Navigate ice floes and glaciers
From Reykjavik, we cruise around Greenland's south coast, taking in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord. We'll then navigate the icy channels of the Northwest Passage like the great explorers before us. We'll sail the famous waterways of Prins Christian Sund, Baffin Bay, the Davis Strait all the way to Cambridge Bay.
Admire Arctic animals and birdlife in their natural habitat. Look out for polar bears, muskoxen, caribou and ringed seals. You may even spot minke and humpback whales. Scan the skies above you too for soaring Glaucous Gulls and Black Guillemots among the seabirds.
• Epic 19-day expedition cruise from Reykjavik in Iceland via Greenland, through the Northwest Passage to Cambridge Bay, ending in Montréal, Quebec.
• Follow the route of great explorers, as we navigate the channels of the Northwest Passage, visiting Pond Inlet, Dundas Harbour, Radstock Bay, Fort Ross and Gjoa Haven.
• Watch for whales and other wildlife, and discover UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord and the Inuit settlements of Greenland.
Explore the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik
Packed full of art, culture and history, delightful Reykjavik is well worth spending time discovering before you begin your cruise to the Northwest Passage.
Take a stroll along Laugavegur with its boutiques and outdoor shops, head to the striking Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral or fascinating Reykjavik Art Museum.
MS Fram awaits you in Reykjavik Harbour. After collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, it's time to settle into your cabin and meet your Expedition Team. Your exciting adventure is just beginning.
In the wake of Vikings
We sail toward Greenland across the Denmark Strait, the route taken by Erik the Red, supposedly the first European to have settled there.
Your Expedition Team will share the protocols of respectfully visiting wildlife habitats and indigenous Arctic communities. In the Science Center, you can learn more about Greenland's geology, or join one of our Citizen Science projects.
You can relax in comfort onboard the ship. Hit the gym, soak in our open air hot tubs – or enjoy a delicious meal in one of our onboard restaurants.
Breathtaking panoramas and abundant wildlife
We aim to explore the incredible waters of the 60-mile-long Prins Christian Sund on your included excursion today. Sharp-peaked granite mountains provide a stunning contrast to the bright white glaciers. Look out for calving icebergs and colourful houses in the village of Aappilattoq.
Nature is abundant here. You'll see ringed and bearded seals resting on the ice, and Glaucous Gulls and Black Guillemots soaring down from above. You may even spot minke and humpback whales.
If sea ice prevents us entering the sound, we'll head to craggy Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland.
Discover the glacial beauty of the west coast fjords
Experience your first sight of Greenland’s sublime west coast fjords as we reach Kvanefjorden in Sermersooq, meaning 'Place of Much Ice'.
Have your camera ready for glistening icebergs and semi-submerged glacial ice – pure white with undertones of crystalline blue. These sculpted ice blocks are some of Arctic nature’s finest creations.
Few people venture into this remote fjord, making it even more special to spend the day exploring here. The Expedition Team will select places to head ashore to enjoy the beautiful scenery on nature walks, or head out in boats to scout for wildlife.
Experience Greenlandic culture, old and new, in Nuuk
After several days exploring remote, idyllic icescapes, you'll cruise into Nuuk, Greenland’s colourful capital. With a population of 18,000, it has a striking mix of old and new buildings.
Compare the old buildings – Hans Egede's House and Nuuk Cathedral – with the ultra-modern architecture of Greenland's Parliament. Visit Katuaq Cultural Centre, where you'll experience a Greenlandic mask dance, enjoy some local delicacies, and listen to the local choir on an included activity.
Visit the National Museum to see six Qilakitsoq mummies, offering a fascinating insight to life here 500 years ago. Join us for an optional nature walk around Mount Lille Malene and explore the pristine nature around Nuuk.
Enjoy a warm welcome in Arctic Greenland
We reach Sisimiut, Greenland’s second city. It sits in a spectacular location just 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. This area has history spanning more than 4,500 years.
Old traditions are alive and well here. You can learn more about the ancient Saqqaq artefacts in the local museum and Taseralik Cultural Centre. Pick up a special souvenir – a qiviut scarf, hat or mittens – made from a local fabric said to be 10 times warmer than sheep wool.
One of the best things you'll experience on your expedition cruise in Greenland with us is meeting the local communities – real interactions that make for fantastic memories.
The town where you can see and hear the ice flow
Our expedition cruise reaches Disko Bay – a haven for walruses, whales and seals. You’re in for a unique experience. Nestled in magnificent Ilulissat Icefjorden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Ilulissat. Against a backdrop of colourful houses is an ever-changing gallery of passing icebergs. Marvel at these giants as they float past the town, taking on different hues of white, grey and blue. You won’t just see them, you’ll hear them too. As they bump into one another, the cracks, creaks and rumbles echo all around. Even amateur photographers will return to ship with the most enviable images.
Watch for wildlife and get involved in Citizen Science
Leaving Greenland behind, we'll set a course for Canada across the Labrador Sea. Soon we'll enter the Davis Strait, named after the English explorer John Davis, and known for its abundance of seals, whales and cod. The Expedition Team will continue their onboard lectures on topics from the wildlife of Northern Labrador to Inuit culture and the history of Arctic exploration. You can also take part in one of our Citizen Science programmes, helping photograph and track whales or contributing to the GLOBE Observer project.
Crossing a historical sea corridor through Canada's Arctic archipelago
Like pioneering explorers who've come before you, we won't have an exact itinerary as we attempt to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the famed sea route, the Northwest Passage. We plan to stop at Pond Inlet, Dundas Harbour, Fort Ross and Gjoa Haven if conditions are in our favour.
As we explore, we'll land at sites linked to early exploration history, visit Inuit communities, and look out for Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, whales, narwhals, seals and seabirds.
You'll go expedition boat cruising between ice floes, and go ashore to experience the pristine wilderness first hand. Your Expedition Team will adapt activities to ice and weather conditions, giving you the best experience possible.
We’ll try to reach Pond Inlet and the Inuit community of Mittimatalik on Baffin Island. On Devon Island - the largest uninhabited island on Earth – we'll visit Dundas Harbour and learn about its Thule heritage. We may pay our respects at the graves of three Franklin expedition team members on Beechey Island.
We'll continue west to Fort Ross, a former Hudson Bay Trading post before sailing to Gjoa Haven, where Roald Amundsen learned polar survival tips from the Netsilik Inuit. If we are able, we'll take a walking tour to learn more.
Wildlife and conservation in this fish-rich bay
Our expedition cruise continues onto wildlife-rich Cambridge Bay where you'll disembark. Here, you might see Arctic char, muskoxen, and caribou. You'll also find the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, an important centre for climate change research, here too.
Home to 2,000 residents, Cambridge Bay is popular with fly-fishers, keen to net giant char or lake trout. Its local name 'Iqaluktuuttiaq' even means ‘a good fishing place’ .
Walk around and explore before we take our evening flight to Montreal, where we'll spend the night.
A blend of Canadian cultures in Québec's premier city
Your adventure ends in Montréal, the largest city in Québec. It’s a hub of Canadian history and culture with a cosmopolitan feel and a year-round calendar of events. There’s plenty to see and do, from shopping, cuisine and culture to the Basilica of Notre Dame in the historic streets of Old Montréal. You’ll find a kaleidoscope of colour in the city’s Plateau district, and a lively atmosphere in the downtown social hub of Crescent Street. If you’d like to extend your adventure, join our optional Post-Programme for a sightseeing tour of this vibrant city in all its glorious diversity.
Itineraries are subject to change.
23 August, 2024 to 10 September, 2024
Our Polar Inside cabins are situated on lower deck and offer a cosy atmosphere. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Our Polar Outside cabins are situated on lower deck and they all have bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of them offer separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Our Arctic Superior cabins are comfortable cabins situated on both upper and middle deck, where you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. All the cabins have bathrooms with shower/wc. You will also find coffee and tea facilities in these cabins. Most of them have separate beds, where one can be turned into a sofa and some have double beds. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles. Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.
Vessel Type: Expedition
Passenger Capacity: 276
MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuverability and guests' comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home. The Norwegian word Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand.
MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.
• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• On board lectures
• Escorted landings with small expedition boats
• Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
• Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
• Expedition photographers on hand to assist you
• Overnight in Montréal after the expedition cruise including breakfast
• Economy flight from Cambridge Bay to Montréal
• Transfer from the ship to the airport in Cambridge Bay after the expedition cruise
• Transfer from the airport in Montréal to the hotel after the expedition cruise
• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Travel insurance
• Transfers unless otherwise stated
• Optional Excursions
• Pre and Post voyage accommodation
• Beverages on board unless otherwise stated
• Meals while ashore
• Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
• All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
• Excursions and activities are subject to change
• Please make sure you meet your entry and boarding requirements
• No gratuities expected