The Northwest Passage

In the Wake of Great Explorers (Itinerary 1)

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Departure date
August 17, 2022
19 days

Sail through the legendary Northwest Passage

  • Epic 19-day expedition cruise from Reykjavik, Iceland, along Greenland's south coast and through the Northwest Passage to Cambridge Bay.

  • Follow in the footsteps of great explorers, as we navigate the channels of the Northwest Passage, visiting landmarks like 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.

Ice floes and glaciers

From Reykjavik we cruise to Greenland, taking in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord. We'll then attempt to navigate the icy channels of the Northwest Passage to Edmonton, Alberta, like the great explorers before us. We'll explore 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. You may spot polar bears, musk oxen, caribou and ringed seals–perhaps even minke and humpback whales. Scan the skies above you too for soaring Glaucous Gulls and Black Guillemots.

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

Great views from Reykjavik´s cathedral.

Day 1

Cosmopolitan Reykjavik

Dolphins are known to swim alongside the ship

Day 2-3

Crossing the Denmark Strait

Spectacular mountain landscapes in Prince Christian Sound

Day 4

Prince Christian Sund

Beautiful scenery of Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland

Day 5

Exploring Kvanefjorden

Day 6

Nuuk, Greenland's Capital

Day 7

Spectacular Sisimiut

Day 8

UNESCO-listed Ilulissat

Day 9-10

Crossing the Labrador Sea

Day 11-17

The Northwest Passage

Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay, Canada

Day 18

Wildlife of Cambridge Bay

Day 19

Edmonton and beyond


Our Northwest Passage Attempts are expeditions where we, in true expedition style, challenge the elements and the ice-edge of the Arctic Ocean, to circumnavigate this remote and icy waterways–in a safe way. Several alternative routes combined with our deep knowledge of the area and flexibility are key factors to giving you the most amazing experience. And if we really manage to circumnavigate Baffin Island or sail through the entire Northwest Passage, it will be one for the books.

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 Program

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

Young Explorers Program

Welcome all young explorers

Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage

In the Wake of Great Explorers (Itinerary 1)