Day 1 Resolute / Embark
Arriving in Resolute this afternoon, embark the Sea Adventurer and settle into your new home for the upcoming Arctic expedition.
Day 2 Devon Island
The largest uninhabited island in the world supports significant concentrations of wildlife, including 26 species of seabirds and 11 species of marine mammals.
At Dundas Harbour find the lonely remains of an RCMP station dating from the 1920s.
Day 3 Coburg Island
At the entrance to Jones Sound is Coburg Island, whose spectacular seabird cliffs are a designated National Wildlife Area.
30,000 pairs of black-legged kittiwakes and 160,000 pairs of thick-billed murres crowd the rocky ledges on this island almost completely covered by an ice cap.
Day 4 Qaannaq, Greenland
Originally located 100km to the south, the present day community of Qaanaaq was relocated to accommodate the American Air Force base extension at Thule in 1952. The region, however, has a much more lengthy history, with archaeological evidence suggesting habitation over the past 4,000 years.
It was from Qaanaaq that seven of Knud Rasmussen’s expeditions set out, and it was also from here that the American explorer Robert Peary embarked on his journey to reach the North Pole in 1909.
The inhabitants, Inughuit, are fine artisans and beautiful small carvings and jewellery can be purchased.
Day 5-7 Exploring Smith Sound
Spend these days exploring north into this fabled body of water that served as the main route for explorers and adventurers searching for the North Pole.
Adolphus Greely, Sir George Nares and Elisha Kent Kane all travelled these waters with varying degrees of success.
The Sound was named by William Baffin after Sir Thomas Smythe, promoter of voyages to find a Northwest Passage. Only 48-72km wide and 88km long, it is often packed with ice and provides favorable conditions for wildlife viewing.
Day 8 Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord)
Aujuittuq means 'place that never thaws,' and at 1,150km above the Arctic Circle, it is Canada's northernmost civilian community. Be welcomed into this peaceful and warm hamlet, with its population of around 165 people.
Your activities will center around the school where you will have a chance to meet members of the community and learn about their way of life.
Day 9 Devon Island
We have spotted walrus, polar bear, muskox and caribou here.
At Croker Bay, have a chance to Zodiac cruise though this scenic body of water and marvel at icebergs, freshly calved from the glacier at the head of the bay.
Day 10 Beechey Island
In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men in two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition.
It was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance. Until recently, the three graves had left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party.
Such is the interest in this story, the Canadian government recently announced a new initiative to locate the missing Franklin vessels.
Day 11 Resolute / Disembark
Your return to Resolute allows time to visit the Thule site close to the township, wonder at the whales bones attached to buildings in the village and to consider the effects of relocating people to this land.
Bid farewell to the Arctic as your flight departs south.