Winding your way through the icy channels of the legendary Northwest Passage is history brought to life. On this compelling 17-day journey aboard our game-changing new vessel Ultramarine, passengers retrace the steps of the intrepid Franklin Expedition, which left the shores of England in 1845 in search of the last unexplored section of the Northwest Passage—only to become permanently icebound. Its discovery more than a century and a half later was a much-celebrated moment in polar history.
On Ultramarine, guests benefit from two twin-engine helicopters that will provide spectacular aerial views of the Arctic landscape, the most extensive portfolio of adventure options in the industry, more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than any other expedition ship its size, and 20 quick-launching Zodiacs to get you closer to ancient glaciers, dramatic fjords and towering icebergs. Explore colorful Greenlandic villages, and shop for traditional Inuit handicrafts. Hike the endless Arctic backdrop and marvel at the vast, colorful tundra. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive and majestic creatures that make their home in this wilderness, such as whales, walrus, muskoxen and polar bears. Come aboard Ultramarine, follow in the footsteps of Franklin’s legendary Arctic voyage, and return home with memories to last a lifetime.
A Rockjumper leader will not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 12 participants are signed up through Rockjumper. In the case that a Rockjumper leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up through Rockjumper.
Prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Gyrfalcon; Snow Goose; Snowy Owl; Brunnich's & Black Guillemots; Ivory, Ross's, Glaucous & Thayer's Gulls; King Eider; Willow Ptarmigan
Polar Bear; Walrus; Ringed, Harp & Bearded Seals; Killer, Bowhead, Beluga & Humpback Whales; Musk Ox; Caribou; Arctic Fox; Narwhal (very rare); Arctic Hare
open sea, pack ice, sea shore, islands, rocky cliffs
cool to cold
dependent on ship capacity
comfortable ship cabins
glaciers, icebergs, Inuit people & villages
I loved this trip! Owls, abundant photo ops, good food, great accommodations. Lev and Amanda did a superb job maximizing our birding time, in spite of some hurdles thrown at them by the weather. Both were extremely knowledgeable and were willing to share that knowledge. A special shout out to Lev who always seemed to remember little details or requests long after they were made.
Our guides, Lev and Amanda, are great and I hope to go on another trip with them in the future.
The leaders, Lev Frid & George Armistead, were fantastic. We had snow and heavy winds on a few afternoons, and they drove like champions. They tried so hard to get us on birds. The Boreal Forest is tough birding that time of year. Of the 36 species seen, 11 were life birds. Quality vs. quantity on this trip! There were 10 participants on the trip.
Excellent tour for seeing birds of the boreal forest. Lev and Amanda were excellent in helping us get great views of the warblers. Accommodation was excellent. the choice of venues was well balanced so that it was easy to stay focused and alert for birding.
Booking, registration, organisation of the tour were all very professional, well done Rockjumper. The highlights of the tour were the magnificent observations of the Hawk Owl and the Great grey owl, one great grey could even be observed when it was hunting. For my taste we spent too much time in the cars but I admit that this is largely due to the nature of this tour. Lev and Amanda were very good guides, both having a vast knowledge of the visited habitats and animals. I very much appreciated the very competent explanations and answers to my questions.
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