A&K in the Know: The Northwest Passage

November 2016

For those looking for adventure and epic exploration, why not cruise the entire Northwest Passage on an extraordinary voyage from western Greenland to Nome, Alaska. Discover the most remote islands, fjords and harbours of this elusive passage just as the world’s greatest polar explores once did!

Courage, skill, perseverance and no small amount of luck were once the prerequisites for anyone attempting to conquer the Northwest Passage, some 800 km north of the Arctic Circle.  Over the last four centuries, countless explorers sought to traverse the passage, vying with the shifting ice for the sake of king and commerce, making varied degrees of progress, but never achieving.

It wasn’t until the early 20th century that the daunting feat was finally accomplished. Since then, no more than a few thousand hearty souls have transited the entire route.

To sail the Northwest Passage, the sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is a goal that has fired the imaginations of seafaring explorers and traders for centuries.  Like the search for the source of the Nile or the city of Troy, the quest to conquer it is the stuff of legend! 

When is the best time to travel?
To explore firsthand alongside A&K’s remarkable Expedition team and when weather conditions are at their mildest, the voyage is undertaken August-September. The journey in 2017 is currently sold out but dates for 2018 have just been released: 20 August- 12 September 2018. Register now to avoid disappointment.


Embark on a range of Zodiac excursions where you have the opportunity to cruise amid giant icebergs and floating growlers.

Daily land excursions, where you can explore culturally rewarding cities, visit local museums and meet with villagers to learn about life in the often hard Arctic region. Explore the West Coast of Greenland, where you may meet with the local Inuit and their dogsled teams, visit hunting villages and learn the art of leather tanning.  Visit the remote Yukon Territory, where whaling once thrived and an abundance of wildlife still reigns supreme.

Delve deeper into the story of the remote regions you travel through with enrichment and lecture programmes. 


Things to see
Cruise the full extent of the Northwest Passage from Greenland to the Canadian Arctic to Alaska where you will visit Nunavut, Northwest Territories, the Yukon, Beaufort and Bering Seas, Little Diomede, Nome and Anchorage. 

Marvel at natural wonders from the “Smoking Hills” of Franklin Bay to the Illulissat icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site teeming with icebergs and the breathtaking Northern Lights. Marvel at the wildlife which calls the Arctic’s icy waters home - species that are rarely found anywhere else in the world. Massive whales, some of which are only recently returning from the brink of extinction, are the stars of the show here, along the some notable land rovers - including the enchanting polar bear, musk oxen, walrus and Arctic fox – plus beguiling sea birds such as the black guillemot and Arctic tern.


A&K’s Recommended Vessel:

Le Boreal 

Le Boreal Spacious and passenger-friendly, Le Boreal  strikes just the right balance between on-board amenities and full-fledged wilderness excitement. On other cruises to different destinations, she carries more than 264 passengers. But in the polar regions, A&K limits the complement to just 199 guests. That's an important difference: fewer passengers means more shore excursions each day, as well as outside cabins for every guest. Strength and style 'Le Boreal' features elegant design and innovative state-of-the-art marine technology. The vessel boasts a convenient and sensible layout, aided by three passenger elevators. She offers a single seating dining room, alfresco dining, an outdoor heated pool, and a modern lecture facility and theatre, as well as a comfortable meeting area and library. A full-service salon, steam rooms, spa and fitness centre complete the amenities.

- Spacious and passenger-friendly
- All-balcony stateroom vessel
- Limited to just 199 guests 
- Expert lecturer/guides to transform your experience
- Sensational shore excursions by zodiac 
- Eco-friendly expeditionary cruise


To explore the Northwest Passage please visit The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea.