Embark on a spectacular 96-day Grand Expedition Cruise with Hurtigruten, traversing Pole-to-Pole, from the Arctic all the way to Antarctica.

This remarkable journey spans 13 countries, commencing in Vancouver and concluding in Buenos Aires. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of the Arctic, Antarctica, and the Americas, making this a truly unforgettable experience and a must-have on your bucket list.

Hurtigruten Pole to Pole Expedition Map

Departing: 4 August, 2024
Duration: 96 Days
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen
From: AUD$52,651 per person

This epic three-month voyage starts in Canada where you will experience Alaska’s coastal wilderness before heading into Arctic waters. Scout for whales, seals, and even polar bears and meet local Inuit communities.

Then experience a taste of American east coast culture and Caribbean island life, before watching jungles fade into deserts as you sail from Central America to South America’s Pacific coast.

This Pole-to-Pole adventure offers a rare opportunity to spot polar bears, penguins, brown bears, caribou, diverse birds, and marine life in their habitats, all in the one trip.

Witness breathtaking landscapes, ranging from expansive polar icescapes to barren deserts, lush jungles, and towering mountain ranges.


Day 1: A taste of Vancouver

Your grand adventure starts with an overnight stay in Vancouver, a bustling and beautiful seaport city set against steep mountains.

If you have time, why not arrive a few days prior and join one of the optional special Pre-Programmes.

Day 2: Your expedition cruise begins

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken on a city tour to see the main highlights of fabulous Vancouver.

The excursion will end at the pier where MS Roald Amundsen awaits you. Settle in, take your time to get to know the ship, and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner.

Days 3 - 18: Sublime scenery in Alaska

Embark on a captivating journey through the Inside Passage coastal route, offering an unparalleled view of North American Pacific Fjordland. Explore Misty Fjords, home to wildlife and scenic wonders, then delve into the rich history of Wrangell and its ancient rock carvings. Discover the cultural blend in Sitka, navigate Icy Bay’s glaciers, and witness wildlife in the Gulf of Alaska.

Kodiak Island unveils its ‘Emerald Isle’ charm, and Katmai National Park provides a rare encounter with protected brown bears. Traverse Chignik’s rivers teeming with salmon, explore the deserted Unga Village, and visit Dutch Harbor’s vibrant surroundings. St. Paul showcases Aleut heritage and diverse bird species, while St. Matthew Island offers a remote, wild experience. Then visit Nome, a Gold Rush town with a fascinating history tied to Roald Amundsen’s polar expeditions.

Days 19 - 23: Science and wildlife watching at sea

As our Grand Expedition Cruise sails from the Pacific Ocean through the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, and Beaufort Sea, enrich your journey with Expedition Team lectures on topics like tectonic activity, glaciology, wildlife protection, and engaging with local communities.

Look for over 30 seabird species, including Black-legged Kittiwakes, auklets, and murrelets, as we cross the international date line and navigate the Chukchi Sea to reach Point Barrow, the northernmost U.S. point. Keep watch for bowhead and grey whales in this remarkable leg of the voyage.

Days 24 - 33: The Northwest Passage

Navigate the Northwest Passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Ice and weather conditions will shape the itinerary. 

Experience the pristine wilderness firsthand as you go ashore with the expedition team to explore sites linked to early exploration history, visit Inuit communities, and look for Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, whales, narwhals, seals and seabirds.

Potential stops include Smoking Hills, Ulukhaktok, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Fort Ross, Beechey Island, Devon Island, and Pond Inlet.

Days 34 - 41 - Greenland and Atlantic Canada

Leaving Canada behind, you will cross Baffin Bay and the Davis Strait on the way to Greenland. 

Choose to join your Expedition Team for insightful lectures on topics like historic explorers, Greenlandic culture, wildlife, and geology. Alternatively, enjoy onboard facilities or pick up photography tips for capturing the stunning scenery.

Weather and sea ice permitting, your time in Greenland will include the following destinations: Illulissat, Sisimiut, Labrador Sea, Red Bay, and Corner Brook.

Days 43 - 49: Halifax to Boston

This stage of your journey begins in Halifax, a historic port in Nova Scotia, where you can explore red-brick heritage buildings, Citadel Hill National Historic Site, and the seafront boardwalk.

Journeying south, you’ll encounter highlights of New England, such as the Eastern Scotian Shelf with its rich marine life and the possibility of exploring Sable Island. Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a glimpse into its unchanged 1700s British colonial settlement.

Crossing into the United States, visit Eastport with its rich Indigenous history and explore Rockland and Castine in Maine. Experience the wonders of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, and follow in the footsteps of artists in Provincetown, Cape Cod. Finally, explore the historic sites of Boston, including the Tea Party site, Freedom Trail, and iconic “Cheers” bar.

Days 50-53: Sail the Eastern Seaboard

Enjoy the east coast sights as you cruise towards Miami. 
Take advantage of the onboard facilities, indulge in the wellness area, or visit a lecture given by the expedition team.

Days 54 - 64: Miami and Central America

Enjoy multicultural Miami before exploring the Caribbean and Central America. Highlights include Belize City’s colonial charm and Altun Ha ruins, diving in the Belize Barrier Reef, tranquil Útila in Honduras, historic Trujillo, the secluded Cayos Miskitos in Nicaragua, beautiful Isla de Providencia in Colombia, laid-back Big Corn Island, idyllic Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama, and bustling cosmopolitan Colón at the entrance to the Panama Canal.

Days 66 - 79: From Colón to Valparaíso

Navigate the intricate locks of the Panama Canal, surrounded by lush rainforests and diverse wildlife. Continue to Manta, Ecuador, where you can participate in a traditional Equator-crossing ceremony and explore the charming town of Montecristi.

Discover Puerto Bolívar’s coastal charm, indulge in fresh seafood, and explore the markets and museums of Machala. In Salaverry, Peru, uncover the historical richness of Trujillo, with its Baroque cathedral and ancient ruins. Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers Spanish-era architecture and culinary delights, while Paracas presents wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands and the enigmatic Nazca Lines.

Explore Arica’s desert climate and cultural sites, visit the saltpetre mining towns in Iquique, and discover the historic charm of La Serena. Then visit Valparaíso, Chile, a UNESCO-listed city known for its vibrant colours and bustling markets.

Days 80 - 89: Cruising the Chilean fjords

Begin your Patagonian adventure with two days at sea, featuring engaging lectures by the Expedition Team. Immerse yourself in the Science Centre’s hands-on presentations and enjoy onboard amenities.

Traverse Chilean fjords, starting with the vibrant city of Castro on Chiloé Island, boasting colorful stilt houses and rich birdlife. Explore the secluded settlement of Puerto Edén, meeting the Indigenous Kawésqar people. Puerto Natales serves as the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, where diverse landscapes and wildlife await. Cruise through the stunning Chilean fjords, encountering Magellanic Penguins, elephant seals, and waterfalls. Sail past Cape Horn and enter the Drake Passage, with the Expedition Team providing insights into Antarctica’s fauna, history, and climate change impacts. Weather permitting, a landing at Cape Horn adds a thrilling touch to this extraordinary journey.

Days 90 - 93: Antarctica - another world

Nothing prepares you for your first sight of Antarctica’s immense, frozen beauty. Icebergs, sculpted by nature, float in the straits. Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins court while Adélie Penguins nest. Countless seabirds wheel overhead. Nature is in charge.
You’ll spend an exciting four days busily exploring several potential landing sites, on and around the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Each day will offer something different and thrilling. 

Days 94 - 95: Sailing towards Ushuaia

You will sail back across the Drake Passage towards warmer weather in Argentina, giving you two final days to enjoy life on board.

Day 96: From Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Your Grand Expedition Cruise from pole-to-pole ends in Ushuaia, the main city in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina’s southernmost province. From here, you’ll take a flight to Buenos Aires.  

But this doesn’t have to be the end of your adventure. Why not join one of the optional Post-Programmes before heading home.

Explore MS Roald Amundsen

This cutting-edge vessel, tailored for polar waters, serves as a cozy sea base, transporting global adventurers sustainably with its hybrid technology.  

The interior boasts comfort and style, crafted from natural Scandinavian materials like granite, oak, birch, and wool. A highlight is the two-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck, perfect for viewing the spectacular scenery, and observing wildlife with binoculars.

All cabins are outside cabins, of which 50% have private balconies, and aft suites feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views.

Expedition includes:


  • Flight in economy class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires after the expedition cruise


  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Vancouver, including city tour, before the expedition cruise
  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Ushuaia after the expedition cruise 


  • Overnight in Vancouver, including breakfast, before the expedition cruise 


  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • Complimentary tea and coffee, and reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team for activities on board and ashore
  • A Range of included activities
  • Onboard credit of 1000€ per person
  • Free laundry service
  • No gratuities expected
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • The À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water
†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.


Onboard Activities:

  • Use of ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track
  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of the Science Centre, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from the onboard professional photographer
  • 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
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you

Cruising with Hurtigruten Expeditions

Hurtigruten’s smaller expedition ship allows you to reach areas that larger vessels can’t, meaning you’ll get to explore lesser-travelled channels with breathtaking scenery.


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Optional shore excursions, small-group activities and spa treatments are additional cost.

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