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.
Erick Larrieu
Relax on the deck of the L'Austral.
Stunning views from the bar and lounge

Day 1

Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Embarkation this afternoon.

Day 2

Sisimiut, Greenland

Explore this colorful Greenland town.

Day 3

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 on 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's Fjord, Greenland

Day 5

Melville Bay, Greenland

Day 6

Savissivik, Greenland

Day 7

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 will 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; Le Soleal's route will sail you close to this uninhabited "Garden of Eden" so that you may wonder at its natural marvels.

Day 8

Beechey, Nunavut, Canada

Beechey Island, looking across at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley, at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, will call 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, Nunavut, Canada

Sailing the Franklin and Ross Straits

Day 10

Gjoa Haven, Nunavut / Navigating Queen Maud Detroit

Sailing Queen Maud Gulf

Day 11

Sailing Queen Maud Gulf

Day 12

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

Day 13

Jesse Harbour

Prince of Wales Strait

Day 14

Franklin Bay

Day 15

Sailing Beaufort Sea

Port details pending

Day 16

Herschel Island (Tyukon, Canada)

The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is composed of a myriad of islands with jagged coastlines and reveals landscapes you will 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, 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 travellers. 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 you will not find anywhere else.

Day 17

Sailing the Arctic Ocean

Day 18

Crossing the Bering Strait

Day 19

Little Diomede (Alaska)

Day 20

At Sea - Data Line Change

Day 21

  • Breakfast

Anadyr (Disembark)

Arrive in Anadyr 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
Not included in rates:
- Air transportation and airport taxes
- Port and safety taxes
- Gratuities
- Optional shore excursions -booked onboard. (Except Antarctic & Arctic voyages)
- Personal expenses onboard
- Personal insurance

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

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.
Please note:
- An individual Russian visa must be obtained prior to cruise departure.
- Canadian National Park fee's (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.
Asia, Arctic, North America, Russia, Canada, Pond Inlet, Beechey Island, Ilulissat, Kangerlussuaq, Upernavik, Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), Queen Maud Gulf, Coronation Gulf, Jesse Harbour, Banks Island, Anadyr, Bering Strait, Melville Bay, Savissivik, Franklin Bay, Sisimiut, Ulukhaktok (Holman), Northwest Passage
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