Epic High Arctic: Baffin Island Explorer Cruise

An exploration of historic Canadian sites in the Arctic is the undertaking of this fascinating Canadian Arctic cruise. Combine this with abundant wildlife and this small ship cruise equals one special Arctic expedition. This in-depth Canadian adventure provides fantastic opportunities for seeing all of the Arctic’s iconic creatures, including polar bears.

Day 1

    Toronto, Canada

    This Arctic adventure begins a little further south, with an overnight stay in Toronto, one of the most multi-cultural cities in North America.

    Day 2

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Embarkation Day in Resolute

    After a morning charter flight to Resolute, explore this small Arctic town before being transferred to the ship by Zodiac. Enjoy some time out on deck taking in new surroundings before setting sail on this Arctic expedition.

    Day 3

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Beechey Island and Radstock Bay

    At Beechey Island visit a small grave site with markers for men who died during Sir John Franklin’s expedition in 1845-46. Roald Amundsen also stopped here in 1903, on his successful voyage through the Northwest Passage. For a more ancient perspective, visit some very well-preserved subterranean homes in Radstock Bay, built by the Thule culture.

    Day 4

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Croker Bay and Dundas Harbour

    At Croker Bay, there is a possibility of seeing the glacier actively calving icebergs into the bay. Just east of here is Dundas Harbor, the now-abandoned settlement where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police manned an outpost from 1924 until 1951. They continue to maintain one of Canada’s most northerly graveyards out of respect to those who lost their lives during this time.

    Day 5

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Pond Inlet and Eclipse Sound

    The community at Pond Inlet (or Mittimatalik, as it has been called by the Inuit for thousands of years) welcomes the expedition to the Artist’s Cooperative. In addition to the internationally renowned art produced here, the people earn their living fishing for Arctic char. Take time to explore the hamlet and hike the nearby tundra.

    Day 6

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Sam Ford Fjord

    The majestic, impossibly high cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord greet the Sea Explorer as it sails past this impassive coast. See “Stump Spire,” first ascended by Conrad Anker and named in honor of a fallen mountaineering friend. Some intrepid folks have been known to trek here from nearby Clyde River and base jump from these rock walls into the frigid waters below! (Not available as an adventure option as of yet.)

    Day 7

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Isabella Bay

    The Igaliqtuuq National Wildlife Area in Isabella Bay was created to protect the bowhead or Greenland right whales that summer there. Orca or killer whales have been sighted in the vicinity hunting the bowheads, some of which have scars from previous encounters with orcas. A whale watch is conducted while exploring the entrance to the Bay.

    Day 8

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Qikiqtarjuak (Broughton Island)

    The last stop in Canada, Qikiqtarjuak is known as the iceberg capital of the world, naturally trapping many icebergs as they travel down the Davis Strait. An abundance of marine wildlife can be seen here as beluga and right whales, narwhals and ring and harp seals pass by. Trek up the many walking trails to join the inukshuk and share its view overlooking the island and the community.

    Day 9

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    At Sea

    Traverse Baffin Bay as the ship leaves behind Canadian shores in pursuit of Greenland.

    Day 10

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Meaning “iceberg” in Greenlandic, Ilulissat is home to the fastest-moving glacier outside of Antarctica, Sermeq Kujalleq. This UNESCO World Heritage site is located north of the Arctic Circle, and moves at an average of 19 meters per day. Cruise at a safe distance by zodiac, and if lucky, witness the spectacle of calving ice.

    Day 11

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Sisimiut and Itilleq

    Explore the 18th-century colonial buildings still standing in Sisimiut. Watch a traditional kayaking demonstation in this northernmost year-round ice-free port in western Greenland. Continuing southward, the ship will reach the village of Itilleq, a typical Greenlandic community. It is delightfully situated in a hollow (which is the meaning of “Itilleq” in Greenlandic) on an island without any fresh water. The village has approximately 130 inhabitants.

    Day 12

    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Disembark in Kangerlussuaq

    Enjoy a final Zodiac ride from the ship to shore. Time here will be brief, as a flight to Montreal awaits, signalling an end to this Arctic adventure. Upon arrival in Montreal, transfer to the included hotel.

    Day 13

    • Breakfast


    Return home at your leisure or spend some more time in Montreal.

    - 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.

    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:
    - Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
    - 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
    - A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists
    - All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
    - Formal and informal presentations by our 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 Quark Expeditions parka to keep
    - Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    - Hair dryer and bathrobe 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 the ship
    - Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

    This Expedition Excludes:
    - The purchase of transfer package in conjunction with this expedition is mandatory. The package includes pre-expedition hotel night at Toronto airport and breakfast, flight from Toronto to Resolute, transfer to and from ship, flight from Kangerlussuaq to Montreal, and transfer from airport to post expedition night in Montreal and breakfast. The transfer package for this departure is US$1,825 per person.
    - International airfare
    - Passport and any applicable visa expenses
    - Government arrival and departure taxes
    - Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel
    - Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
    - Excess baggage charges
    - Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
    - Telecommunications charges
    - The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
    - Any extra overnight accommodation required due to flight connections
    - Optional kayaking activities
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