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Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
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Immerse yourself in the history of the High Arctic on this 17-day voyage cruising through the maze-like, icy channels of the legendary Northwest Passage on the small ship Ocean Adventurer. Sail through the fabled sea route and explore the waters that have enchanted adventurers for hundreds of years, tracing their footsteps. Visit traditional Inuit communities, and experience ancient cultures at remote historical sites. Learn about the whaling heyday of the 1800s and, if you are lucky, spot present-day whales frolicking in their natural surroundings.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ottawa, Canada
Day 2 : Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Embark
Days 3-4 : Exploring West Greenland
Day 5 : At Sea
Days 6-15 : Canada’s High Arctic
Day 16 : Resolute, Canada | Disembark
Day 17 : Depart Ottawa

Highlights

  • Hike the arctic tundra to discover Inuit communities and glaciated landscapes
  • Explore colorful Greenlandic villages and shop for traditional Inuit handicrafts
  • Meet iconic arctic wildlife, such as whales, walrus and muskoxen
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to get up close to glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more

Ship

Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Zodiacs give a new perspective on this rugged terrain and bring you closer to the wildlife Hiking the Arctic landscape An Arctic fox gazes across the landscape Kayaking brings you closer to the wildlife A walrus pops up for to say hello

Day 1 Arrive in Ottawa, Canada

Begin your arctic adventure in Ottawa. Explore the Canadian capital on your own, before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.

Day 2 Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, board your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, a small seaside community that is your gateway to Greenland. Enjoy your first Zodiac ride as you are transferred from shore to ship. Out on deck, take in your new surroundings before you set sail on your arctic adventure.

Day 3-4 Exploring West Greenland

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Today visit Maniitsoq, a town known by the locals as the Venice of Greenland, as it’s situated in an archipelago intersected by natural canals. Soaring, snow-capped mountains surround the small, rocky town, whose name means “the uneven place.” Playful humpback whales spend summer in the waters around here.

The Greenlandic capital of Nuuk is a haven for history and culture lovers. Stroll down to the waterfront to see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue, named for the missionary who established the settlement in 1728. Marvel at the famous remains of 500-year-old fully dressed mummies, discovered under a rock outcrop in 1972 by two brothers out hunting, at the Greenland National Museum. The Nuuk Art Museum and Katuaq Culture Centre are also worth visiting.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Say goodbye to Greenland’s shores as you traverse the Davis Strait in pursuit of the Canadian Arctic. Presentations by on-board experts prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 6-15 Canada’s High Arctic

  • Ship
  • 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
Visit towering fjords, historical sites and traditional Inuit communities as you follow the footsteps of famous explorers from long ago in the Canadian High Arctic.

Tour the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts, watch craftspeople in the tapestry studio and pick up a limited-edition print. A must for visitors, a colorful Pang hat keeps you warm during the remainder of your arctic voyage. Afterwards, visit nearby Kekerten, an uninhabited island that was a major whaling destination in the 1800s.

Go ashore for a hike at Cape Mercy, named by British explorer John Davis (yes, he of the Davis Strait), who sailed through it in 1585. As icebergs travel down the Davis Strait, they’re naturally trapped at Qikiqtarjuak (formerly known as Broughton Island), the iceberg capital of the world. The icy waters here are sometimes also home to narwhals, beluga and right whales, and ring and harp seals. A hike up to the hilltop inukshuk (a stone figure made by the Inuit) rewards with spectacular views of the community.

Cruise farther north along the east coast of Baffin Island and approach Isabella Bay, an important summer and fall feeding area for a large population of bowhead whales.

Sail by the dozens of soaring cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord. One of the most isolated places on the planet, the big-wall playground attracts climbers eager to scale the sheer rock faces that shoot straight out of the sea.

Discover the picturesque hamlet of Pond Inlet, located at the northern tip of Baffin Island, near the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage. Spend some time exploring this traditional Inuit community that’s surrounded by scenic mountains, fjords, glaciers and icebergs.

Visit the area around Lancaster Sound and enjoy several hiking opportunities. At Dundas Harbour, on Devon Island, visit an abandoned beachside outpost of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At nearby Croker Bay, cruise in a Zodiac (at a safe distance) along the face of an actively calving glacier. Your Expedition Team keep its eyes peeled for the muskoxen and walrus that are known to visit the bay. A hike to a nearby archaeological site is another possible excursion. Farther west, some of the best ancient Thule remains in the Arctic are at Radstock Bay, beside the soaring Caswell Towers, a polar bear observation site.

At the western end of Devon Island, the windswept Beechey Island might be small, but it’s steeped in history. Named after famed British explorer Frederick William Beechey, it’s a Canadian National Historic Site. Visit the small marked graves of three crew members who died during Sir John Franklin’s tragic 1845–46 expedition. Roald Amundsen landed here in 1903, during the first successful voyage by ship through the Northwest Passage.

Sail down the east coast of Somerset Island and have a chance of spotting beluga whales and narwhals, as they feed on the large numbers of arctic char that enter Creswell Bay in late summer. An important bird area, the bay also attracts such species as black-bellied plovers, king eiders and white-rumped sandpipers. Afterwards,  explore Fort Ross, where the Hudson’s Bay Company established a now-abandoned trading post in 1937. At the midpoint of the Bellot Strait, a narrow channel that separates Somerset Island from mainland North America, reach the northernmost area of the continental landmass, Zenith Point.

Day 16 Resolute, Canada | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After disembarking in Resolute, transfer to your charter flight to Ottawa and spend the night at your included hotel.

Day 17 Depart Ottawa

  • 1 Breakfast
Today, make your way to the airport to catch your homeward flights, or spend the day exploring Canada’s capital city.

Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

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Per person starting at
$9,695
Cabin, Ocean Adventurer
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Triple
Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths and one upper berth. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Lower Deck Twin
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Lower Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Porthole
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Window
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
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Superior
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Deluxe
Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Suite
Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Captain’s Deck, it has windows with exterior views and private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Suites have shower stalls.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

Notes

- 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.

- Standard Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a Premium Cabin is 2 times the shared rate.

Insurance: Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person is included. Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation. Contact us for details.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

This itinerary requires a mandatory transfer package:
• One night’s pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Ottawa with breakfast
• Charter flight from Ottawa to Kangerlussuaq
• Transfers to and from the ship
• Charter flight from Resolute to Ottawa
• Transfers between the airport and hotel in Ottawa

Package cost: $2,495 per person

Included in your fare:
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks, and juices on board
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard materials. including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • All gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
Not included in your fare:
  • Mandatory Transfer Package
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Canadian eTA required for non-Canadian or U.S, visa-exempt passengers
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance —strongly recommended
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Excess baggage charges on international flights
  • Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking activities
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