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Be among an elite few to attempt a journey through the rarely-travelled and legendary Northwest Passage, on In the Wake of the Great Explorers by Hurtigruten. On a 26 day itinerary, follow in the wake of historical explorers like Norwegian Roald Amundsen, sailing aboard an advanced expedition ship bearing his name. You will experience the raw beauty of the remote Arctic on this route and visit close-knit communities in Canada and Greenland.
Days 1: Arrive in Vancouver, Canada
Day 2: Vancouver/Nome
Days 3-8: At Sea
Days 9-17: Northwest Passage
Day 18: Labrador Sea
Day 19: Illulissat
Day 20: Sisimiut
Days 21 & 22: Labrador Sea
Day 23: Red Bay
Day 24: Corner Brook
Day 25: At Sea
Day 26: Halifax
Your journey begins with an overnight stay in Vancouver, giving you the chance to get a taste of the Canadian city's rich culture, great restaurants and undeniable natural beauty.
Today you will fly to Nome to board MS Roald Amundsen. Set at the tip of the Seward Peninsula, overlooking the Bering Sea, Nome is perhaps the most famous gold rush town in Alaskan history. There are artefacts of the gold rush era to be seen everywhere, including abandoned dredges, turn-of-the-century steam engines, and old railroad tracks.
Days at sea are spent at your leisure aboard the ship. Relax while gazing out at the view, learn from the knowledgable Expedition Team with onboard lectures, or chat with your fellow explorers.
You will sail through the Bering Strait, before heading into the Chukchi Sea. As your ship reaches Point Barrow, the northernmost point of the USA, you will enter the Beaufort Sea. Keep a sharp eye open here for bowhead and grey whales and you might also start seeing sea ice.
Your ship continues into the Amundsen Gulf, where hopefully you'll get to observe the remarkable Smoking Hills - an amazing sight, with smoke billowing from the cliffs on the east coast of Cape Bathurst. Lignite - a combination if eroded shale and pyrite - spontaneously ignites when exposed to air, creating this photogenic phenomenen.
The first to conquer the Northwest Passage by ship was Roald Amundsen on an expedition that lasted from 1903 to 1906. Now in the modern era, your ship, aptly named MS Roald Amundsen, aims to follow in the wake of their ships and sail through the centre of the Northwest Passage too.
During your journey, you will land at sites that are linked to early exploration history, visit Inuit communities, and hope to spot Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, whales, seals and large colonies of seabirds. There will also be opportunities for small boat cruising between ice floes, and time ashore to experience the pristine wilderness firsthand.
The Davis Strait was named after English explorer John Davis who searched for a route through the Northwest Passage between 1585 and 1587. Wind down and watch the waves aboard your ship, or enjoy a lecture from the onboard Expedition Team as your ship heads north towards Greenland.
This small town is set in the stunning scenery of the Illulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These ice masses originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world.
Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland, situated 40km north of the Arctic Circle. It is a modern, growing settlement with a history that dates back 4,500 years. Its name means "The people living in a place of fox dens".
It is time to say goodbye to Greenland, and head out on another stretch of open sea. You will cross the southernmost part of the Labrador Sea today, this time towards Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.
Preserved in the ice-cold waters, the remains of several 17th-century Basque whaling ships have led to the town being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the local museum that documents this interesting history or take the trail up to Tracey Hill for scenic views, and where, legends say, pirate captain Kidd buried treasure!
Located at the mouth of the Bay of Islands and Humber River, Corner Brook is the second largest city in the province and local to the core. Explore the city centre or enjoy its many walking trails along the Humber River, decorated at this time of year with vibrant autumn leaves.
Your adventure is drawing to a close. Spemd some time with other guests and the Expedition Team reviewing the many exciting experiences you have shared during your voyage together.
Your journey exploring the Northwest Passage comes to an end in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. There are red-brick heritage buildings, parks, a landmark citadeal, some world-class museums, and a 4km seafront boardwalk. If you can, enjoy some time here before you head home.
Named after the Norwegian polar explorer, Roald Amundsen who was the first person to reach the South Pole. Like its namesake, the MS Roald Amundson is a pioneer in Polar expedition voyages. The ship is one of the first to feature a hybrid propulsion system that will not only reduce its fuel consumption but will show that large hybrid ships are possible. The Roald Amundsen will be joined by its sister ship the MS Fridtjof Nansen in 2019.
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