Into the Northwest Passage Cruise

Rob Poulton
A beautiful arctic reflection.
Eagle Eye Tours
A musk ox and her calf relax on the arctic plains.
Ellen Thayer
Local girls sit in front of colorful houses in their village.
Andrew Stewart
Travelers walking on a boardwalk in the winter arctic tundra.
Dennis Minty
Witness incredible whales on your journey.
Adventure Canada
The Meridian Club on the Ocean Endeavour
Adventure Canada
Take a dip on the ship's pool deck
The Northwest Passage is the Pinnacle of Arctic exploration. Join this 17-day tour to venture where the ice allows. Explore the quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers of Greenland. Work your way north before crossing Smith Sound to visit Aujuittuq (Grise Fjord), Canada's northernmost community. Continue West, stopping at ghostly RCMP and Hudson's Bay Company posts, meanwhile keeping a lookout for caribou, polar bear, walrus, and musk ox.

Day 1

    Embark in Kangerlusauq, Greenland

    Kangerlussuaq, the start of our voyage, is appropriately named. The word means 'The Big Fjord' in Greenlandic, which aptly describes the amazing feature found here - a fjord measuring 168km long!

    Day 2

      Sisimiut, Greenland

      The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, myriad islands and complex coastal waterways. Make an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape

      Day 3

        Ilulissat, Greenland

        Venturing 250km north of the Arctic Circle, one finds the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates literally into "iceberg," and there couldn't be a more fitting name.

        Your visit includes time in the colorful town and a chance to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where you can observe the great fields of ice. You also have the chance to cruise in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord on Zodiac. The Icefjord is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world.

        Day 4

          Karrat Fjord, Greenland

          Cruise one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords: Karrat Fjord. During ice breakup, narwhals and seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord.

          The cliffs within the fjord should offer good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies. Time spent on deck today likely results in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities.

          Day 5

            Melville Bay

            Continue your travels westward to Melville Bay. Details about this port call are forthcoming.

            Day 6

              Kap York

              The rugged coastal environment at Kap York is rich in wildlife and is part of an extensive network of traditional hunting grounds. During the spring and summer months the skies and cliffs are dotted with millions of birds, primarily auks and murres. This district boasts the largest seabird population in northwest Greenland. Hike the tundra landscape and enjoy your own magnificent vistas.

              Day 7

                Smith Sound

                Spend a day exploring as the ship ventures north into this fabled body of water that once served as the main route for explorers and adventurers seeking the North Pole. Adolphus Greely, Sir George Nares and Elisha Kent Kane all traveled these waters with varying degrees of success. Only 48-72km wide and 88km long, Smith Sound is often packed with ice and provides favorable conditions for wildlife viewing.

                Day 8

                  Aujuittuq (Grise Fjord)

                  Aujuittuq means "place that never thaws." That's apt for this peaceful hamlet, 1,150km above the Arctic Circle - Canada's northernmost civilian community. We'll be welcomed by the population of about 165 souls. Activities here center on the school where you have a chance to meet members of the community and learn about their way of life.

                  Day 9

                    Coburg Island

                    At the entrance to Jones Sound is Coburg Island, whose spectacular seabird cliffs are a designated National Wildlife Area. Thirty-thousand pairs of black-legged kittiwakes and 160,000 pairs of thick-billed murres crowd the rocky ledges on this island almost completely covered by an ice cap.

                    Day 10

                      Devon Island

                      The largest uninhabited island in the world supports significant concentrations of wildlife, including 26 species of seabirds and 11 species of marine mammals.

                      At Dundas Harbour, find the lonely remains of an RCMP station dating from the 1920s. Walrus, polar bear, muskox and caribou have also been spotted here. At nearby Croker Bay, take a Zodiac cruise though this scenic bay and marvel at icebergs, freshly calved from the glacier at the head of the bay.

                      Day 11

                        Beechey Island

                        In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men in two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. It was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance. Until recently, the three graves had left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party. Come explore this infamous site and pay homage to the temerity of past explorers.

                        Day 12

                          Bathurst Island

                          Good soil conditions and a rare wetland environment produce abundant vegetation here, making Bathurst a major calving area for the endangered Peary Caribou. Here, too, find Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area, a migratory route for polar bears from March to November. The north half of the island is the proposed Tuktusiuqvialuk National Park.

                          Day 13

                            Melville Island

                            Melville Island was first visited by British explorer Sir William Parry in 1819. Not only did he discover the island; ice forced him to spend the winter in 1820 at what is now called 'Winter Harbour.'

                            Melville Island is one of two major breeding grounds for a small sea goose, the Western High Arctic Brant. DNA analysis and field observations suggest that these birds may be distinct from other Brant stocks. Numbering only 4,000-8,000 birds, this is one of the rarest goose stocks in the world.

                            Day 14

                              Banks Island

                              Home to two thirds of the world's population of Lesser Snow Geese, two federal Migratory Bird Sanctuaries were founded in 1961. Arctic mammals are also abundant here, as muskoxen number around 40,000. And, incredibly, the first grizzly-polar bear hybrid found in the wild, was sighted on Banks Island in April 2006 near Sachs Harbour!

                              Day 15

                                Prince of Wales Strait

                                Prince of Wales Strait is part of the Arctic Ocean, extending northeastward for 275 km from the Amundsen Gulf to Viscount Melville Sound and separating Banks and Victoria islands. It was discovered in 1850 by Robert McClure, the Irish explorer, who came within sight of the Viscount Melville Sound before heavy ice forced him to turn back.

                                It was named after Albert Edward, then the Prince of Wales. It was not navigated until the RCMP patrol of Sgt Larsen in 1944. It has since become the preferred route of large vessels making the passage.

                                Day 16

                                  Ulukhaktok (Holman)

                                  The large bluff that overlooks Ulukhaktok was the source that provided the slate and copper used to make ulus and give the community its name. Ulukhaktok is also the location of the most northern golf course in the Americas and hosts the "Billy Joss Open Celebrity Golf Tournament" every summer. Over the years they have managed to attract players from the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Eskimos, as well as golfers from other countries.

                                  Day 17

                                    Disembark in Kugluktuk (Coppermine)

                                    Located at the mouth of the Coppermine river to southwest of Victoria Island on the Coronation Gulf, Kugluktuk is the western most community in Nunavut. Disembark here and spend time exploring on your own or transfer to the airport to continue your homeward journey.
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                                    Round-Trip Charter Flight: $2,195
                                    Conservation Fee: $250
                                    - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

                                    - Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the double occupancy rate.

                                    Expedition Costs Include:
                                    - Pre-departure materials
                                    - Special access permits, entry and park fees
                                    - Team of expedition staff
                                    - Applicable taxes
                                    - Educational program
                                    - Interactive workshops
                                    - Evening entertainment
                                    - Guided activities
                                    - Sightseeing and community visits
                                    - All shipboard meals
                                    - All Zodiac excursions
                                    - Port fees

                                    Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
                                    - $250 Discovery Fee
                                    - Commercial and charter flights
                                    - Gratuities (suggested $15 USD per passenger per day)
                                    - Personal expenses
                                    - Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
                                    - Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
                                    - Possible fuel surcharge
                                    - Pre & post hotel accommodations
                                    - Optional excursions
                                    - Additional costs associated with payments made by credit card

                                    Charter Flights:
                                    Charter flights available. Northbound: Toronto, Ontario - Kangerlussauq, Greenland and Southbound: Kugluktuk, Nunavut - Edmonton, Alberta are not included in cruise fare. Please add an additional $2,195 per person, subject to change.

                                    Pre and post hotel nights are available in Toronto and Edmonton at additional cost, upon request.

                                    Deposit & Payment

                                    Initial deposit is $1200, 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 130 days prior to departure.

                                    Final payment by check, bank transfer, or credit card (subject to an additional fee of approx 4%).

                                    Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 130 days prior to departure.

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                                    Cancellation Policy

                                    Days Prior to departureFee
                                    121 days or more$700 per person
                                    120-91 days70% trip cost
                                    90-0 days100% trip cost