The Northwest Passage

In the Wake of Great Explorers (Itinerary 2)

Price from
£12,521

Departure date
Duration
20 days

Cruise Overview

Discover wild Arctic beauty as you navigate the Northwest Passage

Join us on a thrilling expedition cruise as we attempt to cross the legendary Northwest Passage and explore the stunning landscapes and wildlife of southern Greenland.

Join us on a thrilling expedition cruise as we attempt to cross the legendary Northwest Passage and explore the stunning landscapes and wildlife of southern Greenland.  

From the heart of the Northwest Passage 

We start off exploring lively Montréal before flying to Cambridge Bay where our sea expedition begins into the Northwest Passage. Over the next seven days, we’ll explore the islands that dot this notoriously challenging territory, navigable for only a few weeks of the year. Exactly what we’ll see and do depends on the sea ice and weather conditions.  

As we sail, you’ll pass spectacular ice cliffs sculpted by the elements. We’ll pick locations for expedition boat cruising with the Expedition Team where possible, that may include Gjoa Haven, Fort Ross, Beechey Island, Radstock Bay, Dundas Harbor and Pond Inlet. 

Greenland: the world’s largest island 

If all goes to plan, we’ll exit the Northwest Passage and cross Baffin Bay towards Greenland. You’ll spend four days discovering its nature, history and wildlife, including the stunning UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord and the capital, Nuuk. We continue towards Newfoundland and Labrador where you’ll visit a UNESCO-listed former whaling station in Red Bay and the charming city of Corner Brook. Our expedition cruise ends in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

Even if a full transit of the Northwest Passage isn’t possible due to sea ice, you’ll still experience the raw and remote beauty of the High Arctic and enjoy many opportunities to look for rare wildlife such as the mighty polar bear.

Itinerary

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

Québec’s premier city, overnight

Day 1

A Good Fishing Place

Day 2

Heart of the Northwest Passage

Day 3-10

Crossing the Davis Strait

Day 11

Birth of Icebergs

Day 12

Modern settlement, ancient traditions

Day 13

The Capital of Greenland

Day 14

Expedition day

Day 15

Labrador Sea

Day 16

Canada’s hidden history

Day 17

The course of Captain James Cook

Day 18

Coming to a close

Day 19

Arriving in Boston

Day 20

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 20-day expedition cruise.

Flights

  • Economy flight from Montréal to Cambridge Bay 

Hotels

  • Overnight in Montréal before the expedition cruise including breakfast 

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel in Montréal to the airport before the Expedition cruise 
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship in Cambridge Bay before 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 restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • 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, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track  
  • 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   

  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Included Programmes

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

Ships on this expedition

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