Passengers viewing polar bear wildlife from zodiac

© Dennis Minty

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Out of the Northwest Passage

September 12 to September 28, 2024

From $13,995 to $28,495 USD

per person based on double occupancy

Save up to 35% for the limited time

Applies to berth cost only.

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Out of the Northwest Passage 2024 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: Sisimiut
  • Day 17: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Itinerary

  • Passengers enjoying sunset out on deck

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 1: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU, Canada
    Begin Your Adventure

    After your charter flight from Yellowknife, NT, you’ll transfer to the Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.

    Begin your journey in Kugluktuk, the westernmost community in Nunavut, located at the mouth of the Coppermine River.

    Known for many years as Coppermine, the community reverted to its original Inuinnaqtun name—meaning “place of moving waters”—on January 1st, 1996.

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

  • Ocean Endeavour anchored in Radstock Bay

    © Mark Edward Harris

    Day 2–4: Kitikmeot Region
    Sail the Northwest Passage

    Navigate the ice-strewn waters of this infamous waterway in search of wildlife. Although this is Nunavut’s least-populated region, wildlife abounds here both in the sea and on land.

    Listen to the stories shared by locals of 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.

  • Flying Snow Geese

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 5: Prince Regent Inlet
    Enjoy Birdwatching & Zodiac Cruising

    Search this area rich in marine and avian life for the thick-billed murres, ivory gulls, beluga, narwhal, and bowhead whales who reside in the ice-strewn waters.

    Delve deeper into the exploration of the Northwest Passage and the mercantile efforts of the Hudson's Bay Company at intriguing expedition landing sites.

  • Beechey Island house remains

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 6: Beechey Island
    Visit a Franklin Expedition Historical Site

    Pay your respects at this haunting memorial to Sir John Franklin’s failed expedition.

    Learn the compelling history of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror’s attempts to sail through the Northwest Passage.

    Franklin’s crew overwintered at Beechey Island, where three of his men died, and numerous search parties later used the spot as a depot and rendezvous. Thomas Morgan of the HMS Investigator was buried here in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men.

    Visit their graves and the ruins of nearby Northumberland House while contemplating the poignant history.

  • Polar bears walking on ice

    © Jen Derbach

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

    Spend two fun-filled days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga  (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas.

    Cruise by ship and by Zodiac in search of narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales that transit and feed in this area.

    Admire Devon Island’s unique geological character, with its flat-topped mountains, glacial valleys, and substantial ice cap. At the northern edge of Tallurutiup Imanga, it’s the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over 50,000 square kilometres.

    Hike the tundra, cruise a glacier face, and keep your eyes peeled for polar bears and other wildlife from ship and from shore.

    Visit archaeological sites with expert interpretation to learn about the human history of Inuit and their ancestors who once lived on this now-abandoned island.

    Then catch a glimpse of more recent history when you visit the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.

  • Grise fiord

    © Scott Forsyth

    Day 9: Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord), NU
    Experience Inuit Culture

    Feel welcomed into Ausuittuq, where you will have a chance to meet members of the community, learn about their way of life, and hear their stories.

    The hamlet, whose name means “place that never thaws,” sits 1,150 kilometres above the Arctic Circle.

    Learn about the significance of the origin of Canada’s northernmost community; during the Cold War in 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Québec and Mittimatalik were relocated under false pretences by the Canadian government with the aim of asserting Canadian sovereignty.

    Be sure to take a walk up to the touching sculpture memorializing the community’s history.

  • Grise fiord iceberg floating by

    © Scott Forsyth

    Day 10–11: Smith Sound
    Reach Your Furthest North

    Break your personal record of latitude in Smith Sound, an ancient Inuit travel route that divides Ellesmere Island from Greenland.

    Learn the stories of Adolphus Greely, Sir George Nares, Elisha Kent Kane, and other explorers and adventurers searching for the North Pole, who travelled these waters with varying degrees of success.

  • On board learning paint class

    © Scott Forsyth

    Day 12: At Sea
    Learn On Board

    Deepen your understanding of the Arctic as we steam towards Greenland.

    Enjoy workshops and presentations, watch a documentary, and get out on deck with your binoculars to look for whales, seabirds, and marine wildlife.

  • Hiking tundra mountain view

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 13–14: Northwest Greenland
    Hike the Tundra

    Choose the activity you like best during an expedition landing on Greenland’s stunning northwest coast.

    Whether you prefer hiking, walking, photography, or sitting contemplatively, you’ll be delighted!

    Admire the glaciers and icebergs that abound here, as we seek opportunities to hike, Zodiac cruise, explore, and view wildlife as conditions allow.

  • Dennis Minty HI 2019 Tagged 131

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 15: Ilulissat
    Take a Cruise Around Towering Icebergs

    Visit the town of Ilulissat, with splendid museums, cafés, craft shops, and a busy fishing harbour.

    View the icebergs from shore on a hike along the boardwalk at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Ilulissat translates literally to “iceberg”—an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, a source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.

  • Sisimiut, Greenland

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 16: Sisimiut
    Explore Vibrant Sisimiut

    Colourful Sisimiut is Greenland’s second largest city. Access the extensive museum through a towering whalebone archway and be sure to stop in at the artisan’s co-operative for the chance to purchase outstanding handicrafts.

    Traditional qajaq (kayaking) is in resurgence here, and there’s plenty of other fun outdoor activities for the adventurous to enjoy.

  • Sunset behind mountains

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 17: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
    Cross the Arctic Circle

    Complete your journey up Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord), a 190-kilometre-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers, and cross the Arctic Circle one last time on your way.

    Kangerlussuaq, the settlement at the head of the fjord, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub.

    Transfer by Zodiac to shore, then ride to the airport by bus for your charter flight to Toronto, ON.

Pricing and Cabins

For a limited time, receive 25% off the berth cost! League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program members receive an additional 5-10%.

This promotion is combinable with our Free Single Supplement. Not combinable with any other offers or incentives. Terms and conditions apply.

Canadian residents may opt to use our in-house exchange rate (fixed quarterly) and pay for their voyage in Canadian dollars. Contact Adventure Canada or your travel advisor for more details.

Ship

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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Details

  • Small-Ship Expedition Cruise

    Out of the Northwest Passage

    September 12 to September 28, 2024

    From $13,995 to $28,495 USD

    per person based on double occupancy

    Save up to 35% for the limited time

    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
  • 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
  • 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 Early Booking Bonus. Subject to cabin availability.

  • 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.

  • Multi Trip Promotion Icon

    Multi-Trip Promotion

    Receive 30% off the berth cost when you book more than one Ocean Endeavour expedition (excluding Antarctica) in the same calendar. Can be combined with the Free Single Supplement and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • 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.

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Published itineraries are examples only, weather, ice, government regulations, and community requests may necessitate changes to the planned schedules. These sometimes necessary adjustments present exciting opportunities for exploration, discovery, and adventure.