Summary : From the western shores and dramatic fjords of Greenland to the headwaters of Hudson Bay, this journey delves as deep into Arctic history and culture as it does wildlife. Venture to a part of the world where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years aboard an expedition vessel with comfortable surroundings. Tundra hiking for all fitness levels and optional kayaking excursions will keep you active in the Arctic, while visits to communities in Greenland and Canada will give you insights into the Inuit way of life.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$999,999,999 to $0
Begin the Arctic adventure with an included overnight stay in Copenhagen.
Today’s charter flight departs Copenhagen and arrives in Greenland. Land in Kangerlussuaq at Greenland’s largest commercial airport, which was once a U.S. military base. Transfer to the port and take your first Zodiac ride out to the expedition vessel.
Icy fjords, colorful communities and a historical UNESCO World Heritage Site await you in Greenland. Visit Sisimiut, the second largest settlement in Greenland. With its small fishing village-feel and great harbor for walking, enjoy time to stroll around and take photos of the old, colorful buildings. Watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing further north to Ilulissat.
Ilulissat, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier which is one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. As well as some spectacular zodiac cruising, there is also time for a refreshing longer hike in Ilulissat.
Heading west, most of the day will be spent at sea giving plenty of time to hang out on deck, search for cetaceans or watch the seabirds glide along above the Arctic Ocean. This Arctic waterway, which separates Greenland and Baffin Island in Canada, is called the Davis Strait, named after the English explorer John Davis.
Before reaching Baffin Island, 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!
Continue along the eastern edge of Baffin Island in an area called Ungava Bay. Land ashore and begin the search for birds and bears. 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.
Step foot on Baffin Island at the tiny community of Kimmirut, meet members of the Inuit community and learn about their traditional lifestyle. Once an important trading post with the Hudson Bay Company, this area has an interesting mix of historical sites that can be explored while hiking. Many of the Inuit who live here (fewer than 500) sustain themselves by selling impressive indigenous artwork and sculptures. Enjoy time wandering around the settlement or purchase a piece of Inuit art when something catches your eye.
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.
Voyage into the second largest bay in the world and watch for wildlife. There are numerous landing site options in Hudson Bay, including Zodiac excursions around Walrus Island and shore excursions and hiking at Digges, Coats and Marble Islands. The relatively shallow waters of Hudson Bay create a rich marine environment great for spotting a wide variety of animals. Look amongst the big cliffs at Digges Islands for black guillemots and Iceland gulls. On the ground, watch for caribou and polar bears. Beluga whales are often seen around the ship. If time allows, cruise by zodiac for a closer look. Want to encounter walrus? Then Coats Island, and the aptly named Walrus Island, should provide the best opportunities for good viewing in this part of Hudson Bay.
At Coral Harbour, a small settlement of Inuit people live on the shores of Southampton Island. This area was home to one of the last Thule Inuit settlements in the Arctic, with Sallirmuit people living here until the 20th Century. Breathe in the clear fresh Arctic air and get active by hiking on Marble Island. Gain a whole new perspective on life as this part of Hudson Bay has a lengthy list of expedition mysteries and historic stories.
Your final day in the Arctic will include a Zodiac excursion in search of beluga whales, which are often seen around the coastal areas at Churchill. Say goodbye to the ship and crew before your flight and a final included overnight stay in a Toronto hotel.
After breakfast, make your way to the airport for your journey 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.
Reverse Itinerary: 8/11/2014
This voyage operates in the reverse and includes an overnight in Toronto at the beginning of the trip and an overnight in Copenhagen at the end. Embarkation is in Churchill; disembarkation is in Kangerlussuaq.
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: Available all departures
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 breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (Please inform of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.); coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; a complimentary selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages; all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic journal on DVD, documenting the voyage; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an expedition parka – yours to keep; hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*; for 7/29/2014 departure: one complimentary night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Copenhagen and one night post-expedition hotel accommodation at Toronto airport with breakfast as indicated in the itinerary; for 8/11/2014 departure: one complimentary night pre-expedition hotel accommodation at Toronto airport and one night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Copenhagen with breakfast as indicated in the itinerary.
Any airfare (economy seats on the charter flights must be purchased in conjunction with the expedition: $1,750 per person); passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; transfers in Copenhagen and Toronto; any beverages that are not in the complimentary selection; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, if applicable; 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.