MS Fram
19 days

The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of Great Explorers

Price from
£ 9889
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
19 days

The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of Great Explorers

Price from
£ 9889
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of Great Explorers (Itinerary 1)
Departure
17 August 2022
  • Explore some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery on Earth
  • Great wildlife spotting opportunities - including polar bears and walrus
  • Trace history as we explore the region of famous expedition vessels of the past
  • Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, an UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Itinerary

Be among the few to sail in the wake of great explorers on as we attempt a journey through the legendary Northwest Passage. Experience the raw and daunting beauty of wild terrain on a rarely-travelled voyage. Even today, few ships have the capability to navigate this isolated sea passage that cuts through stunning Arctic landscape.
Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland - Embarkation

Estimated time of departure is 20:00

World`s Northernmost Capital
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norwegian settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning 'Smoky Bay') after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made a profound impression.

The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fram.

The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik
Beautiful sunset, Denmark Strait, between Iceland and Greenland
Beautiful sunset, Denmark Strait, between Iceland and Greenland
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Dolphins swimming alongside the ship
Experience dolphins swimming alongside the ship.
Photo: Sandra Walser
Day 2-3
At sea
The Denmark Strait
Beautiful sunset, Denmark Strait, between Iceland and Greenland
Beautiful sunset, Denmark Strait, between Iceland and Greenland
Photo: Tracey Kirkland

We sail across the Denmark Strait, a crossing used by Vikings to migrate from Iceland to South Greenland some 1,000 years ago. We will spend the days on the crossing preparing you for the upcoming adventure.  Enjoy lectures by the Expedition Team and visit our Science Center or just relax with a book, visit the sauna and hot tub or get to know your fellow explorers.

Day 4
Prince Christian Sound Region, Greenland
Mountains, Glaciers and Icebergs
Sailing through Prince Christian Sound
Sailing through Prince Christian Sound
Photo: Thomas Haltner

Prince Christian Sound separates Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If the conditions allow, we will sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The sound itself is around 100 km long and very narrow, sometimes only 500 metres wide. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Sailing through Prince Christian Sound
Sailing through Prince Christian Sound
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Glacier running down to the sea
Glacier running down to the sea
Photo: Donald A. Allen
Arctic kayaking among icebergs
Go kayaking among icebergs with the Expedition Team.
Hiking in beautiful scenery, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland
Hiking in beautiful scenery, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 5
Kvanefjord - Half day
Kvanefjord
Arctic kayaking among icebergs
Go kayaking among icebergs with the Expedition Team.

Kvanefjord is a 48 km long fjord on the west coast of Greenland. We will spend the day exploring this amazing fjord.

Day 6
Nuuk
The Capital of Greenland
Colourful houses in Nuuk, Greenland.
The colourful houses of Nuuk, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Nuuk is the oldest town in the nation, founded in 1728. The name Nuuk means peninsula, as it is located at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today Nuuk is a place where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in ”Kolonihaven” to the modern structure of the Greenland Home Rule building.

Colourful houses in Nuuk, Greenland.
The colourful houses of Nuuk, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Church in Nuuk
Visit the church in Nuuk.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colourful houses
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colourful houses
Photo: Greenland Travel
Hike in Sisimiut, Greenland
Go for a hike in Sisimiut, Greenland.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 7
Sisimiut - Full day
Modern Settlement with Ancient Traditions
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colourful houses
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colourful houses
Photo: Greenland Travel

Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle and is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions. Come ashore to explore the colourful town; visit the small museum, hike in the hills and shop for local handicrafts.

Day 8
Ilulissat - Full day
Birth of Icebergs
View of the Ilulissat settlement with icebergs on the fjord, Greenland
The views are majestic in the Ilulissat settlement, with icebergs scattered on the fjord.
Photo: Greenland Travel

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just outside the town you can often see enormous icebergs that originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere. The icebergs make their way down the 20 km fjord before entering Disko Bay.

View of the Ilulissat settlement with icebergs on the fjord, Greenland
The views are majestic in the Ilulissat settlement, with icebergs scattered on the fjord.
Photo: Greenland Travel
Hiking in nature, Ilulissat, Greenland
Hiking in the pristine nature of Ilulissat, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
At sea outside Greenland
Sailing at sea outside Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 9
At sea - Labrador Sea
Crossing the Davis Strait
At sea outside Greenland
Sailing at sea outside Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Named for English explorer John Davis, who led expeditions here searching for a route through the Northwest Passage between 1585 and 1587. Davis was the first to draw attention to seal hunting and whaling possibilities in the area, and to show that the Newfoundland cod fisheries extended this far north.

Day 10
Sam Ford Fjord, Canada
East Coast of Baffin Island
Icebergs floating in Baffin Bay
Icebergs floating in Baffin Bay
Photo: Thomas Haltner

Sam Ford Fjord is set on the east coast of Baffin Island. The fjord is known for its glaciers and granite cliffs rising steeply from the shores to heights up to 1500 metres above sea level.

Icebergs floating in Baffin Bay
Icebergs floating in Baffin Bay
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Spectacular view from above of Baffin Island
Spectacular view from above of Baffin Island
Photo: NASA/Michael Studinger
Landing in Dundas Harbour
Day 11-17
The Northwest Passage
Heart of the Northwest Passage
Fort Ross, a former trading post in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada
Subject to favourable conditions, we will attempt to make our way through the icy waters of Arctic Canada, or Nunavut as it is known in Inuit. Here at Fort Ross, a former trading post in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada.
Photo: All Canada Photos
Swimming polar bear, Coutts Island, Nunavut, Canada
Swimming polar bear near Coutts Island. Throughout the journey, enjoy views of vast expanses of pristine wilderness and wildlife from the deck and up close.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 11-17
The Northwest Passage
Heart of the Northwest Passage
Landing in Dundas Harbour
Landing in Dundas Harbour. Throughout the journey, enjoy views of vast expanses of pristine wilderness from the deck.  We hope to visit several sites with traces of earlier expeditions, and some of the world’s northernmost communities.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Next, we aim to head into the heart of the historic Northwest Passage. The first recorded voyage here was led by John Cabot in 1497. The most famous journey was James Cook’s failed attempt to sail the Passage in 1776, and of course the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The first to conquer the Passage by ship was Norwegian Roald Amundsen on an expedition that lasted from 1903 to 1906.

The ice varies from year to year, so we hope to be able to show you some of the following places:

Pond Inlet, called 'Mittimatalik' in Inuktitut, is a traditional Inuit community surrounded by mountains, glaciers, fjords, ice caves, geological hoodoos and drifting icebergs.

Dundas Harbour is an abandoned settlement with an old Royal Canadian Mounted Police camp and several archaeological sites. Come shore to see the ruins of some of these buildings, along with an impressive Thule site.

Radstock Bay is dominated by the striking outcropping of Caswell Tower. The shoreline here is ideal for walks to a pre-historic Inuit dwelling site. Caswell Tower itself features a challenging hike to the summit for great views.

Beechey Island is known for the ill-fated Franklin expedition. Two ships sailed into the passage in 1845, but neither were ever seen again. It is known that the Franklin Expedition over-wintered on Beechey Island in 1845-1846.

Fort Ross is a trading post established in 1937. There are two small huts ashore that are maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Gjøa Haven honours the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who wintered here from 1903. He was in contact with the local Netsilik Inuit people, and learned a lot from them about survival and travel in polar regions.

Throughout the journey, we will be sailing in amazing straits with unique nature and hopefully enough ice to be on the constant look out for wildlife.

Day 18
Cambridge Bay - Disembarkation

Estimated time of arrival is 08:00

A Good Fishing Place
View of Cambridge Bay, Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada
View of Cambridge Bay, Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada
Photo: Alan Sim

In Inuinnaqtun, Cambridge Bay is called 'Iqaluktuuttiaq', meaning a 'good fishing place' for the giant char that is caught nearby. Local wildlife is abundant: seals, geese, muskoxen and caribou. This is where our expedition ends, and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Edmonton.

View of Cambridge Bay, Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada
View of Cambridge Bay, Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada
Photo: Alan Sim
Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay, Canada
Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay.
Photo: Steffen Biersack
The Edmonton skyline
Enjoy beautiful Edmonton.
Photo: Walshcooks
Day 19
Edmonton
Explore Edmonton
The Edmonton skyline
Enjoy beautiful Edmonton.
Photo: Walshcooks

Enjoy the city of Edmonton before your flight home or extend your stay with one of our optional Post-programmes to learn more about this city and surrounding by visiting the Elk Island National Park.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotels 

  • Overnight in Edmonton after the Expedition cruise including breakfast 

Flights 

  • Economy flight from Cambridge Bay to Edmonton 

Transfers 

  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Cambridge Bay after the Expedition cruise
  • Transfer from the airport in Edmonton to the hotel after the Expedition cruise 

Expedition Cruise  

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included excursions 

Onboard Activities 

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track  
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats  
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights  
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team   
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change  
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory 
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements 
  • No gratuities expected 
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Ship yard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch
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