Northwest Passage - In Franklin's Footsteps
Northwest Passage - In the Footsteps of Franklin 17 days aboard Ocean Adventurer
Cruising through the maze-like, icy channels of the legendary Northwest Passage is like sailing deep into the history of the High Arctic. On this immersive 17-day expedition through the fabled sea route, you’ll explore the same landscapes and waters that have enchanted adventurers and explorers for hundreds of years, tracing their footsteps. Pay your respects at the final resting place of three of Sir John Franklin’s lost crew. Visit traditional Inuit communities, and learn about ancient cultures at remote historical sites and more recent whaling activities. Look out for whales, polar bears, birds and other wildlife from on board ship and whilst out in Zodiacs, kayaking or out walking. An unforgettable adventure.
Please note: a mandatory transfer package of £2000 applies to this itinerary
- Spectacular and varied Arctic scenery
- Land, marine and avian wildlife
- Kayaking option
- Follow the footsteps of great explorers
- Inuit culture
- Overnight hotel in Ottowa pre and post trip
- Flights as shown in itinerary
- Group transfers to and from airports
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Programme of expert lectures
- Guided Zodiac and shore excursions
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
ITINERARY16 Nights 17 Days
- Day 1 | Ottawa
- Day 2 | Kangerlussuaq
- Days 3-4 | West Greenland
- Day 5 | At Sea
- Days 6-15 |
- Day 16 | Resolute
- Day 17 | Ottawa
Your arctic adventure begins in Ottawa. Explore the Canadian capital on your own, before spending the night at your hotel.
After breakfast, board your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, your gateway to Greenland. Enjoy your first Zodiac ride as you’re transferred from shore to ship. Out on deck, take in your new surroundings before you set sail on your Arctic adventure.
Soaring, snow-capped mountains surround the small, rocky town of Maniitsoq, whose name means “the uneven place”. Look out for humpback whales which spend summer in the waters around here. We will also visit Nuuk, Greenland's capital city, where 500 year old mummies can be seen in the excellent museum.
Say goodbye to Greenland’s shores as you traverse the Davis Strait on the way to the Canadian Arctic. Presentations by on-board experts will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.
Visit towering fjords, historical sites and traditional Inuit communities as you follow the footsteps of famous explorers from long ago in the Canadian High Arctic.
On Baffin Island, we plan to visit the artistic community of Pangnirtung, Cape Mercy and Qikiqtarjuak where we may also encounter narwhals, beluga and right whales as well as ringed and harp seals. Off Isabella Bay, we may also see endangered bowhead whales. We go past majestic Sam Ford Fjord and on to Pond Inlet at the entrance to the Northwest Passage. We plan to visit and land on Devon and Beechey Islands and see historical sites associated with Franklin, Amundsen, the Hudsons Bay Company and the RCMP, all the time enjoying amazing Arctic scenery.
This is a true wildlife voyage and, apart from marine mammals, polar bears and musk oxen, you will see myriad birdlife, such as black-bellied plovers, king eiders, white-rumped sandpipers and lots of seabirds.
Disembark and transfer to airport for flight to Ottawa. Overnight accommodation included.
After breakfast, free to explore the city or head out to the airport for return or onward travel.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
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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