Through the North-West Passage - a small-ship expedition cruise through the Canadian Arctic
Your expedition cruise through the North-West Passage starts off with a charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. Here you board your ship and sail past the towering mountains lining Søndre Strømfjord. We will hike the shoreline of Evighedsfjorden and witness glaciers calving into the calm waters of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Illulissat Icefjord.
Next up are the Iceland-like landscapes of Disko Island (Qeqertarsuaq) where we hike and cruise the bays looking for different species of whale. From here we cross Davis Strait en-route to Canada's Baffin Island, all the while keeping an eye out for several species of seal and whale.
We explore the Baffin Coast to arrive at picturesque Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik) where you will see exhibits about the culture and history of the Inuit, before exploring Bylot Island, a haven for numerous species of Arctic birds.
Exploring Lancaster Sound and Devon Island by ship and by Zodiac we marvel at the rich marine life we find here, alongside remains of RCMP and HBC outposts. At Beechey Island we pay homage to the three men of the Franklin Expedition who are buried here.
The next few days will see some true expedition cruising and we will go where the ice and the weather permit us to go, exploring such famed places like Prince Leopold Island, Cunningham Inlet, Prince Regent Inlet, Fort Ross, Bellot Strait, Coningham Bay and of course King William Island where we hope to land at Victory Point and get close to where the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were abandoned in 1848.
As we cruise the waters of the North-West Passage we hope to spot seal, polar bear, beluga, narwhals and numerous Arctic bird species. Sailing in the wake of numerous explorers, we take Zodiacs to land in remote places and hike the shoreline, tundra and mountains.
Activity / Theme
Culture, Expedition Cruise, Hiking, Nature & Wildlife
Canada, Greenland, Canadian Arctic, NT, NU, YT, Arctic-,- north (NT, NU, YT)
Leisurely / Moderate
Purpose-built small luxury expedition ice-strengthened cruise vessel
Luxury triple and twin cabins or suites with balcony, all with private facilities
Months of Operation
Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:
On the eastbound North-West Passage trip you will have the chance to see beluga and more opportunities for birding and botany. On the westbound trip you have a better chance to see the Northern lights.
(This itinerary runs both ways, westbound in August and eastbound in September)
Day 1 Join in Toronto
Day 2 Fly Kangerlussuaq, board ship
Day 3 Eternity Fjord
Day 4 Ilulissat Icefjord
Day 5 Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island)
Day 6 At sea, Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island
Day 7 Isabella Bay, Sillem Island
Day 8 Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik), Bylot Island
Day 9 Marine Life of Lancaster Sound
Day 10 Lancaster Sound, Beechey Island
Days 11–15 Expedition cruising the NW Passage
Day 16 Disembark Cambridge Bay, fly Calgary
Day 17 Depart Calgary
One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Toronto on day 1
Charter flight Toronto-Kangerlussuaq
Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq (time permitting) and transfer to the pier for embarkation on day 2
On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
Comprehensive pre-departure information
Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Gratuities for ship crew
Transfer from harbour to airport in Cambridge Bay
Charter flight Cambridge Bay-Calgary
One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Calgary on day 16
Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland - photo credit Tina Rolf
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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