Heart of the Arctic 2013

Join us in the land of the Midnight sun! We’ll be arriving in Greenland just after the Summer solstice, providing 24 hours of daylight as we explore some of the richest areas of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. Here, as Spring turns to Summer, we have the excellent chances of wildlife this early in the season as the ice is breaking up and the birds are in the height of their breeding season. This diverse itinerary will allow us to explore three separate regions of the north: Greenland, Nunavut and Nunavik.

We’ll start off your Arctic experience with a sail down one of Greenland’s most picturesque fjords. Turning north and crossing back into the Arctic circle, we will enjoy a hike on the tundra before spending two glorious days in the iceberg capital of the North Atlantic - Ilulissat. We’ll sail among the icebergs and hike out to one of the world’s most spectacular views as we watch as the Jakobshaven glacier produce city-block sized chunks of ice.

Crossing the Davis strait we’ll sail up Frobisher Bay into Nunavut’s capital city. Here we’ll have a chance to visit the recently-rebuilt St. Jude’s Anglican cathedral, built to resemble a traditional igloo, and have a chance to explore Nunavut’s only city. Heading back out the sound, we call in at the Savage Islands, where there are good opportunities for polar bear, whales and bird life.

No Heart of the Arctic voyage would be complete without visiting an artistic community, and the beautiful town of Kimmirut will not disappoint. Here, we’ll find a variety of carvings, tapestries and prints that the community has worked the long winter months to prepare for us, the first ship of the season. We’ll also be treated to Inuit games, fresh bannock and local music.

Crossing Hudson Strait, we’ll enter into Nunavik and stop at the small hamlet of Kangiqsujuaq, also known as Wakeham Bay. With a population of just over 500, the arrival of a ship is a major event and we’ll be entertained by local throat singers and drum dancers. Moving onto Diana Island, we’ll have a chance to hike on the tundra in an excellent area to spot muskox.

Heading south into Ungava Bay, we’ll stop by Akpatok island, which has historically been a great place for us to find polar bear, and it’s crowded bird cliffs are sure to provide for excellent Zodiac cruising.

Join us on the Heart of the Arctic and enjoy the communities, landscapes and wildlife of the Arctic.

Highlights

• Cross the Arctic circle while sailing in the shadow of the second-longest fjord in Greenland
• Seek out muskox in Kangerlussuaq Fjord and Diana Island
• Spend 2 days exploring the town of Ilulissat, home to the Sermeq Kujaleq Glacier
• Enjoy a cultural presentation and town tour of Nunavut’s capital - Iqaluit
• Seek out polar bear during our Zodiac cruise of the Savage Islands
• Visit with world-renowned Inuit carvers in Kimmirut
• Enjoy the sounds of talented throat-singers
• Seek out birds, walrus, whale and polar bear at Akpatok Island

* Please note that this is an expeditionary itinerary. While we will make every attempt to keep to the published itinerary, weather, wildlife sightings and other factors may change the timings and or destinations listed below.

Day 1-2: Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord), Greenland

Arriving into Kangerlussuaq, it is possible to see the largest ice cap in the world from your airplane window. Boarding the Clipper Adventurer in the afternoon, we will make our journey down spectacular Sondre Stromfjord.

Day 2: Sisimiut Coast

We travel up the Western Coast of Greenland.

Days 3-4: Ilulissat (Jakobshavns Isfjord)

Venturing 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.

Days 5- 6: Crossing Davis Strait

While crossing Davis Strait, we'll relax and enjoy onboard lectures and opportunities to watch for wildlife from the ship's decks.

Day 7: Iqaluit

Sitting amid gentle rolling hills is the transportation hub of the Arctic, Iqaluit. A major transfer point between flights to other northern communities, Iqaluit is also the smallest capital city in Canada with a population of just over 6,000! At one time dotted with Inuit huts, the beaches are now adorned with modern houses, shops, and public buildings reflecting Iqaluit's importance as a government town. In late summer, the hills are coloured with the bright blooms of Arctic wildflowers.

Day 8: Savage Islands

The lower savage islands form a small archipelago in the wild waters between the southeastern tip of Baffin Island and Resolution Island. The islands were a stopping place for Inuit and their Palaeo-Eskimo predecessors as they travelled between the south coast of Baffin Island and the northern tip of the Labrador-Quebec peninsula. An ideal place for spotting polar bears.

Day 9: Kimmirut

Located on the southern portion of Baffin Island, the scenic oceanside hamlet of Kimmirut is considered one of the most picturesque communities in the region. Kimmirut means “the heel” in Inuktitut, and refers to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community that holds a striking resemblance to a human heel. Art has played a major role here and the newly renovated Dewey Soper Building is home to a gallery of outstanding works of art.

Day 10: Kangiqsujuaq

Kangiqsujuaq, which means “the large bay” occupies an exceptional site, where the village is snuggled in the hollow of a splendid valley surrounded by majestic 500m high rocky hills: a landscape of unspeakable beauty. The bay takes its name from Captain William Wakeham who, in 1897, led an expedition to determine whether the Hudson Strait was safe for naviga¬tion. In a rocky pinching of the bay, known as “the narrows”, we will have an opportunity to examine the base of what were, 1.80 billion years ago, Himalayan-scale mountains.

Day 11: Diana Island

On Diana Island, herds of muskox roam the island amid fields of wildflowers and thick beds of soft lichen.

Day 13: Kuujjuaq, Quebec

Before it was named Kuujjuaq, early fur traders knew this region as Fort Chimo. A mispronunciation of saimuk, which means "Let's shake hands", 'chimo' was often used to welcome early fur traders to the post. Today Kuujjuaq, the administrative capital of the Inuit territory of Nunavik, is a bustling community combining traditional Inuit culture with the conveniences of modern day life.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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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.

 


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Sea Adventurer 2015 Deck Plan


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