting seabirds of Prince Leopold Island. The sheltered shores and steep cliffs of Arctic Bay provide an ideal nesting habitat for Arctic birds including thick-billed murres (Brunnich’s guillemots) and kittiwakes. This is also the ideal spot to go ashore and learn about the Inuit culture, mingling with the locals and sampling their local cuisine. There could also be a chance to spot narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales as you cruise through the protected waters of Lancaster Sound, designated a National Marine Conservation Area in 2017. Devon Island is another possibility for wildlife encounters, as walrus, polar bears and muskoxen inhabit the area. Or perhaps go ashore on Beechey Island, home to the lonely graves of three members of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845 expedition team. History buffs will also enjoy the chance to explore an abandoned Hudson’s Bay Company trading post at Fort Ross.
Along the way enjoy dramatic landscapes, wildlife sightings and informative presentations from your knowledgeable expedition team.

Day 8: Disembarkation, Resolute – Toronto

Disembark your ship in the morning and transfer to Resolute airport for your flight back to Toronto. Enjoy a final night’s stay in Toronto.

Day 9: Toronto

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers as your Arctic expedition comes to an end.



Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

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