Summary : An exploration of historic Canadian and Greenlandic sites in the Arctic combined with abundant wildlife and Inuit culture equals one amazing Arctic expedition. This in-depth adventure provides fantastic opportunities for seeing all of the Arctic’s iconic creatures. 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 a Greenland UNESCO World Heritage Site and tundra hiking, and you have yourself the trip of a lifetime.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$999,999,999 to $0
Your Arctic adventure begins with an overnight hotel stay in Toronto.
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 setting sail on your Arctic expedition.
At Beechey Island (a National Historic Site of Canada), 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 to the Northwest Passage. For a more ancient perspective, you’ll visit some very well-preserved subterranean homes in Radstock Bay, built by the Thule culture.
At Croker Bay, there is a possibility you will see the glacier actively calving icebergs into the bay. Just east of here is Dundas Harbour, the now-abandoned settlement where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police manned an outpost from 1924 until 1951. They continue to maintain one of Canada’s most northerly graveyards out of respect to those who lost their lives during this time.
Today the community at Pond Inlet (or Mittimatalik, as it has been called by the Inuit for thousands of years) will welcome you to the Artist’s Co-operative. In addition to the internationally renowned art produced here, the people earn their living fishing for Arctic char. Take time to explore the hamlet and hike the nearby tundra.
The majestic, impossibly high cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord greet you as you sail past this impassive coast. See “Stump Spire,” first ascended by Conrad Anker and named in honor of a fallen mountaineering friend.
The Igaliqtuuq National Wildlife Area in Isabella Bay was created to protect the bowhead or Greenland right whales that summer here. Orca or killer whales have been sighted in the vicinity hunting the bowheads, some of which have scars from previous encounters with orcas. A whale watch will be conducted while we are exploring the entrance to the Bay.
Your last stop in Canada, Qikiqtarjuak is known as the iceberg capital of the world, naturally trapping many icebergs as they travel down the Davis Strait. An abundance of marine wildlife can be seen here as beluga and right whales, narwhals and ring and harp seals pass by. Trek up the many walking trails to join the inukshuk and share its view overlooking the island and the community.
Traverse Baffin Bay as you leave behind Canadian shores in pursuit of Greenland.
Meaning “iceberg” in Greenlandic, Ilulissat is home to the fastest-moving glacier outside of Antarctica, Sermeq Kujalleq. This UNESCO World Heritage site is located north of the Arctic Circle, and moves at an average of 19 meters per day. Cruise at a safe distance by zodiac, and if you’re lucky, witness the spectacle of calving ice.
Explore the 18th-century colonial buildings still standing in Sisimiut. Watch a traditional kayaking demonstration in this northernmost year-round ice-free port in western Greenland. Continuing southward, the ship will reach the ge of Itilleq, a typical Greenlandic community. It is delightfully situated in a hollow (which is the meaning of “Itilleq” in Greenlandic) on an island without any fresh water. The village has approximately 130 inhabitants.
Your final Zodiac ride will take you from the ship to shore. Your time here will be brief, as your charter flight to Montreal awaits, signalling an end to your time in the Arctic. Upon arrival in Montreal, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Make your way home at your leisure.
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: $595 per person
Not included in cruise rate. 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 on board throughout your voyage; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; shore landings per the daily program; Expedition Leader throughout voyage; Zodiac transfers; 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; hair dryer and bathrobe in 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.
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; any extra overnight accommodation required due to flight connections; 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.