Epic High Arctic: Baffin Island Explorer Cruise

An exploration of historic Canadian sites in the Arctic is the undertaking of this fascinating Canadian Arctic cruise. Combine this with abundant wildlife this small ship cruise equals one special Arctic expedition. This in-depth Canadian adventure provides fantastic opportunities for seeing all of the Arctic’s iconic creatures, including polar bears.

Day 1

    Toronto, Canada

    Your Arctic adventure begins a little further south, with an overnight stay in Toronto.

    Day 2

      Embarkation Day in Resolute

      After a morning charter flight to Resolute, you’ll transfer to your expedition ship by Zodiac. Enjoy some time out on deck taking in your new surroundings before you set sail on your Arctic expedition.

      Day 3

        Beechey and Prince Leopold Islands

        At Beechey Island you’ll visit a small grave site with markers for men who died during Sir John Franklin’s expedition in 1845-46. Roald Amundsen also stopped here in 1903, on his successful voyage to the Northwest Passage. At Prince Leopold Island, you will take a Zodiac excursion to the impressive sea cliffs, home to more than 500,000 birds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, gulls and fulmars.

        Day 4

          Fort Ross

          At the southern end of Somerset Island, you’ll have time to explore at Fort Ross. Back in 1937 the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post here, but it was abandoned only 11 years later due to severe ice conditions.

          Day 5

            Fury and Hecla Strait

            Today’s sailing takes you out of the Gulf of Boothia and into the Fury and Hecla Strait. This challenging strait narrows to 2 km/1.2 miles in places. It is an excellent time to be out on deck to spot for wildlife and seabirds.

            Days 6-7

              Igloolik and Foxe Basin

              Like Beechey Island, Igloolik is a National Historic Site of Canada and the area has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years and is still an active community today. You may even come across some circus performers, as Igloolik is home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus in the world! You’ll continue your Canadian Arctic tour with an exploration of Foxe Basin, which is a great habitat for bearded seals and ringed seals, as well as walrus. Polar bears may be spotted here and beluga, bowhead and narwhal whales can be found in these waters. Birds are also in abundance with 10,000 pairs of Sabine’s gulls being among the most numerous. Lesser snow geese, ivory gulls, herring gulls, Canada geese and arctic terns also frequent the basin.

              Day 8

                Cape Dorset

                A small hamlet, Cape Dorset has gained the reputation as Canada’s Capital of Inuit Art. You’ll find plenty of Inuit carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings here. The settlement itself has an interesting history, dating back to the Dorset Culture – pre-Inuit who lived here more than 3,000 years ago.

                Days 9-10

                  Akpatok and Monumental Islands

                  Your Arctic cruise continues with a stop at the largest island in Ungava Bay, Akpatok is the local name for the thick-billed murres, which nest here in the tens of thousands. This is one of the largest colonies in the world and a favorite spot for polar bears.

                  You can expect more wildlife encounters over at Monumental Island, which is a well-known island for potential close sightings of some of the Arctic’s most iconic creatures – walrus and polar bears. You’ll enjoy a Zodiac ride along the shores in search of hauled-out walrus and prowling polar bears.

                  Day 11

                    Frobisher Bay

                    Located at the southeastern end of Baffin Island, you’ll spend your last full day of Canadian touring exploring the cliffs, narrow inlets and streams of Frobisher Bay. It’s a great place to explore by zodiac and take a refreshing hike ashore.

                    Day 12

                      Disembarkation Day in Iqaluit

                      Your final Zodiac ride will take you from the ship to shore. Your time here will be brief, as your flight to Montreal awaits. There will be a final group overnight in Montreal.
                       TriplePorthole SuiteWindow SuiteSuperior SuiteDeluxe SuiteVeranda SuitePenthouse Suite
                      2014-Sep-03$5,495$7,295$8,595$8,995$9,795$12,595$13,795
                      Transfer/Charter Flight Package: $1750
                      Sea Kayaking Option: $595
                      2015-Aug-26$7,995$8,995$10,495$10,995$11,495$13,995$15,495
                      Transfer/Charter Flight Package: $1,825
                      Kayaking Option: $595
                      - 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 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
                      - Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person is included. Contact us for details on arranging additional travel insurance.
                      Important Reminder:
                      Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this cruise – please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

                      This Expedition Includes:
                      - One complimentary night pre- and one complimentary night post-expedition hotel accommodation at Toronto airport as specified in the itinerary (the number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.)
                      - On embarkation day, transfer from group hotel at Toronto airport for charter flight to Resolute. Embarkation will take place by Zodiac.
                      - On disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to airport for flight to Montreal, followed by transfer to group hotel in Montreal.
                      - Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
                      - All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage.
                      - All shore landings per the daily program.
                      - Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
                      - All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
                      - Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled.
                      - Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
                      - A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
                      - An official parka to keep.
                      - Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
                      - A complimentary selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
                      - Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
                      - Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader.
                      - All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
                      - All luggage handling aboard ship.
                      - Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person

                      This Expedition Excludes:
                      The purchase of transfer package including charter or domestic flights in conjunction with this expedition is mandatory. The transfer package for this departure is US$1750.00 per person.
                      - Passport and any applicable visa expenses.
                      - Government arrival and departure taxes.
                      - Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable.
                      - Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance.
                      - Excess baggage charges.
                      - Laundry and other personal charges.
                      - Telecommunications charges.
                      - The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
                      - Adventure options that are not included in the cost of the voyage

                      Deposit & Payment

                      Initial deposit is 20% of cruise fare, with a minimum of $1000, 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/register

                      Final payment is due 130 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 130 days prior to departure.

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                      Cancellation Policy

                      Days Prior to departureFee
                      180 Days or more$1200 per person
                      179-120 DaysEntire deposit
                      119 Days or less100% total cost