Arctic Explorer Cruise

Michelle Valberg
Image of an inuksuk built by the people of the North American arctic.
Sonya Kwiatkowski
Local biking with his dogs at his side.
Andrew Stewart
A walrus hangs out in the snow.
Andrew Stewart
A view of the North American arctic.
Andrew Stewart
A polar bear and her cub relaxing in the ice.
Enjoy a book in the Sea Adventurer's library.
Relax in the Sea Adventurer's main lounge.

Day 1

    Resolute Bay

    Arrive in Resolute this afternoon aboard your group charter flight (not included in cruise fare) from Ottawa. Transfer to the pier and embark the Sea Adventurer and settle into your new home.

    Day 2

      Prince Leopold, Somerset Island & Beechey Island

      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 19th 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.

      Beechey island is best known as the epicentre of the Franklin search, for it was here that the lost expedition spent its first winter (1845-46). The only record of the expedition, and subsequent explorers making it to Beechey, is the remains of three storehouses, workshops, a washhouse, many empty meat tins, and of course, three eerie graves.

      Day 3

        Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

        This bustling Arctic community is surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Eastern Arctic. Have a chance to explore the town, as well as enjoy a cultural presentation at the Nattinnak Centre.

        Day 4

          Northeast Baffin

          Make an expeditionary stop today on your way south on Baffin Island.

          Day 5

            Kanngiqtugaapik (Clyde River)

            Perched on a floodplain surrounded by soaring mountains, Clyde River offers excellent views of glacial action. Once an important trading post, the area is home to various species of seal and the polar bears that prey on them. It is known as the "Gateway to the Great Fiords", and there are 10 fiords within a 100-kilometre radius of the hamlet.

            Day 6

              Igaliqtuuq (Isabella Bay)

              Also know as Isabella Bay, this is a late summer and fall feeding destination for many Baffin Bay/Davis Strait bowhead whales. A previous expedition was lucky enough to find a pod of 60 bowheads here in 2005.

              Day 7

                Karrat Fjord

                In Karrat Fjord cruise one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords. During ice breakup, narwhals and seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs within the fjord should give you 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.

                Day 8

                  Uummannaq, Greenland

                  Despite being situated in the shadow of a mountain, Uummannaq is the sunniest place in Greenland! It is an impressive and imposing 1,175-metre hunk of red gneiss called Uummannaq Mountain. This mountain serves as the town's backdrop on which colourful, single-family homes desperately cling, anchored by cables and pipes. The famous Greenlandic mummies dating from the 15th century were found on the shore opposite Ummannaq.

                  Day 9

                    Ilulissat, Greenland

                    250km north of the Arctic Circle find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates literally into "iceberg", and there couldn't be a more fitting name. Your visit will include time in the colourful town and a chance to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where you can observe the great fields of ice. Cruise in your fleet of zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is where you will 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.

                    Day 10

                      Itilleq, Greenland

                      Living in a small town that relies primarily on fishing for its existence, Itilleq's residents are closely tied to the land and its resources. Beautifully coloured houses speckle the rocky landscape as the town's children play freely in rocky fields. Engage the local soccer team in a friendly match before parting ways.

                      Day 11

                        Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

                        Lying at the head of the longest fjord in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has one of the most stable climates in the region though temperatures can range from -50C in the winter to as high as 28C in summer. Kangerlussuaq, which means 'The Big Fjord' in Greenlandic, is appropriately named, as it's 168km long and is the conclusion of of your voyage. Disembark the ship and board your group charter flight to Toronto (not included in cruise fare) where you will connect to your return flights home.

                        - 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 1.6 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.

                        What's Included
                        - All entry & park fees
                        - Your complete itinerary
                        - Team of resource specialists
                        - Educational program and pre-departure materials
                        - All shipboard meals
                        - All Zodiac excursions
                        - Service charges and port fees

                        What's Not Included
                        - Commercial flights
                        - Charter flights
                        - Mandatory medical / evacuation insurance
                        - Personal expenses
                        - Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
                        - Discretionary gratuities to ship's crew (approximately $10-14 per passenger per day)
                        - Visas, or inoculations, if required
                        - Possible fuel surcharges

                        Charter Flights:
                        Group charter flights Northbound Ottawa - Resolute and Kangerlussuaq - Toronto are not included in cruise fare. Please add an additional $1,895 per person, subject to change. An option to board a charter flight from Iqaluit to Resolute is also available for an additional $500 per person.
                        Asia, Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Greenland, Baffin Island, Canada, Pond Inlet, Resolute Bay, Prince Leopold Island, Somerset Island, Beechey Island, Clyde River, Iqualirtuuq (Isabella Bay), Karrat Fjord, Uummannaq, Ilulissat, Itilleq, Kangerlussuaq, Northwest Passage, Western Europe, Scandinavia
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