For centuries, intrepid explorers were determined to find the Northwest Passage, the fabled and often fatal route of icy channels connecting Europe with Asia. None of their stories is as enduring as that of Sir John Franklin and his crew, who never returned from their fateful 1845–46 expedition. The tragic tale has captured the imagination of history lovers ever since. On this new, 17-day voyage, journey back in time to the height of arctic exploration. As a modern-day adventurer, navigate the same waters and visit the same sites that played an important role in the discovery of the sea route—all from the comfort of your small expedition vessel, of course!
Though Franklin’s legend will be our focus, spectacular scenery and unique wildlife abound on this active expedition, which also has you exploring the deep fjords, ancient glaciers and innumerable icebergs of Greenland’s west coast. Zodiac cruises and hiking excursions bring you closer to the raw beauty of lands few have set foot on and waters few have sailed.
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
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Experience highlights of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland
- Visit traditional Inuit and Greenlandic communities
- View arctic wildlife, such as whales, walrus and muskoxen
- Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Cruise in a Zodiac to get up close to the spectacular scenery