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Polar bears in the Arctic

The Northwest Passage – Cambridge Bay to Halifax

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Be among the few to sail in the wake of great explorers as we attempt to cruise through the legendary Northwest Passage. Experience the raw and daunting beauty of the Arctic on this rare adventure. Our advanced expedition ship is one of the few in the world capable of navigating the fabled passage in premium comfort.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Edmonton
Day 2 : Edmonton | Cambridge Bay | Embark
Days 3-10 : Northwest Passage
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Ilulissat
Day 13 : Sisimiut
Day 14 : Nuuk
Day 15 : Kvanefjord
Day 16 : At Sea
Day 17 : Red Bay
Day 18 : Corner Brook
Day 19 : At Sea
Day 20 : Halifax | Disembark

Highlights

  • Be one of the few to sail through the Northwest Passage
  • Discover Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Spot diverse wildlife - with a good chance to see polar bears
  • Explore some of the most spectacular and unspoiled scenery on Earth

Ship

MS Fram

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Polar bears in the Arctic Midnight sun light, Ilulissat Nuuk city landscape Halifax, Canada Aerial View of Halifax Skyline

Day 1 Edmonton

Enjoy the lively and colorful city of Edmonton on one of the optional land adventures before your expedition begins.


 

Day 2 Edmonton | Cambridge Bay | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you transfer to the airport for your flight to Cambridge Bay, called “Iqaluktuuttiaq” in Inuinnaqtun, meaning “good fishing place.” It is famous for the giant char caught in local waters. There is also abundant wildlife in the area: seals, geese, muskoxen and caribou. Our expedition starts with MS Fram here.

Day 3-10 Northwest Passage

  • Ship
  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
Intend to head into the heart of the Northwest Passage. Since the late 15th century, the search for this fabled seaway in the Canadian Arctic was a holy grail for hardy adventurers. The first recorded voyage was led by John Cabot in 1497. The most famous journey here was James Cook’s failed attempt in 1776, and of course the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The first to conquer the Passage by ship was Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen on an expedition that lasted from 1903 to 1906.
Ice conditions vary, so each voyage here is unique. Subject to favorable conditions, we hope to explore some of the following places:

Gjøa Haven, which honors Amundsen, who wintered here in 1903/04 and 1904/05 on the Gjøa expedition. He called the place “the finest little harbor in the world.”  He learned a great deal about survival and travel in polar regions from the local Netslik Inuit people.

Fort Ross, which was established in 1937. There are two small huts here maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard, and occasionally used by the local Inuit for shelter.

Beechey Island, which is closely linked to the history of Northwest Passage exploration, particularly the expedition led by Sir John Franklin, whose two ships sailed into the passage in 1845, but never returned. It is known that the Franklin party overwintered here in 1845.

Radstock Bay, which is dominated by rocky Caswell Tower. The shoreline here is excellent for short walks to a pre-historic Inuit site. Caswell Tower itself features a challenging hike to the summit for great views.

Dundas Harbour, which is an abandoned settlement with an old Royal Canadian Mounted Police camp and several archaeological sites from the Thule period. 
The traditional Inuit community, Pond Inlet, on Baffin Island. Called “Mittimatalik” in Inuktitut, the pictuesque settlement is surrounded by mountain ranges, with glaciers, scenic fjords, ice caves, geological hoodoos and drifting icebergs.

Throughout your journey, we sail in pristine straits supporting rich wildlife, and will be on the constant look out for amazing creatures such as polar bears.

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Davis Strait was named for the English explorer, John Davis, who searched for a route through the passage between 1585 and 1587. He was the first to draw attention to seal hunting and whaling possibilities in the area, and that the Newfoundland cod fisheries extended this far north.

Day 12 Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord has earned it UNESCO World Heritage site status. At the mouth of the fjord, you can often see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These originate from nearby Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere.

Day 13 Sisimiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sisimiut is situated 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions. Come ashore and explore this colorful town. Visit the small museum, hike in the hills and shop for local handicrafts.

Day 14 Nuuk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nuuk is the political and social center of Greenland and the oldest town in the country, founded in 1728. It is beautifully situated at the mouth of one of most spectacular fjord systems in the world. This is where old and new meet, from picturesque historic buildings to modern architecture.

Day 15 Kvanefjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kvanefjord is a 30 mile-long fjord on the west coast of Greenland. We will spend the day here exploring the amazing landscape.

Day 16 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave Greenland and head for open sea. Cross the southern part of the Labrador Sea, this time sailing towards Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada

Day 17 Red Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Red Bay, on the coast of Labrador, is a classic outpost of Atlantic Canada with a population of less than 200. In 2013, the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander around the former whaling town and learn about its interesting history.

Day 18 Corner Brook

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Corner Brook is located on the west coast of Newfoundland and has approximately 20,000 inhabitants. The area was first surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767. Explore the charming town center or enjoy its many walking trails amidst vibrant autumn foilage.

Day 19 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the deep relaxation of a day at sea as the expedition team leads a recap of your fantastic expedition.

Day 20 Halifax | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The British established Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1749. Enjoy a stroll up the hill to the Citadel overlooking the historic provincial capital. Halifax today is both hip and historic, and well worth an extra day or two before you head back home.

MS Fram

Edmonton

Per person starting at
$14,970
Cabin I MS Fram
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Polar Inside I
113-140 square feet. Inside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc
Cabin FJ MS Fram
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Polar Outside FJ
172-226 square feet. Outside cabin: Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc, limited or no view. (FJ 503 with twin beds).
A comfortable twin cabin on the MS Fram
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Polar Outside N
113-140 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc. (N-352 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin U MS Fram
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Arctic Superior U
118-252 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc. (U-526 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin F MS Fram
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Arctic Superior F
183-248 square feet. Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc.
Cabin M MS Fram
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Expedition Suite M
172-215 square feet. One room with seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.
Cabin MG MS Fram
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Expedition Suite MG
260-420 square feet. One room with private balcony, seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.

Notes

Included in Your Expedition
  • Expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice  
  • One hotel night in Edmonton incl. breakfast
  • Coach-class flight from Edmonton to Cambridge Bay
  • Transfer from Hotel to airport in Edmonton and airport to ship in Cambridge Bay
Not Included In Your Expedition
  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group adventures such as kayaking with our expedition team 
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling
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