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The Northwest Passage

From £9,999pp

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Expedition Landings & Activities On Board & Ashore Included*

4★ Hotel Stays In Iceland & Canada*

Sail The Historic Northwest Passage On Board The Newly Refurbished Ms Fram*

Drinks, Gratuities & Wi-Fi Included*

Cruise Overview

  • Duration 20 nights
  • Departs 13 Aug 2020
  • Sails from Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Ship MS Fram
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1600645‍

Your Itinerary

Fly from London to Reykjavík, Iceland Thu 13 Aug 2020

(regional and premium class flights may be available on request)

One night hotel stay in Reykjavík, Iceland Thu 13 Aug 2020

Transfer to a 4★ hotel for your overnight stay including breakfast

Transfer to the port and embark the ship Fri 14 Aug 2020

Embark MS Fram for your 17 night discovery voyage

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland Fri 14 Aug 2020

Reykjavik, Iceland

The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fram

MS Fram, Hurtigruten

The Denmark Strait Sat 15 Aug 2020

MS Fram, Hurtigruten

Sail across the Denmark Strait, a crossing used by Vikings to migrate from Iceland to South Greenland some 1,000 years ago. Spend the days on the crossing preparing you for the upcoming adventure. Enjoy lectures by the Expedition Team and visit the Science Center or just relax with a book, visit the sauna and hot tub or get to know your fellow explorers

Prins Christian Sund

Prince Christian Sound Region, Greenland Mon 17 Aug 2020

Prins Christian Sund

Prince Christian Sound separates Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If the conditions allow, you will sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The sound itself is around 100 km long and very narrow, sometimes only 500 metres wide. If the channel is blocked with ice, you will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell)

MS Fram, Hurtigruten

Kvanefjord, Greenland Tue 18 Aug 2020

MS Fram, Hurtigruten

Kvanefjord is a 48 km long fjord on the west coast of Greenland. We will spend the day exploring this amazing fjord

Greenland, Arctic

Nuuk, Greenland Wed 19 Aug 2020

Greenland, Arctic

Nuuk is the oldest town in the nation, founded in 1728. The name Nuuk means peninsula, as it is located at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today Nuuk is a place where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in ”Kolonihaven” to the modern structure of the Greenland Home Rule building.

Included Excursion: Museum Visit

Visit the National Museum of Greenland. Discover exhibitions covering Greenland's history during the past 4,500 years - from the first Arctic Stone Age cultures to the Norse settlements, the arrival of the Thule culture and the gradual transition to modern day Greenland

Sisimiut, Greenland

Sisimiut, Greenland Thu 20 Aug 2020

Sisimiut, Greenland

Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle and is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions. Come ashore to explore the colourful town; visit the small museum, hike in the hills and shop for local handicrafts.

Included Excursion: Kayak demonstration & Museum visit

Enjoy a traditional kayaking demonstration and the Sisimit museum. The Inuit invented the ‘qajaq’ in Greenland. Experience the Greenlander kayak roll first hand. Sisimut museum features local cultural history and exhibits different periods of the city’s history and its surroundings

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Ilulissat, Greenland Fri 21 Aug 2020

Cruises around Greenland

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just outside the town you can often see enormous icebergs that originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere. The icebergs make their way down the 20 km fjord before entering Disko Bay

Included Excursion: Walk to the Icefjords

Hear the ice cracking in the distance? Take a closer look at the beautiful icebergs of Ilulissat Icefjord. Getting a close-up view of these frozen giants will slow your world down and leave you humbled. Join a walk to enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage site

Crossing the Davis Strait Sat 22 Aug 2020

Named for English explorer John Davis, who led expeditions here searching for a route through the Northwest Passage between 1585 and 1587. Davis was the first to draw attention to seal hunting and whaling possibilities in the area, and to show that the Newfoundland cod fisheries extended this far north

Baffin Island

Sam Ford Fjord, Canada Sun 23 Aug 2020

Baffin Island

Sam Ford Fjord is set on the east coast of Baffin Island. The fjord is known for its glaciers and granite cliffs rising steeply from the shores to heights up to 1500 metres above sea level

Dundas Harbour/Croker Bay

The Northwest Passage Mon 24 Aug 2020

Dundas Harbour/Croker Bay

Next, head into the heart of the historic Northwest Passage. The first recorded voyage here was led by John Cabot in 1497. The most famous journey was James Cook’s failed attempt to sail the Passage in 1776, and of course the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The first to conquer the Passage by ship was Norwegian Roald Amundsen on an expedition that lasted from 1903 to 1906. Throughout the journey, you will be sailing in amazing straits with unique nature and hopefully enough ice to be on the constant look out for wildlife.

Voyage Highlights (weather dependant)

Pond Inlet, called 'Mittimatalik' in Inuktitut, is a traditional Inuit community surrounded by mountains, glaciers, fjords, ice caves, geological hoodoos and drifting icebergs.

Dundas Harbour is an abandoned settlement with an old Royal Canadian Mounted Police camp and several archaeological sites. Go ashore to see the ruins of some of these buildings, along with an impressive Thule site.

Radstock Bay is dominated by the striking outcropping of Caswell Tower. The shoreline here is ideal for walks to a pre-historic Inuit dwelling site. Caswell Tower itself features a challenging hike to the summit for great views.

Beechey Island is known for the ill-fated Franklin expedition. Two ships sailed into the passage in 1845, but neither were ever seen again. It is known that the Franklin Expedition over-wintered on Beechey Island in 1845-1846.

Fort Ross is a trading post established in 1937. There are two small huts ashore that are maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Gjøa Haven honours the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who wintered here from 1903. He was in contact with the local Netsilik Inuit people, and learned a lot from them about survival and travel in polar regions.

Cambridge Bay, Canada - Disembark Mon 31 Aug 2020

Upon arrival, disembark the ship

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Edmonton, Canada Mon 31 Aug 2020

One night hotel stay in Edmonton, Canada Mon 31 Aug 2020

Upon arrival transfer to a 4★ hotel for your overnight stay including breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to London Tue 01 Sep 2020

Arrive in London Wed 02 Sep 2020

What's included *

  • EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS of up to £5,200
  • 17 night expedition voyage on board the newly refurbished MS Fram, including:
  • - Professional English-speaking Expedition Team – an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions they sail in
  • - FREE wind and water-resistant jacket
  • - All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • - A rich programme of activities including exploration and lectures
  • - Coffee & tea included throughout the day
  • - FREE WiFi on board for all guests
  • - Gratuities are all taken care of
  • - A range of shore excursions are available at a supplement
  • ONE NIGHT post-cruise 4★ hotel stay in Edmonton, Canada
  • Return flights (regional and premium class flights may be available on request) internal flights and overseas transfers
  • Locally sourced cuisine in a stylish restaurant
  • A truly unique experience in a wonderfully carefree and relaxed environment
  • All overseas transfers to and from your Hurtigruten ship
  • ROL Cruise will donate £10 per booking to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery for those experiencing unprecedented bushfire activity

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Cabins & Prices

* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.

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Polar Inside

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Polar Inside cabins can be found on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/WC. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa, while some are equipped with a double bed or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications. Polar Insides are between 10-13m2.

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Polar Outside

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Enjoy these standard outside cabins with separate beds found on middle decks. Cabins have one bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc and are adapted for guests with disabilities. Polar Outside SD cabins are between 10-11m2. These cabins may also be available for general booking. Subject to change.

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Arctic Superior

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Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of Hurtigruten’s Arctic Superior cabins. Situated the middle deck and upper deck, these cabins have double beds, a seating area, TV and private bathroom/shower. They are also equipped with tea and coffee -making facilities. Some have limited view.All the cabins have individual specifications. Arctic Superior cabins F2 are between 16-24m2.

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Arctic Superior

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Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of Hurtigruten’s Arctic Superior cabins.These comfortable outside cabins situated on top/upper decks. These cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa. They also benefit from a table, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc. Arctic Superior cabins U are between 10-11m2.

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Mini Suite

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One room, seating area, TV, minibar, double bed, shower/wc.

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Expedition Mini suite

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These elegant suites are situated on the upper decks with one or two rooms, seating area, TV and mini-bar.Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.Expedition M2Suites are between 15-20m2.

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Expedition Grand Suite

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Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. These suites have one or two rooms, seating area, TV, kettle, tea/coffee, stereo and mini-bar. Some of them also have bathtub. Most of these suites have a private balcony or bay window.An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.Grand Suites are between 25-27m2.

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The Ship - MS Fram

Specially designed for expedition cruises to some of the most remote locations in the world, MS Fram promises a unique and thrilling voyage, where nature and wildlife take centre stage.

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Hurtigruten and Reader Offers Limited Package Holiday booking conditions apply. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins, may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offers apply to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Regional and premium class flights may be available on request and will incur supplementary costs and may require an additional overnight stay and may be indirect. If the named hotel is unavailable a suitable alternative will be provided. Star ratings are ROL Cruise classified. WIFI is subject to the cruise lines T&Cs and cannot be guaranteed. Savings are based on two adults sharing. Tours may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions Tours are subject to change and an additional charge may apply. Additional excursions must be booked at least 28 days prior to departure. Weather, sea & ice conditions have a great influence on the programme and schedule. Safety is always the priority and the ship’s captain will decide on the final sailing schedule during the voyage, therefore the itinerary is subject to change. Flights may be based on indirect services and are currently out of date range. Drinks are only with meals on board and are subject to the cruise lines t&c’s. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE.

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