• Sail the famed Northwest Passage
• Visit the oldest museum in Greenland in Upernavik
• Enjoy a Zodiac cruise at the head of a glacier in Croker Bay
• Experience throat singing and traditional Inuit games at Mittimatalik
• Seek out Narwhal and Polar Bear during our cruise through Bellot Strait
• Visit the community of Taloyoak in the heart of the Northwest Passage
• Enjoy hikes on the open tundra at surrounded by siksiks (Arctic ground squirrel)
• See some of the best examples of Stromatolytes at Port Epworth
• 15 days
• Start in Kangerlussuaq, finish in Kugluktuk (Coppermine)
• All meals on board included
• Travel aboard the Sea Adventurer
• Activity Level: 1
Venture with us through the famed Northwest Passage! The epic quest for a northern route west to silk and spice producing Asia occupied some of the best minds of European civilization for half a millennium. Until recently the ice-choked waters of the passage provided extreme challenges to navigators; it still remains an elusive route that few have had the privilege of travelling.
Our journey begins in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, as we make our way through one of Greenland’s longest, and arguably most beautiful fjords, crossing the Arctic Circle in the process. As we make our way north along Greenland’s shore, we’ll have the opportunity to sail the coast, dotted with the colourful houses typical of Greenlandic communities. A highlight will be our visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord, where we will cruise amongst the icebergs, and marvel at the ice fields.
Our first stop in Nunavut is at the picturesque community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). We’ll be treated to a cultural presentation here, including throat singing and traditional Inuit games, before exploring the town. From here we enter the mouth of the famed Northwest Passage! We’ll keep a keen eye out for narwhal and walrus before landing on Devon Island, where we’ll find spectacular Croker Bay and the Dundas Harbour RCMP historical site. Arriving at Beechey Island we visit the home of the graves from the lost Franklin Expedition, and a base for many rescue missions, passage seekers and modern explorers.
Sailing down the coast of Somerset Island, we’ll cruise through Bellot Strait seeking out whale and polar bear. Making landfall in Taloyoak, we continue to follow in the path of famed explorers. Formerly known as Spence Bay, the area has a long history of exploration, including the famed John Ross expeditions in the 1830s that resulted in the pinpointing of the Magnetic North Pole. The area later became central in the search for the legendary Franklin Expedition.
Join us in tracing the passage that conjures a history at once tragic and inspiring, a history encompassing hardship and death, but also courage, determination, and superhuman endurance.