Summary : Be a part of Arctic adventure travel history as you transit the Northwest Passage. Explore the best of western Greenland and the Canadian Arctic on this Northwest Passage expedition, and have countless chances to observe the local wildlife, from polar bears and walruses to seals and seabirds. Your expert Arctic expedition team will provide valuable insight into the great explorers who have navigated this northern sea route, and will recap each day for a well-rounded experience.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Photography
Complimentary Town Car: Receive complimentary town car service between home and airport (a $200 value).
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Board your independent flight to Edmonton. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Board your flight for Kugluktuk, also known as Coppermine, where you will be treated to a welcome by the community. Board the Sea Adventurer this afternoon.
In the area around Bathurst Inlet, make an expedition stop for a hike on the tundra among the spectacular fall colors. Naturalists offer insight on the lush flora that flourishes briefly during the short Arctic summer.
The extensive wetlands at Queen Maud Gulf provide an important breeding area for a large number of waterfowl, including Ross’s, snow, and greater white-fronted geese; tundra swans; king and common eiders; as well as a variety of waders and shorebirds.
In 1845, John Franklin led an expedition of 129 British naval officers and seamen to the Canadian Arctic. Their mission was to find the Northwest Passage; by 1848, they were presumed missing. Rescue missions were conducted for 32 years. The first skeletal remains attributed to the crew were discovered in 1859 by Captain Francis McClintock on the western shore of King William Island. He also discovered the only written remains under a cairn erected on Victory Point. Since 1859, many skeletal remains and artifacts from Franklin’s expedition have been found at various locations on King William Island. The most recent was in 1992, when the remains of 11 men were found near Erebus Bay.
Today the ship cruises eastward through Bellot Strait, a narrow channel separating mainland North America from Somerset Island. About mid-point through the channel is the northernmost point of the continental land mass, Zenith Point. Conditions permitting, go ashore at Fort Ross, an uninhabited Hudson’s Bay Company trading post.
If conditions permit, land on Beechey Island, where Sir John Franklin and his men spent a winter in the mid-1800s before disappearing forever—a tragedy that motivated one of the greatest search missions ever known. Go ashore on Devon Island to visit a deserted Canadian Mounted Police station and search for the musk oxen that often roam the rocky slopes.
After a day at sea, visit Grise Fjord, the only settlement on Ellesmere Island. The tiny hamlet, the most northerly community in Canada, has only 140 residents who will entertain you with a cultural performance and talk about their ancient traditions.
Coburg Island is a significant nesting site for Arctic seabirds. Board Zodiacs for a cruise along the base of the cliffs to view black guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars, and thick-billed murres. There is also a chance of sighting walrus, seals, and with luck, polar bears.
Dependant on ice conditions, today’s destination will be the furthest point north of the voyage, about 10 degrees from the North Pole. Kane Basin is a waterway that lies between Greenland and Ellesmere Island. It was here, in 1855, that Elisha Kane abandoned an icebound ship to lead his men on an 83-day march across the frozen Arctic to Upernavik, Greenland. Although they were carrying invalids, Kane only lost one man on the journey in what is acknowledged as one of the greatest feats of Arctic exploration.
Tidy houses painted in a rainbow of colors rise from the shores and into the hills that surround this tiny community of 650. Learn about Inuit culture and life in the far north, and take a hike along the nearby ice sheet.
The ice and weather conditions associated with Cape York combine to create an ideal environment for narwhal and seals. And, the presence of seals and pack ice may draw hungry polar bears. Search for wildlife by Zodiac as you cruise among dazzling sea- and wind-sculpted icebergs.
Upernavik is found at 72 degrees north and features the world’s northernmost open-air museum, which preserves period buildings and has two women’s boats on display (men used kayaks). Kayakers will enjoy the more than 100 islands in the area and the protected fjord for paddling.
As the ship approaches Uummannaq, keep watch for the minke, humpback, fin, and killer whales that are often found in these waters. Take a walk through this extremely photogenic town of colorful houses backdropped by the sheer slopes of Mt. Uummannaq. In the afternoon, Zodiacs bring you ashore in the tiny town of Ukkusissat.
Today enjoy an exhilarating visit to the Eqip Sermia Glacier. As you approach the face of the glacier, keep watch for the calving icebergs that crash dramatically into the bay.
Ilulissat means “iceberg” in Greenlandic and it is quite obvious how this fjord received its name as you cruise through a laybrinth of young icebergs, an awe-inspiring experience. Also on offer is a hike along the lovely boardwalk of Ilulissat down to a stunning viewpoint of the bay, and time permitting, shop for local handicrafts.
Enjoy a stroll through this community which is renowned for its talented stone carvers and skilled kayak builders. Musicians and folkloric dancers entertain you before a cruise along a picturesque fjord, past abandoned villages.
Be on deck to soak in fabulous scenery as the ship cruises down the sinuous, 100-mile-long Kangerlussuaq Fjord. Join naturalists to search for peregrine falcons, gyrfalcon, and rare white-tailed eagles. Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, located just above the Arctic Circle, and board your flight to Copenhagen. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Board your independent homeward flight.
All accommodations; all group meals, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; group transfers; guided excursions as stated in the itinerary; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; all gratuities; emergency medical coverage (maximum benefit per paying passenger of $25,000)*; evacuation coverage (maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000)*.
All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
*Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency medical coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $25,000 is included in the cost of this expedition, as well as evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000. Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA. The policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states. Please note this coverage does not cover you against trip cancellation or for additional days of travel prior to and/or after the expedition trip dates. ExpeditionTrips strongly advises all clients to purchase travel insurance which includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage for the entire duration of your trip.