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.
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.