This expedition cruise sails from Iceland to Greenland’s southern coast before making an attempt to sail to the heart of the Northwest Passage at Cambridge Bay.
We begin in Reykjavík, Iceland. From here, you’ll sail the Denmark Strait to Prince Christian Sound, a spectacular maze of channels chiseled out of granite rock and filled with ice floes and glaciers. We will spend four days exploring southern Greenland’s remarkable fjords and settlements, including the capital, Nuuk, and the stunning UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord.
Into the Northwest Passage
Then our adventure takes us across the Davis Strait, where we begin our attempt to cross the Northwest Passage. Over seven days, we’ll explore the islands that dot this famously challenging sea route, which is only navigable a few weeks of the year. You’ll discover a range of possible sites amid spectacular nature, abundant wildlife, Thule and Inuit settlements, and historic trading posts.
Our route and landings depend on sea and weather conditions. We plan to take you for small-boat (RIB) cruises among ice floes and Arctic wildlife. The captain and the Expedition Leader will pick spots for escorted landings with the Expedition Team, which may include Pond Inlet, Dundas Harbour, Radstock Bay, Fort Ross, and Gjoa Haven.
If we’re successful, our great sea adventure will end in Cambridge Bay, where explorers once sought shelter from the harsh winters. Then you’ll catch a flight to Edmonton before returning home. Should sea ice prevent us from completing our transit of the Northwest Passage, you’ll still have experienced the rugged beauty of the High Arctic and have many opportunities to seek rare wildlife such as polar bears.
Our attempts to transit the Northwest Passage are expeditions in the truest sense of the word. We challenge the elements and the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean to circumnavigate these remote and icy waterways—safely, of course. Our deep knowledge of the area, our flexibility, and the multiple alternative routes available are key factors to giving you the most amazing experience possible. If we manage to circumnavigate Baffin Island or sail through the entire Northwest Passage, it will be one for the books.
Day 1Reykjavík, Iceland
The world’s northernmost capital
Day 2-3At Sea
The Denmark Strait
Day 4Prins Christian Sound Region
'A river of melted ice’
Day 5Kvanefjord, Greenland
Day 6Nuuk, Greenland
The Capital of Greenland
Day 8Ilulissat, Greenland
Birthplace of Icebergs
Day 9-10Labrador Sea
Crossing the Davis Strait
Day 11-17The Northwest Passage
Heart of the Northwest Passage
Day 18Cambridge Bay, Victoria Island
‘A Good Fishing Place’
End of an expedition
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Included in Your Expedition
- Overnight in Edmonton after the expedition cruise, including breakfast
- Economy flight from Cambridge Bay to Edmonton
- 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 in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, soda, and mineral water) in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants
- Fine-dining Lindstrøm, À la carte restaurant, is 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- Experts from the Expedition Team present lectures on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research
- The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
- The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
- Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations
- Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers will help configure your camera settings before landings
Not Included In Your Expedition
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Baggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Health declaration form is mandatory
- Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
- No gratuities are expected
Photo: Stian Klo, Thomas Haltner and Andrea Klaussner
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Passenger capacity||318 (200 in Antarctica)|
|Length||114 m / 374 ft|
|Beam||20.2 m / 66 ft|
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.
Sailing with MS Fram
- Practical Information for Expedition Cruises On Board MS Fram
- Activities and lectures on your cruise through the Northwest Passage
- Meet Our Expedition Team