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Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour
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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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Resolute
Day 2 : Beechey Island & Prince Leopold Island
Day 3 : Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay)
Day 4 : Bylot Devon Island/Croker Bay
Day 5 : Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Day 6 : North East Baffin
Day 7 : Nigingnaniq (Isabella Bay)
Day 8 : Karrat Fjord
Day 9 : Uummannaq
Day 10 : Ilulissat
Day 11 : Itilleq Fjord
Day 12 : Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A view of the North American arctic. Local biking with his dogs at his side. A musk ox and her calf relax on the arctic plains. Travelers studing local plants in the tundra. A walrus hangs out in the snow.

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 Beechey Island & Prince Leopold Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Bylot Devon Island/Croker Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 North East Baffin

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Nigingnaniq (Isabella Bay)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Karrat Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Uummannaq

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 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 Ilulissat

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 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 Itilleq Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

  • 1 Breakfast
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.

Ocean Endeavour

Per person starting at
$5,795
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 1 Quad
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Quadruple - Category 1
Deck four. Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room) - approx. 240 sq. ft.
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 2 Triple
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Triple - Category 2
Deck four. Interior cabin, 3 lower berths, two private baths - approx. 200 sq. ft.
Interior Twin cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Interior Twin - Category 3
Deck five. Interior cabin, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Exterior Twin - Category 4
Deck four. Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Main Twin - Category 5
Deck five. Picture window, unobstructed view, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
Comfort Twin cabin on board Ocean Endeavour
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four. Two portholes, views, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed- 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
Top Deck Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Select Twin - Category 7
Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed, approx. 190 sq. ft. and deck eight: oversize windows, partial obstruction, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
Superior Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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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
Junion Suite on board the Ocean Endeavour
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Junior Suite - Category 9
Deck five: picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, sitting area- approx. 270 sq. ft. Deck seven: forward-facing picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, private bath w/full tub, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 290 sq. ft.
Suite on the Ocean Endeavour
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Suite - Category 10
Deck seven. Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub, refrigerator - approx. 310 sq. ft.

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: 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.

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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