The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (2022)

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 luxury cruise through the rarely-transited Northwest Passage, embarking on an epic expedition from western Greenland to the Canadian Arctic to the Bering Sea and Nome, Alaska. Sailing aboard commanding ‘L’Austral,’ voyage in the footsteps of the most legendary polar explorers while you experience Zodiac excursions and visits to iceberg-laden shores, remote Inuit villages, historic islands, and spectacular geological wonderlands. Guests also enjoy a captivating enrichment program led by the real-life explorers that make up A&K’s Expedition team, including an Arctic historian, Inuit cultural expert, geologist and dedicated photo coach.

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise for 21 nights on a luxury expedition small ship, exclusively chartered by A&K to feature all-balcony accommodations and a guest capacity limited to no more than 199
  • Explore the west coast of Greenland, where you may cruise iceberg-strewn fjords and visit with local Inuit in their villages
  • Marvel at wonders from the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Franklin Bay’s “Smoking Hills”
  • Delve into the remote Yukon Territory at Herschel Island, where the Arctic whaling industry once thrived
  • Sail with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team, including an Inuit culture expert, Arctic historian, geologist, botanist and marine biologist, as well as a team of field naturalists and Zodiac driver-guides
  • Experience expert photography programming, including lectures and workshops led by a dedicated A&K photo coach
  • Take advantage of A&K internal flights to Kangerlussuaq and Anchorage, conveniently starting and ending your journey in North America


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Featured Experts

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Leslie Qammaniq, Inuit Culture Expert
Born in Nunavut’s Pond Inlet, Leslie was raised experiencing a traditional lifestyle. She proudly carries this forward today as a passionate ambassador and teacher of Inuit culture and tradition.

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Russel Potter, Arctic History Lecturer
Author, lecturer and fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Russel is known for his expertise on Franklin’s lost expedition of 1845. In 2017, he retraced Franklin’s route with Erebus author, Sir Michael Palin.
                                               

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Aug 23: Arrive Montreal, Quebec

Arrive in Montreal and transfer to your hotel. Later, gather for a welcome dinner, where you meet your fellow guests and Expedition Team.
Four Seasons Montreal | Meals: D

Aug 24: Montreal | Dynamic French-English City

Today, explore this modern Canadian city with a choice of engaging tours, including a panoramic city tour that begins with a guided visit of Notre-Dame Basilica, reveals the scenic summit of Mount Royal and includes a tasting of the city’s fabled bagels. You may opt instead to explore Old Montreal and Little Italy with its open-air Jean Talon Market. As an alternative, explore Old Montreal on foot, learning about its French and English heritage; see Jacques-Cartier Square, Place d’Armes and Saint Jacques Street with its notable Victorian architecture. As another option, you may take a guided walking tour through the city’s downtown, traversing its “Underground City,” Sainte Catherine Street and Quartier des Spectacles, the city’s entertainment district.
Four Seasons Montreal | Meals: B

AUG 25: Kangerlussuaq | Edge Of Indlandsis

Transfer to the airport for an early morning charter flight to Western Greenland, arriving at Kangerlussuaq at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Later, board your luxury expedition cruiser and enjoy the thrill of setting off for sea. This evening, join fellow guests and your Expedition Team for a welcome reception.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Aug 26–30: Western Greenland | Amundsen’s Beginning

In 1906, Roald Amundsen became the first polar explorer to successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Begin as he did, venturing along Greenland’s stunning West Coast and north into Baffin Bay for the next five days. Your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day’s best excursions, which may include the following areas:

Sisimiut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the northernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a year-round, ice-free port as well as sufficient snow for dogsledding in winter and spring. Visit the local museum and enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration.

Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into the wide inlet of Disko Bay, first explored by Erik the Red in 985. Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. Take a walking tour of Ilulissat, visit its history museum, and meet with villagers to learn about local life. Conditions permitting, board a local vessel for an iceberg cruise of Disko Bay.

Uummannaq Fjords: North of Ilulissat, this geological wonder teems with marine life. Visit Karrat Fjord to see the iceberg-clad bay and the remains of ancient huts, built by Thule hunters (Inuit ancestors) more than 500 years ago.  

Kullorsuaq: Translated as “Big Thumb,” Kullorsuaq remains one of the most traditional hunting, fishing and trading villages in Greenland.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Aug 31–Sep 7: Nunavut | Vast Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Cruise into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut and enter the heart of the Northwest Passage. As your luxury expedition cruiser winds through legendary channels and inlets, A&K’s enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions that enhance your discovery. Your crew and Expedition Team determine your itinerary, which is dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions. Exciting excursions may include:

Pond Inlet: “Place of Mittima’s Grave,” Pond Inlet is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities, embark on a shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor’s Centre or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you may shop for handcrafted goods.

Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water is home to an abundance of Arctic cod and seasonal populations of Beluga and bowhead whales, black guillemots, Arctic terns and other wildlife.

Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island. Beechey is best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845, who took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the grave markers for three of his men and visit the Franklin’s cenotaph.

Fort Ross: Abandoned in 1948, this former trading post was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for necessities. Explore its remaining structures and perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, as your naturalists share stories about its residents.

Gjoa Haven: During his attempt on to cross the passage on ‘Gjoa’, Roald Amundsen took respite in this natural harbor as he waited for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits and learned survival skills that later proved invaluable on his South Pole expedition.

Victoria Island: Cruise the south coast of Victoria and through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Sep 8–10: Northwest Territories | Remote Frontier

Enter Canada’s Northwest Territories and continue through the heart of the Northwest Passage, where you may experience exciting excursion opportunities that include:

Ulukhaktok: Visit with the local Inuit of Holman Village, experiencing drum dances, and tastings of fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire. Tour the town art centre and discover Ulukhaktok’s beautiful printmaking tradition, carvings and hats made of coveted musk ox wool.

Banks Island: This fourth largest island in the Canadian Archipelago, Banks is home to deep Inuit history and a population of about 60,000 muskoxen. 

Franklin Bay: Discover the “Smoking Hills,” cliffs of bituminous shale that endlessly combust and burn. This geological phenomenon has likely been occurring for millennia and is a rare sight to see.
'L'Austral'  | Meals: BLD

Sep 11: Herschel Island | The Yukon Territory

On expedition in 1826, Captain Franklin was the first European to lay eyes on this unique island at the northernmost point of the Yukon Territory. Herschel supports numerous wildlife and is one of the only places on earth where you may see a grizzly bear, black bear and polar bear. Evidence of the island’s whaling culture and Thule ancestors remains along its coastline, now greatly affected by sea erosion and climate change.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Sep 12–13: Beaufort Sea | Waters Of The White Whale

Typically dense with ice floes and fog, the Beaufort Sea opens up a 60-mile-wide coastal pass from August to September. As your expedition ship cruises into the U.S. and clears at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customs clearance only), continue participating in lectures led by your Expedition Team. Relax on your private balcony or join fellow guests on deck where, with some luck, you may spy beluga whales, which travel in numbers here, and the northern lights in autumn.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Sep 14: Little Diomede | Along The Alaskan Coast

Continue cruising to Little Diomede, an island between Alaska and Russia at the edge of the International Dateline. Enjoy a Zodiac cruise of the island, where the Ingalikmiut maintain a traditional lifestyle.
'L'Austral' | Meals: BLD

Sep 15: Nome, Alaska | Gold Rush Fever

Arrive and disembark in Nome, Alaska, among the wildest reaches of mainland America. Try your hand at gold panning, experience a dogsled demonstration and see the Bering Sea Land Bridge National Monument. Later, transfer to the airport for your chartered flight to Anchorage, and then continue on with your homebound flight.
Meals: BL

Journey Details:

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

Minimum age is 7 years.  

Categories 5–8 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.  

First group event: welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. on Aug 23.  

Last group event: disembarkation and excursion in Nome on Sep 15.  

Special Offer Terms & Conditions  

Offer subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

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.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

L'Austral

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Aug 23, 2022 - Sep 15, 2022 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 1 - Classic Balcony Stateroom Price AU$48,845pp was AU$54,250 Single Supplement AU$37,495 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 2 - Deluxe Balcony Stateroom Price AU$54,250pp was AU$59,655 Single Supplement AU$41,545 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 3 - Premier Balcony Stateroom Price AU$56,950pp was AU$62,355 Single Supplement AU$43,575 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 4 - Superior Balcony Stateroom Price AU$59,655pp was AU$65,060 Single Supplement AU$45,600 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 5 - Premier Balcony Suite Price AU$74,520pp was AU$79,925 Single Supplement AU$66,750 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 6 - Prestige Balcony Suite Price AU$86,680pp was AU$92,085 Single Supplement AU$78,305 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 7 - Prestige 2-room balcony suite Price AU$89,385pp was AU$94,790 Single Supplement AU$80,870 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class L’ Austral: Category 8 - Owners Balcony suite Price AU$106,950pp was AU$112,355 Single Supplement AU$97,560 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Limited Availability Enquire
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