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Into the Northwest Passage  |  21 days

The Northwest Passage represents the pinnacle of Arctic exploration. On this trip, like the explorers before us, we’ll experience the quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers of Greenland. Then, crossing Davis Strait, we’ll visit Qikiqtarjuaq, the iceberg capital of Nunavut, and pay respects at the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island. Somerset and Devon Islands offer opportunities to spot Peary caribou, polar bear, walrus, and muskoxen—and for visits to ghostly Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) posts. Parry Channel and Peel Sound afford a passage to Queen Maude Gulf and onward to Kugluktuk (Coppermine), the end of our epic journey above the Arctic Circle.

To sail the Northwest Passage is to sail living history. Meet the Inuit who have called this remarkable place home for generations, and join the ranks of the adventurers who have been lured by its legend.

The recent findings of Franklin’s ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror remind us that we sail into history, legend, and myth that continue today.

Our Into the Northwest Passage voyage sails from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Kugluktuk, Canada via Pond Inlet, Baffin while Out of the Northwest Passage  operates in reverse but heads further north to Grisefjord and Smith Sound.

Ocean Endeavour

When:22 August – 11 September 2022

Guide price:£15,695 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities) with early booking offer or £17,745 thereafter

 Join Ocean Endeavour for Out of the Northwest Passage 7 - 27 September 2022 - a similar itinerary operating in reverse and with prices as above

Options:Ultramarine’s Northwest Passage in the Footsteps of Franklin 1-18 August 2022 voyage routes from Greenland along the length of Baffin Island to Resolute£17,695 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities) with early booking offer or £19,295 thereafter

On a similar itinerary Northwest Passage Epic High Arctic with the same gateways, she closely hugs a large part of the west coast of Greenland 30 August – 16 September 2022. Prices same as In the Footsteps of Franklin

Canadian Arctic

Clients’ comments

“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


“Your service was truly exceptional! We have traveled a lot and tried the services of several companies (both in the UK and the US) and you rank right up there at the top (and we have used some good ones). Your responsiveness was very much appreciated, particularly when the 2014 trip was cancelled. This level of personal service really makes a difference. This was one of the best trips we have taken - one of those that was a revelation and will always be remembered (like our first trip to see the wildlife in Southern Africa, for example).  And your service was first rate - we are so glad that we chose you to organize our trip. We would be happy to be a reference/resource for you with any future travelers (particularly from North America) if you would ever want us to.”

Richard and Christine Holdrup, Arctic Explorer

“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.”

Margaret Dykes, Into the Northwest Passage