Northwest Passage – The Ultimate Expedition from Nome to Halifax

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Duration: 29 days

Departure:
August 16, 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, including Greenland
Polar-bear on an ice flake, Beaufort Sea
Photo: NOAA National Ice Center
Northwest Passage
Dundas Harbour.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Dundas Harbour.
Nome, Alaska
Photo: Gregory Smith
Day 1
Vancouver - Hotel
Explore Vancouver
Sunset view of False Creek, Vancouver
Sunset view of False Creek, Vancouver
Photo: Colin Knowles
Overnight stay including breakfast in Vancouver. Guest have the chance to explore the city unescorted.
 
Temperature range in August: 57 – 72 °F  
 
Included hotel & transfer:
 
·       One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located hotel
·       Transfer from hotel to Vancouver airport and from airport to ship in Nome 
Sunset view of False Creek, Vancouver
Sunset view of False Creek, Vancouver
Photo: Colin Knowles
A small wooden house from the gold rush era, Nome
A small wooden house from the gold rush era, Nome
Photo: Jerry Kirkhart
Abandoned locomotive from the gold rush era in Alaska
Abandoned locomotive from the gold rush era in Alaska
Photo: Gregory Smith
Day 2
Vancouver / Nome - Flight & Embarkation
Fly to Nome and embark the ship
A small wooden house from the gold rush era, Nome
A small wooden house from the gold rush era, Nome
Photo: Jerry Kirkhart
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for a flight to Nome, where MS Roald Amundsen awaits. Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill and get an opportunity to meet some of the officers, crew and Expedition Team members.
 
Temperature range in August: 48 – 57 °F 
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
·       Transfer from hotel to Vancouver airport
·       Flight in coach class from Vancouver to Nome
·       Transfer from Nome airport to the ship
Day 3-8
At sea - Bering Sea
At sea – Bering Sea
Cliffs at the Smoking Hills, Cape Bathurst
Cliffs at the Smoking Hills, Cape Bathurst
Sail through the Bering Strait, before heading into the Chukchi Sea. The expedition team will start their lecture program preparing guests for the days ahead.
 
As we reach Point Barrow, the northernmost point of the USA, we enter the Beaufort Sea. Opportunities to see Bowhead and Grey whales and we might also start seeing sea ice. 
 
We continue into Amundsen Gulf, where we hope to observe the remarkable Smoking Hills - an amazing sight of smoke billowing from cliffs on the east coast of Cape Bathurst. The phenomenon rises from erosion that has unearthed locally present lignite - a combination of shale and pyrite - that spontaneously ignites when exposed to air.
 
Temperature range in August: 35 – 42°F 
 
Optional activities may include:
 
·       Lectures
·       Wildlife watching
Cliffs at the Smoking Hills, Cape Bathurst
Cliffs at the Smoking Hills, Cape Bathurst
Birnirk, Point Barrow
Birnirk, Point Barrow
Photo: USDA Forest Service Alaska Region
Stunning Lancaster Sound, Baffin Island, eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage
Day 9-19
Into the Northwest Passage
Into the Northwest Passage
Dundas Harbour, Canada
Dundas Harbour
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Swimming polar bear, Coutts Island, Nunavut, Canada
Swimming polar bear, Coutts Island, Nunavut, Canada
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 9-19
Into the Northwest Passage
Into the Northwest Passage
Stunning Lancaster Sound, Baffin Island, eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage
Stunning Lancaster Sound, Baffin Island, eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage
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: Ulukhaktok, Cambridge Bay, Gjøa Haven, Fort Ross, Beechey Island, Dundas Harbour and Pond Inlet.
 
Along this stretch of the journey, we will be sailing in pristine straits that are home to rich wildlife, so we will be on the constant lookout for its inhabitants, such as the regal polar bears.
 
Temperature range in September: 25 – 40°F 
 
 Optional activities may include:
 
·       Kayaking near icebergs, and possibly seals and whales
·       Small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·       Guided hikes to scenic viewpoints
·       Wildlife watching
·       Lectures
Day 20
At sea
At sea – Crossing the Davis Strait
Amazing colours and icebergs in the sunset, crossing the Davis Strait
Amazing colors and icebergs in the sunset, crossing the Davis Strait
There will be plenty to discuss with the Expedition Team from the past week’s adventures. Guests can also listen to their lectures, discover more in our Science Center as we head to Greenland.
 
Optional activities:
 
·       Wildlife watching
·       Lectures
Amazing colours and icebergs in the sunset, crossing the Davis Strait
Amazing colors and icebergs in the sunset, crossing the Davis Strait
View of Davis Strait from above, Labrador Sea
View of Davis Strait from above, Labrador Sea
Photo: J Brew
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
Puppies in Ilulissat, Greenland
Say hi to the puppies in Ilulissat.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 21
Ilulissat - Full Day
Ilulissat, Greenland
Hiking in nature, Ilulissat, Greenland
Hiking in the pristine nature of Ilulissat, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Visit in 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 September: 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.
Day 22
Sisimiut - Half 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 museum which features local cultural history and exhibits different periods of the city’s history and its surroundings.
 
Temperature range in September: 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!
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
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
Day 23
Nuuk - Full Day
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 September: 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.
Day 24
Ivittuut - Full Day
Explore Ivittuut
Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen
Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen
Visit the settlement which was built on top of the so-called Norse Middle settlement where Vikings settled 1,000 years ago and scout for Musk oxen.
 
 Temperature range in September: 35 – 45 °F
 
 Optional activities may include:
 
·       Kayaking
·       Hiking
·       Wildlife watching
·       Lectures
Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen
Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen
Picturesque scenery and old houses in Ivituut by the fjord
Picturesque scenery and old houses in Ivituut by the fjord
Photo: Hilde Foss
At sea outside Greenland
Sailing at sea outside Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 25
At sea
At Sea – Labrador Sea
At sea outside Greenland
Sailing at sea outside Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
We leave Greenland and head for open sea. We will cross the southern part of the Labrador Sea, this time sailing towards Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.
 
Optional activities:
 
·       Wildlife watching
·       Lectures
Day 26
Red Bay - Half Day
Red Bay, Labrador
The former whaling town of Red Bay, Canada
The former whaling town of Red Bay, Canada
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
The Reb Bay Basque Whaling Station is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Guests can wander around the former whaling town and learn about its interesting history.
 
 Temperature range in September: 43 – 57 °F 
 
 
Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Red Bay - Red Bay Highlights Access
    Want to get a feel for Red Bay’s local culture and history?
  • Coastal Labrador and Point Amour Lighthouse tour
    Drive the coastal highway and visit the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada.
  • Red Bay Then and Now Historical Walking tour
    Stroll through the intriguing village of Red Bay with local guides to provide insight into the history and culture of this remarkable community with a history of whaling.
The former whaling town of Red Bay, Canada
The former whaling town of Red Bay, Canada
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Beautiful sunset sky in Red Bay, Greenland
Beautiful sunset sky in Red Bay, Greenland
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland, first surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767.
Day 27
Corner Brook - Full Day
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland, first surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767.
Corner Brook is located on the west coast of Newfoundland. Guests can explore the charming town center or enjoy its many walking trails.
 
 Temperature range in September: 37 – 54 °F 
 
Optional activities may include:
 
·       Kayaking
·       Hiking
·       Wildlife watching
·       Lectures
Optional Excursions
  • Corner Brook - Gros Morne by Motorcoach
    Explore the mountains, fjords, and coastal wonders of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s recognized for its unique geology.
  • Corner Brook - Marble Mountain Zip Line
    Experience zip lining like never before with an adventure that starts at the top of Steady Brook Falls, just outside of Corner Brook, western Newfoundland’s largest town.
  • Captain Cook's Trail
    This excursion is a scenic exploration of the countryside with a local host who will share historic stories of the region’s rich land and sea.
  • Corner Brook Trails Adventure
    Embrace the spectacular natural beauty of the Corner Brook woodlands during this picturesque hiking Land Adventure.
Day 28
At sea
At sea - Gulf of St. Lawrence
Looking for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax
Looking for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax
Photo: Gregory Smith
Guests can enjoy a day at sea as the expedition team leads a recap of the voyage.
 
Optional activities:
 
·       Wildlife watching
·       Lectures
Looking for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax
Looking for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax
Photo: Gregory Smith
Approaching Halifax, Canada, in the sunset
Approaching Halifax, Canada, in the sunset
Photo: Chelsea Claus
Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
View of the Macdonald Bridge at twilight, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
View of the Macdonald Bridge at twilight, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Day 29
Halifax - Disembarkation
Halifax - Disembarkation
Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Disembark in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Guest may choose to spend more time in the town with a post-program.
 
Temperature range in September: 52 – 64 °F
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 Vancouver to Nome in Economy Class
 
Hotel
·       Overnight in Vancouver including breakfast 
 
Transfers
·       Transfer from Hotel to Vancouver airport and from airport to ship in Nome 
 
Voyage
·       Full-board expedition voyage aboard MS Roald Amundsen 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
·       Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
·       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 flight package to Vancouver and from Halifax  
·       Optional shore excursions with local partners
·       Luggage handling
·       Optional small-group adventures such as kayaking with our Expedition Team 
·       Pre and post-programs
 

Notes

  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • This cruise is not suitable for guests using wheelchairs due to the possibility of using tender boats during embarkation or disembarkation.

For details please see our Entry Requirements

Red ship in a body of water
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your Ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
Red ship in a body of water

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills

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.

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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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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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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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Red Bay - Red Bay Highlights Access

North America

Duration

1 - 3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-RDY1

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Red Bay - Coastal Labrador and Point Amour Lighthouse tour

North America

Duration

4hrs

Price per person

From $ 174

Booking Code

C-RDY1

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Red Bay Then and Now Historical Walking tour

North America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From $ 99

Booking Code

C-RDY3

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Corner Brook - Gros Morne by Motorcoach

North America

Duration

7 hrs

Price per person

From $ 183

Booking Code

C-CBK1

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Corner Brook - Marble Mountain Zip Line

North America

Duration

2hrs 15min

Price per person

From $ 183

Booking Code

C-CBK2

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Corner Brook - Captain Cook's Trail

North America

Duration

4 hrs

Price per person

From $ 99

Booking Code

C-CBK3

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Corner Brook Trails Adventure

North America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From $ 83

Booking Code

C-CBK4

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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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Vancouver Sightseeing Tour & Capilano Bridge Pre-excursion

North America

Duration

7 Hours

From

$ 228

Booking Code

YVR03

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Pre-cruise Land Adventure Rocky Mountaineer and Vancouver

North America, Northwest Passage

Duration

7 Days

From

$ 4,902

Booking Code

YVRROCKPREA

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