Northwest Passage

– Follow the footsteps of legendary explorers
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  • Legendary adventure
    This is an epic expedition for true explorers. Our expertise in extreme conditions makes us one of the few to offer sailings through the Northwest Passage.
  • The extreme Arctic
    Sail in the wake of famous explorers, surrounded by a landscape of glaciers, mountains and vast plains – spectacular and unspoilt.
  • Abundant wildlife
    Scout for magnificent creatures like walrus and polar bears that hunt on sea ice where few humans have set foot.
  • Sustainable adventure
    We cruise with care and respect for nature. Learn about our planet’s most fragile ecosystems and get a deeper understanding of the world we share.
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Cruises to the Northwest Passage

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Sail with the experts

– Your Expedition Team in the Northwest Passage

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Our experts are here to safeguard both explorers and the pristine environment. They serve as your invaluable hosts throughout your expedition cruise.
Small boat landing with the Hurtigruten Expedition team in Lancaster Sound

Leading and teaching

During your discovery of the Northwest Passage, your Expedition Team will lead the way on landings, short hikes and small boat cruises.

Hurtigruten expedition team member Mario Acquarone

“The oceans are full of fascinating life forms, from birds to plankton, from fish to seals to whales – and I love to help our guests learn to observe all the diversity of life on their route.”

– Mario, Expedition Team Leader

When on board

– Activities and lectures on your expedition

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Throughout your expedition, your Expedition Team will guide you in a variety of activities on board and during landings.
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Get close to nature

Go on landings and hikes ashore one of the most remote places in the world. Other activites include small boat cruising. See icebergs up close and look out for the incredible wildlife.

Keep learning

At sea, the Expedition Team will keep you busy with lectures on history, biology, geography and more. Learn about photography with our experts, or join the Explorer Science programme and contribute to scientific research.

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The Northwest Passage is a series of waterways that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, via the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America.

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What to pack

– Prepare for your expedition to the high Arctic

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You will receive a complimentary Helly Hansen expedition jacket and a re-usable aluminum water bottle. The wind and water-resistant jacket is developed by and for explorers, available in sizes from 2XS to 5XL.
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The equipment you need

You can borrow boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for inclusive and optional activities free of charge.

In addition to your “ordinary” packing list (toiletries and necessary basic clothes), we recommend a few more items for your expedition...

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Practical information