Into the North West Passage


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Aug. 29, 2021
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14 days
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, Boat, Bus Excursion, Glacier trip, Kayaking, Lectures, Photography, Tastings, Trekking, Tundra, Wildlife observations, Zodiac

Expedition cruise from Greenland to Canada

Albatros Expeditions launches a new and unique voyage which combines the dramatic and wild Arctic Canada around Baffin and Ellesmere Island with the colorful settlements along northwest Greenland. Guests will experience the Arctic where adventurers of the past sought the Northwest Passage and through which the Greenlandic explorer Knud Rasmussen traveled on his longest sledge journey.

The journey begins in Kangerlussuaq in West Greenland, from where we cruise west to the Inuit land of Nunavut on Baffin Island. Inuit have lived on this coast for millennia, and during our voyage to the north we will visit several small settlements. It was from here that Inuit migrated to Northwest Greenland 1000 years ago and created the basis for the modern Greenlandic population. We will be constantly on the lookout for polar bears, narwhal and the numerous bowhead whales feeding off Baffin's coasts in September.

From Baffin Island we will steer into Lancaster Sound, the start of the Northwest Passage, and then head back to Greenland. We will visit the admired Knud Rasmussen's trading station in Thule and navigate further down the west coast to Upernavik, Uummannaq and Ilulissat before returning to Kangerlussuaq after an expedition voyage that encompasses the wide range of Arctic nature and its fascinating population.

Day 1

Arrive by flight to Kangerlussuaq - embarkation

Day 2

Enjoy lectures on wildlife and culture in Nunavut

Day 3

Settlement visit in Qikiqtarjuaq (“The Big Island”) on Baffin

Day 4

Isabella Island, Baffin; sanctuary for bowhead whales

Day 5

Sam Ford Fjord, majestic mountains raising straight out of the sea

Day 6

Pond Inlet, Inuit settlement known as “The Jewel of the North”

Day 7

Cruising into Lancaster Sound, start of North West Passage

Day 8

Thule in Northwest Greenland. Knud Rasmussen’s trading station

Days 9 - 13

Northwest coast of Greenland; visit Kullorsuaq, Upernavik, Uummannaq and Ilulissat

Day 14

Kangerlussuaq, disembarkation. Icecap excursion and homeward flight


14-day cruise in a shared outside double cabin with bathroom/toilet

English-speaking expedition staff

Transfer to/from Kangerlussuaq Port

Guided walks in all towns and settlements

4WD bus excursion to Reindeer Glacier at the edge of the Icecap

Zodiacs cruises in fjords

Inspiring and enriching lectures onboard by qualified lecturers

Full board on the ship

Coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship

Taxes, tariffs, and AECO fees

Digital Visual journal after voyage including voyage log, species list, photo gallery and more.



Inuit settlements of Nunavut on Baffin Island

Bowhead whale sanctuary at Isabella Island, Baffin

Sam Ford Fjord, mountains “of another world”

Colorful Inuit settlements along Greenland’s northwest coast

Ilulissat, “Iceberg Capital of the World. Many optional excursions

Adventure options

Boat Trips

Wide-open spaces, crisp air, seemingly endless landscapes and the absence of modernity, enjoyed from the water's comfort during a delightful boat trip.

Bus Excursions

We now offer a variety of outings filled with stunning sights and interesting activities that will keep you wanting to come back for more.

Glacier Trip

The Ice Sheet Is one of Greenland’s biggest attractions. It covers 80% of the surface of the country, but the size of this mass of ice is reduced every year.


The opportunity to simply set foot on the Polar regions is a great experience, but to walk amid its white emptiness on a mini expedition is truly an unbeatable adventure. 


Glide through the waters and take in the royal grace of the icebergs, see the varied birds and seals, and maybe even the whales in their natural habitat under the supervision of experienced kayak guides, who will...


Our primary focus is knowledge, and we apply this to every aspect of a journey. From the staff that forms our expedition team, to the routes our ship follows, and of course, the program onboard.


We always have a dedicated expedition photographer onboard to document the voyage and share their passion for photography through lectures and during landings and zodiac cruises.


A feast for your senses!


Between the fringes of Greenland’s gigantic ice cap and icy waters lies Kangerlussuaq’s magnificent tundra. It’s home to many terrestrial species including Greenland’s largest concentration of musk oxen, as well as...

Wildlife Observations

One of the greatest pleasures of our expeditions, is being able to experience the Polar regions' wildlife from a safe distance, respectfully enjoying their beauty in their natural habitat.


Essential for expedition cruises, Zodiacs are robust boats that can go up on a beach, a rocky outcrop, a river bank or even an ice floe push through bergy bits of ice floating in the water. This is definitely one...

Departure dates

Aug. 29, 2021