For centuries, fortune-seekers risked their lives to find the Northwest Passage, the fabled sea route running between Europe and Asia. The greatest geographical problem of the last three centuries, according to the New York Times of November 25, 1852.
During this 20 day active adventure, cruise through the heart of the Northwest Passage. You will experience first-hand those islands, waterways and wilds that still yield a gratifying sense of achievement for all those who make the voyage, including Beechey Island, made famous by explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Sir John Franklin. As recently as 2013, searchers from Parks Canada were still looking for the ships lost in the mid-19th century Franklin Expedition.
Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers! Our kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea. Taken in small groups of 10-16 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions. We require you to have some prior kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit.
POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
Just 60 km (37 miles) north of the Arctic Circle sits at the head of one of the longest fjords in Greenland. Musk ox, reindeer and Arctic foxes inhabit the tundra-covered.
Itilleq in Greenlandic means a hollow which is where this village is situated, on an island without any fresh water. The village has approximately 130 inhabitants and offers picturesque views of colorful Greenlandic houses along the tundra.
With a population of 5600, Sisimiut lies immediately north of the Arctic Circle and is the second-largest town in Greenland.
Ilulissat Kangerlua is Greenlandic for the Iceberg Fjord. UNESCO has designated the Ilulissat area a World Heritage Site.
Uummannaq was founded as a Danish colony in 1758 on the Nuussuaq mainland, but in 1763 it was moved to the nearby island, as seal hunting was more plentiful there.
Upernavik is found at 72 degrees north and is the largest town in Greenland’s north at almost 1,100 residents.
Pond Inlet is a traditional Inuit community located on the northern tip of Baffin Island near the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage. Situated near scenic fiords, glaciers and icebergs, The waters around Pond Inlet are famous as a great place to see narwhal.
DUNDAS HARBOUR, DEVON ISLAND
At Dundas Harbour, be alert for wildlife as walrus, polar bears and muskox inhabit the area. The abandoned settlement you visit was once a Royal Canadian Mounted Police depot.
Beechey Island is associated with one of the most tragic episodes of arctic exploration history. During the winter of 1845-46, Sir John Franklin and his men stayed on the island as part of their ill-fated quest to find the Northwest Passage.
Fort Ross lies on the coast of Somerset Island and was founded in 1937 as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post.
Located on King William Island; Victory Point is where the only written account of the ill-fated Franklin expedition was discovered.
IQALUKTUUTTIAQ (CAMBRIDGE BAY)
Iqaluktuuttiaq, also known as Cambridge Bay, is the largest community on Victoria Island. Passengers will have time to explore the community of 1,400, a commercial hub for the region.
Kugluktuk, formerly known as Coppermine, is situated along the banks of the Coppermine River and on the shores of the Coronation Gulf.