Here’s your chance to cruise the Northwest Passage, discovering rich wildlife, scenic beauty and the fascinating history of life at the “roof of the world.” Explore islands, icebergs and Arctic communities from the comfort of a working, ice strengthened expedition ship, experiencing one of the planet’s most stark, beautiful and remote regions. Following the footsteps of Franklin, daily Zodiac excursions seek out whales, polar bears and abundant sea-birds, allowing you to hike the tundra and explore historical outposts.
UPDATE: One Ocean Expeditions have since ceased operations. For an alternative company, visit Adventure Canada.
Length of Trip : 12 nights, 13 days. Budget at least two weeks for this itinerary
Cost : Contact for Adventure Canada for more information.
Best time to go : Trips typically runs in August.
Wheelchair friendly : Call ahead to make arrangements if possible.
Family friendly : Yes, although suited for older kids.
Where to eat : Delicious meals are served onboard. These include multiple main options, buffet breakfasts, lots of salads, tea, coffee and water. Alcoholic beverages are not included.
Where to Stay : On the ship!
Getting There : You’ll likely depart from Ottawa, and return from Edmonton. A return charter flight is included from Greenland or Cambridge Bay. Being the Arctic, the trip might conclude in Resolute if sea-ice prevents a successful passage.
Note from Robin : Oh, this one is a pearl on the Bucket List! Wet gear (including boots) are provided, so you don’t need to pack heavy, although definitely bring layers as it does get chilly. I didn’t find sea sickness a problem at all, although the two-day sailing across Baffin Bay might be rough, so bring some patches just in case. I found them way preferable to Gravol, which tends to zonk you out. The people on the trip make it that much more fascinating, so don’t miss the nightly fireside chats to hear some amazing stories. The hot tub and sauna are particularly fantastic on the Vavilov, so take full advantage. You’ll also find the best Scotch prices I’ve seen anywhere! Like all cruises, you’ll get out of it what you put in.
Iceberg. Photo by Jeff Topham
Franklin's Men in Beechey Island. Photo by Jeff Topham
Hiking the tundra. Photo by Jeff Topham
Kayaking the sea ice. Photo by Jeff Topham
Polar bear feasts on beluga. Photo by Jeff Topham
Hot tub with a view. Photo by Jeff Topham
Zodiac to the Glacier. Photo by Jeff Topham
Cultural exchange in Pond Inlet. Photo by Jeff Topham
Into the Ice. Photo by Jeff Topham
Prince Leopold Island Bird Sanctuary
Ice on the Beach
Esrock has a moment
Dundas Harbour on Devon Island
Into the passage
A wing of kayaks
The Akademik Sergey Vavilov. Photo by Jeff Topham