Quark passengers pictured hiking at Sunneshine Fjord, Baffin Island.

Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin

Duration 17 days
Departing from
  • Ottawa, Canada
Starting from $9,695
Adventure Options Sea KayakingPaddling Excursion


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 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 bone up on ancient cultures at remote historical sites. Learn about the whaling heyday of the 1800s and, if you’re lucky, spot present-day whales frolicking in their natural surroundings. On this active adventure, Zodiac, kayaking and hiking excursions make it easier than ever to encounter the unique wildlife that call this mysterious realm of dramatic fjords, glaciers and mountains home.

The Northwest Passage: Three Weeks in the High Arctic

Special Interests

Engage With The Locals

Fascination with Indigenous cultures and the chronicles of early polar exploration pique the curiosity of many. If you're gripped by people and history—from busy, modern villages to untouched ancient ruins—the Northwest Passage voyage is for you.

If you're interested in learning more about this voyage and Arctic cultures it visits, talk to a Quark Polar Travel Advisor at 888.979.4073



  • Experience highlights of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic
  • Explore colorful Greenlandic villages and shop for traditional Inuit handicrafts
  • View iconic arctic wildlife, such as whales, walrus and muskoxen
  • Hike the colorful tundra
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to get up close to glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more

Discover the Northwest Passage

Dates and Rates

Starting from
Aug 27 – Sep 12, 2019
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Into the Northwest Passage, but no further


We give a lot of credit to the expedition staff, especially our leader Alli. She made the best of the situation when we had to turn back after reaching Devon Island. We had expected to see the well-known Franklin site on Beechey Island and to proceed further into the famous passage. The ice would not allow it.

My Trip of a Lifetime With Quark Expeditions


Thank-you for my trip of a lifetime!
From the excellence of the guides to both enthuse and inform, to the top rate staff who kept us happy and well fed (the food was delicious - I loved the pastries!), the expedition was superior.
The expedition was expertly organised and any change in circumstances such as weather or ice that required a change of plans, was dealt with smoothly and turned into a new adventure.
My experience was magical!

Arctic Cruise


Although we were stopped by ice from reaching Beechy Island and planned disembarkation at Resolute, it was still a great trip. Personal highlights: getting on to the ice on Lancaster Sound where the ship had to turn around. Stunning scenery in Sam Ford fjord. After dinner zodiac cruise in Powells Inlet - Devon Island for close up view of beluga whales, very good views of walrus and mom polar bear with 2 cubs. The Inuit show at Pond Inlet.
Excellent food and variety.

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