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wildlife & nature • 18 days, 17 nights

Into the Northwest Passage

wildlife & nature • 18 days, 17 nights

Into the Northwest Passage

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    On the Water
from $10,995 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Join us as we voyage along the Arctic waterways that wind through some of the stunning northernmost corners of the world. On this dramatic cruise expedition from the western coast of Greenland to the most northerly territory of Canada, we’ll pass deep fjords, snow-capped peaks, and pristine icebergs towering above the glassy water. We’ll explore by ship, smaller Zodiac boats, and by foot—giving us the opportunity to wander coastal communities and glimpse glaciers up close. We’ll spot seabirds aplenty, from thick-billed murres to sleek guillemots, keeping our eyes peeled for breaching bowhead whales. Along the way, we’ll take workshops from onboard educators and delve into the rich history of the Inuit communities that have lived on and with this land for thousands of years.

Note: This trip is not exclusive to Atlas Obscura. Our small group of Atlas Obscura travelers will be joining 186 adventurers from all across the world.

  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Cruise around massive icebergs
  • Learn about Inuit history and culture
  • Visit Queen Maud Gulf, home to the wrecks of the Franklin ships, HMS Erebus, and HMS Terror
  • Glimpse polar bears, seabirds, and other Arctic wildlife in pristine natural environments
  • Spend three days in one of the largest marine conservation areas in Canada


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info

Pricing & Cabin Type

The total cost of your trip depends on the type of cabin you select. We recommend Categories 3–7, and are happy to provide more details on cabin layouts and pricing. Note that the price of the trip does not include the two charter flights, which cost an additional $2,695.

There are a number of single cabins available for solo travelers where a single supplement is not required. Please contact us to confirm availability.

Onboard Accommodation

There are 10 cabin types available to choose from, including quads, suites, and twins. We strongly recommend recommend the twin cabin types listed below, which offer a range of options and prices. All cabins have private baths. Exterior cabins have windows while interior cabins do not. If you’d like more detailed information and/or photographs of the different cabin types, or would like to book a specific cabin type, please contact us.

Additional Activities

Kayaking: Explore at water level in small groups, at an additional cost, alongside experienced kayak guides. We offer both double kayaks, as well as the essential gear for safety and comfort. Please be sure to book in advance, as availability is limited.

Biking: Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, an independent explorer, or are keen to cover more ground, bikes offer an opportunity to experience communities and landscapes at your own pace. We carry a fleet of Kona mountain bikes. These multi-geared, all-purpose bikes are available during select community excursions.

Activity Level

This expedition can be as leisurely or active as you’d like it to be. Excursions off-ship are optional, but they’re often the most exciting part of the day. Please note that many on-shore excursions require getting in and out of inflatable boats (Zodiacs)—an activity that's comparable to getting in and out of a pick-up truck. Some destinations can present lengthy hikes over variable terrain, without any rest facilities onshore. For any biking and kayaking (available at a supplementary cost), basic experience and some physical fitness is required. 

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in Toronto on Day 1. We recommend you arrive by evening that day so you can join the optional orientation, and are ready for the next morning's early charter flight. Our trip concludes in Yellowknife on Day 18. Hotel accommodations in Yellowknife are not included, but can be arranged at additional cost. We recommend departing from Yellowknife the next day, to allow for potential delays. 

  • Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • All workshops, sightseeing, and shore excursions, including presentations and guide services.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events. (Kayaking not included.)
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that the Northwest Passage has to offer!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue.
  • Special access to unique places, hidden sites, and extraordinary experiences
  • Transportation to Toronto, and from Kugluktuk, Canada.
  • Charter flights from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq and from Kugluktuk to Yellowknife.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Suggested ship crew gratuities of 15$ USD per day per passenger.
  • Applying for a visa (Greenland and Canada), if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

Because of the exploratory nature of these voyages, we do not have a rigidly set itinerary. The final decisions on our daily program will make the best use of local ice and weather conditions, spontaneous opportunities, and wildlife. The notes in this itinerary are designed to give you a good idea of our intentions, and what your days will look like, but there will very likely be some changes. 

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