Northwest Passage - In the Footsteps of Franklin 17 daysAboard: Ocean Adventurer
Cruising through the maze-like, icy channels of the legendary Northwest Passage is like sailing deep into the history of the High Arctic. On this immersive 17-day expedition through the fabled sea route, you’ll explore the same landscapes and waters that have enchanted adventurers and explorers for hundreds of years, tracing their footsteps. Pay your respects at the final resting place of three of Sir John Franklin’s lost crew. Visit traditional Inuit communities, and learn about ancient cultures at remote historical sites and more recent whaling activities. Look out for whales, polar bears, birds and other wildlife from on board ship and whilst out in Zodiacs, kayaking or out walking. An unforgettable adventure.
Please note: a mandatory transfer package of £2000 applies to this itinerary
- Spectacular and varied Arctic scenery
- Land, marine and avian wildlife
- Kayaking option
- Follow the footsteps of great explorers
- Inuit culture
- Overnight hotel in Ottowa pre and post trip
- Flights as shown in itinerary
- Group transfers to and from airports
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Programme of expert lectures
- Guided Zodiac and shore excursions
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
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Your arctic adventure begins in Ottawa. Explore the Canadian capital on your own, before spending the night at your hotel.
After breakfast, board your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, your gateway to Greenland. Enjoy your first Zodiac ride as you’re transferred from shore to ship. Out on deck, take in your new surroundings before you set sail on your Arctic adventure.
Soaring, snow-capped mountains surround the small, rocky town of Maniitsoq, whose name means “the uneven place”. Look out for humpback whales which spend summer in the waters around here. We will also visit Nuuk, Greenland's capital city, where 500 year old mummies can be seen in the excellent museum.
Say goodbye to Greenland’s shores as you traverse the Davis Strait on the way to the Canadian Arctic. Presentations by on-board experts will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.
Visit towering fjords, historical sites and traditional Inuit communities as you follow the footsteps of famous explorers from long ago in the Canadian High Arctic.
On Baffin Island, we plan to visit the artistic community of Pangnirtung, Cape Mercy and Qikiqtarjuak where we may also encounter narwhals, beluga and right whales as well as ringed and harp seals. Off Isabella Bay, we may also see endangered bowhead whales. We go past majestic Sam Ford Fjord and on to Pond Inlet at the entrance to the Northwest Passage. We plan to visit and land on Devon and Beechey Islands and see historical sites associated with Franklin, Amundsen, the Hudsons Bay Company and the RCMP, all the time enjoying amazing Arctic scenery.
This is a true wildlife voyage and, apart from marine mammals, polar bears and musk oxen, you will see myriad birdlife, such as black-bellied plovers, king eiders, white-rumped sandpipers and lots of seabirds.
Disembark and transfer to airport for flight to Ottawa. Overnight accommodation included.
After breakfast, free to explore the city or head out to the airport for return or onward travel.
A view from Above
Ocean Adventurer (previously known as Sea Adventurer) is a purpose built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull and first class accommodation and facilities. All 61 cabins have outside views and private facilities, including some with exterior access and outside seating. Public areas include dining room, lounge and presentation room, library, 2 bars, gift shop, clinic and exercise room. Other facilities are satellite communication and massage therapist. There is a forward observation deck and other open deck areas.
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