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Northwest Passage – Across the Top of the World (Alaska to Greenland)

Return flight to Reykjavík


Departure date
26 days
Multiple Offers

Cruise Overview

Northwest Passage Cruise | Northwest Passage – Across the Top of the World (Alaska to Greenland)

Witness incredible beauty and experience the thrill of exploration as we sail through the fabled Northwest Passage from Nome in Alaska to Nuuk, Greenland. 

Discover UNESCO-listed sites, spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and Inuit settlements – guided by your expert Expedition Team. 

Sail down the west coast of Greenland with its stunning coastal panoramas and pretty settlements of coloured houses. 

This voyage ends in Nuuk with a flight to Reykjavík. An option to fly to Copenhagen instead can be seen here.

Sail along the top of the world through the Northwest Passage

Sailing through the Northwest Passage on a state-of-the-art ice-class expedition ship is a captivating journey that blends natural wonders, culture, and history. The passage, once an elusive route for explorers, now offers intrepid travellers a chance to witness breathtaking Arctic landscapes and learn about indigenous communities through first-hand experiences. On this adventure, we’ll attempt to traverse the entire route and beyond, going from Nome in Alaska to Nuuk, Greenland.  

Breathtaking beauty of the High Arctic and Greenland

Our 26-day voyage takes us ‘above’ the North American continent to the frozen far north. As we head up from Alaska through the famed Beaufort Sea and Bering Strait, we pass into the Western Arctic Canada where we’ll explore the western section of the Northwest Passage. From here on in, it’s pure expedition as we transit to Eastern Arctic Canada where you’ll experience a pristine and remote wilderness featuring surreal vistas of frozen sea ice. We then emerge into Baffin Bay and sail to West Greenland, where you’ll encounter natural beauty like nowhere else. 

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We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Setting out from scenic Seattle

Day 1

There's no place like Nome

Day 2

Along the Alaskan coast

Day 3-6

Exploration and adventure

Day 7-14

Into Bellot Strait

Day 15

The Eastern Canadian Arctic

Day 16-20

Crossing Baffin Bay

Day 21

The Wonders of West Greenland

Day 22-24

Old and new in Nuuk

Day 25

Cosmopolitan Reykjavík 

Day 26


- - - Attempted route, ice conditions dependent

Our Attempts are voyages where we challenge the elements in true expedition style. As we explore these remote and captivating areas in a safe way, our adventure will ultimately be guided by nature. If weather, sea or ice conditions do not allow our planned navigation, our experienced crew will deliver an adapted itinerary. Flexibility and our deep knowledge of the area combine to give you an amazing exploration experience.

What's included


  • Overnight in Seattle before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
  • Overnight in Reykjavík after the expedition cruise, including breakfast


  • Economy class flight from Seattle to Nome before the expedition cruise
  • Economy class flight from Nuuk to Reykjavik after the expedition cruise


  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Seattle
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship in Nome
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Reykjavík after the expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Wine, beer and spirits available at meals and throughout the day and evening (subject to licensing laws, excludes premium drinks)
  • All day coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • Meals and take-away available throughout the day during Fredheim restaurant opening hours
  • Fine dining in restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • A complimentary water bottle to refill on board and take home
  • A polar expedition jacket, a backpack, or another piece of HX kit
  • Professional photos from your trip taken by our onboard photographer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi. Please note, streaming is not supported
  • Use of sauna, hot tubs, pool, fitness room, lounges and more
  • Gratuities included. Fantastic service is standard at HX – though if you’d like to leave something extra, it’s always appreciated
  • Range of included activities 

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full access to the ship’s Science Centre
  • Citizen Science Programme allows guests to assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements 
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (not included)

What's not included

  • International flights 

  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings  

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling 

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 

  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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