Arrive in Kuujjuaq, located approximately 48 km upstream from Ungava Bay. The largest village in Nunavik and the Inuit homeland within Quebec, today Kuujjuaq is a bustling community combining traditional Inuit culture with the conveniences of modern day life. Embark the Ocean Endeavour and settle in to your cabin before setting sail.
Akpatok Island features soaring bird cliffs and small rocky beaches. Here, cruise by zodiac to scout the beaches in search of walrus and polar bears.
Kangiqsujuaq (“the large bay”) occupies an exceptional site: the village is snuggled into the hollow of a splendid valley surrounded by majestic 500m high rocky hills. This is truly a landscape of unspeakable beauty. The bay takes its name from Captain William Wakeham, who led an expedition to determine whether the Hudson Strait was safe for navigation in 1897. In a rocky pinching of the bay, known as “the narrows,” take the opportunity to examine the base of what were Himalayan-scale mountains 1.80 billion years ago.
Visit the great bird cliffs of Diggs Island. In season, these sheer cliffs, rising hundreds of feet into the air straight from the water, are home to thick-billed murres, among others. On the other side of the island lie the ruins of an ancient Thule site. Ancestors of the present Inuit eked out a life on the shoreline and from the sea. The stone foundations of their meeting place and their dwellings can still be seen amongst the rocks and boulders along the shoreline, and the bones of whales, seals and walrus remain where they were dropped so many years ago.
Along the northwest shore of Dorset Island, surrounded by rocky hills on one side and by the Hudson Strait on the other, lies a community that art built. Between 1950 and 1962, Cape Dorset hosted a historic collaboration between James and Alma Houston and local Inuit. The collaboration launched Inuit art onto the world stage. In the distance are the jagged outlines of islands, and the inlets of Baffin Island’s southern coast. Like most other settlements in Nunavut, Cape Dorset is a modern community, with winding gravel roads, small wooden houses, schools, stores, hotels, a nursing station, government offices and churches. But it is the outstanding artists, printmakers, and carvers that have made Cape Dorset the Inuit art capital of the world.
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 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.
Today make an expedition stop along the south Baffin coast in search of wildlife and hiking opportunities.
Situated beneath the 2500-foot peak of Mount Duval, “Pang” has one of the most picturesque settings in the Canadian Arctic. Visit the Uqqurmiut Art Center with its tapestry studio and print shop, and meet with elders.
Today explore some of the bays of east Baffin in search of walrus and polar bears.
While crossing Davis Strait, relax and enjoy onboard lectures and opportunities to watch for wildlife from the ship's decks.
Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland! Nuuk means "the headland" and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established as the very first Greenlandic town in 1728, Nuuk's history dates back over 4,200 years. Here you have a chance to spot humpback whales in the fjord, reindeer roaming the land, and birds soaring in the sky. The town itself is home to Greenland's University, a cathedral dating back to 1849, as well as Greenland's National Museum. Visit some of the city's most important sites before spending free time to explore on your own.
There are a number of charming fishing villages along the west coast of Greenland - depending on timing and sea conditions, call in at one of these communities to experience small town Greenlandic life.
Today the ship makes it way down the spectacular Sondre Stromfjord; early risers have a chance to experience the beauty of the fjord before disembarking. Transfer to the airport to continue your travels home. But keep your eyes open as you depart Kangerlussuaq - it is possible to see the largest ice cap in the world from your airplane window.