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Complete Northwest Passage

West Greenland, Canada, USA | 30 Days

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On this epic voyage inspired by Roald Amundsen’s historic expedition, we attempt to sail the full length of the Northwest Passage...

...carving our way west through the labyrinthine maze of waterways that hug the fabled islands of Arctic Canada, until we reach the Beaufort Sea. Building on our classic Northwest Passage voyage, we visit historical sites explored by heroic adventurers, meet the incredible folk that call this region home, and search for enigmatic wildlife found in this unique corner of the world.


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HIGHLIGHTS
• The sheer thrill and adventure of attempting a full transit of the Northwest from West Greenland to Nome
• Search for iconic arctic wildlife including musk oxen, polar bears, beluga whales, walrus and perhaps narwhal
• Adventure awaits on a genuine expedition where nature determines where you go and what you see
• The sun barely sets as we sail above the Arctic Circle
• Once in a Lifetime 30 Day Expedition through the complete Northwest Passage
• Beautiful New 132 passenger Yacht,  Sylvia Earle, a floating ambassador for the planet (100% carbon Neutral)
• LeGrow's Travel Discount of 20% included
• Virtuoso Benefits including usd$250 onboard credit
• Balcony Staterooms starting at USD$33,196 per person/sharing
• Deposit USD$2500 per person
• Balance due 90 days prior to sailing
• All payments are non-refundable

WHAT'S INCLUDED
• Zodiac Cruises
• Walks & Hikes
• Photography
• Expert Lectures
• Polar Plunge
• Birdwatching
• Historical Sites

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive in Toronto for overnight stay.

DAY 2 Fly to Greenland and embark in Kangerlussuaq.

DAY 3 Just above the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut offers a fascinating museum and quaint and colorful 18th-century timber buildings.


DAY 4 Visit UNESCO Heritage-listed Icefjord at Ilulissat and perhaps enjoy an optional scenic helicopter flight over the ice cap.

DAY 5 On a guided hike at Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, we hope to see some spectacular icebergs gleaming in the bay.

DAY 6 Cross the Davis Strait to Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island, where we enter Canada.

DAY 7 Isabella Bay is an important feeding ground for a large population of bowhead whales.

DAY 8 Soak in the stunning fjord scenery of Sillem Island, where we attempt a circumnavigation, time and conditions permitting.

DAY 9 Meet the Inuit locals in picturesque Pond Inlet, surrounded by scenic mountains and glaciers descending from small ice caps.

DAY 10 Sailing Navy Board Inlet offers exceptional views of Bylot and Devon islands. Keep a close watch for the unique wildlife that visit this area, including beluga whales and the elusive narwhal.

DAY 11 Enjoy a hike at Dundas Harbor to a former Royal Mounted Police outpost. At Croker Bay, we plan to launch our Zodiacs for anexcursion along the face of an active glacier.

DAY 12 An important stop on the voyage, Beechey Island is the final resting place of three members of Franklin’s unlucky expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Visit an impressive Thule archaeological site at Radstock Bay and marvel at Caswell Tower, an isolated limestone mountain.

DAY 13-17 Our options for the following days are heavily dependent on unpredictable sea ice. We may attempt to cross Bellot Strait if conditions allow, giving us the possibility to sail Prince Regent Sound and search for wildlife and perhaps visit historic Fort Ross, an abandoned Hudson’s Bay trading post. Other memorable places that we may visit includes Prince Leopold Island, which features magnifent vertical bird cliffs. At Cunningham Inlet, with some luck, we may see the unforgettable site of hundreds of beluga whales which have especially traveled to this very spot, shedding their skin on shallow sandy banks. Around the low-lying Tasmanian Islands, we may encounter similar pack ice that halted Franklin’s expedition in 1846. If conditions allow, we might enjoy a walk at historic Cape Felix on King William Island and learn more about Franklin’s ill-fated expedition.

DAY 18 Stretch your legs on a town tour of Cambridge Bay, where you can support local artisans by purchasing local handicrafts.

DAY 19 Enjoy a Zodiac excursion within an estuary at Johansen Bay on Victoria Island and delight in autumn colors on Edinburgh Island where wild blueberries grow.

DAY 20 At sea.

DAY 21 By Zodiac and on a hike, explore the dramatic landscapes of hills, valleys, cliffs and canyons on Banks Island.

DAY 22 Marvel at the geological wonder evocatively known as the ‘Smoking Hills,’ in Franklin Bay.

DAY 23 Excitement builds as we near Beaufort Sea, heralding a triumphant, complete crossing of the fabled Northwest Passage.

DAY 24 Near the border with Alaska, Herschel Island, an abandoned island located five kilometers (3 miles) off the north coast of the Yukon, signals that our time in Canada is almost over.

DAY 25 Point Barrow is the northernmost settlement in America and is where we enter the United States.

DAY 26-28 If we have made it this far, it is time to celebrate a successful full transit of the Northwest Passage. Frozen for most of the year, the Beaufort Sea may still present some challenges, but it is time to raise a toast to an unforgettable and truly epic voyage.

DAY 29 Disembark in Nome and fly to Anchorage for an overnight stay.

DAY 30 Depart Anchorage.

Please note that this is an indicative itinerary only and is subject to change. Sea ice and weather conditions determine our route and Aurora Expeditions cannot guarantee the complete crossing of the Northwest Passage to the Beaufort Sea. However, we will certainly have an incredible adventure trying

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