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Begin your 12-day Arctic expedition in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland where you board the Ocean Endeavour. 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. The Canadian Arctic experience begins in Qikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island). As you 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, pay your respects at the graves of three of Sir John Franklin’s men. Resolute Bay memorializes the courage of the Inuit of Canada’s Arctic. Live and breathe the natural history of some of the planet’s most striking features.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2 : Itilleq
Day 3 : Ilulissat
Day 4 : Uummannaq Fjord
Day 5 : Karrat Fjord
Day 6 : Qikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island)
Day 7 : Niqinganiq (Isabella Bay)
Day 8 : Northeast Baffin Fjords
Day 9 : Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Day 10 : Devon Island
Day 11 : Prince Leopold / Beechey Islands
Day 12 : Quaasuittuq (Resolute), NU

Highlights

  • Explore Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world
  • Navigate to Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the fastest moving glaciers
  • Visit fishing communities on Greenland's west coastline
  • Wander through the colorful coastal community of Illulissat

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Image of an inuksuk built by the people of the North American arctic. A musk ox and her calf relax on the arctic plains. Local biking with his dogs at his side. Polar bears climb up a rocky slope. Colorful houses of local Canadian villages.

Day 1 Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Start your Arctic adventure exploring Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world! Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern mouth, means 'the big fjord.' Although the fjord crosses the Arctic Circle, like the oceans here, it does not freeze. Locals can thank ocean currents for this, making this part of Greenland a center for whaling and fishing all year.

The area is distinguished by rich biodiversity and magnificent scenery. There is nowhere else in Greenland where it is so easy to go so far into the interior and the world’s largest ice cap can be reached in less than an hour. The landscape features enormous glacier formations, which have ploughed deep into the dramatic tundra. On the plain between the fjord and the inland ice you may find Greenland's biggest herds of reindeer, musk ox, and arctic foxes as well as the highest concentration of peregrine falcons in Greenland and more than 250 species of plants.

Day 2 Itilleq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day along the West Greenland coastline, allowing you to visit a rich mixture of fishing communities, multiple islands and complex coastal waterways. Today, the crew may make an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape.

Day 3 Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Venturing 156 miles north of the Arctic Circle, find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates into "iceberg", and there couldn't be a more fitting name. Take time to walk around the colorful town and hike out to an elevated viewpoint where you can observe the great fields of ice. Then hop in a Zodiac to navigate the Ilulissat Ice fjord UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ice fjord is where we find the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world. 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.

Day 4 Uummannaq Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country’s second-largest system of fjords. It empties into Baffin Bay and is characterized by its developed coastline and various bays, islands, and peninsulas. It is considered to be the sunniest spot in Greenland, and favorable weather—coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes—have made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit. It has been settled and re-settled continually for the last 4,500 years.

Your time in Uummannaq will be spent cruising and exploring; expert resource staff will be on deck to help spot wildlife and contextualize the dramatic scenery surrounding the Ocean Endeavour.

Day 5 Karrat Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today navigate around one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords, known for plentiful marine life and awe-inspiring landscapes. Seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs and talus slopes within the fjord should allow good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities of the majestic rock faces.

Day 6 Qikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Qikiqtarjuaq, a community located on Broughton Island, is known for its wildlife, whale watching, and as an access point for Auyuittuq National Park. It is one of the Nunavut communities closest to Greenland. Qikiqtarjuaq (fondly called “Qik”, for short) is known as the iceberg capital of Nunavut and was home to a NORAD military station that formed part of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) in the 1950s.

Qikiqtarjuaq also boasts a burgeoning traditional Inuit craft industry, and local craftsmen are eager to share their wares. Talented local artists produce Inuit carvings—with a particular focus on intricate ivory work and jewelry. The community is famously warm and welcoming to visitors. Our stop in Qikiqtarjuaq promises to be an exciting one. Carvings will be available for purchase on this stop.

Day 7 Niqinganiq (Isabella Bay)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Niqinganiq is a 336,000-hectare marine region on Baffin Island that is a crucial feeding area for threatened bowhead whales. This is the world's first Inuit-initiated and managed marine mammal sanctuary. The area includes two deep offshore troughs rich in copepods, which are a main food source for the bowhead whale.

Day 8 Northeast Baffin Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as the ship navigates the multitudinous fjords of northeast Baffin Island. Baffin’s fjords are numerous and striking, their extreme depth and narrow width affording stunning perspectives on geological processes. The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for exploring these hidden treasures of the north, as her manoeuvrability allows her to access regions that would be impassable to larger vessels. The crew will be on alert for changing weather and ice conditions and will properly judge which route along the coast will be the most spectacular. As ever, the elite team will be on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which we travel.

Day 9 Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) is a bustling Arctic community surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the eastern Arctic. Take the opportunity to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who will gladly share their culture. Then be treated to a cultural presentation at the Community Hall—arts where crafts may be available for purchase. Mittimatalik is famous for viewing marine mammals, including the elusive narwhal. After your time in the community, cruise through the stunning Milne Inlet.

Day 10 Devon Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The largest uninhabited island in the world, Devon Island supports significant concentrations of wildlife, including twenty-six species of seabirds and eleven species of marine mammals. To get here, the ship plans to follow the route of nineteenth-century explorers into Lancaster Sound, and on to the island.

As you explore the island, you may spot polar bears and seals among the ice floes. Then journey to Radstock Bay and Caswell Tower—an important archaeological site. Afterwards take the Zodiacs ashore to visit the remains of Thule winter houses located beside a nearby lake. These ruins are suspected to date back to 1200–1400 AD. Two of the more recent houses date back to the 1800s.

Day 11 Prince Leopold / Beechey Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The tall cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are one of the top bird sites in the high Arctic both during the breeding and summering seasons. It is a breeding site for thick-billed murre, black-legged kittiwake, northern fulmar, glaucous gull, and black guillemot.

It was beneath these tall cliffs that Sir James Clark Ross, perhaps the greatest polar explorer of the nineteenth century, was based in 1848–49. Ross's 1848–49 expedition in search of the Franklin expedition was not successful; they spent a frustrating winter locked by ice in Port Leopold on the northeast coast of Somerset Island and returned to England the following summer. It was also from this area that Sir John Ross (James's uncle) escaped in 1833 after abandoning the Victory and spending four harrowing winters in the Arctic.

Day 12 Quaasuittuq (Resolute), NU

  • 1 Breakfast
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 artifacts 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, Québec, and Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) were relocated to Resolute by the Canadian government.

After today's adventure, take an early evening flight from Resolute, NU to Ottawa, ON and continue your journey home or to your next adventure.

Ocean Endeavour

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Deck four. Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room) - approx. 240 sq. ft.
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Triple - Category 2
Deck four. Interior cabin, 3 lower berths, two private baths - approx. 200 sq. ft.
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Interior Twin - Category 3
Deck five. Interior cabin, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
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Exterior Twin - Category 4
Deck four. Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
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Main Twin - Category 5
Deck five. Picture window, unobstructed view, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four. Two portholes, views, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed- 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
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Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed, approx. 190 sq. ft. and deck eight: oversize windows, partial obstruction, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
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Superior Twin - Category 8
Deck five. Two picture windows, view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows,view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture windows, partial view, matrimonial, pvt bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft
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Junior Suite - Category 9
Deck five: picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, sitting area- approx. 270 sq. ft. Deck seven: forward-facing picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, private bath w/full tub, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 290 sq. ft.
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Suite - Category 10
Deck seven. Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub, refrigerator - approx. 310 sq. ft.

Notes

- 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 1.5 times the double occupancy rate.

Expedition Costs Include:
- Pre-departure materials
- Special access permits, entry and park fees
- Team of expedition staff
- Applicable taxes
- Educational program
- Interactive workshops
- Evening entertainment
- Guided activities
- Sightseeing and community visits
- All shipboard meals
- All Zodiac excursions
- Port fees

Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
- $250 Discovery Fee
- Commercial and charter flights
- Gratuities (suggested $15 USD per passenger per day)
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Possible fuel surcharge
- Pre & post hotel accommodations
- Optional excursions
- Additional costs associated with payments made by credit card

Charter Flights:
Northbound: Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland August 4, 2016
Southbound: Resolute, NU to Ottawa, ON August 15, 2016.

Pre and post hotel nights are available on request and at additional charge. Overnight accommodation is recommended.

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
    • 11 Nights Ship

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $250 Discovery Fee
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