Sail from western Greenland to Russia's Far East on an extraordinary voyage that transits the entire Northwest Passage, all from aboard exclusively chartered 'Le Boreal.'
Luxury Expedition Cruises 2015-2016
Cruise for 20 nights aboard the luxury, all-balcony expedition ship 'Le Boreal' on an exclusive A&K charter
Travel in the company of A&K's world-class Expedition Team for a deeply enriching and captivating journey
Sail the full extent of the Northwest Passage, from Greenland to the Canadian Arctic provinces, to Alaska and ending in Anadyr, Russia's Far East
Discover the most historic and remote islands, fjords and harbors along the elusive Northwest Passage, taking in moving stories of voyages won and lives lost, in the name of conquering a trade route between the Atlantic and Pacific
Explore the West Coast of Greenland, where you may meet with local Inuits in their homes or alongside their dog-sled teams, visit a traditional hunting village and learn the art of leather tanning
Marvel at geological wonders from the "Smoking Hills" of Franklin Bay to the dramatic Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site teeming with icebergs
Discover the Northwest Passage as the world's greatest polar explorers once did, with stops along the way that may include Pond Inlet, Lancaster Sound, Beechey Island, Sommerset Island and Gjoa Haven
Delve into the rarely visited Yukon Territory, where whaling once thrived and an abundance of wildlife still reigns supreme
Enjoy the convenience of A&K charter flights to Kangerlussuaq and from Anadyr, that begin and end in North America
Arrive in Montreal, Quebec’s European-style city. Transfer to your hotel before meeting your local guide for an afternoon walking tour. Tonight, gather with your A&K Expedition Team for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner to celebrate the start of your adventure.Fairmont Queen Elizabeth | Meals: D
Arrive by charter flight this afternoon in Western Greenland at Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord in Danish), located on the tip of its namesake fjord and once a strategic allied stronghold during World War II. Weather and time permitting, visit the edge of the Greenland ice sheet (indlandsis), a vast body of inland ice covering 80 percent of the continent. En route, be on the lookout for native wildlife, such as musk ox, reindeer, Arctic foxes, falcons and eagles. Later, arrive at the pier to board your luxurious expedition cruiser, ‘Le Boreal.’ Tonight, join your award-winning Expedition Team and crew for a welcome cocktail reception.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
In 1906, polar explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Start your voyage exactly where Amundsen did — along the stunning West Coast of Greenland and north into Baffin Bay, which you explore for six days. Your enrichment and lecture program also begins, offering the first of many opportunities to delve deeper into the story of this dramatic and remote region.
Based on ice, weather and sea conditions, your captain and expedition crew determine the day’s best sightseeing opportunities, which may include:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart — and history — of the Northwest Passage. The A&K Expedition Team continues to share a captivating lecture program to enhance your own discovery.
As ‘Le Boreal’ winds it way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team will determine the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting excursions await and are likely to include:
In the Northwest Territories at Franklin Bay, see the spectacular “Smoking Hills,” cliffs of bituminous shale that combust and endlessly burn. This rare geological phenomenon has likely been occurring for millennia, with layers of the relatively unstable mineral jarosite covering these hills. When the mineral comes into contact with cold air, it becomes red-hot and produces a thick, black smoke — a fantastic site not unlike the smoky fumaroles produced by volcanoes.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
During a long mapping expedition in 1826, Captain Franklin was the first European to lay eyes on this unique island at the northernmost point of the Yukon Territory. Named by Franklin, Herschel Island is a landmark in the West Arctic and has since served alternately as a whaling station, relay station and refuge for travellers. The island teems with wildlife that includes the migrating bowhead whale, walrus, moose, musk ox, Arctic fox and 94 species of birds. It is also one of the only places on earth where you may see a grizzly bear, black bear and polar bear, the last of which live along the ice edge in summer. Evidence of the island’s whaling culture and Thule Inuit predecessors remains near the shoreline, though it may not be for much longer; the island is subject to extreme coastal erosion and scientists predict the shoreline will disappear under the waves within 50 years.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
Typically dense with ice floes and fog, the Beaufort Sea opens up a 60-mile-wide coastal pass from August to September. Continue sailing in the comfort of your luxury expedition cruiser, participating in eye-opening lectures led by the Expedition Team. Be on the lookout across the sea for bowhead and beluga whales, the latter of which sustain one of the largest populations in the world here. Still hunted on a sustenance quota basis by local Inuits, the sociable creatures often travel in numbers and are said to be quite “chatty,” with their trills, clicks and squeals audible above the surface. ‘Le Boreal’ cruises into the U.S. and clears at Point Barrow, Alaska. Your voyage continues through this narrow passage between North America and the ever-changing Arctic ice cap.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
Continue cruising through the Bering Sea to Little Diomede, an island that sits between Alaska and Russia at the edge of the International Date Line. Disembark for a Zodiac cruise of the island, where the Ingalikmiut people still maintain a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and egg gathering. In line with customs and necessity, the Ingalikmiut also use seal, walrus and polar bear hides to make clothing, parkas, hats and mukluks, as well as trade currency for bartering.'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
Just south of the Arctic Circle, the Bering Strait guards the entrance to the Bering Sea, which ‘Le Boreal’ enters and where a prolific ecosystem supports an incredible, world-renowned fishery. This is the capital of Alaskan king crab. From the ship’s upper decks or your own private balcony, you may spot any number of breeding seabirds and whales (bowhead, blue, fin, sei, orca and even the rare North Pacific right), all here for the feast. The day brings a new series of enriching lectures to supplement the vast ocean views. PLEASE NOTE: Lose a day (September 9) as you cross the International Date Line from the Western to the Eastern Hemisphere.
'Le Boreal' | Meals: B L D
Arrive in Anadyr, Russia’s Far East city situated in the secluded region of Chukotka. Celebrate the success of your voyage through the Northwest Passage with your newfound friends. After breakfast, disembark ‘Le Boreal’ and board your charter flight to Vancouver. Arrive this evening for an overnight stay at your hotel, conveniently located above the U.S. departures terminal.Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel | Meals: B L D
After breakfast, you will be assisted with baggage transfer
and check in for your return flights home.
*Please note: This itinerary is provisional and subject to change due to ice, weather, wildlife and other conditions beyond A&K's control. The final itinerary will be determined at the sole discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader.
Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
|Aug. 20, 2015 - Sep. 12, 2015||$27,995||Classic Balcony Stateroom- Category 1||Sold Out|