HIGHLIGHTSFrom Iceland to Southern Greenland
From Reykjavik, you’ll sail the Denmark Strait to Prince Christian Sound, a spectacular maze of channels chiseled out of granite rock and filled with ice floes and glaciers. We’ll spend two days exploring southern Greenland’s remarkable fjords and settlements, including the capital, Nuuk.In addition to experts in biology and wildlife, a professional photographer, and an archeologist, one or more Inuit cultural interpreters will be part of your Expedition Team.
Into the Northwest Passage
Then our adventure takes us across the Davis Strait, where we begin our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage. Over 12 days, we’ll explore the islands that dot this famously challenging sea route. Discover a range of possible sites amid the spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and Inuit settlements.Our route and landings will depend on the sea and weather conditions. Either way, we plan to take you on small boat (RIB) cruises among ice the floes. We’ll then traverse the first section of the Northwest Passage from the Pacific Ocean west through the Amundsen Gulf, Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, and the Bering Strait.
DATES / RATES
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR
|Aug 13, 2023||Sep 08, 2023||25,680
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR
|Aug 13, 2023||Sep 08, 2023||25,680
1: REYKJAVÍK, ICELANDAugust 13, 2023
2-3: AT SEAAugust 14, 2023 - August 15, 2023
4: PRINS CHRISTIAN SOUND REGIONAugust 16, 2023
5: IVITTUUTAugust 17, 2023
6: NUUK, GREENLANDAugust 18, 2023
7-8: LABRADOR SEAAugust 19, 2023 - August 20, 2023
9-21: NORTHWEST PASSAGEAugust 21, 2023 - September 2, 2023
22-25: AT SEASeptember 3, 2023 - September 6, 2023
26: NOME, ALASKASeptember 7, 2023
27: VANCOUVER, CANADASeptember 8, 2023
sea ice prevent us from completing our transit, you'll still have
experienced the rugged beauty of the High Arctic and have many
opportunities to seek rare wildlife such as polar bears. Your
expedition's end point is the multicultural city of Vancouver.?
1: REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND - The world's
adventure starts in Reykjavík, the northernmost capital in
the world. Reykjavík is both quaint and cosmopolitan. This
small city is the perfect size for a walking tour, packed full of art,
culture, and history.
along Laugavegur, the main shopping street, filled with boutiques,
bars, and restaurants. Consider picking up some Icelandic knitwear,
famous for its quality, style, and warmth. Then head toward the
striking Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. Art lovers can visit the
Reykjavík Art Museum, the National Gallery, and the many
smaller galleries and museums throughout the city.
about Icelandic history by stopping off at the National Museum, the
Saga Museum, and the Maritime Museum. Bring your swimsuit to take a dip
in one of the city's 18 swimming pools, many with saunas and hot tubs,
Fritdjof Nansen will be waiting at Reykjavik's?harbor. After checking
in and collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, you'll have
time to settle into your cabin. After a mandatory safety drill just
before departure, you can walk around and explore the ship.
welcome dinner in the evening ends with a toast by the captain, who
will wish everyone an enjoyable expedition. You'll then meet the
Expedition Team and key crew members, who will take you through an
important health and safety briefing.
not book a two-day or four-day Pre-Program with us? From Reykjavik
(whose name means ‘Smokey Bay', due to the steam rising from
the surrounding geothermal features), you'll be just hours from
geysers, glaciers, hot springs and waterfalls.?Spend extra time
discovering?Iceland's nearby Golden?Circle. Please ask for more
information for booking.
2-3: AT SEA - The Denmark
into your adventure as you spend today at sea on the way to the
Northwest Passage.?The Denmark Strait is actually the site of the
world's largest waterfall... underwater! The mixture of warm and cold
currents and strong winds means that the waters here are sometimes a
get to know your fellow travelers,?and check out the onboard
facilities. Meanwhile, the Expedition Team will prepare you for the
adventure ahead with their lecture programs on Artic wildlife and
ecosystems in the Science Center.
will also talk about important guidelines from?AECO, the Association of
Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators. You'll learn how you can protect
wildlife habitats, keep a safe distance from animals, and visit Arctic
communities in a proper and respectful way.?
like staying active? Hit up the gym and get your blood pumping. Don't
forget you'll have access to the sauna, an infinity pool, and two
outdoor hot tubs. Enjoy drinks in the panoramic Explorer Lounge
& Bar,?while settling down into a sofa and letting the rhythmic
waves of the ocean roll by.
4: PRINS CHRISTIAN SOUND REGION - 'A river of
to marvel at some of the most stunning views on the planet in Prince
Christian Sound region. This southern Greenland sound connects the
Labrador Sea with the Irminger Sea, separating the mainland from the
Cape Farewell Archipelago.
60-mile waterway is surrounded by granite mountains with sharp peaks,
some?reaching?up to 7,200 ft. Marvel at the maze of geological patterns
in the rock face, from deep cracks and crevasses to lines of black
lichen that seem to seep from the stone like paint.
mountains' muted grays and rusted greens stand in stark contrast to the
bright white of the bountiful glaciers. These slow-moving masses of ice
grind their way from the enormous Greenlandic ice sheet and flow
straight into the sound, calving white-blue icebergs of all sizes,
shades, and shapes. You'll understand why 15th-century Italian explorer
John Cabot famously described Prince Christian Sound as ‘a
river of melted ice'.
your camera ready and join the Expedition Team on the observation deck.
Only two signs of human life remain here: The Danish weather station
built by the U.S. during the Cold War at the entrance to the fjord, and
the colorful houses of the 100 residents of Aappilattoq, a fishing and
hunting village. When translated from local Greenlandic Inuit,
Aappilattoq means ‘Sea Anemone'.
may spot ringed seals and bearded seals on the ice. Look up to the
steep cliffs, where you might find nesting Glaucous Gulls and Black
Guillemots. Minke and humpback whales may also make an appearance,
although they tend to not swim into the narrow stretches of the sound,
preferring the wider sections at the entrance.
Prince Christian Sound is only possible in the summer, when the sea ice
is less packed and icebergs don't block the entrance. However, our
route may still be blocked by weather, sea ice, and gate-keeping
if that happens, don't worry! That's the nature of an expedition into
true wilderness. Here, nature sets the rules. Instead, we may sail
toward NunapIsua—a.k.a. Cape Farewell—the
southernmost point of Greenland.
Prins Christian Sund Exploration Day
5: IVITTUUT - Musk oxen
and a Norse settlement
you like to visit ghost towns? If so, Ivittuut is for you. This former
mining outpost hosts long-forgotten locations, some old and some even
older. Once a busy cryolite mining station, the only inhabitants you
see today are musk oxen grazing the overgrown grass around the
fact, Ivittuut once played a key role in history—arguably
allowing the Allies to win World War II. Cryolite is a naturally
occurring rare mineral used in the production of aluminum alloys.
During this time of war, it was the largest cryolite mine in the world.
When Denmark was invaded, the United States secretly stationed 500
troops here to prevent the supplies falling into German hands.
strategy prevented the German forces from using the rare cryolite to
manufacture their fighter planes, giving the Allies the upper hand at a
pivotal point in the war. The cryolite was instead shipped to the U.K.
and used to manufacture aircraft that fought in the Battle of Britain.
If it were not for this move, the outcome of the war could have been
history to long before the miners arrived, Norsemen settled the area
more than a thousand years ago. Unfortunately, no traces of them
remain. Ivittuut is believed to have been the last Viking settlement in
Greenland, but was also the first to be abandoned, for reasons subject
only to speculation.
Ivittuut is an unforgettable experience. The abandoned buildings and
lonely cemetery contrast starkly with the surrounding natural beauty.
These eerie (yet photogenic) ruins feature decaying structures and
scattered, rusting machinery. It's difficult to imagine how crucial
this small outpost was at a key point in history.
6: NUUK, GREENLAND - The Capital
was settled in 1728, making it the oldest settlement in the nation.
Although Greenland's capital is classed as a city, fewer than 17,000
people call it home. ‘Nuuk' means peninsula, as it is located
at the mouth of a system of spectacular fjords and mountains.
first thing you'll notice about this low-rise settlement is its
colorful houses. The red, green, blue, and yellow buildings pose a
striking contrast to the icy black and white backdrop of the mountains.
Nuuk combines old and new traditions. The old picturesque buildings
dotting the fjord's edge give way to ultra-modern architecture in the
Greenlandic Parliament and the wave-shapedKatuaq Cultural Centre,
inspired by the Northern Lights.
the oldest building in Greenland at Hans Egede's House, constructed in
1721 by the Norwegian missionary who is credited with founding the
city. As you roam the city, keep an eye out for a statue and the church
bearing his name.
red-painted Nuuk Cathedral and its typical Lutheran clock tower and
steeple is worth a visit, too. Drop by the Greenland National Museum to
see the Qilakitsoq mummies or admire local paintings at the Nuuk Art
also be offering a long hike through Paradise Valley and around Mt.
Lille Malene as part of an optional excursion. As you follow a path
formed by old reindeer tracks, you'll bask in splendid views of the
Greenlandic coast and pass by a small lake and natural springs.
are also a range of restaurants in Nuuk to satisfy all tastes, some of
which feature local delicacies such musk ox, seal soup, and snow crab.
Rather just have a coffee? There are several excellent cafés
serving hot drinks and snacks like burgers and Danish pastries.
Nuuk Grand Experience
7-8: LABRADOR SEA - Crossing
the Davis Strait
Davis Strait is named for English explorer John Davis, who led
expeditions searching for a route through the Northwest Passage between
1585 and 1587. Davis was the first to note the seal hunting and whaling
possibilities in the area and demonstrated that the Newfoundland cod
fisheries extended this far north.
time to leave Canada behind and set our course for Greenland.?While
sailing across the Labrador Sea, don't miss the Expedition Team's
ongoing informative lectures. Their topics may include the wildlife you
might spot in Northern Labrador, Inuit culture, expedition photography,
and the historic explorers of the Canadian Arctic.
also support a number of Citizen Science projects that you can join.
These projects include Happywhale, where your photographs help identify
and track the movement of specific whales across the planet, identified
from their distinguishing characteristics.
may also join the GLOBE Observer project, which combines your
observations of clouds and sky conditions with satellite data. By
participating in these projects, not only will you be supporting the
scientific community, you'll also be gaining a better understanding of
the world around you.
9-21: NORTHWEST PASSAGE - All the way
through the Northwest Passage
time has come for us to attempt a complete transit of the Northwest
Passage. Since the 15th century, there have been fewer than a hundred
successful attempts at sailing through the Passage.
Cook famously attempted it in 1776 and many may have heard about the
ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The first to conquer the
Northwest Passage by ship was Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen on an
expedition lasting from 1903 to 1906, aboard the converted herring
boat, the Gjøa.
enter the Northwest Passage on our own adventure aboard a
state-of-the-art expedition ship named MS Fridtjof Nansen, aiming to
sail through to Alaska.
will land at sites linked to early exploration history, visit Inuit
communities, and hope to spot Arctic wildlife such as polar bears,
whales, seals, and a variety of seabirds.
will open for small-boat (RIB) cruising between ice floes, and in true
expedition style, we'll go ashore and experience the pristine
wilderness first hand.
captain and Expedition Leader will continuously assess the weather and
sea conditions and adapt the activities accordingly, adjusting the
itinerary to where the sea ice allows us to go. Like all good
explorers, we respect and work with nature, never against it.
are some of the places in the region that we hope to explore during
landings and short walks—wind, waves, and sea ice permitting.
‘Mittimatalik' in Inuktitut, it means ‘the place
where the landing place is'. This is a traditional Baffin Island Inuit
community that enjoys views of the Eclipse Sound and the mountains of
Bylot Island. It's also known as a great place to see
narwhal—the unicorn of the sea.
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 archeological sites from the Thule period.
is the final resting place for three members of the lost Franklin
expedition, which sailed into the Northwest Passage in 1845, never to
return. It is customary for explorers in the region to stop and pay
their respects at the graves, as Roald Amundsen did in 1903.
Ross has an abandoned Hudson's Bay Trading post located at the southern
end of Somerset Island. The storehouse here is still occasionally used
as a shelter by travelers, with bunk beds and shelves of canned goods.
explorer Roald Amundsen wintered at this hamlet in 1903, on the
expedition the ‘haven' is named after. During his time here,
he learnt crucial survival skills from the local Netsilik Inuit people.
This knowledge would later give him the upper hand in his famous race
to the South Pole in 1911. There is an informative walking tour, a
Heritage Center, and a Hamlet Center dedicated to the history and
culture of the area.
on Victoria Island, this is the largest stop for vessels traversing the
Northwest Passage. It is also called ‘Iqaluktuuttiaq'
(‘A Good Fishing Place') due to the Ekalluk River, which
attracts Arctic char, musk oxen, and caribou.
in the 500-people strong community are involved in the local artists'
co-op and produce prints, tapestries, and other handicrafts. This is
also home to the world's northernmost golf course, which hosts a
tournament every summer.
it's into Amundsen Gulf, where we hope to observe the remarkable
Smoking Hills. It's 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.
22-25: AT SEA - Seeing the
sights while sailing the seas
final days at sea give you all the time you need to unwind and reflect
on your adventure through the Northwest Passage. Spend a few hours by
the infinity pool, soaking in a hot tub, or relaxing in the sauna. You
can keep fit and active at the indoor gym and outdoor running track.
Expedition Team will continue their informative lecture program in the
Science Center. Topics can range from wildlife to tectonic activity,
glaciology, or local history and culture. They are designed to help you
better appreciate the areas we sail through and inform you about
the Beaufort Sea, keep an eye on the waters here for bowhead and grey
whales. We reach the northernmost point of the U.S. at Point Barrow and
enter the Chukchi Sea. Through the Bergin Strait, you'll have Russia to
the west and the U.S. to the east. This is the international date line,
where ‘tomorrow' rests to your right and ‘today' to
we sail through the Bering Strait, look to the sky to spot a range of
seabirds. There are over 30 species to see, including black-legged
Kittiwakes and different species of auklets and murrelets. Many of
these winged wonders still flap around the region in late summer, so
you'll get plenty of use from your binoculars.
26: NOME, ALASKA - There's no
place like Nome
the Seward Peninsula, Nome's name went down in Alaskan history the day
that ‘Three Lucky Swedes' discovered gold in Anvil Creek in
1898. Prospectors soon flocked in from the Yukon and San Francisco by
the famous sheriff Wyatt Earp followed the call of gold and opened a
saloon here. Leftovers from Gold Rush era are everywhere, from
abandoned dredges to turn-of-the-century steam engines and old railroad
tracks. Cries of “Gold! Gold!” can still be heard
today by those foraging on the banks of the Snake River and elsewhere
in the area.
town also marked the end point of three of Roald Amundsen's great
expeditions: the Northwest Passage in 1906, the Northeast Passage in
1921, and an attempt to reach the North Pole by aircraft in 1926. It
seems only fitting that our expedition through the Northwest Passage
would also come to an end here.
disembarking, you'll fly from Nome to Vancouver and spend the night in
a centrally located hotel.
27: VANCOUVER, CANADA - Cosmopolitan
city in a stunning setting
adventure ends in Vancouver. Set amid gorgeous mountain scenery and
along the waters of English Bay, Vancouver is both a bustling seaport
and cosmopolitan city. Its neighborhoods buzz with world-class
farm-to-table cuisine. Chinatown and Punjabi Market have arguably the
best Asian food in North America, while Commercial Drive is the home of
Little Italy. Also check out Vancouver's oldest neighborhood. Gastown's
Victorian buildings house some of the city's hottest restaurants, and
the 547-ft high Vancouver Lookout offers incredible views. Take in the
neon lights and nightlife along the Granville Street strip or just
relax on one of the beaches in West End. The latter is also the gateway
to the greenery of Stanley Park, filled with wide-open spaces to
great way to experience some of Vancouver's highlights is on our
optional Vancouver Excursion as a Post-Program. Enjoy a full day in
Whistler, one of Canada`s most famed ski resorts, including a stop at
British Columbia's highest waterfall, Shannon Falls, to enjoy a ride on
the Sky Gondola. Please ask for more information for booking.
MS Fridtjof Nansen (Expedition, 500-guests)
Featuring Hurtigruten's revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen combines state of the art technology and premium on board experience with Hurtigruten's 125 years of experience and unparalleled destinations.
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Included in Your Expedition Hotels
- Overnight in Vancouver after the expedition cruise, including breakfast
- Economy flight from Nome to Vancouver
- Transfer from the ship in Nome to the airport in Nome
- Transfer from the airport in Vancouver to the hotel
- 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
- Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
- Range of included activities
- Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
- The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
- The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and an outdoor running track
- Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations
Not Included In Your Expedition
- Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers help configure your camera settings
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Baggage 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
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
- No gratuities are expected