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West Greenland and Canadian Arctic with Hudson Strait

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    © Andre Gallant
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    © Andrew Stewart
  • © Andre Gallant
    © Andre Gallant
  • © Mike Beedell
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    © Sonya Kwiatkowski
  • © Andre Gallant
    © Andre Gallant

Summary : Cross the Arctic Circle by ship via glorious Sondre Stromfjord. See and learn about the Qilakitsoq mummies at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk. Seek polar bears, marine mammals, and seabirds in the rich waters of Hudson Strait. Visit Nunavut’s great art communities, learn about Inuit art and culture from artists and experts. Discover Akpatok Island, a designated Important Bird Area, and home to up to 4.5% of the global North Atlantic Thick-billed Murre population. Zodiac along the face of a Greenlandic glacier. Bask in the glowing Arctic light with 18-20 hours of daylight – a photographers dream. Marvel at the tundra in summer bloom.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ottawa, Canada

Arrive in Ottawa and transfer independently to the mandatory orientation at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Hotel and transfer are not included.

Day 2
Ottawa, Canada / Iqaluit, Greenland

Iqaluit, at the head of Frobisher Bay, is Nunavut’s bustling capital. A population of nearly 8,000 (and growing) call Iqaluit home. Local attractions include the territorial Legislature, igloo-inspired St. Jude’s Cathedral, art shops, and more.

Transfer by Zodiac to the Ocean Endeavour through busy Iqaluit harbor. Take a moment to notice the amazing tide! Once all are aboard, you’ll begin your journey down Frobisher Bay.

Day 3
Frobisher Bay

Be on the lookout for wildlife. The ship's geologists will have you raving about rocks, and the tundra plants beneath your feet are worth a closer look. Expect compelling scenery, and soak up the Arctic splendor as you go!

Day 4
Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)

Kimmirut means “the heel” in Inuktitut, referring to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community. Kimmirut is considered one of the most charming communities on the South Baffin coast.

Art aficionados may know the hamlet as Lake Harbour, once the home of a Hudson Bay Company post. Art has played a major role in putting Kimmirut on the map. The Dewey Soper Building houses a gallery of outstanding works of art.

Day 5
Kinngait (Cape Dorset)

Kinngait was ground zero for the Inuit art market. In 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established: it remains the oldest arts organization in the Canadian Arctic and the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada.

Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers continue to make Kinngait a proud center for Inuit art. You’ll visit studios and meet the artists here—an opportunity to purchase outstanding works straight from the source.

Day 6
Hudson Strait

On this exploration day, you’ll be making the most of what the wind, weather and wildlife have to offer. You can expect to navigate the icy waters of Hudson Strait as expedition staff scan for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds.

Day 7 – 8
Ungava Peninsula

Along the Ungava Peninsula, explore an area of treeless tundra rich in geology and flora. Enjoy hiking and a Zodiac cruise.

Day 9 – 10
Ungava Bay

Large and shallow, Ungava Bay is a rich ecosystem and home to a variety of wildlife, including an endangered Beluga population and Canada’s largest number of breeding Thick-billed Murres. Here you’ll use the Zodiacs to scout the shorelines and any outlying ice with hopes of seeing polar bears, walrus, and other marine life.

Pay a visit to uninhabited Akpatok Island, the biggest island in Ungava Bay. It’s named for the akpat—the Thick-billed Murres—that nest on ledges of Aktpatok’s lofty cliffs.

Day 11
At Sea - Davis Strait

The presentation series will continue as the ship heads across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Your resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic as you go. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops and group learning, watch a documentary or dive into the library.

While out on deck, keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales amid pack ice, as well as the seabirds.

Day 12
Nuuk

Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland that bridges old and new. The old harbor region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. The modern downtown core includes shopping, cafes and restaurants, and public institutions with a European flair.

The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies are housed here. The museum’s exhibits also offer in-depth information about colonial, Norse, and Inuit presence in Greenland—a must-see.

Day 13
Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord

West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. Explore this sublime landscape by ship, and by Zodiac.

Day 14
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Toronto, Canada

Disembark the Ocean Endeavour, transfer to the airport for your flight to Toronto (extra cost).

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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
Emergency evacuation and medical insurance is mandatory in order to travel with Adventure Canada. As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase at least $75,000 of medical evacuation insurance and medical insurance. Please note that this is a suggested minimum by Adventure Canada and that actual medical and evacuation costs may far exceed this amount. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. Persons that already have their own medical and emergency evacuation coverage will be asked to provide full policy details upon booking. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Nikon Photography Program
Adventure Canada is proud to partner with Nikon Canada for the onboard Nikon Camera Trial Program, taking place aboard all Ocean Endeavour expeditions. Through this program, travelers will have the opportunity to try professional quality photography equipment in stunning environments, and take advantage of onsite instruction from Nikon Ambassadors. You can also experience the power of Nikon products through onboard seminars and onshore photography workshops, designed to help you capture the perfect image of your trip of a lifetime.

Optional Kayaking:
Explore at water level in small groups with experienced kayak guides. Excursions are offered on double kayaks, as well as the essential gear for safety and comfort.

Optional Mountain Biking:
Experience communities and landscapes at your own pace! For fitness enthusiasts and independent explorers, the ship carries a fleet of Kona mountain bikes. These multi-geared, all-purpose bikes are available during select community excursions.

Included:
Transfer from recommended pre-trip hotel to airport in Ottawa on embarkation day; transfer from ship to airport in Kangerlussuaq on disembarkation day; late evening transfer from airport to recommended post-trip hotel in Toronto on disembarkation day; Nikon Camera Trial Program; gear to keep (expedition jacket); gear on loan (boots); photo journal; all meals onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

Airfare; pre- and post-trip accommodations; passport and visa expenses; spa expenses; kayaking; mountain biking; optional excursions and extensions; WiFi; alcohol; soft drinks; laundry services; onboard medical charges; personal expenses; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.

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