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Arctic Quest: Greenland to Churchill

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Embark on one of the most diverse Arctic expedition aboard the Sea Explorer, an ice strengthened small ship expedition vessel. In addition to wildlife excursions by Zodiac and tundra hikes, you’ll spend time visiting Arctic fishing villages and Inuit settlements, taking time to learn about their heritage and culture. A wonderful polar expedition to a part of the world where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 2 : Embarkation Day in Kangerlussuaq
Days 3-4 : West Greenland
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Monumental Island
Day 7 : Akpatok Island
Day 8 : Kimmirut
Day 9 : Cape Dorset
Days 10-14 : Islands of Hudson Bay
Day 15 : Disembark in Churchill, Canada
Day 16 : Return Home


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Day 1 Copenhagen, Denmark

Your Arctic adventure begins with an overnight stay in Copenhagen at the Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel.

Day 2 Embarkation Day in Kangerlussuaq

Today’s charter flight will take you from Denmark to Greenland. When you land in Kangerlussuaq you’ll be landing at Greenland’s largest commercial airport, which was once a U.S. military base. You’ll be transferred to the port and then take your first Zodiac ride out to your ship, the Sea Explorer. Embark and set sail for your upcoming Arctic small ship cruise.

Day 3-4 West Greenland

Icy fjords, colorful communities and a historical UNESCO World Heritage Site await you on your Greenland trip. The first planned stop is Sisimiut, the second largest settlement in Greenland. Even so, this town has a small fishing village-feel with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos of the old, colorful buildings. You’ll get to watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing further north to Ilulissat.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. As well as some spectacular zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike in Ilulissat.

Day 5 At Sea

Turning west, most of your day will be spent at sea. This will give you plenty of time to hang out on deck, searching for cetaceans or watching the seabirds glide along above the Arctic Ocean. This Arctic waterway, which separates Greenland and Baffin Island in Canada, is called the Davis Strait, named after the English explorer John Davis.

Day 6 Monumental Island

Before reaching Baffin Island, you’ll head to the small island with a big name – Monumental Island. This is a well-known island for potential close encounters with some of the Arctic’s most iconic creatures – walrus and polar bear. Settle in for a Zodiac ride around the island, in search of the world’s only tusked pinnipeds and largest land carnivores!

Day 7 Akpatok Island

Your Arctic cruise continues along the eastern edge of Baffin Island in an area called Ungava Bay. Your next landing is all about birds and bears. The word Akpat is the Inuit name for the thick-billed murre, or Brünnich's guillemot. These birds nest on the tall limestone cliffs found around the island. This is one of the largest colonies in the world and a favored spot for polar bears.

Day 8 Kimmirut

Stepping foot on Baffin Island at the tiny community of Kimmirut, you’ll have a chance to see how people here still live a traditional Inuit lifestyle. This southern part of Baffin Island has an interesting mix of historical sites to visit or explore while hiking. This area was also once an important trading post, with the Hudson’s Bay Company setting up here in 1911.

Many of the fewer than 500 Inuit who live here sustain themselves by selling impressive indigenous artwork and sculptures. Enjoy time wandering around the settlement, or purchase some Inuit art if something catches your eye.

Day 9 Cape Dorset

This little hamlet is dubbed the “Capital of Inuit Art.” Since the 1950’s art has been the primary source of income for this small, local economy. You’ll find plentiful Inuit carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings here. The settlement itself has an interesting history, dating back more than 3,000 years.

Day 10-14 Islands of Hudson Bay

As your polar expedition heads into the second largest bay in the world, the focus turns back to wildlife watching. There are numerous landing site options in Hudson Bay, including Zodiac excursions around Walrus Island and shore excursions and hiking at Digges, Coats and Marble Islands.

The relatively shallow waters of Hudson Bay create a rich marine environment where you may spot a wide variety of animals. First the big cliffs at Digges Islands attract black guillemots and Iceland gulls. On the ground you may spot caribou and polar bears. Belvla whales are often seen around the ship. If time allows, lunch the zodiacs for a closer look. If you’re anxious for more walrus encounters then Coats Island, and the aptly named Walrus Island, should provide the best opportunities for good viewing in this part of Hudson Bay.

Over at Coral Harbour, a small settlement of Inuit people live on the shores of Southampton Island. This area was home to one of the last Thule Inuit settlements in the Arctic, with Sallirmuit people living here until the 20th Century.

Get ready to get active by hiking on Marble Island. You’ll gain a whole new perspective on life in the Arctic as this part of Hudson Bay has a lengthy list of expedition mysteries and tragic stories. Your Expedition Team will fill you in on why the island is nicknamed Deadman’s Island.

Day 15 Disembark in Churchill, Canada

Your final day in the Arctic will include a Zodiac excursion in search of beluga whales, which are often seen around the coastal areas here at Churchill, Manitoba. Say goodbye to the ship and crew before your flight and a final overnight in Toronto.

Day 16 Return Home

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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.
- Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person is included. Contact us for details on arranging additional travel insurance.

PLEASE NOTE: The August 11, 2014 voyage operates in the reverse and includes an overnight in Toronto at the beginning of the trip and an overnight in Copenhagen at the end. Embarkation is in Churchill; disembarkation is in Kangerlussuaq.

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. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this cruise – please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

This Expedition Includes:
- Hotels: July 29 departure - One complimentary night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Copenhagen and one night post-expedition hotel accommodation at Toronto airport with breakfast as indicated in the itinerary. August 11 departure - One complimentary night pre-expedition hotel accommodation at Toronto airport and one night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Copenhagen with breakfast as indicated in the itinerary (in all cases the number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.)
- Transfers: July 29 departure - On embarkation day, group transfer from host hotel in Copenhagen to airport for charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, followed by group transfer to ship. Embarkation will take place by Zodiac. August 11 departure - On embarkation day, transfer from group hotel at Toronto airport for charter flight to Churchill, followed by transfer to pier. Embarkation will take place by Zodiac.
- Transfers: July 29 departure - On disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to airport for charter flight to Toronto, followed by transfer to group hotel at Toronto airport. August 11 departure - On disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to airport for charter flight to Copenhagen, followed by transfer to group hotel in Copenhagen.
- All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage.
- All shore landings per the daily program.
- Leadership throughout the voyage by our 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 and Special Guests as scheduled.
- Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
- A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
- An official parka to keep.
- Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
- A complimentary selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
- Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
- Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader.
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
- All luggage handling aboard ship.
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.

This Expedition Excludes:
- The purchase of transfer package including charter or domestic flights in conjunction with this expedition is mandatory. The transfer package for this departure is US$1,750 per person.
- Passport and any applicable visa expenses.
- Government arrival and departure taxes.
- Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable.
- Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Laundry and other personal charges.
- Telecommunications charges.
- The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
- Adventure options that are not included in the cost of the voyage.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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