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+44 1756 706500

Northwest Passage Expedition

Sail in the wake of great explorers on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise through the legendary Northwest Passage, showcasing the raw beauty and abundant wildlife of the high Arctic, with hotel stay in Vancouver and experienced Expedition Team

Cruise Only
28 nights from £16823pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Giant icebergs
  • Ilulissat
  • Sisimiut

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Be one of the few to cruise the famous Northwest Passage on this incredible voyage, accompanied by an experienced Expedition Team.

The Northwest Passage connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and is a challenging route, successfully navigated by explorer Roald Amundsen in 1903. Follow in his footsteps and call at some of the world's northernmost communities.

This once-in-a-lifetime holiday begins in Vancouver, a city surrounded by stunning mountains and with a host of cultural attractions. Enjoy a hotel stay before flying to Nome where you'll embark expedition ship Roald Amundsen to set sail for the Northwest Passage, keeping an eye out for Bowhead and Grey whales. Visits and landings are dependent on ice conditions, but you may be lucky enough to visit picturesque Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven where Roald Amundsen spent the winter during his expedition, and the trading port of Fort Ross.

After successfully navigating the legendary Northwest Passage, cruise the Davis Strait, named after explorer John Davis, to Ilulissat, situated in the stunning UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord. Admire the large icebergs which originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier and make their way down the fjord and into Disko Bay. Continue to Sisimiut which upholds its strong ancient traditions, and Nuuk, the beautiful capital of Greenland, founded by Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede. Ivittuut is renowned for its musk oxen, while Red Bay on the coast of Labrador has a UNESCO-listed Whaling Station. Discover Corner Brook on the west coast of Newfoundland with its numerous walking trails, before arriving in Halifax.

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Northwest Passage Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver (Canada)

On arrival in Vancouver, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. The city is surrounded by stunning mountains and has a range of cultural and natural attractions to suit every traveller.

Day 2 - Vancouver - Nome (Alaska)

After breakfast, check-out of the hotel for your flight to the gold rush town of Nome where you'll embark your expedition ship, Roald Amundsen, to begin your incredible voyage.

Days 3-8 - At sea

Roald Amundsen cruises the Bering Strait before reaching the Chukchi Sea. You can enjoy insightful lectures from the Expedition Team as they prepare you for the days ahead. Point Barrow is the northernmost point of the USA and where Roald Amundsen enters the Beaufort Sea. Keep an eye out for Bowhead and Grey whales. Continue into the Amundsen Gulf where you might be able to observe the incredible Smoking Hills, smoke billowing from cliffs on the east coast of Cape Bathurst.

Days 9-19 - Northwest Passage (Canada)

Roald Amundsen aims to cruise into the heart of the Northwest Passage, a holy grail for hardy adventurers. The most famous journey was James Cook's failed attempt in 1776 and of course the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The first successful attempt was by explorer Roald Amundsen in 1903. Visits and landings are dependent on ice conditions but you may be able to visit the settlement of Ulukhaktok in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, picturesque Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven where Roald Amundsen spent the winter during his expedition, the trading post of Fort Ross, and Beechy Island. Other potential visits include Dundas Harbour with its archaeological sites and pretty Pond Inlet. You'll be treated to outstanding scenery and an array of wildlife.

Day 20 - Davis Strait (Greenland)

Roald Amundsen cruises the Davis Strait, named after English explorer John Davis who led three expeditions. Davis was the first to recognise the seal and whale hunting possibilities here and to show that Newfoundland cod fisheries extended as far north as this.

Day 21 - Ilulissat

Ilulissat is located in the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord. At the mouth of the fjord, you may be able to see large icebergs which have run aground. The icebergs originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier and make their way down the fjord before entering Disko Bay.

Day 22 - Sisimiut

Spend half a day in Sisimiut, 40km north of the Arctic Circle. It is a modern settlement which maintains its strong ancient traditions. Take a stroll around this colourful town, perhaps visit the museum, go for a hike or shop for souvenirs.

Day 23 - Nuuk

Arrive in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, founded by the Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede in 1728. The city is located at the mouth of one of the most incredible fjord systems in the world.

Day 24 - Ivittuut

Ivittuut is renowned for its musk oxen. It was built on top of a Norse Middle settlement which was home to Vikings 1000 years ago. Archaeologists believed it was the last settlement that they established and the first to be abandoned in the area.

Day 25 - At sea

Roald Amundsen cruises the southern part of the Labrador Sea towards Newfoundland and Canada.

Day 26 - Red Bay (Canada)

Red Bay is located on the coast of Labrador. It is a classic outpost of Atlantic Canada, a community with a population of less than 200. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a stroll around this former whaling town and learn about its history during a half day here.

Day 27 - Corner Brook

Corner Brook on the west coast of Newfoundland was first surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767. Explore the town centre or perhaps enjoy one of the many walking trails.

Day 28 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board and share your experiences of the voyage with the Expedition Team.

Day 29 - Halifax

Disembark Roald Amundsen in Halifax.

Due to the nature of this cruise, the itinerary is subject to change due to weather and ice conditions.

Price Includes

  • 28-night full-board voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver with breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Vancouver
  • Economy flight from Vancouver to Nome
  • House beer and wine, sodas and mineral water with meals on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • A La Carte restaurant (for suite guests only)
  • Fredheim restaurant meals (for suite guests only)
  • Landings ashore and lectures onboard by the Expedition Team
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities (at guests' discretion)
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Map for Northwest Passage Expedition