Photo credit: Vancouver Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Vancouver Maritime Museum

What can I expect?


In July and August, temperatures along our route westbound in the Northwest Passage will average between 42-60 degrees Fahrenheit (6-10 degrees Celsius). As we make our way back east the temperatures will start to drop and the freeze begins in October, by which time we will be south in Newfoundland.

In the Arctic the wind is often light due to the prevailing high pressure system, although it can be accompanied by strong gusts - especially over glaciers where localized winds occur. The climate is typically very dry at this time of year but we expect to encounter a few cold rain showers and maybe even a snow shower or two. However, there are also periods of intense sunshine and temperatures ashore can be around 60F (16C) and sunscreen is important as the suns rays are intensified by glare off the snow and ice! 

The sun never sets in the Arctic in the summer and we will experience 24 hours of daylight. But as the days begin to shorten in September we hope to catch some of the first sights of the Northern Lights for the coming winter and 24 hours of darkness that will cover the place by December. 

Click through the gallery below to find ranges of temperatures for the areas we are visiting!

 
Photo credit: Vancouver Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Vancouver Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Onne van der Wal

Photo credit: Onne van der Wal

Clothing RECOMMENDATIONS

As it can be a mix of sunshine and clouds, windy and rainy, in the Northwest Passage it's advised to dress in layers. The following clothing is recommended:

  • Thermal base layers
  • Fleece mid layers
  • Windproof & Waterproof jacket & bibs
  • Insulated hat and gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Wool socks
  • Warm boots for working on deck/aloft and standing on a metal deck for hours
  • Waterproof boots for shore excursions
  • Ski goggles
 

For more temperature information from the Government of Canada and historic date see here

 

We will shortly have a suggested list of specific recommended gear for the voyage here: