A truly iconic journey, the Northwest Passage remains one of the world’s last true frontiers. This expedition takes you to its heart. Leaving Kugluktuk, we head east, traversing Coronation Gulf en route to Usqsuqtuuq (Gjøa Haven), where Amundsen honed his polar skills. We sail the Queen Maud Gulf, while stopping daily for hiking and Zodiac cruising. Passing through Bellot Strait, we watch for whales, walrus, polar bear, and musk ox. At Beechey Island we pay our respects at the Franklin expedition graves. On Devon Island, we visit the ruins of the Dundas Harbourrcmp and hbc posts, before calling in at Canada’s most northerly community, Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord).
Continuing north into the wilds of Smith Sound we expect ice, ice, and more ice! We trace the routes of famous explorers such as Rasmussen and Peary as we call in at Greenland’s northernmost community, Qaanaaq. Sailing south amidst towering icebergs, we’ll witness calving glaciers, explore deep fjords and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord.
Experience the untamed might and majesty of the far reaches of the north. The crown jewel of Arctic expedition travel, a trip through the Northwest Passage leaves one forever changed. See our world in a new light as you join the ranks of the fearless explorers who came before. It has been said of the Northwest Passage that for those who haven’t been, no words can describe it—but for those who have, no words are necessary.
This itinerary features French programming.
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, southwest of Victoria Island on the Coronation Gulf, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut. Coppermine reverted to its original Inuinnaqtun name—Kugluktuk, meaning “place of moving waters”—on January 1st, 1996. The Coppermine River itself is designated a Canadian Heritage River for the important role it played as an exploration and fur trade route. Copper deposits along the river attracted the first explorers to the area.
Because the tundra is close to the tree line, a variety of wildlife can be viewed in the area, including grizzly bears, wolverines and moose, as well as tundra wildlife, such as musk ox, caribou, foxes, and wolves.
All prices are per person, in US Dollars (USD) unless specified otherwise, and are cash or cheque discounted.
$7995.00 Deck four. Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath
$9395.00 Deck four. Interior cabin, three lower berths, private bath
$11095.00 Deck five. Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath
$12595.00 Deck four, porthole window, two lower berths, private bath
$14095.00 Deck five, picture window, two lower berths, private bath
$15595.00 Deck seven and eight, picture windows (obstructed view), two lower berth OR matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator
$17095.00 Deck eight, large picture window (partial obstruction), two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator
$17095.00 Deck five, picture window, two lower berths, private bath
$18595.00 Deck five and seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator
$20095.00 Deck five and seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath
$21595.00 Deck seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator
Please add Discovery Fund Fee - Out of the Northwest Passage fee of $250.00 to above prices
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- Capacity: 198
- Registry: Marshall Islands
- Length: 137 meters (450ft)
The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges, and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer. Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2016. At 137 metres in length, the Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Ample deck space offers comfortable lounge chairs, a swimming pool, two saunas, and even a hot tub! The spacious interior allows for varied workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. The three lounges aboard the Ocean Endeavour are optimal locations for seminars, events, parties, and conversation. The Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced and friendly. The ship’s shallow draft and manoeuvrability allow her to access isolated fjords, bays, and secluded communities. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour! More
Host / Expedition Team
Naturalist and Ornithologist
Arts and Culture
Executive Administrative Coordinator
- - Travel the route that obsessed explorers for centuries
- - Enjoy the legendary hospitality of vibrant Inuit communities
- - Find and photograph the wild creatures of the Arctic wilderness
- - Experience the Arctic with our expert artists, lecturers and hosts
- - Visit the historic graves of the ill fated Franklin Expedition
- - Visit the largest uninhabited island on earth during our stop at Devon Island
- - A good probability of seeing the northern lights in all their majesty
What's Not Included
Edmonton, AB to Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU
September 11, 2016
Early morning departure
$995 USD per person inclusive of all taxes and fees
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, ON
September 26, 2016
Early evening arrival
$1,400 USD per person inclusive of all taxes and fees
$2,395 USD per person inclusive of taxes and fees
Pre and post hotel nights in Edmonton and Toronto are available upon request
Overnight accommodation in Edmonton and Toronto recommended.
- Travel the route that obsessed explorers for centuries
- Enjoy the legendary hospitality of vibrant Inuit communities
- Find and photograph the wild creatures of the Arctic wilderness
- Experience the Arctic with our expert artists, lecturers and hosts
- Visit the historic graves of the ill fated Franklin Expedition
- Visit the largest uninhabited island on earth during our stop at Devon Island
- A good probability of seeing the northern lights in all their majesty