The Northwest Passage

In the Wake of Great Explorers (Itinerary 1)

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Departure date
August 14, 2023
19 days

Emulate great explorers as we attempt to cross the Northwest Passage

  • Epic 19-day expedition cruise from Reykjavik in Iceland via Greenland, through the Northwest Passage to Cambridge Bay, ending in Montréal, Quebec.

  • Follow the route of great explorers, as we navigate the channels of the Northwest Passage, visiting Pond Inlet, Dundas Harbour, Radstock Bay, Fort Ross and Gjoa Haven.

  • Watch for whales and other wildlife, and discover UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord and the Inuit settlements of Greenland.

Navigate ice floes and glaciers

From Reykjavik, we cruise around Greenland's south coast, taking in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord. We'll then navigate the icy channels of the Northwest Passage like the great explorers before us. We'll sail the famous waterways of Prins Christian Sund, Baffin Bay, the Davis Strait all the way to Cambridge Bay.

Extraordinary wildlife

Admire Arctic animals and birdlife in their natural habitat. Look out for polar bears, muskoxen, caribou and ringed seals. You may even spot minke and humpback whales. Scan the skies above you too for soaring Glaucous Gulls and Black Guillemots among the seabirds.

What's Included



Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

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

Day 1

Cosmopolitan Reykjavik

Nature experiences

Day 2-3

Crossing the Denmark Strait

Day 4

Prins Christian Sund

Passengers in a small expedition boat beside the main ship

Day 5

Exploring Kvanefjorden

Nuuk, Greenland

Day 6

Nuuk, Greenland's capital

Hiking on the mountainside in Sisimiut

Day 7

Spectacular Sisimiut

Day 8

UNESCO-listed Ilulissat

Day 9-10

Crossing the Davis Strait

Day 11-17

The Northwest Passage

Day 18

Wildlife of Cambridge Bay

Day 19

Arrive in lively Montréal

Ships on this expedition

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

Included Activities

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

Photo Credit: Espen Mills

Onboard Science Programme

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

Young Explorers Programme

Welcome all young explorers

Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage

In the Wake of Great Explorers (Itinerary 1)