Baffin Island & Greenland Explorer« All Akademik Ioffe cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Main Deck Triple||Twin Semi-Private||Twin Private||Superior||Shackleton Suite||One Ocean Suite|
|Aug 4 '13
|Optional Kayaking: $695
Charter Flight: $925
|Deals, Discounts... Savings!|
|$2050||Aug 4, 13|
|These special offers are applicable only to new bookings. Discounts are subject to availability, so contact us for more details.|
- Standard twin cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the shared price, suites for 2 times the shared price.
Day 1 Iqaluit
Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, is located at the head of Frobisher Bay, on Baffin Island. The adventure starts when you board your expedition vessel by zodiac.
Day 2 Monumental Island
Sailing out of Frobisher Bay, turn north and sail along the coast of Baffin Island. Monumental Island is part of a small group of islands south of the Lady Franklin Group. A great place to find wildlife, look up for gyrfalcon and peregrine falcon, scan the shoreline for polar bear and the water for walrus.
Day 3 Pangnirtung
Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound and the gateway to Auyuittuq National Park, Pangnirtung is beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea. This town is known for its arts and crafts and a visit to the art gallery is a must. In addition, the Angmarlik Visitor Center has a wonderful interpretive display featuring the lifestyle of the Thule and of the modern Inuit.
Day 4 Cape Mercy
Protecting the northern entrance to Cumberland Sound, Cape Mercy is an exposed headland jutting out into Davis Strait. As the Baffin Bay middle ice recedes throughout the summer, the stretch of Baffin coast from Cape Mercy to Cape Dyer is a great place to find polar bears coming ashore. Have all eyes searching as you sail this region.
Days 5-6 Baffin Bay
Your crossing of Baffin Bay will depend on the extent of the so-called ‘middle ice’. The goal will be to find the edge of this and then follow it while crossing Baffin Bay. Your time at sea will be determined by the extent of the ice and amount of wildlife. Pilot whales, as well as numerous species of Arctic seal and seabirds abound in Baffin Bay. As you approach the Greenland coast, start to see icebergs calved from the mighty glaciers of Greenland.
Day 7 Uummannaq Fjord, Greenland
Visit the town of Uummannaq after sailing into spectacular Uummannaq Fjord. Sculpted, castellated icebergs will accompany you while you cruise into the fjord. Keep an eye open for whale blows as you sail these waters. The town of Uummannaq is set at the base of a dramatic cliff and on a small island often surrounded by large icebergs. Enjoy a walk around the town, drop into the supermarket or sit on the patio at the Hotel Uummannaq and enjoy a coffee as your eyes feast on the view.
Day 8 Ilulissat and Jacobshavn Icefjord
One of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord spews massive tabular icebergs out into Disko Bay. Your approach to Ilulissat will depend on the amount of ice in and around the mouth of the icefjord. Ilulissat was the hometown of Knud Rasmussen, one of Greenland’s most famous explorers and anthropologists, born here in 1879.
Day 9 Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island)
A very large island in the mouth of Disko Bay, Qeqertarsuaq is a site of both geologic and historic interest. A possible summer fishing camp for the Viking colonists in Greenland, mineral deposits containing native iron and hot springs are all part of the allure of this island. Visit the southern coast, cruising the spectacular rock arches before visiting the town of Qeqertarsuaq.
Day 10 Sisimiut
Explore the fjord behind the town of Sisimiut before visiting the town in the afternoon. Hope to meet a few of the traditional Greenlandic kayakers and perhaps see a demonstration of “Eskimo Rolling” by one of the former champions of the Greenland Kayaking Championships.
Day 11 Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)
One of the world’s longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord cuts into the interior of Greenland. Disembark here and take a transfer to the airport for your group charter flight to Ottawa. Connect to your independent flight home.
Itinerary NotesPlease note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favorable conditions.
Charter flight: A group charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa will take place on day 11. Please add $925 per person.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $1700 for Antarctic Voyages, $2100 for Arctic Voyages, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|91 days or more||Full deposit|
|90 days or less||100% trip cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 96
Designed for polar research, the Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, she has public spaces onboard ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge. Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in the dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating.
Comfort and Stability
Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. Refitting and refurbishment over the last five years oriented towards her role as an expedition cruise vessel has improved the comfort and caliber of the facilities aboard the ship.
There is little if any ambient noise from engines or machinery and with most of the public spaces on a separate deck from the majority of the cabins there is little issue with passenger-generated noise.
Vessel stabilization is gained through a combination of external stabilizers on her hull and a built-in ballast trimming system. The rapid transfer of ballast between special trimming tanks reduces vessel motion and coupled with a modern hull design gives us a stable platform for science and exploration.
All cabins are comfortable and well appointed with private or semi-private facilities and a variety of beds (either bunks or double). All cabins have ample storage facilities and a writing desk and chair, as well as bathrobes. Suites feature upgraded linens/duvets, toiletry kits and arrival gift baskets.
Located aft of the lobby on the main deck and with a seating capacity of about 25 and/or sufficient standing room for many more, the bar becomes one of the activity hubs on the ship. With outside views through portholes and a door out onto the main deck, the bar is a comfortable place to enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie before breakfast, grab a bottle of water before an excursion or enjoy a cocktail before dinner. A stereo with MP3 player dock and a monitor showing live video footage of the view forward from the bridge at all times can be found in the bar.
The ship’s bridge is located on Deck 6 and is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The officer on watch and a helmsman can always be found on duty on the bridge and it is also the best place to meet the master of the vessel. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge.
In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to sightsee and view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks can be found on the bridge and during much of the day, an expedition guide will be watching for wildlife from the bridge.
During select breakfasts during your voyage, join the dining room for an omelet bar. With buffet breakfasts, buffet and/or plated lunches and plated dinners, the dining room can seat all passengers in one sitting. Attractively lit and comfortably furnished, it is served by our ship’s stewards. A culinary team includes three chefs as well as up to three culinary students on each journey.
To keep up to date with the view from the bridge, live streaming video can be viewed on a television screen in the dining room during meals. A small lounge can be found in the forward part of the dining room along with a small bar used during meal service.
Sauna and Polar Plunge Pool
Top Deck and Observatory
Registered name: Akademik Ioffe
Built: 1989, Rama, Finland
Length: 117 m
Breadth: 18.2 m
Draft: 6 m
Power: twin engine, 5,000Kw diesel, twin propeller
Maximum speed: 14.5 knots
Crew and staff: 56
|Main Deck Triple|
Deck 3, bunk beds and a sofa bed. Shared facilities, in cabin washbasin, writing desk/chair, ample storage, bathrobes & porthole.
Deck 4, one lower berth and one sofa bed, a writing desk and ample storage. Semi-private facilities (one bathroom between two cabins). Opening window.
Deck 4 and 5. All cabins have two lower berths, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.
Deck 6 these cabins have two lower berths, a sofa, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.
Deck 4 & 5, 1 double berth, 1 sofa bed, separate sleeping quarters, writing desk/chair, TV/DVD, IPod alarm clock. Private facilities, window & deluxe amenities.
|One Ocean Suite|
Deck 5, 1 double berth, 1 sofa bed & separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, TV/DVD, IPod station. Private facilities with tub. Windows overlooking the bow. Deluxe amenities.