Arctic Explorer Cruise

Andrew Stewart
A view of the North American arctic.
Sonya Kwiatkowski
Local biking with his dogs at his side.
Eagle Eye Tours
A musk ox and her calf relax on the arctic plains.
Martin Lipman
Travelers studing local plants in the tundra.
Andrew Stewart
A walrus hangs out in the snow.
Adventure Canada
The Meridian Club on the Ocean Endeavour
Adventure Canada
Take a dip on the ship's pool deck
This epic 12-day adventure begins at the entrance to the Northwest Passage. Visit the final resting place of the ill-fated Franklin expedition and Beechey Island and search for polar bears and walrus in far north Baffin Island. At Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), your hosts welcome you with throat-singing and Inuit games before you explore Baffin's mighty fjords. See bowhead whales in Niginganiq (Isabella Bay) - the world's first Inuit-initiated whale sanctuary. Crossing Davis Strait, find yourself among Greenland's stirring icescapes. Zip among freshly calved icebergs in your Zodiacs, marvel at Uummannaq's heart-shaped mountain, and hike Itilleq Fjord. The spectacular Kangerlussuaw Fjord makes a glorious finale to your voyage!

Day 1

Embark in Resolute

Arrive in Resolute. As remote and challenging as its name suggests, Resolute is a rugged community serving the mining, military and exploration industries. Embark the Ocean Endeavour and commence your voyage here.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Beechey Island & Prince Leopold 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. Only relics were found as clues to the disappearance.

The tall cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are among the top bird sites in the High Arctic during both the breeding and summering seasons. It is a breeding site for thick-billed murre, black-legged kittiwake, northern fulmar, glaucous gull, and black guillemot.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay)

Your first community visit calls at Arctic Bay, well known for its recreational events - the most popular is the Midnight Sun Marathon, an ultramarathon event of 84km, which takes place once a year. This is the perfect place to be welcomed into Canadian Inuit cultures and history.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bylot Devon Island/Croker Bay

Named after arctic explorer Robert Bylot, this island is home to Sirmilik National Park and a rich coastal bird sanctuary. Here, spend your time visiting a breeding site for thick-billed murres, black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars, glaucous gulls, and black guillemots.

*Please note that the 2016 departure takes you on a zodiac excursion to see glaciers and wildlife on Croker Bay on Day 4 instead of Bylot Devon Island

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

Mittimatalik, or Pond Inlet, is a bustling Arctic community surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Eastern Arctic. Here you have a chance to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who often gladly share their culture. Enjoy a cultural presentation at the Nattinnak Center, where you can also peruse locally-made arts and crafts.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

North East Baffin

The Arctic coastline provides numerous opportunities for landings; your program explores the wealth and diversity of this land. Today, join the crew to seek marine mammals, musk ox, and polar bears as you voyage. Bird watchers should keep their binoculars on hand for sightings! Not to be missed are the tiny, beautiful Arctic plants, making the most of the brief summer and the extraordinary geology that so defines the North.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nigingnaniq (Isabella Bay)

Niginganiq is a marine region on Baffin Island that is a crucial feeding area for threatened bowhead whales — the world's first Inuit-initiated marine mammal sanctuary. The area includes two deep offshore troughs rich in copepods which are a main food source for the bowhead whale.

Day 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Karrat Fjord

In Karrat Fjord, you can cruise one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords. During ice breakup, narwhals and seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs within the fjord should create good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities.

Day 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Despite being situated in the shadow of a mountain, Uummannaq is the sunniest place in Greenland! It is an impressive and imposing 1,175-meter hunk of red gneiss called Uummannaq Mountain. This mountain serves as the town's backdrop on which colorful homes cling, anchored by cables and pipes.

Day 10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Venturing 250km north of the Arctic Circle, find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates literally into "iceberg," and there couldn't be a more fitting name. Your visit here includes time in the colorful town and a chance to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where you can observe the great fields of ice.

In addition, join a zodiac cruise to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving glaciers in the world.

Day 11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Itilleq Fjord

The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, myriad islands, and complex coastal waterways. Make an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape.

Day 12

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq. Located at the head of Westner Greenland's longest fjord, this stunning sight marks the end of your voyage. On disembarkation your charter flight returns you to Canada.

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Round-trip Charter Flight: $2,195 per person
Discovery Fee: $250
- 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: Toronto, ON to Resolute, NU, August 9, 2015 and August 15, 2016.
Southbound: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, ON, August 20, 2015 and August 16, 2016.

Pre and post hotel nights are available on request and at additional charge. Overnight accommodation is recommended.
Asia, Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Greenland, Baffin Island, Canada, Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay, Bylot Island, Prince Leopold Island, Beechey Island, Iqualirtuuq (Isabella Bay), Karrat Fjord, Uummannaq, Ilulissat, Itilleq, Kangerlussuaq, Resolute, Northwest Passage, Western Europe, Scandinavia
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