Summary : Embark on a 14-day, 5-star expedition to Baffin Bay. Your first port of call will be Greenland's Northwest Coast, home to majestic icebergs and colorful villages encircled by mountains and basalt formations. Meet the community and learn about Greenland's Inuit culture. Marvel at the glacier of Disko Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit Paul Emile Victor Base which holds artifacts and relics of French polar expeditions. Walk up to a panoramic view point overlooking the glacier towards the Greenland polar icecap (Inlandsis), the second largest expanse of ice in the world. North Greenland reveals remote villages where the last bear hunters and narwhal fishers live following ancestral traditions in the Arctic tundra. Observe ruins of ancient Inuit civilizations and discover Savissivik, the largest “iceberg graveyard” in Greenland.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking
$999,999,999 to $0
Board your charter flight in Paris taking you to Kangerlussuaq where the ship awaits your arrival. Embark your vessel for introductions to experienced crew and fellow travelers. Settle in to life on board as your cruise begins its voyage.
At the heart of Disko Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of surreal beauty. Sculptural icebergs continue on their timeless journey, shimmering with eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs rejoining the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicolored wooden houses, huskies and leather tanners who still use the ancient methods of their ancestors.
One of the region’s most impressive sights, Eqi Glacier breaks the silence with roars and crackles of calving icebergs. Regularly breaking off from the glacier into the fjord, experience the impressive sights and sounds of falling icebergs while cruising close to shore.
Visit the Paul Emile Victor Base which holds artifacts and relics of French polar expeditions. A panoramic viewpoint overlooks the glacier of Greenland’s polar icecap, the second largest expanse of ice in the world.
Cruise along the Northwestern shores of Greenland to Upernavik Fjord. Roughly 70 km long and located between two island chains, Upernavik Fjord empties into Baffin Bay. Continuing north, discover Melville Bay which is called Qimusseriarsuaq by the local people, meaning "the great dog sledding place". Watch for wildlife and birds while sharing travel experiences with fellow passengers.
North Greenland reveals remote villages of peat houses where the last bear hunters and narwhal fishers live following their ancestral traditions in the Arctic tundra. Observe ruins of ancient Inuit civilizations and discover Savissivik, the largest “iceberg graveyard” in Greenland, while exploring the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Situated like a custodian on Baffin Island's northern edge, Pond Inlet guards over the entrance to the legendary Northwest Passage. Ancient Inuit ancestors, the Thule, left behind numerous archaeological artifacts. Discover unique landscapes of snow-capped mountain ranges and ice-blue glaciers whose vertiginous flows descend into the ocean. Enjoy the magical summer sun that never sets below the horizon. Cruise past bird colonies and marvel at Bylot Island, an uninhabited "Garden of Eden".
Sail south along Canada's Northeastern shoreline discovering Nunavut's North Arm Fjord, and the Clyde River while observing bird colonies and immense cliffs. Visit Isabella Bay's National Wildlife Area, home to many bowhead whales. Polar bears, seals, narwhals and killer whales may be seen in this region, and keep an eye on the sky in search of the Aurora Borealis.
Explore the ship and enjoy time to take advantage of onboard amenities. Relax in the spa, read in the library, workout in the fitness center, enjoy a delicious meal, or watch incredible views from the panoramic lounge.
Conclude the expedition and disembark in Kangerlussuaq. Transfer to the airport for your return charter flight to Paris.
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. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Passengers shall be responsible for subscribing to cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s). ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Chartered flight from/to Paris in Economy-class; meet and greet by representatives at the destination airport, transfers between Kangerlussuaq airport and ship for arrival and departure; all meals on board the ship from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; evening gatherings, organized entertainment and events; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port and safety taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24 hour room service (special selection); English speaking lecturer on selected sailings identified by “lecturer on board” logo; highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team for all programs identified with “Expedition” logo; parka.
Airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones included; day rooms and other services at arrival and departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation; visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees; optional shore excursions (sold on board); insurances; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, use of spa, laundry and hair salon; expedition photo disc and video (approx $85); other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.