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In the Wake of Great Explorers | Itinerary 2

The Northwest Passage


Departure date
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 by 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 small boat (RIB) cruising with the Expedition Team where possible, which may include Gjoa Haven, Fort Ross, Beechey Island, Radstock Bay, Dundas Harbour and Pond Inlet.

Greenland: the world’s largest island

If all goes to plan, we’ll exit the Northwest Passage and cross Baffin Bay toward Greenland. You’ll spend four days discovering its nature, history and wildlife, including the stunning UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord and the capital, Nuuk. We’ll 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.

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Cabin 1
(2-15 years)

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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

Birthplace 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

In the wake of Captain James Cook

Day 18

Coming to a close

Day 19

Arriving in Boston

Day 20


The Northwest Passage is a legendary, elusive route that has challenged the greatest explorers in history. Following in their footsteps means we’ll need to have a flexible itinerary, altering and adapting our plans to the elements. Of course, we certainly hope our navigation of the Northwest Passage succeeds. Regardless, the excitement of the expedition – wherever we go – is the most important part.

What's included


  • Economy flight from Montréal to Cambridge Bay


  • Overnight in Montréal before the expedition cruise, including breakfast


  • 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 the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • Fine-dining in À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program, which allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help you configure your camera settings

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel protection

  • Baggage 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 Programs

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

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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