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In the Footsteps of Franklin: Greenland & Canadian Arctic

Arctic Cruise

Summary : Explore the best of Greenland’s west coast on this 13 day voyage, including one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Visit historic islands in the Canadian Arctic, which once played important roles in the quest to find the Northwest Passage. Experience the extreme north of Greenland, cruise through immense fjords and look for iconic Arctic animals including beluga whales, narwhal, polar bear and walrus. Changing landscapes, small villages and plenty of wildlife make this the perfect expedition for history enthusiasts and photographers.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking


Prices from
$999,999,999 to $0

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Day 1
Copenhagen, Denmark

Enjoy a night at a hotel in Copenhagen and meet your fellow travelers.

Day 2
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Take a charter flight to Kangerlussuaq and transfer to the port. Enjoy your first of many Zodiac rides out to the expedition ship for embarkation.

Day 3 – 7
West Greenland

Ancient archaeological sites, massive fjords, Zodiac excursions and tundra hikes await you in Greenland. Sisimiut, our first planned stop, has the feel of a small fishing village with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos. Watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing further north to Ilulissat. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier – one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. In addition to some spectacular Zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike in Ilulissat.

Heading further north into the Upernavik Archipelago, watch for surfacing whales and seals. The most northern discovery of Viking artifacts in the world are at Upernavik; while nearby Kullorsuaq is a small settlement that sustains itself on fishing, whaling and sealing. Your northern-most stops in Greenland are Dundas and Qaanaaq, where glaciers and archaeological sites are found. In Qaanaaq visit the local museum, a great way to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding for what it takes to live this far north.

Day 8
Cobourg Island

Leave Greenland today as we journey into Canadian waters and visit Cobourg Island. Polar bears and various species of whales may also been seen here so keep your eyes peeled! Gaze above at the tall cliffs which are an important nesting site and are packed with thick-billed murres, northern fulmars, black-legged kittiwakes, guillemots and glaucous gulls.

Day 9 – 11
Lancaster Sound

Explore the Canadian High Arctic with numerous hiking and birding opportunities. The first of which usually takes place at Dundas Harbour on Devon Island. Enjoy a beach hike highlighted by visiting the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police post. At Croker Bay, experience an actively calving glacier which fills the bay with numerous icebergs.

Another important bird area, Prince Leopold Island is home to more than 500,000 seabirds. Keep your eye to the sky and see how many different types you can identify. Visit the Canadian National Historic Site of Beechey Island which is the location of a small grave site with markers for men who died during Sir John Franklin’s tragic expedition in 1845-46. Potentially spot polar bears at Radstock Bay, a final landing site before your journey home.

Day 12
Resolute, Canada

Named after the HMS Resolute, one of the ships sent to search for Franklin’s lost ships the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Say good bye to the vessel’s crew and be transferred to the airport for your flight to Toronto and a final night’s stay there.

Day 13
Toronto, Canada

After breakfast, make your own way to the airport for your return flight home.


Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Sea Kayaking Option:
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. This is a pre-booked option for kayakers with some experience. Places are strictly limited so please advise at time of booking. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals throughout your voyage; all shore landings per the daily program; Expedition Leader; Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic journal on DVD; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an expedition parka – yours to keep; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; pre-departure materials; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*; Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Any airfare; mandatory charter airfare package; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; any beverages that are not in the complimentary selection; any meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for ship’s crew and Expedition Team members; optional kayaking; fuel surcharge may apply.

*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.

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