Embark on this expedition cruise attempt to sail all through the fabled Northwest Passage from Alaska all the way to Greenland and Nova Scotia.
The beginning of your adventure
Your starting point is the multicultural city of Vancouver before flying to Nome, Alaska, the famous Gold Rush town. Boarding MS Roald Amundsen, we’ll traverse the first section of the Northwest Passage from the Pacific Ocean east through the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, and the Amundsen Gulf.
Aside from experts on biology and wildlife, your Expedition Team will also be made up of a professional photographer, an archaeologist, and one or more Inuit cultural interpreters.
A journey of epic proportions
Over 10 days of exploration, we’ll attempt to navigate the ice floes and islands of the scenic Northwest Passage. You’ll learn about the history of the region in places that might include Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Fort Ross, Beechey Island, and Dundas Harbour.
With sea ice and weather conditions guiding their decisions, your Expedition Team will pick locations for escorted landings and small boat cruising. We’ll also always be looking for opportunities to spot whales, seals and possibly even polar bears.
We’ll then cross Baffin Bay and Davis Strait to the stunning, UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland. You’ll then visit the picturesque town of Sisimiut before heading to the city of Corner Brook in eastern Canada, and finally to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Even if a full transit of the Northwest Passage isn’t possible due to sea ice, you’ll still experience the beauty of the High Arctic and look for wildlife such as polar bears.
Our Northwest Passage Attempts are expeditions where we, in true expedition style, challenge the elements and the ice-edge of the Arctic Ocean, to circumnavigate this remote and icy waterways – in a safe way. Several alternative routes combined with our deep knowledge of the area and flexibility are key factors to giving you the most amazing experience. And if we really manage to circumnavigate Baffin Island or sail through the entire Northwest Passage, it will be one for the books.
Day 1Vancouver, Canada
Cosmopolitan city, stunning setting
Day 2Nome, Alaska
There’s No Place Like Nome
Day 3-7At Sea
Seeing the sights while sailing the seas
Day 8-17Northwest Passage
All the way through the Northwest Passage
Day 18Labrador Sea
Crossing Baffin Bay and Davis Strait
Where icebergs are born
Modern settlement, ancient traditions
Day 21-22Across the Labrador Sea
Across the Labrador Sea
Day 23Red Bay
Canada’s hidden history
Day 24Corner Brook
A classic Canadian city
Day 25At Sea
Coming to a close
Capital of Nova Scotia
Included in your voyage
- Overnight in Vancouver before the Expedition cruise including breakfast
- Economy flight from Vancouver to Nome
- Transfer from the hotel in Vancouver to the airport before the Expedition cruise
- Transfer from the airport to the ship in Nome before the Expedition cruise
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
- À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
- Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
- Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
- Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
- 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 help with your camera settings before landings
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
- Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Medical questionnaire is mandatory
- Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
- No gratuities expected
MS Roald Amundsen
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- MS Roald Amundsen: Life on board and Practical information
- Activities and lectures on your cruise to the Northwest Passage
- Expedition Team in the Northwest Passage
- Young Explorers’ Programme: Bring your kids on board