The Northwest Passage – Through the Arctic Labyrinth

The Northwest Passage – Through the Arctic Labyrinth

The Northwest Passage – Through the Arctic Labyrinth

The Northwest Passage – Through the Arctic Labyrinth

Travel information 27 days MS Roald Amundsen , MS Fridtjof Nansen
Departures
7 August 2025
8 August 2025
16 August 2025
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Spectacular landscapes

Your adventure begins in cosmopolitan Reykjavík before flying to Greenland’s colourful capital, Nuuk. From there, you’ll set sail on an epic journey. Through a maze of channels made of granite rock and filled with ice floes and glaciers, we’ll explore the remarkable fjords and settlements of southwest Greenland. 

Following legendary routes 

Crossing the Davis Strait, we’ll begin our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage. As we explore the islands that dot this fabled route, you’ll discover a range of possible sites amidst the spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and Inuit settlements. Adventure is guaranteed and our exact route will depend on the conditions, so be ready for anything! 

The Northwest Passage – Through the Arctic Labyrinth The Northwest Passage – Through the Arctic Labyrinth
Attempt

- - - Attempted route, ice conditions dependent Our Attempts are voyages where we challenge the elements in true expedition style. As we explore these remote and captivating areas in a safe way, our adventure will ultimately be guided by nature. If weather, sea or ice conditions do not allow our planned navigation, our experienced crew will deliver an adapted itinerary. Flexibility and our deep knowledge of the area combine to give you an amazing exploration experience.

  • Day 1
    Reykjavík 

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík 

    Discover Iceland's modern capital

    After your flight from Germany, your adventure begins with an overnight stay in Reykjavík. Packed full of art, culture and history, Iceland’s capital is a delight to explore. Visit Laugavegur, the main shopping street, and head towards the striking Hallgrímskirkja church. Or why not explore the many galleries and museums dotted around the city.  

    If you have the time, we recommend booking a Pre-Programme with us and discovering some of Iceland’s natural highlights before your cruise begins.

    Day 1
    Reykjavík 

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík 

  • Day 2
    Nuuk, Greenland

    Colourful Nuuk

    Experience Greenlandic culture, old and new, in Nuuk

    Your day begins with a flight from Reykjavík to Nuuk, Greenland’s colourful capital. It has a population of 18,000, and boasts a striking mix of old and new buildings.  

    If time allows, we’ll explore this fascinating city, comparing the old buildings – such as Hans Egede House and Nuuk Cathedral – with the ultra-modern architecture of the Parliament of Greenland building.  

    Your expedition ship awaits you in Nuuk harbour. After collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, it's time to check out your cabin, meet the Expedition Team and explore the ship as we set sail on this epic expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage. 

    Day 2
    Nuuk, Greenland

    Colourful Nuuk

  • Day 3
    Evighedsfjord

    Beguiling Evighedsfjord

    Witness the eternal beauty of the spotless fjord

    As we head north, you'll enjoy an exploration day in the magical and pristine Evighedsfjord near Maniitsoq. We'll determine on the day what adventures we can take part in. 

    The 'Fjord of Eternity' is fed by an ice cap that calves huge icebergs into its 2,300 ft deep waters. It's surrounded by mist-cloaked mountains with beautiful white ridges, punctuated by crystal blue ice caves.   

    Nature reigns here. The only settlements in this region are tiny fishing hamlets clinging to the shores. As ever, we'll be on the lookout for Arctic flora and wildlife, including whales and seabirds. 

    Day 3
    Evighedsfjord

    Beguiling Evighedsfjord

  • Day 4
    Sisimiut, Greenland

    Spectacular Sisimiut

    Explore ancient traditions in Arctic Greenland

    Sisimiut is Greenland’s second city, situated in a spectacular location just 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. This area has history spanning more than 4,500 years, and old traditions are alive and well.  

    Learn more about ancient Saqqaq artifacts in the local museum or stretch your legs on a hike.  If you're looking for a special souvenir, pick up a scarf, hat or mittens made of qiviut, the inner wool of the musk ox that’s said to be 10 times warmer than sheep’s wool.   

    Day 4
    Sisimiut, Greenland

    Spectacular Sisimiut

  • Day 5
    Ilulissat, Greenland

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat

    The town where you can see and hear the ice flow

    Your expedition cruise reaches Disko Bay – a haven for whales and seals. Nestled in the magnificent Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Ilulissat. Here you’ll find an ever-changing gallery of passing icebergs set against a backdrop of colourful houses.  

    Marvel as they float by in the deep blue waters, taking 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 5
    Ilulissat, Greenland

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat

  • Day 6-7
    At 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 6-7
    At Sea

    Crossing the Labrador Sea

  • Day 8-20
    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 the famed sea route: the Northwest Passage. Stops might include Pond Inlet, Dundas Harbour, Fort Ross, Gjoa Haven, Cambridge Bay, Ulukhaktok 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 firsthand. 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.  

    From here, we'll sail onward to wildlife-rich Cambridge Bay, where you might see Arctic char, musk oxen and caribou. Pick up some prints, tapestries, and other crafts made by local artists in Ulukhaktok before we arrive in the Amundsen Gulf.  

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

    Day 8-20
    Northwest Passage

    The Northwest Passage

  • Day 21-24
    At Sea

    Along the Alaskan coast

    Science and wildlife watching at sea 

    Having successfully traversed the Northwest Passage, our expedition cruise continues towards Nome. Join your Expedition Team for more insightful lectures. Topics might include subjects such as wildlife, tectonic activity, glaciology and local history. 

    Wildlife lovers and birdwatchers are in for a treat. Keep an eye out for bowhead and grey whales as we cross the Beaufort Sea to Point Barrow, the northernmost point of the United States, before crossing the International Date Line – with 'tomorrow' on your right and 'today' on your left.  

    As we sail through the Bering Strait, look out for over 30 species of seabirds, including Black-legged Kittiwakes, auklets and murrelets. 

    Day 21-24
    At Sea

    Along the Alaskan coast

  • Day 25
    Nome, Alaska

    No place like Nome

    Fascinating history of gold prospectors and explorers

    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, making it a fitting place to round off your own great adventure before flying to Seattle for a final overnight stay.

    Day 25
    Nome, Alaska

    No place like Nome

  • Day 26
    Seattle

    Scenic Seattle

    Your adventure ends in the city surrounded by mountains

    The sunrise over Seattle marks the end of your adventure through the Arctic labyrinth. After breakfast, and if you have time before your onward journey, why not explore the city.  

    Head to Seattle Aquarium to see sea otters and a giant Pacific octopus. Or for incredible views of Puget Sound and the surrounding mountains, take a stroll through the nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park, admiring the work of renowned artists as you go. And for a feast of the senses, visit the famous Pike Place Market. Operating for over a century, this lively farmer’s market boasts everything from salmon-throwing fishmongers to buskers and bars. 

    From Seattle, you’ll take a flight back to Germany.

     

    Day 26
    Seattle

    Scenic Seattle

Departures

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What’s included

Hotel

  • Overnight in Reykjavík before the expedition cruise, including breakfast 
  • Overnight in Seattle after the expedition cruise, including breakfast 

Flights 

  • Flights in economy class from Germany to Nuuk (via Reykjavik) and back from Seattle (via Nome) including all taxes, return Rail&Fly ticket 

Transfers

  • Transfer between the airport and the hotel in Reykjavík before the expedition cruise 
  • Transfer from the airport in Nuuk to the ship before the expedition cruise 
  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Nome after the expedition cruise 
  • Transfer between the airport and the hotel in Seattle 

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, library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscapes 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 

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 
  • Depending on your flight arrival, an additional overnight might be needed. 

Not included in your voyage

  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings 
  • 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

Ships

MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila

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

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.

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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

Read more about MS Fridtjof Nansen

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