Canadian Arctic & Baffin Island Explorer

Canadian Arctic Cruise

  • Sea Explorer
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 111 Capacity
  • 13 Days
  • 2014, 2015 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Sep 3 Wed
    • 2015
    • Aug 26 Wed
  • Price from
  • $5,495

Summary : An exploration of historic Arctic Canadian sites 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. 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 abandoned trading posts and settlements from 4,000 year old cultures and you have yourself an Arctic expedition unlike any other. This is our most in-depth Canadian expedition and one that sails through the rarely traversed Fury and Hecla Strait.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Toronto, Canada

Your Arctic adventure begins with an included overnight hotel stay in Toronto.

Day 2
Toronto / Resolute, Canada

After a morning charter flight to Resolute, you’ll transfer to the ship by Zodiac. Enjoy some time out on deck taking in your new surroundings before setting sail on your Arctic expedition.

Day 3
Beechey Island / Prince Leopold Island

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. Explore the impressive sea cliffs at Prince Leopold Island via Zodiac excursion. Scan the cliffs and view numerous kinds of seabirds as the surroundings are home to more than 500,000 birds including kittiwakes, guillemots, gulls and fulmars.

Day 4
Fort Ross

At the southern end of Somerset Island, enjoy time to explore Fort Ross. Back in 1937, the Hudson Bay Company established a trading post here, but it was abandoned only 11 years later due to severe ice conditions.

Day 5
Fury Strait / Hecla Strait

Journey out of the Gulf of Boothia and into the Fury and Hecla Strait. This challenging strait narrows to 2km/1.2miles in places. Head to The Club for a panoramic view or to a deck as it is an excellent time to watch for wildlife including whales and seabirds.

Day 6 – 7
Igloolik / Foxe Basin

Like Beechey Island, Igloolik is a National Historic Site of Canada and the area has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years. You may even come across some circus performers, as Igloolik is home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus in the world! Continue on and explore Foxe Basin which is a great habitat for bearded and ringed seals, as well as walrus. Polar bears may be spotted here and beluga, bowhead and narwhal whales can also be found in these waters. Birders will delight at the winged-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.

Day 8
Cape Dorset

This little hamlet is dubbed the “Capital of Inuit Art.” Since the 1950’s art has been the primary source of income for this small, local economy. Discover plentiful Inuit carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings in a settlement that has an interesting history, dating back more than 3,000 years.

Day 9 – 10
Akpatok Island / Monumental Island

Continue along the eastern edge of Baffin Island in an area called Ungava Bay. The word Akpat is the Inuit name for the thick-billed murre, or Brünnich's guillemot. Nesting on the tall limestone cliffs found around the island, this is one of the largest colonies in the world and a favored spot for polar bears.

Journey to the small island with a big name – Monumental Island. This is a well-known island for potential close encounters with some of the Arctic’s most iconic creatures – walrus and polar bear. Settle in for a Zodiac ride around the island, in search of the world’s only tusked pinnipeds and largest land carnivores!

Day 11
Frobisher Bay

Located at the southeastern end of Baffin Island, spend your last full day exploring the cliffs, narrow inlets and streams of Frobisher Bay. It’s a great place to explore by zodiac and take a refreshing scenic hike ashore.

Day 12
Iqaluit / Montreal, Canada

Enjoy a final Zodiac ride taking you from the ship to the shore of Iqaluit. Time here will be brief, as your flight to Montreal awaits. There will be a final included group overnight stay in a Montreal hotel.

Day 13
Montreal, Canada

Make your own way to the airport for your journey home.

Notes

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.

Included:
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*; one complimentary night pre-expedition hotel accommodation at the Toronto airport and one night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Montreal as specified in the itinerary; on embarkation day, transfer from group hotel near Toronto airport for charter flight to Resolute; on disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to airport for flight to Montreal, followed by transfer to group hotel in Montreal.

Not Included:
Any airfare; 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 ($595 per person); 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.