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The Legendary Northwest Passage: An Arctic Expedition

Program No. 21408RJ
Set sail for the storied Northwest Passage, the explorers’ Holy Grail that wasn’t discovered until 1906, and witness unbelievable arctic environments on this extraordinary expedition.

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At a Glance

As long ago as the Age of Discovery, European explorers dreamed of a northern sea route to the Pacific. This “Northwest Passage” would not be successfully transited, though, until the legendary adventurer Roald Amundsen did it between 1903 and 1906 — spending nearly two of those years immobilized by ice. Soon, the long-hoped-for possibility of using the passage as a shipping shortcut may become reality due to climate change. Now is the time to sail this storied route and experience the otherworldly Arctic environment on an expedition aboard an ice-rated small ship.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking and standing for up to three hours per day over hilly, rocky, uneven terrain. Climbing stairs between decks on board as well as external gangway stairs to transfer between the ship and Zodiacs. Most embarkations and disembarkations will be via Zodiac, which require stepping up or down about 12 inches. Zodiac landings will generally entail disembarking onto rocky or gravelly beaches, and in windy weather can make for rather splashy rides.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Visit the "place that never thaws," Canada's Aujuittuq.
  • Sail the Ilulissat Icefjord via zodiac, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world's fastest-moving glacier.
  • Enhance your knowledge with unique access to Adventure Canada's seasoned onboard staff, each professionals in their fields including culturalists, photographers and naturalists.

General Notes

The itinerary is subject to change based on weather and ice. The program is limited to 24 participants and the ship holds 198 passengers.
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56 Meals
19 Breakfasts
18 Lunches
19 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Low Fat, Low Salt
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Sep 10, 2024 - Sep 29, 2024
  • Sep 10, 2024 - Sep 29, 2024
  • Sep 10, 2024 - Sep 29, 2024 (Yellowknife to Toronto)
2 nights
At the Explorer Hotel inYellowknife, when you step into the lobby, you will be greeted by the famous polar bear exhibit and stunning views. The hotel is about 10 minutes from the airport and downtown is a less than 5 minute walk.
16 nights
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour is designed for both comfort and practicality. The ship sports twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and excellent maneuverability so that you can explore remote Arctic environments up close and personal. On the boat, you'll travel in style. Enjoy the views from the top deck observation room, or keep warm in the two saunas and the hot tub. The Ocean Endeavour combines the luxury of a top-notch hotel with access to some of Canada's most secluded wonders.
1 night
Conveniently located inside Toronto Pearson International Airport, with direct access to Terminal 3. The UP Express whisks you into the heart of Toronto making it easy to explore the city.

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