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Heart of the Arctic 2017

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This 13-day journey encompasses the beating heart of the Arctic from Nunavik in northern Quebec to Nunavut and, finally, the coast of Greenland across the Davis Strait. Travel just after the summer solstice, when the midnight sun is near its zenith. The chances of seeing wildlife, including polar bears, walrus, and musk ox are excellent. This expedition is far and away the most community- and art-focused Arctic itinerary. Kinngait (Cape Dorset) is widely hailed as the Inuit art capital and is home to some of the most celebrated stonecarvers in the Arctic. Steeped in a culture all its own, the heart of the Arctic stays with you long after you return home.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Kuujjuaq, Quebec
Day 2 : Akpatok Island
Day 3 : Ungava Peninsula
Day 4 : Kinngaint (Cape Dorset)
Day 5 : South Baffin Island
Day 6 : Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)
Day 7 : South Baffin
Day 8 : Pangnirtung, Nunuavut
Day 9 : East Baffin Island
Day 10 : At Sea in the Davis Strait
Day 11 : Nuuk, Greenland
Day 12 : Qeqqata Kommunia
Day 13 : Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Highlights

  • Cross the Arctic Circle while sailing a spectacular Greenlandic fjord
  • Spot polar bears, walrus, marine mammals, & bird colonies in Hudson Strait
  • Mingle with world-renowned Inuit carvers in Kinngait
  • Learn first-hand about the history and culture of the Inuit
  • Enjoy the sounds of talented throat-singers
  • Visit a colorful Greenlandic settlement

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

An arctic fox looks across the tundra. A beautiful sunset on the arctic coast. Witness incredible whales on your journey. A beautiful arctic reflection. An arctic village full of colorful houses sits on the arctic coast.

Day 1 Embark in Kuujjuaq, Quebec

Arrive in Kuujjuaq, located approximately 48 km upstream from Ungava Bay. It is the largest village in Nunavik, the Inuit homeland within Québec. The community is located on the western shore of the Koksoak River, and daily life is closely tied to its ebb and flow. The tidal action continually reshapes the landscape and imposes its rhythm upon the lives of Kuujjuaq’s inhabitants. Today, Kuujjuaq is a community that combines traditional Inuit culture with the conveniences of modern day life. 

Day 2 Akpatok Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Uninhabited Akpatok Island features soaring bird cliffs and small rocky beaches. Indeed, the island is named for the akpat—the thick-billed murres—that live on the ledges of the limestone cliffs that surround it. Zodiacs are used to scout the beaches in search of walrus and polar bears. 

Day 3 Ungava Peninsula

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today continue your exploration of Nunavik, heading northwest along the Ungava Peninsula. This section of treeless tundra is rich in geology and tundra flora, and has a number of small communities along its shores. Depending on the weather and wildlife, make a stop along this dramatic coast. 

Day 4 Kinngaint (Cape Dorset)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established: it remains the oldest arts organization in the Canadian Arctic and the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada. Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers have made Kinngait the Inuit art capital of the world. 

Day 5 South Baffin Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend two days exploring the southern coast of Baffin Island, the fifth largest island in the world. The objective is to spend half the time out on the land—hiking, exploring, and taking in the sights—and the remainder cruising the shoreline in the fleet of Zodiacs. The route is adaptable to weather and ice conditions; be open to the possibility of wildlife sightings, as expeditions to Baffin have proven unpredictable in both respects. The island is home to a wide variety of life, including a notable bear population - be on alert for these kings of the north. Your days at Baffin are exploratory in every sense, and you can look forward to seeing what the island has to offer.

Day 6 Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7 South Baffin

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend two days exploring the southern coast of Baffin Island, the fifth largest island in the world. The objective is to spend half the time out on the land—hiking, exploring, and taking in the sights—and the remainder cruising the shoreline in the fleet of Zodiacs. The route is adaptable to weather and ice conditions; be open to the possibility of wildlife sightings, as expeditions to Baffin have proven unpredictable in both respects. The island is home to a wide variety of life, including a notable bear population - be on alert for these kings of the north. Your days at Baffin are exploratory in every sense, and you can look forward to seeing what the island has to offer.

Day 8 Pangnirtung, Nunuavut

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pangnirtung—“the place of the bull caribou” in Inuktitut—is located on a narrow coastal plain against a spectacular backdrop of high mountains and a winding river valley. It is a small community bordered by snow-capped mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. 

Pangnirtung, or ‘Pang’ as locals call it, is famed for its art. One of the great attractions is the Uqqurmiut Inuit Arts Centre. The Centre welcomes visitors to the print and weave shops, where local artists create beautifully woven tapestries and prints. Artists from Pangnirtung are known around the world and are exhibited widely across Canada and beyond. The acclaimed “Pang” hats, colorfully patterned crocheted toques, can also be purchased at the centre’s gift shop. 

Day 9 East Baffin Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is an expedition day in the truest sense as you navigate the east coast of Baffin Island. The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for exploring these hidden treasures of the north, as her manoeuvrability allows her to access regions that would be impassable to larger vessels. Be on alert for changing weather and ice conditions and the crew uses its judgement as to which route along the coast is the most spectacular. As ever, the elite team is on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which you travel. 

Day 10 At Sea in the Davis Strait

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The presentation series continues as you steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales amid potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark your passage. 

Day 11 Nuuk, Greenland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and one of the world’s northernmost capital cities! 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 the University of Greenland, a cathedral dating back to 1849, and Greenland’s National Museum. Visit some of the city’s most important sites before free time to explore on your own. 

Day 12 Qeqqata Kommunia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, or navigate into the stunning fjords that line the coast. This is a day in the true spirit of expedition travel.

Day 13 Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

  • 1 Breakfast
Today the ship makes it way up the spectacular Sondre Stromfjord; early risers have a chance to experience the beauty of the fjord before disembarking. Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometers of superb scenery. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord.’ 

Today disembark the Ocean Endeavour and make your way to the airport for outbound charter flights.

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Exterior Twin - Category 4
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
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Superior Twin - Category 8
Deck five. Two picture windows, view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows,view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture windows, partial view, matrimonial, pvt bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft
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Junior Suite - Category 9
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Notes

- 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 1.5 times the double occupancy rate.

Expedition Costs Include:
- Pre-departure materials
- Special access permits, entry and park fees
- Team of expedition staff
- Applicable taxes
- Educational program
- Interactive workshops
- Evening entertainment
- Guided activities
- Sightseeing and community visits
- All shipboard meals
- All Zodiac excursions
- Port fees

Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
- $250 Discovery Fee
- Commercial and charter flights
- Gratuities (suggested $15 USD per passenger per day)
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Possible fuel surcharge
- Pre & post hotel accommodations
- Optional excursions
- Additional costs associated with payments made by credit card

Charter Flights:
Northbound - early morning departure from Ottawa, ON to Kuujjuaq, QC on July 18, 2017.
Southbound - Kangerlussauq, Greenland to Toronto, ON (early evening arrival) on July 30, 2017.
Please add $1,995 USD per person inclusive of taxes and fees.

Pre and post hotel nights are available on request and at additional charge. Overnight accommodations recommended.

Included

  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $1,995 Northbound: Ottawa, ON to Kuujjuaq, QC and Southbound: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, ON
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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