Pristine fjords. Looming glaciers. Jagged icebergs. Grand vistas, historic sites. Marine mammals, bears, and birds. And one of the most notorious sites in the Arctic — Beechey Island is famed as the places where the ill-fated Franklin Expedition overwintered in 1845–1846.
Adventure Canada offers all of that and more on its Northwest Passage expedition cruises between August and September this year.
Every day brings a new adventure in the Northwest Passage: hiking, photography, birding. Learning with our experts. Meeting the people who call the Arctic home. Sailing the passage at the top of the world!
The voyages — between Greenland’s west coast and Canada’s northernmost mainland — include these highlights:
Enjoy the warmth of an Inuit welcome as drum dancers, throat singers, and cultural ambassadors share their stories, songs, and connections to the land.
- Explore the beautiful surroundings of an Arctic hamlet
- Get to know local residents and learn about their ways of life
- Purchase carvings and handicrafts to bring back home
Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Jacobshavn Glacier — the world’s fastest-calving glacier — spills thousands of enormous icebergs every year into spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord in Disko Bay, Greenland.
View the icebergs from the shore on a hike along the boardwalk in the town of Ilulissat — then board a Zodiac to cruise your way among them.
Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Protected Area
Lancaster Sound — the entrance to the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic archipelago — is home to Canada’s newest national marine protected area. Glacier-fed waters, mountain landscapes, plentiful wildlife, and rugged coastlines define this vast and beautiful place.
- Visit unique cultural historical sites from the Thule period and the explorer era
- Seek seabirds, marine mammals, and polar bears in this unique, protected habitat
Beechey Island National Historic Site
Beechey is renowned as the place where the British Franklin Expedition — trying to find a faster route between the Atlantic and Pacific via the fabled Northwest Passage — spent the winter of 1845–1846. The graves of three of Franklin’s men, along with a fourth man from a later Northwest Passage expedition, are a haunting memorial to the heyday of Arctic exploration.
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