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The Mythical Northwest Passage

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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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2 : Sisimiut
Day 3 : Ilulissat - Disko Bay
Day 4 : Uppernavik Fjord
Day 5 : Melville Bay
Day 6 : Savissivik
Day 7 : Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Day 8 : Beechey
Day 9 : Fort Ross
Day 10 : Fury Beach
Day 11 : Gjoa Haven
Day 12 : Sailing Queen Maud Gulf
Day 13 : Navigation inside Coronation Gulf and Duke of York Archipelago
Day 14 : Holman, NWT
Day 15 : Jesse Harbour
Day 16 : Franklin Bay
Day 17 : Sailing Beaufort Sea
Day 18 : Herschel Island , Yukon
Day 19 : Sailing the Arctic Ocean, Alaska
Day 20 : Crossing the Bering Strait
Day 21 : Little Diomede
Day 22 : Savoonga
Day 23 : Nome

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Greenland ice cap Greenland hiking views Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland My daughter finds a caribou antler as we hike the terrain Traveler photographing a rift lake in Russia.

Day 1 Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Optional tour to the Polar Cape. Embark this afternoon.

Day 2 Sisimiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore this colorful Greenland town.

Day 3 Ilulissat - Disko Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Uppernavik Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Melville Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Savissivik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Beechey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 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 Fort Ross

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail the Franklin and Ross Straits.

Day 10 Fury Beach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11 Gjoa Haven

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 12 Sailing Queen Maud Gulf

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Navigation inside Coronation Gulf and Duke of York Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 14 Holman, NWT

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 15 Jesse Harbour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 16 Franklin Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 17 Sailing Beaufort Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 18 Herschel Island , Yukon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Sailing the Arctic Ocean, Alaska

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 20 Crossing the Bering Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 21 Little Diomede

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 22 Savoonga

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 23 Nome

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

L'Austral

Per person starting at
$20,040
Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

Notes

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.

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  • 22 Breakfasts, 21 Lunches, 22 Dinners
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