Have questions? We're here.
Kayaking close to the seal

Classic Northwest Passage and Greenland - From Cambridge Bay to Kangerlussuaq

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard RCGS Resolute
Talk with an expert
Customize any aspect of your Arctic trip. 1.406.541.2677
Help Me Plan My Trip
Talk with an expert Ask a Question
During this 13-day expedition observe spectacular glacial landscapes, encounter outstanding Arctic wildlife, tour historic locations, visit remote Inuit communities, and explore colorful Greenlandic villages. This iconic voyage aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, explores Canada's remote Northwest Passage and stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline before crossing Baffin Bay to Greenland.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly from Edmonton to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut | Embark
Day 2 : Victory Point, King William Island
Day 3 : Conningham Bay
Day 4 : Bellot Strait | Fort Ross
Day 5 : Beechey Island
Day 6 : Lancaster Sound | Dundas Harbour
Day 7 : Pond Inlet
Day 8 : Gibbs Fjord
Day 9 : Baffin Bay
Day 10 : Ilulissat, Greenland | Jacobshavn Icefjord
Day 11 : Sisimiut, Greenland
Day 12 : Sondre Stromfjord
Day 13 : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark | Fly to Ottawa, Canada

Highlights

  • Explore Conningham Bay, one of the Arctic's most remarkable wildlife sites
  • Transit the narrow passage of Bellot Strait looking for seals & polar bears
  • Visit Prince Leopold Island's cliffs, an important migratory bird sanctuary
  • Approach to Jacobshavn Icefjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site

Ship

RCGS Resolute

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Polar bears lounge in the sun Kayaking close to the seal A group of walrus relax in the sunshine Zodiac tours through the ice. Coastal village in the arctic

Day 1 Fly from Edmonton to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut | Embark

Depart Edmonton this morning on your special charter flight to Cambridge Bay. Located on the southern shores of Victoria Island, today it is a centre for hunting, trapping and fishing. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the town and board your expedition ship in the afternoon. After settling in to your cabins and exploring the ship, meet your expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as you enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off, bound for the fabled Northwest Passage.

Day 2 Victory Point, King William Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you chart a course into the Northwest Passage, onboard presentation series begins, and the legend of Sir John Franklin and his ‘lost expedition’ is beginning to unravel. The mystery of what happened to Franklin was partially solved in September 2014, when a joint Parks Canada and Royal Canadian Geographic Society expedition, found the long lost Franklin shipwreck, HMS Erebus in the Victoria Strait. One Ocean Expeditions played a pivotal role in the search by carrying underwater search equipment on your ship as well as scientists, historians, researchers, dignitaries and sponsors of this history defining mission. Aim to visit Victory Point, travelling very near the actual location of the wreck of HMS Erebus, all the while learning about the quest for exploration that eventually opened up the Arctic. Experts and marine archaeologists all agree, the second of Franklin’s lost ships, HMS Terror is likely to be in this vicinity. 

Day 3 Conningham Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning arrive at Conningham Bay on the shore of Prince of Wales. Here, in the heart of the Northwest Passage hope to encounter one of the most remarkable wildlife sites in the Arctic. This is a known hotspot for polar bears who come here to feast on Beluga whales, often caught in the rocky shallows at the entrance to the bay during low tide. It is not unusual to find the shoreline littered with whale skeletons – and very healthy looking polar bears!

Day 4 Bellot Strait | Fort Ross

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today transit the narrow passage of Bellot Strait – a channel separating northerly Somerset Island from continental North America. The aim is to enter at slack tide if possible, in order to avoid a current that roars through the passage at more than seven knots during the peak flow. The mixing of waters in this strait provides an abundant food source for marine mammals and you must keep your eyes peeled for harp seals, bearded seals and even polar bears. The skill of the Captain, Officers and capabilities of the ship becomes apparent during this exciting day of Arctic navigation. The historic site of Fort Ross, located at the southern end of Somerset Island, is a former Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading outpost. Fascinating archaeological sites nearby tell a story of more than a thousand years of habitation by the Inuit and their predecessors.

Day 5 Beechey Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Beechey Island holds great historic importance, as it is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness, sparking an incredible series of search expeditions that lasted almost three decades. The mystery of what happened to Franklin was partially solved in September 2014, when a joint Parks Canada and Royal Canadian Geographic Society expedition found the long lost Franklin shipwreck, HMS Erebus, in the Victoria Strait.

A trip ashore at Beechey Island to visit the grave markers on a remote windswept beach gives one pause to wonder on the bravery (or foolhardiness) of these pioneering explorers, as they sought a way through the barren, frozen landscape. This is a thrilling location for history buffs and for many it will be the defining moment of the expedition. Cross the Barrow Straight into Prince Regent Inlet, stopping to view the bird cliffs at Prince Leopold Island. This is an important migratory bird sanctuary, home to thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars, and black-legged kittiwakes. Numbering in the order of several hundred thousand birds, Prince Leopold Island is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the whole of the Canadian Arctic. Given the abundance of food in this vicinity, beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales, several species of seal, and polar bear are often seen here.

Day 6 Lancaster Sound | Dundas Harbour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You are now at almost 75° degrees north of latitude. Cruising the coastline of Devon Island, you are now in the waters of Lancaster Sound – a rich, bio-diverse region often referred to as the wildlife ‘super highway’ of the Arctic. These massive volumes of water from Baffin Bay to the east, Beaufort Sea to the west, and from the archipelago of islands to the north, combine to make a rich cocktail of nutrients supporting an abundance of Arctic wildlife. Plan on visiting the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour, situated on the southern shores of Devon Island

Day 7 Pond Inlet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sight the wild north coast of Baffin Island and navigate through Navy Board Inlet. The vast landscapes of Sirmilik National Park surround us as you approach the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik. Be welcomed ashore and visit the Natinnak Centre, where a fascinating cultural exhibit showcases aspects of daily life, culture and history of the people of the north. Inuit carvings, jewellery and other traditional craft is on display and purchasing such items from the local artisans is a great way to support the community.

Day 8 Gibbs Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning enter the spectacular Gibbs Fjord with towering cliffs all around you. Your expedition ship seem dwarfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as you cruise slowly along the dark waters. 

Day 9 Baffin Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leaving the rugged coastline of Baffin Island, your crossing of Baffin Bay allows time to slow down and reflect on the beauty and experiences you have shared. A team of onboard experts continue to educate you on the history and wildlife of the region while naturalists keep watch looking for fulmars and dovekies, pilot whales and perhaps even orca. As you approach Greenland, you also increase your likelihood of spotting some of the big baleen whales like the fin and sei whales.

Day 10 Ilulissat, Greenland | Jacobshavn Icefjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For many, today is a highlight of the voyage. Truly one of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site - spews gigantic tabular icebergs out into Disko Bay. The glacier that creates these stunning monoliths advances at over 40 metres per day, creating around 50 cubic kilometres of ice annually. Your approach to Ilulissat is always dependent on the amount of ice in and around the mouth of the fjord. Captain and Officers are skilled ice navigators and your ship has one of the highest ice ratings of any vessel exploring Arctic waters.

Day 11 Sisimiut, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the fjord behind the town of Sisimiut before going ashore to explore this beautiful location in the afternoon. Characterized by colourful local houses, the town features a towering granite peak as a backdrop. Hope to meet a few of the traditional Greenlandic kayakers and to see a demonstration of ‘Eskimo rolling’ by one of the former Greenland kayak champions. A small museum is another interesting diversion.

Day 12 Sondre Stromfjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the worlds longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord towers above the ship on either side as you sail up it. The goal is not the end of the fjord, but rather some of the small side fjords along it that you can zodiac into and explore on foot or by kayak. Major geologic and geomorphologic features surround you and for those looking for living and breathing excitement, hope to find Muskox along the shores of the fjord as well. Soaring high above you is the white-tailed sea eagle, majestic as always while riding the thermals off the ridges. Expect some fantastic hiking opportunities with hikes geared to all fitness levels.

Day 13 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark | Fly to Ottawa, Canada

  • 1 Breakfast
Your journey through the Arctic is all but complete as you must disembark the ship and make your way to the airport. A charter flight returns you to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. On arrival bid farewell to your fellow passengers and your voyage comes to an end. A transfer is provided from the airport to a central location downtown. the while learning about the quest for exploration that eventually opened up the Arctic. On this, your last night of the expedition, enjoy a celebratory dinner, attended by the Captain of the ship and reflect on your epic voyage .

RCGS Resolute

Deals

Save $1,000
Early Bird Savings - Book before January 31, 2019 and save $1,000 per person. Some restrictions may apply. Select departures only. Contact us for details.
Applies to Aug 31, 2019 departure

Per person starting at
$12,695
RCGS Resolute Cabin
Select a Date
Main Deck Triple
Deck 3. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, portholes, writing desk and chair, and private washroom facilities.
RCGS Resolute Cabin
Select a Date
Twin Private Cabin
Deck 4. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, large windows, writing desk and chair, and private washroom facilities.
RCGS Resolute Cabin
Select a Date
Superior Cabin
Deck 5. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, large windows, writing desk and chair, and private washroom facilities.
RCGS Resolute Cabin
Select a Date
Superior Plus Cabin
Deck 5. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, large picture windows, writing desk and chair, and private washroom.
RCGS Resolute Cabin
Select a Date
Shackleton Suite
Deck 6. 22 m2. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge convertible to a sofa bed, large picture windows, a large desk, expansive cabinetry, and washroom facilities including both a shower & bathtub.
RCGS Resolute Cabin
Select a Date
One Ocean Suite
Deck 6. 44 m2. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge convertible to a sofa bed with matching club chairs, large picture windows, a large desk, expansive cabinetry, and washroom facilities including both a shower & bathtub.

Notes

Please note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favorable conditions.

This itinerary includes:
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip in Canada's Atlantic provinces
  • Transfers from the airport to your hotel upon arrival
  • Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
  • High quality, eco friendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • 24 hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore
  • Resident photography guide available to assist all guests
  • Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
  • An emergency trained Physician onboard every voyage
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centre including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
  • Sea Kayaking programme available (additional charge of $695pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
  • Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books
  • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
This itinerary does not includes:
  • Any internartional or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
  • Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
  • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all trips)
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount –
  • $US12-15 per day)
Payment & Cancellation Policies
Change & customize to make it yours.
Mary C

We Love to Talk Travel

Call 1.800.344.6118
or
Chat Now
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
Jack Charney

Why Travel With Adventure Life

More Reasons

Awards and Accolades

All News