Toronto, CanadaYour Arctic adventure begins a little further south, with an overnight stay in Toronto.
Embarkation Day in ResoluteAfter 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.
Beechey and Prince Leopold IslandsAt 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.
Fort RossAt 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.
Fury and Hecla StraitToday’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.
Igloolik and Foxe BasinLike 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.
Cape DorsetA 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.
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.
Frobisher BayLocated 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.
Disembarkation Day in IqaluitYour 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.