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Into Canada's Northwest Passage

20 days from €23,230pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

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Itinerary highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of 19th and 20th century explorers.

  • Cruise past icebergs, fjords, mountains and calving glaciers.

  • See whales, narwhals and bears, plus a myriad of bird life.

  • Enjoy spectacular aurora borealis displays.

  • Travel through some of the most stunning polar regions on the planet.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Toronto
  • Sisimiut Coast
  • Ilulissat
  • Karrat Fjord
  • Upernavik
  • Kap York
  • Smith Sound
  • Grise Fjord (Aujuittuq)
  • Coburg Island
  • Devon Island
  • Beechey Island
  • Bathurst Inlet
  • Melville Island
  • Banks Island
  • Prince of Wales Strait
  • Ulukhatok & Prince Albert Sound
  • Kugluktuk (Coppermine)
  • Edmonton

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 Toronto

International outbound flight , Toronto

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Toronto. On arrival in Toronto, make your own way to your hotel, located close to the airport terminal. You have the rest of the day at leisure ahead of your early morning departure to Greenland tomorrow.

Day 2 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Toronto , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Today you will join your fellow passengers as you board a charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Ocean Endeavour. Lying at the head of the longest fjord in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq `big fjord` in Greenlandic, is appropriately named, as it is 168 kilometres long and is the start of your voyage.


Day 3 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Sisimiut Coast , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, myriad islands and complex coastal waterways. There will be an expedition stop here to enable you to explore the Greenlandic landscape.


Day 4 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Ilulissat , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Visit the colourful coastal town of Ilulissat and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord by Zodiac.


Day 5 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Karrat Fjord , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

In Karrat Fjord you will cruise one of Greenland`s most spectacular fjords. During ice break up, narwhals and seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings.


Day 6 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Upernavik , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Explore Upernavik today, including the town cemetery and Old Town Museum. Weather depending, there should be fantastic views of the Davis Strait today.


Day 7 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Kap York , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Today you land in rugged Kap York, home to countless birds and wildlife. Enjoy a tundra hike today, making the most of the beautiful landscape.


Day 8 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Smith Sound , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Venture into the ice-strewn waters of Smith Sound today.


Day 9 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Grise Fjord (Aujuittuq) , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Visit the small community of Aujuittuq today, home to just 165 residents. Learn about the culture and way of life in this remote outpost.


Day 10 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Coburg Island , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Today you will visit the National Wildlife Area of Coburg Island at the entrance to Jones Sound, home to almost 200,000 pairs of birds.


Day 11 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Devon Island , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Explore Devon Island — the largest uninhabited island in the world, before a zodiac trip through the icebergs in Croker Bay.


Day 12 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Beechey Island , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Arrive into Beechey Island today - the final resting place of some of the crew who travelled on the fateful 1845 Franklin expedition to open up the North West Passage.


Day 13 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Bathurst Inlet , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Bathurst Island is home to Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area - a migratory route for Polar Bears between March and November. You will also learn about the ancient communities that once lived here.


Day 14 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Melville Island , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Discover Melville Island today — first explored by the British in 1819. This is a major breeding ground for the Western High Arctic Brant — a small species of goose.


Day 15 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Banks Island , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Banks Island is home to Barren-ground caribou, polar bears, musk oxen, and birds such as robins and swallows. The first grizzly/polar bear hybrid was found in the wild here in 2006.


Day 16 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Prince of Wales Strait , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Extending northeastward for 275 km from the Amundsen Gulf to Viscount Melville Sound, the Prince of Wales Strait is part of the Arctic Ocean and is now the preferred route of large vessels making the passage.


Day 17 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Ulukhatok & Prince Albert Sound , Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Your penultimate day on the board is spent at Ulukhatok on the west side of Victoria Island.


Day 18 Edmonton

Kugluktuk (Coppermine) , Edmonton

Arriving into Kugluktuk today your cruise comes to an end. After disembarking, board a charter flight from Coppermine to Edmonton. Make your own way to your downtown hotel upon arrival.

Day 19 International return flight

Edmonton , International return flight

The morning is free to explore Edmonton or go shopping before making your way to the airport to board your homeward flight.

Day 20 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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