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Out of the Northwest Passage 2017

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour
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An iconic journey, the Northwest Passage remains an adventure today. Join this 17-day journeyand spend time above the Arctic Circle in true expeditions style, searching for the aurora borealis and magnifcient sea ice. Visit remote northern communities and seek out arctic wildlife in their stunning natural habitats. Witness glaciers calving and icebergs towering in deep fjords. For those who have never experienced the Northwest Passage, no words can describe it; for those who have, no words are necessary. The crown jewel of Arctic expedition travel is closer than ever before.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Kugluktuk, Nunuvut
Day 2 : Ikaluktuutiak (Cambridge Bay)
Day 3 : Queen Maud Gulf
Day 4 : Usqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven)
Days 5-7 : Peel Sound and Parry Channel
Days 8-9 : Lancaster Sound
Day 10 : Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Days 11-14 : Northeast Baffin Fjords
Day 15 : Ilulissat, Greenland
Day 16 : Itilleq Fjord
Day 17 : Disembark in Kangerlussauq, Greenland


  • Travel the route that has enchanted explorers for centuries
  • Enjoy the legendary hospitality of vibrant Inuit communities
  • Visit the historic graves of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition
  • Find and photograph the wild creatures of the Arctic wilderness
  • Explore the largest uninhabited island on earth - Devon Island
  • Cruise the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site


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Places Visited


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

A local boy carries the flag of Greenland. Hiking through the arctic tundra. The White-Beaked Dolphin swimming by the Greenland coast. A polar bear and her cub relaxing in the ice. A local stands in traditional dress for the arctic.

Day 1 Embark in Kugluktuk, Nunuvut

Arrive in Kugluktuk, located at the mouth of the Coppermine River on the Coronation Gulf. Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut and the perfect place to begin your journey. Coppermine reverted to its original Inuinnaqtun name—Kugluktuk, meaning “place of moving waters”—on January 1st, 1996. The Coppermine River itself is designated a Canadian Heritage River for the important role it played as an exploration and fur trade route. Copper deposits along the river attracted the first explorers to the area. Since the tundra is close to the tree line, a variety of wildlife can be viewed in the area, including grizzly bears, wolverines, and moose, as well as tundra wildlife, such as musk ox, caribou, foxes, and wolves. 

Day 2 Ikaluktuutiak (Cambridge Bay)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The eighth largest island in the world, Victoria Island is found on the border between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. The main community to be found here is Cambridge Bay, with a population of just over 1,000. Depending on conditions, the ship may stop at the community or make an outdoor expedition stop.

Day 3 Queen Maud Gulf

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Queen Maud Gulf was named by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1905 for Maud of Wales, the Queen of Norway. The Ahiak caribou calve along the Queen Maud Gulf coast in Nunavut and spend the summers here. Here you may also find bald eagles, musk oxen, and grizzly bears.

Day 4 Usqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In 1903, explorer Roald Amundsen sailed through the James Ross Strait and stopped at a natural harbor on the island's south coast while looking for the Northwest Passage. Unable to proceed due to sea ice, he spent the winters of 1903-04 and 1904-05 at Usqsuqtuuq (Gjøa Haven), meanwhile learning Arctic living skills from the local Netsilik Inuit, skills that would later prove invaluable in his Antarctic explorations. He used his ship, Gjøa, as a base for explorations in the summer of 1904, sledding the Boothia Peninsula and travelling to the magnetic North Pole. Usqsuqtuuq offers a lot to its visitors, like the Northwest Passage Territorial Historic Park, where visitors can experience the voyages of explorers such as Frobisher, Ross, and Franklin. Also, there is a 9-hole golf course, known to be Canada’s most northerly course. Although Usqsuqtuuq is becoming more modern, many traditional Inuit activities are still being enjoyed, including throat singing, drum dancing, and hunting.

Day 5-7 Peel Sound and Parry Channel

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
As you head north up Peel Sound, reach serious polar bear country and be on the lookout for good spotting opportunities. Parry Channel is named after Arctic explorer William Edward Parry who got as far as Melville Island in 1819 before being blocked by ice at McClure Strait. Make expedition stops along the way among the spectacular landscapes, a perfect setting for hiking and exploring the geological diversity of the area.  

Day 8-9 Lancaster Sound

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Explore Lancaster Sound, famous for its marine mammals, including beluga whales. Somerset, Devon, and Bylot Islands offer potential opportunities to spot Peary caribou, polar bear, walrus, and musk oxen—and visits to ghostly RCMP and Hudson’s Bay Company posts. The graves of the Franklin Expedition at Beechey Island remind us of the price of Arctic exploration. Weather, wildlife, and sea conditions influence the choice of landings during these days of exploration.

Day 10 Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) is a bustling Arctic community surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the eastern Arctic. Enjoy exploring the town, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who gladly share their culture. You are treated to a cultural presentation at the Community Hall—arts and crafts may be available here. Mittimatalik is a famously excellent region for viewing marine mammals, including the elusive narwhal. After your time in the communitycruise through the stunning Milne Inlet as you continue your journey. 

Day 11-14 Northeast Baffin Fjords

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
These days are expeditions in the truest sense as you navigate the fjords of northeast Baffin Island. Baffin’s fjords are striking, affording stunning perspectives on geological processes. The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for exploring these hidden treasures of the north, as her manoeuvrability and shallow draft allow her to access regions that would be impassable to larger vessels. Be on alert for changing weather and ice conditions; the ship's crews uses its judgement as to which route along the coast is the most spectacular. As ever, your team is on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which you travel.

Day 15 Ilulissat, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Illulissat translates literally into "iceberg", and there couldn't be a more fitting name for this stunning coastal community. Your visit includes time in the colorful town and a chance to hike out along a boardwalk to an elevated viewpoint where you can observe the great fields of ice. Also cruise in the fleet of Zodiacs through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord.
The Icefjord is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at nineteen meters per day and calving more than thirty-five square kilometers of ice annually. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years. 

Day 16 Itilleq Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, many islands, and complex coastal waterways. Make an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape.

Day 17 Disembark in Kangerlussauq, Greenland

  • 1 Breakfast
Make the journey down spectacular Sondre Stromfjord - early risers have a chance to experience its beauty. Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometers of superb scenery! Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord.’ 
Disembark the Ocean Endeavour and make your way to the airport to meet your charter flights home.

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Ocean Endeavour - Cat 1 Quad
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Quadruple - Category 1
Deck four. Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room) - approx. 240 sq. ft.
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 2 Triple
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Triple - Category 2
Deck four. Interior cabin, 3 lower berths, two private baths - approx. 200 sq. ft.
Interior Twin cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Interior Twin - Category 3
Deck five. Interior cabin, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Exterior Twin - Category 4
Deck four. Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Main Twin - Category 5
Deck five. Picture window, unobstructed view, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
Comfort Twin cabin on board Ocean Endeavour
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four. Two portholes, views, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed- 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
Top Deck Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Select Twin - Category 7
Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed, approx. 190 sq. ft. and deck eight: oversize windows, partial obstruction, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
Superior Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Superior Twin - Category 8
Deck five. Two picture windows, view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows,view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture windows, partial view, matrimonial, pvt bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft
Junion Suite on board the Ocean Endeavour
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Junior Suite - Category 9
Deck five: picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, sitting area- approx. 270 sq. ft. Deck seven: forward-facing picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, private bath w/full tub, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 290 sq. ft.
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Suite - Category 10
Deck seven. Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub, refrigerator - approx. 310 sq. ft.


- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the double occupancy rate.

Expedition Costs Include:
- Pre-departure materials
- Special access permits, entry and park fees
- Team of expedition staff
- Applicable taxes
- Educational program
- Interactive workshops
- Evening entertainment
- Guided activities
- Sightseeing and community visits
- All shipboard meals
- All Zodiac excursions
- Port fees

Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
- $250 Discovery Fee
- Commercial and charter flights
- Gratuities (suggested $15 USD per passenger per day)
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Possible fuel surcharge
- Pre & post hotel accommodations
- Optional excursions
- Additional costs associated with payments made by credit card

Charter Flights:
Northbound: Early morning departure from Edmonton, AB to Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU on September 7, 2017.
Southbound: Kangerlussauq, Greenland to Toronto, ON (early evening arrival) on September 23, 2017.
Please add $2,395 per person, inclusive of all taxes and fees, subject to change.

Pre and post hotel nights are available and recommended in Edmonton and Toronto at additional cost, upon request.


  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners


  • Internal Flights
    • $2,395 Northbound: Edmonton, AB to Kugluktuk, NU. Southbound: Kangerlussauq, Greenland to Toronto, ON
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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