The Mythical Northwest Passage Cruise

Mary Curry
Greenland ice cap
Mary Curry
Greenland hiking views
Mary Curry
Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland
Mary Curry
My daughter finds a caribou antler as we hike the terrain
Adventure Life
Traveler photographing a rift lake in Russia.
Stunning views from the bar and lounge
Erick Larrieu
Relax on the deck of the L'Austral.
Set sail for the Far North from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Nome, Alaska on board L'Austral. Well beyond the Arctic Circle, explore the legendary, highly coveted maritime route: the Northwest Passage, the only possible shipping route between the Atlantic and the Pacific. In winter, this “roof of the world” is transformed into a majestic white desert; in summer, for a few short weeks, the temperature rises enough for the ice to melt. Life reappears, nature is reborn, the mythical route is finally free and you can breathe in the unique scent of great adventure.

Day 1

Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Optional tour to the Polar Cape. Embark this afternoon.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Explore this colorful Greenland town.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ilulissat - Disko Bay

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 multicoloured wooden houses, huskies, and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Uppernavik Fjord

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Melville Bay

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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 North West 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, a palette of opaline blues, dusky pinks and pure white. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the bird colonies of Bylot Island; sail close to this uninhabited "Garden of Eden" so that you may wonder at its natural marvels.

Day 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Beechey Island, looking across at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley, at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, calls to mind some of the most important moments of Franklin’s expedition. Sir John set off in 1845 in search of the mythical North West 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. If the surrounding wilderness impresses you, the ochres and yellows of the rocky desert soften the striking landscape.

Day 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fort Ross

Sail the Franklin and Ross Straits.

Day 10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fury Beach

Day 11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gjoa Haven

Day 12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sailing Queen Maud Gulf

During the 15th century, linking Europe and Asia by the sea became the grail of generations of explorers and adventurers. Today, 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-master. 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 we can still see part of her hull breaking the surface - a repatriation to Norway is being envisaged to make the Maud the centerpiece of a new Museum.

Day 13

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Navigation inside Coronation Gulf and Duke of York Archipelago

Day 14

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Holman, NWT

Day 15

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Jesse Harbour

Day 16

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Franklin Bay

Day 17

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sailing Beaufort Sea

Day 18

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Herschel Island , Yukon

The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is composed of a myriad of islands with jagged coastlines and landscapes only seen 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, within the Ivvavik National Park. During a long mapping expedition in 1826, Sir John Franklin was the first European to lay eyes on these unique places and their inhabitants, the Inuvialuit, the Nordic cousins of the Inuit. It was during this trip that he named the island after one of his friends, John Herschel, a brilliant British astronomer and scientist. Herschel Island is a landmark in the West Arctic and has since served alternately as a whaling station, a relay station and a refuge for travelers. As summer approaches, the soft glow of twilight begins to break the opacity of the polar night, and the hours of darkness get shorter and shorter… Set off in the wake of the great explorers, to discover a remote land, its people and cultures, and experience unique moments and rare emotions in landscapes not found anywhere else.

Day 19

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sailing the Arctic Ocean, Alaska

Day 20

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crossing the Bering Strait

Day 21

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Little Diomede

Day 22

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 23

  • Breakfast


Arrive in Nome and disembark the ship in the morning. Transfer to the airport for your continued journey home.

 Superior StateroomDeluxe StateroomPrestige Stateroom - Deck 4Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6Deluxe SuitePrestige Suite - Deck 5Prestige Suite - Deck 6Owners Suite
Airport Taxes: $220
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.

Children welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Flight package includes:
• Outbound flight from Paris to Kangerlussuaq in economy class, on European airline
• Meet and greet at the airport
• Separate luggage transport, from the airport to the ship in Kanguerlussuaq
• Transfer to the embarkation pontoon
• Disembarkation and tour transfer to the airport of Nome
• Inbound flight from Nome to Seattle in economy class

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• English speaking lecturer
• All meals while on board the ship 
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Tea, filter coffee, water, a selection of cruise wines white, red and rosé offered during meals; afternoon tea
• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• Room service 24h (special selection)
• Water sports activities using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Park entry fees into protected area

Cruise fares do not include:
• Airport taxes (subject to modification)
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Optional shore excursions
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

Please note:
• Truck drivers act as guides and tourist infrastructures are very limited in Kangerlussuaq
• School buses are used for transportation in Nome

This voyage includes activities such as zodiac landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), zodiac outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes. All of this is 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.
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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