Canada’s Remote Arctic – Northwest Passage to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands

Resolute - Resolute

Northwest Passage, Canadian Arctic
Aug 24 - Sep 4 2024
11 Nights
199 Guests

Starting from per person

£7,660

Select cruise date

Discover the wonders of the Canadian Arctic on this unique fly-and-cruise expedition that explores the heart of the Northwest Passage. Here, you'll follow in pioneering explorers' footsteps, navigating through remote bays, inlets, and channels that have captivated adventurers for centuries. Explore by Zodiac and get unique aerial perspectives of polar landscapes on a flightseeing excursion on the ship's two helicopters. 

Led by a team of polar experts on a modern, state-of-the-art expedition ship, prepare to be enchanted by this rarely-visited remote part of the Arctic. Discover the Inuit culture's history of early explorations and majestic glaciers, panoramic mountain views, and the labyrinth of waterways and secluded coves. Keep an eye out for unique Arctic wildlife, from musk oxen to marine species such as beluga whales and polar bears.

Canada's Remote Arctic is an invitation to witness the sublime beauty of a region shrouded in mystery, a place few can explore.

For your ease and comfort this expedition includes a return charter flight between Calgary and Resolute where you will embark the ship.

Canadas remote Arctic Northwest Passage cruise Map

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights

  • Experience the highlights of the Northwest Passage on this fly in and fly out expedition.
  • Search for iconic Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and muskoxen
  • Learn about indigenous culture from Inuit guides onboard and ashore.
  • Enjoy unforgettable flightseeing and heli-landings aboard Ultramarine’s two helicopters
  • Explore by Zodiac and get up close to glaciers, fjords, and icebergs.
  • Channel your inner explorer as we set out to reach Canada’s most northerly islands: Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere Island

Itinerary

Itinerary

An immersive expedition cruise to discover Greenland and the highlights of the Canadian Arctic

Calgary skyline city in Canada
Day 1

Arrive Calgary, Canada

Your Arctic adventure commences in Calgary. Enjoy the city at your leisure before spending a relaxing evening at your hotel, enjoying its comfort and amenities.

Iceberg in the Northwest Passage
Day 2

Fly to Resolute and Embark

This morning, you'll catch a charter flight to Resolute, Nunavut. After landing, take the opportunity to stretch your legs and explore this quaint hamlet on foot. Later, depending on where our ship is anchored and the weather, we'll whisk you off to your ship either by Zodiac or helicopter.

zodiac landing in the Northwest Passage
Days 3 - 10

Exploring Canada’s High Arctic

Sailing around the untouched islands of the Canadian High Arctic aboard Ultramarine, our cutting-edge new ship, you'll weave through the icy waterways that captivated explorers of old. Ultramarine is tailor-made for those who thirst for polar adventure, equipped with two twin-engine helicopters and 20 swift-launching Zodiacs to take you to the most secluded spots on Earth. As you journey through the icy mazes of bays, inlets, and channels, you'll feel the same awe that gripped early navigators of these formidable waters.

Our expedition traces the natural pathways carved by sea and ice, unveiling the Arctic's rich tapestry of culture, history, and geography. Ultramarine's unmatched capability for adventure, including helicopter sightseeing, promises a polar experience like no other. Witness the incredible wildlife that calls this fierce landscape home: from sea mammals and polar bears to muskox and, if fortune favours, the rare arctic wolf. With Ultramarine, we aim to reach the outer limits of this rugged, seldom-seen terrain, including the northern reaches of Axel Heiberg Island and the elusive Ellesmere Island, perched at the world's summit.

While our voyage has no set route, each expedition is a unique journey shaped by the weather, ice, and opportunity. Our seasoned Expedition Team will navigate daily, aiming to showcase the season's best, from Zodiac cruising and land excursions to community visits and wildlife encounters. And, with our onboard helicopters, you'll gain a perspective on the simply breathtaking polar landscapes, experiencing flightseeing excursions that bring the Arctic's majesty to life in a whole new way.

This region, known to many as the Northwest Passage, is also the ancestral homeland of the Inuit and their forebears, who have thrived here for nearly 5,000 years. As we move through these remote landscapes, you'll be journeying across lands deeply rooted in ancient traditions, illuminated by our Inuit guides both onboard and ashore.

Our journey northwards aims to trace the route of the fortunate explorers who have made it through Hell Gate to the pinnacle of the world, Ellesmere Island. With luck, the imposing snow-capped peaks of this polar desert will emerge on our horizon. This remote island, ringed with deep fjords and rugged mountains, is a testament to the sheer power of nature.

Exploring Axel Heiberg Island, Canada's second-most northern island, introduces guests to some of the world's most breathtaking Piedmont glaciers, sprawling from narrow valleys into open plains. Bird enthusiasts, prepare your binoculars for potential sightings of snow buntings, ptarmigans, jaegers, and arctic terns.

Wildlife sightings are frequent in the Canadian Arctic, with areas teeming with birds and mammals adapted to this extreme environment. From polar bears and muskoxen to gyrfalcons and little auks, and possibly narwhals or arctic wolves, each sighting is a precious glimpse into the Arctic's thriving ecosystem.

Coburg Island and Prince Leopold Island are havens for birdlife, while Arctic Bay offers insights into Inuit culture, with opportunities to taste local delicacies and engage with artists. Devon Island's historic sites, including a Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost and the haunting remains of the Franklin expedition on Beechey Island, beckon history buffs and adventurers alike.

Every day promises new discoveries, from Zodiac excursions near active glaciers to the serene beauty of the Arctic tundra. The High Arctic is a land of endless fascination, where the resilience of flora, the flight of rare birds, the stealth of a polar bear, or the legacy of ancient peoples invite you to witness the enduring splendour of the far north.

Day 11

Disembark in Resolute, Canada and Fly to Calgary

After disembarking in Resolute, you’ll be transferred to your charter flight to Calgary, where you’ll spend the night at your included hotel.

Calgary skyline city in Canada
Day 12

Depart Calgary

Today, make your way to the airport to catch your homeward flights, or spend the day exploring this fascinating city.

Activities

Activities

Zodiac Cruising and Shore Landings

Zodiac Cruising through icebergs

Zodiac inflatable boats are integral to every expedition and perfect for exploring the polar wilderness. Zodiacs are used to ferry you to the shore and mini explorations amidst icebergs, whales, and seabirds. Throughout your expedition, they enable you to reach secluded spots only accessible by these sturdy watercraft.

Driven by our expert team of knowledgeable polar guides, we will explore the Zodiac daily as part of your expedition.

Flight Seeing

flight seeing on Ultra Marine

Soar above the polar regions and gain unique aerial perspectives over some of the best views on Earth. Ultramarine is equipped with two twin-engine helicopters ready to take you on an adventure like no other. With intimate groups of 7 to 9 explorers, you'll embark on a breathtaking 10- to 15-minute flightseeing journey that's part of your voyage, offering a bird's-eye view of the Arctic's wilderness. If you're craving even more aerial adventure, additional helicopter activities are available for purchase once onboard. Remember that all flights are weather-dependent, ensuring your safety and the best possible experience.

Heli-landings*

helicopter landing Ultramarine

You will be transferred from Ultramarine’s helidecks via our two twin-engine helicopters to a selected landing site in a remote location. You’ll have time to explore the location accompanied by expedition team members, after which you’ll be picked up by the helicopters in the same location and returned to Ultramarine. Note: Heli-landings are dependent on weather conditions and logistics. 

*An extra cost is applicable. Please inquire about costs and availability at the time of reservation.

Sea Kayaking*

sea kayaking in the Arctic

Experience the beauty of the polar regions from the intimacy of a sea kayak. The onboard Sea Kayak Program gathers adventurers with a shared passion to explore the stunning landscapes of fjords, glacial fronts, or intricate sea ice formations together.

This program welcomes both novices and experienced kayakers to discover the polar regions from a distinctive vantage point. Depending on weather and operational conditions, the goal is to get kayaking as frequently as possible. Sea kayaking adventures typically begin with a Zodiac boat transferring participants from the ship to an optimal launch site. After exploring the waters, kayakers are brought back to the ship via Zodiac. 

For safety, a Zodiac operated by a dedicated driver remains close at hand to provide help if needed. These kayak trips usually last from one and a half to three hours, blending adventure with unparalleled natural beauty.

*An extra cost is applicable. Please enquire about costs and availability at the time of reservation. Please note places on sea kayaking do sell out in advance, so forward booking is essential.

Your Ship

Your Ship

Ultramarine

Ship Highlights

1

Premium Expedition Experience

Ultramarine is conceived around the expedition experience and is an ideal choice for guests who put exploring above everything else but also seek high levels of comfort. This ship perfectly blends onboard comfort with a wide range of activities.
1

Explore By Helicopter

An exclusive feature of Ultramarine is the two Airbus helicopters, which take guests on exciting additional adventure options such as flightseeing, heli-hiking, and heli-landings, allowing you to see and explore further.
1

Large Fleet of Zodiacs

With a fleet of 20 Zodiacs, four embarkation points, and large ready rooms, joining a Zodiac excursion on Ultramarine is fast and efficient with no waiting. All guests can explore off the ship at the same time.
1

Guide Team

One of the industry's most experienced polar guide teams with over 20 years of experience delivering expeditions, Ultramarine has an outstanding guide-to-guest ratio, ensuring your best experience when off the ship exploring.
1

Modern Cabins

Ultramarine features spacious, light, and airy cabins, many with private balconies and large windows. There is an excellent variety of choices, from the stunning Ultra suite to options for solo travellers.
1

Adventurous Activity Options

Ultramarine offers a variety of adventurous activities, from an extensive sea kayaking programme to adventures such as camping and mountain biking in incredibly remote areas utilizing ship helicopters in select destinations.
1

Modern Sustainable Explorer Ship with Small Group Size

Ultramarine takes under 200 guests per voyage, ensuring an intimate experience with nature. The ship is built to the highest environmental standards and employs technological advancements to reduce its footprint, including a system that converts waste to energy.

Starting from per person

£7,660

Select cruise date

Why Reserve With Us?

Choose Your Cabin

Choose Your Cabin

Explorer Triple

Located on Deck 3, and approximately 285 sq. ft. (26.5 m2). This suite is perfect for guests traveling solo who want to share their experience with other like-minded travelers of the same gender, or for groups of three traveling together. Featuring three separate single beds, and amenities for each of the three guests.

Features: three single beds (two of which can be combined into a double bed), sitting area, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle.

Price per person
Contact Us
Explorer Suite

Located on Deck 3, and approximately 285 sq. ft. (26.5 m2). These suites are perfect for people traveling together or solo guests looking to share with like-minded individuals. This suite maximizes interior living space while still offering guests the opportunity to stay connected to the outdoors. Our entry-level twin suites are the largest available on a ship of this class.

Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle.

 

Price per person
Contact Us
Balcony Suite

Located on Decks 4 and 6, with approximately 226 sq. ft. (21 m2) of indoor living space, and a 52 sq. ft. (4.8 m2) balcony, this entry-level balcony suite is one of the largest available on a ship of this class. This suite is perfect for guests who are looking for both indoor and outdoor living spaces. There are four connecting suites in this category, making this an excellent option for families or groups wanting to stay connected to each other during their expedition.

Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle.

Price per person
Contact Us
Solo Panorama

Located on Deck 6, and approximately 132 sq. ft. (12.3 m2). This suite is perfect for solo guests who appreciate privacy and want to wake up to sweeping views from the comfort of their bed. These are the only solo suites with floor-to-ceiling windows available onboard any ship in its class.

Features: single bed, floor-to-ceiling window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.

Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle.

Price per person
Contact Us
Deluxe Balcony Suite

Located on Decks 4 and 6, with approximately 299 sq. ft. (27.8 m2) of indoor living space, and a 70 sq. ft. (6.5 m2) balcony. This suite is perfect for guests wanting a larger living space, full bathroom, and a substantial balcony. Deluxe Balcony Suites are the first suite type to offer additional privacy in the bathroom with an enclosed toilet, a full bath and shower to make it easier for guests to get ready together in the morning.

Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle.

Price per person
Contact Us
Terrace Suite

Located on Deck 6, with approximately 350 sq. ft. (32.5 m2) of indoor living space, and a 100 sq. ft. (9.3 m2) balcony. This suite is perfect for guests wanting generous interiors with a wide layout and the largest balconies on the ship. Centrally located on Deck 6, guests will enjoy minimal movement and motion from the comfort of these suites.

Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private extra-wide balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle.

Premium Amenities: upgraded bedding, in suite coffee. 

Services: onboard WiFi credit*, included laundry**, in suite dining during scheduled meals. 

*terms & conditions apply, WiFi may be limited in duration or data 

**terms & conditions apply, limited number of laundry loads per voyage

Price per person
Contact Us
Penthouse Suite

The only suite category to be located on Deck 7, with approximately 369 sq. ft. (34.3 m2) of indoor living space, and a 67 sq. ft. (6.2 m2) balcony. This suite is perfect for guests wanting to wake up to unobstructed polar views from the warmth and comfort of their bed onboard the ship. These suites offer the best of everything—views, spacious interiors, full bathrooms and generous balcony sizes—as well as easy access to the wellness centre.

Features: one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.

Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle.

Premium Amenities: upgraded bedding, in suite coffee. 

Services: onboard WiFi credit*, included laundry**, in suite dining during scheduled meals.

*terms & conditions apply, WiFi may be limited in duration or data 

**terms & conditions apply, limited number of laundry loads per voyage

Price per person
Contact Us
Owner's Suite

Located on Deck 6, with approximately 446 sq. ft. (41.4 m2) of indoor living space and a 46.3 sq. ft. (4.3 m2) balcony. This suite is perfect for guests who want it all. A large, luxurious suite featuring a private bedroom, full bathroom, powder room, and two separate living spaces. This suite is perfect for families or couples who want all the comforts of home onboard the ship.

Features: one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional closet, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors and separate powder room.

Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle. 

Premium Amenities: upgraded bedding, in suite coffee, binoculars on loan. 

Services: onboard WiFi credit*, included laundry**, in suite dining during scheduled meals, included spa package, upgraded hotel accommodation pre-/post-expedition where applicable, included arrival transfers where applicable. 

*terms & conditions apply, WiFi may be limited in duration or data 

**terms & conditions apply, limited number of laundry loads per voyage 

Price per person
Contact Us
Ultra Suite

Located on Deck 6, with approximately 563 sq. ft. (52.3m2) of interior living space, and a 46 sq. ft. (4.3 m2) balcony. This suite is perfect for guests who want to travel without compromise. Our largest and most luxurious suite features the most sleeping, entertainment and storage space onboard the ship. It is perfect for families or travelers who want all the comforts of home onboard the ship.

Features: one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional walk-in hallway closet, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors and separate powder room.

Standard Amenities: hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, complimentary water bottle. 

Premium Amenities: upgraded bedding, in suite coffee, binoculars on loan. 

Services: onboard WiFi credit*, included laundry**, in suite dining during scheduled meals, included spa package, upgraded hotel accommodation pre-/post-expedition where applicable, included arrival transfers where applicable.

*terms & conditions apply, WiFi may be limited in duration or data 

**terms & conditions apply, limited number of laundry loads per voyage 

Price per person
Contact Us
Why Reserve With Us?

Deck Plan

Ultramarine ship deck plan all decks

What's Included

Included

  • Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities.
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official expeditions parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax

Optional Extras

  • International airfare
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Calgary
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Canadian eTA required for non-Canadian or U.S. visa-exempt passengers
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international and domestic flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Adventure Options listed as an additional cost

Important Information

  • This expedition involves travelling to lovely remote places with limited medical facilities. We ask you to be healthy and fit to participate. If you have a severe medical condition or have recently undergone surgery, please get in touch with us before making a reservation. Our Travel Experience Team will be happy to assist you with any questions.
  • Whilst our expeditions do not require exceptional fitness, you must be mobile enough to climb in and out of a Zodiac and undertake short walks.
  • Expedition programmes include zodiac outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks, and more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.
  • Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, ice position, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may cancel or stop any activity or modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will consider the touristic quality of the sites and, above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.
  • You must take out comprehensive travel insurance, which includes medical evacuation and cancellation at the time of booking. To learn more, please see our guide to Travel Insurance For Expedition Cruises.
  • You must hold a passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond completing your trip. Please check to see if you require a visa to enter the countries of embarkation and disembarkation. If you have any questions, our Travel Experience Team is always on hand to answer them.If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask our Travel Experience Team.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our Travel Experience Team.

See Similar Cruises

luxury cruise ship sailing in Antarctica
Door To Door
King George Island To King George Island
Nov 25 - Dec 1 2024
6 Nights

Price from per person

£16,100
Crabeater seal resting on ice in Antarctica
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 5 - Jan 15 2026
10 Nights

Price from per person

£8,974
South Georgia island cruises king Penguins At Sunrise
Door To Door
Puerto Williams to Puerto Williams
Dec 21 2025 - Jan 8 2026
18 Nights

Price from per person

£21,300

Request Reservation

To begin your reservation for your dream cruise please fill out the form.

Wait List - Enquire

To express an interest in this expedition please fill out the form.

Request Quotation

To receive a no obligation quote for your dream cruise with our best price including any special offers please fill out the form below.

Do you need help planning your expedition?

Our friendly and knowledgeable Travel Experience Team is ready to assist you.

North Pole Cruises – a brand by the Expedition Collective Limited

© 2024 The Expedition Collective

Ask A Question

Do you have a question for our knowledgeable Travel Experience Team? We’re all ears! Just fill out this form, and we will be in touch shortly to answer your question.

Your Guide To Exploring The Polar Regions

Subscribe to be the first to know about new voyages, exclusive offers and insider travel tips.