Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Northwest Passage

  1. Transiting the Northwest Passage is one of the world’s great historical voyages
  2. With so many islands and bays to explore, this is real expeditionary cruising with no two voyages ever being the same
  3. Go now as recent climatic variation is irrevocably changing the Northwest Passage
  4. Visit Inuit communities and learn about life in the High Arctic
  5. Good chances of wildlife sightings as you explore

Trips to The Northwest Passage

Major Landmarks in the Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage: Your Questions Answered

  • What is the Northwest Passage?

    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.

  • How do I get there?

    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.

  • During which months can I travel the Northwest Passage?

  • What’s so interesting about the Northwest Passage?

    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.

  • Will I see Arctic wildlife?

    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.

  • What is the average Northwest Passage trip length?

    Approx. 17 days in length, however those voyages travelling the full length can be up to 20 days duration.

  • How much can I expect to pay?

    From £6,000 per person upwards, depending on the length of the voyage and the ship you are on.

  • When should I start to plan my trip?

    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.

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