Arrive into Kangerlussuaq, Canada aboard your group charter flight departing from Toronto (not included in cruise fare). While descending it is possible to see the largest ice cap in the world from your airplane window. Boarding the Sea Adventurer in the afternoon, make your journey down spectacular Sondre Stromfjord.
Today make your journey down spectacular Sondre Stromfjord - all 168km of it - pausing enroute for an expeditionary stop.
The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, myriad islands and complex coastal waterways. You will be making an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape.
Venturing 250km north of the Arctic Circle you will 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 the fleet of zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is where you 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.
While crossing Davis Strait, relax and enjoy onboard lectures and opportunities to watch for wildlife from the ship's decks.
Sitting amid gentle rolling hills is the transportation hub of the Arctic, Iqaluit. A major transfer point between flights to other northern communities, Iqaluit is also the smallest capital city in Canada with a population of just over 6,000! At one time dotted with Inuit huts, the beaches are now adorned with modern houses, shops, and public buildings reflecting Iqaluit's importance as a government town. In late summer, the hills are coloured with the bright blooms of Arctic wildflowers.
The lower savage islands form a small archipelago in the wild waters between the southeastern tip of Baffin Island and Resolution Island. The islands were a stopping place for Inuit and their Palaeo-Eskimo predecessors as they travelled between the south coast of Baffin Island and the northern tip of the Labrador-Quebec peninsula. An ideal place for spotting polar bears.
Located on the southern portion of Baffin Island, the scenic oceanside hamlet of Kimmirut is considered one of the most picturesque communities in the region. Kimmirut means “the heel” in Inuktitut, and refers to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community that holds a striking resemblance to a human heel. Art has played a major role here and the newly renovated Dewey Soper Building is home to a gallery of outstanding works of art.
Kangiqsujuaq, which means “the large bay” occupies an exceptional site, where the village is snuggled in the hollow of a splendid valley surrounded by majestic 500m high rocky hills: a landscape of unspeakable beauty. The bay takes its name from Captain William Wakeham who, in 1897, led an expedition to determine whether the Hudson Strait was safe for naviga¬tion. In a rocky pinching of the bay, known as “the narrows”, we will have an opportunity to examine the base of what were, 1.80 billion years ago, Himalayan-scale mountains.
On Diana Island, herds of muskox roam the island amid fields of wildflowers and thick beds of soft lichen. Akpatok Island features of soaring bird cliffs and small rocky beaches. Here you’ll use your zodiacs to scout the beaches in search of walrus and polar bears.
Before it was named Kuujjuaq, early fur traders knew this region as Fort Chimo. A mispronunciation of saimuk, which means "Let's shake hands", 'chimo' was often used to welcome early fur traders to the post. Today Kuujjuaq, the administrative capital of the Inuit territory of Nunavik, is a bustling community combining traditional Inuit culture with the conveniences of modern day life. Disembark the ship and board your group charter flight to Montreal (not included in cruise fare) where you will connect to your return flights home.