Northwest Passage

from £11138
excluding flights *
12, 16 nights Aug-Sep
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Overview

Join an adventurous cruise following one of the Arctic's most iconic routes. 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. You will also visit local communities to witness the isolated way of life faced by the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

The legendary Northwest Passage boasts a fascinating polar history, and this voyage from Greenland to Canada includes some interesting historical visits.

In addition to its long history of exploration, this region also offers a chance to visit local communities and 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.

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
10 Sep 2019 17 days Ocean Adventurer £11,600
22 Aug 2020 17 days Ocean Endeavour £13,832
07 Sep 2020 17 days Ocean Endeavour £13,832

Please contact our team of travel specialists for alternative occupancy and cabin upgrades.

Activity Key:

Kayaking

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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
  • 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 »

NOTES

  • A pre- and post-voyage night in a hotel in Ottawa, with flights between Ottawa and Resolute, and between Kangerlussuaq and Ottawa, are included with the Ocean Adventurer.
  • Flights between Edmonton and Cambridge Bay and between Kangerlussuaq and Edmonton are included with the RCGS Resolute.
  • Flights between Calgary and Kugluktuk and between Kangerlussuaq and Toronto are included with the Ocean Endeavour.
  • Expedition jackets are provided on loan for the duration of the voyage on the RCGS Resolute. On all other ships you will be provided with an expedition jacket to keep.

Please contact us for full details and to discuss the options best for you.

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 2-6: 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 3-6: 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 landings may include Beechey Island, home to the lonely graves of three members of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845–46 expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Radstock Bay is a popular research location for observing polar bears, which are often seen here in summer, as well as an impressive Thule archaeological site which provides insight into how these pre-Inuit people lived in the High Arctic. You may visit the hamlet of Arctic Bay, used by migrating Inuit nomads for thousands of years. Perhaps hike on Devon Island or take a Zodiac cruise along the face of an active glacier at Croker Bay. Search for walrus and musk oxen, and meet the locals at Canada’s most northern settlement, Grise Fjord – home to just 150 residents.

Days 7-16: 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 glacial fjords of eastern Baffin Island, where you could spot polar bears, belugas, narwhals, and other marine mammals, and 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 – Calgary

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

Notes

  • 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.

RCGS Resolute

Antarctica

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

Purpose-built for polar expedition cruising, the RCGS Resolute features state of the art stabilisation technology, superior comfort and a dedicated team of Adventure Concierges.   

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Ocean Endeavour

Multi-destination

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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Ocean Adventurer

Multi-destination

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

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