Small-Ship Expedition Cruise

The Northwest Passage

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  • Myna derrick lighting qulliq

    © Dennis Minty

    Travel through Inuit Nunangat alongside Inuit

    Experience the extraordinary privilege of journeying through Inuit Nunangat—the ice, water, and lands of Inuit.

    Delve into a dynamic culture as you learn about the language, arts, cuisine, music, and traditions. Each facet is thoughtfully integrated into our on-board and onshore educational program, creating moments of authentic learning throughout your voyage.

    As honoured guests in the Inuit homeland, you’ll gain unique insights into the kinship between Inuit and the nuna (land). Connect with Inuit—artists, cultural educators, academics and more—who graciously share their knowledge and expertise.

    Try your hand at Inuit games, sample country food, visit a local hamlet, or simply walk the tundra with Inuit expedition team members who share Inuit Nunangat, their homeland, with you.

  • Inuit Traditional Costumes

    Enjoy an Inuit cultural welcome in a Nunavut community

    Enjoy the warmth of an Inuit welcome as drum dancers, throat singers, and cultural ambassadors share their stories, songs, and connections to the land.

    Explore the beautiful surroundings of an Arctic hamlet, get to know local residents and learn about their ways of life, and have the opportunity to purchase carvings and handicrafts to bring back home.

  • Ilulissat greenland iceberg at sunset Scott Forsyth

    © Scott Forsyth

    Marvel at enormous icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Visit the fastest-calving glacier in the world, which spills thousands of enormous icebergs into the spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord in Disko Bay, Greenland every year.

    View the icebergs from the shore on a hike along the boardwalk.

  • Polar Bear Northwest Passage

    Cruise pristine natural areas to spot amazing Arctic wildlife

    Seek seabirds, marine mammals, and polar bears in this unique, protected habitat.

    Tallurutiup Imanga, the entrance to the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic archipelago, is home to Canada’s newest National Marine Protected Area.

    See the glacier-fed waters, mountain landscapes, and rugged coastlines that define this vast and beautiful place—and the plentiful marine wildlife.

    Visit unique cultural historical sites from the Thule period and the European explorer era that dot the region’s coasts.

  • Franklin Expedition Graves Beechey Islands Master

    Visit Beechey Island National Historic Site

    Pay your respects at one of the most notorious sites in the Arctic: Beechey Island.

    Learn about the famed site where the ill-fated Franklin Expedition overwintered from 1845–1846.

    See the graves of three of Franklin’s men (along with one of a fourth man from a later Northwest Passage expedition) that are a haunting memorial to the heyday of European Arctic exploration.

  • Ocean endeavour at ilulissat

    © Michelle Valberg

    Sail the infamous Northwest Passage at the top of the world

    Traverse one of the world’s most mythical and celebrated ocean routes in the comfort of an ice-class expedition vessel.

    Hear the compelling stories of European explorers who attempted the challenge and of Inuit who have travelled the waterway for centuries.


Ocean Endeavour Labrador

Ocean Endeavour

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, and advanced navigation equipment. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

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Travellers’ Testimonials

  • “I cannot speak highly enough about the staff.”

    Kathleen Henry-Parisi

    Out of the Northwest Passage

  • “I cannot begin to tell you how impressed we were with the staff. They were all so approachable and so giving of their time and knowledge. And they all had a great sense of humour!”

    Joyce McAlpine

    Into the Northwest Passage

  • “I came home feeling like I had a college education! So much knowledge presented in a fun and easily understandable way.”

    Amy Powers

    Out of the Northwest Passage

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