EEEEEKKKK! Hmmm, looks a little too adventurous to me. But I thought if you go at the right time of year, although cold, you could make it through without being iced in. Is that not the case?
By the way, is that really you stuck in the ice, Brian? If so, tell us a brief account of what happened there.
With global warming and modern navigation equipment its easier to do the Northwest Passage than it was in the days of yore. Its still a very difficult task to accomplish and very few people have the time, resources, and skill to do it.