Imagine sailing the fabled Northwest Passage – the legendary and notoriously treacherous trade route linking the northern extremities of two of the world’s mightiest oceans. First discovered by Amundsen between 1903 and 1906, the Northwest has traditionally only been navigable for a few weeks of the year, but a reduction in pack ice now means you can voyage through it.
And what an adventure you can expect. You will cut through Greenland via one of the world’s longest fjords. You’ll witness the passage of hotel-sized tabular icebergs into Disko Bay. You’ll visit the coast of Baffin Island with it stunning ice cliffs. You will experience local Inuit culture and have endless opportunities to discover the region’s incredible diversity of wildlife.
Voyage through the Northwest Passage and you will be taking one of the world’s all-time great journeys.
You may voyage eastwards or westwards through the Northwest Passage. This example itinerary sails from east to west.
Shore visits are part of the experience but depend on weather conditions. Extra excursions vary with different itineraries and weather, and could typically include:
- Sea kayaking by prior booking only
Lead in prices below are based on a Standard Twin Cabin with private bathroom and are cruise only. However, we would be happy to arrange any pre or post cruise accommodation as well as international flights upon request.
Prices are based on a US$ exchange rate of 1.45. Please note that exchange rates may be subject to fluctuation.
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24 August - 5 Sept 2017
Embark in Kangerlussuaq and cruise through the Sondre Stromfjord – one of the world’s longest fjords.
Calling at Sisimuit town and perhaps meet traditional Greenland kayakers.
Experience the ultimate icebergs in Ilulissat and Jaconshavn Icefjord.
Depending on middle ice, sail across Baffin Bay towards Baffin Island. Day 6: See ice cliffs and make shore (depending on conditions) on Northeast Baffin Island.
Immerse yourself in Inuit culture in the town of Pond Inlet.
Explore the diversity of wildlife to be found in Lancaster Sound and Devon Island.
Absorb the history of early expeditions on Beechey island, see hundreds of thousands of birds at the Prince Leopold Island sanctuary.
Ice permitting, visit Inuit archaeological sites at Fort Ross and hunt out seals and bears in the Bellot Strait.
Visit Paseley Bay for hill hiking over Larson Sound. Day 12: Land on King William Island to discover the fate of the Franklin Expedition.
Explore Cambridge Bay – a former centre for hunting and fishing, Inuit camps and historic expedition remains.
Go kayaking, Zodiac cruising or hiking at Johanssen Bay, Coronation Gulf. Day 15: Drop anchor and go ashore at Kugluktuk, ready to board homeward flights.