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17 Day Into the Northwest Passage Expedition Cruise

17 Days / 16 Nights | From $17690

Day 1: Arrive in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland


Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world, boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery and calm waters. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord.’

We begin our adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord as the sun sets before us.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2: Sisimiut, Greenland

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Blessed with an ice-free harbour year-round, Sisimiut has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years, first by the Saqqaq, the Dorset, and then by the Thule (the ancestors of today's Inuit). Their descendants form the majority of its present-day population of some 6,000 inhabitants. It is the largest business centre north of Nuuk and the fastest-growing community in Greenland.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Ilulissat, Greenland

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Ilulissat translates literally into “iceberg”, and there couldn’t be a more fitting name for this spectacular place. Our visit will include time in the colourful town, famed for its handicrafts, cafes, museums, and picturesque habitation. We’ll have a chance to hike out along a boardwalk to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice. We will also cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier is one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at nineteen metres per day and calving more than thirty-five square kilometres of ice annually. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - 6: Western Greenland

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Today we will cruise one of Greenland’s most spectacular fjords, known for plentiful marine life, plentiful icebergs and inspiring landscapes. Seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs and talus slopes within the fjord should give us good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities of icebergs amid mountain peaks.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut

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Qikiqtarjuaq, a community located on Broughton Island, is known for its wildlife, whale watching, and as an access point for Auyuittuq National Park. It is one of the Nunavut communities closest to Greenland. Qikiqtarjuaq (fondly called “Qik”, for short) is known as the iceberg capital of Nunavut and was home to a NORAD military station that formed part of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line in the 1950’s.

Qikiqtarjuaq also boasts a burgeoning traditional Inuit craft industry, and local craftspeople are eager to share their wares. Talented local artists produce Inuit carvings, with a particular focus on intricate ivory work and jewelry. The community is famously warm and welcoming of visitors.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 - 9: Eastern Baffin Island, Nunavut

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Today we will explore the eastern coast of Baffin Island or Qikiqtaaluk in the region of Auyuittuq National Park. Named after English explorer William Baffin, Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada, and home to 11,000 people. Likely known to Pre-Columbian Norse of Greenland and Iceland during the eleventh century, the island is presumed to be the Helluland of the Viking sagas. The Penny Ice Cap and the Barnes Ice Cap are the largest ice caps on the island, both remnants of the Laurentide ice sheet that once covered much of the North American continent. Both are currently in a state of retreat.

The Ocean Endeavour is a perfect mobile observation platform, while our fleet of Zodiacs allows us to quickly scramble for a closer look when opportunities arise. Moving through waters known to harbour polar bears, belugas, narwhals, and other marine mammals, we will be monitoring from the deck and bridge to maximize chances of seeing wildlife.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Devon Island, Nunavut

Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on earth and comprises over fifty thousand square kilometres. It was first sighted by Europeans in 1616, though they never set up a base here until the arrival of the Hudson’s Bay Company, three hundred years later—a short-lived endeavour now long abandoned. The island's geology consists of reddish Precambrian gneiss and Paeleozoic siltstones and shales; a landscape so barren in places that NASA has tested its Mars rovers at Devon Island. Substantial Thule sites are among Devon Island’s many treasures.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Beechey Island, Nunavut


In 1845, Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men and two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. The three graves found at Beechey Island let no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party, but the island gradually became a touchpoint for those searching for survivors. A fourth grave on Beechey today holds a sailor from one such expedition. In the autumn of 2014, Canadian archaeologists discovered remnants of the HMS Erebus and in 2016, Franklin’s second ship, the Terror was also located.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 & 13: Parry Channel and Peel Sound, Nunavut


The ‘obvious’ route through the Northwest Passage, Parry Channel seldom provides a full transit because of ice. It is named after Arctic explorer William Edward Parry, who got as far as Melville Island in 1819 before being blocked by ice at McClure Strait. Peel Sound was the Franklin expedition’s route south. It presents numerous wildlife and exploratory opportunities. The setting is optimal for hiking and exploring the geological diversity of the area. Sailing Peel Sound, we get into serious polar bear country and will be on the lookout for good spotting opportunities. 

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 - 16: Kitikmeot Region, Nunavut

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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. Its regional seat is Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), though it also contains five other hamlets. 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. 

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), Nunavut

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Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, southwest of Victoria Island on the Coronation Gulf, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut. Coppermine reverted to its original Inuinnaqtun name—Kugluktuk, meaning “place of moving waters”—on January 1st, 1996. The Coppermine River is designated a Canadian Heritage River for the important role it played as an exploration and fur trade route. Copper deposits along the river attracted the first European explorers to the area. Today we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and make our way to the airport to meet our charter flights home.

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Tour Includes:

  • 16 nights on board a small expedition ship
  • Charter flights from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq and from Kugluktuk to Calgary
  • All shipboard meals, including on-deck BBQ's, afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks, Hors D'ouevres and snacks during evening recaps. 
  • The expertise and company of expedition staff with onboard educational programming & interactive workshops
  • All Zodiac excursions, sightseeing and community visits
  • Evening entertainment
  • Fully stocked library
  • Nikon Camera Trail Program
  • Port Fees, Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund, Special access permits. 
  • Pre-departure materials


  • Cross the Arctic Circle as you sail the length of Sondre Stromfjord
  • Cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Sail the waters where Franklin's ships were recently discovered
  • Inuit communities, culture and worldview first hand
  • Greenland's unique European approach to arctic life
  • Photograph rare birds, arctic wildlife and marine mammals.
  • Visit ancient sites of Thule and Dorset people with onboard archaeologist

Not included: 

  • Program enhancements and optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Any required fuel surcharges
  • Pre/post accommodation
17 Day Into the Northwest Passage Expedition Cruise
Style: Tour of Distinction Start: Toronto
Days: 17   End: Edmonton
Start End Code Double/Twin Single
17-Aug-19 02-Sep-19 ACNP01-19 $17,690.00  
Pricing is per person
USD (does not include 5% tax)
Note: Pricing based on deck 4, porthole window with private bathroom. Includes charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq and from Kugluktuk to Edmonton and Discovery Fee ($250). Single Occupancy limited and on request. Our TwinShare Program is not available for this tour.

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