Arctic Explorer 2013

An amazing voyage of discovery awaits you on our Arctic Explorer Expedition. We’ll seek out rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, icecaps and glaciers, and be greeted by the warmhearted people who call the Arctic home.

After setting sail from Resolute, we begin our journey remembering the Arctic explorers who came before us during our stop at Beechey Island – home to the graves from the ill-fated Franklin expeditions.

The Summer months are peak birding season and we’ll get our first glimpse of the overwhelming amount of bird life found here during our cruise at Prince Leopold Island – a Migratory Bird Sanctuary and home to tens of thousands of Thick-Billed Murres, Northern Fulmars and Black-legged Kittiwakes.

Arriving in the community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), we will be awestruck by the immense beauty of nearby Bylot Island. Our Inuit hosts will showcase their town and we’ll be treated to Inuit games and throat singing at their Community Centre. Heading south we’ll venture deep into the fjords of Baffin Island, surrounded by immense mountainous peaks indicative of Baffin Island and an ideal place to seek out whales and other marine mammals. Perched above a floodplain and surrounded by soaring mountains, we find the community of Kanngiqtugaapik (Clyde River). We’ll enjoy some country food with our friends in the community before taking a tour of the town.

A highlight of our expedition will be our time spent in Isabella Bay. Isabella Bay (or Nigingnaniq) was designated a National Wildlife Area in 2008 and is a pristine late summer feeding ground for a large proportion of the threatened Davis Strait-Baffin Bay bowhead whale population. We hope to catch a glimpse of these 18m whales as we cruise through the bay.

Arriving in Greenland we are welcomed to the land of colourful houses and giant icebergs in the community Uummannaq, dominated by the 1175 m high mountain “Hjertefjeldet”, which means “Heart-shaped Mountain”, after which the city is named. We continue our route south, visiting the Ilulissat Icefjord and the small fishing town of Itilleq. Our journey comes to an end as we sail 168 km down the spectacular Kangerlussuaq Fjord.

Our Arctic Explorer Expedition provides an ideal balance between expedition and community visits, allowing for wide breadth of Arctic experiences. Our adventure is spent entirely north of the Arctic Circle and the endless summer days provide ample time to explore on foot and in Zodiacs. Join us as we experience life North of 60!

Highlights

• Experience the midnight sun
• Marvel at the Ilulissat icefield, where 90% of the north Atlantic's icebergs are born
• Seek out the thousands of birds that call the Arctic home during the peek Summer season
• Search for whales as we explore Northeast Baffin
• Enjoy a cultural presentation and country food at Kanngiqtugaapik
• Keep watch for bowhead whale as we cruise Isabella Bay
• Take in the breath-taking scenery as we cruise Karrat Fjord - one of Greenland’s most beautiful
• Visit Greenland’s heart as we explore the colourful town of Uummannaq
• Visit the site of the famous Greenlandic Mummies
• Participate in or cheer on our annual sporting match in Itilleq

Day 1: Resolute Bay

Arrive on the charter flight in Resolute late afternoon, we embark the Clipper Adventurer and set off on our voyage of discouver.

Day 2: Prince Leopold, Somerset Island and Beechey Island

The tall cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are one of the top bird sites in the High Arctic both during the breeding and summering seasons. It is a breeding site for Thick-Billed Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, Northern Fulmar, Glaucous Gull, and Black Guillemot. It was beneath these tall cliffs, that Sir James Clark Ross, perhaps the greatest polar explorer of the 19th century, was based in 1848-49. Ross's 1848-49 expedition in search of the Franklin expedition was not successful; they spent a frustrating winter locked by ice in Port Leopold on the northeast coast of Somerset Island and returned to England the following summer. It was also from this area that Sir John Ross (James's uncle) escaped in 1833 after abandoning the Victory and spending four harrowing winters in the Arctic.

Beechey island is best known as the epicentre of the Franklin search, for it was here that the lost expedition spent its first winter (1845-46). The only record of the expedition, and subsequent explorers making it to Beechey, is the remains of three storehouses, workshops, a washhouse, many empty meat tins, and of course, three eerie graves.

Day 3: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

This bustling Arctic community is surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Eastern Arctic. We will have a chance to explore the town, as well as enjoy a cultural presentation at the Nattinnak Centre.

Day 4: Northern Baffin

We will make an expeditionary stop today on our way south on Baffin Island.

Day 5: Kanngiqtugaapik (Clyde River)

Perched on a floodplain surrounded by soaring mountains, Clyde River offers excellent views of glacial action. Once an important trading post, the area is home to various species of seal and the polar bears that prey on them. It is known as the "Gateway to the Great Fiords", and there are 10 fiords within a 100-kilometre radius of the hamlet.

Day 6: Igaliqtuuq (Isabella Bay)

Also know as Isabella Bay, this is a late summer and fall feeding destination for many Baffin Bay/Davis Strait bowhead whales. We were lucky enough to find a pod of 60 bowheads here in 2005.

Day 7: Karrat Fjord

In Karrat Fjord we will cruise one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords. During ice breakup, narwhals and seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs within the fjord should give us good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities.

Day 8: Uummannaq, Greenland

Despite being situated in the shadow of a mountain, Uummannaq is the sunniest place in Greenland! It is an impressive and imposing 1,175-metre hunk of red gneiss called Uummannaq Mountain. This mountain serves as the town's backdrop on which colourful, single-family homes desperately cling, anchored by cables and pipes. The famous Greenlandic mummies dating from the 15th century were found on the shore opposite Ummannaq.

Day 9: Ilulissat, Greenland

250km north of the Arctic Circle we find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates literally into "iceberg", and there couldn't be a more fitting name. Our visit will include time in the colourful town and a chance to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice. We will also cruise in our fleet of zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is where we find the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at 19m per day and calving more than 35 square kilometers of ice annually. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years and, because of its relative ease of accessibility, has significantly added to the understanding of ice-cap glaciology, climate change and related geomorphic processes.

Day 10: Itilleq, Greenland

Living in a small town that relies primarily on fishing for its existence, Itilleq's residents are closely tied to the land and its resources. Beautifully coloured houses speckle the rocky landscape as the town's children play freely in rocky fields. We'll engage the local soccer team in a friendly match before parting ways.

Day 11: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Lying at the head of the longest fjord in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has one of the most stable climates in the region though temperatures can range from -50C in the winter to as high as 28C in summer. Kangerlussuaq, which means 'The Big Fjord' in Greenlandic, is appropriately named, as it's 168km long and is the end of our voyage.

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Adventure Options: Kayaking - $595, Snowshoe-Included, Hiking - Included. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Kayaking is limited to 19. Some activities require experience.

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Please Note: The cabin layout is different for the 2014 & 2015 Arctic Seasons.  Refer to the two different deck plans below.

 


Sea Adventurer 2014 Deck Plan


 

Adventurer Deck Plan

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Sea Adventurer 2015 Deck Plan


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DeckPlan_SeaAdventurer_Arctic_Quark_CabinDescriptions