The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (2020)

Join A&K’s world-class Expedition Team on a cruise through the rarely-transited Northwest Passage, an extraordinary voyage from western Greenland to Nome, Alaska, all while following in the footsteps of the greatest explorers.

Journey Overview

Join A&K’s world-class Expedition Team on a cruise through the rarely-transited Northwest Passage, an extraordinary voyage from western Greenland to Nome, Alaska, all while following in the footsteps of the greatest explorers.

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise for 21 nights on all-balcony ‘Le Boreal’ on the only voyage to sail the full extent of the Northwest Passage from West Greenland to Nome, Alaska
  • Begin with two nights in Montreal at the new Four Seasons Montreal, where you also enjoy a choice of A&K tours
  • Sail with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team, including a dedicated A&K photo coach, historian, geologist, and naturalist and Zodiac driver-guides
  • Enjoy all-inclusive cruising with included onboard meals and house drinks, Zodiac excursions, expedition gear, port charges, gratuities, and complimentary Wi-Fi 
  • Explore the west coast of Greenland, where you may meet with local Inuit in their villages
  • Marvel at wonders from Franklin Bay’s “Smoking Hills” to the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Discover the remote Yukon at Herschel Island, where the Arctic whaling industry once thrived
  • Take advantage of A&K internal flights to Kangerlussuaq and Anchorage, conveniently starting and ending your journey in North America

Looking to travel earlier? Check out our 2019 dates Here.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Aug 24–25: Montreal | Dynamic Canadian City

Arrive in Montreal and transfer to your hotel. Gather for a welcome dinner and enjoy an introduction to your cruise’s AKP art auction. The next day, choose from city tours that include Old Montreal and the “Underground City.”
Four Seasons Montreal | Meals: BD (Aug 25)

Aug 26–31: Western Greenland | In the Footsteps of Amundsen

Transfer to the airport for a charter flight to Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord), a fjord at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Later, board your luxury expedition mega-yacht, ‘Le Boreal.’ Tonight, join fellow guests and crew for a welcome cocktail reception. In 1906, explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to transit the entire Northwest Passage. The next day, embark on your voyage from exactly where he did, cruising along the stunning West Coast of Greenland, which you explore for six days: Your Captain and Expedition Leader determine the day’s best sightseeing opportunities, which may include: northernmost Sisimiut for a visit to its local museum and an Inuit sea kayak demonstration; Disko Bay, a wide inlet off of Baffin Bay first explored by Erik the Red in 985; the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the mouth of one of the most active glaciers in the world; and the Uummannaq Fjord system, a geological wonder teeming with marine life, where you also discover the ancient huts of the Thule hunters.
‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: BLD

Sep 1–8: Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic | Heart of the Northwest Passage

Cruise west into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and Nunavut, voyaging into the heart of this legendary sea route. Your Expedition Leader and Captain determine your excursions, which may include: the Inuit Village of Pond Inlet, where you visit a local centre and co-op to shop for artisan soapstone carvings; Beechey Island, where British explorer Sir John Franklin and his expedition sought refuge in 1845 before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the passage, and where you see the wooden grave markers for three of his men; and the natural harbor of Gjoa Haven, where Amundsen took a two-year refuge among the Netsilik Inuits while waiting for ice to abate, before he became the first person ever to transit the full Northwest Passage.
‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: BLD

Sep 9–12: The Northwest & Yukon Territories | “Smoking Hills” & Herschel Island

In the Northwest Territories, you may stop for a landing at Ulukhaktok (Holman village) and for an unforgettable visit with its Inuit people, who greet you with drum dances at the shore. At Franklin Bay, see the rare geological phenomenon of the “Smoking Hills,” cliffs of bituminous shale combusting and burning for millennia. Conditions permitting in the Yukon, you may also land at Herschel Island. Evidence of the island’s whaling culture remains along its coastline — one greatly affected by impacts of sea erosion and climate change.
‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: BLD

Sep 13–14: Beaufort & Chukchi Seas | Waters of the White One

Sail from the wide Beaufort Sea into the U.S., clearing at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customs clearance only). Relax on your private balcony or join fellow guests on deck and, with some luck, spot the chatty beluga by day or the evening’s northern lights.
‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: BLD

Sep 15–16: Little Diomede Island & Nome, Alaska | Wilds of Alaska

Cruise to Little Diomede, home to the traditional Ingalikmiut. Conditions permitting, take a Zodiac ride. The next day, disembark in Nome and enjoy a tour and dogsled demonstration. Board your A&K internal flight to Anchorage. Continue on your flight home.
‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: BLD (Sep 15); BL (Sep 16) 

Journey Details

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control, at the sole discretion of the Captain.

This journey contains some active elements, including Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Minimum age is 7 years old.

Categories 5–8 include suite accommodations at the hotel and butler service on board the ship.

First group event: welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. on Aug 24.

Last group event: disembarkation in Nome at 9:00 a.m. on Sep 16.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Aug 24, 2020 - Sep 16, 2020 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Classic Balcony Stateroom-Category 1 Price AU$45,575pp was AU$53,545 Single Supplement AU$18,475 was AU$36,950 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Deluxe Balcony Stateroom-Category 2 Price AU$51,370pp was AU$59,340 Single Supplement AU$20,648 was AU$41,295 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Premier Balcony Stateroom-Category 3 Price AU$54,270pp was AU$62,240 Single Supplement AU$21,735 was AU$43,470 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Superior Balcony Stateroom-Category 4 Price AU$57,165pp was AU$65,135 Single Supplement AU$45,645 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Prestige Balcony Suite-Category 5 Price AU$70,935pp was AU$78,905 Single Supplement AU$65,400 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$83,255pp was AU$91,225 Single Supplement AU$77,095 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Prestige Two-Room Balcony Suite-Category 7 Price AU$86,155pp was AU$94,125 Single Supplement AU$79,705 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Boreal: Owner's Balcony Suite-Category 8 Price AU$103,545pp was AU$111,515 Single Supplement AU$96,370 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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