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2022 The Northwest Passage: from Greenland to the Bering Sea

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Join A&K Founder Geoffrey Kent on an extraordinary expedition through the rarely transited Northwest Passage, voyaging from western Greenland through the Canadian Arctic to Nome, Alaska. Follow in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers alongside A&K’s famed Expedition Team‚ including an Inuit cultural expert, while experiencing iceberg-laden shores, remote Inuit villages, historic islands and spectacular geological wonders.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Montreal, Quebec
    Arrive in Montreal and transfer to your hotel. Later, gatherfor a welcome dinner, where you meet your fellow guestsand Expedition Team.Hotel: Four Seasons Montreal  
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Today, explore this modern Canadian city with a choiceof engaging tours, including a panoramic city tour thatbegins with a guided visit of Notre-Dame Basilica, revealsthe scenic summit of Mount Royal and includes a tastingof the city'''s fabled bagels. You may opt instead to exploreOld Montreal and Little Italy with its open-air Jean TalonMarket. As an alternative, explore Old Montreal onfoot, learning about its French and English heritage; seeJacques-Cartier Square, Place d'''Armes and Saint JacquesStreet with its notable Victorian architecture. As anotheroption, you may take a guided walking tour through thecity'''s downtown, traversing its '''Underground City,''' SainteCatherine Street and Quartier des Spectacles, the city'''sentertainment district.Hotel: Four Seasons Montreal  
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Transfer to the airport for an early morning charter flightto Western Greenland, arriving at Kangerlussuaq at theedge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Later, board your luxuryexpedition cruiser and enjoy the thrill of setting off for sea.This evening, join fellow guests and your Expedition Teamfor a welcome reception.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Western Greenland
    In 1906, Roald Amundsen became the first polar explorer tosuccessfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Begin as hedid, venturing along Greenland'''s stunning West Coast andnorth into Baffin Bay for the next five days. Your Captainand Expedition Team determine the day'''s best excursions,which may include the following areas:Sisimiut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is thenorthernmost city in Greenland able to maintain ayear-round, ice-free port as well as sufficient snow fordogsledding in winter and spring. Visit the local museumand enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration.Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into the wide inlet of DiskoBay, first explored by Erik the Red in 985. Discover theIlulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at themouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in theworld, Sermeq Kujalleq. Take a walking tour of Ilulissat, visitits history museum, and meet with villagers to learn aboutlocal life. Conditions permitting, board a local vessel for aniceberg cruise of Disko Bay.Uummannaq Fjords: North of Ilulissat, this geologicalwonder teems with marine life. Visit Karrat Fjord to see the iceberg-clad bay and the remains of ancient huts, built byThule hunters (Inuit ancestors) more than 500 years ago.Kullorsuaq: Translated as '''Big Thumb,''' Kullorsuaq remainsone of the most traditional hunting, fishing and tradingvillages in Greenland.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Cruise into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavutand enter the heart of the Northwest Passage. As yourluxury expedition cruiser winds through legendarychannels and inlets, A&K'''s enrichment specialists continueto spark captivating discussions that enhance yourdiscovery. Your crew and Expedition Team determineyour itinerary, which is dependent on weather, sea, ice andwildlife conditions. Exciting excursions may include:Pond Inlet: '''Place of Mittima'''s Grave,''' Pond Inlet is thegateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeologicalsite. After clearing customs formalities, 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 may shop for handcrafted goods.Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island andBaffin Island, this body of water is home to an abundance ofArctic cod and seasonal populations of Beluga and bowheadwhales, black guillemots, Arctic terns and other wildlife.Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic explorationdefine this island. Beechey is best known for providing asafe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845,who took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the grave markers forthree of his men and visit the Franklin'''s cenotaph.Fort Ross: Abandoned in 1948, this former trading postwas founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arcticfox pelts in exchange for necessities. Explore its remainingstructures and perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay,as your naturalists share stories about its residents.Gjoa Haven: During his attempt on to cross the passage on'''Gjoa''', Roald Amundsen took respite in this natural harboras he waited for ice conditions to improve. For two years, helived with the Netsilik Inuits and learned survival skills thatlater proved invaluable on his South Pole expedition.Victoria Island: Cruise the south coast of Victoria andthrough Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and CoronationGulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary JennyLind Island and Johansen Bay.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Northwest Territories
    Enter Canada'''s Northwest Territories and continuethrough the heart of the Northwest Passage, where you mayexperience exciting excursion opportunities that include:Ulukhaktok: Visit with the local Inuit of Holman Village,experiencing drum dances, and tastings of fresh charand bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an openfire. Tour the town art center and discover Ulukhaktok'''sbeautiful printmaking tradition, carvings and hats made ofcoveted musk ox wool.Banks Island: The fourth largest island in the CanadianArchipelago, Banks is home to deep Inuit history and apopulation of about 60,000 muskoxen.Franklin Bay: Discover the '''Smoking Hills,''' cliffs ofbituminous shale that endlessly combust and burn. Thisgeological phenomenon has likely been occurring formillennia and is a rare sight to see.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Herschel Island
    On expedition in 1826, Captain Franklin was thefirst European to lay eyes on this unique island at thenorthernmost point of the Yukon Territory. Herschelsupports numerous wildlife and is one of the only places onearth where you may see a grizzly bear, black bear and polarbear. Evidence of the island'''s whaling culture and Thuleancestors remains along its coastline, now greatly affectedby sea erosion and climate change.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Beaufort Sea
    Typically dense with ice floes and fog, the Beaufort Seaopens up a 60-mile-wide coastal pass from August toSeptember. As your expedition ship cruises into theU.S. and clears at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customsclearance only), continue participating in lectures led byyour Expedition Team. Relax on your private balcony orjoin fellow guests on deck where, with some luck, you mayspy beluga whales, which travel in numbers here, and thenorthern lights in autumn.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Little Diomede
    Continue cruising to Little Diomede, an island betweenAlaska and Russia at the edge of the International Dateline.Enjoy a Zodiac cruise of the island, where the Ingalikmiutmaintain a traditional lifestyle.Hotel: 'L'Austral'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Nome, Alaska
    Arrive and disembark in Nome, Alaska, among the wildestreaches of mainland America. Try your hand at goldpanning, experience a dogsled demonstration and see theBering Sea Land Bridge National Monument. Later, transferto the airport for your chartered flight to Anchorage, andthen continue on with your homebound flight.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch

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Health and Safety Protocols for Abercrombie Kent Tours

Our more than 55 local offices work tirelessly with our partners behind the scenes.
Abercrombie & Kent’s local staff have longstanding relationships with our suppliers, including restaurants, hotels, boats, transportation providers and venues. These partners know our exacting standards and have been fully vetted by our staff to make sure they comply with all local regulations regarding health and hygiene.

We’re adhering to best practices for cleanliness and disinfection.
We follow the guidelines established by the leading health experts (including the World Health Organization) to minimize any opportunity for coronavirus exposure during your journey. We’ll have hand sanitizer readily available, ensure enhanced cleaning in hotels and restaurants, sanitize vehicles at every arrival and departure (with a focus on high-frequency touchpoints such as door handles) and provide individual service at all meals.

We’re committed to facilitating physical distancing.
Abercrombie & Kent’s private and small-group journeys are already well-suited to exploring with safe physical distancing in place: Your transfers are private, for example, and on group journeys, your vehicles are never more than half full. Moving forward, your guides will forego shaking hands when saying hello, and you’ll experience no-contact check-in/check-outs in many hotels and dining arranged to allow for plenty of space from other guests.

Our small groups make travelling safely that much easier.
Abercrombie & Kent’s small groups make it much easier to maintain cleaning and hygiene procedures and ensure adequate physical distance between guests. On a custom Tailor Made Journey, your group size is completely up to you, of course, and you travel only with the people you choose on most activities.

Wearing masks on your journey keeps everyone safe.
To protect all guests on Abercrombie & Kent small group journeys and Luxury Expedition Cruises, wearing a mask is required in vehicles, indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. On Tailor Made journeys, masks must be worn in accordance with local regulations. We encourage you to bring your own masks; a supply will be on hand where needed.

Our Resident Tour Directors and local guides are trained in health and safety.
In addition to being experts in your region’s culture, history and wildlife, your guides are fully versed in your destination’s health regulations as well as Abercrombie & Kent’s practices and protocols. They oversee the many procedures that go into making your journey safe, from confirming a restaurant is freshly cleaned before you arrive to ensuring your luggage is always handled carefully (and disinfected properly) between destinations.

All guides and staff follow rigorous health and safety procedures.
Everyone involved in running your journey — from the guides you travel with to the drivers, baggage handlers and others behind the scenes — observes a strict, round-the-clock health and safety regimen, including regular staff health and temperature monitoring. Abercrombie & Kent staff wear masks at all times and additional personal protective equipment as required.

We provide 24/7 support, seven days a week.
Abercrombie & Kent’s worldwide network is always on hand to answer questions and address any concerns you may have. Our local offices are experienced in handling emergencies and have the contacts and knowledge to support guests 24/7 in the event of medical challenges, including, if necessary, arranging for doctor’s visits or even emergency medical evacuation.

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