Northwest Passage

– Follow the footsteps of legendary explorers
The scenic landscape of Baffin Bay.
  • 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.
The scenic landscape of Baffin Bay.
Ilulissat, Greenland
Ilulissat, Eidsfjord

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Your Expedition Team

Our experts are here to safeguard both explorers and the pristine environment. They serve as your invaluable hosts throughout your expedition cruise.

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.

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

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Legendary explorers

Icy waters in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

For 500 years, adventurers and scientists searched for the polar sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But it was legendary Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, who was the first to find the famed Northwest Passage in the early 20th century.

Icy waters in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

In the footsteps of Roald Amundsen

While the first era of expeditionary exploration is over, the modern era of expeditions has begun. The Northwest Passage is still a rare destination, iced over, and inaccessible for most of the year; but travel there is possible with an expedition company like Hurtigruten.

MS Fram in Cape Sherard
Iceberg near Baffin Island

Aboard both MS Fram and MS Roald Amundsen, follow in the footsteps of the latter's namesake and journey through the Northwest Passage. You’ll pass historical landmarks such as Fram Fjord, Baffin Island, and Gjøa Haven, and search for the stunning wildlife of the region: whales, belugas, caribou, seals, and perhaps the elusive polar bear. You’ll even visit small, colorful Inuit communities, known for their wood carvings and exquisite needlework.