Beechey Island with 3 graves of explorers on a misty day with turquoise water along the brown, rocky shoreline, seen during The Northwest Passage Canadian High Arctic voyage.
A muskox standing in the snow beside dark cliffs above, seen during The Northwest Passage Canadian High Arctic voyage.
3 polar travelers stand in yellow jackets on a grassy knoll, overlooking a glacier during The Northwest Passage Canadian High Arctic voyage.
5 tandem paddlers travel on icy blue waters with snowy mountains in the background during The Northwest Passage Canadian High Arctic voyage.
2 polar bears stand on a small, snowy berg surrounded by gray boulders, seen during The Northwest Passage Canadian High Arctic voyage.
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

The Northwest Passage

The fabled sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Northwest Passage continues to hold our collective imagination. On this captivating 17-day voyage, explore this fascinating waterway with an incredible range of onboard comforts and off-ship adventures. Passing through the Canadian Arctic archipelago, journey back in time to the height of Arctic exploration, navigating the waters explored by sailors from different lands and visiting the sites that helped unlock the eventual discovery of this long-coveted route.

Remote and rich in history, the Canadian High Arctic is as awe inspiring as it is informative. The days spent exploring this mysterious region will have you traveling back in time to the Age of Exploration. While following in the footsteps of famous explorers like Sir John Franklin and Roald Amundsen, navigate the waters and visit the historic sites in the area around Lancaster Sound that were key to the discovery of the Northwest Passage. Also learn about the scientific, cultural, geopolitical and environmental aspects of the route from world-class experts, guides and the local communities. Reaching remote lands that have lured adventurers for centuries and few have ever set foot on will be an unforgettable experience.

Aboard the technologically-advanced, 200-guest Ultramarine, take advantage of two twin-engine helicopters and 20 quick-launching Zodiacs to create the quintessential Arctic experience. Marvel at highlights of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland’s stunning west coast, stopping at traditional Inuit and Greenlandic communities. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Ilulissat Iceford, whose Jakobshavn glacier calves off icebergs up to a kilometer high. And keep eyes peeled for the elusive and majestic creatures who make their home in this harsh, remote landscape, such as whales, walrus, muskoxen and polar bears. Venture to the fabled route that for centuries held explorers in its grip, and return home forever bonded to the spirit of Arctic adventure.

For travelers with limited time, select 9- and 12-day departures offer a shorter exploration of the heart of the Northwest Passage. These flexible itineraries, which both embark and disembark in Resolute, Canada, enable the ship to position nearby to top visitor sites along the shores of this historic area of adventure.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises.



Itinerary

17-Day Epic High Arctic Itinerary

The 17-day Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic voyage operates round-trip via charter flights from Toronto, Canada. Embark the ship in Resolute, Canada, cruise south along western Greenland and disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Route map of the Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic cruise, operating round-trip via charter flight from Toronto, with embarkation in Resolute, Canada, and disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and visits along western Greenland.
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Day 1
Arrive Toronto, Canada

The Arctic expedition begins in Toronto. Explore this vibrant city on your own before spending the night at the well-appointed hotel.

Accommodations

Airport Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to Resolute, Canada & Embark

This morning, board the charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, take the chance to walk around this small Arctic town before enjoying the first of many Zodiac cruises while being transferred to the ship.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 6
Canada's High Arctic

Cruising around the remote regions of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, navigate the same icy inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of long ago. Named after explorer Frederick William Beechey, of the Royal Navy, Beechey Island is a Canadian National Historic Site and the final resting place of three members of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845–46 expedition to find the Northwest Passage.

Radstock Bay is a popular research location for observing polar bears, which are often seen here in summer. An impressive Thule archaeological site provides insight into how these pre-Inuit people lived in the Far North. For almost 5,000 years, the hamlet of Arctic Bay and its surrounding area has been occupied by Inuit nomads migrating from the west. Surrounded by soaring cliffs teeming with seabirds, this is a great spot to go ashore and learn about the Inuit community’s traditional way of life.

The eastern end of Lancaster Sound affords numerous hiking opportunities on Devon Island. Anchor at Croker Bay and Zodiac cruise along the face of an active glacier. Walrus frequent the waters here, so be sure to have a camera handy. A hike to a nearby archaeological site is another possible excursion. At Dundas Harbour, trek along a beach to a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost.

Canada’s most northern settlement, Grise Fjord will be the final shore visit. Now home to about 150 residents, the traditional, mostly Inuit community was created in 1953, when the federal government resettled eight Inuit families from northern Quebec. Hunting and fishing are a significant part of their way of life. Visit the monument to the first Inuit settlers, as well as the remnants of the old camp where they lived.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 8
Smith Sound

Before saying goodbye to Canada, the ship will try to cruise as far north as possible, exploring both sides of Smith Sound, the uninhabited passage between Ellesmere Island and Greenland.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Qaanaaq, Greenland

The first stop in Greenland is Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world (there’s a reason ancient philosophers called it Ultima Thule, or “edge of known territory”). Here, local Inuit share their culture and traditions, and the museum sheds more light on what it’s like living near the top of the world.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
At Sea

As the ship sails south along the west coast of Greenland, presentations by the onboard experts will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 15
West Greenland

With spectacular glaciers, soaring fjords and vibrant communities, the west coast of Greenland will leave you breathless. First visit Nuussuaq, the only mainland community in the Upernavik Archipelago and one of the most traditional hunting and fishing villages in Greenland. As the ship approaches Uummannaq, stand on deck to take in the incredible view of the twin peaks towering over the vibrantly painted wooden houses dotting the rocky terrain below.

In the nearby archaeological site of Qilaqitsoq, visit the ruins of an ancient settlement, where the remains of eight fully dressed mummies were discovered under a rock outcrop in 1972 by a pair of hunters. The famous Greenlandic mummies, which date back to 1475 A.D., are on view at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk. Cruising farther south rewards with spectacular views of the Eqip Sermia glacier; hope to Zodiac cruise along its massive front from a safe distance, or go ashore to explore nearby.

Next visit the impressive Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to Sermeq Kujalleq, the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. While Zodiac cruising at the mouth of the fjord, hope to witness the wonders of calving ice. The traditional town, which boasts more sled dogs than people, is famous in its own right: it was the birthplace of explorer Knud Rasmussen, the first to traverse the Northwest Passage by dogsled, in the early 1920s . Hikes here lead out to stunning views of the young icebergs as as they float out the fjord to Disko Bay.

In Sisimiut, be treated to a traditional kayaking demonstration. The town has several 18th-century colonial buildings, including the oldest surviving church in Greenland, so take time to wander through the historic area. Finally, visit the community of Itilleq. Explore the town’s charming wooden houses painted in a rainbow of colors, chat with the locals, whose main trade is fishing, and maybe challenge them to a game of football (soccer)—it won’t be long before Itilleq’s famous friendly vibe is felt.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Kangerlussuaq, Greenland & Fly to Toronto, Canada

Enjoy one more Zodiac ride to shore and board the charter flight back to Toronto, Canada. Upon arrival in Toronto, be transferred to the included hotel.

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Depart Toronto, Canada

Today, make your way home at your leisure or spend some time exploring this fascinating city.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board; select beer and house wine during dinner; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leaders, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions; official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US $500,000 per person; Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax.

Exclusions

Mandatory Transfer Package (approximate package price in 2021 & 2022 is $2,895 and includes one night’s pre-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Toronto, group transfer from the Toronto hotel to the airport on day 2, charter flight from Toronto to Resolute, group transfer from the Resolute airport to the ship on embarkation day, group transfer from the ship to the Kangerlussuaq airport on disembarkation day, charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Toronto, and one night’s post-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Toronto); international airfare; arrival and departure transfers, except where listed in the Mandatory Transfer Package; passport and visa expenses; Canadian eTA required for non-Canadian or U.S. visa-exempt passengers; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended), or insurance of any kind; excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation; any adventure options or excursions.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic cruise begins and ends in Toronto, Canada (YYZ). Plan to arrive any time on day 1 of the itinerary. Check in time for the included group hotel is 3:00pm on day 1. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. An included group flight (with airport transfer) to Resolute is on day 2 of the itinerary. The scheduled flight time will be communicated in your final documents.

On day 16 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00am and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Toronto. Plan flights to depart Toronto anytime on day 17. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Toronto and Resolute, and Kangerlussuaq and Toronto are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed above under Exclusions. The flight to Resolute is expected to depart early on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) checked luggage and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Toronto and the ship. Additional luggage can be stored at the hotel in Toronto. There is no option to pay for additional luggage On day 16 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00 and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Toronto.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your The Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic cruise. The sea kayaking program must be reserved in advance. One-time paddling excursions are available for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. Each departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Included is a weather-dependent, small-group, 10-15-minute helicopter flightseeing excursion, as well as a helicopter transfer to a landing site; additional helicopter activities may be available for purchase on board. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking. For the 2021 & 2022 seasons sea kayaking is $695; one-time paddling excursion is $195; and flightseeing, heli-landing, hiking, Zodiac cruising, daily presentations, photography guides and the polar plunge are optional and included.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ultramarine: Balcony Suite, Deluxe Balcony Suite, Terrace Suite, Penthouse Suite, Owner’s Suite & Ultra Suite

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

17-Day In The Footsteps of Franklin Itinerary

The 17-day Northwest Passage: In The Footsteps of Franklin voyage operates round-trip via charter flights from Toronto, Canada. Embark the ship in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, cruise north along eastern Baffin Island and disembark in Resolute, Canada.

Route map of the Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin cruise, operating round-trip via charter flight from Toronto, with embarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and disembarkation in Resolute, Canada, and visits along eastern Baffin Island.
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Day 1
Arrive Toronto, Canada

The Arctic expedition begins in Toronto. Explore this vibrant city on your own before spending the night at the well-appointed hotel.

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland & Embark

After breakfast, board the charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, a small seaside community that’s your gateway to Greenland. Enjoy the first Zodiac ride while being transferred from shore to ship. Out on deck, take in new surroundings before the ship sets sail on this Arctic adventure.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
West Greenland

Cruising around the remote regions of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, navigate the same icy inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of long ago. Locals call Maniitsoq the Venice of Greenland, as it’s situated in an archipelago intersected by natural canals. Soaring, snow-capped mountains surround the small, rocky town, whose name means “the uneven place.” Playful humpback whales spend summer in the waters around here.

The Greenlandic capital of Nuuk is a haven for history and culture lovers. Stroll down to the waterfront to see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue, named for the missionary who established the settlement in 1728. Marvel at the famous remains of 500-year-old fully dressed mummies, discovered under a rock outcrop in 1972 by two brothers out hunting, at the Greenland National Museum. The Nuuk Art Museum and Katuaq Culture Centre are also worth visiting.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
At Sea

Say goodbye to Greenland’s shores as the ship traverses the Davis Strait in pursuit of the Canadian Arctic. Presentations by onboard experts will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 15
Canada's High Arctic

Visit towering fjords, historical sites and traditional Inuit communities while following in the footsteps of famous explorers from long ago in the Canadian High Arctic. The picturesque Inuit hamlet of Pangnirtung, nicknamed the Switzerland of the Arctic, is nestled beneath the jagged peaks of Mount Duval. An artist’s hub, Pang is renowned for its traditional Inuit arts and crafts, especially lithographs and intricate tapestries. At the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts, watch craftspeople in the tapestry studio and pick up a limited-edition print. A must for visitors, a colorful Pang hat will keep you warm during the remainder of your Arctic voyage. Also visit nearby Kekerten, an uninhabited island that was a major whaling destination in the 1800s.

At the southern tip of the Cumberland Sound, Cape Mercy was named by British explorer John Davis (of the Davis Strait), who sailed through it in 1585. The site of an old Distant Early Warning Line installation, it’s an ideal spot to go ashore for a hike. As icebergs travel down the Davis Strait, they’re naturally trapped at Qikiqtarjuak, the iceberg capital of the world. The icy waters here are sometimes also home to narwhals, beluga and right whales, and ring and harp seals. A hike up to the hilltop inukshuk (a stone figure made by the Inuit) rewards with spectacular views of the community.

Cruising farther north along the east coast of Baffin Island, approach Isabella Bay, an important summer and fall feeding area for a large population of bowhead whales. At the northern tip of Baffin Island, near the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, is the picturesque hamlet of Pond Inlet. Spend some time exploring this traditional Inuit community that’s surrounded by scenic mountains, fjords, glaciers and icebergs.

The area around Lancaster Sound affords several hiking opportunities. At Dundas Harbour, on Devon Island, visit an abandoned beachside outpost of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At nearby Croker Bay, cruise in a Zodiac (at a safe distance) along the face of an actively calving glacier. Keep eyes peeled for the muskoxen and walrus that are known to visit the bay. A hike to a nearby archaeological site is another possible excursion. Farther west, some of the best ancient Thule remains in the Arctic are at Radstock Bay, beside the soaring Caswell Towers, a polar bear observation site. Explore the area and gain insight into how these pre-Inuit people lived.

At the western end of Devon Island, the windswept Beechey Island might be small, but it’s steeped in history. Named after famed British explorer Frederick William Beechey, it’s a Canadian National Historic Site. Visit the small marked graves of three crew members who died during Sir John Franklin’s tragic 1845–46 expedition. Roald Amundsen landed here in 1903, during the first successful voyage by ship through the Northwest Passage.

Sailing down the east coast of Somerset Island, hope to spot beluga whales and narwhals, as they feed on the large numbers of Arctic char that enter Creswell Bay in late summer. An important bird Area, the bay also attracts such species as black-bellied plovers, king eiders and white-rumped sandpipers. Explore Fort Ross, where the Hudson’s Bay Company established a now-abandoned trading post in 1937. At the midpoint of the Bellot Strait, a narrow channel that separates Somerset Island from mainland North America, reach the northernmost area of the continental landmass, Zenith Point.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Resolute, Canada & Fly to Toronto

After disembarking in Resolute, be transferred to the charter flight to Toronto and spend the night at the included hotel.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Depart Toronto, Canada

Today, make your way to the airport to catch homeward flights, or spend the day exploring this fascinating city.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board; select beer and house wine during dinner; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leaders, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions; official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US $500,000 per person; Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax.

Exclusions

Mandatory Transfer Package (approximate package price in 2021 & 2022 is $2,895 and includes one night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Toronto, group transfer from the Toronto hotel to the airport on day 2, charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq, group transfer from the Kangerlussuaq airport to the ship on embarkation day, group transfer from the ship to the Resolute airport on disembarkation day, charter flight from Resolute to Toronto, group transfer from the airport to the hotel in Toronto, and one night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Toronto); international airfare; arrival and departure transfers, except where listed in the Mandatory Transfer Package; passport and visa expenses; Canadian eTA required for non-Canadian or U.S. visa-exempt passengers; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended), or insurance of any kind; excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation; any adventure options or excursions.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin cruise begins and ends in Toronto, Canada (YYZ). Plan to arrive any time on day 1 of the itinerary. Check in time for the included group hotel is 3:00pm on day 1. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. An included group flight (with airport transfer) to Kangerlussuaq is on day 2 of the itinerary. The scheduled flight time will be communicated in your final documents.

On day 16 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00am and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Toronto. Plan flights to depart Toronto anytime on day 17. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Toronto and Kangerlussuaq, and Resolute and Toronto are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed above under Exclusions. The flight to Kangerlussuaq is expected to depart early on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) checked luggage and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Toronto and the ship. Additional luggage can be stored at the hotel in Toronto. There is no option to pay for additional luggage On day 16 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00 and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Toronto.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your The Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin cruise. The sea kayaking program must be reserved in advance. One-time paddling excursions are available for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. Each departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Included is a weather-dependent, small-group, 10-15-minute helicopter flightseeing excursion, as well as a helicopter transfer to a landing site; additional helicopter activities may be available for purchase on board. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking. For the 2021 & 2022 seasons sea kayaking is $695; one-time paddling excursion is $195; and flightseeing, heli-landing, hiking, Zodiac cruising, daily presentations, photography guides and the polar plunge are optional and included.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ultramarine: Balcony Suite, Deluxe Balcony Suite, Terrace Suite, Penthouse Suite, Owner’s Suite & Ultra Suite

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

12-Day Canada's Remote Arctic Itinerary

The 12-day Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands voyage operates round-trip via charter flights from Toronto, Canada. Embark the ship in Resolute, Canada, and cruise an unplanned route among the central Nunavut islands of Baffin, Beechey, Devon and Coburg, plus attempting to reach Canada’s most northerly islands of Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg, before disembarking back in Resolute.

Route map of the Canada's Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands cruise, operating round-trip via charter flight from Toronto, with embarkation and disembarkation in Resolute, Canada, and visits to the central Nunavut islands of Baffin, Beechey, Devon, Coburg, Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg.
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Day 1
Arrive Toronto, Canada

The Arctic expedition begins in Toronto. Explore this vibrant city on your own before spending the night at the well-appointed hotel.

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to Resolute, Canada & Embark

This morning, board the charter flight to Resolute, Nunavut. Upon arrival, there may be a chance to check out some of the town’s sites before being transferred to the ship via Zodiac or helicopter (depending on ship location and weather conditions).

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 10
Canada's High Arctic

Cruising around the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic, navigate the same icy inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of long ago. With no fixed itinerary, the skilled expedition team selects the best course given weather and ice conditions. Enjoy Zodiac cruising, land excursions, a robust education program, a community visit and wildlife viewing opportunities. Conditions permitting, enjoy ultra-immersive activities like flightseeing and heli-landings.

Travel through the ancestral homelands of the Inuit, illuminated by Inuit guides on board and ashore. Nunavut is an Inuktitut word meaning “our land” and the Nunavummiut (the people of Nunavut) are renowned for their incredible resourcefulness, hospitality, good humor, and a deep knowledge of the land and animals that has allowed them to thrive in the far north for millennia. Aim to transit through the famous Hell Gate to reach Ellesmere, the northernmost island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Weather and ice conditions permitting, visit the famous fossil forest on Axel Heiberg Island, Canada’s second most northerly island. Birders will want to have their binoculars and cameras at the ready, as the island also affords opportunities for sightings of snow buntings, ptarmigans, jaegers and arctic terns, among others. It’s likely to see polar bears, muskoxen and several bird species, such as gyrfalcons and dovekies (little auks). Possibly even spot the elusive narwhal or arctic wolf.

Coburg Island is a wildlife reserve for such birds as snowy owls and peregrine falcons, while the impressive vertical cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are dotted with nesting seabirds like northern fulmars and black guillemots. The sheltered shores and steep cliffs of Arctic Bay, a hamlet located off of Admiralty Inlet, provide an ideal nesting habitat for various High Arctic birds such as snow geese, thick-billed murres (Brünnich’s guillemots) and kittiwakes. Occupied by Inuit and Thule cultures for almost 5,000 years, this traditional community is also an ideal spot to go ashore and learn more about the Inuit culture, sampling the local cuisine and mingling with artists, perhaps picking up carvings or other handicrafts as a memento of this polar adventure.

Devon Island is another possible locale for wildlife encounters, as walrus, polar bears and muskoxen inhabit the area, which is also the location of the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost, established at Dundas Harbour in 1924 to curb foreign whaling and other activities. Nearby is a small cemetery, one of Canada’s most northerly, still maintained by the RCMP to this day. Hope to fly up to explore the Devon ice cap, one of the largest in the Canadian Arctic. History buffs will enjoy the chance to visit an abandoned Hudson’s Bay Company trading post at Fort Ross, at the southern end of Somerset Island, and pay their respects to the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845–46 at the gravesite of three crew members on Beechey Island, one of Canada’s most significant Arctic sites.

Possibly Zodiac cruise along the face of an active glacier near Croker Bay and possibly even witness the wonders of calving ice, at a safe distance. Be on the lookout for the walrus that are often seen in the area. There is no shortage of natural beauty, wildlife and history in Canada’s High Arctic. Each day, discover something new and inspiring, whether it is admiration of the tundra flora to survive the rugged environment, a rare bird species soaring overhead, a polar bear on the hunt in its natural habitat, or the remains of a century-old hut.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Resolute, Canada & Fly to Toronto

After disembarking in Resolute, be transferred to the charter flight to Toronto, where you’ll spend the night at the included hotel.

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Depart Toronto

Today, make your way to the airport to catch homeward flights, or spend the day exploring this fascinating city.

Accommodations

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board; select beer and house wine during dinner; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leaders, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions; official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US $500,000 per person.

Exclusions

Mandatory Transfer Package (approximate package price in 2021 & 2022 is $1,995 and includes one night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Toronto, group transfer from the Toronto hotel to the airport on day 2, charter flights between Toronto and Resolute, group transfers between the Resolute airport and the ship, group transfer from the airport to the hotel in Toronto on disembarkation day, and one night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Toronto); international airfare; arrival and departure transfers, except where listed in the Mandatory Transfer Package; passport and visa expenses; Canadian eTA required for non-Canadian or U.S. visa-exempt passengers; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended), or insurance of any kind; excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation; any adventure options or excursions.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands cruise begins and ends in Toronto, Canada (YYZ). Plan to arrive any time on day 1 of the itinerary. Check in time for the included group hotel is 3:00pm on day 1. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. An included group flight (with airport transfer) to Resolute is on day 2 of the itinerary. The scheduled flight time will be communicated in your final documents.

On day 11 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00am and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Toronto. Plan flights to depart Toronto anytime on day 12. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Toronto and Resolute are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed above under Exclusions. The flight to Resolute is expected to depart early on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) checked luggage and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Toronto and Resolute. Additional luggage can be stored at the hotel in Toronto. There is no option to pay for additional luggage On day 11 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00 and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Toronto.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands cruise. The sea kayaking program must be reserved in advance. One-time paddling excursions are available for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. Each departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Included is a weather-dependent, small-group, 10-15-minute helicopter flightseeing excursion, as well as a helicopter transfer to a landing site; additional helicopter activities may be available for purchase on board. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking. For the 2021 & 2022 seasons sea kayaking is $695; one-time paddling excursion is $195; and flightseeing, heli-landing, hiking, Zodiac cruising, daily presentations, photography guides and the polar plunge are optional and included.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ultramarine: Balcony Suite, Deluxe Balcony Suite, Terrace Suite, Penthouse Suite, Owner’s Suite & Ultra Suite

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

9-Day Arctic Express Canada Itinerary

The 9-day Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage voyage operates round-trip via charter flights from Toronto, Canada. Embark the ship in Resolute, Canada, and cruise an unplanned route among the heart of the Nunavut islands, including Baffin, Beechey and Devon before disembarking back in Resolute.

Route map of the Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage cruise, operating round-trip via charter flight from Toronto, with embarkation and disembarkation in Resolute, Canada, and visits to the heart of the Nunavut islands, including Baffin, Beechey and Devon.
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Day 1
Arrive Toronto, Canada

The Arctic expedition begins in Toronto. Explore this vibrant city on your own before spending the night at the well-appointed hotel.

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to Resolute, Canada & Embark

This morning, board the charter flight to Resolute, Nuvanut. Upon arrival, there may be the chance to check out some of the town’s sites before being transferred to the ship via Zodiac or helicopter (depending on ship location and weather conditions).

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 7
Canada's High Arctic

Winding around the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic, navigate the same icy inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of long ago. With no fixed itinerary, the skilled expedition team selects the best course given weather and ice conditions. Enjoy Zodiac cruising, land excursions, a robust education program, a community visit and wildlife viewing opportunities. Conditions permitting, enjoy ultra-immersive activities like flightseeing and heli-landings.

Travel through the ancestral homelands of the Inuit, illuminated by Inuit guides on board and ashore. Nunavut is an Inuktitut word meaning “our land” and the Nunavummiut (the people of Nunavut) are renowned for their incredible resourcefulness, hospitality, good humor, and a deep knowledge of the land and animals that has allowed them to thrive in the far north for millennia.

While following in the footsteps of famous explorers like Sir John Franklin and Roald Amundsen, navigate the waters and visit the historic sites in the area around Lancaster Sound that were key to the discovery of the Northwest Passage. Learn about the scientific, cultural, geopolitical and environmental aspects of the route from world-class experts, guides and the local communities. Wildlife sightings are almost guaranteed, as many of the areas we hope to explore are home to a surprising number of birds and mammals that thrive in this challenging environment. It’s likely to see polar bears, muskoxen and several bird species, such as gyrfalcons and dovekies (little auks). Possibly even spot the elusive narwhal or arctic wolf.

Coburg Island is a wildlife reserve for such birds as snowy owls and peregrine falcons, while the impressive vertical cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are dotted with nesting seabirds like northern fulmars and black guillemots. The sheltered shores and steep cliffs of Arctic Bay, a hamlet located off of Admiralty Inlet, provide an ideal nesting habitat for various High Arctic birds such as snow geese, thick-billed murres (Brünnich’s guillemots) and kittiwakes. Occupied by Inuit and Thule cultures for almost 5,000 years, this traditional community is also an ideal spot to go ashore and learn more about the Inuit culture, sampling the local cuisine and mingling with artists, perhaps picking up carvings or other handicrafts as a memento of this polar adventure.

Devon Island is another possible locale for wildlife encounters, as walrus, polar bears and muskoxen inhabit the area, which is also the location of the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost, established at Dundas Harbour in 1924 to curb foreign whaling and other activities. Nearby is a small cemetery, one of Canada’s most northerly, still maintained by the RCMP to this day. Hope to fly up to explore the Devon ice cap, one of the largest in the Canadian Arctic. History buffs will enjoy the chance to visit an abandoned Hudson’s Bay Company trading post at Fort Ross, at the southern end of Somerset Island, and pay their respects to the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845–46 at the gravesite of three crew members on Beechey Island, one of Canada’s most significant Arctic sites. This is also where Norwegian Roald Amundsen stopped to pay his own respects to his childhood hero, Franklin, during his 1903–06 voyage, which became the first successful transit of the Northwest Passage.

Nearby Fort Ross is the Bellot Strait. Aim to transit this famous channel, one of the most narrow and challenging of the passage. If successful, pass Zenith Point, the northernmost point of continental North America. Possibly Zodiac cruise along the face of an active glacier near Croker Bay and possibly even witness the wonders of calving ice, at a safe distance. Be on the lookout for the walrus that are often seen in the area. There is no shortage of natural beauty, wildlife and history in Canada’s High Arctic. Each day, discover something new and inspiring, whether it is admiration of the tundra flora to survive the rugged environment, a rare bird species soaring overhead, a polar bear on the hunt in its natural habitat, or the remains of a century-old hut.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Resolute, Canada

After disembarking in Resolute, be transferred to the charter flight to Toronto, where you’ll spend the night at the included hotel.

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Depart Toronto, Canada

Today, make your way to the airport to catch homeward flights, or spend the day exploring this fascinating city.

Accommodations

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board; select beer and house wine during dinner; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leaders, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions; official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US $500,000 per person.

Exclusions

Mandatory Transfer Package (approximate package price for 2021 & 2022 is $1,995 and includes one night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Toronto, group transfer from the Toronto hotel to the airport on day 2, charter flights between Toronto and Resolute, group transfers between the Resolute airport and the ship, group transfer from the airport to the hotel in Toronto on disembarkation day, and one night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Toronto); international airfare; arrival and departure transfers, except where listed in the Mandatory Transfer Package; passport and visa expenses; Canadian eTA required for non-Canadian or U.S. visa-exempt passengers; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended), or insurance of any kind; excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation; any adventure options or excursions.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands cruise begins and ends in Toronto, Canada (YYZ). Plan to arrive any time on day 1 of the itinerary. Check in time for the included group hotel is 3:00pm on day 1. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. An included group flight (with airport transfer) to Resolute is on day 2 of the itinerary. The scheduled flight time will be communicated in your final documents.

On day 11 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00am and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Toronto. Plan flights to depart Toronto anytime on day 12. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Toronto and Resolute are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed above under Exclusions. The flight to Resolute is expected to depart early on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) checked luggage and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Toronto and Resolute. Additional luggage can be stored at the hotel in Toronto. There is no option to pay for additional luggage On day 11 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00 and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Toronto.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands cruise. The sea kayaking program must be reserved in advance. One-time paddling excursions are available for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. Each departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Included is a weather-dependent, small-group, 10-15-minute helicopter flightseeing excursion, as well as a helicopter transfer to a landing site; additional helicopter activities may be available for purchase on board. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking. For the 2021 & 2022 seasons sea kayaking is $695; one-time paddling excursion is $195; and flightseeing, heli-landing, hiking, Zodiac cruising, daily presentations, photography guides and the polar plunge are optional and included.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ultramarine: Balcony Suite, Deluxe Balcony Suite, Terrace Suite, Penthouse Suite, Owner’s Suite & Ultra Suite

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

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