Northwest Passage and Greenland Expedition Cruise

Follow the Path of Great Explorers

ARCTIC -AUG 29: NWP and West Greenland Adventure. (Photo by Dave Sandford/One Ocean Expeditions
Dave Sandford

 

Travel back in time, along the paths of early Arctic explorers on this iconic cruise expedition. As you travel along the Northwest Passage, explore the spectacular fjords and bays, view rare Arctic wildlife, and see other-wordly ice formations in Greenland.

  • Starting From

    $18,830 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    15 days

    14 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Edmonton, Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet, Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Ottawa
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

Discover the History of the Northwest Passage by Living It


Travel back in time as you explore the history of the Northwest Passage. Learn about the ill-fated Franklin Expedition from 1845. Your crew may have even assisted with the expedition team that discovered the sunken Franklin vessel in 2014.

Keep Watch for the Local Inhabitants


With polar bears roaming the shores and walruses rolling around on ice floes, you’ll want to keep your camera close at hand. A resident photographer onboard the ship can assist and provide tips to make sure you get the best shot.

Explore in Your Own Style


Join a hiking excursion along the shore – from an easy walk to a hearty climb, there are options to suit everyone onboard. If you are up for a real adventure, add a daily small group kayaking program for the length of your journey.

YOUR TRIP
DAY-BY-DAY

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 01

Arrive in Edmonton

Today your adventure begins as you fly to Edmonton, Alberta and spend the night at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. Meet your group this evening for a briefing on tomorrow’s events.

Overnight in Edmonton

Overnight at the Fairmont Hotel Maddonald. An iconic Edmonton landmark overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley, this Chateau on the River is conveniently located within walking distance to Edmonton’s City Hall and the Art Gallery of Alberta. With luxuriously appointed rooms, hotel amenities include a fitness centre, spa services, public gardens, indoor pool and exquisite dining options. Explore the historic art and architecture that defines this hotel, Edmonton's first heritage designated building.

Day 02

Fly to Cambridge Bay - Begin Expedition Cruise

Depart Edmonton on a charter flight to Cambridge Bay, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. Board your ship for your Arctic Expedition.

The RCGS Resolute is an ideal platform for exploring the Canadian Arctic. Although the vessel can hold up to 146 guests, activities and excursions are broken into small groups so its easy to find a special interest that suits you.

Arrival in Cambridge Bay - Board Ship

(1 of 3 activities)

After a charter flight from Ottawa, arrive in Cambridge Bay - located on the southern shores of Victoria Island. Enjoy a walking tour of the town and board your expedition ship in the afternoon. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with your crew of passionate and experienced Arctic experts before the ship weighs anchor and departs in the early evening.

RSCG Resolute Ship

(2 of 3 activities)

This purpose-built polar expedition vessel is designed for comfort, and is well-appointed, safe, and ice-strengthened. Features include bar/ lounge areas and modern dining rooms with 180-degree views from the large picture windows, a gift shop, a library, a wellness center including a gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, and salt water pool.

Suggested Add-On: Sea Kayak Program (Extra Cost)

(3 of 3 activities)

Why not enhance your Arctic cruise with a unique opportunity to kayak into various bays and islands, focusing on wildlife sites, offering paddlers a slower-paced, more exclusive experience. Just a small group of passengers get join in on these excursions, of which there are an average of six or seven planned per voyage.Ask your Sales Advisor about adding this option onto your cruise before it books out.

Shackleton Suite

Your Shackleton Suite features the option for either a queen or two single beds, with upgraded linen and pillows, and a private washroom with shower. In your lounge area you have a sectional sofa, a desk and chair, floor to ceiling cabinetry, and a flat screen entertainment system. Your suite is well-placed for easy access to the bistro, outdoor observation spaces, and ship's bridge.

Day 03

King William Island and Victory Point

As the ship charts a course into the Northwest Passage, The Captain aims to visit Victory Point, travelling very near the location of the wreck of HMS Erebus, one of the lost ships of the doomed Franklin Expedition of 1845.

Frankln's Lost Expedition Unraveled

(1 of 1 activities)

As we chart a course into the Northwest Passage, our onboard presentation series begins, and the legend of Sir John Franklin and his ‘lost expedition’ is beginning to unravel. The Academic Sergey Vavilov and her team were part of the expedition which discovered the sunken Franklin vessels, so make sure to take advantage of the onboard presentations. The second ship, the HMS Terror, has just been discovered.

Day 04

Prince of Wales Island

This morning the ship arrives at Coningham Bay on the shore of Prince of Wales Island.

Coningham Bay

(1 of 1 activities)

Today you arrive at one of the most remarkable wildlife sites in the Arctic – Coningham Bay. Here you’ll see polar bears feeding on Beluga whales, and it is not unusual to find the shoreline littered with whale skeletons and well-fed looking bears!

activities

Day 05

Navigating the Bellot Strait

Today the ship transits the narrow passage of Bellot Strait – a channel separating northerly Somerset Island from continental North America.

Fort Ross Exploration

(1 of 1 activities)

As you pass through the strait, keep your eyes peeled for harp seals, bearded seals and even polar bears. In addition you’ll visit the historic site of Fort Ross, a former Hudson's Bay Co. fur trading outpost, located at the southern end of Somerset Island. Archaeological sites nearby reveal the centuries of habitation by the Inuit people, and their predecessors.

Day 06

Beechey Island

Step back in time today and learn about the history of Beechy Island. This is a thrilling location for history buffs and for many it will be the defining moment of your expedition.

Discover the History of Beechey Island

(1 of 1 activities)

Beechey Island holds a special place in Arctic history. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last 'comfortable' winter, before disappearing into the icy vastness. A trip ashore at Beechey Island to visit the grave markers is haunting, as you imagine the struggle for Franklin’s team to survive in the harsh Arctic winter.

Day 07

Cruising the Coastlines of Devon Island

You are now at almost 75° degrees north of latitude. Cruising the coastline of Devon Island, you are now in the waters of Lancaster Sound.

Lancaster Sound & Dundas Harbour

(1 of 1 activities)

You are now in the waters of Lancaster Sound – a rich, bio-diverse region often referred to as the wildlife ‘super highway’ of the Arctic. These massive volumes of water from Baffin Bay, Beaufort Sea, and from the archipelago of islands to the north, combine to make a rich cocktail of nutrients supporting the Arctic wildlife. An old RCMP outpost makes for unique photographs against the stunning landscape, and Muskox and Arctic Hare may be seen as you hike the area.

Day 08

Navigate the Navy Board Inlet

You sight the wild north coast of Baffin Island and navigate through Navy Board Inlet. The vast landscapes of Sirmilik National Park surround you as we approach the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik.

Cultural Visit to Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

(1 of 1 activities)

Today you visit the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). A highlight will be a visit to the Natinnak Centre and meeting the local Inuit people. Learn about the daily life, culture and history of the people of the north.

Day 09

Into the Fjord's of Baffin Island

This morning you enter the North East corner of Baffin Island and navigate into the spectacular Gibbs Fjord. Your expedition ship will seem dwarfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as you cruise slowly along the dark waters.

Sillem Island and Gibbs Fjord

(1 of 1 activities)

As you sail through Gibbs Fjord located on the south side of Sillem Island, you will be taken in by the breathtaking beauty surrounding you. Dating back almost 2 billion years, the rocky cliffs, some standing at over 1.2 meters high, offers a wild landscape like no other. The area has been known as a home for bird colonies, polar bears and the Inuit people.

Day 10

Crossing Baffin Bay

Today you cross Baffin Bay making your way to Greenland. Keep watch for fulmars and dovekies, pilot whales and perhaps even orca.

Enroute to Greenland

(1 of 1 activities)

As you cross Baffin Bay today, your team of onboard experts will continue to educate you on the history and wildlife of the Arctic. As the ship approaches Greenland, the likelihood increases of spotting some of the big baleen whale species.

Day 11

Ilulissat, Greenland & Jacobshavn Icefjord

Today cruise into one of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Icebergs in Disko Bay

(1 of 1 activities)

The glacier that creates these stunning icebergs advances at over 40 metres per day, creating around 50 cubic kilometres of ice each year. The approach to Ilulissat is dependent on the amount of ice in and around the mouth of the fjord. Your Captain and officers are skilled ice navigators and the ship has one of the highest ice ratings of any vessel exploring Arctic waters.

Day 12

Sisimiut, Greenland

Today explore more of the fjord, before visiting the beautiful town of Sisimiut.

Exploring Sisimiut

(1 of 1 activities)

Today explore the beautiful town of Sisimiut. Here cheerfully coloured houses contrast against a dark granite peak in the background. If you’re lucky, the traditional Greenlandic kayakers will demonstrate the art of ‘Eskimo rolling.’

activities

Day 13

Into Sondre Strømfjord

See one of the world’s longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord, tower above the ship, as you sail up it today.

Sondre Stromfjord

(1 of 1 activities)

Venture out by zodiac to explore the side fjords with your guides on foot or by kayak. Here you may see Muscox on-shore, and the white-tailed sea eagle soaring above you. This is a great day for hiking. This evening, enjoy a celebratory dinner, attended by the Captain of the ship and reflect on the epic voyage.

activities

Day 14

Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa

Today you say farewell to your group and guides, as a charter flight takes you to Ottawa where you’ll stay overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

Disembarkation of the RSCG Resolute

(1 of 1 activities)

Today your expedition cruise comes to an end. Disembark the ship via zodiac in Kangerlussuaq and make your way with your group to the airport for your chartered flight to Ottawa. A transfer will take you to your hotel in Ottawa.

Overnight in Ottawa

Overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The prestigious Fairmont Chateau Laurier is situated just across the water from Parliament Hill and overlooks both the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal. Find yourself within walking distance of some of Ottawa’s most well-known attractions including ByWard market, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, National Gallery of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint. Dubbed “Ottawa’s Castle”, the luxury hotel features a health club complete with art-deco swimming pool, an elegant restaurant and lounge, and on-site gift shops.

Day 15

Depart Ottawa

Check out of your hotel, and make your way independently to the Ottawa airport, or as us about adding time Ottawa, or perhaps taking the train to explore Quebec.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

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Accommodation:

  • 1 night hotel stay at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton
  • 12 nights onboard the RCGS Resolute Vessel in a cabin
  • 1 night hotel stay at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa

Arctic Cruise Experience:

  • Onboard welcome reception and onboard welcome dinner
  • Service of experienced team of naturalists, biologists, historians and adventure guides
  • Assistance from resident photographer
  • Off-ship zodiac excursions
  • Access to special programs expert talks onboard or on shore
  • Guided hikes and walks for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, and community visits
  • Farewell Dinner (hosted by your Captain)
  • Optional Sea Kayaking Program (extra cost and must be booked in advance, limited spots available)

Meal Inclusions:

  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners while on board the voyage
  • Afternoon tea with fresh snacks each afternoon, plus coffee, tea, and hot chocolate throughout the day

Transportation Inclusions:

  • Transfers between airports and hotels for charter flight
  • Charter flight between Edmonton and Cambridge Bay
  • Charter flight between Kangerlussuaq and Ottawa
  • Transfers to and from the ship

Other Inclusions:

  • Itinerary/pre-departure information, including extensive program of relevant educational presentations
  • Port fees and permits to access areas visited
  • Onboard medical physician
  • Use of multimedia station
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, jacuzzi and fitness centre
  • Full arctic weather gear set including boots and binoculars (so you don’t have to buy them!)

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • Please note that all guests are required to fill out a medical questionnaire upon booking and may be required to provide a doctor’s consent form.
  • Kayaking program at an extra cost at US$695 per person (if you wish to participate please let us know at time of booking as there is limited space).
  • Airfare between your home and Edmonton
  • Transportation between Edmonton airport and hotel for arrival and departure in Canada.
  • Personal onboard expenses – laundry, postage, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, medical expenses, emails
  • Onboard massage and spa treatments
  • Trip Interruption / Cancellation Insurance and Travel Medical Insurance including Medical Evacuation (mandatory)
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew ($US12 –15 per day, per passenger is recommended)
  • There are currently no seasonal restrictions

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures in August.

Starting From

$18,830 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, August 2020 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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