The Northwest Passage & Alaska - cruise & land journey

28 Days
Copenhagen to Anchorage
From (AUD)
$ 42,482
Dates & Pricing

2023 Copenhagen > Anchorage

Follow in the footsteps of the most intrepid explores with Scenic Eclipse as you cruise the legendary Northwest Passage an experience unlike any other. Journey through the heart of the Arctic as you experience encounters with remote fjords, glaciers, harbours and uninhabited islands that dot the archipelago of Canada’s High Arctic. Cruise from Greenland, home to mighty icebergs and calving glaciers, before continuing to the remote islands of Canada. See the contrasts of the largest uninhabited island on the planet, a barren land with similar conditions to the planet of Mars. Continue through the famed Northwest Passage with Scenic Eclipse, as your experienced Captains navigate delicately through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Journey through the heart of Alaska and uncover a land of rugged but undeniable charm, one that has not yet relinquished all of its mysteries. The Alaskan wilderness still boasts areas that have managed to remain untouched by man. This itinerary will treat you to places of pristine wilderness and exquisite beauty, from flying into the heart of Denali National Park , soaring over glaciers and icebergs, to exploring by foot, walking through the park with a local Alaskan guide.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OUG3
Duration:
28 days
Departure City:
Copenhagen
Return City:
Anchorage

28 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 and settle in for a one-night stay. This evening you will join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Talkeetna

    Your adventure starts today with a visit to Anchorage’s Alaska Native Heritage Centre, a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates, and shares Alaska Native Culture, language, heritage, and tradition. Sit back and watch Native artisans as they work on their crafts and enjoy live traditional dance performances before a private visit with an Alaskan native storyteller, who will bring you into their culture as they share the stories about their history and people.

    Drive through the scenic Matanuska-Susitna Valley, considered one of the most important agricultural regions in Alaska. The valley is rimmed by three major mountain ranges: The Alaska Range, and the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains. Indulge in expansive views of alpine peaks and valleys, rivers and streams, and vast spruce and birch forests before arriving at your lodge for the next two-nights. This evening you will have a unique opportunity to meet a local Alaskan, Howard Carbone. Revel in his stories of climbing Denali, nature in the area, and living in Alaska through photographs, videos, and stories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Talkeetna

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a jet boat ride down the Susitna river with an onboard naturalist and visit a Dena’ina Indian Encampment. Alternatively, set out to explore Talkeetna’s best hiking trails with a naturalist guide on a hike through old-growth forest, alive with songbirds, wildflowers, berries, and mushrooms. Watch for loons and kingfishers on the lakes, moose and bears in the woods and enjoy the view of Denali on the horizon.

    Enrich

    A classic Alaskan experience awaits. Fly into the heart of Denali National Park, soaring over glaciers and icebergs, keeping an eye out for moose, black bears, Dall sheep and mountain goats. Land on a snow field high on a glacier and take a walk in this remote environment before returning back to your lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  25. Day 25 - Denali National Park

    Travel aboard luxury dome rail cars from Talkeetna to Denali National Park. Large, panoramic windows allow for mostly unrestricted views of the scenery around you and provide an excellent vantage point for photos. As you approach Denali National Park, journey along the snaking Indian River and enjoy expansive sights of Hurricane Gulch, and make sure to look to your left to view the highest mountain in North America, Denali, and the stunning Alaska Range. On arrival visit the Denali Education Centre and enjoy a talk from a local resident about what it takes to live life in Alaska, before checking into your lodge for a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Denali National Park

    Freechoice

    Discover the spectacular wildlife that call Denali National Park home as you travel 62 miles towards the Stony Hill Overlook. Board a comfortable national park’s tour bus and immerse yourself in a scenic journey of natural wonders, a narrated history of Park Road, and some of the best opportunities to view the park’s inhabitants. Alternatively, spend up to 8 hours exploring Denali National Park on a hiking adventure with your guide. Hike, identify the flora and fauna, capture photos and simply enjoy having a professional, local Alaskan guide take you on a sightseeing adventure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  27. Day 27 - Anchorage

    Today we journey back through scenic mountain scenery to Anchorage. Stop in the small community of Willow for a visit to an authentic sled dog kennel. Meet with a veteran Iditarod musher before an exhilarating and adorable dog sled ride through the property, while safely in an ATV. After your dogsled run, meet the canine athletes that pulled your ATV and interact with the puppies. Following lunch with Vern Halter the owner of the kennel and an Iditrarod champion, continue to Anchorage and your hotel, the Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel for a one-night stay. Tonight, relive your experiences at your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Anchorage

    Sadly, it is time to bid farewell and take many wonderful memories with you.

    The itinerary on this page 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

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability