Northwest Passage: Greenland to Alaska - 23 Days

Onboard  National Geographic Resolution – 138 passengers

Embark on an epic journey across the Northwest Passage from Greenland to Alaska, and follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorers who searched for centuries for a northwest route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Experience this epic quest aboard National Geographic Resolution and discover the otherworldly icescapes that challenged generations of adventurers.

Hightlights

  • Venture into the fabled Northwest Passage and learn dramatic stories of explorers and adventurers who sought this magnificent, icy frontier
  • Glide between soaring icebergs at the mouth of Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit one of Canada’s “jewels of the north”: Pond Inlet, a small Inuit community known for soapstone carvings
  • Observe polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, belugas, and bowhead whales—and, with luck, the elusive narwhal
  • Meander through the remains of historic dwellings on Herschel Island, a scattered mixture from the Inuvialuit people and the once-booming whaling industry

Tour Dates

Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavík, Iceland
Arrive in Reykjavík and enjoy a morning excursion in the Reykjavík region as your first introduction to the land of Fire and Ice.  After lunch, check into your centrally located hotel in Reykjavík and enjoy exploring the quaint capital city streets at your leisure. Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Reykjavík / Nuuk, Greenland / Embark Ship
Fly from Reykjavík by chartered aircraft to Nuuk, Greenland’s capital thriving capital city. Settle into your cabin and enjoy a scenic sailing out of the Nuuk fjord and into the open water of the Davis Strait, as we navigate north along the coastline. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Greenland’s West Coast and Sisimiut
The massive ice sheet that blankets much of Greenland feeds dozens of fjords and glaciers on the dramatic western coast. Be on the lookout for humpback and minke whales as we trace these rugged shores. During a stop at the former whaling port of Sisimiut, visit the local museum and stroll among the town’s 18th-century wooden buildings. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Disko Bay / Ilulissat
Sail into Disko Bay to explore the World Heritage-listed Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice sheet that extends to the bay. Here, the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier calves enormous amounts of ice at an astonishing rate, releasing icebergs that can soar up to 300 feet. A cruise among these gigantic sculptures of ice is a highlight of our voyage. Explore the remains of the historic fishing village of Sermermiut and take in spectacular views of the ice-laden mouth of the fjord. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5-7: Exploring East Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
We begin our exploration of the Canadian High Arctic with a visit to the small Inuit community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Explore some of the beautiful bays and inlets along Baffin Island’s Lancaster Sound, a favorite Inuit hunting and fishing location for hundreds of years. Carved by Ice Age glaciers, Lancaster Sound is also the eastern gateway to the Arctic Archipelago, where European explorers like William Baffin first ventured in the 17th century to search for the Northwest Passage. Our days here are spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. Visit Devon Island and take a walk with our ship’s archaeologist to learn about the Thule people—ancestors of the modern Inuit—that once inhabited this region. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 8-17: Exploring the Northwest Passage
Our ice-strengthened ship, National Geographic Resolution, navigates the Northwest Passage following nature’s path—dependent on ice and weather conditions. Taking our cues from nature, we follow wildlife, stop for hikes on the tundra, or drop anchor in a beautiful fjord or an icy bay to explore and kayak beneath massive ice sculptures and soaring cliffs.

Along the way, explore ice-studded channels and glacier-carved islands that stretch for hundreds of miles—a stunning display of raw geology; survey the rocky, “Mars-like” terrain of uninhabited Devon Island; sail past the northernmost part of mainland North America in the Bellot Strait, one of the narrowest and most infamous of the passage; and cross the top of the Northwest Territory of Canada to search for ringed seals, arctic foxes, musk oxen, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales.

History and culture are also on the itinerary. Learn about the Inuit peoples who have hunted and fished here for thousands of years. And hear heroic stories of the early explorers: Roald Amundsen, John Ross, William Edward Parry, and James Clark Ross, among others. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At Sea
Indulge in National Geographic Resolution’s amenities as we continue along the shores of the Canadian High Arctic. Soak in the ship’s infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, take in panoramic views from the rooftop observation deck, and enjoy talks from our onboard experts. Take time to reflect on the amazing wildlife and geology that have highlighted our journey so far. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Herschel Island, Yukon Territory
Once a thriving whaling village off the coast of the Yukon Territory, Herschel Island is now classified as a Natural Environmental Park. The island protects the wildlife alongside the heritage of the Inuvialuit people and the whaling industry. As we wander through Herschel’s historic dwellings, keep an eye out for the wildlife residents, which include bears, musk oxen and arctic foxes. The area is also home to the largest colony of black guillemots in the Western Arctic. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 20-22: At Sea
As we continue to sail westward along the northern coast of Alaska, reflect on our adventures while scanning the water for marine life and enjoying life on board. Take a yoga class, unwind with a massage in the wellness center, and curl up next to the fireplace in the library. Share images with our Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photography instructor, and marvel at footage captured by the ship’s underwater camera. Our voyage culminates with a farewell dinner on board. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Nome, Alaska, U.S. / Disembark Ship / Home
Arrive in the remote city of Nome, Alaska, on the coast of the Bering Sea. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board. Disembark to explore the town prior to our flight to Anchorage. In Anchorage, transfer to flights home. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Route Map

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD
Category 1
$48,300
Limited
Category 2
$51,558
 
Category 3
$59,893
 
Category 4
$67,308
 
Category 5
$77,315
 
Category 6
$88,929
Full
Category 7
$96,665
 
Category A Solo
$72,450
 
Category B Solo
$77,336
 
Charter Flights
$1,530
 

Charter flights are not included in the cabin pricing. See the neon green box in the pricing grid for the cost of the charter flights. 

Single Travelers

  • Can book a dedicated solo cabin in Category A Solo or Category B Solo at the prices listed above
  • Share cabins may be available in select cabin categories, please enquire for more details
  • If booking Cat 1 – 7 at solo occupancy, the rate is 2x the per person share price

Adventure Options

  • Paddling – included in the voyage cost. Guests may have the chance to paddle once, conditions permitting.

Charter flights between Santiago and Ushuaia are not included in the cabin pricing. See the neon green box in the pricing grid for the cost of the charter flights. 

Single Travelers

  • Can book a dedicated solo cabin in Category A Solo or Category B Solo at the prices listed above
  • Share cabins may be available in select cabin categories, please enquire for more details
  • If booking Cat 1 – 7 at solo occupancy, the rate is 2x the per person share price

Adventure Options

  • Paddling – included in the voyage cost. Guests may have the chance to paddle once, conditions permitting.

Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Category 7

These large balcony suites feature two balcony chairs, hammock, and table; two single beds that can convert to a queen; pull-out sofa; coffee table; writing desk and chair; espresso maker; hammock; and a large walk-in closet with full length mirror. Expanded bathroom has a double vanity, bathtub, towel warmer, and rain shower. Guests receive a welcome amenity, complimentary laundry, priority access to one igloo reservation, and one spa appointment per departure.

Bridge Deck: #708-711, 716, 718, 719, 721

Category 6

Junior suite with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and table; two single beds that convert to a queen; pull-out sofa; writing desk with chair; two bedside tables; coffee table; espresso maker; and a closet. Guests receive a welcome amenity, complimentary laundry, and priority access to one igloo reservation, and one spa appointment per departure.

Bridge Deck: #714

Category 5

Cabin with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; two single beds that convert to a queen; pull-out sofa; coffee table; writing desk with chair; two bedside tables; and a closet.

Bridge Deck: #700-707, 712, 713, 715, 717

Category 4

Cabin with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock and a table; two single beds that can convert to a queen; pull-out sofa; coffee table; writing desk with chair; two bedside tables; and a closet.

Lounge Deck: #608, 610, 612, 613-623

Category 3

Cabin with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; two single beds that convert to a queen; convertible sleeper sofa; writing desk with a chair; two bedside tables; coffee table; and a closet.

Main Deck: #512-524

Category 2

Cabin with two large windows, two single beds that can convert to a queen, window sofa, two seat sofa, coffee table, writing desk with an office chair, two bedside tables, coffee table, and a closet.

Fore Deck: #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427

Category 1

Cabin with two large windows, two singles that can convert to a queen, writing desk and chair, two bedside tables, window sofa, coffee table, and a closet.

Fore Deck: #406, 408, 411, 413, 415

Category A Solo

Cabin with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; single bed; writing desk with an office chair; and a closet.

Main Deck: #504-510, 513

 

Category B Solo

Cabin with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; single bed; writing desk with chair; hammock; and a closet.

Lounge Deck: #604-607, 609, 611

Deck Plan

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions: 

  • All accommodations aboard ship or in hotels per itinerary
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship (except certain super premium brands which are available for purchase)
  • Hors d’oeuvres, 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Excursions and airport transfers to and from recommended flights, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Crew gratuities
  • Exploration tools curated to destination, such as Zodiacs, kayaks, snowshoes and cross-country skis
  • Guidance and company of our leading expedition staff
  • Assistance by the National Geographic Photography Expert and Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
  • Access to the OM System Photo Gear Locker
  • Presentations by expedition staff and expert guest speakers.
  • Complimentary parka or jacket. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library, and other shared spaces
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes. Unused services or items included in our programs are non-refundable
 

Exclusions: 

  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included)
  • Pre- and post-expedition extensions
  • Additional hotel nights (except when indicated as included)
  • Private transfers
  • Laundry, spa treatments, Wi-Fi, and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees