MS Fram
20 days

The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of Great Explorers (Itinerary 2)

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$ 17233
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
20 days

The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of Great Explorers (Itinerary 2)

Price from
$ 17233
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of Great Explorers (Itinerary 2) 2022
Departure
2 September 2022
  • Be one of the few to sail out of the Northwest Passage
  • Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Great wildlife spotting opportunities – chance of seeing polar bears
  • Explore some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery on Earth

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Itinerary

Be among the few to sail in the wake of great explorers as we attempt a journey through the legendary Northwest Passage. Experience the raw and daunting beauty of the Arctic on this rarely-travelled voyage. Our advanced expedition ship is one of the few capable of navigating the Passage in premium comfort for a true adventure.
Day 1
Edmonton - Hotel
Canada´s Festival City
The Edmonton skyline
Enjoy beautiful Edmonton.
Photo: Walshcooks

Enjoy the lively and colourful city of Edmonton on one of our Pre-programmes before your expedition begins.

The Edmonton skyline
Enjoy beautiful Edmonton.
Photo: Walshcooks
Fort Edmonton Park, an attraction in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Fort Edmonton Park, an attraction in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Photo: Lyle Richards
View of Cambridge Bay, Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada
View of Cambridge Bay in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada.
Photo: Alan Sim
Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay, Canada
Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay.
Photo: Steffen Biersack
Caribou in Cambridge Bay, Canada
Caribou in Cambridge Bay - a great area for spotting wildlife.
Day 2
Edmonton / Cambridge Bay - Embarkation
A Good Fishing Place
Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay, Canada
Two musk oxen in Cambridge Bay.
Photo: Steffen Biersack

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cambridge Bay. In Inuinnaqtun, Cambridge Bay is called 'Iqaluktuuttiaq', meaning a 'good fishing place', as it is famous for giant char caught in local waters. There is abundant wildlife in the area: seals, geese, muskoxen and caribou. Our expedition with MS Fram starts here.

Gjøa Haven
Day 3-10
The Northwest Passage
Heart of the Northwest Passage
Day 3-10
The Northwest Passage
Heart of the Northwest Passage
Gjøa Haven
Gjøa Haven. Being at the top of the world means sailing among beautiful but challenging ice formations. On this Northwest Passage voyage, like the voyages of the explorers before us, we will go where the ice allows. No matter where we sail or what we will see, we can promise a safe and thrilling expedition.

We aim to head into the heart of the Northwest Passage. Since the late 15th century, the search for this fabled seaway through the Canadian Arctic was a holy grail for hardy adventurers.

The first recorded voyage was led by John Cabot in 1497. The most famous journey here was James Cook’s failed attempt in 1776, and of course the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The first to conquer the Passage by ship was Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen on an expedition that lasted from 1903 to 1906.

Ice conditions vary, so each voyage here is unique. Subject to favourable conditions, we hope to be able to explore some of the following places:

Gjøa Haven honours the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who wintered here from 1903 on the Gjøa expedition. He called the place 'the finest little harbour in the world.'  He learned a great deal from local Netslik Inuit people about survival and travel in polar regions.

Fort Ross was established in 1937. There are two small huts ashore maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard, and occasionally used by the local Inuit for shelter.

Beechey Island is closely linked to the history of exploration of the Northwest Passage, particularly the voyage led by Sir John Franklin, whose two ships sailed into the passage in 1845, but never returned. It is known that the Franklin Expedition over-wintered here in 1845.

Radstock Bay is dominated by the rock of Caswell Tower. The shoreline here is excellent for short walks to a pre-historic Inuit site. Caswell Tower itself features a challenging hike to the summit for great views.

Dundas Harbour is an abandoned settlement with an old Royal Canadian Mounted Police camp and several archaeological sites from the Thule period. 

Picturesque Pond Inlet, called 'Mittimatalik' in Inuktitut, is a traditional Inuit community on Baffin Island. Pond Inlet is surrounded by mountain ranges, with glaciers, scenic fjords, ice caves, geological hoodoos and drifting icebergs to marvel at.

Sam Ford Fjord is set on the east coast of Baffin Island. The fjord is known for its glaciers and granite cliffs rising steeply from the shores to heights up to 1500 metres above sea level.

Throughout the journey, we will sail in pristine straits that support rich wildlife, so we will be on a constant look out for amazing creatures such as polar bears.

Dundas Harbour
Dundas Harbour. We hope to call at some of the world’s northernmost communities, explore legendary inlets and channels, and take you on exciting small boat cruising and landings. Our Expedition Team will take every opportunity to launch kayaks or take you on hikes
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Fort Ross, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada
On this Northwest Passage expedition cruise, we sail in the wake of the great explorers to rediscover the remote beauty of pristine Arctic wilderness. We explore in the tradition of Roald Amundsen, the first man to sail the Northwest Passage. Here at Fort Ross, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada
Photo: All Canada Photos
Amazing colours and icebergs in the sunset, crossing the Davis Strait
Amazing colours and icebergs in the sunset while crossing the Davis Strait.
View of Davis Strait from above, Labrador Sea
View of Davis Strait in the Labrador Sea from above.
Photo: J Brew
Day 11
At sea - Labrador Sea
Crossing the Davis Strait
Amazing colours and icebergs in the sunset, crossing the Davis Strait
Amazing colours and icebergs in the sunset while crossing the Davis Strait.

This strait was named for the English explorer John Davis who searched for a route through the Passage between 1585 and 1587. Davis was the first to draw attention to seal hunting and whaling possibilities in the area, and to show that the Newfoundland cod fisheries extended this far north.

Day 12
Ilulissat, Greenland - Full day
Birth of Icebergs
View of the Ilulissat settlement with icebergs on the fjord, Greenland
The views are majestic in the Ilulissat settlement, with icebergs scattered on the fjord.
Photo: Greenland Travel

The stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord has earned it the designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord, you can often see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere.

View of the Ilulissat settlement with icebergs on the fjord, Greenland
The views are majestic in the Ilulissat settlement, with icebergs scattered on the fjord.
Photo: Greenland Travel
Hiking in nature, Ilulissat, Greenland
Hiking in the pristine nature of Ilulissat, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colourful houses
Day 13
Sisimiut
Modern Settlement with Ancient Traditions
Hike in Sisimiut, Greenland
Go for a hike in Sisimiut, Greenland.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 13
Sisimiut
Modern Settlement with Ancient Traditions
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colourful houses
Idyllic Sisimiut with wooden church and colourful houses.
Photo: Greenland Travel

Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle and is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions. Come ashore to explore the colourful town; visit the small museum, hike in the hills and shop for local handicrafts.

Day 14
Nuuk
Capital of Greenland
Colourful houses in Nuuk, Greenland.
The colourful houses of Nuuk, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Nuuk is the political and social centre of Greenland and is the oldest town in the nation, founded in 1728. It has a beautiful setting, at the mouth of one of most spectacular fjord systems in the world. This is a place where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in ”Kolonihaven” to the modern architecture of the Greenland Home Rule structure.

Colourful houses in Nuuk, Greenland.
The colourful houses of Nuuk, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Church in Nuuk
Visit the church in Nuuk.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Arctic kayaking among icebergs
Go kayaking among icebergs with the Expedition Team.
Hiking in beautiful scenery, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland
Hiking in beautiful scenery, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 15
Kvanefjord
Kvanefjord
Arctic kayaking among icebergs
Go kayaking among icebergs with the Expedition Team.

Kvanefjord is a 48 km long fjord on the west coast of Greenland. We will spend the day exploring this amazing terrain.

Day 16
At sea - Labrador Sea
Labrador Sea
At sea outside Greenland
Sailing at sea outside Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

We leave Greenland to head for open sea. We will cross the southern part of the Labrador Sea, this time sailing towards Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.

At sea outside Greenland
Sailing at sea outside Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
The former whaling town of Red Bay, Canada
The former whaling town of Red Bay, Canada.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Beautiful sunset sky in Red Bay, Greenland
Beautiful sunset sky in Red Bay.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Day 17
Red Bay - Half day
Red Bay, Labrador
Beautiful sunset sky in Red Bay, Greenland
Beautiful sunset sky in Red Bay.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland

Red Bay, on the coast of Labrador, is a classic outpost of Atlantic Canada, a coastal community with a population of less than 200. In 2013, Red Bay Basque Whaling Station was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander around the former whaling town and learn about its interesting history.

Day 18
Corner Brook
Corner Brook
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland, first surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767.

Corner Brook is located on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland and has approximately 20,000 inhabitants. The area was first surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767. Explore the charming town centre or enjoy its many walking trails among vibrant autumn leaves.

Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Charming Corner Brook, Newfoundland, first surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767.
Looking for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax
Look for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax.
Photo: Gregory Smith
Approaching Halifax, Canada, in the sunset
Approaching Halifax, Canada, in the sunset.
Photo: Chelsea Claus
Day 19
At sea - Gulf of St. Lawrence
Relaxing Day
Looking for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax
Look for Humpback whales when sailing to Halifax.
Photo: Gregory Smith

Enjoy the deep relaxation of a day at sea as the Expedition Team leads a recap of our fantastic voyage.

Day 20
Halifax - Disembarkation
Halifax
Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset.

The British established Halifax in 1749. Enjoy a stroll up to the Citadel-crowned hill overlooking the historic provincial capital. Halifax today is both hip and historic, and well worth an extra day or two before you head back home.

Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Peggy's Cove lighthouse at sunset.
View of the Macdonald Bridge at twilight, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
View of the Macdonald Bridge at twilight, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotels

  • Overnight in Edmonton before the Expedition cruise including breakfast

Flights

  • Economy flight from Edmonton to Cambridge Bay

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel in Edmonton to the airport before the Expedition cruise
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship in Cambridge Bay before the Expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with current scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small explorer boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical declaration form is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch
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