Northwest Passage Cruises
Attempt the route of legend over the top of the world, along one of the most extreme yet most beautiful and untouched places on Earth.
Northwest Passage Expedition Cruises
Cruise through the wild and isolated Northwest Passage with our experienced captain and crew on a modern ice-class expedition ship. We’ll attempt to cross this legendary sea route in the same bold spirit as the pioneers who sought to prove its existence. Using our small expedition boats we’ll land at historic exploration sites, visit remote Inuit communities and kayak amidst breathtaking nature.
Expedition cruises to the Northwest Passage
Travel east or west from Iceland along Greenland's south coast to Vancouver or Montréal. Or sail between Montréal or Vancouver and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Activities in the Northwest Passage
Your expedition comes with included and optional activities so you can enjoy some of the best things to do in Alaska and make the most of your adventure.
Wildlife in the Northwest Passage
Enjoy Arctic wildlife watching from Iceland to Canada on one of our Northwest Passage cruises. See narwhals and minke, bowhead and beluga whales – and keep a look out for the mighty polar bear.
Expedition Team in the Northwest Passage
Your Expedition Team are natural born explorers. They’ll guide hikes, landings and expedition boat cruising, and also give talks on wildlife, history, geology and more on your Northwest Passage travels.
A true explorer
Become one of very few people in the world to cross the epic, and often unforgiving, Northwest Passage on board our ice-class expedition ships.
Cruises to the Northwest Passage
In the Wake of the Great Explorers | Westbound
13 Aug 23, 8 Aug 24
MS Fridtjof Nansen
Reykjavík to Cambridge Bay
14 Aug 23, 23 Aug 24
Wild and exhilarating
Join our experienced captains, crew and Expedition Team to navigate the maze of islands, channels and ice floes of the remote Canadian High Arctic.
Activities in the Northwest Passage
As we attempt to cross the High Arctic, you can join plenty of activities exploring the islands that dot this ice-strewn sea route. You might find yourself visiting pre-historic Inuit dwellings and former trading posts, spotting pods of narwhal, or polar bears with a wildlife specialist, or retracing past expeditions on landings.
Join the Expedition Team on landings to historic sites and learn about the legendary expeditions of Franklin and Amundsen – both the successes and failures.
Wildlife of the Northwest Passage
The Northwest Passage is an unspoiled Arctic habitat. It’s home to six seal species: harp, hooded, ringed, bearded, spotted and ribbon. While polar bears hunt seals in the ocean and on the ice, herds of musk oxen and caribou roam the tundra. On our Arctic expedition cruises, birdwatchers might see kittiwakes and auklets in the Bering Strait, guillemots in Prince Christian Sound and maybe the elusive Ivory Gull.
Animals of the Arctic
See icons of the Arctic like the polar bears, beluga whales, walruses and narwhal in their natural habitat as you cruise through the Northwest Passage.
Northwest Passage Expedition Team
Your Expedition Team are guides, wildlife experts and scientists. They will help you seek out the best animal sightings and share insights during lectures and in the onboard Science Center as you explore the Northwest Passage.
Expedition Ships to the Northwest Passage
With our state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ships and the nautical expertise of our captains and crew, we’re able to attempt this crossing with confidence. It’s only possible during the brief summer of just a few weeks when the ice conditions become more favourable. See the expedition ships that will attempt the crossing.
Sail safely and sustainably
Cruise aboard our ice-class expeditions ships best suited to polar waters. Choose from one of our smallest ships or our hybrid–powered ships.
Stories from Northwest Passage Expedition Cruises
Northwest Passage FAQ
Find answers to common questions about the Northwest Passage on our FAQ page.