Northwest Passage and Greenland Cruise Itinerary
Just as the explorers of old had to change their planned sailing routes in response to local conditions so may we. Despite news reports to the contrary, the Northwest Passage is not completely ice free.
Day 1 - Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Located at the eastern mouth of Sondre Stromfjord, Kangerlussuaq is the embarkation point for this 17 day adventure from Greenland to Canada's High Arctic. Set sail on the evening tide.
Day 2 - Sisimiut Coast, Greenland
The ship will anchor to allow an expedition stop to explore the Greenlandic landscape.
Day 3 - Ilulissat
This morning you will awake 250 km (155 miles) north of the Arctic Circle. It won't be the rising sun that announces the arrival of morning, because you are now in that region where the sun never sets. The fleet of Zodiacs are launched for a cruise to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Ilulissat Ice Fiord. The Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier calves more than 35 square kilometres (21 square miles) of ice annually.
Day 4 - Karrat Fjord
Cliffs where birds next, seals hauled out on the ice, talus slopes - we explore a magnificent fiord on Greenland's western shore today. Keep your camera handy!
Day 5 - Upernavik Fjord
This fishing hamlet of 1,100 souls is our next port of call. The town is spread across a hill with a view of the open water of Davis Strait.
Day 6 - Kap York
This district is home to the largest seabird population in northwest Greenland. Millions of murres and auks zip through the skies and cry from the cliffs.
Day 7 - Smith Sound
American Arctic explorers - Greely and Kane, as well as Britain's Sir George Nares, followed the sound north, hoping to reach the North Pole. Today wildlife viewing should be successful, as the pack ice of the sound draws animals to feed and rest.
Day 8 - Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord)
Today's port of call makes us welcome. The community introduces us to their culture and history.
Day 9 - Coburg Island
We enter an area of the Arctic renowned for its bird colonies - 30,000 pairs of Black-legged Kittiwakes and 160,000 pairs of Thick-billed Murres build nests on the rocky outcroppings of Coburg Island. The fleet of Zodiacs will provide a platform for photography and birding.
Day 10 - Devon Island
Tick another unique site off your bucket list. Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on the planet. Watch for polar bears and seals lounging on the floes, as thousands of seabirds wing over head.
Day 11 - Beechey Island
The search for the Northwest Passage cost many lives. On Beechey Island three of the seamen who sailed with Franklin are buried. We visit the site to pay our respects.
Day 12 - Bathurst Island
The Arctic landscape is diverse. Today you'll visit a rare wetland with abundant vegetation. The conditions are perfect for Peary caribou to calve. The Polar Bear National Wildlife Area protects a migratory route used by the marine mammals between March and November.
Day 13 - Melville Island
The unique opportunity today is sighting a Western High Arctic Brant. This sea goose has been found through DNA evidence to be distinct from other stocks of Brant geese. Only 4 to 8 thousand birds are found on Melville Island, one of the rarest goose stocks in the world.
Day 14 - Banks Island
Two-thirds of the planet's population of Lesser Snow Geese summer on Banks Island. Barren ground caribou, polar bears, and musk oxen also inhabit the island. It was on Melville Island that the first hybrid of grizzly and polar bear was found.
Day 15 - Prince of Wales Strait
The Prince of Wales Strait was unnavigable until the 1940s.
Day 16 - Ulukhaktok (Holman)
Copper was the traditional mineral used to make ulus - traditional Inuit knives used by women to clean skin and chop meat and fish. So important was the copper to Inuit that community was named for the tool - the place where ulu parts are found."
Day 17 - Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU
The Coppermine River where Kugluktuk is located has been designated a Canadian Heritage River for its historical and biological significance. Your final day in the Arctic will be spent in the westernmost community of Nunavut. Wildlife sightings are possible because the tundra is not far from the town. Grizzly bears, wolves, moose, musk oxen, caribou, foxes have all been sighted near "the place of moving waters." Disembark today.
- Passage aboard Ocean Edeavour in the cabin category of your choice (Price quoted: Cabin Category 1
- Pre-departure materials
- Special access permits, entry and park fees
- Services of the Expedition Team
- Applicable taxes
- Educational program on board the ship
- Interactive workshops
- Evening entertainment
- Guided activities
- Sightseeing and community visits
- All shipboard meals
- All Zodiac excurions
- Port fees
- $250 Discovery Fee
- Commercial and charter flights
- Gratuities (Suggested USD $15 per passenger per day)
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Possible fuel surcharges
- Pre and post trip hotel accommodation
- Optional excursions
- Additional costs associated with payments made by credit card