Northwest Passage and Greenland Expedition Cruise

Northwest Passage and Greenland Expedition Cruise



starting fromUS $17,926per person

  • Get this trip plan customized to cover everything you want to see.
  • Learn which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.

Canada And Greenland Small Ship Cruise

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-worldly ice formations in Greenland.

Trip at a glance

15 Days / 14 Nights

Depart Edmonton for Cambridge Bay King William Island Prince of Wales Island Prince Leopold Island Beechey Island Devon Island Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) Ilulissat Sisimiut Kangerlussuaq Ottawa *Itinerary may vary to accommodate wildlife sightings and weather

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    Sample Itinerary

    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.

    Day 1 – 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.

    Day 2 – Edmonton to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
    Depart Edmonton on a charter flight to Cambridge Bay, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. Located on the southern shores of Victoria Island. Enjoy a walking tour of the town before boarding your expedition ship, the RCGS Resolute. A welcome reception kicks off your Arctic adventure, before you cast off for the fabled Northwest Passage.

    Insider tip: 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.

    Day 3 – 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. One Ocean was part of the expedition team 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 and the story continues to unravel.

    Day 4 – Prince of Wales Island
    This morning the ship arrives at Coningham Bay on the shore of Prince of Wales. This is one of the most remarkable wildlife sites in the Arctic – 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!

    Day 5 – Bellot Strait
    Today the ship sails the Bellot Strait. The rich waters in this strait provide abundant food for marine mammals, so 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 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 6 – Beechey Island
    Beechey Island holds a special place in Arctic history. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition was last seen, 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 7 – Devon Island
    Cruising the coastline of Devon Island, you will be travelling the wildlife ‘super highway’ of the Arctic. 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 8 – Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
    Today you’ll travel the wild north coast of Baffin Island. The vast landscapes of Sirmilik National Park surround you as the ship approaches the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). A highlight will be a visit to the Natinnak Centre, where a fascinating cultural exhibit showcases daily life, culture and history of the people of the north. Meeting local Inuit will be a highlight, as they demonstrate traditional Inuit games.

    Day 9 – Gibbs Fjord
    Today you are treated to the spectacular Gibbs Fjord. The expedition ship will feel almost engulfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as you cruise along.

    Day 10 – Baffin Bay
    As you cross Baffin Bay today, your team of onboard experts will continue to educate you on the history and wildlife of the Arctic, while naturalists keep watch for fulmars and dovekies, pilot whales and perhaps even orca. As the ship approaches Greenland, the likelihood increases of spotting some of the big baleen whale species.

    Day 11 – Ilulissat, Greenland
    Today cruise into one of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site. 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
    Today explore more of the fjord, before visiting the beautiful town of Sisimiut. Here cheerfully colorful 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.’

    Day 13 – Sondre Stromfjord
    See one of the world’s longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord, tower above the ship, and venture out by zodiac to explore the side fjords with your guides. Here you may see muskox on-shore, and the white-tailed sea eagle soaring above you. This is a great day for hiking.

    Day 14 – Flight from 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.

    Day 15 – Depart Ottawa
    Check out of your hotel and make your way independently to the Ottawa airport.

    Insider tip: Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding time in Ottawa, or perhaps taking the train to explore Quebec.
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Places Visited

EdmontonCambridge BayKing William IslandPrince of Wales IslandPrince Leopold IslandBeechey IslandDevon IslandMittimatalikIlulissatSisimiutKangerlussuaqOttawa

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Activity Level


What you'll love about this trip

  • Pristine and stunning Arctic wilderness

  • Onshore hikes and wildlife spottting

  • Wildlife such as polar bears, beluga whales, muscox

  • Small-group ship excursions

  • Expert guides with insider area knowledge

  • Exceptional onboard facilities

  • Team of resource specialists

  • Unique optional kayak program

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your personalized trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your personalized trip plan and quote which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    • 1 night hotel accommodation at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton
    • 12 nights onboard the RCGS Resolute Vessel in a cabin
    • 1 night hotel accommodation 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)

    Meal Inclusions:
    • All meals during 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
    • Ground 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 officer
    • 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.
    Not Included
    • Kayaking program at an extra cost at US$695 per person (if you wish to participate please let us know at time of booking as there is limited space).
    • Airfare between your home and Edmonton
    • Transportation between Edmonton airport and hotel for arrival and departure in Canada.
    • Personal onboard expenses – laundry charges, postage, telephone calls, alcoholic and soft drinks, medical expenses
    • Onboard massage and spa treatments
    • Trip interruption / cancellation insurance, or travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)
    • Gratuities to staff and crew ($US12–15 per day, per passenger is recommended)

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    Include a Rocky Mountaineer train journey before your cruise
    Visit an amazing wilderness grizzly bear viewing lodge such as Knight Inlet
    Explore spectacular Quebec and Eastern Canada
    • Combine this trip with an Inside Passage Expedition on the west coast
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 Start Dates
    August 30

    Pricing For This Trip

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Twin Private Cabin
    from US $17,926 to US $19,360 per person

    Twin Private Cabins are spacious, well appointed cabins featuring two lower berths, one of which can be converted to a sofa during the day, with private washroom facilities, sink, shower, toilet and bathroom cabinet. There are tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened.

    Superior Cabin
    from US $19,426 to US $20,980 per person

    Superior Cabins feature two lower berths, a comfortable sofa, a writing desk and chair and plenty of storage space, private washroom facilities and several portholes which open. These cabins provide great access to the outer decks, ship reception and dining room and the expedition mudroom where you prepare for your off-ship excursions.

    Shakleton Suite
    from US $21,027 to US $22,709 per person

    Shackleton Suite type cabins are separated into two spacious rooms, one that is ideal for relaxation with a sofa convertible to bed, large table, writing desk, chair, ample storage and a large window that can be opened. The separate private bedroom features one large lower bed.

    One Ocean Suite
    from US $22,026 to US $23,788 per person

    One Ocean Suite is the most spacious cabin of the ship. It is separated into two rooms and a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. The well appointed lounge area features a sofa and large windows overlooking the bow (forward facing) that can be opened. The separate bedroom features a double bed.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    RCGS Resolute Expedition Ship - RCGS Resolute Expedition Vessel

    RCGS Resolute Expedition Ship

    An example of our expedition cruise accommodations

    The RCGS Resolute is a modern ice-strengthened ship designed for comfort with public spaces ideally suited to every need. The ship includes two separate bar and lounge areas featuring stunning views. Delicious meals are served in either of the two dining rooms onboard, including a bistro menu for quick meals so you can get back into nature on the deck. Other facilities include a theater-style presentation room, gymnasium, wellness center, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, salt water pool, and gift-shop.

This Trip in Pictures

The Northwest Passage and Greenland Expedition Cruise
The Northwest Passage and Greenland Expedition Cruise
Explore the Arctic from the comfort of a ship with exceptional onboard facilities and observation areas
Adventurers explore arctic glaciers by zodiac
Adventurers explore arctic glaciers by zodiac
Get ready to see the astonishing glaciers and ice formations you've heard about
A lone polar bear roams the Arctic landscape
A lone polar bear roams the Arctic landscape
Visit wildlife hot spots, such as polar bear feeding grounds
Historic grave sites
Historic grave sites
Travel back in time, as you explore the history of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition
See marine wildlife on-shore, such as walruses and ringed seals
Kayakers explore icebergs on a small guided tour
Kayakers explore icebergs on a small guided tour
Partake in the unique multi-day kayak program

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