- Akademik Ioffe
- Research Ship
- 96 Capacity
- 12 Days
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Summary : Explore the natural beauty of Baffin Island and Greenland aboard a comfortable and well-appointed research vessel built for expedition cruising in the polar regions. Cruise by Zodiac and marvel at incredible wildlife including polar bears, walrus, seals and seabirds. Visit communities settling amongst the pristine landscape such as Pangnirtung, which sits between the mountains and the sea, and Nuuk, Greenland's capital city. Throughout the voyage, highly experienced and personable expedition staff will provide excellent customer care. Kayaking excursions are available for those who sign up to experience unique wildlife viewing opportunities.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$7,695 to $13,495
Iqaluit, the capital and largest community of Nunavut, is located at the head of Frobisher Bay, on Baffin Island. With an average monthly temperature below zero degrees for eight months of the year, the permafrost inhibits the growth of large trees and shrubs. One might see Arctic willow but keep your eyes open, since they typically don't stand higher than 6” from the ground. Following a walking tour of Iqaluit, board your expedition vessel by Zodiac to commence your expedition voyage.
Sailing out of Frobisher Bay, turn north and cruise along the coast of Baffin Island. Monumental Island is part of a small grouping of islands south of Lady Franklin. A great place to find wildlife, look up for Gyrfalcon and Peregrine Falcon, scan the shoreline for polar bear, and search the waters and ice for walrus. Watchful eyes may spot smaller pups within the masses.
Protecting the northern entrance to Cumberland Sound, Cape Mercy's exposed headland protrudes out into Davis Strait. As the Baffin Bay ice recedes throughout the summer, the stretch of Baffin coast from Cape Mercy to Cape Dyer becomes a great place to find polar bears coming ashore. Explore the region while hiking the shoreline ridges, paddling the bays, and zodiac cruising the ice in search of Arctic wildlife.
Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound, Pangnirtung is beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea. Visit a gallery to enjoy arts and crafts. Discover the lifestyle of the Thule and modern Inuit at the Angmarlik Visitor Center through its educational interpretive display.
Sail for the ice in Davis Strait of Baffin Bay, cruising along the receding ice edge. Time at sea will depend upon the extent of ice and amount of wildlife. Experience this dramatic transition zone, where much of the Arctic sea life is active. Keep your eyes peeled for bearded, hooded, and ringed seals, polar bears and walrus, and even bowhead whales that can often be found cruising the ice edge. Pilot whales, numerous species of Arctic seal and seabirds abound in Baffin Bay. Weather permitting, launch the Zodiacs to explore the ice. Observe icebergs calved from mighty glaciers on the journey to Greenland's coast.
One of the worlds longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord towers above the ship on either side as you sail towards it. Explore some of the smaller side fjords where you can zodiac in and explore by foot or kayak. Major geologic and geomorphologic features will surround you. For those looking additional excitement, go in search of muskox along the shores of the fjord. Soaring high above, white-tailed sea eagles, majestic as always, ride the thermals off the ridges.
Just inland from the town of Kangamiut is Evigshed Fjord. Sail up the fjord where you'll see brash ice and bergy bits speckling the weater. Turn into an offshoot of the fjord to drop Zodiacs for a a cruise along the base of an icefall and glacier. The surrounding terrain is heavily glaciated, making for dramatic scenery as you hike through and explore the fjord.
A visit to the West Coast of Greenland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the capital city of Greenland. With a population of approximately 16,000, Nuuk offers numerous opportunities for all interest groups onboard the ship. Whether it be a visit to the Greenland National Museum, lunch at a Greenlandic café or a paddle in beautiful Nuuk fjord, there will be many available activities.
Cross the Davis Strait, while the educational team onboard the ship continues to share information about the Arctic through stories and pictures. Whether it be history or wildlife, or perhaps a photographic review by your onboard photographers, enjoy the time to enhance your knowledge of the region. In addition, there will be a keen wildlife watch on the bridge and outer decks as you cross this rich stretch of ocean.
At the mouth of Frobisher Bay and the southeast tip of Baffin Island, the Lower Savage Islands are an archipelago of islands that look like they have been split apart by a large hammer. A maze of channels and small islets, this is a fantastic place to explore by zodiac. The Akademik Ioffe will drop you off aboard Zodiacs and reposition to the south side of the islands. As you explore, make your way from the northeast side of the island down a series of channels making your way to your ship.
These islands are ideally situated between the rapid and dynamic flow of the Hudson Strait, the outflow from Frobisher Bay and the Baffin current that flows south down the coast of Baffin Island from Baffin Bay. This mixing of waters makes it rich in marine life, drawing polar bears that you may glimpse on the final excursion of the voyage.
Arriving back into the capital of Nunavut. Disembark here and take a transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions, and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favorable conditions. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Medical Documentation: Once you have booked your voyage to the Polar Regions, you will be required to complete a Medical Information Form. This form must be completed, signed and returned no later than 90 days prior to departure.
Sea Kayaking Option: $695 per person
Pre-booked option for up to 16 guests. If you have experience sea kayaking and are interested in doing this activity during the expedition, you will need to book this option prior to departure from home. You cannot book this activity once onboard. There is a separate document for sea kayakers that you will need to review beforehand. Provided equipment includes full Gore-Tex drysuits, kayak specific PFD's, neoprene booties, a waterproof deck bag, pogies and many other vital paddling accessories.
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance which must cover accidents, injury, illness and death, medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter) and personal liability. You must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if requested by expedition staff. The expedition team reserves the right to cancel or suspend your participation on a trip or in certain activities that comprise part of a trip, at any time, including after the commencement of your tour, with no right of refund, if you are unable to provide proof of insurance when requested.
Accommodations onboard; meals; complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours per day; shore excursions; services of guides and naturalist staff; access to multimedia room and download stations; use of onboard expedition rubber boots; use of wet weather gear; transfers as applicable.
International airfare; charter airfare where applicable; pre- and post-cruise hotel nights; passport and visa fees; excess baggage charges; airport taxes; travel insurance; all gratuities; extra meals; items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks; medical expenses; optional activities and trips; kayaking supplement ($695 per person).
PHOTOS: © Boris Wise (Bay, Polar Bear); © Daisy Gilardini (Bird)