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Baffin Island - Jewel of the High Arctic

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Akademik Ioffe
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Board the Akademik Ioffe for a 12-day exploration of Baffin Island, one of Canada's jewels, a land of deep fjords, soaring mountains and immense glacial systems. As you cruise among the fjords and glaciers watch for bird and marine wildlife, visit Inuit villages, and glimpse the culture and heritage of their people. Learn about the history of early Arctic exploration as you visit former Hudson's Bay Company locations and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outposts. At the conclusion of the trip, fly from Resolute to Edmonton (Alberta) via special charter flight.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly from Ottawa to Iqaluit, Nunavut (Baffin Island) | Embark
Day 2 : Monumental Island
Day 3 : Pangniqtuuq
Day 4 : Sunshine Fjord
Day 5 : Auyittuq National Park
Day 6 : Isabella Bay
Day 7 : Gibbs Fjord
Day 8 : Pond Inlet | Sirmilik National Park
Day 9 : Devon Island
Day 10 : Prince Leopold Island
Day 11 : Beechey Island
Day 12 : Resolute, Nunavut | Disembark | Fly to Edmonton, Alberta

Highlights

  • Explore by zodiac along the shoreline of Monumental Island looking for walrus
  • Visit the village of Pangniqtuuq, a well-known center for traditional crafts
  • Cruise across the Arctic Circle on the ship, by zodiac boats or on foot
  • Visit Qikiqtarjuaq, a small settlement home to several Inuit families

Ship

Akademik Ioffe

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

An Arctic fox gazes across the lanscape Sail past bird colonies on your Arctic cruise Flora of the arctic landscape. Walrus in the Arctic Ice Bridge near Baffin Island

Day 1 Fly from Ottawa to Iqaluit, Nunavut (Baffin Island) | Embark

Depart Ottawa on your scheduled flight to Iqaluit, Baffin Island. Upon arrival into Iqaluit enjoy a walking tour of the town and board your expedition ship, the Akademik Ioffe in the afternoon. After settling into your cabin and explore the ship, meet your expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as you enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off to explore one of the most remote places on earth – Baffin Island. 

Day 2 Monumental Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated in the Davis Strait, Monumental Island is a well-known location for walrus. Explore by zodiac along the shoreline looking for these fascinating creatures. You may sometimes encounter polar bears around here as well – they have been known to chase walrus off their haul into the water. In good weather a complete circumnavigation of the island is possible. You should see your first large icebergs drifting southward towards Labrador and Newfoundland on the currents of the Davis Strait. Throughout the coming days and rest of the voyage, onboard experts educate you with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history of Baffin Island and the Canadian Arctic and the locations to visit.

Day 3 Pangniqtuuq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound and the western gateway to Auyuittuq National Park, the village of Pangniqtuuq (Pangnirtung) is beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea. This remote community is a well-known center for traditional and contemporary arts and crafts – including carvings, prints and textiles. The Angmarlik Visitor Centre has a wonderful interpretive display sharing the lifestyle and history of the Thule and the modern Inuit.

Day 4 Sunshine Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sunshine Fjord straddles the Arctic Circle at 66⁰ degrees, 33 minutes north of latitude. Depending on the weather, cruise across the Circle on the ship, cross it in the zodiac boats, or the more active option may be to cross the circle on foot. Whichever way, it’s a thrill to be above the Arctic Circle at last! Sunshine Fjord offers terrific hiking opportunities. Perhaps opt for the extended hike, gaining elevation and wonderful views of the surroundings. Or choose to take the less strenuous option along the shoreline. For the sea kayakers, the sheltered waters of the fjord provide great conditions for paddling.

Day 5 Auyittuq National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the eastern coast of Baffin Island lies one of Canada’s most spectacular National Parks – Auyittuq. The landscape is dominated by steep and rugged mountain scenery, extensive glacial systems, and powerful rivers. In partnership with Parks Canada, venture into the park with skilled local guides who are able to interpret the flora, fauna, geological, and glacial systems that can be found here. It’s a fascinating place experienced by only a few fortunate visitors every season. Plan on hiking on shore and cruising the rocky shorelines looking for wildlife. Also plan to visit Qikiqtarjuaq, a small settlement which is home to several Inuit families. After an inspiring day of exploration continue north along the coastline of Baffin Island, venturing deeper into the Arctic wilderness.

Day 6 Isabella Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Isabella Bay (Niginaniq) is an important summer habitat and feeding area for endangered bowhead whales. These remarkable marine mammals are able to break sea ice with the crown of their head. Polar bears, ringed seals, Canada geese, snow geese, and narwhal are also commonly sighted in this vicinity.

Day 7 Gibbs Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning enter the spectacular Gibbs Fjord with towering cliffs all around. The expedition ship seems dwarfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as you cruise slowly along the dark waters.

Day 8 Pond Inlet | Sirmilik National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nearing the far north of Baffin Island, enter a broad channel which is home to the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). A highlight is a visit to the Natinnak Centre, where a fascinating cultural exhibit showcases the daily life, culture, and history of the people of the North. Inuit carvings, jewelery and other traditional craft are on display. Mittimatalik is also the main access point to the pristine wilderness of Sirmilik National Park. This jewel in the crown of Canada's Arctic Park system features the most spectacular scenery, with rugged mountains, ice fields, glaciers, coastal lowlands, and large seabird colonies.

Day 9 Devon Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leaving the wild landscapes of Baffin Island, cross Lancaster Sound to Devon Island. Lancaster Sound, which separates Devon and Baffin Island, has been named the wildlife ‘super highway’ of the Arctic. Waters from the Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, and the northern archipelago of islands meet here, combining to create a rich source of nutrients and food for an abundance of Arctic wildlife. Plan on visiting the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour. In the afternoon the ship repositions into Crocker Bay, home to a substantial glacial system.

Day 10 Prince Leopold Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Prince Leopold Island is an important migratory bird sanctuary, home to thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes. A population of several hundred thousand birds makes this one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the entire Arctic ecosystem. Given the abundance of food found in the nutrient-rich waters here, you can sight beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales, several species of seal, as well as polar bear.

Day 11 Beechey Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your final shore landing - Beechey Island, is a place of great historic significance and a suitable finale to your voyage. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness, sparking an incredible series of search expeditions that last almost three decades. The mystery of what happened to Franklin was partially solved in September 2014, when a joint Parks Canada and Royal Canadian Geographic Society expedition found the HMS Erebus in the Victoria Strait. One Ocean Expeditions played a vital role in the discovery by carrying underwater search equipment on its ship as well as scientists, historians, researchers, dignitaries, and sponsors. A trip ashore at Beechey Island to visit the grave markers on a remote windswept beach is a thrilling experience for history buffs. This evening enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain. It’s a great time to reflect on the wildlife, history and dramatic scenery of the High Arctic.

Day 12 Resolute, Nunavut | Disembark | Fly to Edmonton, Alberta

  • 1 Breakfast
Your expedition comes to an end as you arrive into Resolute. The town is named after the British ship HMS Resolute which became trapped in ice and abandoned here in 1850 while searching for the lost Franklin expedition. A weather station and airstrip made Resolute a strategic outpost during the time of the Cold War. After arriving in Resolute disembark the ship and bid farewell to your crew and fellow passengers. Transfer to the airport for your flight south, to Edmonton. A transfer is also provided from the airport into a central downtown location.

Akademik Ioffe

Per person starting at
$7,295
Main Deck Triple Cabins
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Main Deck Triple
Deck 3. Two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day) and one upper berth. Shared facilities, in cabin washbasin, writing desk/chair, ample storage, and two portholes.
Twin Semi Private Cabins
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Twin Semi-Private
Deck 4. Two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day), a writing desk/chair, bookshelf and tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage. Facilities are semi-private (one bathroom between two cabins) and all cabins have a window that can be opened.
Twin Private Cabins
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Twin Private
Deck 4 and 5. Two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day), a writing desk/chair, bookshelf and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window that can be opened.
Superior Cabins
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Superior
Deck 6. Two lower berths, a sofa, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window that can be opened.
Shackleton Suites
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Shackleton Suite
Deck 4 & 5. One double bed, one sofa bed, separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, IPod alarm clock, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, mini bar. Private facilities. Large window that can be opened.
One Ocean Suite
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One Ocean Suite
Deck 5. One double bed, one sofa bed & separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, IPod alarm clock, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, mini bar. Private facilities with tub. Windows overlooking the bow.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple 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.

- Twin and superior cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the shared price, suites for 2 times the shared price. Single supplement is not available in triple cabins.

- Child and Youth Prices: 25% discount for young people aged up to 17 years, and 20% off for those aged from 18-21 years who can prove they are in full-time education.

Please note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions experienced and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favorable conditions.

This itinerary includes:
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip in Canada's Atlantic provinces
  • Transfers from the airport to your hotel upon arrival
  • Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
  • High quality, eco friendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • 24 hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore
  • Resident photography guide available to assist all guests
  • Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
  • An emergency trained Physician onboard every voyage
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
  • Sea Kayaking program available (additional charge of $695pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
  • Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books
  • An activity program that includes stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayaking and cycling options on shore
  • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
This itinerary does not include:
  • 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
  • Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
  • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all trips)
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – $US12-15 per day)


* This voyage operates domestically within Canada and is subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST).

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $1,995 Ottawa to Iqaluit | Resolute to Edmonton
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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