Out of the Northwest Passage

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Trip Overview

Duration

17 Days

Activities

Boating/Rafting
Cultural
Hiking
Small-Ship Expedition
Wildlife Viewing

Physical Rating

Easy

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Photo Credit: Michelle Valberg

Photo Credit: Victoria J. Polsoni

Follow the Sea Route of Early Arctic Explorers

This unique trip twist on the classic Into the Northwest Passage itinerary offers the opportunity to travel ancient Inuit and explorer routes out of the Northwest Passage via Bellot Strait, Ausuittuq and Smith Sound. The ever-changing landscape of the sea route dramatically shifts from the “place of moving waters” (Kugluktuk) to the “place that never thaws” (Ausuittuq) to “the people living in a place where there are fox dens” (Sisimiut).

A Historical Unmapped Quest

Photo Credit: Bert Jenkins

Explore the Open Air Museum

On this small ship expedition, navigate the length of Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord), the longest fjord in the world, cross the invisible line of the Arctic Circle and sail the historic Northwest Passage. This signature itinerary visits the ghostly memorial of Franklin’s failed expedition on Beechey Island, Canada’s northernmost community (Ausuittuq), Ilulissat Icefjord (a dazzling UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) National Marine Conservation Area. On this trip, whale tails lead to tall tales!

Photo Credit: Dennis Minty

Photo Credit: Scott Forsyth

Photo Credit: Dennis Minty

Photo Credit: Bert Jenkins

Photo Credit: Michelle Valberg

Photo Credit: Dennis Minty

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    Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Kugluktuk

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    • Days 2–5

      Kitikmeot Region

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    • Day 6

      Bellot Strait

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    • Day 7

      Beechey Island

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    • Days 8 & 9

      Tallurutiup Imanga

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    • Day 10

      Ausuittuq

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    • Day 11

      Smith Sound

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    • Day 12

      At Sea

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    • Days 13 & 14

      Northwest Greenland

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    • Day 15

      Ilulissat

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    • Day 16

      Sisimiut Coast

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    • Day 17

      Kangerlussuaq

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    What’s Included

    • checkmark icon Passage aboard the expedition ship Ocean Endeavour
    • checkmark icon All onboard meals (even if you have seconds)
    • checkmark icon Accommodation on the vessel (cabin categories 1–10 are subject to availability)
    • checkmark icon A steely team of expert expedition staff
    • checkmark icon Guided activities to stretch your legs and mind
    • checkmark icon Sightseeing and community visits
    • checkmark icon All Zodiac excursions
    • checkmark icon Educational programming onboard, interactive workshops and evening entertainment 
    • checkmark icon Complimentary expedition jacket
    • checkmark icon A handsome contribution to Adventure Canada’s Discovery Fund that supports local youth outreach, community support and habitat projects
    • checkmark icon A Wild Women Expeditions Host
    • checkmark icon Special access permits, entry and park fees
    • checkmark icon Port fees, applicable taxes and the time of your life
    What’s Excluded
    • Northbound Charter Flight from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (YZF) to Kugluktuk, Nunavut (YCO)
      Additional fee for 2025: $1,000 USD
    • Southbound Charter Flight from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (SFJ) to Toronto, Ontario (YYZ)
      Additional fee for 2025: $1,450 USD
    • Gratuities
    • Personal expenses
    Please Note:

    Upon booking, charter flight arrangements will be made for you by Wild Women Expeditions and added to your trip’s final balance.

    All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

    25% Off Early Booking Bonus already reflected in trip price.

    Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice and sea conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

    Trip Add-Ons 

    Kayaking

    $800 USD Per Person

    Join us for this rare opportunity to experience magical places by water. Our qajaq (Inuit for “kayak”) program will bring you through pristine waters, near marine life and along a historic coastline. Limited space is available per departure, and an application process is required for this activity. Some kayaking experience is required. 

    *Price based on 2025 departure date.

    Bicycle Rentals

    Explore the stunning Arctic landscape on two wheels. A fleet of Kona mountain bikes is available for rent during set times throughout each expedition. Cycling excursions are only available in predetermined community visits, and passengers will be notified when they are available one to two days in advance of the excursion during the daily recap.

    *Prices may vary based on departure dates.

    The Ship & Cabins

    Photo: Bogner Bog

    The Ocean Endeavour

    The Ocean Endeavour is a 198-passenger ice-strengthened vessel with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic and medical clinic offer complete peace of mind. The ship has several lounge areas, a library and multiple viewing decks, where you can relax by yourself or with your newfound crew.

    Ship Specifications

    Capacity: 198 passengers

    Crew: 124

    Registry: Bahamas

    Ice Class: 1B

    Length: 137 metres (450ft)

    Breadth: 21 metres (19ft)

    Draft: 5.8 metres (19ft)

    Cruising Speed: 15 knots

    Safety Features: 6 fully enclosed lifeboats and 8 life rafts. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull and the lifeboat and life raft capacity exceeds SOLAS requirements with at least 25% additional capacity above the number of people on board.

    Food on Board

    Enjoy open-seating meals in the roomy Polaris Restaurant, surrounded by ocean views. Adventure Canada staff mingle and share their expertise over meals. Breakfast and lunch include a wide variety of tasty and healthy choices. Globally inspired a la carte suppers offer options to suit every taste, including fish and vegetarian options. Desserts, made fresh daily, are a highlight! Food sensitivities, special diets, and personal choices can be accommodated with advance notice. Early-bird breakfast, afternoon tea, late-night snacks, and treats round out the offerings. And tea, coffee, and cookies are always available!

    Life on Board

    Life aboard Ocean Endeavour is as relaxed or as engaged as you want it to be. The onboard spa, library, hot tub, sauna, gift shop, multiple lounges, and viewing areas offer comfort and ease. Our programming is designed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the regions we visit. Presentations, workshops, entertainment, and special events complete the excursions. From dances to polar plunges, from lounge concerts to theme parties, we love to have a great time together!

    Choose Your Cabin

    Below are details about the cabin options available. All cabins are shared with one of your new Wild Women friends. However, the earlier you book, the more likely you are to be paired with your travel companion.

    Cabin Category 7

    Select Twin
    • checkmark icon Picture windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 190 square feet

    Cabin Category 6

    Comfort Twin
    • checkmark icon Two porthole windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 175 square feet

    Cabin Category 5

    Main Twin
    • checkmark icon Picture windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 115 square feet

    Cabin Category 4

    Exterior Twin
    • checkmark icon Porthole window, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 100 square feet

    Cabin Category 3

    Interior Twin
    • checkmark icon Interior cabin
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 120 square feet

    Cabin Category 2

    Triple
    • checkmark icon Interior cabin
    • checkmark icon Three lower berths
    • checkmark icon Two private baths
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 200 square feet

    Cabin Upgrades

    While we have reserved the cabin options above, you may have the option to book a different cabin for an additional cost, subject to availability.

    Cabin Category 10

    Suite
    • checkmark icon Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
    • checkmark icon Private bath with full tub
    • checkmark icon Refrigerator
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 310 square feet

    Cabin Category 9

    Junior Suite
    • checkmark icon Picture windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen)
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Sitting area
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 270 square feet

    Cabin Category 8

    Superior Twin
    • checkmark icon Two picture windows, unobstructed view
    • checkmark icon Two lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Sitting area
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 210 square feet

    Cabin Category 1

    Quad
    • checkmark icon Interior cabin
    • checkmark icon Four lower berths
    • checkmark icon Private bath
    • checkmark icon Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products
    • checkmark icon Intercom, telephone, and flat screen TV
    • checkmark icon Approximately 240 square feet

    Trip Details

    The Ocean Endeavour

    While you’ll be with the Wild Women group, this isn’t an exclusive Wild Women Expeditions or 100% women-only trip. The Wild Women group size can range from 10 to 40 women, but there will be other passengers along for the journey. In addition, the staff and crew of the Ocean Endeavour, a 198-passenger ship, will also be co-ed.

    Our Expedition Cruise Partner’s Client Portal

    Approximately three to four months prior to departure, you will receive an email with a unique URL link to our partner’s information portal. Please carefully and thoroughly complete these forms with your current personal and medical information, dietary preferences or requirements and other information as requested.

    Arrival and Departure

    This expedition starts in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (airport code: YZF), and finishes in Toronto, Ontario (YYZ).

    How We Support You

    Ready for a big adventure? On this trip we brave the elements, hike uneven coastal terrain and have several Zodiac transfers (from the ship to Zodiac and from Zodiac to shore). Yes, it can be a challenge, but you’re never alone. Like thousands of women before you, you’ll draw on the strength you didn’t know you had and tap into your inner explorer.

    Like all our trips, this trip can be scaled to suit different abilities and comfort levels. Still have concerns? Let’s talk about it.

    What the Trip Entails

    • checkmark icon Entering and exiting the Zodiacs
    • checkmark icon Maneuvering around tight spaces
    • checkmark icon Walking on uneven terrain
    • checkmark icon Being on a boat for an extended period of time
    • checkmark icon Due to strong currents, there may be moderate movement on the vessel while navigating (most passengers are not affected) 
    • checkmark icon If you choose to go on the kayaking excursions, some kayaking experience is required
    • checkmark icon The Wild Women group size can range from 10 to 40 women, but there will be other passengers along for the journey. In addition, the staff and crew of the Ocean Endeavour, a 198-passenger ship, will also be co-ed
    • checkmark icon Physical Rating: Easy (Some physical activity included. Trips are the most leisurely with an average of 1-4 hours of physical activity each day.)
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