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Map of Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands including Canada

Voyage to northern polar reaches on board a state-of-the-art expedition vessel

Join an expert expedition crew as you traverse Canada’s Northwest Passage on a 12-day Arctic expedition. Scour the Arctic waters for narwhals, and spot polar bears, musk oxen and caribou among the icy tundra, floating icebergs and granite mountains of Canada’s northernmost inlets. Have the chance to embark on included helicopter experiences to areas once too remote to explore, and let your crew take you past tiny Inuit communities and historical sites. With a flexible itinerary to account for weather and ice conditions and a fully equipped vessel with fitness centre, spa, ocean view sauna and range of cabin options, take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to an incredibly remote and stunningly serene section of the world.

Toronto, Canada
Toronto, Canada
Polar, Wildlife
Physical rating
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 200

Why you'll love this trip

  • Set sail on the Northwest Passage bound for some of the most remote reaches of the Arctic, including Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere islands, with no two expedition itineraries the same.

  • Take advantage of your vessel’s twin-engine helicopter fleet with opportunities to see the rugged Arctic land and seascapes from above, and the potential to land in areas otherwise inaccessible.

  • Gaze out of your ultra-modern stateroom as you cruise by mammoth floating icebergs, ancient glaciers, granite mountains and fields of tundra. This is the Arctic’s icy wilderness on full show.

  • Join an expert expedition crew on board with a comprehensive lecture program, and venture on Zodiac cruises and immersive shore landings in search of polar bears, musk oxen and narwhals.

  • Explore the Nanavut region with Inuit guides to learn about communities that have called these environments home for thousands of years.

Is this trip right for you?

  • You will be supplied with an expedition parka and waterproof boots that are sturdy and warm. Please see the ‘Packing’ section of the Essential Trip Information for a detailed guide on what to bring with you.

  • On this journey, you will climb in and out of small Zodiac boats quite regularly to explore and search for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac.

  • Sturdy sea legs are needed for wet and dry landings by Zodiac as well as hiking on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces.

  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and, although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially in such a remote area.


Welcome to Toronto – your gateway to the Canadian High Arctic and the starting point of your Peregrine adventure. Make your way to tonight’s accommodation, where you’ll find a welcome letter outlining the departure information for your chartered flight tomorrow. If you wish, meet an expedition representative in the hotel lobby this evening who will answer any of your questions. Otherwise, you are free to explore Toronto today and this evening. Please note that tonight’s accommodation is likely located near Toronto Airport to allow for a seamless departure tomorrow.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take an included transfer this morning to the airport to board a charter flight bound for Resolute – one of Canada’s northernmost communities. The timing of this flight will most likely be in the morning; the exact details will be noted in your welcome letter. Upon arrival in Resolute, you may have an hour or two to explore this tiny hamlet before transferring to your expedition vessel by Zodiac or helicopter. Once on board, familiarise yourself with the ship’s facilities and meet your expedition crew.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Embarkation today will depend on weather conditions and ship location.
The next week is dedicated to exploring the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic, including Axel Heiberg Island and the rarely visited Ellesmere Island – situated nearly at the top of the globe. While it isn’t possible to confirm exact landing sites in advance, you can expect daily Zodiac cruising, guided land excursions, a comprehensive onboard lecture program, community visits and several wildlife viewing opportunities. In between all of this, let your expert crew take you on an adventure like no other, as they will take into account weather and ice conditions to prepare an itinerary that captures all of the region’s highlights. Conditions permitting, you will also have access to the vessel’s state-of-the-art twin-engine helicopters for scenic flights as well as heli-landings, getting you to places that could otherwise not be accessed. While no two days are the same, you can expect to admire tundra flora, scour the skies for rare bird species flying overhead, spot the remains of a centuries’ old hut and go in search of walrus and polar bears in their remote natural habitats. After your full days of exploration, retire to your comfortable stateroom and modern expedition vessel equipped with restaurant, bar and lounge areas, a fitness centre, spa and sauna.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (8)
  • Lunch (8)
  • Dinner (8)
Special Information
Please speak to a booking agent when you confirm your expedition for more information on helicopter excursions.

Potential excursions and landing sites are determined by weather, ice conditions and animal-spotting opportunities and cannot be guaranteed in advance. The destinations mentioned here should be used as a guide only.
Bid your expedition crew a warm farewell as you disembark and transfer to Resolute Airport for your included flight back to Toronto. Upon arrival in Toronto, transfer with your group to your post-expedition accommodation and choose either to relax or explore the city.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities included for today, you are free to depart the accommodation at any time. If you would like to spend more time in Toronto, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners


Ship, Zodiac, Plane


Expedition Voyage, Comfortable hotel

Dates & availability - 2021 season

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Important notes

Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.

If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.

If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.

Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.


A full kayaking program and single session paddles are available to book on this voyage. They is must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. To participate in the full kayaking program, previous, recent experience is essential. In addition, the Ultramarine offers included activities using the 2 on board helicopters such as flight seeing and landings from the helicopter.

Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representative

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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