Montreal | Dynamic Canadian City
Arrive in Montreal and transfer to your hotel. Gather for a welcome dinner and enjoy an introduction to your cruise’s AKP art auction. The next day, choose from city tours that include Old Montreal and the “Underground City.”
Western Greenland | In the Footsteps of Amundsen
Transfer to the airport for a charter flight to Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord), a fjord at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Later, board your luxury expedition mega-yacht, ‘Le Boreal.’ Tonight, join fellow guests and crew for a welcome cocktail reception. In 1906, explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to transit the entire Northwest Passage. The next day, embark on your voyage from exactly where he did, cruising along the stunning West Coast of Greenland, which you explore for six days: Your Captain and Expedition Leader determine the day’s best sightseeing opportunities, which may include: northernmost Sisimiut for a visit to its local museum and an Inuit sea kayak demonstration; Disko Bay, a wide inlet off of Baffin Bay first explored by Erik the Red in 985; the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the mouth of one of the most active glaciers in the world; and the Uummannaq Fjord system, a geological wonder teeming with marine life, where you also discover the ancient huts of the Thule hunters.
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic | Heart of the Northwest Passage
Cruise west into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and Nunavut, voyaging into the heart of this legendary sea route. Your Expedition Leader and Captain determine your excursions, which may include: the Inuit Village of Pond Inlet, where you visit a local community center and co-op to shop for artisan soapstone carvings; Beechey Island, where British explorer Sir John Franklin and his expedition sought refuge in 1845 before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the passage, and where you see the wooden grave markers for three of his men; and the natural harbor of Gjoa Haven, where Amundsen took a two-year refuge among the Netsilik Inuits while waiting for ice to abate, before he became the first person ever to transit the full Northwest Passage.
The Northwest & Yukon Territories | “Smoking Hills” & Herschel Island
In the Northwest Territories, you may stop for a landing at Ulukhaktok (Holman village) and for an unforgettable visit with its Inuit people, who greet you with drum dances at the shore. At Franklin Bay, see the rare geological phenomenon of the “Smoking Hills,” cliffs of bituminous shale combusting and burning for millennia. Conditions permitting in the Yukon, you may also land at Herschel Island. Evidence of the island’s whaling culture remains along its coastline — one greatly affected by impacts of sea erosion and climate change.
Beaufort & Chukchi Seas | Waters of the White One
Sail from the wide Beaufort Sea into the U.S., clearing at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customs clearance only). Relax on your private balcony or join fellow guests on deck and, with some luck, spot the chatty beluga by day or the evening’s northern lights.
Little Diomede Island & Nome, Alaska | Wilds of Alaska
Cruise to Little Diomede, home to the traditional Ingalikmiut. Conditions permitting, take a Zodiac ride. The next day, disembark in Nome and enjoy a tour and dogsled demonstration. Board your A&K internal flight to Anchorage. Continue on your flight home.