Day 1 - New York City, New York
Arrive in New York City and transfer to your hotel.
Later, gather for a welcome dinner, where you meet your
fellow guests and members of your Expedition Team.
Day 2 - Kangerlussuaq
Transfer to the airport for an early morning charter flight
to Western Greenland, arriving at Kangerlussuaq at the
edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Later, board your luxury
expedition cruiser and enjoy the thrill of setting off for sea.
This evening, join fellow guests and your Expedition Team
for a welcome reception.
Day 9 - Western Greenland
In 1906, Roald Amundsen became the first polar explorer to
successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Begin as he
did, venturing along Greenland’s stunning West Coast and
north into Baffin Bay for the next five days. Your Captain
and Expedition Team determine the day’s best excursions,
which may include the following areas:
Sisimiut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the
northernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a
year-round, ice-free port as well as sufficient snow for
dogsledding in winter and spring. Visit the local museum
and enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration.
Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into the wide inlet of Disko
Bay, first explored by Erik the Red in 985. Discover the
Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the
mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the
world, Sermeq Kujalleq. Take a walking tour of Ilulissat,
visit its history museum, and meet with villagers to learn
about local life. Conditions permitting, board a local vessel
for an iceberg cruise of Disko Bay.
Uummannaq Fjords: North of Ilulissat, this geological
wonder teems with marine life. Visit Karrat Fjord to see the
iceberg-clad bay and the remains of ancient huts, built by
Thule hunters (Inuit ancestors) more than 500 years ago.
Kullorsuaq: Translated as “Big Thumb,” Kullorsuaq remains
one of the most traditional hunting, fishing and trading
villages in Greenland.
Day 17 - Nunavut
Cruise into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut and enter the heart of the Northwest Passage. As your
luxury expedition cruiser winds through legendary
channels and inlets, A&K’s enrichment specialists continue
to spark captivating discussions that enhance your
discovery. Your crew and Expedition Team determine
your itinerary, which is dependent on weather, sea, ice and
wildlife conditions. Exciting excursions may include:
Pond Inlet: “Place of Mittima’s Grave,” Pond Inlet is the
gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological
site. After clearing customs formalities, embark on a shore
excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule.
Visit the Nattinnak Visitor’s Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik
Co-op, where you may shop for handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and
Baffin Island, this body of water is home to an abundance of
Arctic cod and seasonal populations of Beluga and bowhead
whales, black guillemots, Arctic terns and other wildlife.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration
define this island. Beechey is best known for providing a
safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845,
who took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to
conquer the Northwest Passage. See the grave markers for
three of his men and visit Franklin’s cenotaph.
Fort Ross: Abandoned in 1948, this former trading post at
the tip of Somerset Island was used by trappers to barter
Arctic fox pelts in exchange for necessities. Explore its
remaining structures and perhaps take a Zodiac excursion
as your naturalists share stories about its residents.
Gjoa Haven: During his attempt on to cross the passage on
‘Gjoa’, Roald Amundsen took respite in this natural harbor
as he waited for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he
lived with the Netsilik Inuits and learned survival skills that
later proved invaluable on his South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise the south coast of Victoria and
through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation
Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny
Lind Island and Johansen Bay.
Day 20 - Northwest Territories
Enter Canada’s Northwest Territories and continue
through the heart of the Northwest Passage, where you may
experience exciting excursion opportunities that include:
Ulukhaktok: Visit with the local Inuit of Holman Village,
experiencing drum dance, and tastings of fresh char
and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open
fire. Tour the town art center and discover Ulukhaktok’s
beautiful printmaking tradition, carvings and hats made of
coveted musk oxen wool.
Banks Island: The fourth largest island in the Canadian
Archipelago, Banks is home to deep Inuit history and a
population of about 60,000 musk oxen.
Franklin Bay: Discover the “Smoking Hills,” cliffs of
bituminous shale that endlessly combust and burn. This geological phenomenon has likely been occurring for
millennia and is a rare sight to see.
Day 21 - Herschel Island
On expedition in 1826, Captain Franklin was the
first European to lay eyes on this unique island at the
northernmost point of the Yukon Territory. Herschel
supports numerous wildlife and is one of the only places on
earth where you may see a grizzly bear, black bear and polar
bear. Evidence of the island’s whaling culture and Thule
ancestors remains along its coastline, now greatly affected
by sea erosion and climate change.
Day 24 - Beaufort & Bering Seas
Typically dense with ice floes and fog, the Beaufort Sea
opens up a 60-mile-wide coastal pass from August to
September. As your expedition ship cruises into the
U.S. and clears at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customs
clearance only), continue participating in lectures led by
your Expedition Team. Relax on your private balcony or
join fellow guests on deck where, with some luck, you may
spy beluga whales, which travel in numbers here, and the
northern lights in autumn. Your luxury expedition ship
also enters the Bering Sea. While cruising its waters and
conditions permitting, experience close views of Fairway
Rock, known for its breeding colonies of auks and puffin,
and remote King Island. The island was once home to a
community of 200 Inupiat; today, all that remains is an
abandoned stilt-house community.
Day 25 - Nome, Alaska
Arrive and disembark in Nome, Alaska, among the wildest reaches of America. Try your hand at gold panning,
experience a dogsled demonstration and see the Bering
Sea Land Bridge National Monument. Later, transfer to the
airport for your chartered flight to Anchorage, and then
continue on with your homebound flight.