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Inukshuk, Baffin Bay, Canadian Arctic

Northwest Passage with The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute


Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Inukshuk Statue, Mountain Summit, Canadian Arctic 1

Northwest Passage

Follow in the wake of early explorers as you traverse the mythical Northwest Passage

Franklin Strait, Nunavut, Canadian Arctic 2

Famous Historians

Visit locations associated with Franklin’s tragic search for the Northwest Passage

Polar Bear, Canadian Arctic 3

Canadian Arctic Wildlife

Explore the home of the polar bear, musk ox, caribou and walrus

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Edmonton to Cambridge Bay
  • Day 2
    King William Island
  • Day 3
    Coningham Bay
  • Day 4
    Fort Ross and Bellot Strait
  • Day 5
    Beechey Island
  • Day 6
    Lancaster Sound to Devon Island
  • Day 7
    Pond Inlet
  • Day 8
    Buchan Golf or Gibbs Fjord
  • Day 9
    Baffin Bay
  • Day 10
    Ilulissat and the Jacobshavn Icefjord
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
    Sondre Stromfjord
  • Day 13
    Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa
Nachvak Fjord, Labrador, Canadian Arctic
Canadian Arctic

The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

Established in 1920 as part of the University of Cambridge, the Scott Polar Research Institute is a centre of excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic. The mission of the SPRI is to enhance the understanding of these polar regions through scholarly research and its publication, educating new generations of polar researchers, caring for and making accessible its collections (including its library, archives, photographic and object collections), and projecting the history and environmental significance of the polar regions to the wider community for public benefit.

Walrus Family, Spitsbergen
Svalbard Archipelago, Spitsbergen

Wildlife sightings

Wildlife is a large draw to the area, and despite the lesser abundance than in other parts of the Arctic, the ‘Arctic big five’ are regularly sighted. Keep your eyes open for bears, musk ox, narwhals, belugas and walruses.

Rowing across to Arctic Watch camp
Canadian Arctic

Onboard Experts

The expedition crew are not only superb naturalist guides, but they can also bring to life the regions they visit with you. Ted Irniq is a native son of the North, an expedition guide and a true ambassador of the Canadian Arctic. He draws on his experiences of growing up in Ranklin Inlet whilst guiding passengers through this remote region of the world.

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Important Information

Activity Level
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Like-minded travellers

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people; interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours, usually consisting of eight to ten travellers, aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

4.Peace of mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

3.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

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For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

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28/08/2113 Days £16,995 ex. flightsJulian Dowdeswell120 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

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With an average group size of just eight to ten people our group tour itineraries enable you to travel to some of the most intriguing regions of the world in the company of experts guides in the field and, of course, with likeminded people.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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