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MS Fram, Ilulissat, Greenland

The Northwest Passage on Hurtigruten

14-day cruise from £9,830 pp incl. flights


Short description

Follow in the wake of the early polar adventurers, linking the unique wildlife and dramatic scenery of Greenland and Arctic Canada

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  • Spot everything from narwhals to polar bears
  • Watch as Arctic landscapes come alive under the Midnight Sun
  • Enjoy small-boat excursions throughout, led by the expedition team
  • Take in prehistoric archaeology and unique Inuit culture
  • Indulge with full-board dining

In Brief

  • 1 Night Kangerlussuaq
  • 1 Night Sisimiut
  • 1 Night Ilulissat
  • 2 Nights The Davis Strait
  • 1 Night Baffin Island
  • 1 Night Devon Island
  • 1 Night Radstock Bay
  • 1 Night Fort Ross
  • 2 Nights James Ross Strait
  • 1 Night Gjøa Haven
  • 1 Night Montreal


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Exploration cruise | Mountains | Natural world | Off the beaten track | Unique & unusual | Wildlife

Weave between cragged straits, watch as icebergs calve off giant glaciers and stop off at remote frontier ports alive with indigenous culture and maritime heritage as you link Greenland with Arctic Canada. And, sailing over summer, it’s all lit by the ethereal presence of the Midnight Sun and animated by spectacular wildlife displays. There’s everything from whales and narwhal to polar bears and caribou. At every step you’ll enjoy lectures, hikes and tender-boat excursions led by expedition experts before you return to the full-board indulgences of your exclusive ship.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Begin your trip with complimentary airport lounge access before your flight out to Greenland via Copenhagen. On arrival, an included transfer will see you to your expedition ship – the MS Fram. While this ice-class vessel is purpose built for the world’s northern remotes, you’ll be welcomed by chic Scandinavian style, complemented by the likes of comfortable cabins, a sauna, fitness centre and even outdoor Jacuzzis. And, wherever you are, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Arctic scenery, not least in the ship’s indulgent restaurant where you’ll enjoy the first of your full-board meals. Lastly, with just 127 cabins, the Fram offers a wonderfully intimate atmosphere, this exclusive ship dwarfed by the surrounding scenery.

Stay: MS Fram

Meals: D

Day 2

As you travel along Greenland’s fjords, be sure to head out on deck, keeping your eyes out for breaching whales. Along with the humpbacks and their minke cousins, there’s also the chance to spot the resident seals. Then, crossing the Arctic Circle, you’ll arrive into Sisimiut. This modern settlement enjoys a rich past, remembered today in the local handicrafts, colourful houses and a small museum. It’s all set to a backdrop of views across Disco Bay to the island where past expeditions stopped to pick up dogs. Perhaps take it all in with a scenic hill hike.

Stay: MS Fram

Meals: B L D

Day 3

Sailing into the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord, you’ll dip between colossal icebergs glowing iridescent under the Midnight Sun. Listen as they splinter in great cracks and groans, having calved from the Jakobshavn Glacier some 20km upstream. Then, disembarking at Ilulissat itself, you’ll have the opportunity to walk right along the fjord’s shores, perhaps exploring further by kayak, whale-watching boat rides or even scenic flights. There’s also a pair of museums to take in, showcasing Inuit art and the expeditions of Knud Rasmussen.

Stay: MS Fram

Meals: B L D

Days 4-5
Crossing the Davis Strait

With two days at sea, you’ll sail the Davis Strait – named for the 16th-century English explorer who set out in search of the North West Passage. Keep your eyes out for seals and whales, making use of the binoculars in the observation lounge.

Stay: MS Fram

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Canada

Today you’ll have the chance to appreciate the hardy peoples of the Canadian Arctic with a stop at Pond Inlet on Baffin Island. Known also as ‘Mittimatalik’ in Inuktitut, you’ll be welcomed to this traditional Inuit community by a cultural performance. However, its setting is just as impressive. To arrive, you’ll sail with drifting icebergs through a narrow channel hemmed in by high mountains and innumerable glaciers. This is where the search for high Arctic wildlife begins, with highlights including polar bears and large pods of narwhal.

Stay: MS Fram

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Devon Island

With Antarctica counting as a continent, Devon is the largest uninhabited island in the world. But, it’s still home to an intriguing human history, evidenced by your stop at Dundas Harbour, an abandoned settlement complete with a Royal Canadian Mounted Police camp and several archaeological sites that bear witness to the Thules – the ancestors of the Inuit. Then, sailing through Croker’s Bay – a large fjord watched over by a pair of tidewater glaciers – you’ll have the opportunity to spot the likes of walrus and beluga whale along with Arctic hare and musk ox on the tundra surrounds. It’s all highlighted by small-boat excursions.

Stay: MS Fram

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Radstock Bay/Beechey Island

Stopping at Radstock Bay, you’ll watch as the Caswell Tower – a giant sedimentary rock – looms large out of the sea. This cragged islet is ideal for challenging hikes and short walks alike, bringing you to pre-Inuit settlements. It’s also the setting for a polar bear research station. Your next stop is Beechey Island. As you step ashore, your expedition team will point you towards the desolate graves and the ruins of Northumberland House. Each tells the story of the region’s fated expeditions.

Stay: MS Fram

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Fort Ross, the Bellot Strait

Today you’ll navigate the Bellot Strait, a narrow passage that links the Atlantic with the Pacific. Historically, its ice floes and fast current have made it a fearsome sailing, but today it’s expertly dealt with by the MS Fram and offers excellent chances to spot a polar bear or two. And, at its eastern end you’ll stop off at Fort Ross, a historic trading post first established in 1937. The huts here – maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard – are often used by the local Inuit for shelter during hunting trips.

Stay: MS Fram

Meals: B L D

Days 10-11
Coningham Bay/ James Ross Strait

Continuing along the wildly beautiful Victoria Strait you’ll watch on as jagged snow-capped peaks pierce blue skies. You’ll also pause at Coningham Bay to explore with the ship’s tender boats; this shallow but broad stretch of water is a hotspot for belugas and polar bears. The next day, you’ll continue along the James Ross Strait. As with Davis before it, the passage was named for a British explorer; you’ll follow in his footsteps, with tender-boat landings bringing you to sublime hikes.

Stay: MS Fram

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Gjøa Haven

Gjøa Haven has a long history in providing safe shelter for polar explorers. Roald Amundsen himself termed it ‘the finest little harbour in the world’, having spent two years here hunting caribou and collecting scientific data. It’s here that the great adventurer established contact with the local Inuit, learning their unique methods of survival. Today, the settlement is also known for its surprisingly lively arts and crafts scene, with local carvers famed for their shamanistic renditions while seamstresses produce traditional Inuit clothing. Indeed, the region’s cultural heritage is showcased in a series of superb centres. Lastly, as you’ll be visiting in the warmer months, you’ll be treated to spectacular array of birdlife.

Stay: MS Fram

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Cambridge Bay/Montréal

With indigenous peoples having lived in this part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago for some four millennia, Cambridge Bay – on the southeast coast of Victoria Island – is home to a fascinating spread of archaeological sites. It’s all predicated on the area’s rich wildlife, with giant char, caribou and seals all visible to this day, backdropped by a preponderance of summer wildflowers. There’s also a more modern history, with the upturned hull of Roald Amundsen’s ship, The Maud, visible in the bay’s harbour. Then, on disembarking, an included transfer will see you to the airport for your flight to Montréal where you’ll spend the night in a luxury hotel.

Stay: Sheraton Montréal

Meals: B

Day 14
Depart for UK

After breakfast, you’ll be met by a private driver who’ll see you to the airport for your flight home. We highly recommend extending your stay to explore more of Canada and the USA; contact your consultant to find out more.

Meals: B



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14-day cruise on board MS Fram (Hurtigruten) from £9,830 incl. flights

Departure: 29 August 2018

Polar Inside (I): £9,830
Polar Outside (N): £11,390
Arctic Superior (U2): £12,315


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and Copenhagen and Montreal
  • Shared transfers throughout
  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Economy flight Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq & Cambridge Bay to Montreal
  • 1 night accommodation in a 4* (Superior) hotel on a B&B basis in Montreal
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Please note This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine the final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

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