Out of the Northwest Passage

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For an out of this world experience, out of the Northwest Passage delivers all the chills and thrills. The land of two names is introduced from all angles–from its mineral depths, sovereignty battles, glacier faces, Inuit resilience, explorer graves and polar bears. There’s so much to learn on this small ship expedition about climate change, icebergs, colonialism, narwhals, belugas, tundra flora, early seafaring and Inuit tradition.

Hikers, birders, poets, photographers, daydreamers and self-proclaimed philosophers will all fall under the spell of this ever-changing landscape that shifts from the “place of moving waters” (Kugluktuk) to the “place that never thaws” (Ausuittuq) to “the people living in a place where there are fox dens” (Sisimiut).

On this Wild Women Expeditions journey, you’ll voyage the length of Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord)–the longest fjord in the world, cross the invisible line of the Arctic Circle, sail the historic Northwest Passage and visit the ghostly memorial of Franklin’s failed expedition on Beechey Island. This signature itinerary visits Canada’s northernmost community (Ausuittuq), Ilulissat Icefjord (a dazzling UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) National Marine Conservation Area where whale tails lead to tall tales!

It’s an open-air museum, biodiverse wonderland and intimate and deeply educational Arctic experience coloured with whale encounters, Inuit community visits and maybe, just maybe, the rapture of the Northern Lights above.

This trip begins in Yellowknife, NT with a northbound charter flight to Kugluktuk, Nunavut and returns from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland southbound to Toronto, Ontario. Similar (but opposite) to Wild Women’s Into the Northwest Passage Expedition, this unique trip twist offers the opportunity to travel ancient Inuit and explorer routes out of the Northwest Passage via Bellot Strait, Ausuittuq and Smith Sound.

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