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Discovery and Cruising
Activities
  • 11 nights expedition cruising
Accommodation
  • 11 nights aboard Ocean Endeavour
Meals
  • 11 Dinners
  • 10 Lunches
  • 11 Breakfasts

12 Days$8995USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: CHA

Trip highlights


  • Sail along the dramatically beautiful west Greenland coastline
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Look for spotted walrus, polar bear, muskox and caribou
  • Cruise the Northwest Passage
  • Explore Prince Leopold Island
  • Visit the historic graves of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition

Our classic Arctic expedition begins by exploring Greenland's fjords and communities. The great icefjord at Ilulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and source of the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic, is one of many highlights. Across the Davis Strait, the Canadian Arctic experience begins in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). As we head north, opportunities for polar bear, whales, and musk ox abound on Devon Island, while Prince Leopold Island is one of Canada's best birding areas. Abandoned RCMP and HBC posts offer a glimpse into the region's rich history; at Beechey Island, we'll pay our respects at the graves of three of Sir John Franklin's men. Resolute Bay memorializes the courage of the Inuit of Canada's Arctic. On this trip, we will live and breathe the natural history of some of the planet's most striking features as we search for the cultures and wildlife of the vast and beautiful north.


Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord.’ We begin our adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord as the sun sets before us. If you choose to take the optional charter flights the flight departs Toronto (Ontario) in the early morning so we suggest you book one night pre-trip accommodation to ensure you do not miss the flight.

Meals:  D

People have lived in the Sisimiut area for 4,500 years. The first 2,000 years, the people of the Saqqaq culture occupied the area. Approx. 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. All these cultures came from Canada. The people primarily lived on fish, birds, and mammals such as whales and seals. These ice-free conditions in the sea around Sisimiut, including some of Greenland’s deepest fjords, allow us to sail in waters that are home to many whales and seals.

Meals:  B,L,D

Sailing 250km north of the Arctic Circle we find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Translating literally into 'iceberg, Ilulissat could not be more appropriately named. We will include time in the colourful town and a have an opportunity to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice. We will also cruise in our fleet of zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is where we find the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at 19m per day and calving more than 35 square kilometers of ice annually. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years and, because of its relative ease of accessibility, has significantly added to the understanding of ice-cap glaciology, climate change and related geomorphic processes.

Meals:  B,L,D

Greenland’s west coast is simply stunning. From mighty mountains to the tiniest tundra flowers, our stop in this area will offer many outstanding features of interest. Hikers, walkers, photographers, and contemplators will all be equally delighted.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Canada. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales amid potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

Meals:  B,L,D

Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting. The views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning. We 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.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will spend four 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. We’ll 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 kilometres. The island’s geology is stunning. Flat topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character. We’ll 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, we will visit archaeological sites with expert interpretation to learn about the human history of this now abandoned island. We’ll also catch a glimpse of recent human history as we visit the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.

Meals:  B,L,D

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.

Meals:  B,L,D

Qausuittuq, or “place with no dawn” is truly the land of the midnight sun—daylight persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. Located on the south coast of Cornwallis Island, Resolute Bay is the "jumping off place" for expeditions to the North Pole. From archaeological excavations, it has been concluded that there have been at least three stages of occupation at Resolute Bay. The Dorset culture was the first, followed by an early phase of the Thule culture, in which the artefacts found show strong Alaskan affinities. These were probably both short periods of occupation, possibly by only a few families. A late or developed phase of the Thule culture was of longer duration, with a considerably larger population. Resolute Bay was named after HMS Resolute, one of the ships in the Franklin search expedition commanded by Captain H.T. Austin. An airfield was established at Resolute Bay in 1947 during construction of a joint US-Canadian weather station. In 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Que´bec, and Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) were relocated to Qausuittuq (Resolute) by the Canadian government. If you choose to take the optional charter flights the flight departs Resolute bound for Ottawa (Ontario) a few hours after disembarking the ship. Overnight accommodation in Ottawa is recommended.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
  • Services of expedition leaders
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • All sightseeing and shore excursions from the ship including the use of Zodiacs
  • Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
  • USD$250 Discovery Fund Fee
  • Service charges and port fees
  • Pre-departure information

  • Charter Flights necessary to undertake journey.
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges, and airport departure taxes
  • Mandatory medical / evacuation insurance
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses and items of a personal nature such as bar charges, wine and phone calls
  • Customary end of voyage tips for ship's crew (approximately US$10 - 14 per passenger per day)

Cabins


Departure dates


Notes

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Kayak
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Nikon Photography program is available free of charge on this voyage
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Optional charter flight costs include flight Toronto to Kangerlussuaq and Resolute to Ottawa and are in addition to the cabin costs

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Total Priceper person from

$8995USD

Options & Supplements*
  • TripleUSD$9995
  • Interior TwinUSD$11295
  • Exterior TwinUSD$12595
  • Main TwinUSD$13295
  • Comfort TwinUSD$14095
  • Select TwinUSD$14795
  • Superior TwinUSD$15295
  • Junior SuiteUSD$16295
  • SuiteUSD$17295
  • Kayaking OptionUSD$695
  • Charter FlightsUSD$2645
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed High Arctic Safari trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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