Unlocking the Northwest Passage

22 Days
Copenhagen to Anchorage
From (AUD)
$ 35,343
Dates & Pricing

2023 Copenhagen > Anchorage

In the footsteps of explorers

Follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, as you discover one of the world's last frontiers, the infamous Northwest Passage.
Traversing from Kangerlussuaq in Greenland to Nome in Alaska, you'll encounter wild and remote fjords, glaciers, harbours and uninhabited islands that dot the archipelago of Canada’s High Arctic. Marvel at the pristine landscapes that are worlds away from modern civilisation.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
301G
Duration:
22 days
Departure City:
Copenhagen
Return City:
Anchorage

22 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Copenhagen, Denmark > Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

    Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq to board Scenic Eclipse. Toast the start of your adventure at tonight's welcome reception where the Captain will introduce the crew and your expert Discovery Team.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Sisimiut

    Sisimiut has the reputation of being the adventure hub of Greenland. With a cool, urban character and brightly coloured houses, it is located in the middle of wild territory. Sisimiut was colonised  in 1756, although people have lived here on and off since 2,500 BC.

    Discovery

    Join our Discovery Team for a hiking or kayaking adventure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Ilulissat (Disko Bay)

    Spectacular days await as you cruise Disko Bay. Ilulissat is named from the Inuit word for ‘iceberg’. Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town is best known for large number of icebergs  forming from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometres of ice annually. Listen for the rumbling sounds in the distance of ice bergs calving from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.

    Discovery

    Take Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiacs to ice formations. Explore by kayaks, hear the ice cracking, and feeding whales blow or step onshore for ion shore exploration.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - At Sea

    Spend the day on boar in truly all-inclusive luxury and be amazed by how quickly the time passes. Choose one of the daily activities, join an entertaining discussion in the theatre, or make time for your own fitness regime.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Pond Inlet, Canada

    On Baffin Island, at the mouth of the famous Northwest Passage lies a small Inuit settlement. Pond Inlet is surrounded by spectacular snow-capped mountains, fjords and glaciers, and your exploration of this remote region will leaveyou with lasting memories.

    Discovery

    Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and onshore landings. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Devon Island

    Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on the planet, however it is home to the remnants of the Thule settlement that date back to 1000 AD. This interesting place has been a focus of the research community. With and that remains frozen for almost the entire year, dominated by frost shattered rocks and minimal plants and animals, it is a barren wasteland that has very similar conditions to he planet of Mars. It is also the location of the Haughton impact crater, formed when a meteorite about 2km in diameter crashed into the surface 39 million years ago. Flat top mountains, glacial valleys and a substantial ice caps, Devon Island has a unique and majestic beauty.

    Discovery

    Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and onshore landings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Beechey Island > Prince Leopold Island

    Beechey Island was the winter camp of the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition. The final resting place of three of Sir John Franklin’s crew, it has served as the base camp for much of the exploration of the Northwest Passage. Prince Leopold Island is home to over 400,000 birds nesting on the small island, with limestone cliffs stretching up to nearly 870 feet tall. 

    Discovery

    Explore Beechey Island with our Discovery Team. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Exciting days lie ahead as you venture into the Northwest Passage, navigating delicately through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, this once impassable route is a place where few are lucky enough to have travelled. From John Cabot to James Cook and Sir John Franklin, many explorers set out to conquer this fabled route and failed. On board Scenic Eclipse you will go further than these intrepid explorers were ever able to. Due to the extraordinary nature of this very remote Arctic region, our route is dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Our experienced Captain and Discovery Leaders will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, with each day a highlight. 

    Discovery

    Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and onshore landings for nature walks and visits to remote communities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Across the Northwest Passage

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Herschel Island

    Sitting on the edge the Beaufort Sea, north of Canada’s Yukon Territory, Herschel Island was first inhabited by the Thule, ancestors of the Inuit. Herschel Island is home to a unique array of arctic plants, animals and sea life, including the largest colony of Black Guillemots in the Western Arctic.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Herschel Island

    Sitting on the edge the Beaufort Sea, north of Canada’s Yukon Territory, Herschel Island was first inhabited by the Thule, ancestors of the Inuit. Herschel Island is home to a unique array of arctic plants, animals and sea life, including the largest colony of Black Guillemots in the Western Arctic. 

    Discovery

    Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and onshore landings to explore historic structures. Learn about the Thule and Inuit cultures and explore the melting permafrost.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - At Sea

    Enjoy a relaxed day at sea on board Scenic Eclipse. There is ample time to rejuvenate and a plethora of venues to explore.  Choose a class in one of the fitness spaces or relax in one of the therapy lounges in the Senses Spa. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - At Sea

    Spend the day at leisure exploring the various amenities of your luxurious Discovery Yacht. Enjoy an educational  discussion with your Discovery Team or tempt your palate at one of the dining experiences. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Bering Strait

    Traverse the Chukchi Sea to the Bering Strait. Linking the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, this narrow waterway is only 82 kilometres at its widest point. Alaska and the USA are port side and the Chukotka region in Russia starboard, with the closest point between the two countries, less than seven kilometres. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Bering Strait

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Nome > Anchorage

    Disembark and farewell your crew. Later fly to Anchorage, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience. .

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your all-inclusive cruise features
  • Only 200 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 20 member Specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • Complimentary expedition parka, water bottle and use of special polar boots
  • Internal flights and taxes
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability