Franklin's Legacy - expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage

Small-Ship Cruise



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Join this adventure cruise in the wake of Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin's ill-gated expedition through the northwest passage in Canada's high Arctic. Drop in on Inuit settlements for cultural experiences, encounter wildlife such as polar bear, walrus, whales and muskoxen and of course myriad birdlife. Witness arctic glaciers, beautiful fjords and sculpted icebergs, hike the colourful tundra and visit places such as Beechey Island, where three members of Franklin Expedition are buried, and abandoned RCMP and Hudson Bay outposts.

Activity / Theme


Culture, Nature & Wildlife, Expedition Cruise

Canada, Canadian Arctic, NT, NU, YT

Comfort Level

Physical Rating


Leisurely / Moderate


Comfortable ice-strengthened polar expedition vessel


Comfortable quad, triple or twin cabins and suites, all with private amenities

Months of Operation

August, September

Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:

On Beechey Island I took a moment to pay my respect at the graves of the three sailors from the Franklin Expedition.  This will be a poignant moment on your expedition through the North West Passage.


(Itinerary runs in both directions)
DAY 1 Fly Yellowknife - Kugluktuk (Coppermine), Nunavut, Canada, board ship
DAYS 2–4 Kitikmeot Region - lost ships of Franklin; explore by Zodiac and on foot
DAY 5 Prince Regent Inlet - birdlife, beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales
DAY 6 Beechey Island - graves and the ruins of Northumberland House
DAYS 7-8 Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) - marine mammals
DAY 9 Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord) - Canada’s northernmost community
DAYS 10–11: Smith Sound - history of explorers and adventurers
DAY 12 At Sea - look for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds
DAY 13–14 Northwest Greenland - fjords, glaciers and icebergs
DAY 15 Ilulissat - town and icefjord Zodiac cruises
DAY 16 Itilleq Fjord - explore the landscape of wild Greenland
DAY 17 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland - superb scenery, disembark and fly Toronto


Passage aboard the expedition vessel
Applicable taxes and credit card fees
Complimentary expedition jacket
Contribution to Discovery Fund
Special access permits, entry and park fees
Team of expedition staff
Guided activities
Sightseeing and community visits
All Zodiac excursions
Port fees
Pre-departure materials
Educational program
Nikon Camera Trial Program
Interactive workshops
Evening entertainment
All shipboard meals

Sample tour.  Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice.  Please inquire.

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