Baffin Island and Greenland Explorer

Greenland Cruise

  • Akademik Ioffe
  • Research Ship
  • 96 Capacity
  • 11 Days
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  • Price from
  • $999,999,999

Summary : Spend 10 nights aboard a comfortable and well-appointed research vessel exploring Baffin Island and Greenland. Cruise by Zodiac and marvel at incredible wildlife including polar bears, walrus, seals and seabirds. Visit communities settling amongst the pristine landscape such as Uummannaq which sits at the base of a dramatic cliff, and Sisimiut, home to traditional Greenlandic kayakers. 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

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Itinerary
Day 1
Iqaluit, Nunavut

The capital of Nunavut, Iqaluit is located at the head of Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island. Embark the expedition vessel via Zodiac.

Day 2
Monumental Island

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 for walrus.

Day 3
Pangnirtung

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.

Day 4
Cape Mercy

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.

Day 5 – 6
Baffin Bay

Sail across Baffin Bay cruising along the receding ice edge. Time at sea will depend upon the extent of ice and amount of wildlife. Pilot whales, numerous species of Arctic seal and seabirds abound in Baffin Bay. Observe icebergs calved from mighty glaciers on the journey to Greenland's coast.

Day 7
Uummannaq Fjord, Greenland

Observe sculpted icebergs drifting by and keep an eye out for whale spouts while sailing into spectacular Uummannaq Fjord. Set at the base of a dramatic cliff, the town of Uummannaq is on a small island often surrounded by large icebergs. Enjoy a walk around town, stop into the supermarket or enjoy a coffee and the view from Hotel Uummannaq's patio.

Day 8
Jacobshavn Icefjord / Ilulissat

One of the wonders of the world, Jacobshavn Icefjord calves massive tabular icebergs into Disko Bay. Knud Rasmussen, one of Greenland's most famous explorers and anthropologists, was born in Ilulissat in 1879.

Day 9
Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island)

Visit Qeqertarsuaq, a very large island in the mouth of Disko Bay with both geologic and historic significance. Vikings probably camped and fished here in the summer. Mineral deposits and hot springs are also part of its allure. Visit the southern coast, cruising past spectacular rock arches while looking for wildlife.

Day 10
Sisimiut

Explore the fjord behind Sisimiut before visiting the town in the afternoon. Meet traditional Greenlandic kayakers and possibly see an “Eskimo Roll” by former kayaking champions.

Day 11
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

One of the world's longest fjords, Kangerlussuaq cuts into the interior of Greenland. Disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your charter flight home.

Notes

Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favorable conditions.

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.

Mandatory Insurance:
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.

Included:
Transfer from the airport in Iqaluit to the ship, and from the ship to the airport in Kangerlussuaq; educational presentations; experienced team of naturalists and resident photographer; Zodiac excursions; all meals and Farewell captain's dinner, afternoon tea with fresh snacks each afternoon, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate; onboard medical officer; use of multimedia station to download photos; use of foul weather gear sets – rain jacket with bib pants or SeaLine water proof backpack with Bushnell waterproof binoculars, both gear sets include Lacrosse gumboots.

Not Included:
All airfares; passport and visa fees; excess baggage charges; airport taxes; hotel accommodations; travel insurance; all gratuities; extra meals; items of a personal nature such as laundry, postage, drinks; medical expenses; optional activities and trips; kayaking supplement ($695 per person).