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Small-ship Expedition Cruise

Into the Northwest Passage

A ROMTravel Art, Culture and Nature Trip


August 27–September 12, 2024
From $13,995 to $28,495 USD per person


Book your trip by February 13, 2024 to receive a 25% discount on the cost of your cabin.


Starts: Toronto, ON, Canada
Ends: Yellowknife, NT, Canada

© Scott Forsyth

Polar bear mother and cub

© Andrew Stewart

Polar bear mother and cub.

A Letter from Jeannie Baldwin


The Arctic. Iconic. Majestic. Mysterious. Vast ice floes, polar bears, walrus, seals, muskoxen, floating ice packs and huge icebergs, the size of hotels, calving off the glaciers. These are only a few of the things you may experience. Visit and learn about Arctic communities, their art and way of life in both Canada and Greenland. Learn about Franklin’s doomed expedition in search of the Northwest Passage.

Our Arctic is changing quickly and perhaps forever. How long will it remain? How will climate change affect it?

ROMTravel invites you to travel through the famous Northwest Passage, in a truly unique and exclusive expedition that only ROMTravel provides with Adventure Canada.

This will be an immersive experience both on and off the ship. Onboard, you will learn from high calibre expert resources in botany, ornithology, geology, Inuit culture and other areas of interest who will share their personal experiences. Each day your onboard and onshore programming will be thoughtfully planned to ensure you have the best possible experience.

If you have ever wanted to go to the Arctic, now is the time. I am certain that this trip will delight anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure. This is an opportunity for an experience full of sights, memories, and people never to be forgotten.

Join me as a distinguished ROMTravel guest, where you will enjoy the company of a small group of friendly, like-minded adventurers.

Jeannie Baldwin

Jeannie Baldwin

Jeannie has been a travel enthusiast from a young age and has planned trips for groups from her university days through to her professional life where she organized and led trips for top talent employees.

As part of ROMTravel, Jeannie is committed to ensuring ROM travellers have a high-quality, personalized trip experience. With Jeannie, travellers will enjoy the benefits of being part of a small group of like-minded adventurers coupled with the opportunity to participate in vast, broad, new, and exciting travel experiences – all the while having fun!

Jeannie Baldwin

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An iceberg in the water off the coast of Greenland.

© Mark Edward Harris

An iceberg in the water off the coast of Greenland.

ROMTravel Exclusives

  • Get personalized service from your dedicated ROMTravel Coordinator, Jeannie Baldwin.
  • Enjoy a private expedition orientation from Adventure Canada.
  • Attend a private onboard reception and guided bridge tour.
  • Enrich your experience by attending ROMTravel-hosted dinners accompanied by Adventure Canada experts on select evenings throughout the expedition.
  • Participate in a private zodiac excursion.
  • Reconnect with your fellow travellers at the Fall ROMTravel Reunion.

ROMTravel Contact Information

Jeannie Baldwin
ROMTravel Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 416.586.8034

How to Book

To reserve your space contact Adventure Canada at 289.326.4781 or 1.800.363.7566 extension 225 or email Lauren Clewes at [email protected].

Our Travel Company: Adventure Canada

Adventure Canada is an award-winning family run travel company with more than thirty-five years’ experience specializing in small ship cruises to the world’s more remote coastlines. They engage, educate, and entertain by connecting people to each other and the land through travel. Adventure Canada’s pioneering approach to expedition cruises and small group experiences emphasizes wildlife, culture, learning, and fun.

Ontario registration numbers 04001400 and 50021860

Awards

Certified Safe Travels Operator

Adventure Canada has been awarded a Safe Travels certificate by the World Travel and Tourism Council and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. This accreditation recognizes us as a global leader in our adopted health and hygiene protocols and confirms our commitment to putting the safety, health, and security of our clients, staff, and crew before all else.

Into the Northwest Passage

Trip Details

Dates: August 27 to September 12, 2024, aboard the “Ocean Endeavour”.
Cost: From $13,995 USD, depending on cabin category. Solo cabins based on availability.

Flights not included:

  • Flight from your home to Toronto, ON if applicable.
  • Charter flight from Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland: $1,375 USD per person, early morning departure.
  • Charter flight from Kugluktuk, NU to Yellowknife, NT: $1,320 USD per person, evening arrival.
  • Flight from Yellowknife, NT to your home.

Starts: Toronto, ON, Canada.
Ends: Yellowknife, NT, Canada.

Map

Into the Northwest Passage 2024 Map
  • Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
  • Day 2: Sisimiut Coast
  • Day 3: Ilulissat
  • Day 4-5: Western Greenland
  • Day 6: At sea in the Davis Strait
  • Day 7: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU, Canada
  • Day 8-10: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) and Devon Island
  • Day 11: Beechey Island
  • Day 12-13: Prince Regent Inlet
  • Day 14-16: Kitikmeot region
  • Day 17: Kugluktuk, NU, Canada

Highlights

  • Experience the extraordinary privilege of journeying through Inuit Nunangat: the ice, water, and lands of Inuit.
  • Cross the Arctic Circle as you sail the 190-kilometre (118 miles) length of Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord).
  • Cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Spend three days in one of Canada’s largest National Marine Conservation Areas, Tallurutiup Imanga, searching for marine life.
  • Seek polar bears, seabirds, and other Arctic wildlife in pristine natural environments.
  • Retrace the historic route of European explorers, who for centuries searched their way through ice in hopes of finding a sailing route through the passage.
  • Transit Ikirasak (Bellot Strait), the narrow and dramatic waterway at the very northern tip of continental North America.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Cross the Arctic Circle.

Kangerlussuaq is a former United States Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. After our charter flight from Toronto, we will transfer to the Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.

With 190 kilometres (118 miles) of superb scenery, Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord) is one of the longest fjords in the world. We begin our adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle as we go.

Day 2 Sisimiut Coast

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 cooperative 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.

Sisimiut

© Dennis Minty

Sisimiut, Greenland

Day 3 Ilulissat

Take a Cruise Around Towering Icebergs

Experience the remarkable beauty of Ilulissat Icefjord, renowned for its enormous icebergs. Ilulissat means “iceberg”, an apt name for this site at the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.

Marvel at the sheer grandeur of the towering ice formations as you take a stroll along the boardwalk, truly a sight to behold!

Visit the town, with its captivating museums, charming cafés, craft shops, and bustling fishing harbour. Be sure to make your way to the Ilulissat Icefjord Centre, where you can delve into the fascinating narratives surrounding the ice and gain a deeper appreciation for this awe-inspiring natural wonder.

Steven rose ilulissat

© Steven Rose

Ilulissat, Greenland

Day 4 to 5 Western Greenland

Hike the tundra.

Exploring by ship and Zodiac along the west coast of Greenland, we have numerous options for expedition stops, to make the most of weather and wildlife conditions. Departing Greenland, we cross Baffin Bay toward Nunavut.

Day 6 At sea in the Davis Strait

Learn on board.

As we steam toward Nunavut, our expedition team will deepen your understanding of the Arctic. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, or get out on deck. Keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

Day 7 Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU, Canada

Experience Inuit culture.

Attend a cultural performance put on by the talented Tununiq Arsarniit Theatre Group, featuring drum dancing, throat singing, and storytelling.

Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting. The views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning!
Enjoy exploring the town and take the opportunity to purchase unique handcrafted mementos.

Derbach HA1 Pond Inlet38

© Jen Derbach

Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Canada

Day 8 to 10 Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) and Devon Island

Seek whales, seabirds, and Polar bears.

We will spend three days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of the newest National Marine Conservation Areas in Nunavut. Narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. We’ll cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife.

On the northern border of Tallurutiup Imanga lies Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over 50,000 square kilometres (31,000 square miles). Flat-topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character. We will hike the tundra, cruise a glacier face, and seek wildlife from ship and on shore. Archaeological sites with expert interpretation allow us to learn about the Inuit history of this now-abandoned island. We’ll visit the remains of an RCMP and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.

Narwhal AB 1571 by Michelle Valberg

© Michelle Valberg

Day 11 Beechey Island

Visit a 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. Explorers Amundsen, Bernier, and Larsen visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of the HMS Investigator was buried here in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.

Beechey Island

© Dennis Minty

Day 12 to 13 Prince Regent Inlet

Enjoy birdwatching and 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.

Day 14 to 16 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.

Day 17 Kugluktuk, NU, Canada

Wave a fond farewell.

Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut.

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

Today we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and make our way to the airport to meet our charter flight to Yellowknife, NT.

Limited-Time Offer

Book your trip by February 13, 2024 to receive a 25% discount on the cost of your cabin. Booking must be confirmed with a signed registration agreement and deposit.

Disko fjord Greenland Steven Rose

© Steven Rose

Expedition and Charter Flight Prices

Expedition Prices

All prices are per person, in $ USD.

  • Cabin Category 10 $ 28,495
  • Cabin Category 9 $ 26,995
  • Cabin Category 8 $ 25,495
  • Cabin Category 7 $ 23,995
  • Cabin Category 6 $ 22,495
  • Cabin Category 5 $ 20,995
  • Cabin Category 4 $ 19,495
  • Cabin Category 3 $ 17,995
  • Cabin Category 2 $ 15,995
  • Cabin Category 1 $ 13,995

Charter Flight Prices

  • Northbound Charter Flight from Toronto, ON, Canada to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Early morning departure. Price $ 1,375
  • Southbound Charter Flight from Kugluktuk, NU, Canada to Yellowknife, NT, Canada. Evening arrival. Price $ 1,320

Expedition Cost Includes

  • Passage aboard the “Ocean Endeavour”
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Special access permits, entry, and park fees
  • Expert team of expedition staff
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

Expedition Cost Does Not Include

  • Commercial and charter flights
  • Program enhancements and 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-trip and post-trip hotel accommodation

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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Ocean Endeavour Labrador

© Dennis Minty

Program Enhancements

We are pleased to provide the following optional program enhancements to help you make the very most of every day, in your own way!

  • Expedition Jackets (Complimentary)
    You will receive a complimentary expedition jacket to keep you protected from the elements.
    Designed specifically for expedition travel, your jacket is waterproof and windproof. This jacket is yours to keep as a coveted and useful memento of your adventure.
  • Qajaq/Kayak (Pay Extra)
    Explore at water level in small groups with our experienced kayak guides. We offer excursions on double kayaks, as well as the essential gear for safety and comfort.
  • Biking (Pay Extra)
    Experience communities and landscapes at your own pace! For fitness enthusiasts and independent explorers, we carry a fleet of Kona mountain bikes. These multi-geared, all-purpose bikes are available during select community excursions.

Contact Information

Jeannie Baldwin
ROMTravel Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 416.586.8034

Lauren Clewes
Adventure Canada
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 905.271.4000 or 1.800.363.7566 extension 1

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