Greenland & Canada Northwest Passage Adventure Cruise Tour

Epic Exploration in the Wild Arctic

 

Embark on this exciting voyage aboard the brand new Ocean Albatros, tracing the footsteps of explorers who sought the Northwest Passage. Combining the dramatic fjords and inlets of Arctic Canada, around Baffin and Ellesmere Island, with the colorful settlements along northwest Greenland, this trip is both a wilderness adventure and immersive cultural discovery. Start in West Greenland's Kangerlussuaq, then witness the beautiful landscapes of Nunavut while on the lookout for polar bears, narwhal, and bowhead whales. Visit Qaanaaq, the northernmost town in Greenland, and marvel at the majestic mountains of the Sam Ford fjord. Stand in awe before the glaciers at Mittmatalik, and the beautifully positioned town of Uummannaq. End your adventure in the scenic town of Ilulissat, 'the iceberg capital of the world.'

Note: This cruise is not privately chartered for MT Sobek travelers. In order to offer the widest selection of travel dates and flexibility for our guests, MT Sobek works directly with the ship owner to book MT Sobek travelers on scheduled departures throughout the year, and we are pleased to offer our in-house expertise and services to assist you every step of the way.

  • Fill 31 Copy Follow in the wake of explorers and adventurers searching for the Northwest Passage

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Arrive:

Keflavik, Iceland

Depart:

Keflavik, Iceland

Price: from $11,990

Duration:

14 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

189-passenger vessel

Min Age:

8 yrs

Activity:

Level 1

Small ship cruising with one or two half-day shore excursions each day, depending on weather conditions. Guided excursions vary from 1-3 hours walking, or Zodiac cruising with wildlife watching and town visits. No previous experience is necessary for any of the offered activities. Also includes optional kayaking.
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  • Fly from Iceland to Greenland

    Day 1

    Board the chartered flight in Keflavik, Iceland, in the afternoon, to fly to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. On arrival, transfer on Zodiac boats to the small port located west of the airport, where the stunning new Ocean Albatros is anchored. Check into your stateroom and, after the mandatory safety drill, enjoy dinner as we start our journey through the 100-mile Kangerlussuaq fjord - the longest fjord in Greenland.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Transportation: Chartered flight and Zodiac transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Sail Towards Baffin Island

    Day 2

    Spend the day at sea, heading across Davis Strait to Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Relax in the ship's library, participate in the series of lectures held by Albatros Expedition experts and enjoy bird watching and whale spotting on the voyage to the southwest. Onboard lecturers deliver inspiring and enriching talks about John Davis, Canada's and Greenland's history, and the unique polar wildlife, nature and climatology.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit the Picturesque Town of Qikiqtarjuaq

    Day 3

    Approach Cape Dyer overnight, the site of one of many US DEW (Distant Early Warning) stations that surround the Arctic. Cape Dyer itself towers towards the Davis Strait at about 2,600-feet elevation, and the cliff and the station are your first sighting of Arctic Canada! Like its Greenlandic counterpart of Qeqertarsuaq, Qikiqtarjuaq means "the big island." Visit the picturesque town, which has around 600 inhabitants and lies on an island outside Baffin's east coast. The area is home to many whale species; the bowhead whale, found only in polar waters, is often observed in congregations here - so get your binoculars out.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Spot Whales at Isabella Bay & Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area

    Day 4

    Sail along the Baffin Island's east coast further north to Isabella Bay, a designated bowhead whale sanctuary, where you can spot one of the hundreds of whales that feed here each summer. The Ninginganiq marine habitat is a protected National Wildlife Area, and an important habitat for a variety of marine mammals and seabirds. Take in the beautiful, desolate landscapes of the northeastern area known as the Qikiqtaaluk region, which includes Ellesmere, Devon and Baffin Island.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover the Beauty of Sam Ford Fjord

    Day 5

    Catch sight of the many migratory birds and marvel at the sheer magnitude of vertical rocks on each side of the spectacular Sam Ford Fjord, a veritable pilgrimage spot for rock climbers with cliff walls rising 5,000 feet. Admire the fjord's natural beauty and the dark waters that are home to narwhals and seals. Sail on towards the Nunavut region.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Mittmatalik, the Inuit 'Jewel of the North'

    Day 6

    Stroll around the Inuit town of Pond Inlet, known in the local language as Mittimatalik. Consisting of around 1600 inhabitants, most of whom are Inuit, the town has a unique architecture and culture, as well as dazzling views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers and floating icebergs. Known as the 'Jewel of the North,' this area is home to an abundance of wildlife, including polar bears, caribou, wolves, arctic foxes, ringed seal, and narwhals. Return to the ship for lunch and head north through the Eclipse Sound that divides Baffin Island and Bylot Island.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cruise into Lancaster Sound, Start of Northwest Passage

    Day 7

    Sail further north into the gateway to the Northwest Passage, Lancaster Sound. During the day enjoy a cruise along the eastern coast of Devon, the largest uninhabited island in the world, and continue north towards Ellesmere Island. Then break east and set sail for Greenland's western coast, waving goodbye to Canada's coastal waters as you approach Greenland.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • See Qaanaaq, Greenland's Northernmost Town

    Day 8

    Traverse Smith Sound overnight and arrive at Greenland's northwest corner, entering Inglefield Bay. Take in the magnificent sight of some of Greenland's biggest bird cliffs. Disembark in Qaanaaq, the only proper town in northwest Greenland with a population of 600. Stroll through the lovely town and visit the small museum that showcases local history.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Voyage Across Historic Melville Bay

    Day 9

    Leave Qaanaaq in the evening and pass the American Thule Base, Meteor Island, and the settlement of Savissivik during the night. Learn about past adventurers as you cruise across Melville Bay. Until modern times, year-long sea ice and plenty of calving glaciers into the bay had isolated North Greenland, and it was only through the adventurous dogsledding expeditions and tireless work of Knud Rasmussen and his friends at the beginning of the 1900s that the Thule Inuit came into contact with the Greenlanders further south.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Upernavik Town

    Day 10

    Explore the charming town of Upernavik, inhabited by 3000 people, mostly Inuit hunters. Part of the Upernavik territory that covers an area nearly the size of Great Britain, the town is home to the world's northernmost open-air museum with well-preserved buildings from the colonial period. Today Upernavik is a mix of traditional hunter culture and high-tech fishing. Take in the unique sight of dog sleighs racing alongside modern snowmobiles. After a stroll and museum visit, we leave Upernavik and sail past the darkly colored hills of Svartenhuks. Stay on the lookout for abundant whales that inhabit these waters.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Experience Uummannaq's Splendid Setting

    Day 11

    Find yourself 370 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in one of Greenland's most beautiful and sunny regions. The ship reaches Uummannaq, situated on a small island, with the spectacular 3,800-foot heart-shaped mountain dominating the view; Uummannaq means 'the place where the heart is'. Explore the town and enjoy its gorgeous setting before heading back to the ship for lunch.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • See Ilulissat, the World's Iceberg Capital

    Day 12

    Admire Ilulissat, one of the most scenic towns in Greenland. The name simply means 'icebergs' in Greenlandic, and the town's nickname is rightly 'the iceberg capital of the world.' Explore the vibrant town with its wide range of cultural attractions, and join a boat trip to the Ice fjord, listed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List for its incredible ice-sculpted scenery and glacier activity. It it also possible to take an optional flight excursion in fixed-wing aircrafts over the Ice fjord (not included in general tour price). We cruise southward in the evening, leaving lovely Disko Bay behind.

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Enjoy Onboard Lectures & Bird Watching

    Day 13

    Spend the last full day at sea, getting glimpses of sea birds migrating south.?? Alternatively, enjoy the onboard lectures about Greenland's?history, nature, wildlife, and climatology. Join the captain for a farewell drink and a slideshow of the voyage's highlights captured by the onboard photographer.?

    Accommodation: Ocean Albatros

    With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea views, and most with their own balcony, the ice-strengthened Ocean Albatros offers an incredible expedition cruise experience. Built in 2022, features of this new ship include two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open-deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, a panoramic sauna, and other state-of-the-art amenities. The vessel has more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels, and follows the sustainable Green Initiative Program.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Disembark at Kangerlussuaq & Return to Iceland

    Day 14

    After breakfast aboard the ship, bid farewell to the ship's staff and board the Zodiac boats to Kangerlussuaq. Opt for an excursion (not included in the tour price and not recommended for people who suffer from bad necks or backs, as the gravel road to the ice sheet is occasionally bumpy and uneven) to the beautiful UNESCO-listed Reindeer Glacier. Take in this spectacular sight and look out for wildlife such as reindeer and musk oxen. Finally, board the flight from Kangerlussuaq to Keflavik in Iceland.

    Meals: Breakfast

Greenland & Canada Northwest Passage Adventure Cruise

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek's Polar Value Promise means that we offer in-house services to help plan and execute your polar adventure for no added cost.

Reason #02

Over 30 years offering polar voyages we have built strong relationships with polar service providers and ships that cruise the High Arctic.

Reason #03

We choose ships and operators that maintain a high level of commitment to safety, people, value, quality, environment, well-being, and customer service.

Meet your guides

David Reid

David Reid

For over twenty five years, David has been involved in the Arctic expedition and travel business. Since moving from Scotland to the Arctic, he has led, organized or participated in more than three hundred Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, trips and projects. In that time he has travelled thousands of miles by dog sled, ski, snowmobile, boat, kayak, ship, foot and most recently became the first person to cross Baffin Island by fat tire bike. He has completed eighteen successful expeditions through the Northwest Passage and guided over seventy trips to Churchill, Manitoba.

Lisa Pettenuzzo

Lisa Pettenuzzo

Lisa has over 20 years' experience in the polar regions through work adventures ranging from fishing, mining to tourism: commercial fishing King Salmon in the Bering Sea; navigating thru remote tundra across Canada's Arctic gold prospecting; assisting mountaineering expeditions to summit Denali; working at a basecamp facilitating tourism and research below the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica. In her personal time, she finds herself travelling to northern Siberia to learn the culture of the Evans Peoples and backcountry ski touring from her home in the Selkirk Mountains. She just completed a master's degree in Polar Law, having studied in Iceland, Greenland and Norway.

Jes Gravgaard

Jes Gravgaard

Jes has more than 40 years of experience as a Naturalist, Meteorologist and Specialist in bird studies and also has an education as an Atmospheric and Space Science Assistant. He has worked with Denmark's Ministry of Environment and the Danish Ornithological Society; studied various species of sea birds, sea animals and whales in the North Atlantic. Jes is fluent in Danish and English and is a trained meteorological weather observer, who worked for 11 years with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), operating radiosondes to measure meteorological data for air traffic in Greenland. Following a number of encounters with polar bears and walruses, while on Zodiac boating trips and dog sledding expeditions across thousands of miles in Greenland, he became hooked on the Arctic.

Activities

Cruising by ice-strengthened ship and small Zodiac boats, wildlife viewing, easy guided walks, and optional scenic flights.

Lodging

The 189-passenger Ocean Albatros offers ensuite cabins, some with balconies, two restaurants and state-of-the-art amenities, including a pool and fitness area.

Climate

Temperatures in this region of Arctic Canada and Greenland range between 30°F and 40°F.

FAQ

Will there be any adjustments to the itinerary?

Programs may vary depending on weather conditions and opportunities to see wildlife so flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. We recommend packing your spirit of adventure!

What is the Northwest Passage?

The Northwest Passage is the long sought after sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Arctic Ocean.

Will we visit local communities?

You'll visit Inuit settlements along Greenland's northwest coast and Nunavut on Baffin Island.

What animals can we see?

The Arctic, although a very inhospitable environment, is home to many amazing creatures including polar bears, the arctic fox, reindeer, walrus, seals, whales, and birds.

How do I get to Greenland to board the ship?

Charter flights from Reykjavik-Kangerlussuaq and return along with transfers in Kangerlussuaq are included in the trip cost.

What cabin types are available?

Cabins range from Singles (without a single supplement) and Triple Portholes all the way to Premium suites with private balconies. Contact our Trip Consultants for availability.

  • 2023
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2023

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Aug 22 - Sep 04, 2023
    $11,990 price per person dbl occ
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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of experienced adventure guides
  • Pricing based on double occupancy in a Balcony Stateroom
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Charter flight Reykjavik-Kangerlussuaq-Reykjavik with transfers in Kangerlussuaq
  • Meals while onboard
  • Coffee, tea and afternoon snacks
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Excursions and activities as noted
  • Taxes, tariffs and fees
  • Photo workshop

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare to/from Reykjavik, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Accommodations before/after the voyage
  • Transfers in Reykjavik
  • Beverages (other than tea and coffee)
  • Gratuities for shipboard staff
  • Excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Mandatory medical/evacuation coverage
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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