The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea 2023

Embark on an extraordinary expedition through the rarely-transited Northwest Passage, voyaging from western Greenland through the Canadian Arctic to Nome, Alaska


Canadian Arctic and Greenland
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Follow in the footsteps of the most legendary polar explorers and under the wing of a great Expedition Team‚ including an Inuit cultural expert, while experiencing iceberg-laden shores, remote Inuit villages, historic islands and spectacular geological wonders.

Duration: 25 days
Starts: New York, EE UU
Ends: Nome, Alaska
Language: English Speaking Voyage

Included charter flights: New York - Kangerlussuaq // Nome - Anchorage


Included
Optional


Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required for this journey, including a booster shot if vaccination was received more than four months
prior to departure (two months for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Itinerary

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DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Arrive in New York City and transfer to your hotel. Later, gather for a welcome dinner, where you meet your fellow guests and members of your Expedition Team.

A Luxury New York City Hotel | Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 | KANGERLUSSUAQ | EDGE OF INDLANDSIS
Transfer to the airport for an early morning charter flight to Western Greenland, arriving at
Kangerlussuaq at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Later, board your luxury expedition cruiser and enjoy the thrill of setting off for sea. This evening, join fellow guests and your Expedition Team for a welcome reception.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3-9 | WESTERN GREEN LAND | AMUNDSEN’S BEGINNING
In 1906, Roald Amundsen became the first polar explorer to successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Begin as he did, venturing along Greenland’s stunning West Coast and north into Baffin Bay for the next five days. Your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day’s best excursions, which may include the following areas: Sisimut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the northernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a year-round, ice-free port as well as sufficient snow for dogsledding in winter and spring.

Visit the local museum and enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration.
Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into the wide inlet of Disko Bay, first explored by Erik the Red in 985. Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. Take a walking tour of Ilulissat, visit its history museum, and meet with villagers to learn about local life.

Conditions permitting, board a local vessel for an iceberg cruise of Disko Bay. Uummannaq Fjords: North of Ilulissat, this geological wonder teems with marine life. Visit Karrat Fjord to see the iceberg-clad bay and the remains of ancient huts, built by Thule hunters (Inuit ancestors) more than 500 years ago. Kullorsuaq: Translated as “Big Thumb,” Kullorsuaq remains one of the most traditional hunting, fishing and trading villages in Greenland.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10-17 | NUNAVUT | VAST CANADIAN ARCTIC ARCHIPELAGO
Cruise into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut and enter the heart of the Northwest Passage. As your luxury expedition cruiser winds through legendary channels and inlets, A&K’s enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions that enhance your discovery. Your crew and Expedition Team determine your itinerary, which is dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions. Exciting excursions may include: Pond Inlet: “Place of Mittima’s Grave,” Pond Inlet is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities, embark on a shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule.

Visit the Nattinnak Visitor’s Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you may shop for handcrafted goods. Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water is home to an abundance of Arctic cod and seasonal populations of Beluga and bowhead whales, black guillemots, Arctic terns and other wildlife. Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island.

Beechey is best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845, who took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage.

See the grave markers for three of his men and visit Franklin’s cenotaph. Fort Ross: Abandoned in 1948, this former trading post at the tip of Somerset Island was used by trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for necessities. Explore its remaining structures and perhaps take a Zodiac excursion as your naturalists share stories about its residents. Gjoa Haven: During his attempt on to cross the passage on ‘Gjoa’, Roald Amundsen took respite in this natural harbor as he waited for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits and learned survival skills that later proved invaluable on his South Pole expedition.

Victoria Island: Cruise the south coast of Victoria and through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18-20 | 13 NORTHWEST TERR ITORIES | R EMOTE FRONTIER
Enter Canada’s Northwest Territories and continue through the heart of the Northwest Passage, where you may experience exciting excursion opportunities that include: Ulukhaktok: Visit with the local Inuit of Holman Village, experiencing drum dance, and tastings of fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire. Tour the town art center and discover Ulukhaktok’s beautiful printmaking tradition, carvings and hats made of coveted musk oxen wool.

Banks Island: The fourth largest island in the Canadian Archipelago, Banks is home to deep Inuit history and a population of about 60,000 musk oxen.

Franklin Bay: Discover the “Smoking Hills,” cliffs of bituminous shale that endlessly combust and burn. This geological phenomenon has likely been occurring for millennia and is a rare sight to see.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21 | HERSCHEL ISLAND | THE YUKON TERRITORY
On expedition in 1826, Captain Franklin was the first European to lay eyes on this unique island at the northernmost point of the Yukon Territory. Herschel supports numerous wildlife and is one of the only places on earth where you may see a grizzly bear, black bear and polar bear. Evidence of the island’s whaling culture and Thule ancestors remains along its coastline, now greatly affected by sea erosion and climate change.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22-24 | BEAUFORT & BERING SEAS | WATERS OF THE WHITE WHALE
Typically dense with ice floes and fog, the Beaufort Sea opens up a 60-mile-wide coastal pass from August to September. As your expedition ship cruises into the U.S. and clears at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customs clearance only), continue participating in lectures led by your Expedition Team. Relax on your private balcony or join fellow guests on deck where, with some luck, you may spy beluga whales, which travel in numbers here, and the northern lights in autumn.

Your luxury expedition ship also enters the Bering Sea. While cruising its waters and conditions permitting, experience close views of Fairway Rock, known for its breeding colonies of auks and puffin, and remote King Island. The island was once home to a community of 200 Inupiat; today, all that remains is an abandoned stilt-house community.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 25 | NOME, ALASKA | GOLD RUSH FEVER
Arrive and disembark in Nome, Alaska, among the wildest reaches of America. Try your hand at gold panning, experience a dogsled demonstration and see the Bering Sea Land Bridge National Monument. Later, transfer to the airport for your chartered flight to Anchorage, and then continue on with your homebound flight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Itinerary

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Arrive in New York City and transfer to your hotel. Later, gather for a welcome dinner, where you meet your fellow guests and members of your Expedition Team.

A Luxury New York City Hotel | Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 | KANGERLUSSUAQ | EDGE OF INDLANDSIS
Transfer to the airport for an early morning charter flight to Western Greenland, arriving at
Kangerlussuaq at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Later, board your luxury expedition cruiser and enjoy the thrill of setting off for sea. This evening, join fellow guests and your Expedition Team for a welcome reception.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3-9 | WESTERN GREEN LAND | AMUNDSEN’S BEGINNING
In 1906, Roald Amundsen became the first polar explorer to successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Begin as he did, venturing along Greenland’s stunning West Coast and north into Baffin Bay for the next five days. Your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day’s best excursions, which may include the following areas: Sisimut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the northernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a year-round, ice-free port as well as sufficient snow for dogsledding in winter and spring.

Visit the local museum and enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration.
Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into the wide inlet of Disko Bay, first explored by Erik the Red in 985. Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. Take a walking tour of Ilulissat, visit its history museum, and meet with villagers to learn about local life.

Conditions permitting, board a local vessel for an iceberg cruise of Disko Bay. Uummannaq Fjords: North of Ilulissat, this geological wonder teems with marine life. Visit Karrat Fjord to see the iceberg-clad bay and the remains of ancient huts, built by Thule hunters (Inuit ancestors) more than 500 years ago. Kullorsuaq: Translated as “Big Thumb,” Kullorsuaq remains one of the most traditional hunting, fishing and trading villages in Greenland.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10-17 | NUNAVUT | VAST CANADIAN ARCTIC ARCHIPELAGO
Cruise into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut and enter the heart of the Northwest Passage. As your luxury expedition cruiser winds through legendary channels and inlets, A&K’s enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions that enhance your discovery. Your crew and Expedition Team determine your itinerary, which is dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions. Exciting excursions may include: Pond Inlet: “Place of Mittima’s Grave,” Pond Inlet is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities, embark on a shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule.

Visit the Nattinnak Visitor’s Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you may shop for handcrafted goods. Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water is home to an abundance of Arctic cod and seasonal populations of Beluga and bowhead whales, black guillemots, Arctic terns and other wildlife. Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island.

Beechey is best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845, who took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage.

See the grave markers for three of his men and visit Franklin’s cenotaph. Fort Ross: Abandoned in 1948, this former trading post at the tip of Somerset Island was used by trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for necessities. Explore its remaining structures and perhaps take a Zodiac excursion as your naturalists share stories about its residents. Gjoa Haven: During his attempt on to cross the passage on ‘Gjoa’, Roald Amundsen took respite in this natural harbor as he waited for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits and learned survival skills that later proved invaluable on his South Pole expedition.

Victoria Island: Cruise the south coast of Victoria and through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18-20 | 13 NORTHWEST TERR ITORIES | R EMOTE FRONTIER
Enter Canada’s Northwest Territories and continue through the heart of the Northwest Passage, where you may experience exciting excursion opportunities that include: Ulukhaktok: Visit with the local Inuit of Holman Village, experiencing drum dance, and tastings of fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire. Tour the town art center and discover Ulukhaktok’s beautiful printmaking tradition, carvings and hats made of coveted musk oxen wool.

Banks Island: The fourth largest island in the Canadian Archipelago, Banks is home to deep Inuit history and a population of about 60,000 musk oxen.

Franklin Bay: Discover the “Smoking Hills,” cliffs of bituminous shale that endlessly combust and burn. This geological phenomenon has likely been occurring for millennia and is a rare sight to see.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21 | HERSCHEL ISLAND | THE YUKON TERRITORY
On expedition in 1826, Captain Franklin was the first European to lay eyes on this unique island at the northernmost point of the Yukon Territory. Herschel supports numerous wildlife and is one of the only places on earth where you may see a grizzly bear, black bear and polar bear. Evidence of the island’s whaling culture and Thule ancestors remains along its coastline, now greatly affected by sea erosion and climate change.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22-24 | BEAUFORT & BERING SEAS | WATERS OF THE WHITE WHALE
Typically dense with ice floes and fog, the Beaufort Sea opens up a 60-mile-wide coastal pass from August to September. As your expedition ship cruises into the U.S. and clears at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customs clearance only), continue participating in lectures led by your Expedition Team. Relax on your private balcony or join fellow guests on deck where, with some luck, you may spy beluga whales, which travel in numbers here, and the northern lights in autumn.

Your luxury expedition ship also enters the Bering Sea. While cruising its waters and conditions permitting, experience close views of Fairway Rock, known for its breeding colonies of auks and puffin, and remote King Island. The island was once home to a community of 200 Inupiat; today, all that remains is an abandoned stilt-house community.

'L'Austral' | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 25 | NOME, ALASKA | GOLD RUSH FEVER
Arrive and disembark in Nome, Alaska, among the wildest reaches of America. Try your hand at gold panning, experience a dogsled demonstration and see the Bering Sea Land Bridge National Monument. Later, transfer to the airport for your chartered flight to Anchorage, and then continue on with your homebound flight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


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INCLUSIONS

• Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
• Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
• Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3
• Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
• 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed
• Complimentary Expedition Parka, Backpack and Water Bottle, and Use of Waterproof Pants, Boots and Trekking Poles
• Zodiac Excursions Led by Naturalist Driver-Guides
• Enrichment program, lectures and presentations
• Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service on board
• All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
• Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
• Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
• 24/7 A&K On-Call Support

EXCLUSIONS

• International airfares
• Any expenses specifically not mentioned under inclusions


Dates & Rates


Ship: L Austral | Date: 25 Aug 2023 - 18 Sep 2023
Deluxe Stateroom
39495
Deluxe Suite
59495
Owner's Suite
86995
Prestige Deck 4
43995
Prestige Deck 5
46995
Prestige Deck 5 Suite
69495
Prestige Deck 6
48995
Prestige Deck 6 Suite
71995
Superior Stateroom
N/A

* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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