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Hurtigruten Northwest Passage Cruise

  • Seattle
  • Nome Alaska
  • Alaskan Coast
  • Northwest Passage
  • Bellot Strait
  • Eastern Canadian Arctic
  • Baffin Bay
  • West GreenLand
  • West Greenland
  • Nuuk
  • Reykjavík
  • 25 nights from
  • £17,515 per person
  • Trip Code: CR-1381

Holiday Overview

Hurtigruten Northwest Passage Cruise

 

Sailing through the Northwest Passage on a state-of-the-art ice-class expedition ship is a captivating journey that blends natural wonders, culture, and history. The passage, once an elusive route for explorers, now offers intrepid travellers a chance to witness breathtaking Arctic landscapes and learn about indigenous communities through first-hand experiences. On this adventure, we’ll attempt to traverse the entire route and beyond, going from Nome in Alaska to Nuuk, Greenland. 

Hurtigruten Northwest Passage Cruise includes:

  • Flights
  • Hurtigruten Expeditions Cruise
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Day 1 - Seattle

The adventure begins in the Emerald City of Seattle, on the Pacific coast of the United States.  

You’ll spend the night here in Seattle before your connecting flight to Alaska tomorrow. 

Featured accommodation

The Edgewater Hotel

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Day 2 - Nome & MS Roald Amundsen

Today you’ll take an early flight from Seattle to Nome, Alaska, where your state-of-the art expedition ship awaits to take you on a journey through the famed Northwest Passage and beyond. 

Prospectors first came to Nome in 1898, and people still hunt for gold here today. You'll see evidence of the Gold Rush era all around, including abandoned dredges, turn-of-the century steam engines and old railroad tracks, lending the town a unique and intriguing atmosphere. 

You’ll be in good company as you explore the town. Wyatt Earp, the famous sheriff, opened a saloon here. Nome was also the end point of three of Roald Amundsen's great polar expeditions. 

Upon boarding the ship and after collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, it's time to check out your cabin, meet the Expedition Team and explore your new home-from-home. Your adventure has truly begun! 

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Day 3 - Alaskan Coast

Along the Alaskan coast - Science and wildlife watching at sea

Join your Expedition Team for insightful lectures as we journey through the Beaufort Sea towards Amundsen Gulf, the gates to the Northwest Passage, on this eastbound transit. Topics might include subjects such as wildlife, tectonic activity, glaciology and local history, which will prepare you for the adventures ahead. 

The highlights of this transit include: 

The Bering Strait 

The International Date Line 

Sailing across the Beaufort Sea 

Wildlife watching 

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Day 4 - Alaskan Coast

Along the Alaskan coast - Science and wildlife watching at sea

Join your Expedition Team for insightful lectures as we journey through the Beaufort Sea towards Amundsen Gulf, the gates to the Northwest Passage, on this eastbound transit. Topics might include subjects such as wildlife, tectonic activity, glaciology and local history, which will prepare you for the adventures ahead. 

The highlights of this transit include: 

The Bering Strait 

The International Date Line 

Sailing across the Beaufort Sea 

Wildlife watching 

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Day 5 - Alaskan Coast

Along the Alaskan coast - Science and wildlife watching at sea

Join your Expedition Team for insightful lectures as we journey through the Beaufort Sea towards Amundsen Gulf, the gates to the Northwest Passage, on this eastbound transit. Topics might include subjects such as wildlife, tectonic activity, glaciology and local history, which will prepare you for the adventures ahead. 

The highlights of this transit include: 

The Bering Strait 

The International Date Line 

Sailing across the Beaufort Sea 

Wildlife watching 

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Day 6 - Alaskan Coast

Along the Alaskan coast - Science and wildlife watching at sea

Join your Expedition Team for insightful lectures as we journey through the Beaufort Sea towards Amundsen Gulf, the gates to the Northwest Passage, on this eastbound transit. Topics might include subjects such as wildlife, tectonic activity, glaciology and local history, which will prepare you for the adventures ahead. 

The highlights of this transit include: 

The Bering Strait 

The International Date Line 

Sailing across the Beaufort Sea 

Wildlife watching 

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Day 7 - Northwest Passage

Exploration and adventure

Spend eight days exploring the Western section of the fabled Northwest Passage

Our excursions begin on day seven as we enter the Western Canadian Arctic. Over the next eight days in this section of our voyage we’ll transit through three distinct regions - Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon – and two traditional Inuit Territories – Inuvialuit and Nunavut. 

During our time here, we anticipate up to five days of shore excursions and four transit days. Excursion stops and local highlights we hope to be able to visit include: 

Herschel Island 

Smoking Hills 

Ulukhaktok 

Coronation Gulf 

Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuuttiaq) 

Gjoa Haven (Uqsuqtuuk) 

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Day 8 - Northwest Passage

Exploration and adventure

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Day 9 - Northwest Passage

Exploration and adventure

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Day 10 - Northwest Passage

Exploration and adventure

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Day 11 - Northwest Passage

Exploration and adventure

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Day 12 - Northwest Passage

Exploration and adventure

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Day 13 - Northwest Passage

Exploration and adventure

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Day 14 - Northwest Passage

Exploration and adventure

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Day 15 - Bellot Strait

Into Bellot Strait - Navigate the dividing line between West and East

The ‘Rubicon’ of the Canadian Arctic that divides West from East is the infamous Bellot Strait. This narrow body of water separates the northernmost part of mainland North America from Somerset Island, one of the largest islands in the Canadian Arctic archipelago.  

Bellot Strait is approximately 15 nautical miles long and just over half a mile wide at its narrowest point. Our ability to navigate this passage will be determined by ice and weather conditions. 

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Day 16 - Eastern Canadian Arctic

The Eastern Canadian Arctic - Explore the Eastern stretch of the Passage

On the eastern shores of Somerset Island, we find ourselves in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. The main waterway of this area is Lancaster Sound (Tallurutiup Imanga), the eastern gates to the Northwest Passage. 

This chapter of our exploration is likely to be action-packed, with excursions planned on each of the five days we hope to spend in and around this area. Remember, all our excursion plans are weather and ice dependent but, conditions permitting, our days will be filled with excitement and discovery.  

Excursion stops and local highlights we hope to share with you include:  

Fort Ross 

Prince Leopold Island (Appait) 

Beechey Island (Iluvilik) 

Croker Bay 

Dundas Harbour 

Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik)  

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Day 17 - Eastern Canadian Arctic

The Eastern Canadian Arctic - Explore the Eastern stretch of the Passage

 

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Day 18 - Eastern Canadian Arctic

The Eastern Canadian Arctic - Explore the Eastern stretch of the Passage

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Day 19 - Eastern Canadian Arctic

The Eastern Canadian Arctic - Explore the Eastern stretch of the Passage

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Day 20 - Eastern Canadian Arctic

The Eastern Canadian Arctic - Explore the Eastern stretch of the Passage

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Day 21 - Baffin Bay

Crossing Baffin Bay - Watch for wildlife and get involved in Citizen Science

Leaving Nunavut behind, our expedition cruise continues to Greenland across Baffin Bay. The Expedition Team will continue their onboard lectures on topics such as the wildlife of the Arctic, Inuit culture and the history of exploration in this region.  

Why not take part in one of our Citizen Science projects, helping photograph and track whales, or observing the clouds to help scientists study our climate by contributing to the GLOBE Program. 

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Day 22 - West Greenland

The Wonders of West Greenland - Discover the magical beauty of Greenland

The final chapter of our journey encompasses the majestic coast of West Greenland.  

We will begin by sailing into Disko Bay – a haven for whales and seals. Over the next three days you’ll experience some of the most iconic sites in all of Greenland. Our objectives include: 

 Ilulissat 

Nestled at the edge of the magnificent Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Ilulissat. Here you’ll find an ever-changing gallery of passing icebergs set against a backdrop of colourful houses. In town you can visit a multitude of shops selling local crafts, and on the outskirts walking trails take you along the epic icefjord.  

 Sisimiut 

Sisimiut is Greenland’s second city, situated in a spectacular location just above the Arctic Circle. This area has history spanning more than 4,500 years, and old traditions are alive and well.  

Learn more about ancient Saqqaq artifacts in the local museum or stretch your legs on a hike.  If you're looking for a special souvenir, pick up a scarf, hat or mittens made of qiviut, the inner wool of the musk ox that’s said to be 10 times warmer than sheep’s wool.   

Evighedsfjord 

As we head north, we plan to offer an exploration day in the magical and pristine Evighedsfjord near Maniitsoq. We'll determine on the day what adventures we can take part in. 

 The 'Fjord of Eternity' is fed by an ice cap that calves huge icebergs into its 2,300 ft deep waters. It's surrounded by mist-cloaked mountains with beautiful white ridges, punctuated by crystal blue ice caves.

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Day 23 - West Greenland

The Wonders of West Greenland - Discover the magical beauty of Greenland

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Day 24 - West Greenland

The Wonders of West Greenland - Discover the magical beauty of Greenland

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Day 25 - Nuuk

Old and new in Nuuk -End your voyage in colourful Nuuk

Today we arrive in Nuuk, Greenland’s colourful capital. It has a population of 18,000, and boasts a striking mix of old and new buildings.  

We’ll explore this fascinating city, comparing the old buildings – such as Hans Egede House and Nuuk Cathedral – with the ultra-modern architecture of the Parliament of Greenland.  

Your voyage ends with a flight from Nuuk to Reykjavík, and an overnight stay. 

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Day 26 - Reykjavík

Cosmopolitan Reykjavík - Discover Iceland's modern capital

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and discover the city before connecting to your onwards flight home.  

Packed full of art, culture and history, Iceland’s capital is a delight to explore. Visit Laugavegur, the main shopping street, and head towards the striking Hallgrímskirkja church. Or why not explore the many galleries and museums dotted around the city.  

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