Northwest Passage – Iceland to Cambridge Bay Adventure

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Duration: 19 days

Departure:
August 14, 2020
  • 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
Snowy Dundas Harbour. Together with the expedition team, you will attempt to explore legendary inlets and channels and go on exciting small boat cruising and landings.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Northwest Passage
Sailing through Prince Christian Sound. On this Northwest Passage expedition, we sail in the wake of the great explorers like Roald Amundsen, the first man to sail the Northwest Passage.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Sailing through Prince Christian Sound. On this Northwest Passage expedition, we sail in the wake of the great explorers like Roald Amundsen, the first man to sail the Northwest Passage.
Icebergs and mountains in Baffin Bay. We aim to visit colourful Inuit settlements and the UNESCO World Heritage site Ilulissat Icefjord before crossing the Davis Strait and venturing into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Day 1
Reykjavik - Embarkation
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 

 

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Nuuk - Shuttle & Museum visit
    Visit the National Museum of Greenland
  • Cultural History Walk
    Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Greenland´s capital city of Nuuk! Join a sightseeing tour of the town before you visit the National Museum, providing a glimpse into Greenland’s interesting past.
  • Lille Malene Hike
    Put on your hiking boots and join the expedition team on a hiking adventure through beautiful Greenlandic nature!
  • Nuuk City Tour
    Explore Greenland´s fascinating capital city by bus! Nuuk is a cosmopolitan town in the high Arctic, offering both beautiful nature and an urban vibe.
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

 

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Sisimiut - Kayak Demo and Museum visit
    Sisimiut is Greenland's second largest town with approximately 5.500 inhabitants. That's almost 4 times smaller than the Capital, Nuuk.
  • City tour by bus
    If you want to comfortably experience all of Sisimiut in a short amount of time, this sightseeing tour by bus is the perfect excursion for you.
  • Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa
    Join a challenging summit hike and be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view!
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

 

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Ilulissat - Walk to the Icefjords
    Hear the ice cracking in the distance?
  • Boat trip to the ice fjord
    Ilulissat is renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful ice fjord - best experienced by boat. Get close to nature and experience the ice that leaves visitors speechless in wonder.
  • City walk Ilulissat
    Learn more about Greenlandic culture and history on this walk.
  • Hike to Holms Bakke
    Hike through spectacular surroundings as we take you to Holms Bakke – a traditional hiking trip for locals. Experience Inuit culture, see incredible icebergs and learn about local flora and fauna.
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
This is where the expedition ends, and guests will be transferred to the airport for their flight to Edmonton.
 
 Temperature range in September: 40 – 50 °
 
Included flights and transfers:
 
·       Flight from Cambridge Bay to Edmonton in Economy Class
 ·       Transfer from ship to airport in Cambridge Bay and airport to hotel in Edmonton 
 
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
Guests stay overnight in Edmonton. They may enjoy the city of before the flight home or extend their stay with one of our Post-programs.
 
 Temperature range in August: 46 – 72 °F
 
 Included:
 
·       One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel
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

Flights
·       Flight from Cambridge Bay to Edmonton in Economy Class
 
Hotel
·       Overnight in Edmonton including breakfast
 
Transfers
·       Transfer from ship to airport in Cambridge Bay and airport to hotel in Edmonton 
 
Voyage
·       Full-board expedition voyage aboard MS Fram in a cabin of your choice
·       A choice of three onboard restaurants 
·       All meals include beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water in all onboard restaurants)
·       Complimentary tea and coffee
·       Free Wi-Fi on board
·       Complimentary expedition jacket developed for and by explorers
·       Complimentary reusable water bottle made from aluminum to use at water refill stations located throughout the ship
·       Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for included and optional activities
·       No gratuities expected
·       English-speaking Expedition Team organize and accompany activities aboard and ashore
 
Onboard Activities
·       Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on science, culture, wildlife, biology, geology and history
·       Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
·       Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
·       Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos, and camera settings
·       Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna and fitness room with panoramic view
·       Opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
·       Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers 
·       Port presentations providing destination insight
·       A farewell event
 
 

Not Included In Your Expedition

·       Travel insurance
·       International flights International flight package to Reykjavik and from Edmonton
·       Optional shore excursions with local partners
·       Luggage handling
·       Optional small-group adventures such as kayaking with our Expedition Team 
·       Pre and post-programs
 

Notes

 

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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Optional Excursions

Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

A car parked on the side of a building A car parked on the side of a building

Nuuk - Shuttle & Museum visit

Greenland

Duration

1 - 2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-NUU1

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Hurtigruten in Nuuk harbour with fishing boats Hurtigruten in Nuuk harbour with fishing boats

Cultural History Walk

Greenland

Duration

2h

Price per person

From $ 66

Booking Code

G-NUU4

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Scenic views along the Lille Malene hike Scenic views along the Lille Malene hike

Lille Malene Hike

Greenland

Duration

4h30

Price per person

From $ 83

Booking Code

G-NUU3

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Scenic view over Nuuk, the capital of Greenland Scenic view over Nuuk, the capital of Greenland

Nuuk City Tour

Greenland

Duration

1h30

Price per person

From $ 66

Booking Code

G-NUU2

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A man kayaking in the sea. A man kayaking in the sea.

Sisimiut - Kayak Demo and Museum visit

Greenland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-SIS1

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View over Sisimiut View over Sisimiut

See Sisimiut by Bus

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 1h30

Price per person

From $ 83

Booking Code

G-SIS6

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Hiking towards Sisimiut Hiking towards Sisimiut

Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 3-4h

Price per person

From $ 99

Booking Code

G-SIS4

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A body of water with a mountain in the background A body of water with a mountain in the background

Ilulissat - Walk to the Icefjords

Greenland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-ILU1

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Boat trip to the Icefjord Boat trip to the Icefjord

Boat Trip to the Icefjord

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 2h

Price per person

From $ 149

Booking Code

G-ILU1

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Colourful Ilulissat Colourful Ilulissat

Ilulissat City Walk

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 2h

Price per person

From $ 83

Booking Code

G-ILU5

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Beach cliffs with a breathtaking view near Ilulissat Beach cliffs with a breathtaking view near Ilulissat

Hike to Holms Bakke

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 4-5h

Price per person

From $ 116

Booking Code

G-ILU3

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Extend Your Cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-Program before or after your expedition cruise.

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Reykjavik Pre-program: Golden Circle Tour (20/21)

Iceland

Duration

2 Days

From

$ 760

Booking Code

REKPRE

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The Icelandic Highlands: Pre-Program for Nature Lovers

Iceland

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 1,948

Booking Code

REKICEPRE

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