By Stefan Ruiz
Updated: January 21, 2017

For centuries, adventurers lost their lives searching for the Northwest Passage, a fabled route through the Canadian Arctic archipelago connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific. Now, thanks to warming oceans, cruise ships can travel there, and in the coming years tourism to the region is expected to increase markedly. Last summer, writer Saki Knafo and photographer Stefan Ruiz traveled there aboard one of the first passenger ships in the region. This video, created by the two of them, captures the experience, from the hijinks of the crew to the remarkable feats of local Inuit athletes to breathtaking northern landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see.