Summary : Journey in comfort aboard the Ocean Endeavour for a voyage through the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. Visit the Arctic at the height of summer! Explore Tallurutiup Imanga marine protected area. Visit the Franklin graves on Beechey Island. Enjoy an Inuit welcome in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). Across Baffin Bay lies the sublime Greenland coast. Ilulissat offers cafes, hiking, and handicrafts. Ilulissat Icefjord is home to, the fastest-moving glacier in the world. Explore the best of Greenland and Nunavut!
Activities : Birding, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Arrive in Ottawa and attend the mandatory briefing at the recommended pre-cruise hotel. Hotel night is not included.
Board your flight from Ottawa to Resolute Bay (extra fee) and transfer to the ship to embark.
The beginning of your journey is characterized by shoreline gravel flats, rocky coastal bluffs, and deposits of glacial moraine. More significant is the origin of the hamlet. In 1953, Inuit from from Inukjuak, Québec, and Mittimatalik were relocated, under false pretenses, by the Canadian government with the aim of asserting Canadian sovereignty.
Today the community is home to just under 250 people and is an important staging point for High Arctic research, tourism, and military activities.
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. Franklin’s crew overwintered at Beechey Island where three of his men died.
Numerous search parties later used Beechey as a depot and rendezvous. Amundsen, Bernier, and Larsen all visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of HMS Investigator was buried there in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves, and the ruins of nearby Northumberland House, are a haunting memorial.
Spend your days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas. Narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. Cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife.
On the northern border of Tallurutiup Imanga lies Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over fifty thousand square kilometers. The island’s geology is stunning. Flat-top mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character.
Visit a number of the bays – hiking the tundra, discovering the botany, cruising a glacier face, and wildlife spotting from ship and from shore. Once home to Inuit and their ancestors, visit archaeological sites with expert interpretation to learn about the human history of this now abandoned island. You’ll also catch a glimpse of recent human history as you visit the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.
Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting. The views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning. You will have a chance to explore the town. The cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—arts and crafts may be available here, too.
Your onboard presentation series will continue as the ship crosses the Davis Strait towards Canada. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, and get out on deck looking for whales, seabirds and marine wildlife.
Greenland’s west coast is simply stunning. From mighty mountains to the tiniest tundra flowers, your stop in this area will offer many outstanding features of interest. Hikers, walkers, photographers, and contemplators will all be equally delighted.
Ilulissat translates literally into “iceberg”, an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.
Here, you will cruise by Zodiac to appreciate the icebergs. You will also visit the town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbor.
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.
People have lived in the Sisimiut area for 4,500 years. For the first 2,000 years, the people of the Saqqaq culture occupied the area. 2,500 years ago, new people brought the Dorset culture to the Sisimiut area. They lived here for 1,500 years and were followed by the people of the Thule culture—the ancestors of the current population. The people primarily lived on fish, birds, whales, and seals.
Disembark the ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Toronto (extra fee).
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.
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.
Optional Scuba Diving:
Enrich your experience with a glimpse beneath the surface. Let your guides introduce you to a whole new world—icebergs, Arctic marine life, unspoiled nature above and below the surface.
Transfer from Ottawa recommended hotel to airport on Day 2; transfer from Resolute Bay airport to ship on Day 2; transfer from the ship to Kangerlussuaq airport 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.
Airfare; pre- and post-trip accommodations; passport and visa expenses; spa expenses; scuba diving; 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.