MS Fram
19 days

Northwest Passage – Iceland to Cambridge Bay Adventure

Price from
$ 19,027
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
19 days

Northwest Passage – Iceland to Cambridge Bay Adventure

Price from
$ 19,027
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Northwest Passage - Iceland to Cambridge Bay Adventure
Departure
August 17, 2022
  • A unique possibility to sail through the legendary Northwest Passage
  • Sail in the wake of famous explorers, in spectacular and unspoiled nature
  • Great wildlife spotting opportunities – chance of seeing polar bears
  • Explore some of the most spectacular and unspoiled scenery on Earth

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Day 1
Reykjavik
Reykjavik – Embarkation
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik, Iceland.
Embark MS Fram in Iceland’s capital. The city can be explored on a Pre-program.
 
Temperature range in August: 46 – 57 °F
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik, Iceland.
Beautiful sunset, Denmark Strait, between Iceland and Greenland
Beautiful sunset, Denmark Strait, between Iceland and Greenland
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Dolphins swimming alongside the ship in Denmark Strait
Experience dolphins swimming alongside the ship.
Photo: Sandra Walser
Day 2-3
At sea
At sea – The Denmark Strait
Beautiful sunset, Denmark Strait, between Iceland and Greenland
Beautiful sunset, Denmark Strait, between Iceland and Greenland
Photo: Tracey Kirkland

We sail across the Denmark Strait. Guests can enjoy lectures by the Expedition Team in the Science Center and prepare for the upcoming adventure.

Day 4
Prince Christian Sound Region -Exploration Day
Prince Christian Sound Region, Greenland
Sailing through Prince Christian Sound
Sailing through Prince Christian Sound
Photo: Thomas Haltner

Prince Christian Sound separates Greenland from the Cape Farewell archipelago. If conditions allow, we will sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The sound is around 60 miles long and very narrow. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Sailing through Prince Christian Sound
Sailing through Prince Christian Sound
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Glacier running down to the sea
Glacier running down to the sea
Photo: Donald A. Allen
Arctic kayaking among icebergs
Go kayaking among icebergs with the expedition team.
Hiking in beautiful scenery, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland
Hiking in beautiful scenery, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 5
Kvanefjord - Half Day
Kvanefjord
Arctic kayaking among icebergs
Go kayaking among icebergs with the expedition team.
Kvanefjord is a 30-mile-long fjord on the west coast of Greenland. We will spend the day here exploring the amazing landscape.
 
 Temperature range in August: 35 – 45 °F 
 
 Optional activities may include:
 
·       Kayaking 
·       Guided hikes 
 
Day 6
Nuuk
Nuuk, Greenland
Colorful houses in Nuuk, Greenland.
Colorful houses in Nuuk, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Nuuk is the political and social center of Greenland and the oldest town in the country, founded in 1728. It is situated at the mouth of one of most spectacular fjord systems in the world. 
 
Guests will visit the National Museum of Greenland. Discover exhibitions covering Greenland's history during the past 4,500 years - from the first Arctic Stone Age cultures to the Norse settlements, the arrival of the Thule culture and the gradual transition to modern day Greenland.
 
Temperature range in August: 35 – 45 °F 

 

Colorful houses in Nuuk, Greenland.
Colorful houses in Nuuk, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Church in Nuuk
Visit the church in Nuuk.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colourful houses
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colorful houses.
Photo: Greenland Travel
Hike in Sisimiut, Greenland
Go for a hike in Sisimiut, Greenland.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 7
Sisimiut - Full Day
Sisimiut, Greenland
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colourful houses
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colorful houses.
Photo: Greenland Travel
Guests come ashore and explore the colorful town. They can visit the small museum, hike in the hills and shop for local handicrafts. In addition, enjoy a traditional kayaking demonstration and the Sisimiut museum which features local cultural history and exhibits different periods of the city’s history and its surroundings.
 
Temperature range in August: 41 – 50 °F

 

Day 8
Ilulissat - Full Day
Ilulissat, Greenland
View of the Ilulissat settlement with icebergs on the fjord, Greenland
The views are majestic in the Ilulissat settlement, with icebergs scattered on the fjord.
Photo: Greenland Travel
Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site. The fjord is full of icebergs originating from the nearby Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the world’s most productive.
 
Temperature range in August: 32 – 41 °F

 

View of the Ilulissat settlement with icebergs on the fjord, Greenland
The views are majestic in the Ilulissat settlement, with icebergs scattered on the fjord.
Photo: Greenland Travel
Hiking in nature, Ilulissat, Greenland
Hiking in the pristine nature of Ilulissat, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
At sea outside Greenland
Sailing at sea outside Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 9
At sea - Labrador Sea
At sea – Crossing the Davis Strait
At sea outside Greenland
Sailing at sea outside Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

During the crossing we will prepare guests for the upcoming adventure.

Day 10
Sam Ford Fjord - Scenic Navigation
East Coast of Baffin Island
Icebergs floating in Baffin Bay
Icebergs floating in Baffin Bay
Photo: Thomas Haltner

We sail into the Sam Ford Fjord, set on the east coast of Baffin Island. The fjord is known for its glaciers and granite cliffs rising steeply from the shores to heights up to 5000 feet above sea level.

Icebergs floating in Baffin Bay
Icebergs floating in Baffin Bay
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Spectacular view from above of Baffin Island
Spectacular view from above of Baffin Island
Photo: NASA/Michael Studinger
Landing in Dundas Harbour
Day 11-17
Northwest Passage
In the Northwest Passage
Fort Ross, a former trading post in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada
Subject to favorable conditions, we will attempt to make our way through the icy waters of Arctic Canada, or Nunavut as it is known in Inuit. Here at Fort Ross, a former trading post in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada.
Photo: All Canada Photos
Swimming polar bear, Coutts Island, Nunavut, Canada
Swimming polar bear near Coutts Island. Throughout the journey, enjoy views of vast expanses of pristine wilderness and wildlife from the deck and up close.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 11-17
Northwest Passage
In the Northwest Passage
Landing in Dundas Harbour
Landing in Dundas Harbour. Throughout the journey, enjoy views of vast expanses of pristine wilderness from the deck.  We hope to visit several sites with traces of earlier expeditions, and some of the world’s northernmost communities.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Our goal is to head into the heart of the Northwest Passage on this epic route. Depending on conditions, we hope to explore these historic sights: Pond Inlet, Dundas Harbour, Radstock Bay, Beechey Island, Fort Ross and Gjøa Haven. Throughout the journey, we will be sailing in amazing straits with unique nature and hopefully enough ice to be on the constant look out for wildlife.
 
Temperature range in August: 25 – 40°F 
 
Optional activities may include:
 
·       Kayaking 
·       Small boat cruises 
·       Guided hikes 
·       Wildlife watching
·       Lectures
Day 18
Cambridge Bay - Disembarkation & Flight
Cambridge Bay - Disembarkation & flight
View of Cambridge Bay, Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada
View of Cambridge Bay, Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada
Photo: Alan Sim
In Inuinnaqtun, Cambridge Bay is called 'Iqaluktuuttiaq', meaning a 'good fishing place' for the giant char that is caught nearby. Local wildlife is abundant: seals, geese, muskoxen and caribou. This is where our expedition ends, and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Edmonton. After arrival in Edmonton transfer from the airport to your hotel for an overnight stay. 
View of Cambridge Bay, Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada
View of Cambridge Bay, Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada
Photo: Alan Sim
Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay, Canada
Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay, Canada
Photo: Steffen Biersack
The Edmonton skyline
The Edmonton skyline
Photo: Walshcooks
Day 19
Edmonton
Explore Edmonton
The Edmonton skyline
The Edmonton skyline
Photo: Walshcooks
Enjoy the city of Edmonton before your flight home or extend your stay with our optional Post-programmes to learn more about this city and surrounding by visiting the Elk Island National Park. 
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Hotels 

  • Overnight in Edmonton after the Expedition cruise including breakfast 

Flights 

  • Economy flight from Cambridge Bay to Edmonton 

Transfers 

  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Cambridge Bay after the Expedition cruise 
  • Transfer from the airport in Edmonton to the hotel after the Expedition cruise 

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team, who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

 Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
 
 

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected

 

MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11647
Length 114 m / 374 ft
Beam 20.2 m / 66 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

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