Embark in ResoluteArrive 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
North East BaffinThe 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.
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.
Karrat FjordIn 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.
UummannaqDespite 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.
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.
Itilleq FjordThe 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.
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandDisembark 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.