The Legendary Northwest Passage: An Arctic Expedition

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.
Not yet reviewed
Program No. 21408RJ
20 days
Starts at
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at

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 up to two miles 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 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit Canada's northernmost "civilian" community, Aujuittuq, or ‘place that never thaws.
  • Cruise 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 Ocean Endeavour holds 198 passengers.
Featured Expert
All Experts
Profile Image
Jocelyn Langford
Jocelyn Langford has been a professional in the travel industry for over 25 years. With a degree in communications and languages, Jocelyn started her career in International Business. After obtaining a certificate from the International Tour Management Institute in 1989, Jocelyn continued to travel the world as an independent program manager and director, leading groups by land, sea and rail. Jocelyn has explored all seven continents. She enjoys the adventure and education found in travel, as well as its impact on fellow travelers.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image
Jocelyn Langford
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Suggested Reading List
View 54 books

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback