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Map of Northwest Passage Westbound including Canada, Greenland and Arctic

Become a modern-day explorer on an expedition through the fabled Northwest Passage

Like legendary adventurers before you, set sail on the waters of the Canadian High Arctic and encounter the history, landscapes and wildlife that have drawn people for centuries. Fly from Canada and touch down on the vast arctic expanses of Greenland, looking out for whales while exploring the historical and cultural sides of the country’s capital. Cross the Davis Strait to immerse yourself in the art of traditional Inuit communities, hike to hilltops, search for whales, and – like Sir John Franklin’s fateful voyage – sail through immense fjords to some of the most isolated places on Earth. Keep fingers crossed for sightings of polar bears alongside whales, narwhals, and numerous bird species while taking Zodiacs close to the faces of glaciers and landing at historical sites. This active and immersive 17-day expedition will take you to the best of this mysterious icy realm.

Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa, Canada
Canada, Greenland
Physical rating
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 132

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover highlights of both Greenland and the Canadian Arctic on an expedition that takes in everything from incredible landscapes to ancient cultures, local history and unique wildlife

  • Explore the colourful villages of Greenland and shop for traditional Inuit handicrafts

  • Enjoy encounters with the Arctic’s impressive wildlife, including whales, walrus and muskoxen

  • Set foot on the rarely stepped on land to hike the Arctic’s surprisingly colourful tundra and explore historical sites

  • Board Zodiacs and kayaks to get even closer to the Arctic’s spectacular scenery of glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more

Is this trip right for you?

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.

  • 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 to such a remote area.

  • Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.



16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners


Ship, Zodiac, Plane


Expedition Cruise Ship 14 nights, hotel 2 nights

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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.

Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages except on Icebreakers. Kayaking must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please inquire at time of booking. Some previous, recent experience is essential. Snowshoeing and hiking is also offered on some itineraries. These activities are at no additional cost and do not need to be pre-booked. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.

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 representatives.

Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take) for more information.

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