The Northwest Passage - From Reykjavík to Cambridge Bay

The Northwest Passage - From Reykjavík to Cambridge Bay

The Northwest Passage - From Reykjavík to Cambridge Bay

The Northwest Passage - From Reykjavík to Cambridge Bay

Travel information 19 days MS Fram
Departures
14 August 2023
23 August 2024
Price from
14661 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Epic 19-day expedition cruise from Reykjavík, Iceland, along Greenland's south coast and through the Northwest Passage to Cambridge Bay 

Following an legendary route 

From Reykjavík we cruise to Greenland, taking in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord. We'll then attempt to navigate the icy channels of the Northwest Passage to Cambridge Bay, like the great explorers before us. We'll explore the famous waterways of Prince Christian Sound, Baffin Bay, and the Davis Strait all the way to Cambridge Bay, before finishing off in lively Montréal. 

Extraordinary scenery and wildlife 

A highlight of this cruise is the extraordinary beauty of the landscapes we pass through – and the wildlife they support. You’ll seek out Arctic animals and birdlife in their natural habitat, such as polar bears, musk oxen, caribou, ringed seals and perhaps minke and humpback whales in the seas. And don’t forget to scan the skies above you too for birds such as Glaucous Gulls and Black Guillemots.  

The Northwest Passage - From Reykjavík to Cambridge Bay  The Northwest Passage - From Reykjavík to Cambridge Bay
  • Day 1
    Reykjavik

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Explore the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavík  

    Situated amid amazing nature, delightful Reykjavík is well worth spending time discovering before you begin your expedition cruise to the Northwest Passage.  

    Perhaps soak in the famed Blue Lagoon hot springs, located close to the city centre, or seek out a view of Reykjavík from above at the striking Hallgrímskirkja church. You’ll be awed by the islands, mountains, seas and parks that surround this surprisingly cosmopolitan city.  

    MS Fram awaits you in Reykjavík Harbour. After collecting your complimentary expedition jacket and meeting your Expedition Team, it's time to settle into your cabin. Your exciting adventure is just beginning. 

    If you’d like to get to know the area better, why not book one of our Pre-Programmes to experience even more of the beautiful Icelandic nature. 

     

    Day 1
    Reykjavik

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

  • Day 2-3
    At sea: Denmark Strait

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    In the wake of Vikings 

    We sail to Greenland across the Denmark Strait, the route taken by Erik the Red, supposedly the first European to have settled there. Take this time to relax and explore the stylish onboard facilities of our hybrid electric–powered ship.  

    Your Expedition Team will explain the protocols of respectfully visiting wildlife habitats and indigenous Arctic communities. In the Science Center, you can learn more about Greenland's geology, or join one of our Citizen Science projects. Then hit the gym, soak in one of our on-deck hot tubs or enjoy a delicious meal in one of our three onboard restaurants. 

    Day 2-3
    At sea: Denmark Strait

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Day 4
    Prince Christian Sound

    Prince Christian Sound

    Breathtaking panoramas and abundant wildlife 

    We aim to explore the incredible waters of the 60-mile-long Prince Christian Sound today. Sharp-peaked granite mountains provide a stunning contrast to the bright white glaciers. Look out for calving icebergs and colourful houses in the village of Aappilattoq. 

    Nature is abundant here. Keep an eye out for ringed and bearded seals resting on the ice, and Glaucous Gulls and Black Guillemots soaring above. You may even spot minke and humpback whales.  

    If sea ice prevents us entering the sound, we'll head to craggy Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland. 

    • Included Prins Christian Sund Exploration Day
    Day 4
    Prince Christian Sound

    Prince Christian Sound

  • Day 5
    Kvanefjord

    Exploring Kvanefjord

    Discover the glacial beauty of the west coast fjords  

    Experience your first sight of Greenland’s sublime west coast fjords as we reach Kvanefjord in Sermersooq, meaning 'Place of Much Ice'.  

    Have your camera ready for glistening icebergs and semi-submerged glacial ice – pure white with undertones of crystalline blue. These sculpted ice blocks are some of Arctic nature’s finest creations.  

    Few people venture into this remote fjord, making it even more special to spend the day exploring here. The Expedition Team will select places to venture ashore and enjoy the beautiful scenery on a nature walk, or head out in boats to scout for wildlife. 

    • Included Kvanefjord Exploration Day
    Day 5
    Kvanefjord

    Exploring Kvanefjord

  • Day 6
    Nuuk

    Nuuk, Greenland's Capital

    Experience Greenlandic culture, old and new, in Nuuk 

    After several days exploring remote, idyllic icescapes, you'll cruise into Nuuk, Greenland’s colourful capital. With a population of 18,000, it has a striking mix of old and new buildings. 

    Compare the old buildings – such as Hans Egede House and Nuuk Cathedral – with the ultra-modern architecture of the Parliament of Greenland building. 

    Visit the national museum to gain fascinating insight into life here 500 years ago and see the six Qilakitsoq mummies. Or join a long nature walk through Paradise Valley and around Mt. Lille Malene. 

     

    • Included Nuuk Grand Experience
    Day 6
    Nuuk

    Nuuk, Greenland's Capital

  • Day 7
    Sisimiut

    Spectacular Sisimiut

    Explore ancient traditions in Arctic Greenland 

    We reach Sisimiut, Greenland’s second city. It sits in a spectacular location just 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. This area has history spanning more than 4,500 years.  

    Old traditions are alive and well here, and you can learn more about the ancient Saqqaq artifacts in the local museum.  

    If you're looking for a special souvenir, pick up a scarf, hat or mittens made of qiviut, the inner wool of a musk ox, said to be 10 times warmer than sheep wool. Or why not explore the area by foot and stretch your legs on a hike. 

    • Included Sisimiut Community Visit
    Day 7
    Sisimiut

    Spectacular Sisimiut

  • Day 8
    Ilulissat

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat

    The town where you can see and hear the ice flow 

    Our expedition cruise reaches Disko Bay – a haven for whales and seals. You’re in for a unique experience. Nestled in magnificent Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Ilulissat. Against a backdrop of colourful houses is an ever-changing gallery of passing icebergs.  

    Marvel at giant icebergs floating past in the deep blue waters as they take on different hues of white, grey and blue. With the help of the ship’s photographer, enthusiasts will be able to capture the nuances of these sculptures of nature. 

    • Included Walk to the Icefjords
    Day 8
    Ilulissat

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat

  • Day 9-10
    Labrador Sea

    Crossing the Labrador Sea

    Watch for wildlife and get involved in Citizen Science  

    Leaving Greenland behind, our expedition cruise continues to Canada across the Labrador Sea. We'll enter the Davis Strait, named after English explorer John Davis, who led expeditions here in the 16th century. The Expedition Team will continue their onboard lectures on topics such as the wildlife of Northern Labrador, Inuit culture and the history of Arctic exploration.  

    The strait is known for its abundance of seals, whales and cod. Why not take part in one of our Citizen Science programme projects, helping photograph and track whales, or observe the clouds to help scientists study our climate by contributing to the GLOBE Program. 

    Day 9-10
    Labrador Sea

    Crossing the Labrador Sea

  • Day 11-17
    The Northwest Passage

    The Northwest Passage

    Crossing a historical sea corridor through Canada's Arctic archipelago 

     

    Like the pioneering explorers who've come before you, we won't have an exact itinerary as we attempt to sail our state-of-the-art ice-class ship from the Atlantic to the Pacific via this famed sea route. Stops might include Pond Inlet, Dundas Harbour, Fort Ross, Gjoa Haven, Cambridge Bay and Smoking Hills. 

    As we explore, we'll land at sites linked to early exploration history, visit Inuit communities, and look out for Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, whales, narwhals, seals and seabirds.  

    You'll go small expedition boat cruising between ice floes, and go ashore to experience the pristine wilderness first hand. Your Expedition Team will adapt activities to ice and weather conditions, giving you the best experience possible.  

    We’ll try to reach Pond Inlet and the Inuit community of Mittimatalik on Baffin Island. On Devon Island – the largest uninhabited island on Earth – we'll visit Dundas Harbour and learn about its Thule heritage. We may even pay our respects at the graves of three Franklin expedition team members on Beechey Island.  

    We'll continue west to Fort Ross, a former Hudson Bay Trading post, before sailing to Gjoa Haven, where Roald Amundsen learned polar survival tips from the Netsilik Inuit people. If we are able to land here, we'll take a walking tour to learn more.  

    Day 11-17
    The Northwest Passage

    The Northwest Passage

  • Day 18
    Cambridge Bay

    Wildlife of Cambridge Bay

    Wildlife and conservation in this fish-rich bay 

    Our expedition cruise continues into wildlife-rich Cambridge Bay, where you'll disembark. Here, you might see Arctic char, musk oxen and caribou. You'll also find the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, an important centre for climate change research. 

    Home to only 2,000 residents, Cambridge Bay is popular with fly-fishers, keen to net giant Arctic char or lake trout. Its local name 'Iqaluktuuttiaq' even means ‘a good fishing place’. 

    Walk around and explore before we take our evening flight to Montréal.  

    Day 18
    Cambridge Bay

    Wildlife of Cambridge Bay

  • Day 19
    Montréal

    Explore vibrant Montréal

    A blend of Canadian cultures in Québec's premier city 

    Your adventure concludes in Montréal, the largest city in the beautiful province of Québec. It’s a hub of Canadian history and culture, with a cosmopolitan feel and a year-round calendar of events.  

    There’s plenty to see and do, from shopping, cuisine and culture, to the Basilica of Notre Dame, found among the historic streets of Old Montréal. You’ll find a kaleidoscope of colour in the city’s Plateau district, and a lively atmosphere in the downtown social hub of Crescent Street.  

    If you'd like to explore more, why not join our optional Post-Programme, Montréal Sightseeing & Savoir-Vivre Tour, to get a real taste of this unique city in all its glorious colour. 

    Day 19
    Montréal

    Explore vibrant Montréal

Departures

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2024

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Flights  

  • Economy class flight from Cambridge Bay to Montréal  

Transfers  

  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Cambridge Bay after the expedition cruise.  
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Montréal after the expedition cruise  

Hotel  

  • Overnight in Montréal after the expedition cruise, including breakfast  

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurant Aune 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported. 

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

Notes 

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
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Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
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Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
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