The Mythical Northwest Passage Cruise

Traveler on a glacier tour of Alaska.
Paul Ackerman
Icebergs in Greenland
Mary Curry
Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland
Mary Curry
Mary Curry
Greenland ice cap
Restaurant aboard the Le Soleal.
Bar and lounge with a view.
Embark Le Soleal for a five-star expedition to the Arctic Circle and beyond. Set sail for the Far North to a legendary, highly-coveted maritime route: the Northwest Passage. Once the only possible shipping route between the Atlantic and the Pacific, the area transforms into a majestic white desert in the winter. Come to the "roof of the world" during this 23-day summer voyage to see the Arctic as life reappears, nature is reborn, and this mythical route is open.

Day 1

Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Arrive in Kangerlussuaq and transfer to the port where Le Soleal awaits you. Embark between 5 and 6 this evening. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sisimiut, Greenland

Sail into Sisimiut today. Located on the coast of the Davis Strait, this is the second-largest town in Greenland with a population just over 5,000. Excursions in port are still being planned.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ilulissat / Disko Bay, Greenland

At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty. The sculptural icebergs continue their timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicolored wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors. Choose from two half-day excursions today.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Upernavik's Fjord, Greenland

Today cruise into the Upernavik Icefjord. Beginning at the Upernavik Glacier, this long fjord empties into Baffin Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for Arctic wildlife while you sail further north! Port excursion details are forthcoming.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Melville Bay, Greenland

Located off the coast of northwestern Greenland, Melville Bay opens into Baffin Bay. Spend some time looking for Arctic marine mammals as you sail the bay, or simply enjoy your magnificent surroundings. Excursion details are forthcoming.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Savissivik, Greenland

Arrive on the northern shores of Melville Bay at the small Arctic town of Savissivik. If you are able to land, you may encounter a few of the town's 66 residents. Excursions in port are being finalized.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

Placed like a custodian on the northern edge of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet appears to guard over the entrance to the legendary Northwest Passage. Formerly called Tununiq by the Inuit, this region was long ago inhabited by their ancestors, the Thule, who left behind numerous archaeological artifacts, little vestiges of the past. No matter where you look, your eyes alight upon a unique landscape of snow-capped mountain ranges, each more beautiful than the last, standing opposite ice-blue glaciers whose vertiginous flows descend into the ocean. In the summertime, when the sun doesn’t set below the horizon, the light is truly magical. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the bird colonies of Bylot Island. Your ship's route brings you close to this uninhabited "Garden of Eden" so that you may wonder at its natural marvels.

Day 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada

Beechey Island looks across at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley. Located at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, the island calls to mind some of the most important moments of Franklin’s expedition. Sir John set off in 1845 in search of the mythical Northwest Passage and was forced to take shelter in Erebus Harbor for two long years, while he waited for the ice floes to recede and allow him a way through. It is a spectacular location; seeing the three wooden grave markers, bleached by the sun (indicating the burial places of at least three of Captain Franklin’s men), and visiting the memorial that has been erected in memory of Franklin and his men can only reinforce the hushed sense of reverence.

Day 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fort Ross, Nunavut, Canada

Formerly a Hudson's Bay Company trading post, today Fort Ross is uninhabited. Located at the end of the Bellot Strait, Fort Ross is home to archeological sites that tell the history of its ancient inhabitants. Excursion details for this port are being finalized.

Day 10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada

Its indigenous name means "lots of fat," so it's no surprise that Goja Haven is known for the abundance of sea mammals who frequent its waters. Located above the Arctic Circle, Goja Haven is among the largest and fasted-growing Arctic communities. Details for your stop here are forthcoming.

Day 11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sailing Queen Maud Gulf, Nunavut, Canada

During the 15th century, linking Europe and Asia by the sea became the grail of generations of explorers and adventurers. Today, you have the remarkable chance to explore this region which still sees only infrequent traffic, but where passion and the spirit of adventure abound. Do not miss the Bay of Cambridge, one of the mythical sites in this region. Here, when you look towards the horizon, way off on the other side of the fjord, you can see the silhouette of the Maud, Captain Roald Amundsen's famous three-masted ship. When she got trapped here after partially sinking, it was a chance for the famous navigator to explore the Northeast Passage near the Siberian coast between 1918 and 1920. Though today you can still see part of her hull breaking the surface, discussions of repatriation to Norway to make the Maud the centerpiece of a new museum abound.

Day 12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruising the Coronation Gulf and the Duke of York Archipelago, Nunavut, Canada

Coronation Gulf divides Victoria Island and mainland Nunavut in the Arctic Circle. Sail through these icy waters to reach the Duke of York Archipelago, an uninhabited island group. Be on the lookout for Arctic stars such as walrus, seal, and the occasional whale. Port details are forthcoming.

Day 13

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Holman, NWT, Canada

Also known as Ulukhaqtuuq, Holman is a small settlement on Victoria Island. A visit here is sure to teach you a great deal about the culture and people who continue to thrive in some of the world's most inhospitable regions. Excursions at this port are being finalized.

Day 14

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Jesse Harbour, NWT, Canada

Among the most remote locations your ship visits, Jesse Bay is roughly 110 miles from Sachs Harbour in the Inuvik Region. This unique voyage is among the only in the world that arrives in Jesse Harbour. Details of this port of call are forthcoming.

Day 15

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Franklin Bay, NWT, Canada

On the southeastern end of the Beaufort Sea, Franklin Bay is a large inlet of the Amundsen Gulf. Named for Sir John Franklin, this area has witnessed a lengthy history of explorers. Port details are forthcoming.

Day 16

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sailing the Beaufort Sea, NWT, Canada

Spend today taking in your inimitable surroundings. Relax and rest up for the next leg of your epic adventure.

Day 17

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Herschel Island, Tyukon, Canada

This Canadian Arctic Archipelago is composed of a myriad of islands with jagged coastlines, revealing landscapes you can only see at this far end of the world. Come and discover the small Canadian island of Herschel, a frozen paradise located in the Beaufort Sea just 2 km off the coast of the Yukon, and within the Ivvavik National Park. Herschel Island is a landmark in the West Arctic and has served alternately as a whaling station, a relay station, and a refuge for travelers. Set off in the wake of the great explorers to discover a remote land, its people and cultures, and to experience unique moments and rare emotions in landscapes you cannot find anywhere else.

Day 18

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sailing the Arctic Ocean, Alaska, USA

Begin your return journey as you cruise the open ocean. Take in the fresh Arctic air and be on the watch for marine mammals.

Day 19

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crossing the Bering Strait, Alaska, USA

Welcome to the legendary Bering Strait - the narrow waterway that separates the Asian and North American continents. Over the winter, this waterway still freezes over to become a bridge between worlds. On your summertime journey, the water may be flowing but you are sure to encounter a few icebergs along the way.

Day 20

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Little Diomede Island, Alaska, USA

Known also by its indigenous name, Ignaluk, Little Diomede Island is located in the middle of the Bering Strait. Situated almost halfway between Siberia and the Alaska mainland, Little Diomede Island is only about a quarter-mile from the International Date Line. Its location alone makes this a truly unique destination. Excursions on this remote locale are being finalized.

Day 21

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea / Crossing the Date Line

Sailing southward, you have ample time on your last day to reflect on your adventures at the "top of the world," and to share photos and memories with your fellow travelers.

Day 22

  • Breakfast

Anadyr, Russia

Arrive in Anadyr and disembark. Transfer to the airport to continue your travels.

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

Please note:
- An individual Russian visa must be obtained prior to cruise departure.
- Canadian National Park fees (approximately $50 subject to change) will be charged to your shipboard account.
- A Russian disembarkation fee (approximately $40 subject to change) will be charged to your shipboard account.
- A charter air package is available from/to Paris. Please contact us for details.

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), zodiac outings, moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by an expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of this itinerary, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain of the ship, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in the Arctic zone.

Included Features:
• All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• Room service 24h (special selection)
• English speaking lecturer on selected sailings
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team for all programs
• Special program for US/Canada: The all inclusive package includes the Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities
Asia, Arctic, North America, Europe, Alaska, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Russia, Baffin Island, Canada, Pond Inlet, Beechey Island, Ilulissat, Kangerlussuaq, Upernavik, Fort Ross, Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), Queen Maud Gulf, Coronation Gulf, Jesse Harbour, Banks Island, Melville Bay, Savissivik, Franklin Bay, Sisimiut, United States, Ulukhaktok (Holman), Nome, Northwest Passage, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Little Diomede, Herschel Island, Russian Far East
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