Toronto, CanadaThis Arctic adventure begins a little further south, with an overnight stay in Toronto, one of the most multi-cultural cities in North America.
Embarkation Day in ResoluteAfter a morning charter flight to Resolute, explore this small arctic town before being transferred to the ship by Zodiac. Enjoy some time out on deck taking in new surroundings before setting sail on this Arctic expedition.
Beechey Island and Radstock BayAt Beechey Island 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 through the Northwest Passage. For a more ancient perspective, visit some very well-preserved subterranean homes in Radstock Bay, built by the Thule culture.
Croker Bay and Dundas HarbourAt Croker Bay, there is a possibility of seeing the glacier actively calving icebergs into the bay. Just east of here is Dundas Harbour, the now-abandoned settlement where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police manned an outpost from 1924 until 1951. They continue to maintain one of Canada’s most northerly graveyards out of respect to those who lost their lives during this time.
Pond Inlet and Eclipse SoundThe community at Pond Inlet (or Mittimatalik, as it has been called by the Inuit for thousands of years) welcomes the expedition to the Artist’s Cooperative. In addition to the internationally renowned art produced here, the people earn their living fishing for Arctic char. Take time to explore the hamlet and hike the nearby tundra.
Sam Ford FjordThe majestic, impossibly high cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord greet the Sea Explorer as it sails past this impassive coast. See “Stump Spire,” first ascended by Conrad Anker and named in honor of a fallen mountaineering friend. Some intrepid folks have been known to trek here from nearby Clyde River and base jump from these rock walls into the frigid waters below! (Not available as an adventure option as of yet.)
Isabella BayThe Igaliqtuuq National Wildlife Area in Isabella Bay was created to protect the bowhead or Greenland right whales that summer there. Orca or killer whales have been sighted in the vicinity hunting the bowheads, some of which have scars from previous encounters with orcas. A whale watch is conducted while exploring the entrance to the Bay.
Qikiqtarjuak (Broughton Island)The last stop in Canada, Qikiqtarjuak is known as the iceberg capital of the world, naturally trapping many icebergs as they travel down the Davis Strait. An abundance of marine wildlife can be seen here as beluga and right whales, narwhals and ring and harp seals pass by. Trek up the many walking trails to join the inukshuk and share its view overlooking the island and the community.
At SeaTraverse Baffin Bay as the ship leaves behind Canadian shores in pursuit of Greenland.
IlulissatMeaning “iceberg” in Greenlandic, Ilulissat is home to the fastest-moving glacier outside of Antarctica, Sermeq Kujalleq. This UNESCO World Heritage site is located north of the Arctic Circle, and moves at an average of 19 meters per day. Cruise at a safe distance by zodiac, and if lucky, witness the spectacle of calving ice.
Sisimiut and ItilleqExplore the 18th-century colonial buildings still standing in Sisimiut. Watch a traditional kayaking demonstation in this northernmost year-round ice-free port in western Greenland. Continuing southward, the ship will reach the village of Itilleq, a typical Greenlandic community. It is delightfully situated in a hollow (which is the meaning of “Itilleq” in Greenlandic) on an island without any fresh water. The village has approximately 130 inhabitants.
Disembark in KangerlussuaqEnjoy a final Zodiac ride from the ship to shore. Time here will be brief, as a flight to Montreal awaits, signalling an end to this Arctic adventure. Upon arrival in Montreal, transfer to the included hotel.
DepartureReturn home at your leisure or spend some more time in Montreal.