Into the Northwest Passage: East to West

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• Sail some of the most remote waterways and least explored areas in Canada
• Marvel at the Ilulissat icefield, where 90% of the north Atlantic's icebergs are born
• Travel to Greenland, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories within one sailing
• Visit the northernmost community in Canada at Grise Fiord and the westernmost community in Nunavut.
• Voyage Prince of Wales Strait while seeking out muskox on Banks Island
• Follow the route to the North Pole during our journey into Smith Sound

Fact File

• 17 days
• Start in Kangerlussuaq, finish in Kugluktuk (Coppermine)
• All meals on board included
• Travel aboard the Ocean Endeavour
• Activity Level: 1


The Northwest Passage represents the pinnacle of Arctic exploration; on this tour, we go where the ice allows. We'll explore the quaint villages, dramatic fjords and calving glaciers of Greenland, working our way north to spectacular Kap York. Crossing Smith Sound, we'll visit Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord), Canada's northernmost community. The bird cliffs at Coburg Island National Wildlife Area teem with kittiwakes and murres.

At Beechey Island, the Franklin expedition gravestones stand watch. Melville, Banks and Devon Islands offer opportunities for Peary caribou, polar bear, walrus and musk ox-and visits to ghostly RCMP and Hudson's Bay Company posts. Prince of Wales Strait affords a striking, narrow passage to Amundsen Gulf and our destination: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), the end to our epic journey above the Arctic Circle.

To sail the Northwest Passage is to sail through living history, to sail the haunting landscapes that have enchanted explorers for centuries. In the fierce and untameable wilds lies a stark beauty-the wild, remote reaches of the north have a power that is all their own. Join the ranks of the fearless adventurers who have been lured by the Northwest Passage's spirit.

This is not an ElderTreks operated tour. As such, participants on this tour are not exclusive ElderTreks clients and it may not adhere to ElderTreks' maximum size restrictions of our tours.

FROM: $10595



Travel aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Comfort notes

Seas can be rough. Zodiac landings required.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2: Sisimiut Coast, Greenland
Day 3: Ilulissat, Greenland
Day 4: Karrat Fjord
Day 5: Upernavik Fjord
Day 6: Kap York
Day 7: Smith Sound
Day 8: Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord)
Day 9: Coburg Island
Day 10: Devon Island
Day 11: Beechey Island
Day 12: Bathurst Island
Day 13: Melville Island
Day 14: Banks Island
Day 15: Prince of Wales Strait
Day 16: Ulukhaktok (Holman)
Day 17: Kugluktuk (Coppermine)
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