Northwest Passage – Across the Top of the World Alaska to Greenland

Operator: Hurtigruten Expeditions
Destination: Alaska
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Cruise Overview: Northwest Passage Across the Top of the World (Alaska to Greenland)

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the legendary Northwest Passage, spanning from Nome in Alaska to Nuuk, Greenland. Join our expert Expedition Team to explore UNESCO-listed sites, breathtaking scenery, diverse wildlife, and vibrant Inuit settlements along the way.

Sailing Through the Northwest Passage

Experience the thrill of sailing through the historic Northwest Passage aboard a cutting-edge ice-class expedition vessel. This iconic route, once a mythical quest for explorers, now offers adventurers a chance to marvel at Arctic wonders and immerse themselves in indigenous cultures. From Alaska to Greenland, prepare for an unforgettable expedition.

Exploring the High Arctic and Greenland

Over 26 days, traverse the North American continent and venture into the frozen reaches of the High Arctic. From the Beaufort Sea and Bering Strait to Western Arctic Canada, explore the western section of the Northwest Passage. Journey through remote wilderness, encountering surreal landscapes of frozen seas. As you sail into Baffin Bay and reach West Greenland, witness unparalleled natural beauty that will leave you in awe.


Day 1: Setting out from scenic Seattle

Begin your adventure in the Emerald City of Seattle, USA. Take advantage of the day to explore the city’s attractions such as the Seattle Aquarium, Olympic Sculpture Park, and Pike Place Market.

Day 2: There’s no place like Nome

Fly from Seattle to Nome, Alaska, where your expedition ship awaits. Explore the town’s Gold Rush-era relics and board the ship to meet your Expedition Team and settle into your cabin.

Day 3-6: Along the Alaskan coast

Enjoy insightful lectures from the Expedition Team as you sail through the Beaufort Sea towards the Northwest Passage. Keep an eye out for wildlife and landmarks like the Bering Strait.

Day 7-14: Exploration and adventure

Embark on shore excursions as you explore the Western section of the Northwest Passage. Visit Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon, and traditional Inuit Territories for unique cultural experiences.

Day 15: Into Bellot Strait

Navigate the infamous Bellot Strait, marking the division between West and East in the Canadian Arctic.

Day 16-20: The Eastern Canadian Arctic

Explore the Eastern stretch of the Northwest Passage, visiting landmarks like Fort Ross, Beechey Island, and Dundas Harbour.

Day 21: Crossing Baffin Bay

Leave Nunavut behind and cruise to Greenland across Baffin Bay. Participate in Citizen Science projects and enjoy onboard lectures.

Day 22-24: The Wonders of West Greenland

Discover the stunning coast of West Greenland, including Ilulissat, Sisimiut, and Evighedsfjord. Marvel at icebergs, visit local museums, and explore breathtaking landscapes.

Day 25: Old and new in Nuuk

Arrive in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital. Explore the city’s blend of old and new architecture before flying to Reykjavk for an overnight stay.

Day 26: Cosmopolitan Reykjavk

Explore Reykjavk’s art, culture, and history before departing for your onward journey. Consider booking a Post-Programme to discover Iceland’s natural wonders.