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Small-ship Expedition Cruise

Into the Northwest Passage

A ROMTravel Art, Culture and Nature Trip

August 16–September 1, 2025
From $14,495 to $28,995 USD per person

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

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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 floating 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 learn about climate change from Inuit and regional experts, how it affects wildlife and people who live in the Arctic, and to travel through the famous Northwest Passage, in a truly unique and exclusive expedition that only ROMTravel provides working 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!

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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

  • Enjoy the company of a small group of friendly, like-minded people.
  • 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 Provider: 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

Itinerary Overview

Dates: August 16 to September 1, 2025, aboard the “Ocean Endeavour”.

Cost: From $14,495 USD, depending on cabin category. Solo cabins based on availability.

Canadian residents may opt to use Adventure Canada’s in-house exchange rate (fixed quarterly) and pay for their voyage in Canadian dollars. Contact Adventure Canada for more details.

Free 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 cabin cost.

Special Promotions:

  • For a limited time, save 25% on the cabin 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.

Flights not included:

  • Flight from your home to Toronto, ON if applicable.
  • Charter flight from Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland: $1,450 USD per person, early morning departure.
  • Charter flight from Kugluktuk, NU to Yellowknife, NT: $1,000 USD per person, evening arrival.
  • Flight from Yellowknife, NT to your home.

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

Map

A1 Into the Northwest Passage 2025
  • Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
  • Day 2-3: Sisimiut
  • Day 4: Ilulissat
  • Day 5: Western Greenland
  • Day 6: At sea in the Davis Strait
  • Day 7: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU, Canada
  • Day 8-9: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) and Devon Island
  • Day 10: Beechey Island
  • Day 11: Prince Regent Inlet
  • Day 12: Ikirahaq (Bellot Strait)
  • Day 13-16: 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 two 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 Ikirahaq (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.

Sailing though kangerlussuaq fjord

© Michelle Valberg

Day 2–3 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 studio 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 4 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.

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© Steven Rose

Ilulissat, Greenland

Day 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.

Whether you're setting foot on land, cruising by Zodiac, or out on the ship's deck, you'll have plenty of chances to learn alongside expert geologists, naturalists, and marine biologists. With Inuit expedition team members at your side, you'll gain an intimate perspective on the abundant flora and fauna you encounter.

Take a moment to savour the tranquility and absorb the knowledge and stories shared by Inuit cultural educators, which will deepen your connection to this breathtaking landscape.

Departing Greenland, we cross Baffin Bay toward Nunavut.

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© Dennis Minty

Day 6 At sea in the Davis Strait

Learn from Inuit in their homeland

As we sail 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.

Take the unique opportunity to learn from Inuit in their homeland, gaining a better understanding of the daily lives of the regions we visit. Enjoy cultural performances and maybe even participate in Inuit games, or sample country food.

Through shared experiences and interactions, develop a deep appreciation for the region’s vibrant culture and gain a profound connection to the stunning landscapes we traverse.

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.

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© Jen Derbach

The Tununiq Arsarniit Theatre Group.

Day 8 to 9 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.

Cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife with expert biologists and ecologists. Learn more about the crucial role Inuit play in conserving the vibrant biodiversity of these waterways and the enduring connection between the ocean and Inuit.

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.

Visit archaeological sites and the remains of an RCMP and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.

Narwhal AB 1571 by Michelle Valberg

© Michelle Valberg

A narwhal.

Day 10 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

At Beechey Island National Historic Site.

Day 11 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.

NWP Prince Regent Inlet

Day 12 Ikirahaq (Bellot Strait)

Witness the most northerly point of continental North America

Discover the famed Bellot Strait, a narrow passage separating Somerset Island from the Boothia Peninsula. As we sail through this two-kilometre (1.2-miles)-wide waterway, get the unique opportunity to reach the northernmost part of mainland North America.

Keep watch for an array of enchanting marine mammals from beluga whales to narwhals and seals.

Delve into the region's fascinating history and learn about Joseph René Bellot, French naval officer and Arctic explorer who joined an 1850s expedition in search for Sir John Franklin, who inspired the strait's namesake.

Day 13 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.

Visit a local community where Inuit hosts will share their knowledge of their home and the area's history.

Discover the legacy of this important waterway and the captivating story of Roald Amundsen, who overwintered in the bay for two years while searching for the Northwest Passage. Learn more about the triumphs of explorers like Amundsen and the vital role that Inuit knowledge played in successful crossings.

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Day 17 Kugluktuk, NU, Canada

Wave a fond farewell

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 1, 1996.

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

  • For a limited time, save 25% on the cabin cost!
  • League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program members receive an additional 5-10%.
  • This promotion is combinable with Adventure Canada’s Free Single Supplement. Not combinable with any other offers or incentives. Terms and conditions apply.
16x9 Guests admire Ilulissat icefjord DM

© Dennis Minty

Expedition and Charter Flight Prices

Expedition Cost

All costs are per person, double occupancy, in United States Dollars.

Canadian residents may opt to use Adventure Canada’s in-house exchange rate (fixed quarterly) and pay for their voyage in Canadian dollars. Contact Adventure Canada for more details.

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 cabin cost.

Special Promotion:

  • For a limited time, save 25% on the cabin cost!
  • League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program members receive an additional 5-10%.
  • This promotion is combinable with Adventure Canada’s Free Single Supplement. Not combinable with any other offers or incentives. Terms and conditions apply.

Expedition Cost per Cabin Category

  • Cabin Category 10 $ 28,995
  • Cabin Category 9 $ 27,495
  • Cabin Category 8 $ 25,995
  • Cabin Category 7 $ 24,495
  • Cabin Category 6 $ 22,995
  • Cabin Category 5 $ 21,495
  • Cabin Category 4 $ 19,995
  • Cabin Category 3 $ 18,495
  • Cabin Category 2 $ 16,495
  • Cabin Category 1 $ 14,495

Charter Flight Costs Not Included

All costs are per person, in United States Dollars.

  • Flight from your home to Toronto, ON if applicable.
  • Charter flight from Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland; $1,450 United States Dollars; early morning departure.
  • Charter flight from Kugluktuk, NU to Yellowknife, NT; $1,000 United States Dollars; evening arrival.
  • Flight from Yellowknife, NT to your home.

How to Book

To reserve your space contact:

Lauren Clewes
Adventure Canada
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 289.326.4781 or 1.800.363.7566 extension 225

Adventure Canada is a registered Ontario company, licensed to sell travel packages through the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO). Adventure Canada is required to keep all customer deposits in Client Trust Accounts and may only use the funds once the trip has begun, or to make a deposit to an operator on behalf of the client. Our Client Trust Accounts are subject to audit by a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) on an annual basis and are regularly inspected by TICO auditors. Adventure Canada’s TICO Registration Numbers 4001400 and 50021860

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 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

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.

Learn more

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.

Specials and Incentives

League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program

Exploring with Adventure Canada just got better with our exclusive loyalty program: The League of Adventurers. The number of people who keep travelling with us continues to grow and, in response, we want to thank our returning clients by offering special rewards and benefits. As a past traveller you are automatically a valued member of the League and eligible for special rewards.

  • Save 5% when booking your second to fifth shipboard expedition operated by Adventure Canada.
  • Save 10% when booking your sixth or more shipboard expedition operated by Adventure Canada.

Plus

  • League of Adventurers welcome package.
  • Early notifications of upcoming promotions and events.

Terms and conditions apply.

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 cabin cost. Single occupancy in categories 8 to 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.

Multi-Trip Promotion

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

Save 30% under 30

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

Contact Information

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

Lauren Clewes
Adventure Canada
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 289.326.4781 or 1.800.363.7566 extension 225

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