Pathways to Franklin | 14 days
Relive the exploration history of the Northwest Passage on this introduction to small ship expedition cruising in the remote Canadian Arctic. We visit Sir John Franklin’s grave on wild and windy Beechey Island, Cape Charles York offers great walking opportunities and the towering bird cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are unforgettable. We hope to stop at Victory Point, where an abandoned lifeboat and several skeletons and other artefacts were found, as we transit Victoria Strait.
Travelling very close to the location of the wreck of HMS Erebus, we learn about the quest for exploration that eventually opened up the Arctic. We end with two days to explore The Royal Canadian Geographical Society Island in the footsteps of Franklin and his crew.
Ship: Akademik Ioffe
When:21 August – 3 September 2018
Guide price:£10,515 per person based on 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
“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