Arctic - Northwest Passage

Eastbound

Follow in the footsteps of legendary arctic explorers through the Northwest Passage

Take flight from Ottawa and journey back in time on an exploration of the High Arctic. As a modern day adventurer on this new 17-day exploration, trace the route of Sir John Franklin’s fateful mid-19th century expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage. Cruise on waters that few have sailed and set foot on lands that even fewer have walked, taking in incredible untouched scenery, searching for wildlife, and getting up close to fjords, glaciers and icebergs. Follow the coast of the islands of the Canadian High Arctic to see the graves of lost explorers, polar bear research stations, traditional Inuit communities, walrus waters and archaeological sites. Cross Baffin Bay to Greenland – a region ruled by ice – and see mountains towering over colourful settlements, soaring glaciers, and huge ice shards be born into icebergs. Hike the tundra and mountains, and glide a kayak along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers. This is a new legend to add to the stories of the Northwest Passage.

 

Highlights

  • Experience the highlights of both the Canadian Arctic and Greenland, from historic Canadian and Inuit sites to former Mountie outposts, glaciers and fjords

  • Enjoy encounters with the Arctic’s impressive wildlife, including whales, walrus and muskoxen

  • Meet the locals of traditional Inuit and Greenlandic communities

  • Witness the birth of icebergs at as you cruise along the face of the World Heritage Ilulissat Icefjord

  • Boarding Zodiacs and kayaks will allow you to get even closer to the Arctic’s spectacular scenery

 

Is this trip right for you?

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.

  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.

  • Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.

 

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Arrive Ottawa

Day 2: Embarkation in Resolute

Days 3-6: Exploring Canada's High Arctic

Days 7-8: Exploring Smith Sound

Day 9: Qaanaaq

Day 10: At Sea

Days 11-15: Exploring West Greenland

Day 16: Disembark in Kangerlussuaq

Day 17: Trip ends in Ottawa


 

Westbound

Become a modern-day explorer on an expedition through the fabled Northwest Passage

Like legendary adventurers before you, set sail on the waters of the High Arctic and encounter the history, landscapes and wildlife that have drawn people for centuries. Fly from Canada and touch down on the vast arctic expanses of Greenland, looking out for whales while exploring the historical and cultural sides of the country’s capital. Cross the Davis Strait to immerse yourself in the art of traditional Inuit communities, hike to hilltops, search for whales, and – like Sir John Franklin’s fateful voyage – sail through immense fjords to some of the most isolated places on Earth. Keep fingers crossed for sightings of polar bears alongside whales, narwhals, and numerous bird species while taking Zodiacs close to the faces of glaciers and landing at historical sites. This active and immersive 17-day expedition will take you to the best of this mysterious icy realm.

 

Highlights

  • Discover highlights of both Greenland and the Canadian Arctic on an expedition that takes in everything from incredible landscapes to ancient cultures, local history and unique wildlife

  • Explore the colourful villages of Greenland and shop for traditional Inuit handicrafts

  • Enjoy encounters with the Arctic’s impressive wildlife, including whales, walrus and muskoxen

  • Set foot on the rarely stepped on land to hike the Arctic’s surprisingly colourful tundra and explore historical sites

  • Board Zodiacs and kayaks to get even closer to the Arctic’s spectacular scenery of glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more

 

Is this trip right for you?

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.

  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.

  • Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.

 

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Arrive Ottawa

Day 2: Embarkation in Kangerlussuaq

Days 3-4: Exploring West Greenland

Day 5: At Sea

Days 6-15: Exploring Canada's High Arctic

Day 16: Disembark in Resolute

Day 17: Trip ends in Ottawa

Please note: Prices shown based on low season travel - details on request

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person triple share

17 days from

$18,230*

Includes

  • Accommodation - Expedition cruise ship (14 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
  • Transport - Ship, Zodiac, Plane
  • Meals - 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners

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