This epic adventure begins at the entrance to the Northwest Passage. We’ll seek bowhead whales in Niginganiq (Isabella Bay)— the world’s first Inuit-initiated whale sanctuary— and search for polar bears, walrus and muskox on Devon Island’s tundra. We’ll cruise Prince Leopold Island, where Thick-Billed Murres, Northern Fulmars and Black-legged Kittiwakes nest. At Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), our hosts will welcome us with throat-singing and Inuit games, before we explore Baffin’s mighty fiords. Crossing Davis Strait, we’ll be met by Greenland’s stirring icescape.
There, we’ll zip among the freshly calved bergs off Ilulissat in our Zodiacs, marvel at Uummannaq’s heart-shaped mountain, and hike around Itilleq Fjiord. Spectacular Kangerlussuaq Fjord makes a glorious finale to our trip.
- Seek bears, whales and walrus in their Arctic feeding grounds
- Learn first-hand about the history and culture of the Inuit
- Voyage along the magnificent fiords of Greenland’s coast
- Trace the routes of the great Arctic explorers
- Visit the burial site of the famous Qilakitsoq mummies
|Day 2||Beechey Island|
|Day 3||Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay)|
|Day 4||Bylot Island|
|Day 5||Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)|
|Day 6||North East Baffin Fiords|
|Day 7||Niqinganiq (Isabella Bay)|
|Day 8||Karrat Fiord|
|Day 11||Itilleq Fjord|
|Day 12||Kangerlussuaq, Greenland|
As remote and challenging as its name suggests, Resolute is a rugged community serving the mining, military and exploration industries. A monument honors the hamlet's first permanent citizens, relocated by the Canadian government to help establish sovereignty in the Far North.
Here we embark the Ocean Endeavour and commence our voyage.
In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men in two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. It was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance.
Our first community visit calls at Arctic Bay, well known for it’s recreational events. The most popular is the Midnight Sun Marathon, which is done annually and is 52 mi. in duration. This community of just over 800 inhabitants experiences the lowest tidal range in Canada within its Bay. A perfect place to be welcomed into Canadian Inuit cultures and history.
Named after arctic explorer Robert Bylot, this island is home to Sirmilik National Park and a rich coastal bird sanctuary. Here we will spend our time visiting a breeding site for Thick-Billed Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, Northern Fulmar, Glaucous Gull, and Black Guillemot.
Mittimatalik or Pond Inlet is a 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, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who will gladly share their culture. We will be treated to a cultural presentation at the Nattinnak Centre. Arts and crafts may be available here.
The Arctic coastline provides numerous opportunities for landings; our program will explore the wealth and diversity of the land. We'll seek marine mammals, musk ox and polar bears as we travel, and bird watchers will want to keep their binoculars always at hand.
Niginganiq is a 336,000 ha marine region on Baffin Island that is a crucial feeding area for threatened bowhead whales — the world's first Inuit-initiated marine mammal sanctuary.
The area includes two deep offshore troughs rich in copepods which are a main food source for the bowhead whale.
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.
Despite being situated in the shadow of a mountain, Uummannaq is the sunniest place in Greenland! It is an impressive and imposing 3,855-foot hunk of red gneiss called Uummannaq Mountain.
This mountain serves as the town's backdrop on which colorful, single-family homes cling, anchored by cables and pipes.
The famous Greenlandic mummies dating from the 15th century were found on the shore opposite Uummannaq.
Venturing 150 mi. 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 colorful town and a chance to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice.
* Itinerary may be subject to change
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Rates Arctic 2015
Top Deck Twin
Charter air: St John’s, Newfoundland to Saint Pierre, France / Kuujjuaq, Quebec to Ottawa, Ontario.
Charter air: Ottawa, Ontario to Kuujjuaq, Quebec / Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, Ontario.
Charter air: Toronto, Ontario to Resolute, Nunavut / Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, Ontario.
Charter air: Toronto, Ontario to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Kugluktuk, Nunavut to Edmonton, Alberta.
Charter air: Edmonton, Alberta to Kugluktuk, Nunavut / Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, Ontario.
Category 1 (Quad) & 2 (Triple) Cabins have very limited availability. Please call for pricing and availability.
Please note that there is a $250 Discovery Fee for all trips.
Single cabins are available on at 1.5x the full cruise price. Share Occupancy is available in Category 1-6 cabins.
All passengers must carry a minimum of $75,000 USD per person emergency medical and evacuation coverage.
All trips subject to a possible fuel surcharge.