North West Passage in Luxury
North West Passage in Luxury 23 days aboard Le Soleal
Relive history and set sail for a 23 day 5-star expedition in the footsteps of some of the greatest explorers, from the mythical North West Passage to the legendary Bering Strait. In the company of our experienced guides and naturalists, discover regions that are located well inside the Arctic Circle. The superstitious will be able to avoid Friday 13th as we travel over the international date line! From Kangerlussuaq to Anadyr, you will appreciate magnificent regions with many contrasts: You will marvel at the majestic icebergs and colourful villages of Greenland. The Nunavut will reveal itself, with its immense cliffs, bird colonies and remains of villages. The North West Territories will welcome you to the shorn tundra and its arctic wolves, musk oxen, caribou moose and brown bears. The days at sea will allow you to contemplate this incredible journey and observe the marine and coastal landscapes: Right and bowhead whales, possibly polar bears in the Franklin and Larsen Straits, the Diomede Islands in the Bering Strait, navigation in the Arctic Ocean, birdlife and more. This will also be the occasion to take part in conferences and on board activities, to relax in the wellbeing area or on the sun deck, or to stargaze in the night time sky and look for aurora borealis.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, is new in June 2013. Contemporary decor inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white. There are passenger lifts to all decks. The ship is a purpose-built luxury expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull suitable for sailing in polar waters.
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- Flights from Paris to Kangerlussuaq & Nome to Seattle
- Transfers between airport and ship
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
ITINERARY22 Nights 23 Days
- Day1 | Kangerlussuaq
- Day 2 | Sisimiut
- Day 3 | Ilulissat- Disko Bay
- Day 4 | Tugtutoq (Karrat)
- Day 5 | Kullorsuaq
- Day 6 | Savissivik
- Day 7 | Pond Inlet (Nunavut, Canada)
- Day 8 | Leopold Cliff, Beechey
- Day 9 | Fury Beach
- Day 10 | Sailing Belloit Strait, Qariaraqyuk & Fort Ross
- Day 11 | Gjoa Haven
- Day 12 | At Sea
- Day 13 | Johanssen Peninsula & Edinburgh Island
- Days 14 - 15 | Holman & Minto
- Day 16 | Franklin Bay
- Day 17 | At Sea
- Days 18-20 | Herschel Island & Point Barrow
- Day 21 | Inalik, Little Diomede & Fairway Rock
- Days 22 - 23 | Savoonga to Nome (Alaska)
Ilulissat- Disko Bay
At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty. The sculptural icebergs continue their on timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicoloured wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors.
Pond Inlet (Nunavut, Canada)
Placed like a custodian on the northern edge of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet appears to guard over the entrance to the legendary North West Passage. Formerly called Tununiq by the Inuit, this region was long ago inhabited by their ancestors, the Thule, who left behind numerous archaeological artefacts, little vestiges of the past. No matter where you look, your eyes will alight upon a unique landscape of snow-capped mountain ranges, each more beautiful than the last, standing opposite ice-blue glaciers whose vertiginous flows descend into the ocean. In the summertime, when the sun doesn’t set below the horizon, the light is truly magical, a palette of opaline blues, dusky pinks and pure white. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the bird colonies of Bylot Island; our route will sail you close to this uninhabited "Garden of Eden" so that you may wonder at its natural marvels.
Leopold Cliff, Beechey
Beechey Island, looking across at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley, at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, will call to mind some of the most important moments of Franklin’s expedition. Sir John set off in 1845 in search of the mythical North West Passage and was forced to take shelter in Erebus Harbour for two long years, while he waited for the ice floes to recede and allow him a way through. It is a spectacular location; seeing the three wooden grave markers, bleached by the sun (indicating the burial places of at least three of Captain Franklin’s men) and visiting the memorial that has been erected in memory of Franklin and his men can only reinforce the hushed sense of reverence. If the surrounding wilderness impresses us, the ochres and yellows of the rocky desert soften the striking landscape.
Sailing Belloit Strait, Qariaraqyuk & Fort Ross
Johanssen Peninsula & Edinburgh Island
Holman & Minto
Herschel Island & Point Barrow
Inalik, Little Diomede & Fairway Rock
The isolated and austere Diomede islands are situated in the middle of the Bering Strait, between Russia and Alaska, and between Asia and the Americas. In 1867, when Russia sold Alaska to the United States, the two islands were separated by a geographical border. They now also find themselves in different time zones, since the International Date Line runs between Little and Big Diomede, which are separated by barely 3 km of waves, fog and crosscurrents. 5th day of the cruise... As your ship crosses the Bering Strait, she will reach the International Date Line, the imaginary line that roughly follows the 170th meridian, hustling the calendar. Like sailing through a breach in the passage of time...
Savoonga to Nome (Alaska)
Located along the Bering Strait at the westernmost point of Alaska, Nome offers the rustic charm of a former gold-mining town, set in the middle of magnificent wilderness. As you weave in and out of the brightly coloured houses, you will discover the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions. Fishing, reindeer rearing, sledge-racing - people here live from their manual labour. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.
What Our Customers
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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