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Into the Northwest Passage Cruise

  1. 2021
    Monday, August 16, 2021 to Wednesday, September 1, 2021
    Tour Duration: 
    17 days
    Tour Price:
     $10,995 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Starts: Toronto, ON; Ends: Yellowknife, NT
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Highlights
  • Cruise the heart of the Northwest Passage in comfort aboard our ice-strengthened expedition ship
  • Cross the Arctic Circle as you sail the length of Sondre Stromfjord—168 kilometres!
  • Visit ancient sites of the Thule and Dorset people with our onboard archaeologist
  • Cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where 90% of the North Atlantic’s icebergs calve
  • Experience Inuit communities and culture first hand
  • See haunting artifacts of the northern explorers, HBC, and RCMP
  • Spend three days in Canada’s second largest National Marine Conservation Area, Tallurutiup Imanga, searching for marine life
  • Visit Queen Maud Gulf, home to the wrecks of the Franklin ships, HMS Erebus and Terror
  • Seek polar bears, seabirds, and other Arctic wildlife in pristine natural environments
  • Transit Ikirasak (Bellot Strait), the narrow and dramatic waterway at the very northern tip of continental North America
Overview

The Northwest Passage represents the pinnacle of Arctic exploration. On this trip, like the explorers before us, we’ll experience the quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers of Greenland, working our way north to spectacular Kap York. Then, crossing Smith Sound, we’ll visit Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord), Canada’s northernmost community, and pay respects at the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island. Melville, Banks, and Devon Islands offer opportunities to spot Peary caribou, polar bear, walrus and musk ox—and visits to ghostly RCMP and Hudson’s Bay Company posts. Prince of Wales Strait affords a passage to Amundsen Gulf and our destination: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), the end of our epic journey above the Arctic Circle.

To sail the Northwest Passage is to sail living history and the history of the Inuit who have called this remarkable place home for countless generations. This is your chance to cruise the Northwest Passage and join the ranks of the fearless adventurers who have been lured by its spirit and legend.

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DAY 1: KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND
Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. After our charter flight from Toronto, we will transfer to Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.

Søndre Strømfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world: 168 kilometres of superb scenery. Steaming down this dramatic fjord we’ll cross the Arctic Circle—from the north!

DAY 2: SISIMIUT COAST
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways, which include glaciers, islands, and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. Abundant fauna and marine life have supported human habitation here as far back as 4,500 years.

DAY 3: ILULISSAT
Ilulissat means “iceberg”, an apt name for this site at the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.

We will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs to appreciate the icebergs, and visit the town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.

DAY 4–5: WESTERN GREENLAND
Exploring by ship and Zodiac along the west coast of Greenland, we have numerous options for expedition stops, to make the most of weather and wildlife conditions. Departing Greenland, we cross Baffin Bay toward Nunavut.

DAY 6: AT SEA—DAVIS STRAIT
As we steam toward Nunavut, our resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, or get out on deck. Keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

DAY 7: MITTIMATALIK (POND INLET), NU, CANADA
Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting, a fascinating place to wander. The cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—handcrafted goods may be available here too.

DAY 8–10: TALLURUTIUP IMANGA (LANCASTER SOUND) & DEVON ISLAND
We will spend three days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of the newest National Marine Conservation Areas in Nunavut. Narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. We’ll cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife.

On the northern border of Tallurutiup Imanga lies Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over 50,000 square kilometres. Flat-topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character. We will hike the tundra, cruise a glacier face, and seek wildlife from ship and by shore. Archaeological sites with expert interpretation allow us to learn about the Inuit history of this now-abandoned island. We’ll visit the remains of an RCMP and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.

DAY 11: BEECHEY ISLAND
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. His crew overwintered at Beechey Island—where three of his men died.

Numerous search parties later used Beechey as a depot and rendezvous. Amundsen, Bernier, and Larsen visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of the HMS Investigator was buried there in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.

DAY 12-13: PRINCE REGENT INLET
This passage marks an area rich in marine and avian life. Thick-billed murres, ivory gulls, beluga, narwhal, and bowhead whales reside in the ice-strewn waters. In addition to abundant wildlife, we’ll delve deeper into the exploration of the Northwest Passage and mercantile efforts of the Hudson's Bay Company.

DAY 14–16: KITIKMEOT REGION
The traditional territory of the Netsilik Inuit, the Kitikmeot Region consists of parts of Victoria
Island, the adjacent part of the mainland as far as the Boothia Peninsula, King William Island, and the southern portion of Prince of Wales Island. Recently, the Kitikmeot Region has been in the news since the finding of the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition in its waters. It is Nunavut’s least-populated region, though wildlife abounds here both in the sea and on land. We will spend our time navigating the
ice-strewn waters in search of wildlife.

We’ll also call in at Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) home of the Guardians of Terror Bay. The European name, Gjoa Haven, honours Roald Amundsen who overwintered in the bay for two years while searching for the Northwest Passage. Amundsen became the first European to cross the Northwest Passage, thanks to the knowledge and largesse of Inuit. The community has an excellent cultural centre and is well known for carvings and wall hangings.

DAY 17: KUGLUKTUK, NU, CANADA
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut.

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Ship Info

Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.

Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada’s expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.

The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft).

Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour!

 

Deck Plan

Pricing

2021 Fares are per person in US Dollars: (Book before Oct 31, 2020 and save 15%)

Category 1: $10,995  Deck 4 

Category 2: 12,995  Deck 4 

Category 3: $14,895  Deck 5 

Category 4: $16,395  Deck 4 

Category 5: $17,895  Deck 5 

Category 6: $19,395  Deck 7 

Category 7: $20,895  Deck 8 

Category 8: $22,395  Decks 5 & 7 

Category 9: $23,895  Decks 5 & 7 

Category 10: $25,395  Deck 7 

If you'd like a single occupancy cabin, there are a limited number of single cabins in categories 3 to 7 available without a single supplement. Single cabins in categories 8 to 10 are available at 1.5x the fare quoted above.

Charter flights available for this itinerary: 
Northbound Charter Flight $1,550 (Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Early-morning departure)
Southbound Charter Flight: $945 (Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU to Yellowknife, NT. Evening arrival)