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Canada to Greenland: Baffin Bay Explorer

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
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Explore some of the most isolated regions in the world as the Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer) and Zodiacs take you to areas that are otherwise inaccessible on this 13-day voyage. The unrivaled natural beauty of these remote lands is simply breathtaking: you can’t help but marvel at the red heart-shaped mountain of Uummannaq, the soaring rock faces of the Sam Ford Fjord, the freshly calved bergs in the Ilulissat Icefjord, and the sheer ruggedness of islands inhabited only by iconic Arctic creatures such as walrus and polar bears. In one mystical expedition, experience the wonder of the wilderness of these two historic islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ottawa
Day 2 : Fly to Iqaluit, Nunavut | Embark
Day 3 : Monumental Island
Day 4 : Kekerten Island and Pangnirtung
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Cumberland Peninsula
Day 7 : Sam Ford Fjord
Day 8 : Uummannaq and Qilaqitsoq, Greenland
Day 9 : Eqip Sermia
Day 10 : Ilulissat
Day 11 : Itilleq
Day 12 : Disembark in Kangerslussuaq, Greenland | Fly to Ottawa
Day 13 : Depart Ottawa, Canada


  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Sam Ford Fjord, one of the planet's most beautiful & isolated places
  • View Arctic wildlife, such as walrus and possibly polar bears
  • Visit traditional settlements and meet Greenlandic and Inuit locals


Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Keep your eyes out for polar bears on your Arctic voyage The sea is a primary feature for life in the Arctic Zodiacs give a new perspective on this rugged terrain and bring you closer to the wildlife Arctic landscapes are unlinke anywhere else in the world Colorful buildings bring charm to this inhospitable landscape

Day 1 Ottawa

Begin your Arctic adventure with an overnight stay in Ottawa, Canada. Explore the Canadian capital on your own, before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

Day 2 Fly to Iqaluit, Nunavut | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, board your charter flight to Iqaluit, where your first Zodiac ride transfers you from shore to ship. Experience the power of nature, as the tides here are the second highest in Canada, rising up to 39 feet (12 meters) twice a day. On board, meet your Expedition Team, the captain, and his officers.

Day 3 Monumental Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Off the southern coast of Baffin Island, this small, isolated island is completely uninhabited, except for the large population of impressive arctic animals that call the rugged terrain home. With your experienced expedition staff, get up close, exploring the rocky shoreline in a Zodiac and scouting for hauled-out walrus and polar bears prowling for food.

Day 4 Kekerten Island and Pangnirtung

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, cross north of the Arctic Circle. Wandering the historical remains of a whaling station on the uninhabited island of Kekerten, it’s easy to envision what life was like during the height of whaling in the Cumberland Sound area.This National Historic Site of Canada was charted by Scottish whaler Captain William Penny in 1840 and soon became a major whaling destination. The site was abandoned around 1926, after whaling declined and local Inuit families moved to the mainland community of Pangnirtung, where a trading post was established by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

As you cruise toward the picturesque Pangnirtung, see why this Inuit hamlet at the mouth of the Pangnirtung Fjord is called the Switzerland of the Arctic. Tucked beneath the snow-capped peaks of Mount Duval, Pang is also a renowned artists’ haven. Stop by the studio at the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts to view the traditional colorful tapestries that have attracted worldwide attention for decades. Here, also get a sense of local Inuit activities, such as sealing, fishing, and hunting.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As your ship steams briefly south, enjoy the views of the southern coast of Baffin Island. While you spend this day at sea, join expedition staff as they look for whales and birdlife out on deck. This is your chance to relax with a glass of wine or hot tea and simply take in the wondrous beauty around you.

Day 6 Cumberland Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue sailing around the Cumberland Peninsula, letting the weather guide the expedition's choice of shore landings as you explore this scenic region.

Day 7 Sam Ford Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated about 380 miles (450 km) north of the Arctic Circle, in the land where the sun never sets, Sam Ford Fjord is truly one of the most isolated places on the planet. Yet this little-explored area of Baffin Island is one of the world’s best big-wall playgrounds, attracting intrepid climbers eager to scale the sheer rock faces that shoot straight out of the sea. Have your camera ready, as the number of huge formations here are awe-inspiring.

Tonight traverse Baffin Bay, saying goodbye to Canadian shores. Expedition staff preview the excitement still to come in Greenland—glaciers and mummies!

Day 8 Uummannaq and Qilaqitsoq, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit the abandoned settlement of Qilaqitsoq (also known as Qilakitsoq), where a ghoulish discovery was made in 1972: the two graves of eight fully dressed mummies, thought to have drowned circa 1475. The remains of three women and a child are kept at the Greenland National Historic Museum in Nuuk, the Greenlandic capital.

Be sure to be out on deck as you approach the stunning sight of Uummannaq, its colorful peaked houses perched on the rocky foothills of the red heart-shaped mountain that gave the community its name. Founded as a Danish colony in 1758 on the Nuussuaq mainland, five years later the settlement moved here, where seal hunting was more plentiful. A hike up a gently sloping hill overlooking the seaside town yields a panoramic view of icebergs, sea, and mountains.

Day 9 Eqip Sermia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, sail to one of the most breathtaking places in Greenland: the beautiful Eqip Sermia. As you trace the front of the massive calving glacier from a safe distance, the sounds and sight of huge chunks of ice crashing into the sea are simply spectacular.

Day 10 Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have your camera out as you approach Ilulissat. The nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, a tidal fjord covered with massive ice, has fascinated scientists for over 250 years. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the sea mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier), the fastest-moving glacier in the world, which produces at least 10 percent of all of Greenland’s calf ice. In fact, the young icebergs you see here eventually end up off the coast of Newfoundland years later. Exploring the beauty of this natural phenomenon, you are rewarded with breathtaking vistas of glaciers and ice caps.

Day 11 Itilleq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Surrounded by sea, fjords, and mountains, the picturesque village of Itilleq is situated on an island with no freshwater source (a facility desalinates seawater). The community, whose main trade is fishing and hunting, welcomes you and shows you their way of life. Later, join locals in a friendly soccer match.

Day 12 Disembark in Kangerslussuaq, Greenland | Fly to Ottawa

After disembarking in Kangerslussuaq, a former U.S. military base, transfer to your charter flight to Ottawa, where you spend the night at your included hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

Day 13 Depart Ottawa, Canada

  • 1 Breakfast
Today, make your way to the airport or spend a relaxing day exploring in the city.

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- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.

- For bookings as of December 7, 2016 – April 30, 2017 for departures Jun 2018 to September 2018, a second 20% deposit is required at 180 days prior to departure date, full payment at 130 days.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting
  • Leadership throughout the expedition by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team
  • Photographic journal, including photographs, daily expedition reports, maps, and more
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An Expedition parka to keep
  • Life jackets and immersion suits
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Rates do not include:
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals ashore, with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and (mandatory) medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure options on ship expeditions (weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage


  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners


  • Internal Flights
    • $1,895 Charter flights from Ottawa-Iqaluit and Kangerslussuaq-Ottawa
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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