Out of the Northwest Passage

Sailing the passage at the top of the world.


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Canadian Arctic and Greenland
ADC ©Agustin Ullmann

Duration: 17 days
Starts: Yellowknife, NT, Canada *
Ends: Toronto, ON, Canada **
Language: English Speaking Voyage

* Northbound Charter Flight:: Yellowknife, NT, Canada to Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU, Canada. Early-morning departure. Price: $945 USD
** Southbound Charter Flight: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Toronto, ON, Canada. Evening arrival. Price: $1,550 USD


Included Activities
Optional Activities


One of the world’s greatest voyages is calling! Pristine fjords. Looming glaciers. Jagged icebergs. Grand vistas, historic sites. Marine mammals, bears, and birds. Find a warm welcome in Nunavut’s communities, and enjoy Greenland’s geology, geography, and culture with a European flair.
Every day is a new adventure in the Northwest Passage: hiking, photography, birding. Learning with our experts. Meeting the people who call the Arctic home.

Itinerary

ADC ©Agustin Ullmann
ADC ©Agustin Ullmann
ADC ©Agustin Ullmann

HIGHLIGHTS
• Sail the fabled Northwest Passage
• Seek polar bears, walrus, seabirds, and other Arctic wildlife in pristine natural environments
• Experience the majesty of the Northern Lights
• See the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island
• Watch for marine mammals and wildlife in Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) National Marine Conservation Area
• Visit Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord), Canada’s northernmost community
• Seek your ‘furthest north’ in Smith Sound
• Zodiac cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Voyage the length of Søndre Strømfjord—168 kilometres long!

Day 1: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU, Canada
The Adventure Begins
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut. Known for many years as Coppermine, the community reverted to its original Inuinnaqtun name—meaning “place of moving waters”—on January 1st, 1996. Our charter flight will land in Kugluktuk and we will embark the Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.

Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), NU is an alternate embarkation point that may be used based on sea, ice, and weather conditions.

Day 2–4: Kitikmeot Region
Sailing the Northwest Passage
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 the waters surrounding Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven).

The community's 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.

It is Nunavut’s least-populated region, though wildlife abounds here both in the sea and on land. We'll explore by Zodiac and on foot.

Day 5: Prince Regent Inlet
Birdwatching & Zodiac Cruising
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 6: Beechey Island
Franklin Expedition Historical Site
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 HMS Investigator was buried here in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and the ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.

Day 7–8: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)
Whales, Seabirds, and Polar Bears
We will spend two days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas.

Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales, transit and feed in this area. There is a great selection of landing sites available to choose from, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.

Day 9: Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord), NU
Welcoming Inuit Community
Ausuittuq means "place that never thaws." 1,150 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, Canada’s northernmost community originated during the Cold War. In 1953, Inuit were relocated here by the Canadian government under false pretences, with the aim of asserting Canadian sovereignty.

We’ll be welcomed into the hamlet, where we will have a chance to meet members of the community, learn about their way of life, and hear their poignant stories.

Day 10–11: Smith Sound
Reach Your Furthest North
Smith Sound, an ancient Inuit travel route, divides Ellesmere Island from Greenland and served as the main route for explorers and adventurers searching for the North Pole. Adolphus Greely, Sir George Nares, and Elisha Kent Kane all travelled these waters with varying degrees of success.

Day 12: At Sea
Onboard Learning
On this exploration day, we’ll be making the most of what the wind, weather, and wildlife have to offer. Our expedition team will scan for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds as we go.

Day 13–14: Northwest Greenland
Tundra Hiking
We will explore stunning fjords that line the coast. Glaciers and icebergs abound here. In true expedition style, we will seek opportunities to hike, Zodiac cruise, explore, and view wildlife as conditions allow.

Day 15: Ilulissat
Zodiac Cruise Around Towering Icebergs
Ilulissat translates literally to “iceberg”­—an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, a source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.

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

Day 16: Itilleq Fjord
Glaciers, Islands, and Fjords
The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of islands and complex coastal waterways. As we enter the Arctic autumn, the tundra foliage will be in gorgeous colour. We will be making an expedition landing here to explore the landscape of wild Greenland.

Day 17: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
A Fond Farewell
Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord) is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 190 kilometres of superb scenery. We end our adventure by sailing up this dramatic fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle as we go and spending time on deck watching for aurora borealis.

Kangerlussuaq, the town at the head of the fjord, is a former U.S. Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour for our return charter flight to Toronto, ON.

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
• Sail the fabled Northwest Passage
• Seek polar bears, walrus, seabirds, and other Arctic wildlife in pristine natural environments
• Experience the majesty of the Northern Lights
• See the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island
• Watch for marine mammals and wildlife in Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) National Marine Conservation Area
• Visit Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord), Canada’s northernmost community
• Seek your ‘furthest north’ in Smith Sound
• Zodiac cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Voyage the length of Søndre Strømfjord—168 kilometres long!

Day 1: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU, Canada
The Adventure Begins
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut. Known for many years as Coppermine, the community reverted to its original Inuinnaqtun name—meaning “place of moving waters”—on January 1st, 1996. Our charter flight will land in Kugluktuk and we will embark the Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.

Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), NU is an alternate embarkation point that may be used based on sea, ice, and weather conditions.

Day 2–4: Kitikmeot Region
Sailing the Northwest Passage
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 the waters surrounding Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven).

The community's 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.

It is Nunavut’s least-populated region, though wildlife abounds here both in the sea and on land. We'll explore by Zodiac and on foot.

Day 5: Prince Regent Inlet
Birdwatching & Zodiac Cruising
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 6: Beechey Island
Franklin Expedition Historical Site
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 HMS Investigator was buried here in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and the ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.

Day 7–8: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)
Whales, Seabirds, and Polar Bears
We will spend two days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas.

Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales, transit and feed in this area. There is a great selection of landing sites available to choose from, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.

Day 9: Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord), NU
Welcoming Inuit Community
Ausuittuq means "place that never thaws." 1,150 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, Canada’s northernmost community originated during the Cold War. In 1953, Inuit were relocated here by the Canadian government under false pretences, with the aim of asserting Canadian sovereignty.

We’ll be welcomed into the hamlet, where we will have a chance to meet members of the community, learn about their way of life, and hear their poignant stories.

Day 10–11: Smith Sound
Reach Your Furthest North
Smith Sound, an ancient Inuit travel route, divides Ellesmere Island from Greenland and served as the main route for explorers and adventurers searching for the North Pole. Adolphus Greely, Sir George Nares, and Elisha Kent Kane all travelled these waters with varying degrees of success.

Day 12: At Sea
Onboard Learning
On this exploration day, we’ll be making the most of what the wind, weather, and wildlife have to offer. Our expedition team will scan for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds as we go.

Day 13–14: Northwest Greenland
Tundra Hiking
We will explore stunning fjords that line the coast. Glaciers and icebergs abound here. In true expedition style, we will seek opportunities to hike, Zodiac cruise, explore, and view wildlife as conditions allow.

Day 15: Ilulissat
Zodiac Cruise Around Towering Icebergs
Ilulissat translates literally to “iceberg”­—an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, a source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.

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

Day 16: Itilleq Fjord
Glaciers, Islands, and Fjords
The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of islands and complex coastal waterways. As we enter the Arctic autumn, the tundra foliage will be in gorgeous colour. We will be making an expedition landing here to explore the landscape of wild Greenland.

Day 17: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
A Fond Farewell
Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord) is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 190 kilometres of superb scenery. We end our adventure by sailing up this dramatic fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle as we go and spending time on deck watching for aurora borealis.

Kangerlussuaq, the town at the head of the fjord, is a former U.S. Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour for our return charter flight to Toronto, ON.


ADC ©Agustin Ullmann
ADC ©Agustin Ullmann
ADC ©Agustin Ullmann


INCLUSIONS

*Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
*Applicable taxes and Credit card fees
*Complimentary Expedition jacket (Ocean Endeavour only)
*Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund
*Special access permits, entry and park fees
*Team of expedition staff
*Guided activities
*Sightseeing and community visits
*All Zodiac excursions
*Port fees
*Pre-departure materials
*Educational program
*Nikon Camera Trial Program
*Interactive workshops
*Evening entertainment
*All shipboard meals

EXCLUSIONS

*Commercial & charter flights
*Program Enhancements/optional excursions
*Gratuities
*Personal expenses
*Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
*Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
*Possible fuel surcharges
*Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation


Dates & Rates


Ship: Ocean Endeavour | Date: 1 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021   More info about this Ship
Cat1 Single Int
-
Cat2 Triple Int
$12,995
Cat3 Twin
$14,895
Cat4A Single PH
-
Cat 4 Twin PH
$16,395
Cat5 Twin W
$17,895
Cat6 Twin PH S
$19,395
Cat7 Twin W S
$20,895
Cat8 Superior
$22,395
Cat9 Junior S
$20,311
Cat10 Owner's S
$25,395

* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
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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