Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin

Ocean Adventurer Arctic Cruise Ship
Ocean Adventurer
132 Passengers
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Winding your way through the icy channels of the legendary Northwest Passage is like one big history lesson, as you learn about the geopolitical and environmental aspects of the route, retracing the steps of legendary British explorer Sir John Franklin and his lost crew. Interact with remote local communities in Canada and Greenland, reaching waters few have sailed. Hiking and Zodiac excursions deliver intimate wildlife encounters, dramatic fjords, ancient glaciers and mesmerizing icebergs.

Expedition in Brief
• Experience highlights of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic
• Explore colorful Greenlandic villages and shop for traditional Inuit handicrafts
• View iconic arctic wildlife, such as whales, walrus and muskoxen
• Hike the colorful tundra
• Cruise in a Zodiac to get up close to glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Ottawa, Canada
Day 2 Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and Embark
Days 3 & 4 Exploring West Greenland
Day 5 At Sea
Days 6 to 15 Canada’s High Arctic
Day 16 Disembarkation in Resolute, Canada
Day 17 Depart Ottawa

Day 1 — Arrive in Ottawa, Canada

Your arctic expedition begins in Ottawa. Explore Canada’s capital city on your own before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.

Day 2 — Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and Embark

After breakfast, board your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, a small seaside community that’s your gateway to Greenland. Enjoy your first Zodiac ride as you’re transferred from shore to ship. Out on deck, take in your new surroundings before you set sail on your arctic adventure.

Days 3 & 4 — Exploring West Greenland

Locals call Maniitsoq the Venice of Greenland, as it’s situated in an archipelago intersected by natural Itinerary canals. Soaring, snow-capped mountains surround the small, rocky town, whose name means “the uneven place.” Playful humpback whales spend summer in the waters around here.

The Greenlandic capital of Nuuk is a haven for history and culture lovers. Stroll down to the waterfront to see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue, named for the missionary who established the settlement in 1728. Marvel at the famous remains of 500-year-old fully dressed mummies, discovered under a rock outcrop in 1972 by two brothers out hunting, at the Greenland National Museum. The Nuuk Art Museum and Katuaq Culture Center are also worth visiting.

Day 5 — At Sea

Say goodbye to Greenland’s shores as you traverse the Davis Strait in pursuit of the Canadian Arctic. Presentations by on-board experts will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.

Days 6 to 15 — Canada’s High Arctic

Visit towering fjords, historical sites and traditional Inuit communities as you follow in the footsteps of famous explorers from long ago in the Canadian High Arctic.

The picturesque Inuit hamlet of Pangnirtung, nicknamed the Switzerland of the Arctic, is nestled beneath the jagged peaks of Mount Duval. An artist’s hub, Pang is renowned for its traditional Inuit arts and crafts, especially lithographs and intricate tapestries. At the Uqqurmiut Center for Arts & Crafts, watch craftspeople in the tapestry studio and pick up a limited-edition print. A must for visitors, a colorful Pang hat will keep you warm during the remainder of your arctic voyage. You’ll also visit nearby Kekerten, an uninhabited island that was a major whaling destination in the 1800s.

At the southern tip of the Cumberland Sound, Cape Mercy was named by British explorer John Davis (yes, he of the Davis Strait), who sailed through it in 1585. The site of an old Distant Early Warning Line installation, it’s an ideal spot to go ashore for a hike.

As icebergs travel down the Davis Strait, they’re naturally trapped at Qikiqtarjuak (formerly known as Broughton Island), the iceberg capital of the world. The icy waters here are sometimes also home to narwhals, beluga and right whales, and ring and harp seals. A hike up to the hilltop inukshuk (a stone figure made by the Inuit) rewards with spectacular views of the community.

Cruising farther north along the east coast of Baffin Island, we’ll approach Isabella Bay, an important summer and fall feeding area for a large population of bowhead whales.

Stacked side by side, the dozens of soaring cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord make for a majestic site as you sail by. One of the most isolated places on the planet, the big-wall playground attracts climbers eager to scale the sheer rock faces that shoot straight out of the sea.

At the northern tip of Baffin Island, near the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, is the picturesque hamlet of Pond Inlet. Spend some time exploring this traditional Inuit community that’s surrounded by scenic mountains, fjords, glaciers and icebergs.

The area around Lancaster Sound affords several hiking opportunities. At Dundas Harbor, on Devon Island, you’ll visit an abandoned beachside outpost of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At nearby Croker Bay, cruise in a Zodiac (at a safe distance) along the face of an actively calving glacier. Your expedition team will also keep its eyes peeled for the muskoxen and walrus that are known to visit the bay. A hike to a nearby archaeological site is another possible excursion. Farther west, some of the best ancient Thule remains in the Arctic are at Radstock Bay, beside the soaring Caswell Towers, a polar bear observation site. Exploring the area, you’ll gain insight into how these pre-Inuit people lived.

At the western end of Devon Island, the windswept Beechey Island might be small, but it’s steeped in history. Named after famed British explorer Frederick William Beechey, it’s a Canadian National Historic Site. You’ll visit the small marked graves of three crew members who died during Sir John Franklin’s tragic 1845–46 expedition. Roald Amundsen landed here in 1903, during the first successful voyage by ship through the Northwest Passage.

Sailing down the east coast of Somerset Island, you may be fortunate to spot beluga whales and narwhals, as they feed on the large numbers of arctic char that enter Creswell Bay in late summer. An Important Bird Area, the bay also attracts such species as black-bellied plovers, king eiders and white-rumped sandpipers. You’ll also have time to explore Fort Ross, where the Hudson’s Bay Company established a now-abandoned trading post in 1937. At the midpoint of the Bellot Strait, a narrow channel that separates Somerset Island from mainland North America, you’ll reach the northernmost area of the continental landmass, Zenith Point.

Day 16 — Disembarkation in Resolute, Canada

After disembarking in Resolute, you’ll be transferred to your charter flight to Ottawa, where you’ll spend the night at your included hotel.

Day 17 — Depart Ottawa

Today, make your way to the airport to catch your homeward flights, or spend the day exploring Canada’s capital city.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: 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.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Charter Air: Reykjavik/Kangerlussuaq/Reykjavik
$4,395Full$5,695Full$6,295Full$6,895Full$7,595Full$8,295Full$9,195Full$10,095Full$1,695 
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Charter Air: Ottawa/Kangerlussuaq & Resolute/Ottawa
$9,695Limited$12,595Full$13,895Full$15,295Full$16,795Full$18,495 $20,295Full$22,295Limited$2,495 
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Charter Air: Ottawa/Resolute & Kangerlussuaq/Ottawa
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Adventure Options: Kayaking - $695, Snowshoe-Included, Hiking - Included. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Kayaking is limited to 10 individuals. Some activities require experience.

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Adventure Options: Kayaking - $695pp (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR kayaking - $225pp (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage). Kayaking options are limited to 10 participants and must be pre-booked & paid, subject to availability at the time requested.

Snowshoeing & Hiking – Included and no pre-booking required.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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   Owner's Suite
Located on the Bridge Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m)
   Suite
Located on the Captain’s Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities and windows with exterior views. Cabin 403 has a bathtub/other Suites have shower stalls.
Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m)
   Deluxe
Located on the Captain’s Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m)
   Superior
Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m)
   Main Deck Window
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m)
   Main Deck Porthole
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m)
   Lower Deck Twin
Located on the Lower Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)
   Triple
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)