Aurora Baffin Island 1

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Itinerary and Pricing

Small-Ship Expedition

Out of the Northwest Passage

September 1 to September 17, 2023

From $12,995 to $27,495 USD

Save 15% until January 31, 2022

Applies to berth cost only.

Map

Out of the Northwest Passage 2022 Map
  • Day 1: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU, Canada
  • Day 2–4: Kitikmeot Region
  • Day 5: Prince Regent Inlet
  • Day 6: Beechey Island
  • Day 7–8: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)
  • Day 9: Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord), NU
  • Day 10–11: Smith Sound
  • Day 12: At Sea
  • Day 13–14: Northwest Greenland
  • Day 15: Ilulissat
  • Day 16: Itilleq Fjord
  • Day 17: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Itinerary

  • Kugluktuk sunset

    © Scott Forsyth

    Day 1: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU, Canada
    The Adventure Begins

    Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut. Known for many years as Coppermine, the community reverted to its original Inuinnaqtun name—meaning “place of moving waters”—on January 1st, 1996. Our charter flight will land in Kugluktuk and we will embark the Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.

    Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), NU is an alternate embarkation point that may be used based on sea, ice, and weather conditions.

  • Cambridge Bay

    © Scott Forsyth

    Day 2–4: Kitikmeot Region
    Sailing the Northwest Passage

    The Kitikmeot Region consists of parts of Victoria Island, the adjacent part of the mainland as far as the Boothia Peninsula, King William Island, and the southern portion of Prince of Wales Island. Recently, the Kitikmeot Region has been in the news since the finding of the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition the waters surrounding Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven).

    The community's European name, Gjoa Haven, honours Roald Amundsen, who overwintered in the bay for two years while searching for the Northwest Passage. Amundsen became the first European to cross the Northwest Passage, thanks to the knowledge and largesse of Inuit.

    It is Nunavut’s least-populated region, though wildlife abounds here both in the sea and on land. We'll explore by Zodiac and on foot.

  • Peel Sound And Parry Channel 21

    © Scott Forsyth

    Day 5: Prince Regent Inlet
    Birdwatching & Zodiac Cruising

    This passage marks an area rich in marine and avian life. Thick-billed murres, ivory gulls, beluga, narwhal, and bowhead whales reside in the ice-strewn waters. In addition to abundant wildlife, we’ll delve deeper into the exploration of the Northwest Passage and mercantile efforts of the Hudson's Bay Company.

  • Beechey Island

    Day 6: Beechey Island
    Franklin Expedition Historical Site

    In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. His crew overwintered at Beechey Island, where three of his men died.

    Numerous search parties later used Beechey as a depot and rendezvous. Amundsen, Bernier, and Larsen visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of HMS Investigator was buried here in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and the ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.

  • Devon Island Polar Bears

    © Michelle Valberg

    Day 7–8: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)
    Whales, Seabirds, and Polar Bears

    We will spend two days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas.

    Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales, transit and feed in this area. There is a great selection of landing sites available to choose from, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.

  • Aujuittuq National Park

    Day 9: Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord), NU
    Welcoming Inuit Community

    Ausuittuq means "place that never thaws." 1,150 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, Canada’s northernmost community originated during the Cold War. In 1953, Inuit were relocated here by the Canadian government under false pretences, with the aim of asserting Canadian sovereignty.

    We’ll be welcomed into the hamlet, where we will have a chance to meet members of the community, learn about their way of life, and hear their poignant stories.

  • Etah Smith Sound

    Day 10–11: Smith Sound
    Reach Your Furthest North

    Smith Sound, an ancient Inuit travel route, divides Ellesmere Island from Greenland and served as the main route for explorers and adventurers searching for the North Pole. Adolphus Greely, Sir George Nares, and Elisha Kent Kane all travelled these waters with varying degrees of success.

  • Painting workshop

    © Michelle Valberg

    Day 12: At Sea
    Onboard Learning

    On this exploration day, we’ll be making the most of what the wind, weather, and wildlife have to offer. Our expedition team will scan for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds as we go.

  • Northwest Greenland 2

    Day 13–14: Northwest Greenland
    Tundra Hiking

    We will explore stunning fjords that line the coast. Glaciers and icebergs abound here. In true expedition style, we will seek opportunities to hike, Zodiac cruise, explore, and view wildlife as conditions allow.

  • Ilulissat Fjord Icebergs

    Day 15: Ilulissat
    Zodiac Cruise Around Towering Icebergs

    Ilulissat translates literally to “iceberg”­—an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, a source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.

    Here, we will cruise in Zodiacs to appreciate the icebergs. We will also visit the town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.

  • Itilleq Fjord Commumity

    Day 16: Itilleq Fjord
    Glaciers, Islands, and Fjords

    The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of islands and complex coastal waterways. As we enter the Arctic autumn, the tundra foliage will be in gorgeous colour. We will be making an expedition landing here to explore the landscape of wild Greenland.

  • Kangerlussuaq

    Day 17: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
    A Fond Farewell

    Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord) is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 190 kilometres of superb scenery. We end our adventure by sailing up this dramatic fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle as we go and spending time on deck watching for aurora borealis.

    Kangerlussuaq, the town at the head of the fjord, is a former U.S. Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour for our return charter flight to Toronto, ON.

Pricing and Cabins

Canadian residents may opt to take advantage of Adventure Canada's in-house exchange rate and pay for their voyage in Canadian dollars, if desired. Contact us for more details.

Ship

Ocean Endeavour Labrador

Ocean Endeavour

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. 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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Details

  • Small-Ship Expedition

    Out of the Northwest Passage

    September 1 to September 17, 2023

    From $12,995 to $27,495 USD

    Save 15% until January 31, 2022

    Applies to berth cost only.

  • Single Supplement: No single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins in categories 3 to 7!

    Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost.

  • Starts: Yellowknife, NT, Canada

    Ends: Toronto, ON, Canada

  • Flights

    • Northbound Charter Flight: Yellowknife, NT, Canada to Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU, Canada. Early-morning departure.

      Price: $1,320 USD

    • Southbound Charter Flight: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, ON, Canada. Evening arrival.

      Price: $1,375 USD

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Contribution to Adventure Canada’s Discovery Fund
  • Special access permits, entry, and park fees
  • Expert expedition team
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

Not Included:

  • Commercial and charter flights
  • Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges and administrative fees
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation

Incentives

  • Free Single Supplement Icon

    Free Single Supplement

    For those who prefer not to share, we have a limited quantity of cabins in category 3 through to category 7 with no single supplement! Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost. Single occupancy in categories 8–10 is available at full double-occupancy rates. Can be combined with the Multi-Trip Promotion, League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program, and 2023 Early Booking Bonus. Subject to cabin availability.

  • Multi Trip Promotion Icon

    Multi-Trip Promotion

    Receive 10% off the berth cost when you book more than one 2023 Ocean Endeavour expedition (excluding Antarctica). Can be combined with the Early Booking Bonus, Free Single Supplement, and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • Family Friendly Icon

    Family Friendly

    Children four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare—and children two years and younger travel free! Children must be accompanied by a full-fare adult. Can be combined with the League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

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    Price Guarantee

    If Adventure Canada reduces the price of the berth portion of the fare of any expedition more than 120 days prior to departure, previously booked clients may claim the lower rate. For more information, please visit adventurecanada.com/guarantee.

  • Save 30 Under 30 Icon

    Save 30% under 30

    Save 30% on the berth cost for travellers under thirty years of age. Can be combined with the Free Single Supplement and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice, and sea conditions