The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Westbound)

The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Westbound)

The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Westbound)

The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Westbound)

Travel information 27 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
August 8, 2024
Price from
$ 25,824
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

27-day Northwest Passage expedition cruise, attempting to follow this epic route from Iceland and Greenland to Nome, Alaska, and onto Vancouver

From Iceland to Greenland

Your adventure begins in Reykjavík before sailing the Denmark Strait to Prince Christian Sound, a spectacular granite maze of channels. You’ll then reach the remarkable fjords and settlements of southern Greenland and the capital, Nuuk.

Into the Northwest Passage

We will sail across the Davis Strait, exploring the islands that dot this fabled route. Continuing west through the Amundsen Gulf and Beaufort Sea, we’ll head for the Pacific Ocean through the Bering Strait. Our final port of call is gold-rich Nome, where Roald Amundsen completed three of his great expeditions.

The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Westbound) The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Westbound)
  • Day 1

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Discover Iceland's modern capital.

    Packed full of art, culture, and history, Reykjavík is a delight to explore. Stroll along the boutiques and outdoor shops of Laugavegur, or head to the striking Hallgrímskirkja church or the fascinating Reykjavík Art Museum.

    At Reykjavík Harbor, MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you. After collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, check out your cabin, meet the Expedition Team, and explore the ship as we set sail on this epic expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage.

    If you’d like to spend more time here before you set off on your Northwest Passage expedition cruise, we recommend booking a Pre-Program with us to tour the Golden Circle or Icelandic Highlands.

    Day 1

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

  • Day 2-3
    At sea: Denmark Strait

    Across the Denmark Strait

    In the wake of the Vikings

    We sail to Greenland across the Denmark Strait, the route taken by Erik the Red, supposedly the first European to have settled there. Take time to relax and explore the stylish onboard facilities of our hybrid electric-powered ship.

    Your Expedition Team will explain the protocols of respectfully visiting wildlife habitats and indigenous Arctic communities. In the Science Center, learn more about Greenland’s geology, or join one of our Citizen Science projects. Then hit the gym, soak in one of our on-deck hot tubs, or enjoy a delicious meal in one of our three onboard restaurants.

    Day 2-3
    At sea: Denmark Strait

    Across the Denmark Strait

  • Day 4
    Prince Christian Sund

    Prince Christian Sund

    Breathtaking panoramas and abundant wildlife

    We aim to explore the incredible waters of Prince Christian Sound, stretching 60 miles long. Sharp-peaked granite mountains provide a stunning contrast to the bright white glaciers. Look out for calving icebergs and colorful houses in the village of Aappilattoq.

    Nature is abundant here. Keep an eye out for ringed and bearded seals resting on the ice and glaucous gulls and black guillemots soaring above. You may even spot minke and humpback whales.

    If sea ice prevents us from entering the sound, we'll head to the jagged Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland.

    • Included Prins Christian Sund Exploration Day
    Day 4
    Prince Christian Sund

    Prince Christian Sund

  • Day 5

    Ivittuut: forgotten town

    Ivittuut’s fascinating World War II history

    As you wander around the abandoned ruins of this ghost town, it’s hard to believe that Ivittuut, a former mining outpost, once played a pivotal role in the course of history.

    During World War II, the US secretly stationed troops here to prevent rare cryolite, used to make aluminum alloys, from falling into enemy hands. Supplies were instead shipped to the UK to manufacture aircraft that fought in the Battle of Britain.

    Here, you can walk among the area's deserted buildings. In what was once the last Viking settlement in Greenland, the only inhabitants you’re likely to see nowadays are musk oxen.

    • Included Ivittuut Landing
    Day 5

    Ivittuut: forgotten town

  • Day 6

    Nuuk, Greenland’s capital

    Experience Greenlandic culture, old and new, in Nuuk

    After several days exploring remote, idyllic icescapes, you’ll cruise into 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 6

    Nuuk, Greenland’s capital

  • Day 7-8
    At sea: Davis Strait

    Crossing the Labrador Sea

    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 7-8
    At sea: Davis Strait

    Crossing the Labrador Sea

  • Day 9-21
    The Northwest Passage.

    The Northwest Passage.

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

    Like the pioneering explorers before you, we won’t have an exact itinerary as we attempt to sail our state-of-the-art, ice-class ship from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the Northwest Passage, the infamous sea route. Stops might include Pond Inlet, Dundas Harbor, Fort Ross, Gjoa Haven, Cambridge Bay, and Smoking Hills.

    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 cruising on small boats (RIBs) between ice floes and go 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.

    We’ll try to reach Pond Inlet and the Inuit community of Mittimatalik on Baffin Island. On Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth, we hope to visit Dundas Harbor and learn about its Thule heritage. We may stop at Beechey Island and pay our respects at the graves of three Franklin expedition team members.

    We will continue west to Fort Ross, a former Hudson’s Bay Trading post, before sailing to Gjoa Haven, where 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.

    From here, we sail onward to wildlife-rich Cambridge Bay, where you might see Arctic char, musk oxen, and caribou. Pick up some prints, tapestries, and other crafts made by local artists in Ulukhaktok before we arrive in the Amundsen Gulf.

    Here, we hope to see the remarkable Smoking Hills, where lignite (eroded shale mixed with pyrite) spontaneously ignites when exposed to air, creating a photogenic phenomenon of smoke billowing from the cliffs.

    Day 9-21
    The Northwest Passage.

    The Northwest Passage.

  • Day 22-25
    At sea: Bering Sea

    Along the Alaskan coast

    Science and wildlife at sea

    Having successfully traversed the Northwest Passage, our expedition cruise continues towards Nome. Join your Expedition Team for more insightful lectures. Topics might include subjects such as wildlife, tectonic activity, glaciology, and local history.

    Wildlife lovers and birdwatchers are in for a treat. Keep an eye out for bowhead and gray whales as we cross the Beaufort Sea to Point Barrow, the northernmost point of the United States, before crossing the international date line, with ‘tomorrow’ on your right and ‘today’ on your left.

    As we sail through the Bering Strait, look out for over 30 species of seabirds, including black-legged kittiwakes, auklets, and murrelets.

    Day 22-25
    At sea: Bering Sea

    Along the Alaskan coast

  • Day 26

    No place like Nome

    Fascinating history of gold prospectors and explorers

    Prospectors first came to Nome in 1898 and people still hunt for gold here today. You’ll see evidence of the Gold Rush era all around, including abandoned dredges, turn-of-the-century steam engines and old railroad tracks, lending the town a unique and intriguing atmosphere.

    You’ll be in good company as you explore the town. Wyatt Earp, the famous sheriff, opened a saloon here. Nome was also the end point of three of Roald Amundsen’s great polar expeditions, making it a fitting place to end your own great adventure before flying onward to Vancouver.

    Day 26

    No place like Nome

  • Day 27

    Vibrant Vancouver

    Enjoy British Columbia’s largest city

    Our Northwest Passage expedition cruise ends in the beautiful city of Vancouver, located at the foot of the Rockies. You’ll spend the night here before returning home.

    Vancouver’s neighborhoods buzz with restaurants offering delicious international cuisine. Don’t miss Gastown, Vancouver’s old Victorian district. Here, you’ll find the Vancouver Lookout, offering a panoramic view over the city.

    While you’re here, consider joining our Post-Program to the beautiful mountain resort of Banff. What better way to end your adventure!

    Day 27

    Vibrant Vancouver



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What’s included


  • Economy class flight from Nome to Vancouver


  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Nome
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Vancouver


  • Overnight in Vancouver after the expedition cruise, including breakfast

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants
  • 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, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and a running track
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20,889 T
Length 459 ft
Beam 77.4 ft
Speed 15 knots

MS Fridtjof Nansen is a next-generation expedition ship, the latest in Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships. She explores some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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