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Northwest Passage - In Franklin's Footsteps Explore

Northwest Passage - In the Footsteps of Franklin 17 days aboard Ultramarine

Prices From £11,500pp
16 nights
Monday 2 AUG, 2021
Wednesday 18 AUG, 2021

Northwest Passage - In the Footsteps of Franklin 17 days aboard Ultramarine

This immersive and unforgettable itinerary will take you through the maze-like, icy channels of the legendary Northwest Passage on a voyage of discovery, where spectacular landscapes, intriguing wildlife and historically rich sites await. Travelling through this fabled sea route in the path of legendary explorers who were so mesmerised by this astounding region, you will visit traditional Inuit communities, historical areas and wildlife hotspots by land, sea and air. Hike across the colourful Arctic landscapes, Zodiac cruise around the wild coastlines, search for wildlife sightings including Polar bears, musk oxen, walrus and whales, explore colourful villages and learn all about the cultures, wildlife and geography of life this far north. And if that wasn’t enough adventure, you will be sailing aboard a new state-of-the-art Polar vessel that not only allows for explorations even deeper into seldom-visited waters, but is also equipped with two twin-engine helicopters to allow for unforgettable flightseeing helicopter experiences!

Please note, this expedition requires a mandatory transfer package including charter flights between Toronto and Kangerlussuaq and Resolute and Toronto, transfers between airports and ship, and overnight stays in Toronto before and after the voyage. This transfer package is priced at £2200.

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >

Andy Pollard

Wildlife Guide & Photographer

Andy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >

Chris Coe

Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awards

A fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >

Doug Allan

Special Guest Lecturer

Exclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >


  • Sail aboard a brand-new ultra-modern expedition vessel!
  • Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the fabled Northwest Passage, learning all about the legendary explorers of the past
  • Included helicopter flightseeing experiences which take you high above the Arctic's dramatic landscapes
  • Included Zodiac excursions, hiking experiences and shore excursions
  • Visit Greenland and Canada in one expedition
  • Visit colourful Greenlandic villages and traditional Inuit communities
  • Spectacular scenery and Arctic wildlife
  • Optional kayaking excursions (additional cost)

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • Helicopter flightseeing experiences
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Guided Zodiac excursions and hikes
  • Expedition parka
  • Loan of rubber boots

Mandatory Transfer Package (£2300) Includes:

  • One night hotel accommodation in Toronto pre-voyage
  • One night hotel accommodation in Toronto post-voyage
  • Charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq
  • Charter flight from Resolute to Toronto
  • Group transfers to and from ship, airports and hotel
Simon Rowland
Simon Rowland
Arctic Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Arctic. Start planning your tailor - made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

Single Cabins Available


16 Nights   17 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Days 1 - 2 | Toronto to Kangerlussuaq
  • Days 3 - 4 | West Greenland
  • Day 5 | At Sea
  • Days 6 - 15 | Canadian High Arctic
  • Days 16 - 17 | Resolute to Toronto
Toronto to Kangerlussuaq
1 - 2Days

Toronto to Kangerlussuaq

Your itinerary begins in the Canadian city of Toronto, where after arriving independently you can make your way to the hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of the day will be at your leisure and you may wish to spend some time seeing the sights of this metropolitan and vibrant city.

After breakfast the following morning your transfer will take you to the airport for your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, the starting point for countless Arctic expeditions. Here your state-of-the-art expedition ship will be waiting for you, and you will transfer from the shore via Zodiac boat for your first taste of sea exploration. After boarding and settling into your comfortable cabin we will set sail through the impressive Kangerlussuaq fjord where some time on deck or in an observation lounge will reward in some exceptionally scenic shots as we embark on our expedition truly begins.

West Greenland
3 - 4Days

West Greenland

As we explore along some of Greenland’s enchanting west coast, our first stop is likely to be Maniitsoq, affectionately named “the Venice of Greenland” thanks to its situation in an archipelago intersected by meandering natural canals. Here we can enjoy a walk around the small town set scenically amongst a backdrop of imposing snow-capped mountains, and maybe take a Zodiac cruise in the surrounding waters searching for sightings of humpback whales.

We then plan to visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, to take a walk through the streets to see the Hans Egede Church and statue as well as the famous Greenlandic mummies in the great museum. This will be a great day culture and history enthusiasts and who can learn more about Greenland’s intriguing past.

Throughout your expedition you will have the unique chance to fly aboard your ship’s two twin-engine helicopters and we will take advantage of every opportunity to enjoy flightseeing excursions...an unforgettable and unique experience!

At Sea

At Sea

Today we bid farewell the Greenland coastline and begin our sail across the Davis Strait towards the Canadian Arctic. As we sail you can enjoy the fantastic lecture and presentation programme delivered by your team of experts on Arctic history, geology and wildlife, spend some time on deck looking for seabirds and whales, or simply relax in the modern comforts of your brand-new expedition vessel.

Canadian High Arctic
6 - 15Days

Canadian High Arctic

Over the course of the next 10 days we will fully immerse ourselves in the enchanting Canadian High Arctic and the Northwest Passage. Exploring each day either by land, sea or air, you can look forward to fascinating shore visits, exciting Zodiac cruises and thrilling helicopter flights as we make our way up the east coast of Baffin Island. In true expedition style, your landings and visits will be determined by weather, ice and sea conditions, with your experienced crew charting a course each day for optimal adventures and experiences. Our first stop is likely to take us to the picturesque Inuit hamlet of Pangnirtung nestled beneath the jagged peaks of Mount Duval. Nicknamed the Switzerland of the Arctic, Pangnirtung is renowned for its traditional Inuit arts and crafts and we will enjoy a visit here to meet the locals and learn all about their craft-making skills before visiting the nearby uninhabited island of Kekerten.

For fans of hiking there will be excellent opportunities in Cape Mercy at the southern tip of the Cumberland Sound, and if you’re looking for that perfect iceberg photo then Qikiqtarjuak could be just the spot. Known as the iceberg capital of the world, we will hope to take a Zodiac cruise or helicopter flight for some fantastic views and to look out for the seals, whales and narwhals that are often spotted here in the icy waters. You may also wish to take an enjoyable hike to the top of the hill to see an Inuit inukshuk and gain some memorable views.

As we sail further north up Baffin Island’s east coast our next stops will bring us to the whale hotspot of Isabella Bay and the soaring cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord. We will then reach scenic Pond Inlet to visit its traditional Inuit community and learn about life here surrounded by beautiful glaciers, fjords and icebergs. Over the course of the next few days we will be making our way into the “Arctic Wildlife Highway” of the Lancaster Sound, the gateway to the fabled Northwest Passage and one of the richest marine habitats in the Arctic. Throughout our time in this area, multiple landing sites will bring us up-close to nature, culture and history, but the delights are not confined to shore excursions. Times on deck, in the helicopters and on Zodiac cruises will hopefully offer up some tremendous wildlife viewing, with likely sightings of numerous whales, walrus, seals, musk oxen and maybe even the iconic Polar bears and elusive narwhals! On land we will hope to visit one of the most impressive ancient Thule sites in the Arctic as we go ashore at Radstock Bay to see the well-preserved remains of buildings that offer a fascinating insight into how the pre-Inuit people thrived in the Far North, plus a notable Polar bear observation site. We will also visit the Canadian National Historic Site of Beechey Island to pay our respects at the graves of the members of Sir John Franklin’s 1845–46 expedition to find the Northwest Passage. We will also have great hiking opportunities at Dundas Harbour and see an actively calving glacier in Croker Bay.

Our final visits will bring us to Somerset Island where we can enjoy some whale watching and birding in Creswell Bay, as well as Fort Ross, the site of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s now-abandoned trading post, and Zenith Point which is the northernmost area of the continental landmass.

Resolute to Toronto
16 - 17Days

Resolute to Toronto

As our Northwest Passage voyage comes to an end, you will disembark in Resolute and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Toronto. Upon arrival in Toronto you will be transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay. The following morning it will be time to say goodbye to your fellow expeditioners as you check out and make your way homewards or onwards.


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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
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The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
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I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
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I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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