The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of Great Explorers

Duration: 19 days

Departure:
14 August 2020
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included on board
  • 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
Snowy Dundas Harbour. Together with the Expedition Team, you will attempt to explore legendary inlets and channels and go on exciting small boat cruising and landings.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
The Northwest Passage
Sailing through Prince Christian Sound. On this Northwest Passage expedition, we sail in the wake of the great explorers like Roald Amundsen, the first man to sail the Northwest Passage.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Sailing through Prince Christian Sound. On this Northwest Passage expedition, we sail in the wake of the great explorers like Roald Amundsen, the first man to sail the Northwest Passage.
Icebergs and mountains in Baffin Bay. We aim to visit colourful Inuit settlements and the UNESCO World Heritage site Ilulissat Icefjord before crossing the Davis Strait and venturing into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut.
Photo: Thomas Haltner

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
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.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Nuuk - Shuttle & Museum visit
    Visit the National Museum of Greenland
  • Cultural history walk
    Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the most interesting places in Greenland´s capital city of Nuuk! Join a sightseeing tour of the town before you visit the National Museum, providing a glimpse into Greenland’s interesting past.
  • Lille Malene Hike
    Put on your hiking boots and join the expedition team on a hiking adventure through beautiful Greenlandic nature!
  • Nuuk City tour
    Explore Greenland´s interesting capital city by coach! Nuuk is a cosmopolitan town in the high Arctic, offering you both beautiful nature and an urban vibe.
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.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Sisimiut - Kayak Demo and Museum visit
    Sisimiut is Greenland's second largest town with approximately 5.500 inhabitants. That's almost 4 times smaller than the Capital, Nuuk.
  • City tour by bus
    If you want to comfortably experience all of Sisimiut in a short amount of time, this sightseeing tour by bus is the perfect excursion for you.
  • Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa
    Join a challenging summit hike and be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view!
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.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Ilulissat - Walk to the Icefjords
    Hear the ice cracking in the distance?
  • Boat trip to the Ice Fjord
    Ilulissat is renowned for its beautiful and breathtaking Ice Fjord - best experienced from a boat. Get close to nature and experience the ice that leaves visitors speechless in wonder.
  • Ilulissat City walk
    Learn more about Greenlandic culture and history on this walk.
  • Hike to Holms Bakke
    Hike through spectacular surroundings as we take you to Holms Bakke – a traditional hiking trip for locals. Experience Inuit culture, see incredible icebergs and learn about local flora and fauna.
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
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, Canada
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 Post-programmes.

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

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice   
  • One night in Edmonton breakfast
  • Flight from Cambridge Bay to Edmonton in Economy Class
  • Transfer ship to airport in Cambridge Bay and airport to hotel in Edmonton

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including small boat cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A Farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group adventures such as kayaking with our Expedition Team 
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling 

Notes

  • Medical questionnaire mandatory - see Entry requirements for more information
  • This cruise is not suitable for guests using wheelchairs due to the possibility of using tender boats during embarkation or disembarkation.
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

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 Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

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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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

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Nuuk - Shuttle & Museum visit

Greenland

Duration

1 - 2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-NUU1

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Hurtigruten in Nuuk harbour with fishing boats Hurtigruten in Nuuk harbour with fishing boats

Cultural history walk

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 2 hours

Price per person

From £ 41

Booking code

G-NUU4

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Lille Malene hike Greenland scenic views water Lille Malene hike Greenland scenic views water

Lille Malene hike

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 4.5 hours

Price per person

From £ 51

Booking code

G-NUU3

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Nuuk City tour

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 1.5 hours

Price per person

From £ 41

Booking code

G-NUU2

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A man kayaking in the sea. A man kayaking in the sea.

Sisimiut - Kayak Demo and Museum visit

Greenland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-SIS1

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View over Sisimiut, Greenland View over Sisimiut, Greenland

Sisimiut - City tour by bus

Greenland

Duration

1 hour 30 mins

Price per person

From £ 51

Booking code

G-SIS6

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Hiking towards Sisimiut Hiking towards Sisimiut

Sisimiut - Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 3-4 hours

Price per person

From £ 61

Booking code

G-SIS4

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Ilulissat - Walk to the Icefjords

Greenland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-ILU1

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Boat trip to the Icefjord, icebergs Greenland Boat trip to the Icefjord, icebergs Greenland

Boat trip to the Icefjord

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 2 hours

Price per person

From £ 92

Booking code

G-ILU1

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Colourful houses in Ilulissat, Greenland Colourful houses in Ilulissat, Greenland

Ilulissat city walk

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 2 hours

Price per person

From £ 51

Booking code

G-ILU5

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Beach cliffs with a breathtaking view near Ilulissat Beach cliffs with a breathtaking view near Ilulissat

Hike to Holms Bakke

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 4-5 hours

Price per person

From £ 72

Booking code

G-ILU3

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Reykjavik Pre-programme: Golden Circle Tour (20/21 and 21/22)

Iceland

Duration

2 Days

From

£ 470

Booking code

REKPRE

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The Icelandic Highlands: Pre-Programme for Nature Lovers (20/21 and 21/22)

Iceland

Duration

4 Days

From

£ 1205

Booking code

REKICEPRE

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