Northwest Passage: Newfoundland & Labrador Cruise

Explore the wild and pristine Canadian High Arctic: Baffin Island, Labrador and Newfoundland, where you’ll conclude the expedition—mission accomplished—in St. John’s. This expedition cruise will voyage along the beautiful Newfoundland and Labrador coasts; visit intriguing coastal communities; see the ruins of the Viking village at L’Anse Aux Meadows; explore renoiwned Gros Morne National Park, and so much more as your arctic expedition cruise voyages the Northwest Passage of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Day 1

    Edmonton / Overnight

    Fly to Edmonton and overnight at your included hotel.

    Day 2

      Kugluktuk, Nunavut / Embark

      This morning fly to Kugluktuk, a traditional fishing hamlet and the most westerly community in the territory of Nunavut, where you will embark National Geographic Explorer and begin your Northwest Passage expedition cruise.

      Days 3-11

        Exploring the Northwest Passage

        The Northwest Passage: the legendary sea passage of the North American continent, representing centuries of effort to find a trade route from the Atlantic Ocean through the Arctic archipelago over the top of Canada. One of the world’s greatest maritime challenges, the route is located 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The ultimate ice ship, National Geographic Explorer, follows nature’s path, dependent on ice and weather conditions.

        Explore the ice-choked channels and glacier-carved islands that stretch for hundreds of miles—a stunning display of raw geology. Your crew will take their cues from nature: following wildlife, stopping for hikes on the tundra, and dropping anchor in a beautiful fjord or an iceberg-strewn bay to kayak or explore by Zodiac. You may encounter ringed seals, arctic foxes, musk oxen, walruses and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales, and perhaps even the rare narwhal. Learn about the Inuit peoples who have hunted and fished here for thousands of years. And hear heroic stories of the early explorers: Roald Amundsen, John Ross, William Edward Parry, and James Clark Ross among others.

        Days 12-16

          Baffin Island

          All eyes will be on the Bridge as the Captain and his officers study the satellite ice imagery to decide whether ice conditions allow you to go south or north around Baffin Island. A narrow passage, filled with islands and clogged with ice even during the summer months which has made it impassable for most ships—the Fury and Hecla Strait is your quest.

          The strait is named after the two ships of Sir William Edward Parry, who spent many years searching for the Northwest Passage. If conditions are right and you are able to navigate this exciting passage, then spend the following days exploring –via ship, Zodiac, kayak and hikes ashore –the islands of the Foxe Basin and Hudson Strait. Wildlife and exciting new explorations will be plentiful.

          If the Fury and Hecla Strait is impassable, sail to the north of Baffin Island, very familiar waters to your expedition vessel, filled with whales, birds and polar bears. The landscape is equally as stunning with great places to hike, kayak or Zodiac cruise, as well as plenty of late-season ice still to be found clinging reliably to parts of the eastern shore of Baffin Island.

          Days 17-20

            Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador

            Port details pending.

            Day 21

              L'anse Aux Meadows

              In 1960, the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century were discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk among the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America—nearly 500 years before Columbus arrived.

              Day 22

                Gros Morne National Park

                Graced by cliffs, fjords, and a sweeping alpine plateau, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a World Heritage site for its spectacular geology. Take a walk with your geologist to learn about the forces that shaped this land and the ancient serpentine rock that illustrates the phenomenon of plate tectonics. Continue to Western Brook Pond, a pristine, glacier-carved fjord.

                Day 23

                  At Sea / Saint Pierre Island

                  After a morning at sea, go ashore at Saint Pierre Island, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Enjoy free time to explore the wharf and soak up the French culture.

                  Day 24

                    St Johns, Newfoundland

                    Disembark this morning in St. John’s and transfer to the airport for your independent flights home.
                     Cat 1Cat 2Cat 3Cat 4Cat 5Cat 6Cat 7Cat SACat SB
                    2014-Aug-19$24,990$26,950$27,980$29,990$35,970$41,390$47,990$33,690$34,980
                    Travelers under the age of 18 save $500 per person.
                    Fare Includes:
                    All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of your expedition staff.

                    Rates do not include:
                    Air transportation, group charter flights mentioned above, extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.

                    Deposit & Payment

                    Initial deposit is varies, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                    Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.

                    Final payment by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AmEx.

                    Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.

                    Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions.

                    Cancellation Policy

                    Days Prior to departureFee
                    120+ days$150
                    119-90Deposit
                    89-6025%
                    59-3050%
                    29-0100%