The Upcoming Voyage

From September 8 to September 22, I will be travelling through the Northwest Passage as historian on an Adventure Canada Arctic cruise aboard this ship —

— the Akademik Sergey Vavilov.Vavilov_Ship_Specifications_Web




Ice permitting, we’ll weigh anchor in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, chart a course east and visit incredibly scenic (and historic) places, such as Jenny Lind Island, Gjoa Haven, Fort Ross, Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet, Beechey Island, Gibbs Fiord. Then we’ll cross Baffin Bay to Greenland, calling in at Uummannaq, Store Glacier, Illulissat, Sisimiut, and Kangerlussuaq.

Of course, our route and our landing locales will be influenced by weather conditions. Historically, wooden ships attempting transits of the Northwest Passage were halted by ice. Fortunately, our expectations of making it through in the ice-strengthened steel hulled Vavilov are greater than that of expeditions a century ago.




About Season Osborne

I am a writer with a love of Arctic history. After finding a photo of Capt. Joseph-Elzéar Bernier, who claimed the Arctic for Canada in 1909, I was inspired to write my master’s thesis on Bernier’s contribution to Arctic sovereignty. This ultimately led to extensive research into Canadian and ‘foreign’ expeditions to the North, which morphed into my recent book, In the Shadow of the Pole: An Early History of Arctic Expeditions, 1871-1912.
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