The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of Great Explorers

Duration: 20 days

Departure:
30 August 2020
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included on board
  • Be one of the few to sail out of the Northwest Passage
  • Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Great wildlife spotting opportunities – chance of seeing polar bears
  • Explore some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery on Earth
We hope to call at some of the world’s northernmost communities, explore legendary inlets and channels, and take you on exciting small boat cruising and landings. Our Expedition Team will take every opportunity to launch kayaks or take you on hikes.
The Northwest Passage
Sail to the Northwest Passage in the wake of the great explorers to rediscover the remote beauty of pristine Arctic wilderness. Here at Dundas Harbour.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Sail to the Northwest Passage in the wake of the great explorers to rediscover the remote beauty of pristine Arctic wilderness. Here at Dundas Harbour.
If the elements allow, we will sail from Cambridge Bay to venture into the archipelago of Nunavut. As we make our way through the icy waters, you will be amazed by the vast expanses of pristine wilderness seen from the deck of MS Fram.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Itinerary

Be among the few to sail in the wake of great explorers as we attempt a journey through the legendary Northwest Passage. Experience the raw and daunting beauty of the Arctic on this rarely-travelled voyage. Our advanced expedition ship is one of the few capable of navigating the Passage in premium comfort for a true adventure.
Day 1
Edmonton, Canada - Hotel
Canada´s Festival City
The Edmonton skyline
Enjoy beautiful Edmonton.
Photo: Walshcooks

Enjoy the lively and colourful city of Edmonton on one of our Pre-programmes before your expedition begins.

The Edmonton skyline
Enjoy beautiful Edmonton.
Photo: Walshcooks
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
Caribou in Cambridge Bay, Canada
Caribou in Cambridge Bay - a great area for spotting wildlife.
Day 2
Edmonton / Cambridge Bay - Embarkation
A Good Fishing Place
Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay, Canada
Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay.
Photo: Steffen Biersack

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cambridge Bay. In Inuinnaqtun, Cambridge Bay is called 'Iqaluktuuttiaq', meaning a 'good fishing place', as it is famous for giant char caught in local waters. There is abundant wildlife in the area: seals, geese, muskoxen and caribou. Our expedition with MS Fram starts here.

Gjøa Haven
Day 3-10
The Northwest Passage
Heart of the Northwest Passage
Day 3-10
The Northwest Passage
Heart of the Northwest Passage
Gjøa Haven
Gjøa Haven. Being at the top of the world means sailing among beautiful but challenging ice formations. On this Northwest Passage voyage, like the voyages of the explorers before us, we will go where the ice allows. No matter where we sail or what we will see, we can promise a safe and thrilling expedition.

We aim to head into the heart of the Northwest Passage. Since the late 15th century, the search for this fabled seaway through the Canadian Arctic was a holy grail for hardy adventurers.

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

Ice conditions vary, so each voyage here is unique. Subject to favourable conditions, we hope to be able to explore some of the following places:

Gjøa Haven honours the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who wintered here from 1903 on the Gjøa expedition. He called the place 'the finest little harbour in the world.'  He learned a great deal from local Netslik Inuit people about survival and travel in polar regions.

Fort Ross was established in 1937. There are two small huts ashore maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard, and occasionally used by the local Inuit for shelter.

Beechey Island is closely linked to the history of exploration of the Northwest Passage, particularly the voyage led by Sir John Franklin, whose two ships sailed into the passage in 1845, but never returned. It is known that the Franklin Expedition over-wintered here in 1845.

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

Dundas Harbour is an abandoned settlement with an old Royal Canadian Mounted Police camp and several archaeological sites from the Thule period. 

Picturesque Pond Inlet, called 'Mittimatalik' in Inuktitut, is a traditional Inuit community on Baffin Island. Pond Inlet is surrounded by mountain ranges, with glaciers, scenic fjords, ice caves, geological hoodoos and drifting icebergs to marvel at.

Throughout the journey, we will sail in pristine straits that support rich wildlife, so we will be on a constant look out for amazing creatures such as polar bears.

Dundas Harbour
Dundas Harbour. We hope to call at some of the world’s northernmost communities, explore legendary inlets and channels, and take you on exciting small boat cruising and landings. Our Expedition Team will take every opportunity to launch kayaks or take you on hikes
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Fort Ross, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada
On this Northwest Passage expedition cruise, we sail in the wake of the great explorers to rediscover the remote beauty of pristine Arctic wilderness. We explore in the tradition of Roald Amundsen, the first man to sail the Northwest Passage. Here at Fort Ross, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada
Photo: All Canada Photos
Amazing colours and icebergs in the sunset, crossing the Davis Strait
Amazing colours and icebergs in the sunset while crossing the Davis Strait.
View of Davis Strait from above, Labrador Sea
View of Davis Strait in the Labrador Sea from above.
Photo: J Brew
Day 11
At sea - Labrador Sea
Crossing the Davis Strait
Amazing colours and icebergs in the sunset, crossing the Davis Strait
Amazing colours and icebergs in the sunset while crossing the Davis Strait.

This strait was named for the English explorer John Davis who searched for a route through the 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 12
Ilulissat, Greenland - 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

The stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord has earned it the designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord, you can often see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere.

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
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 13
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 14
Nuuk - Full day
Capital of Greenland
Colourful houses in Nuuk, Greenland.
The colourful houses of Nuuk, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Nuuk is the political and social centre of Greenland and is the oldest town in the nation, founded in 1728. It has a beautiful setting, at the mouth of one of most spectacular fjord systems in the world. This is a place where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in ”Kolonihaven” to the modern architecture of the Greenland Home Rule structure.

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
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 15
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 terrain.

Day 16
At sea - Labrador Sea
Labrador Sea
At sea outside Greenland
Sailing at sea outside Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

We leave Greenland to head for open sea. We will cross the southern part of the Labrador Sea, this time sailing towards Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.

At sea outside Greenland
Sailing at sea outside Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
The former whaling town of Red Bay, Canada
The former whaling town of Red Bay, Canada
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Beautiful sunset sky in Red Bay, Greenland
Beautiful sunset sky in Red Bay.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Day 17
Red Bay, Canada - Half day
Red Bay, Labrador
Beautiful sunset sky in Red Bay, Greenland
Beautiful sunset sky in Red Bay.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland

Red Bay, on the coast of Labrador, is a classic outpost of Atlantic Canada, a coastal community with a population of less than 200. In 2013, Red Bay Basque Whaling Station was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander around the former whaling town and learn about its interesting history.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Red Bay - Red Bay Highlights Access
    Want to get a feel for Red Bay’s local culture and history?
  • Coastal Labrador and Point Amour Lighthouse tour
    Drive the coastal highway and visit the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada.
  • Red Bay Then and Now Historical Walking tour
    Stroll through the intriguing village of Red Bay with local guides to provide insight into the history and culture of this remarkable community with a history of whaling.
Day 18
Corner Brook - Full day
Corner Brook
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland, first surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767.

Corner Brook is located on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland and has approximately 20,000 inhabitants. The area was first surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767. Explore the charming town centre or enjoy its many walking trails among vibrant autumn leaves.

Optional excursions
  • Corner Brook - Gros Morne by Motorcoach
    Explore the mountains, fjords, and coastal wonders of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its unique geology.
  • Corner Brook - Marble Mountain Zip Line
    Experience zip lining like never before with an adventure that starts at the top of Steady Brook Falls, just outside of Corner Brook, western Newfoundland’s largest town.
  • Captain Cook's Trail
    This excursion is a scenic exploration of the countryside with a local host who will share historic stories of the region’s rich land and sea.
  • Corner Brook Trails Adventure
    Embrace the spectacular natural beauty of the Corner Brook woodlands during this picturesque hiking excursion.
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland, first surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767.
Looking for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax
Looking for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax
Photo: Gregory Smith
Approaching Halifax, Canada, in the sunset
Approaching Halifax, Canada, in the sunset
Photo: Chelsea Claus
Day 19
At sea - Gulf of St. Lawrence
Relaxing Day
Looking for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax
Looking for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax
Photo: Gregory Smith

Enjoy the deep relaxation of a day at sea as the Expedition Team leads a recap of our fantastic voyage.

Day 20
Halifax - Disembarkation
Halifax
Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset.

The British established Halifax in 1749. Enjoy a stroll up to the Citadel-crowned hill overlooking the historic provincial capital. Halifax today is both hip and historic, and well worth an extra day or two before you head back home.

Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset.
View of the Macdonald Bridge at twilight, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
View of the Macdonald Bridge at twilight, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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 hotel night in Edmonton incl. breakfast
  • Flight from Edmonton to Cambridge Bay in Economy Class
  • Transfer from Hotel to airport in Edmonton and airport to ship in Cambridge Bay

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 
  • Visa for Canada (ETA)
    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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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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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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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

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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Red Bay - Red Bay Highlights Access

North America

Duration

1 - 3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-RDY1

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Red Bay - Coastal Labrador and Point Amour Lighthouse tour

North America

Duration

4hrs

Price per person

From £ 108

Booking code

C-RDY1

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Red Bay Then and Now Historical Walking tour

North America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From £ 61

Booking code

C-RDY3

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Corner Brook - Gros Morne by Motorcoach

North America

Duration

7 hrs

Price per person

From £ 113

Booking code

C-CBK1

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Corner Brook - Marble Mountain Zip Line

North America

Duration

2hrs 15min

Price per person

From £ 113

Booking code

C-CBK2

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Corner Brook - Captain Cook's Trail

North America

Duration

4 hrs

Price per person

From £ 61

Booking code

C-CBK3

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Corner Brook Trails Adventure

North America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From £ 51

Booking code

C-CBK4

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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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Halifax: Post-programme (20/21 and 21/22)

North America

Duration

2 Days

From

£ 289

Booking code

YHZPOST

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Elk Island National Park & Edmonton

North America, Northwest Passage

Duration

8 Hours

From

£ 177

Booking code

YEG03

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