Embark in Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandArrive in Kangerlussuaq and transfer to the port where Le Soleal awaits you. Embark between 5 and 6 this evening. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.
Sisimiut, GreenlandSail into Sisimiut today. Located on the coast of the Davis Strait, this is the second-largest town in Greenland with a population just over 5,000. Excursions in port are still being planned.
Ilulissat / Disko Bay, GreenlandAt the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty. The sculptural icebergs continue their timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicolored wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors. Choose from two half-day excursions today.
Upernavik's Fjord, GreenlandToday cruise into the Upernavik Icefjord. Beginning at the Upernavik Glacier, this long fjord empties into Baffin Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for Arctic wildlife while you sail further north! Port excursion details are forthcoming.
Melville Bay, GreenlandLocated off the coast of northwestern Greenland, Melville Bay opens into Baffin Bay. Spend some time looking for Arctic marine mammals as you sail the bay, or simply enjoy your magnificent surroundings. Excursion details are forthcoming.
Savissivik, GreenlandArrive on the northern shores of Melville Bay at the small Arctic town of Savissivik. If you are able to land, you may encounter a few of the town's 66 residents. Excursions in port are being finalized.
Pond Inlet, Nunavut, CanadaPlaced like a custodian on the northern edge of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet appears to guard over the entrance to the legendary Northwest Passage. Formerly called Tununiq by the Inuit, this region was long ago inhabited by their ancestors, the Thule, who left behind numerous archaeological artifacts, little vestiges of the past. No matter where you look, your eyes alight upon a unique landscape of snow-capped mountain ranges, each more beautiful than the last, standing opposite ice-blue glaciers whose vertiginous flows descend into the ocean. In the summertime, when the sun doesn’t set below the horizon, the light is truly magical. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the bird colonies of Bylot Island. Your ship's route brings you close to this uninhabited "Garden of Eden" so that you may wonder at its natural marvels.
Beechey Island, Nunavut, CanadaBeechey Island looks across at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley. Located at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, the island calls to mind some of the most important moments of Franklin’s expedition. Sir John set off in 1845 in search of the mythical Northwest Passage and was forced to take shelter in Erebus Harbor for two long years, while he waited for the ice floes to recede and allow him a way through. It is a spectacular location; seeing the three wooden grave markers, bleached by the sun (indicating the burial places of at least three of Captain Franklin’s men), and visiting the memorial that has been erected in memory of Franklin and his men can only reinforce the hushed sense of reverence.
Fort Ross, Nunavut, CanadaFormerly a Hudson's Bay Company trading post, today Fort Ross is uninhabited. Located at the end of the Bellot Strait, Fort Ross is home to archeological sites that tell the history of its ancient inhabitants. Excursion details for this port are being finalized.
Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, CanadaIts indigenous name means "lots of fat," so it's no surprise that Goja Haven is known for the abundance of sea mammals who frequent its waters. Located above the Arctic Circle, Goja Haven is among the largest and fasted-growing Arctic communities. Details for your stop here are forthcoming.
Sailing Queen Maud Gulf, Nunavut, CanadaDuring the 15th century, linking Europe and Asia by the sea became the grail of generations of explorers and adventurers. Today, you have the remarkable chance to explore this region which still sees only infrequent traffic, but where passion and the spirit of adventure abound. Do not miss the Bay of Cambridge, one of the mythical sites in this region. Here, when you look towards the horizon, way off on the other side of the fjord, you can see the silhouette of the Maud, Captain Roald Amundsen's famous three-masted ship. When she got trapped here after partially sinking, it was a chance for the famous navigator to explore the Northeast Passage near the Siberian coast between 1918 and 1920. Though today you can still see part of her hull breaking the surface, discussions of repatriation to Norway to make the Maud the centerpiece of a new museum abound.
Cruising the Coronation Gulf and the Duke of York Archipelago, Nunavut, CanadaCoronation Gulf divides Victoria Island and mainland Nunavut in the Arctic Circle. Sail through these icy waters to reach the Duke of York Archipelago, an uninhabited island group. Be on the lookout for Arctic stars such as walrus, seal, and the occasional whale. Port details are forthcoming.
Holman, NWT, CanadaAlso known as Ulukhaqtuuq, Holman is a small settlement on Victoria Island. A visit here is sure to teach you a great deal about the culture and people who continue to thrive in some of the world's most inhospitable regions. Excursions at this port are being finalized.
Jesse Harbour, NWT, CanadaAmong the most remote locations your ship visits, Jesse Bay is roughly 110 miles from Sachs Harbour in the Inuvik Region. This unique voyage is among the only in the world that arrives in Jesse Harbour. Details of this port of call are forthcoming.
Franklin Bay, NWT, CanadaOn the southeastern end of the Beaufort Sea, Franklin Bay is a large inlet of the Amundsen Gulf. Named for Sir John Franklin, this area has witnessed a lengthy history of explorers. Port details are forthcoming.
Sailing the Beaufort Sea, NWT, CanadaSpend today taking in your inimitable surroundings. Relax and rest up for the next leg of your epic adventure.
Herschel Island, Tyukon, CanadaThis Canadian Arctic Archipelago is composed of a myriad of islands with jagged coastlines, revealing landscapes you can only see at this far end of the world. Come and discover the small Canadian island of Herschel, a frozen paradise located in the Beaufort Sea just 2 km off the coast of the Yukon, and within the Ivvavik National Park. Herschel Island is a landmark in the West Arctic and has served alternately as a whaling station, a relay station, and a refuge for travelers. Set off in the wake of the great explorers to discover a remote land, its people and cultures, and to experience unique moments and rare emotions in landscapes you cannot find anywhere else.
Sailing the Arctic Ocean, Alaska, USABegin your return journey as you cruise the open ocean. Take in the fresh Arctic air and be on the watch for marine mammals.
Crossing the Bering Strait, Alaska, USAWelcome to the legendary Bering Strait - the narrow waterway that separates the Asian and North American continents. Over the winter, this waterway still freezes over to become a bridge between worlds. On your summertime journey, the water may be flowing but you are sure to encounter a few icebergs along the way.
Little Diomede Island, Alaska, USAKnown also by its indigenous name, Ignaluk, Little Diomede Island is located in the middle of the Bering Strait. Situated almost halfway between Siberia and the Alaska mainland, Little Diomede Island is only about a quarter-mile from the International Date Line. Its location alone makes this a truly unique destination. Excursions on this remote locale are being finalized.
At Sea / Crossing the Date LineSailing southward, you have ample time on your last day to reflect on your adventures at the "top of the world," and to share photos and memories with your fellow travelers.
Anadyr, RussiaArrive in Anadyr and disembark. Transfer to the airport to continue your travels.