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2020 The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea

From Montreal to Anchorage, AK
Abercrombie Kent
USD $33,995

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Join A&K’s world-class Expedition Team on a cruise through the rarely-transited Northwest Passage, embarking on an extraordinary expedition aboard commanding ‘Le Boreal’ from western Greenland to Nome, Alaska, all while following in the footsteps of the greatest explorers.

AUG 24: Arrive Montreal, Quebec

Arrive in Montreal and transfer to your hotel. Enjoytime at leisure to relax or explore the city independently,with our staff available at the A&K hospitality desk to assistwith arrangements. Gather tonight with your A&KExpedition Team for a welcome dinner, and introductionto your cruise’s AKP art auction.

Hotel: Four Seasons Montreal  

AUG 25: Montreal

Today, explore this modern Canadian city with a choice ofengaging tours. Choose a panoramic city tour, beginningwith a guided visit of Notre-Dame Basilica, then pausingat the scenic summit of Mount Royal and sampling the city’sfabled bagels. You may opt instead to explore multiculturalOld Montreal, enjoying those same beautiful vistas atMount Royal before proceeding to Little Italy and itsopen-air Jean Talon Market. As an alternative, explore OldMontreal on foot, learning about its French and English heritage; see Jacques-Cartier Square, Place d’Armes andSaint Jacques Street with its notable Victorian architecture.As another option, you may take a guided walking tourthrough the city’s downtown, traversing its “UndergroundCity,” Sainte Catherine Street and Quartier des Spectacles,the city’s premier entertainment district.

Hotel: Four Seasons Montreal  

AUG 26: Kangerlussuaq

Transfer to the airport for an early morning charter flight toWestern Greenland. Arrive this afternoon at Kangerlussuaq,a fjord at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet and once astrategic allied stronghold during World War II. Later,board your luxury expedition mega-yacht, ‘Le Boreal.’Throughout your journey, gain rich knowledge both onboard and ashore, with an immersive, exciting enrichmentprogram led by your award-winning Expedition Team.Tonight, join fellow guests and crew for a welcome cocktailreception.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  

AUG 27-31: Western Greenland

In 1906, polar explorer Roald Amundsen became the firstperson to successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage.Begin as he did, venturing along Greenland’s stunning WestCoast and north into Baffin Bay for the next five days. YourCaptain and Expedition Team determine the day’s bestexcursions, which may include the following areas:

Sisimiut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is thenorthernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a yearround,ice-free port, and also the southernmost townwith sufficient snow for dogsledding in winter and spring.Visit the local museum and enjoy an Inuit sea kayakdemonstration.

Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into the wide inlet ofDisko Bay, first explored by Erik the Red in 985, whenhe established the first Norse settlements in WesternGreenland. Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site at the mouth of one of the fastest andmost active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. Amidits spectacular giant icebergs, floating growlers and bergybits, listen for the sounds of the calving ice-stream. Take awalking tour of Ilulissat, visit its local history museum, andmeet with villagers to learn about life in this harsh Arcticregion. Conditions permitting, board a local vessel for aniceberg cruise of Disko Bay.

Uummannaq Fjords: Located north of Ilulissat, this systemboasts a geological wonder teeming with marine life.Visit Karrat to enjoy views of the iceberg-studded bay anddiscover the remains of ancient huts, built by Thule hunters(ancestors of the Inuit) more than 500 years ago.

Kullorsuaq: Translated as “Big Thumb” in the nativeKalaallisut in homage of Devil’s Thumb, a nearby prominentmountain, Kullorsuaq remains one of the most traditionalhunting, fishing and trading villages in Greenland.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  

SEP 1���8: Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Cruise into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut,where you begin your journey to the heart of the NorthwestPassage. As ‘Le Boreal’ winds through legendary channelsand inlets, A&K’s enrichment specialists continue to sparkcaptivating discussions that enhance your discovery. Yourcrew and Expedition Team determine your itinerary, whichis dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions.Exciting excursions may include:

Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet(“Place of Mittima’s Grave”) is the gateway to the NorthwestPassage and a rich archaeological site. After clearingcustoms formalities for Nunavut, embark on a shoreexcursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule.Visit the Nattinnak Visitor’s Center or Toonoonik SahoonikCo-op, where you can shop for soapstone artisan carvings,beautiful wall hangings and other handcrafted goods.

Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and BaffinIsland, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to theParry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It’s also hometo a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonalpopulation of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga andendangered bowhead whales, and ringed and bearded seals,as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arcticterns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.

Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic explorationdefine this island, best known for providing a safe havento British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look easttoward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley andimagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fatedattempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the woodengrave markers for three of Franklin’s men, now bleached bythe sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memoryof the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.

Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip ofSomerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a placefor trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for foodand necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildingsof the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in sucha barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion toCoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning aboutresidents from expert, accompanying naturalists.

Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit theNorthwest Passage on ‘Gjoa,’ Roald Amundsen used thisnatural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditionsto improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits,learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel,which would later prove invaluable in his successful SouthPole expedition.

Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of VictoriaIsland, which straddles both Nunavut and the NorthwestTerritories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, DeaseStrait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may includebird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay,home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp.Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok(Holman village) in Queen’s Bay for an unforgettable visitwith its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest ofthe world since the middle of the 19th century, the peopleof Holman still practice a traditional lifestyle. Experiencea warm welcome with drum dances, taste fresh char andbannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire,and tour the town art center. There, discover Ulukhaktok’sbeautiful printmaking tradition as well as carvings, hatsmade of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool), and traditional ulus,half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare foodand skins.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  

SEP 9: Franklin Bay & the ���Smoking Hills���

In the Northwest Territories at Franklin Bay, tread wherefew will and see the spectacular and enormous “SmokingHills,” cliffs of bituminous shale that endlessly combustand burn. This rare geological phenomenon has likelybeen occurring for millennia, with layers of the relativelyunstable mineral jarosite covering these hills. When themineral comes into contact with cold air, it becomes redhotand produces a thick, black smoke — a fantastic sightsimilar to the smoky fumaroles produced by volcanoes,though far rarer to see.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  

SEP 10���12: Herschel Island & the Yukon Territory

During a long mapping expedition in 1826, CaptainFranklin was the first European to lay eyes on this uniqueisland at the northernmost point of the Yukon Territory.Named by Franklin, Herschel Island is a bear-populatedlandmark in the West Arctic and has since servedalternately as a whaling station, relay station and refuge fortravellers. The island supports numerous species of wildlife,which seasonally may include musk ox and arctic fox. Itis also one of the only places on earth where you may seea grizzly bear, black bear and polar bear, the last of whichlive along the ice edge in summer. Evidence of the island’swhaling culture and Thule predecessors remains along itscoastline — one that is also greatly affected by the impactsof sea erosion and climate change.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  

SEP 13���14: Beaufort & Chukchi Seas

Typically dense with ice floes and fog, the BeaufortSea opens up a 60-mile-wide coastal pass from Augustto September. From here, ‘Le Boreal’ cruises into theU.S. and clears at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customs clearance only). Sailing in the comfort of your luxurycruiser, continue participating in exciting talks led by yourExpedition Team. Still hunted on a sustenance quota basisby local Inuit, beluga whales travel in numbers here andare said to be quite “chatty,” with their clicks and squealsaudible above the surface. In the late evening, relax on yourprivate balcony or join fellow guests on deck and, with someluck, witness the northern lights, known for delivering astunning display in autumn.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  

SEP 15: Little Diomede

Continue cruising through the Bering Sea to LittleDiomede, an island between Alaska and Russia at the edgeof the International Dateline. Enjoy a Zodiac cruise ofthe island, where the Ingalikmiut maintain a traditionallifestyle of hunting, fishing and egg gathering. In line withcustoms and necessity, the Ingalikmiut also use seal, walrusand polar bear hides for trade currency as well as to makeclothing, parkas and hats.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  

SEP 16: Nome, Alaska

Arrive and disembark in Nome, Alaska, among the wildestreaches of mainland America and the final destinationfor the Iditarod dogsled competition. Gold can still bemined here, and you may try gold panning firsthand;also experience a dogsled demonstration and a stop at theBering Sea Land Bridge National Monument visitor’s center.After lunch at Old St. Joe’s Church, enjoy time at leisure indowntown Nome. Transfer to the airport for your charteredinternal flight to Anchorage, and then either continue onwith your homebound flight, or join the Alaska post-tourextension.

(Breakfast, Lunch)
Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  

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