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Begin your 12-day Arctic expedition in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland where you board the Ocean Endeavour. The great icefjord at Ilulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and source of the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic, is one of many highlights. The Canadian Arctic experience begins in Qikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island). As you head north, opportunities for polar bear, whales, and musk ox abound on Devon Island, while Prince Leopold Island is one of Canada’s best birding areas. Abandoned RCMP and HBC posts offer a glimpse into the region’s rich history; at Beechey Island, pay your respects at the graves of three of Sir John Franklin’s men. Resolute Bay memorializes the courage of the Inuit of Canada’s Arctic. Live and breathe the natural history of some of the planet’s most striking features.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2 : Sisimiut
Day 3 : Ilulissat
Day 4 : Uummannaq Fjord
Day 5 : Karrat Fjord
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Day 8 : North Baffin
Day 9 : Devon Island
Day 10 : Lancaster Sound
Day 11 : Prince Leopold | Beechey Islands
Day 12 : Disembark in Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU

Highlights

  • Search for bears, whales, and walrus in their Arctic feeding grounds
  • Voyage along the magnificent fjords of Greenland’s coast
  • Cruise the seabird colony at Prince Leopold Island via Zodiac
  • Cross the Arctic Circle by sea and marvel at the Arctic in summer bloom

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A musk ox and her calf relax on the arctic plains. Polar bears climb up a rocky slope. Image of an inuksuk built by the people of the North American arctic. Local biking with his dogs at his side. Colorful houses of local Canadian villages.

Day 1 Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Start your Arctic adventure exploring Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world! Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern mouth, means 'the big fjord.' Although the fjord crosses the Arctic Circle, like the oceans here, it does not freeze. Locals can thank ocean currents for this, making this part of Greenland a center for whaling and fishing all year.

The area is distinguished by rich biodiversity and magnificent scenery. There is nowhere else in Greenland where it is so easy to go so far into the interior and the world’s largest ice cap can be reached in less than an hour. The landscape features enormous glacier formations, which have ploughed deep into the dramatic tundra. On the plain between the fjord and the inland ice you may find Greenland's biggest herds of reindeer, musk ox, and arctic foxes as well as the highest concentration of peregrine falcons in Greenland and more than 250 species of plants.

Day 2 Sisimiut

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
People have lived in the Sisimiut area for 4,500 years. The first 2,000 years, the people of the Saqqaq culture occupied the area. Approx. 2,500 years ago, new people brought the Dorset culture to the Sisimiut area. They lived here for 1,500 years and were followed by the people of the Thule culture—the ancestors of the current population. All these cultures came from Canada. The people primarily lived on fish, birds, and mammals such as whales and seals. These ice-free conditions in the sea around Sisimiut, including some of Greenland’s deepest fjords, allow you to sail in waters that are home to many whales and seals. 

Day 3 Ilulissat

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Venturing 156 miles north of the Arctic Circle, find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates into "iceberg", and there couldn't be a more fitting name. Take time to walk around the colorful town and hike out to an elevated viewpoint where you can observe the great fields of ice. Then hop in a Zodiac to navigate the Ilulissat Ice fjord UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years and because of its relative ease of accessibility, has significantly added to the understanding of ice-cap glaciology, climate change, and related geomorphic processes.

Day 4 Uummannaq Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country’s second-largest system of fjords. It empties into Baffin Bay and is characterized by its developed coastline and various bays, islands, and peninsulas. It is considered to be the sunniest spot in Greenland, and favorable weather—coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes—has made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit. It has been settled and re-settled continually for the last 4,500 years.

Your time in Uummannaq is spent cruising and exploring; expert resource staff are on deck to help spot wildlife and contextualize the dramatic scenery surrounding the Ocean Endeavour.

Day 5 Karrat Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today navigate around one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords, known for plentiful marine life and awe-inspiring landscapes. Seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs and talus slopes within the fjord should allow 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 of icebergs against the majestic rock faces.

Day 6 At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The presentation series continues as you steam across the Davis Strait towards Canada. 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 7 Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mittimatalik is a bustling Arctic community surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the eastern Arctic. Have a chance to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who gladly share their culture. Be treated to a cultural presentation at the Community Hall—arts and crafts may be available here. Mittimatalik is a famously excellent region for viewing marine mammals, including the elusive narwhal.

Day 8 North Baffin

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is an expedition day in the truest sense as you navigate the fjords of northeast Baffin Island. Baffin’s fjords are striking, affording stunning perspectives on geological processes. The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for exploring these hidden treasures of the north, as her maneuverability and shallow draft allow her to access regions that would be impassable to larger vessels. The crew is on alert for changing weather and ice conditions and uses its judgment as to which route along the coast would be the most spectacular. As ever, the team is on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which you travel.

Day 9 Devon Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on earth and comprises over fifty thousand square kilometers. It was first sighted by Europeans in 1616, though it was not inhabited for another three hundred years with the arrival of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The island's geology consists of reddish Precambrian gneiss and Paeleozoic siltstones and shales; these, combined with its harsh climate, have drawn comparisons with the planet Mars.

Day 10 Lancaster Sound

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend two days exploring Lancaster Sound, which is a proposed Marine Protected Area due to the large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales. There is a great selection of landing sites available. Weather, wildlife, and sea conditions influence the landing choices today.

Day 11 Prince Leopold | Beechey Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The tall cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are one of the top bird sites in the high Arctic both during the breeding and summering seasons. It is a breeding site for thick-billed murre, black-legged kittiwake, northern fulmar, glaucous gull, and black guillemot.

In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men and two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition, and it was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of the three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance. The three graves found at Beechey Island left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party—until recently. In the autumn of 2014, Canadian archaeologists discovered remnants of the HMS Erebus in the frozen waters of the Northwest Passage, a discovery that has re-galvanized interest in the fabled region. 

Day 12 Disembark in Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU

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Qausuittuq, or "place with no dawn” is truly the land of the midnight sun—daylight persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. Located on the south coast of Cornwallis Island, Resolute Bay is the "jumping off place" for expeditions to the North Pole. From archaeological excavations, it has been concluded that there have been at least three stages of occupation at Resolute Bay. The Dorset culture was the first, followed by an early phase of the Thule culture, in which the artifacts found show strong Alaskan affinities. These were probably both short periods of occupation, possibly by only a few families. A late or developed phase of the Thule culture was of longer duration, with a considerably larger population. Resolute Bay was named after HMS Resolute, one of the ships in the Franklin search expedition commanded by Captain H.T. Austin. An airfield was established at Resolute Bay in 1947 during construction of a joint US-Canadian weather station. In 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Québec, and Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) were relocated to Resolute by the Canadian government.

After today's adventure, disembark and transfer to the airport to take an early evening flight from Resolute, NU to Ottawa, ON and continue your journey home or to your next adventure.

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Deck four. Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room) - approx. 240 sq. ft.
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Deck four. Interior cabin, 3 lower berths, two private baths - approx. 200 sq. ft.
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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)
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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)
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Main Twin - Category 5
Deck five. Picture window, unobstructed view, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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: Early morning departure from Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland on July 30, 2017.
Southbound: Resolute, NU to Ottawa, ON (early evening arrival) on August 10, 2017.
Please add $2,195 USD per person inclusive of taxes and fees.

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

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
    • 11 Nights Ship

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $2,195 Northbound: Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Southbound: Resolute, NU to Ottawa, ON
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

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