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The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of Great Explorers

19 Days FROM USD 19,168

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Explore the legendary northwest passage in the wake of great explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Captain James Cook. The isolated sea passage allows you to take in the sites of stunning Arctic scenery boasting of raw and unspoilt natural habitats inhabited by spectacular wildlife such as the polar bear and walrus. Throughout the journey, enjoy views of vast expanses of pristine wilderness from the deck such as beautiful glaciers, fjords and icebergs including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat. In the heart of the Northwest Passage explore Arctic Canada, or Nunavut as it is known in Inuit (subject to ice conditions). We hope to visit several sites with traces of earlier expeditions, and some of the world’s northernmost communities. We will attempt to explore legendary inlets and channels and take you on exciting small boat cruising and landings. On this expedition cruise you will also see and explore settlements along the way including the picturesque capital of Greenland, Nuuk, founded in 1728. This expedition will end in the panoramic city of Edmonton, Canada. A truly spectacular journey through history and picturesque landscapes.

 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACHUNP19

Location: Arctic

Ship: FRAM

CRUISE ITINERARY

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norwegian settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning 'Smoky Bay') after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made a profound impression.

The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fram.

World`s Northernmost Capital

We sail across the Denmark Strait, a crossing used by Vikings to migrate from Iceland to South Greenland some 1,000 years ago. We will spend the days on the crossing preparing you for the upcoming adventure. Enjoy lectures by the Expedition Team and visit our Science Center or just relax with a book, visit the sauna and hot tub or get to know your fellow explorers.

The Denmark Strait - Day 2 & 3

Prince Christian Sound separates Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If the conditions allow, we will sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The sound itself is around 100 km long and very narrow, sometimes only 500 metres wide. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Mountains, Glaciers and Icebergs

Kvanefjord is a 48 km long fjord on the west coast of Greenland. We will spend the day exploring this amazing fjord.

Kvanefjord

Nuuk is the oldest town in the nation, founded in 1728. The name Nuuk means peninsula, as it is located at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today Nuuk is a place where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in ”Kolonihaven” to the modern structure of the Greenland Home Rule building.

The Capital of Greenland

Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle and is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions. Come ashore to explore the colourful town; visit the small museum, hike in the hills and shop for local handicrafts.

Modern Settlement with Ancient Traditions

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just outside the town you can often see enormous icebergs that originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere. The icebergs make their way down the 20 km fjord before entering Disko Bay.

Birth of Icebergs

Named for English explorer John Davis, who led expeditions here searching for a route through the Northwest Passage between 1585 and 1587. Davis was the first to draw attention to seal hunting and whaling possibilities in the area, and to show that the Newfoundland cod fisheries extended this far north.

Crossing the Davis Strait

Sam Ford Fjord is set on the east coast of Baffin Island. The fjord is known for its glaciers and granite cliffs rising steeply from the shores to heights up to 1500 metres above sea level.

East Coast of Baffin Island

Next, we aim to head into the heart of the historic Northwest Passage. The first recorded voyage here was led by John Cabot in 1497. The most famous journey was James Cook’s failed attempt to sail the Passage in 1776, and of course the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The first to conquer the Passage by ship was Norwegian Roald Amundsen on an expedition that lasted from 1903 to 1906.

The ice varies from year to year, so we hope to be able to show you some of the following places:

Pond Inlet, called 'Mittimatalik' in Inuktitut, is a traditional Inuit community surrounded by mountains, glaciers, fjords, ice caves, geological hoodoos and drifting icebergs.

Dundas Harbour is an abandoned settlement with an old Royal Canadian Mounted Police camp and several archaeological sites. Come shore to see the ruins of some of these buildings, along with an impressive Thule site.

Radstock Bay is dominated by the striking outcropping of Caswell Tower. The shoreline here is ideal for walks to a pre-historic Inuit dwelling site. Caswell Tower itself features a challenging hike to the summit for great views.

Beechey Island is known for the ill-fated Franklin expedition. Two ships sailed into the passage in 1845, but neither were ever seen again. It is known that the Franklin Expedition over-wintered on Beechey Island in 1845-1846.

Fort Ross is a trading post established in 1937. There are two small huts ashore that are maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Gjøa Haven honours the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who wintered here from 1903. He was in contact with the local Netsilik Inuit people, and learned a lot from them about survival and travel in polar regions.

Throughout the journey, we will be sailing in amazing straits with unique nature and hopefully enough ice to be on the constant look out for wildlife.

Heart of the Northwest Passage - Day 11 to 17

In Inuinnaqtun, Cambridge Bay is called 'Iqaluktuuttiaq', meaning a 'good fishing place' for the giant char that is caught nearby. Local wildlife is abundant: seals, geese, muskoxen and caribou. This is where our expedition ends, and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Edmonton.

Disembarkation & flight

Enjoy the city of Edmonton before your flight home or extend your stay with one of our Post-programmes.

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The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of Great Explorers from USD 19,168
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Important Information

    • Flight from Cambridge Bay to Edmonton in Economy Class
    • Transfer ship to airport in Cambridge Bay and airport to hotel in Edmonton
    • A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including ice-cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team. 
    • Professional English speaking Expedition Team  an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in. 
    • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket.
    • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities. 
    • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
    • Coffee and tea included throughout the day.
    • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
    • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
    • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection.

     

    Exclusions: 

    • International flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Luggage handling
    • Optional Excursions and Gratuities
  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

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Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.