Summary : Join a world-class Expedition Team on a cruise through the rarely-transited Northwest Passage, an extraordinary voyage from western Greenland to Nome, Alaska, all while following in the footsteps of the greatest explorers. Begin with two nights in Montreal at the new Four Seasons Montreal, where you also enjoy a choice of tours. Sail with an award-winning Expedition Team, including a dedicated photo coach, historian, geologist, and naturalist. Enjoy all-inclusive cruising with included onboard meals and house drinks, Zodiac excursions, expedition gear, port charges, gratuities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Explore the west coast of Greenland, where you may meet with local Inuit in their villages. Marvel at wonders from the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord to Franklin Bay’s “Smoking Hills”.
Discover the remote Yukon at Herschel Island, where the Arctic whaling industry once thrived
Take advantage of A&K internal flights to Kangerlussuaq and Anchorage, conveniently starting and ending your journey in North America
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
$33,995 to $73,995
Arrive in Montreal and transfer to your hotel. Gather for a welcome dinner and enjoy an introduction.
Choose from city tours that include Old Montreal and the “Underground City.”
Transfer to the airport for a charter flight to Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord), a fjord at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Later, board your luxury expedition ship. Tonight, join fellow guests and crew for a welcome cocktail reception.
Embark on your voyage from exactly where Roald Amundsen did, cruising along the stunning West Coast of Greenland. Your Captain and Expedition Leader determine the day’s best sightseeing opportunities, which may include: northernmost Sisimiut for a visit to its local museum and an Inuit sea kayak demonstration; Disko Bay, a wide inlet off of Baffin Bay first explored by Erik the Red in 985; the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the mouth of one of the most active glaciers in the world; and the Uummannaq Fjord system, a geological wonder teeming with marine life, where you also discover the ancient huts of the Thule hunters.
Cruise west into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and Nunavut, voyaging into the heart of this legendary sea route. Your Expedition Leader and Captain determine your excursions, which may include: the Inuit Village of Pond Inlet, where you visit a local community center and co-op to shop for artisan soapstone carvings; Beechey Island, where British explorer Sir John Franklin and his expedition sought refuge in 1845 before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the passage, and where you see the wooden grave markers for three of his men; and the natural harbor of Gjoa Haven, where Amundsen took a two-year refuge among the Netsilik Inuits while waiting for ice to abate, before he became the first person ever to transit the full Northwest Passage.
In the Northwest Territories, you may stop for a landing at Ulukhaktok (Holman village) and for an unforgettable visit with its Inuit people, who greet you with drum dances at the shore. At Franklin Bay, see the rare geological phenomenon of the “Smoking Hills,” cliffs of bituminous shale combusting and burning for millennia. Conditions permitting in the Yukon, you may also land at Herschel Island. Evidence of the island’s whaling culture remains along its coastline— one greatly affected by impacts of sea erosion and climate change.
Sail from the wide Beaufort Sea into the U.S., clearing at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customs clearance only). Relax on your private balcony or join fellow guests on deck and, with some luck keep and eye out for chatty beluga and Northern Lights.
Cruise to Little Diomede, home to the traditional Ingalikmiut. Conditions permitting, take a Zodiac ride.
Disembark in Nome and enjoy a tour and dogsled demonstration. Board your flight to Anchorage and continue on your flight home.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $100,000. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Looking for a Grand Arctic Voyage?
This trip can be combined with Arctic Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear and Ultimate Iceland & Greenland for a 48-day adventure with rates starting at $62,085 per person in Category 1.
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Alaska (4 Days)
Discover epic Alaska, ascending Mount Alyeska by cable car, cruising Prince William Sound and enjoying a docent-led visit at a renowned museum. From $3,295 per person (double occupancy). Single supplement from $525. Contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Two pre-cruise hotel nights in Montreal; transfers between airport/hotel/ship; shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; valet laundry service onboard ship (8 pieces, excludes dry cleaning); gear to keep (parka, backpack); gear on loan (boots, walking poles, pants); all meals onboard the ship; room service onboard ship; house drinks and soft drinks onboard ship; gratuities onboard ship; memory book upon return (one per booking). Butler service in Suites (Categories 5-8) aboard the ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; charter flights; passport or visa expenses; laundry; meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in itinerary; premium wines, liquors and champagnes; communication charges and optional activities; all items of a personal nature; required travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © A&K Image Library