An exploration of historic Canadian sites in the Arctic, combined with abundant wildlife equals one special Arctic expedition. This in-depth adventure provides fantastic opportunities for seeing all of the Arctic’s iconic creatures, including polar bears.
Not only are polar bear and walrus sightings likely, but encounters with some of the lesser seen Arctic animals are possible on this voyage, including the beautiful ringed seal and unicorn of the sea – the narwhal whale. Add in Canadian historical sites, abandoned trading posts and settlements from 4,000 year old cultures and you have yourself an Arctic expedition unlike any other. This is a very in-depth Canadian expedition and one that sails through the rarely traversed Fury and Hecla Strait.
Expedition in Brief
- Arctic wildlife – polar bears, whales and walrus
- Experience the sites of the rarely traversed Fury & Hecla Strait
- Traditional Inuit Communities
- Remote National Historic Sites of Canada
- Cape Dorset, Canada’s Capital of Inuit Art
- An abandoned Hudson’s Bay Trading Post
- Tundra hiking for all fitness levels
- Zodiac cruising
- Optional kayak adventure option on selected voyages
|Day 1||Toronto, Canada|
|Day 2||Embarkation Day in Resolute|
|Day 3||Beechey and Prince Leopold Islands|
|Day 4||Fort Ross|
|Day 5||Fury and Hecla Strait|
|Days 6 & 7||Igloolik and Foxe Basin|
|Day 8||Cape Dorset|
|Days 9 & 10||Akpatok and Monumental Islands|
|Day 11||Frobisher Bay|
|Day 12||Disembarkation Day in Iqaluit, Fly to Montreal|
|Day 13||Flight Home|
Your Arctic adventure begins a little further south, with an overnight stay in Toronto. One of the most multi-cultural cities in North America.
After a morning charter flight to Resolute, you’ll have a chance to walk around this small arctic town before being transferred to the ship by Zodiac. Enjoy some time out on deck taking in your new surroundings before you set sail on your Arctic expedition.
At Beechey Island you’ll visit a small grave site with markers for men who died during Sir John Franklin’s expedition in 1845-46. Roald Amundsen also stopped here in 1903, on his successful voyage through the Northwest Passage. At Prince Leopold Island, you will take a Zodiac excursion to the impressive sea cliffs, home to more than 500,000 birds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, gulls and fulmars.
At the southern end of Somerset Island, you’ll have time to explore at Fort Ross. Back in 1937 the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post here, but it was abandoned only 11 years later due to severe ice conditions.
Today’s sailing takes you out of the Gulf of Boothia and into the Fury and Hecla Strait. This challenging strait narrows to 2km (1.2miles) in places. It is an excellent time to be out on deck to spot wildlife and seabirds.
Like Beechey Island, Igloolik is a National Historic Site of Canada and the area has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years and is still an active community today. You may even come across some circus performers, as Igloolik is home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus in the world! You’ll continue on exploring Foxe Basin, which is a great habitat for bearded and ringed seals, as well as walrus. Polar bears may be spotted here and beluga, bowhead and narwhal whales can be found in these waters. Birds are also in abundance with 10,000 pairs of Sabine’s gulls being among the most numerous. Lesser snow geese, ivory gulls, herring gulls, Canada geese and arctic terns also frequent the basin.
A small hamlet, Cape Dorset has gained the reputation as Canada’s Capital of Inuit Art. You’ll find plenty of Inuit carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings here. The settlement itself has an interesting history, dating back to the Dorset Culture – pre-Inuit who lived here more than 3,000 years ago.
The largest island in Ungava Bay, Ak - patok is the local name for thick-billed murres, which nest here. This is also a favorite spot to watch for polar bears.
You can expect more wildlife encounters over at Monumental Island, which is a well-known island for potential close sightings of some of the Arctic’s most iconic creatures – walrus and polar bears. You’ll enjoy a Zodiac ride along the shores in search of hauled-out walrus and prowling polar bears.
Located at the southeastern end of Baffin Island, you’ll spend your last full day exploring the cliffs, narrow inlets and streams of Frobisher Bay. It’s a great place to explore by zodiac and take a refreshing hike ashore.
Your final Zodiac ride will take you from the ship to shore. Your time here will be brief, as your flight to Montreal awaits, signaling an end to your time in the Arctic. Upon arrival in Montreal, we will transfer you to your included hotel.
* Itinerary may be subject to change
|Per Person USD|
Rates Arctic 2015
Charter Flights: Copenhagen/Kangerlussuaq & Kangerlussuaq/Copenhagen.
Discounts: Premium Cabins- $1,500
Standard Cabins- $1,000
(Prices in Red) Expires Dec 31st 2014
Charter Flights: Copenhagen/Kangerlussuaq & Resolute/Toronto.
Charter Flights: Toronto/Resolute & Iqaluit/Montreal.
Cruise Price does not include international airfare. Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost of the appropriate twin-share prices listed above except for superior and above which are 2x the price listed above. If you are a solo traveler requesting to share a cabin note that Superior and above can not be shared.
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 10. Some activities require experience.
All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.