The Northwest Passage – From Cambridge Bay to Boston

The Northwest Passage – From Cambridge Bay to Boston

The Northwest Passage – From Cambridge Bay to Boston

The Northwest Passage – From Cambridge Bay to Boston

Travel information 21 days MS Fram
September 8, 2024
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

21-day expedition cruise attempting the fabled journey into the heart of the Northwest Passage, from Edmonton ​in Canada to Boston, New England

Arctic expedition adventure

Follow in the footsteps of renowned explorers as we venture into the heart of the legendary Northwest Passage. Your Expedition Team will guide you on visits to local communities and help you learn more about the natural marvels all around you.

Highlights of Canada and Greenland

Explore Greenland’s incredible wildlife, history, and culture, including stunning UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord and the capital, Nuuk. Then we sail onto Newfoundland and Labrador, visiting the UNESCO-listed former whaling station in Red Bay and charming Corner Brook.

The Northwest Passage – From Cambridge Bay to Boston 

 The Northwest Passage – From Cambridge Bay to Boston

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 1
    Edmonton, Canada

    Canada’s Festival City

    September 8, 2024

    Enjoy the lively and colorful city of Edmonton during an overnight stay. Add an optional Pre-program to learn more about this city and the surrounding area.

    Day 1
    Edmonton, Canada

    Canada’s Festival City

  • Day 2
    Cambridge Bay

    Wildlife of Cambridge Bay

    September 9, 2024

    Wildlife and conservation in this fish-rich bay

    A morning flight from Edmonton brings you to wildlife-rich Cambridge Bay. It’s home to fewer than 2,000 residents, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (an important center for climate change research) and Arctic char, musk oxen, and caribou.

    It’s only fitting for your expedition to start here, where Arctic explorers like Roald Amundsen once sheltered before attempting the legendary Northwest Passage.

    MS Fram will be ready and waiting. Collect your complimentary expedition jacket and meet your Expedition Team, who will talk you through guidelines on protecting wildlife habitats and on how to visit Arctic communities in a responsible and respectful way.

    Day 2
    Cambridge Bay

    Wildlife of Cambridge Bay

  • Day 3-10
    The Northwest Passage.

    The Northwest Passage.

    September 10, 2024 - September 17, 2024

    Cross a historical sea corridor through Canada’s Arctic archipelago.

    Like pioneering explorers who've come before you, we won't have an exact itinerary as we attempt to sail our ice-class ship through the Northwest Passage.

    As we explore, we’ll land at sites linked to early exploration history, visit Inuit communities, and look out for Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, whales, narwhals, seals, and seabirds.

    You’ll go expedition boat cruising between ice floes and land ashore to experience the pristine wilderness first hand. Your Expedition Team will adapt activities to ice and weather conditions, giving you the best experience possible.

    At Gjoa Haven, Roald Amundsen learned polar survival tips from the Netsilik Inuit people. If we are able to land here, we’ll take a walking tour to learn more. We’ll continue east to Fort Ross, a former Hudson’s Bay Trading post.

    We may stop at Beechey Island and pay our respects at the graves of three Franklin expedition team members. On Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth, we hope to visit Dundas Harbor and learn about its Thule heritage.

    On the final stretch, we’ll try to reach Pond Inlet and the Inuit community of Mittimatalik on Baffin Island, rounding off an incredible eight days of exhilarating exploration.

    Day 3-10
    The Northwest Passage.

    The Northwest Passage.

  • Day 11
    Baffin Bay

    Sailing across Baffin Bay

    September 18, 2024

    Relax and learn as we sail towards Greenland.

    Leaving Canada behind, we’ll cross the Davis Strait and Baffin Bay to Greenland. Join the Expedition Team for more insightful lectures on your adventures ahead. Topics may include local wildlife, geology, culture, and historic explorers. You can also pick up some photography tips on how to best capture the awe-inspiring scenery around you.

    Sweat a little up in the gym or relax in the sauna or one of the outdoor hot tubs. You could also just sit back and enjoy the passing seascape from the panoramic windows of the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

    Day 11
    Baffin Bay

    Sailing across Baffin Bay

  • Day 12

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat

    September 19, 2024

    The town where you can see and hear the ice flow

    Our expedition cruise reaches Disko Bay, a haven for whales and seals. You’re in for a unique experience. Nestled in magnificent Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Ilulissat. An ever-changing gallery of passing icebergs slides by against a backdrop of colorful houses.

    Marvel at giant icebergs floating past in the deep blue waters, as they take on different hues of white, grey, and blue. With the help of the ship’s photographer, even amateur photographers can capture the nuances of these sculptures of nature.

    • Included Walk to the Icefjords
    Day 12

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat

  • Day 13

    Spectacular Sisimiut

    September 20, 2024

    Explore ancient traditions in Arctic Greenland

    We reach Sisimiut, Greenland’s second city. It sits in a spectacular location just 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. This area has a history spanning more than 4,500 years.

    Old traditions are alive and well here, and you can learn more about the ancient Saqqaq artifacts in the local museum.

    If you're looking for a special souvenir, pick up a scarf, hat or mittens made of qiviut, the inner wool of a musk ox, said to be 10 times warmer than sheep wool. Why not explore the area by foot and stretch your legs on a hike?

    • Included Sisimiut Community Visit
    Day 13

    Spectacular Sisimiut

  • Day 14

    Colorful Nuuk

    September 21, 2024

    Experience Greenlandic culture, old and new, in Nuuk

    Your Northwest Passage expedition cruise continues on to Nuuk, Greenland’s colorful capital. It has a population of 18,000 people and a striking mix of old and new buildings.

    Compare the old buildings like the Hans Egede House and Nuuk Cathedral with the ultra-modern architecture of Greenland’s parliament building.

    Visit the National Museum to gain fascinating insight into life here 500 years ago and see the six Qilakitsoq mummies. Or join a long nature walk through Paradise Valley and around Mt. Lille Malene.

    • Included Nuuk Grand Experience
    Day 14

    Colorful Nuuk

  • Day 15
    Expedition day

    Expedition day

    September 22, 2024

    Discover the glacial beauty of the west coast fjords

    We plan to spend the day experiencing Greenland’s west coast fjords region and its sublime scenery. These fjord landscapes have been carved by ice over millennia. Since conditions can vary, we won’t know exactly what’s in store until the day itself.

    Your Captain and Expedition Team will find the best opportunities for adventure. We may take you ashore in our small boats (RIBs) for a hike or launch our kayaks to explore a pretty cove. Be ready for anything!

    • Included Kvanefjord Exploration Day
    Day 15
    Expedition day

    Expedition day

  • Day 16
    At sea: Labrador Sea

    Crossing the Labrador Sea

    September 23, 2024

    Watch for wildlife and get involved in Citizen Science.

    Leaving Greenland behind, our expedition cruise continues to Canada across the Labrador Sea. We’ll enter the Davis Strait, named after English explorer John Davis, who led expeditions here in the 16th century. The Expedition Team will continue their onboard lectures on topics such as the wildlife of Northern Labrador, Inuit culture, and the history of Arctic exploration.

    The strait is known for its abundance of seals, whales, and cod. Consider joining one of our Citizen Science projects by helping to photograph and track whales. Or contribute to the GLOBE Program by observing the clouds and helping scientists study our climate.

    Day 16
    At sea: Labrador Sea

    Crossing the Labrador Sea

  • Day 17
    Red Bay

    The history of Red Bay

    September 24, 2024

    Explore this extraordinary former whaling settlement.

    As we approach Red Bay, look out for humpback or minke whales – the very creatures that drew whalers to this harbor in the 17th century.

    The ice-cold waters around Red Bay hide a number of wrecked chalupas (small whaling boats) and galleons, making it one of the world’s most important underwater archeological sites.

    Visit the local museum to see a 26-foot chalupa and look for whale bones in the protected Red Bay National Historic Site. Why not search for pirate Captain Kidd’s buried treasure around Tracey Hill? You may not find gold doubloons, but you will be rewarded with a fantastic view.

    Day 17
    Red Bay

    The history of Red Bay

  • Day 18
    Corner Brook

    Classic Corner Brook

    September 25, 2024

    Step back in time in this charming city in Newfoundland.

    We’ll follow in Captain James Cook’s footsteps as we sail into the Bay of Islands toward the traditional city of Corner Brook. Discover the area’s fascinating history and collection of artifacts at the Corner Brook Museum.

    Take in great views from Crow Hill or take a guided hike along the Corner Brook Stream trail. You can also opt for a visit to Gros Morne National Park and the picturesque Lobster Cove Head lighthouse, which also features a scenic drive.

    Before we depart, we’ll enjoy a performance by local folk music performers and storytellers.

    • Included Newfoundland Music & Storytelling
    Day 18
    Corner Brook

    Classic Corner Brook

  • Day 19-20
    At Sea

    Days at sea

    September 26, 2024 - September 27, 2024

    Reflecting on your epic expedition

    As your Northwest Passage expedition cruise draws to a close, take time to unwind aboard your comfortable ship and imagine the challenges the great explorers before you would have faced.

    Soak in the hot tub, work out in the gym, make use of the Science Center, or just relax in the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

    Join the Expedition Team to recap the highlights of this incredible once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Spend time in the Science Center to wrap up your Citizen Science observations or pick out your favorite images with our onboard photographer.

    Day 19-20
    At Sea

    Days at sea

  • Day 21

    Arriving in Boston

    September 28, 2024

    Disembark in the cosmopolitan capital of New England

    Your expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage ends in Boston. This thriving city looks European and is one of the major cities on the east coast—it’s a fitting place to end your Northwest Passage experience.

    Boston’s rich history can be felt throughout its many districts, with grand Colonial-era buildings intermixing with a modern downtown. Discover Colonial-era and revolutionary history in abundance or visit the campuses of some of the world’s most respected and influential universities. Or simply relax in a bar or restaurant and chat about your adventures with some new-found friends!

    Day 21

    Arriving in Boston



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What’s included


  • Economy class flight from Edmonton to Cambridge Bay


  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Edmonton before the expedition cruise
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship in Cambridge Bay before the expedition cruise


  • Overnight in Edmonton before the expedition cruise, including breakfast

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune restaurant
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities
  • *House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water
  • †Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel and streaming is not supported.

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team.
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment.
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and a gym.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all the equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions.
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change.
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected

Not included in your voyage

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

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
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MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11,647 T
Length 374 ft
Beam 66.3 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of her time, and the achievements of her Arctic and Antarctic expeditions are the stuff of legend. In this spirit, the comfortable surroundings and advanced technology on today’s MS Fram – which was fully upgraded in summer 2022 – make her exceptionally well suited for modern expedition cruising.

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