• Visit the northernmost community in Canada at Grise Fiord and the westernmost community in Nunavut at Kugluktuk
• Sail the route to the North Pole during our journey into Smith Sound
• Travel to Greenland, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories within one sailing
• Marvel at the Ilulissat icefield, where 90% of the north Atlantic’s icebergs are born
• 17 days
• Start and finish in Coppermine, finish in Kangerlussuaq
• All meals on board included
• Travel aboard the Sea Adventurer
• Activity Level: 1
Prepare to embark on one of history's most challenging and epic voyages - The famed North West Passage. Our journey starts in Kugluktuk (Coppermine River), where in 1771, Samuel Hearne became the first European to reach the Arctic coast of the continent. Heading west, we enter the waters of the Beaufort Sea. We will, ice conditions permitting, head through Prince of Wales Strait, making expeditionary stops on both Banks and Victoria Islands. It is in the Prince of Wales Strait in 1850, while trapped in what was then impassable ice, Robert McClure went sledging and claimed that he had discovered the Northwest Passage.
We visit Winter Harbour and Nilson Griffiths Point on Melville Island and delve into the rich waters of Lancaster Sound, reputed for its abundance of beluga whales and other marine mammals. A stop at Beechey Island will bring us to the graves of the famed Franklin Expedition before heading into Smith Sound, where we will travel as far north as ice and time allows us before crossing into Greenland. Our voyage down the beautiful Greenlandic coast will include stops at Historic Melville Bay, the natural beauty of Kap York and the quaint and isolated town of Ummannaq. Our final visit brings us to Ilulissat, the largest town in Disko Bay and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We cruise among the massive icebergs, where North America's bergs calve from the massive Greenland icecap as they tumbles down to meet the sea.