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New territory: The essential expedition charter list

New territory: The essential expedition charter list

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Northwest Passage

The allure of the mythical Northwest Passage is to boldly go where few have gone before. The sea route that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, through the unforgiving Canadian Arctic, was first completed by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1906 – since then there have been fewer than 160 transits. “This is a proper adventure zone,” says Tamsin Vaughan, an associate at YPI. “See polar bears, narwhals and belugas, and go kayaking, trekking and get to know the Inuit culture. Explore it now before too many people tread the untrodden.”

Charter lowdown: The Northwest Passage is complex because visiting yachts have to work with the Inuit to gain access to their lands and waters. Go with a respected expedition company to avoid breaking the law or upsetting locals.

Choose your yacht: “For the Northwest Passage and Antarctica, we have owners coming to visit each year who decide to make their yachts available for charter after their own voyage,” advises Tim Soper, EYOS Expeditions’ founding partner.

The ice-class 48 metre Hanse Explorer, available from €125,000 per week, was built for adventurous pursuits and all of her seven cabins can be had as twins or queens.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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