Northwest Passage

from £13912
excluding flights *
16 nights Aug-Sep


Join an adventurous cruise following one of the Arctic's most iconic routes; this voyage provides a comprehensive overview of the key areas within the Northwest Passage, taking in both western Greenland and the Canadian Arctic islands in the Baffin Bay area.

The epic quest to find the Northwest Passage occupied some of the best minds of European civilization for half a millennium. Today this elusive route offers a fascinating history, spectacular icebergs and the chance to see wildlife including polar bears and narwhals.


  • Stop at Beechey Island to see the graves from the lost Franklin Expedition
  • Enjoy cultural presentations including traditional throat-singing and Inuit games
  • Deep fjords, ancient glaciers and countless icebergs provide a spectacular backdrop
  • Wildlife in abundance including polar bears, narwhals, seals, muskox and caribou

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Contribution to the Discovery Fund, supporting local community projects
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

In addition to its long history of exploration, this region also offers a chance to visit local communities to experience the isolated way of life faced by the Inuits of the Canadian Arctic. The Northwest Passage may now be an established sailing route, but it remains a legendary voyage of discovery to this day!

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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 Prices from (pp)
02 Aug 2021 * 17 days Ultramarine £17,512
16 Aug 2021 ~ 17 days Ocean Endeavour £13,912
31 Aug 2021 ^ 17 days Ultramarine £17,512
01 Sep 2021 # 17 days Ocean Endeavour £13,912

* This departure embarks in Kangerlussuaq and disembarks in Resolute
^ This departure embarks in Resolute and disembarks in Kangerlussuaq
~ This departure embarks in Kangerlussuaq and disembarks in Kuglukuk
# This departure embarks in Kuglutuk and disembarks in Kangerlussuaq

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings as per the daily programme
  • Contribution to the Discovery Fund, supporting local community projects in the areas visited
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »
On voyages aboard the Ultramarine, helicopter flight-seeing and helicopter hiking excursions are also included (weather permitting).

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Toronto – Kangerlussuaq, Embarkation

This morning, board your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, from where you will make your way to the ship. Your voyage begins with a cruise down one of the world’s longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord, crossing the Arctic Circle as you go.

Days 2-5: West Greenland

Over the next few days you will take in some of the natural and cultural highlights of West Greenland. Uncover the fascinating history of the Sisimiut region, first inhabited around 4,500 years ago by the Saqqaq people, followed by Dorset and then Thule cultures, and meet the descendants who call this area home today. You will also witness the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord, known for its many icebergs which calve off the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.

Days 6-16: Canadian High Arctic & the Northwest Passage

Explore the highlights 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.
Possible highlights may include the busy Arctic community of Mittimatalik, a fascinating place to wander in a beautiful setting. As you travel through the waters of Lancaster Sound, you could spot narwhals, belugas and bowhead whales and also visit Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on earth. There may be a chance to go ashore on Beechey Island, home to the lonely graves of three members of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845 expedition team. And conditions permitting you may also sail close to the wrecks of Franklin’s HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, near Victory Point on King William Island. Along the way enjoy dramatic landscapes, wildlife sightings and informative presentations from your knowledgeable Expedition Team.

Day 17: Disembarkation, Kugluktuk – Yellowknife

This morning disembark your ship and transfer to Kugluktuk airport. Board the flight to Yellowknife where you will bid farewell to your fellow polar explorers.


  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 17-day voyage departing in August on the Ocean Endeavour. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, including alternative start and end cities. Please contact us for specific details.

Ocean Endeavour


Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

The Ocean Endeavour is a bright and spacious purpose-built expedition ship, with excellent facilities, a range of optional activities and a focus on health and wellbeing.  

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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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