The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Eastbound)

The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Eastbound)

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The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Eastbound)

The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Eastbound)

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Travel information 26 days MS Roald Amundsen
20 August 2024
Price from
21890 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

26-day expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage, attempting a rare, breathtaking adventure from the Pacific to the Atlantic

Cross through the Northwest Passage 

Following in the footsteps of explorers before us, we'll attempt to navigate the ice floes and islands of the fabled Northwest Passage. Your Expedition Team will guide you on the best places to see amazing scenery and seek out whales, seals and even polar bears. 

Arctic cultures 

Visit the famous Gold Rush town of Nome in Alaska; the modern settlement of Sisimiut; UNESCO-listed Ilulissat, with its colourful houses set against a backdrop of ever-changing icebergs; and the charming Canadian city of Corner Brook.

The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Eastbound) The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of the Great Explorers (Eastbound)
  • Day 1

    Vibrant Vancouver

    Enjoy British Columbia’s largest city  

    Our expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage starts in the beautiful city of Vancouver at the foot of the Rockies. Visit Gastown, the city's oldest neighbourhood, and climb the Vancouver Lookout for views overlooking Granville Street, West End beaches and the towering cedars of Stanley Park.  

    Vancouver has a flavour all its own – and so does its global cuisine. Dine out in Chinatown, Punjabi Market or Little Italy as you soak up the city's buzzing atmosphere. 

    Before you fly up to Nome the next day, enjoy a relaxing night at a centrally located hotel in Vancouver, including breakfast.  

    While you're in Vancouver, you might also want to join our optional Pre-Programme. Enjoy a multiple day scenic journey into the Canadian wilderness aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train.  

    Day 1

    Vibrant Vancouver

  • Day 2

    No place like Nome

    Fascinating history of gold prospectors and explorers  

    You'll start the day flying from Vancouver to Nome in Alaska. Prospectors first came to Nome in 1898, and people still hunt for gold here today. You'll see evidence of the Gold Rush era all around, including abandoned dredges, turn-of-the century steam engines and old railroad tracks, lending the town a unique and intriguing atmosphere. 

    You’ll be in good company as you explore the town. Wyatt Earp, the famous sheriff, opened a saloon here. Nome was also the end point of three of Roald Amundsen's great polar expeditions, including an aircraft attempt to reach the North Pole in 1926. A fitting place to board our expedition ship – MS Roald Amundsen – and embark on your own epic adventure.  

    Day 2

    No place like Nome

  • Day 3-7
    At sea: Bering Sea

    Discoveries at sea

    Science and wildlife watching at sea 

    As our expedition cruise sails from Nome, prepare for your adventures ahead with lectures from our Expedition Team on topics such as tectonic activity, glaciology, wildlife protection, and meeting local communities. 

    As we sail through the Bering Strait, look out for over 30 species of seabirds, including Black-legged Kittiwakes, auklets and murrelets. We'll cross the international date line and Chukchi Sea before reaching the Beaufort Sea and Point Barrow, the northernmost point of the United States. Keep an eye out for bowhead and grey whales here. 

    Day 3-7
    At sea: Bering Sea

    Discoveries at sea

  • Day 8-17
    Northwest Passage

    The Northwest Passage

    Crossing a historical sea corridor through Canada's Arctic archipelago 

    Like 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 Pacific to the Atlantic via the famed sea route: the Northwest Passage. Stops might include Smoking Hills, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Fort Ross, Dundas Harbour and Pond Inlet. 

    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.  

    Smoking Hills is where lignite – eroded shale mixed with pyrite – spontaneously ignites when exposed to air, creating a photogenic phenomenon of smoke billowing from the cliffs. 

    From here, we'll sail through the Amundsen Gulf to Ulukhaktok, where you can pick up some prints, tapestries, and other crafts made by local artists. We'll then continue onto wildlife-rich Cambridge Bay where you might catch sight of musk oxen, and caribou. 

    We’ll travel onwards 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. We'll continue east to Fort Ross, a former Hudson Bay Trading post. 

    We may stop at Beechey Island and pay our respects at the graves of three Franklin expedition team members. On Devon Island – the largest uninhabited island on Earth – we hope to visit Dundas Harbour and learn about its Thule heritage.  

    On the final stretch, we’ll try to reach Pond Inlet and the Inuit community of Mittimatalik on Baffin Island, rounding off an incredible 10 days of exhilarating exploration.


    Day 8-17
    Northwest Passage

    The Northwest Passage

  • Day 18
    At sea: Baffin Bay

    Crossing Baffin Bay

    Relax at sea as we sail towards Greenland 

    Leaving Canada behind, your Northwest Passage expedition cruise will cross Baffin Bay and the Davis Strait on its way to Greenland. 

    Join your Expedition Team for more insightful lectures on the renowned route we're sailing. Topics may include historic explorers and expeditions, Greenlandic culture, local wildlife and geology. 

    Take time to enjoy all the facilities on board. Lie back in the infinity pool, hot tub or sauna or get your heart pumping in the indoor gym or on the running track. Then in the evening, head for the panoramic Explorer Lounge & Bar to share stories of your travels. 


    Day 18
    At sea: Baffin Bay

    Crossing Baffin Bay

  • Day 19

    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, even amateur photographers will be able to capture the nuances of these sculptures of nature. 

    Day 19

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat

  • Day 20

    Spectacular Sisimiut

    Discover ancient traditions in Arctic Greenland 

    We reach spectacularly situated Sisimiut, just 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where you'll experience the Midnight Sun at the height of summer.  

    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.  

    One of the best things you'll experience on your expedition cruise to Greenland with us is meeting the local communities in the places we explore – authentic interactions that make for fantastic memories. 

    Day 20

    Spectacular Sisimiut

  • Day 21-22
    Across the 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 21-22
    Across the Labrador Sea

    Crossing the Labrador Sea

  • Day 23
    Red Bay

    The history of Red Bay

    Explore this extraordinary former whaling settlement 

    Look out for humpback and minke whales as we approach Red Bay – the very creatures that drew whalers to this harbour in the 17th century.  

    The ice-cold waters around Red Bay hide a number of wrecked chalupas – or small whaling boats – and galleons, making it one of the world's most important underwater archaeological sites.  

    Visit the local museum to see a 26 ft. chalupa and look for whale bones in the protected Red Bay National Historic Site. Why not search for pirate captain Kidd's buried treasure around Tracey Hill; you may not find gold doubloons, but you will be rewarded with a fantastic view. 

    Day 23
    Red Bay

    The history of Red Bay

  • Day 24
    Corner Brook

    Classic Corner Brook

    Step back in time in this charming Newfoundland city 

    We'll follow in Captain James Cook's footsteps as we sail into the Bay of Islands towards the traditional city of Corner Brook. Discover the area's fascinating history and collection of artifacts at the Corner Brook Museum. 

    Take in great views from Crow Hill or take a guided hike along the Corner Brook Stream trail. You can also opt for a visit to Gros Morne National Park and the picturesque Lobster Cove Head lighthouse, which also features a scenic drive. 

    Before we depart, we'll enjoy a performance by local folk music performers and storytellers.  

    • Included Newfoundland Music & Storytelling
    Day 24
    Corner Brook

    Classic Corner Brook

  • Day 25
    At Sea

    Final day at sea

    Reflecting on your expedition cruise 

    As your Northwest Passage expedition cruise draws to a close, take time to unwind aboard your comfortable ship and imagine the challenges the great explorers before you would have faced.  

    Soak in the hot tub, work out in the gym, make use of the Science Center, or just relax in the Explorer Lounge & Bar.  

    Join the Expedition Team to recap the highlights of this incredible once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Spend time in the Science Center wrapping up your Citizen Science observations or pick out your favourite images with our onboard photographer.  

    Day 25
    At Sea

    Final day at sea

  • Day 26

    Arriving in Halifax

    Disembark in the cosmopolitan capital of Nova Scotia  

    Your expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage ends in Halifax. This historic port is a fitting end to such a wonderful adventure. As you find your land legs, why not discover its red-brick heritage buildings, landmark Citadel Hill National Historic Site and epic 2.5 mile seafront boardwalk. 

    Why not take a leisurely stroll on Halifax Common – Canada’s oldest park, dating back to 1763 – or visit one of the city's many art galleries or museums, including the Titanic exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. 

    Want to stay longer? Book our Post-Programme to visit the historic community of Peggy's Cove and the Halifax Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the burial place of 121 passengers of the Titanic. 

    Day 26

    Arriving in Halifax



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What’s included


  • Economy class flight from Vancouver to Nome 


  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Vancouver before the expedition cruise 
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship in Nome before the expedition cruise 


  • Overnight in Vancouver before the Expedition cruise, including breakfast 

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • 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, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track 
  • 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 


  • 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 
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area 
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila
MS Roald Amundsen
Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills
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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila

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