Out of the Northwest Passage | 20 days
To sail the Northwest Passage is an adventure through living history, through haunting landscapes that have enchanted explorers for centuries.
Leaving Kugluktuk, we head east, traversing James Ross Strait en-route to Gjøa Haven where Amundsen honed his polar skills. We sail the Queen Maud Gulf and pass through Bellot Strait, looking for whales, walrus, polar bear and musk oxen. At Beechey Island we pay our respects at the Franklin graves. On Devon Island, we visit the ruins of the Dundas Harbour RCMP and HBC posts, before calling in at Canada’s most northerly community, Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord).
Continuing north into the wilds of Smith Sound we trace the routes of famous explorers such as Rasmussen and Peary as we call in at Greenland’s northernmost community of Qaannaq. Sailing south amidst towering icebergs, we’ll witness calving glaciers, explore deep fiords and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord.
When:6-25 September 2017
Guide price:From £12,360 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities) if booked before 30 September 2016
Options:Akademik Ioffe offers a 16 day NW Passage Finding Franklin itinerary which transits the Victoria Strait, resting place of the recently found HMS Erebus.
23 August – 7 September 2017. Guide price £11,255 per person, twin cabin (semi-private facilities)
“A few photos from our trip as promised. The fox was amazing it came really close to us and stayed for half an hour to watch the party. The Polar bear on an ice flow eating a seal was a really lucky break. The Belugas were just astonishing, there must have been hundreds of them, as the whole sea was churned up by them as they raced up and down the shore line. Never seen anything like it. As we got to Cambridge Bay they had just raised the Maud ready to take her back to Norway.”Malcolm and Pam Mundy, Northwest Passage Franklin’s legend, August 2016
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“Thank you for your welcome home. The holiday was absolutely brilliant. I have been expedition cruising since 1992 and this was the BEST of them all. The staff were so careful, watchful and caring. They were always available and collectively so funny. It was just great. Now, so was all your organising – thank you for all your help.”