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 massive sea bird colonies
- 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
Your Arctic adventure begins a little further south, with an overnight stay in Toronto.
You’ll get transferred to the airport for your flight north. After landing in Resolute, it’s off to the harbor to board a Zodiac and cruise out to your ship. Enjoy some time out on deck, taking in your new Arctic surroundings, before you set sail on your Arctic expedition.
Named after Frederick William Beechey from the Royal Navy, your time on this island will include a visit to 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 to the Northwest Passage.
Prince Leopold Island has a more active attraction, as a Zodiac excursion will take you to impressive sea cliffs, which are home to more than 500,000 birds including kittiwakes, guillemots, gulls and fulmars.
At the southern end of Somerset Island, you’ll explore the coastline 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 rarely explored Fury and Hecla Strait. This challenging strait narrows to 2km/1.2miles in places.
Spend your time on the lookout for whales and seals as the ship captain navigates this area that thwarted many British efforts in their search for the Northwest Passage.
Like Beechey Island, Igloolik is a National Historic Site of Canada. Inhabited for more than 4,000 years, it took until 1822 for Europeans to arrive here. It was Captain William Perry and his ships the HMS Fury and HMS Hecla that first arrived, and wintered here that year. Igloolik is an active community today and home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus in the world. You’ll continue on exploring Foxe Basin and, if time permits, the Melville Peninsula. Here, you’re on the lookout for more wildlife. Foxe Basin is a shallow waterway that creates a great habitat for bearded seals and ringed seals, as well as Canada’s largest walrus herd. Polar bears may be spotted 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, Akpat is the local name for the thick-billed murres, which nest here in the tens of thousands. This is one of the largest colonies in the world and a favorite spot for polar bears.
You can expect more wildlife encounters over at Monumental Island, which is a well-known island for more potential close sightings of some of the Arctic’s most iconic creatures – walrus and polar bears.
Located at the southeastern end of Baffin Island, Frobisher Bay is a puzzle work of narrow inlets and streams. You’ll spend your last full day of the expedition exploring by zodiac, possibly fitting in a refreshing hike ashore. This means you’ll have a fun time exploring numerous islands in the area, not knowing what surprises will be around each corner, or sea cliff. It’s a great place to spend your last full day of expedition cruising and will surely provide some scenic highlights.
Your final Zodiac ride will take you from the ship to shore. Iqaluit is the capital of Nunavut Territory and is located on Baffin Island. Your time here will be brief, as your flight and final overnight in Montreal awaits, signaling an end to your time in the Arctic.
* Itinerary may be subject to change
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Rates Arctic 2014
Copenhagen/Greenland and Churchill/Toronto
Toronto/Churchill and Greenland/Copenhagen
Copenhagen/Greenland and Resolute/Toronto
Toronto/Resolute and 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.