MS Roald Amundsen
26 days

Northwest Passage – In the Wake of the Great Explorers

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Roald Amundsen
26 days

Northwest Passage – In the Wake of the Great Explorers

Price from
$ 27336
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Northwest Passage - In the Wake of the Great Explorers 2022
Departure
23 August 2022
  • A voyage of legend that attempts to cross the Arctic through the famous Northwest Passage
  • Meet local Inuit during visits to remote yet welcoming communities in Canada and Greenland
  • Spot magnificent Arctic wildlife, with good chances to see polar bears, whales, and walrus
  • Beautiful, pristine, and rarely-seen landscape made up of mountains, icebergs, and fjords

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Itinerary

Be among an elite few to attempt a journey through the rarely-traveled and legendary Northwest Passage. We will be following in the wake of historical explorers like Norwegian Roald Amundsen, sailing aboard an advanced expedition ship bearing his name. You will experience the raw beauty of the remote Arctic on this route and visit close-knit communities in Canada and Greenland.
Day 1
Vancouver
Modern City, Stunning Setting
The undeniable natural beauty of Vancouver
The undeniable natural beauty of Vancouver
Photo: James McMahon

Your journey begins with an overnight stay in Vancouver, giving you the chance to get a taste of the Canadian city’s rich culture, great restaurants and undeniable natural beauty.

To experience more of the region before your voyage begins, join an optional Pre-Programme travelling on the scenic Rocky Mountaineer train.

The undeniable natural beauty of Vancouver
The undeniable natural beauty of Vancouver
Photo: James McMahon
Take a ride on the Mountaineer train before sailing
Take a ride on the Mountaineer train before sailing
Artefacts of the past are everywhere in Nome
Artefacts of the past are everywhere in Nome
Day 2
Vancouver/Nome

Estimated time of departure is 10:00 PM

There’s No Place Like Nome
Artefacts of the past are everywhere in Nome
Artefacts of the past are everywhere in Nome

We fly to Nome to board MS Roald Amundsen. Set at the tip of the Seward Peninsula, overlooking the Bering Sea, Nome is perhaps the most famous gold rush town in Alaskan history. There are artifacts of the gold rush era to be seen everywhere, including abandoned dredges, turn-of-the-century steam engines, and old railroad tracks.

Day 3-8
At sea
Seeing the Sights while Sailing the Seas
Humpback whale, Alaska
Scan for rich marine life from deck, like the humpback whale

Days at sea are spent at your leisure aboard the ship. Relax while gazing out at the view, learn more from the knowledgeable Expedition Team in our lecture series, or chat with your fellow explorers.

We sail through the Bering Strait, before heading into the Chukchi Sea. As we reach Point Barrow, the northernmost point of the USA, we enter the Beaufort Sea. We will keep a sharp eye open here for bowhead and grey whales and we might also start seeing sea ice. 

We continue into the Amundsen Gulf, where we hope to observe the remarkable Smoking Hills - an amazing sight, with smoke billowing from the cliffs on the east coast of Cape Bathurst. Lignite – a combination of eroded shale and pyrite – spontaneously ignites when exposed to air, creating this photogenic phenomenon.

Humpback whale, Alaska
Scan for rich marine life from deck, like the humpback whale
Experience the spectacular Smoking Hills
Experience the spectacular Smoking Hills
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Discover absolute wilderness with our Expedition Team
Day 9-17
Northwest Passage
Heading into the Heart of the Northwest Passage
Polar bear in Coutts Inlet
Scan for the King of the Arctic, the polar bear
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Ulukhaktok welcomes us
Ulukhaktok welcomes us
Day 9-17
Northwest Passage
Heading into the Heart of the Northwest Passage
Discover absolute wilderness with our Expedition Team
Discover absolute wilderness with our Expedition Team
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Almost 40 expeditions tried to navigate this seaway as far back as 1497. James Cook attempted it in 1776 and many are familiar with the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845.

The first to conquer the Northwest Passage by ship was Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen on an expedition that lasted from 1903 to 1906. Now in our modern era, we aim to follow the wake of their ships and sail through the centre of the Northwest Passage too.

During our journey, we will land at sites that are linked to early exploration history, visit Inuit communities, and hope to spot Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, whales, seals, and large colonies of seabirds. There will also be opportunities for small boat cruising between ice floes, and in true expedition style, we will go ashore and experience the pristine wilderness firsthand.

The ship captain and Expedition Leader will continuously assess the current weather and sea conditions, adapt activities accordingly, and adjust the itinerary to where the sea ice allows us to go. Like all good explorers, we respect and work with nature, not against it.

Here are some of the places in the region that we plan to explore together, subject to favourable conditions:

 

Ulukhaktok

Many in the 500-strong community are involved in the local  artists co-op, producing prints, tapestries, and other crafts. This is also the location of the the world's northernmost golf course which plays host a tournament each summer.

Cambridge Bay

Located on Victoria Island, this is the largest stop for vessels traversing the Northwest Passage. It is also called ‘Iqaluktuuttiaq', or ‘A Good Fishing Place’ due to the Ekalluk River which attracts giant char, muskoxen, and caribou.

Gjøa Haven

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen wintered at this hamlet in 1903 on his Gjøa expedition. There is an informative walking tour, Heritage Centre, and Hamlet Centre dedicated to the history and culture of the area.

Fort Ross

An abandoned Hudson’s Bay Trading post located at the southern end of Sommerset Island. The storehouse here is still used as a shelter by occasional travellers, with bunk beds and shelves of canned goods.

Beechey Island

This is the final resting place for three members of the lost Franklin expedition which sailed into the Northwest Passage in 1845 but never returned. It is customary for explorers to stop and pay their respects, as did Roald Amundsen in 1903.

Devon Island

Welcome to the largest uninhabited island on Earth. The only signs of human life are at the long abandoned settlement of Dundas Harbour along with several archaeological sites from the Thule period. 

Pond Inlet

Picturesque Pond Inlet, called 'Mittimatalik' in Inuktitut, is a traditional Inuit community on Baffin Island. It overlooks Eclipse Sound and the mountains of Bylot Island and is known as a great place to see large pods of narwhal.

Day 18
Labrador Sea - At Sea
Crossing the Davis Strait
Pool and hot tub on Roald Amundsen
Enjoy all the amenities of your advanced expedition ship
Photo: Oscar Farrera

This strait was named after English explorer John Davis who searched for a route through the Northwest Passage between 1585 and 1587. Wind down and watch the waves aboard the ship, or enjoy a lecture from the Expedition Team as we head north towards Greenland.

Pool and hot tub on Roald Amundsen
Enjoy all the amenities of your advanced expedition ship
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science center on MS Roald Amundsen
Learn and share in the Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Ilulissat´s spectacular setting
Day 19
Ilulissat - Full day
Where Icebergs are Born
Dog in Greenland, Ilulissat
Meet the friendly locals on the edge of the fjord
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Get close to the Jakobshavn Glacier
Get close to the Jakobshavn Glacier
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 19
Ilulissat - Full day
Where Icebergs are Born
Ilulissat´s spectacular setting
Ilulissat´s spectacular setting
Photo: Mads Pihl / Visit Greenland

This small town is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These ice masses originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world. Join one of our many optional excursions here.

Day 20
Sisimiut - Half day
`The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens’
Explore Sisimiut, 40 kms north of the Arctic Circle
Explore Sisimiut, 40 kms north of the Arctic Circle
Photo: Thomas Haltner

Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland, situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. It is a modern, growing settlement with a history that goes back 4,500 years. For example, its name means `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens´. There are a variety of optional excursions to discover the area. 

Explore Sisimiut, 40 kms north of the Arctic Circle
Explore Sisimiut, 40 kms north of the Arctic Circle
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Discover local treasures on walks in Sisimiut
Discover local treasures on walks in Sisimiut
Photo: Camille Seaman
A constantly changing light show on our days at sea
A constantly changing light show on our days at sea
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Bask in the Arctic sunset from deck
Bask in the Arctic sunset from deck
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 21-22
Labrador Sea - At Sea
Across the Labrador Sea
A constantly changing light show on our days at sea
A constantly changing light show on our days at sea
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

It is time to say goodbye to Greenland, and head out on another stretch of open sea. We will cross the southern part of the Labrador Sea, this time towards Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.

Day 23
Red Bay
Canada’s Hidden but Rich Maritime History
Talk a walk in untouched nature at Red Bay.
Talk a walk in untouched nature at Red Bay.
Photo: Camille Seaman

Preserved in the ice-cold waters, the remains of several 17th century Basque whaling ships have led to the town being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the local museum that documents this interesting history or take the trail up to Tracey Hill for scenic views, and where, legends say, pirate captain Kidd buried treasure. 

Talk a walk in untouched nature at Red Bay.
Talk a walk in untouched nature at Red Bay.
Photo: Camille Seaman
The community has roots in the 17th century whaling industry.
The community has roots in the 17th century whaling industry.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Corner Brook´s idyllic setting
Corner Brook´s idyllic setting. Life in this part of Canada revolves around the sea
Day 24
Corner Brook - Half day
A Classic Canadian City
Corner Brook´s idyllic setting
Corner Brook´s idyllic setting. Life in this part of Canada revolves around the sea

Located at the mouth of the Bay of Islands and Humber River, Corner Brook is the second largest city in the province and local to the core. Explore the city centre or enjoy its many walking trails along the Humber River, decorated at this time of year with vibrant autumn leaves.

Day 25
At sea
Relaxing Day
Soak in the hot tub on deck under the stars
Soak in the hot tub on deck under the stars
Photo: Nils Lund

The adventure is drawing to an end. Spend time with the other guests and the Expedition Team reviewing the many exciting experiences you shared during our voyage together. 

Soak in the hot tub on deck under the stars
Soak in the hot tub on deck under the stars
Photo: Nils Lund
Enjoy the Wellness area on MS Roald Amundsen and indulge in a massage
Enjoy the Wellness area and indulge in a massage
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Tradition and culture thrive in modern Halifax
Tradition and culture thrive in modern Halifax
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Wander the charming lanes of Halifax
Wander the charming lanes of the city
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 26
Halifax

Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 PM

The End of the Passage
Tradition and culture thrive in modern Halifax
Tradition and culture thrive in modern Halifax
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Your journey exploring the Northwest Passage comes to an end in Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia. There are red-brick heritage buildings, parks, a landmark citadel, some world-class museums, and a 4km seafront boardwalk. If you can, we definitely recommend spending an extra day or two here on one of our Post-Programmes before you head home.

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 Vancouver before the Expedition cruise including breakfast

Flights

  • Economy flight from Vancouver to Nome

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel in Vancouver to the airport before the Expedition cruise
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship in Nome 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 organise 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 live 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, panoramic sauna, 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 expedition 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 insurance
  • 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 questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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