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Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
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On this new, 17-day voyage aboard the Ocean Adventurer, journey back in time to the height of arctic exploration. As a modern-day adventurer, navigate the same waters and visit the same sites that played an important role in the discovery of the sea route—all from the comfort of your small expedition vessel, of course! Zodiac cruises and hiking excursions bring you closer to the raw beauty of lands few have set foot on and waters few have sailed.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ottawa, Canada
Day 2 : Fly to Resolute | Embark
Days 3-6 : Exploring Canada’s High Arctic
Days 7-8 : Exploring Smith Sound
Day 9 : Qaanaaq, Greenland
Day 10 : At Sea
Days 11-15 : Exploring West Greenland
Day 16 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark
Day 17 : Depart Ottawa, Canada

Highlights

  • Tour traditional Inuit and Greenlandic communities
  • Observe arctic wildlife, such as whales, walrus and muskoxen
  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to get up close to the spectacular natural scenery

Ship

Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayakers come into close contact with icebergs A walrus pops up for to say hello Come close to the majestic landscape in the Arctic Vast Arctic features lend scale to everyday life. Icebergs litter the seas throughout the Arctic

Day 1 Arrive in Ottawa, Canada

Your arctic expedition begins in Ottawa. Explore Canada’s capital city on your own before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.

Day 2 Fly to Resolute | Embark

This morning, board your charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, have a chance to walk around this small arctic town before enjoying your first of many Zodiac cruises as you’re transferred to your ship.

Day 3-6 Exploring Canada’s High Arctic

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Named after explorer Frederick William Beechey, of the Royal Navy, Beechey Island is a Canadian National Historic Site. It’s an important stop on your voyage, as this is the final resting place of three members of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845–46 expedition to find the Northwest Passage.

Visit Radstock Bay, a popular research location for polar bear observation, which are often seen here in summer. An impressive Thule archaeological site provides insight into how these preInuit people lived in the Far North.

For almost 5,000 years, the hamlet of Arctic Bay and its surrounding area has been occupied by Inuit nomads migrating from the west. Surrounded by soaring cliffs teeming with seabirds, this is a great spot to go ashore and learn about the Inuit community’s traditional way of life. The eastern end of Lancaster Sound affords numerous hiking opportunities on Devon Island.

Anchor at Croker Bay and Zodiac cruise along the face of an active glacier. Try to keep a safe distance, but still hope to get close enough to appreciate the splendor of calving ice. Walrus frequent the waters here, so be sure to have your camera handy. A hike to a nearby archaeological site is another possible excursion. At Dundas Harbour, trek along a beach to a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost. Encounters with muskoxen are possible here. 

Canada’s most northern settlement, Grise Fjord is your final shore visit in the Canadian High Arctic. Now home to about 150 residents, the traditional, mostly Inuit community was created in 1953, when the federal government resettled eight Inuit families from northern Quebec. Hunting and fishing are a significant part of their way of life. Visit the monument to the first Inuit settlers, as well as the remnants of the “old camp” where they lived.

Day 7-8 Exploring Smith Sound

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Before saying goodbye to Canada, try to cruise as far north as possible, exploring both sides of Smith Sound, the uninhabited passage between Ellesmere Island and Greenland.

Day 9 Qaanaaq, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your first stop in Greenland is Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world (there’s a reason ancient philosophers called it Ultima Thule, or “edge of known territory”). Here, local Inuit share their culture and traditions, and the museum sheds more light on what it’s like living near the top of the world.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail south along the west coast of Greenland, presentations by onboard experts prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 11-15 Exploring West Greenland

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
With spectacular glaciers, soaring fjords and vibrant communities, the west coast of Greenland leaves you breathless. Visit Nuussuaq (formerly known as Kraulshavn), the only mainland community in the Upernavik Archipelago. Founded in 1923 as a trading station, it’s one of the most traditional hunting and fishing villages in Greenland.

It’s not surprising that the red-hued, heart-shaped mountain that rises up behind Uummannaq gave the traditional community its name (Uummannaq means “heart-like” in Greenlandic). As your ship approaches the shore, approach the deck to take in the incredible view of the twin peaks towering over the vibrantly painted wooden houses dotting the rocky terrain below. The settlement was established as a Danish colony in 1758 on the mainland, but it relocated five years later because seal hunting was more plentiful here.

In the nearby archaeological site of Qilaqitsoq (also known as Qilakitsoq), visit the ruins of an ancient settlement, where the remains of eight fully dressed mummies were discovered under a rock outcrop in 1972 by a pair of hunters. The famous Greenlandic mummies, which date back to 1475 AD, are on view at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk.

Cruising farther south rewards with spectacular views of Eqip Sermia. The jagged, blue-tinged glacier soaring out of the crystal-clear water is one of the most beautiful sights in Greenland. Hope to Zodiac cruise along its massive front from a safe distance, and to go ashore to explore nearby.

Just south of Ilulissat, which means “iceberg” in Greenlandic, is the impressive Ilulissat Icefjord. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to Sermeq Kujalleq, the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. As you Zodiac cruise at the mouth of the fjord, you may be lucky to witness the wonders of calving ice (listen to the loud roars as the ice breaks off). Founded in 1741, the traditional town, which boasts more sled dogs than people, is famous in its own right: it was the birthplace of explorer Knud Rasmussen, the first to traverse the Northwest Passage by dogsled, in the early 1920s . Hikes here lead out to stunning views of the young icebergs as float out the fjord to Disko Bay.

In Sisimiut, attend to a traditional kayaking demonstration. The kayak (an Inuit word that the English borrowed) is Greenland’s national symbol and can be traced back to the country’s first immigrants, who used vessels that resemble the narrow oneor two-person boats. The town has several 18th-century colonial buildings, including the oldest surviving church in Greenland, so take time to wander through the historic area. You can also hike amongst the area’s surrounding mountains.

The final excursion of your arctic adventure may be a hike around Itilleq Fjord. Situated in a scenic hollow on a small island with no freshwater, the colorful community of Itilleq, which has about 130 inhabitants, is surrounded by sea, mountains and fjords.

Day 16 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one more Zodiac ride to shore, where you must board your charter flight back to Ottawa, Canada. Upon arrival in Ottawa, transfer you to your included hotel.

Day 17 Depart Ottawa, Canada

  • 1 Breakfast
Today, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some time exploring this historic city.

Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

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Per person starting at
$9,695
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Triple
Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths and one upper berth. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Lower Deck Twin
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Lower Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Porthole
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Main Deck Twin with Window
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, it has private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
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Superior
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Deluxe
Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Suite
Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Captain’s Deck, it has windows with exterior views and private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub; other Suites have shower stalls.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m) and equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.

Notes

- 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.

Insurance: Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person is included. Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation. Contact us for details.

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 voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

This itinerary requires a mandatory transfer package:
• One night’s pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Ottawa with breakfast
• Charter flight from Ottawa to Resolute
• Transfers to and from the ship
• Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa
• Transfers between the airport and hotel in Ottawa
Package cost: $2,495 per person

Included in your fare:
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks, and juices on board
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard materials. including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • All gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
Not included in your fare:
  • Mandatory Transfer Package*
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Canadian eTA required for non-Canadian or U.S, visa-exempt passengers
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance —strongly recommended
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Excess baggage charges on international flights
  • Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking activities
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