Explore the Legendary Northwest PassageCanada/Greenland
Connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans through the Canadian Arctic, the Northwest Passage has become the stuff of legends. The fabled route, a holy grail for explorers, was once virtually impenetrable thanks to a thick year-round cover of sea ice. It did little to deter explorers, though. Records show that almost 40 expeditions have sailed these waters, either to explore this unknown territory or to find the sea route to Asia, since the late fifteenth century (the first recorded attempt was by John Cabot in 1497, and the most famous (and failed) one was by James Cook in 1776). Even today, with improved conditions, crossing the Passage calls for enormous skill and the best equipment. And Hurtigruten’s The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of Great Explorers expedition, complete with state-of-the-art vessel, offers you the opportunity to sail in the wake of the great explorers of the past.
This is a journey for hardy explorers who seek an adventure unlike anything else. Being at the top of the world means sailing where the ice allows and you'll gain some insight into what Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first person to successfully conquer the Northwest Passage between 1903 to 1906, felt and experienced – both in the unforgettable sights and challenging waters – to cross the passage. No matter where you sail or what you see, a journey aboard a Hurtigruten vessel is a safe and thrilling expedition (and unlike Amundsens's expedition on Gjoa, a converted herring boat, a vastly more comfortable one)
Depending on your preferences, you can take the Eastbound (Canada) or Westbound (Greenland) departures. The Eastbound journey starts from Cambridge Bay in Canada and ventures into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut. As you make your way through the icy waters you will be amazed by the vast expanses of pristine wilderness seen from the deck.
The highlights of this 14/15-day expedition include visiting some of the world’s northernmost communities, exploring legendary inlets and channels and partaking in exciting small boat cruises and landings. Heading east across Davis Strait, you will reach Greenland and have the chance to discover some of the Greenlandic Inuit settlements and the UNESCO World Heritage site Ilulissat Icefjord, before the expedition ends in Kangerlussuaq.
- This is a journey made by very few – you’ll be right up there with some of the world’s most renowned explorers
- The landscape is, in many ways, impossible to describe – but you’ll have a ball trying as you snap a million photos
- Can’t hack the cold? This probably isn’t for you
- Attempting to explain how beautiful this wondrous Arctic world is to your mates back home
The 15-day The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of Great Explorers expedition starts from US$12,250 (based on the 15-day September 2018 eastbound departure).