Iceland, Greenland and Northwest Passage

Great Explorer Trail

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Departure date
31 days

An expedition cruise sailing from Iceland to the wild fjords of Greenland before penetrating to the heart of Canada’s Northwest Passage. 

Explore the world’s most extensive fjord system on Greenland’s rarely visited east coast.

Discover the unforgettable sights of Greenland and the Northwest Passage, from spectacular scenery and arctic wildlife to UNESCO-listed sites and Inuit settlements.

Majestic and wild East Greenland  

From Reykjavik, we sail across the Denmark Strait to the spectacular east coast of Greenland. Our destination is Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system. In total, this vast pristine region fans out over 14,000 square miles. Under the expert guidance of our Expedition Team, you’ll get an intimate look at this precious ecosystem on landings, nature walks, and kayaking tours.  

Wildlife abounds in this peaceful haven. As we glide through dark, placid waters beneath soaring mountains, you’ll be watching out for whales and other marine wildlife. Birding enthusiasts will be on the lookout for species including Brünnich's Guillemots, Snowy Owls and Greenlandic Gyrfalcons. 

Southern Greenland and onto the Northwest Passage 

From here, you’ll sail south to Prince Christian Sound, a remarkable maze of granite rock channels filled with ice floes and glaciers. We’ll spend four days exploring the fjords and settlements, including the capital Nuuk and the stunning UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord.  

The next part of your voyage takes us across the Davis Strait to cruise into Canada’s Northwest Passage.  Only passable a few weeks of the year, navigating this icy waterway safely involves challenging the elements, some flexibility and a sense of adventure. All routes include breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife, with Thule and Inuit settlements. Your adventure ends in cosmopolitan Montréal.

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 30-day expedition cruise.


  • Economy flight from Cambridge Bay to Montréal 


  • Overnight in Montréal after the Expedition cruise including breakfast 


  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Cambridge Bay after the Expedition cruise Transfer from the airport in Montréal to the hotel after the Expedition cruise  

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm 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 use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included excursions 

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, indoor gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats  
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings  

What's not included

  • International flights  

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling 

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

The start of the adventure

Day 1

Crossing the Denmark Strait

Day 2

Largest fjord system on Earth

Day 3-11

Heading back to Iceland

Day 12

The start of your next adventure

Day 13

The Denmark Strait revisited

Day 14-15

A river of melted ice

Day 16

Expedition day in an icy place

Day 17

The capital of Greenland

Day 18

Fur, fox holes and outdoor fun

Day 19

Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day 20

Crossing the Davis Strait

Day 21-22

The heart of the Northwest Passage

Day 23-29

A fitting place to end the expedition

Day 30

Say au revoir in Quebec’s premier city

Day 31

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages