Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Northwest Passage
- Transiting the Northwest Passage is one of the world’s great historical voyages
- With so many islands and bays to explore, this is real expeditionary cruising with no two voyages ever being the same
- Go now as recent climatic variation is irrevocably changing the Northwest Passage
- Visit Inuit communities and learn about life in the High Arctic
- Good chances of wildlife sightings as you explore
Trips to The Northwest Passage
Traversing west to east, we like this Northwest Passage itinerary not only for the inclusion of well known places such as Cambridge Bay, Lancaster Sound and Pond Inlet, but also for the additional time spent exploring the fjords of northeast…
A transit of the Northwest Passage is one of the world’s most iconic voyages. We like this trip for its shorter length and the ship, which carries only 96 people. Sail eastwards exploring the vast archipelago of islands and channels,…
This comprehensive westbound voyage stands out for its compelling combination of West Greenland, in-depth exploration of remote Baffin Island and the historic Northwest Passage. Jaw dropping scenery, towering icebergs, thrilling wildlife encounters, Inuit community visits and fascinating history pervade this…
Spending equal time exploring Canada’s historic Northwest Passage and West Greenland, we like this voyage’s balance and variety as much as exploring little visited places like Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world. Big ice, rich history, exotic…
Major Landmarks in the Northwest Passage
Northwest Passage: Your Questions Answered
The Northwest Passage is a sea route connecting the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans via waterways through the islands of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Explorers for centuries sought the existence of a navigable passage, however it wasn’t until 1903–1906 when the Norwegian Roald Amundsen proved it with the first successful transit.
Edmonton and Ottawa are the main international gateways for onward scheduled and charter flights to the start and end points further north, which are typically Cambridge Bay, Resolute, Kugluktuk (Coppermine) or Kangerlussuaq in West Greenland.
The search for the fabled Northwest Passage stretched across four centuries and is a fascinating story of failure, disaster and tragedy, but also of great heroism and endurance which continues to resonate and be of great interest. Recent changes in Arctic climate and the viability of an ice free Northwest Passage for commercial shipping has further peaked interest in this incredibly rich historical region.
The wildlife in The Arctic isn’t as plentiful and guaranteed as it is in Antarctica, however it is there and can be seen with patience and tenacity.
Approx. 17 days in length, however those voyages travelling the full length can be up to 20 days duration.
From £6,000 per person upwards, depending on the length of the voyage and the ship you are on.
With only a limited number of Northwest Passage transits each season, you are strongly recommended to book early to secure your first option, approx. 12 - 18 months in advance.