Province/Territory: Nunavut

Cruising in the wake of polar adventurers and Inuit

  • 1906 first explorer to traverse the Northwest Passage
  • 09 hole tundra golf course at Ulukhatok
  • 130 Grise Fjord population

Cruise among massive icebergs with Adventure Canada in the footsteps of Arctic explorers who searched for the Northwest Passage across Canada’s roof. Hop a zodiac ashore to abandoned whaling stations, Hudson’s Bay Company outposts and ancient Thule campsites littered with relics. On board, scientists, historians and artists bring the Arctic to life. Poke through the pack ice among beluga and bowhead whales. Grab your binoculars to zoom in on a narwhal’s tusk or nesting seabirds crowded on steep cliffs. Watch polar bears strut across on an ice floe. Hike and picnic on a tundra route marked by inuksuk and spot musk ox. Drop in on Inuit villages, welcomed with traditional singing and drumming, then buy a stone sculpture still warm from the carver’s hands. Head back to the ship for a hearty dinner in the dining room and stroll the deck in the midnight sun’s rosy glow before cozying up in your cabin. Be a part of nautical history.

Why you should visit
  • Icebergs and polar bears, seals, narwhal, bowhead and beluga whales.
  • Learning about the Arctic’s history, culture, art and contemporary life from on-board lecturers.
  • Inuit throat singing and drum dancing; playing traditional Inuit games with locals.
  • Tundra hiking and peeking at herds of musk ox.
  • Thousands of squawking seabirds clinging to Prince Leopold Island’s sheer cliffs.
  • The sense of adventure in cruising along the long-searched-for route to the North Pole.
  • Glacier-draped Devon Island, the world’s largest uninhabited island.
  • Crossing the Arctic Circle.
  • Following in the path of Norwegian hero Roald Amundsen, the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage.
  • Visiting the historic graves of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition on Beechey Island.

Weather

  • Be prepared for a wide range of Northern weather conditions.
  • Summer varies from intense, 24 hour heat and sun to foggy, windy, cool days with occasional rain showers, sleet, even snow.
  • The average daily maximum during summer varies greatly depending on latitude, but it’s not uncommon to experience everything from 20°C down to 0°C.
  • Precipitation is light, mostly falling as rain during spring and summer.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • See rates and dates for Adventure Canada’s Into the Northwest Passage voyage.
  • See rates and dates for Adventure Canada’s Out of the Northwest Passage.
  • Included in the cruise are all entry and park fees, service charges and port fees.
  • Not included is mandatory medical/evacuation insurance.
  • Communities throughout the Northwest Passage are no-frills outposts. There will be a general store with very basic supplies and a post office so make sure you shop for essentials before heading North.
  • There may be opportunities for buying locally-made Inuit arts and crafts.
When to go
  • Early August through early September.
  • Adventure Canada offers only two 15-day Northwest Passage trips annually following two different routes - Into the Northwest Passage and Out of the Northwest Passage.
Need to know
  • The Into the Northwest Passage adventure starts in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and travels across the north tip of Baffin Island, stopping in the community of Pond Inlet, to end at Kugluktuk, Nunavut.
  • The Out of the Northwest Passage adventure commences in Kugluktuk and makes its way to the Northwest Territories and up into the High Arctic, stopping in the communities of Holman and Grise Fjord before finishing in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
  • Dress warmly with layers, as for winter, with a parka, gloves, hat, rain jacket and boots.
Getting Here