This journey brings you to the heart of the Arctic. From Canada’s Inuit regions of Nunavik and Nunavut to Greenland, the chances of seeing wildlife are excellent. Polar bears, walrus and muskox will be among the highlights. Embarking in Kuujjuaq, we set sail for Akpatok Island, its cliffs are home for thousands of Thick Billed Murres. Guests will explore with local hosts, learn about regional customs, and sample local food. A highlight for art lovers will be visits to Kinngait, Kimmirut and Pangnirtung, where we will meet established and emerging artists.
As we sail eastward towards Greenland, we’ll keep a look out for whales and seabirds. Arriving in Greenland we’ll venture into the island’s capital city, Nuuk, where we will view the famous Greenland mummies. Before sailing up Western Greenland’s longest fjord, we’ll zodiac cruise and then hike up to a stunning glacier. Our journey comes to an end in Kangerlussuaq.
- Cross the Arctic circle while sailing in the shadow of the second-longest fjord in Greenland
- Visit the renowned Greenland Museum home of the famous Qilakitsoq mummies
- Visit with world-renowned Inuit carvers and print makers
- Enjoy the sounds of talented throat-singers
- Seek out birds, walrus, whale, polar bear and muskox
|Day 1||Kuujjuaq, QC|
|Day 2||Aktopak Island|
|Day 3||Kangiqsujuaq (Wakeham Bay)|
|Day 4||Diggs Island|
|Day 5||Kinngait (Cape Dorset)|
|Day 7||South Baffin Coast|
|Day 9||East Baffin|
|Day 10||At Sea|
|Day 12||West Greenland|
|Day 13||Kangerlussuaq, Greenland|
Kuujjuaq lies approximately 30 mi upstream from Ungava Bay, and is the largest village in Nunavik, the Inuit homeland within Quebec. The first Europeans to settle in the region were Moravian missionaries who arrived in 1811, followed by the HBC in 1830. Like Iqaluit, Kuujjuaq was home to a US air base from 1942 and played a key role in Cold War Arctic monitoring. Today Kuujjuaq is a bustling community combining traditional Inuit culture with the conveniences of modern day life.
Akpatok Island features soaring bird cliffs and small rocky beaches. Here we’ll use our zodiacs to scout the beaches in search of walrus and polar bears.
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 1,600 ft 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 navigation. 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.
We will visit the great bird cliffs of Diggs Island. In season, these sheer cliffs, rising hundreds of feet into the air straight from the water, are home to thick-billed murres among others.
On the other side of the island lie the ruins of an ancient Thule site. Ancestors of the present Inuit eked out a life on the shoreline and from the sea. The stone foundations of their meeting place and their dwellings can still be seen amongst the rocks and boulders along the shoreline, and the bones of whales, seals and walrus still lie where they were dropped so many years ago.
Along the northwest shore of Dorset Island, surrounded on one side by rocky hills and on the other by Hudson Strait, lies the community that art built. Between 1950 and 1962, Cape Dorset hosted a historic collaboration between James and Alma Houston and local Inuit – the collaboration that launched Inuit art onto the world stage. In the distance are the jagged outlines of islands, and the inlets of Baffin Island’s southern coast. Like most other settlements in Nunavut, Cape Dorset is a modern community, with winding gravel roads, small wooden houses, schools, stores, hotels, a nursing station, government offices and churches. But it is their outstanding artists printmakers and carvers that have made Cape Dorset the Inuit art capital of the world.
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.
Today we will make an expedition stop along the south Baffin coast, in search of wildlife and hiking opportunities.
Situated beneath the 2,500-foot peak of Mount Duval, “Pang” has one of the most picturesque settings in the Canadian Arctic. We will visit the Uqqurmiut Art Centre with its tapestry studio and print shop, and meet with elders.
Today we'll explore some of the bays of east Baffin, in search of walrus and polar bears.
While crossing Davis Strait, we'll relax and enjoy onboard lectures and opportunities to watch for wildlife from the ship's decks.
Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland! Nuuk, means 'the headland' and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established as the very first Greenlandic town in 1728, Nuuk has a history that dates back over 4,200 years. Here we have a chance to spot Humpback whales in the fjord, reindeer roaming the land and birds soaring in the sky. The town itself is home to Greenland's University, a cathedral dating back to 1849 and Greenland's National Museum. We will visit some of the city's most important sites, before free time to explore on your own.
There are a number of charming fishing villages along the west coast of Greenland - depending on timing and sea conditions, we will call in at one of these communities to experience small town Greenlandic life.
We will make our journey down spectacular Sondre Stromfjord, and early risers will have a chance to experience the beauty of the fjord. Departing Kangerlussuaq, it is possible to see the largest ice cap in the world from your airplane window.
* 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.