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The elusive narwhal in the Arctic

University of Montana Alumni Arctic 2018

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour
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Join the crew of the Ocean Endeavour and fellow University of Montana alumni on this 12-day classic expedition to explore the Arctic’s dramatic fjords and dynamic maritime communities. Seek polar bears and whales in Lancaster Sound, pay your respects at the graves of Sir John Franklin´s men at Beechey Island, sail across Baffin Bay, and reach Greenland. Observe the great ice fjord at Ilulissat and discover incredible highlights along Greenland’s spectacular western coastline.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU | Embark
Day 2 : Beechey Island
Day 3 : Devon Island
Day 4 : Lancaster Sound
Day 5 : North Baffin
Day 6 : Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet)
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Karrat Fjord
Day 9 : Uummannaq Fjord
Day 10 : Ilulissat
Day 11 : Sisimiut Coast
Day 12 : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth
  • Navigate the waterways surrounding Northern Baffin Island
  • Explore Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world
  • Wander through the colorful coastal community of Illulissat

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The elusive narwhal in the Arctic First views of Baffin Island Kittiwake bird in flight Midnight sun light, Ilulissat Glacier in Sondre Stromfjord

Day 1 Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU | Embark

Qausuittuq, or “place with no dawn” is truly the land of the midnight sun—daylight persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. The community’s English name, Resolute Bay, honors the HMS Resolute, one of the ships in the Franklin search expedition commanded by Captain H.T. Austin. “Resolute” also describes locals who survived being relocated, in 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Québec, and Mittimatalik by the Canadian government. Your early morning charter flight brings you to Qausuittuq, where you embark the Ocean Endeavour.

Day 2 Beechey Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England on an attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage for the first time. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. The three graves found at Beechey Island left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party. With the discovery of Franklin’s flagship, HMS Erebus in 2014, and Terror in 2016, the graves at Beechey Island and nearby ruins of Northumberland House are bound to be a haunting highlight.

Day 3 Devon Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on Earth, comprising over fifty thousand square kilometers. The island's geology consists of reddish Precambrian gneiss and Paeleozoic siltstones and shales; these, combined with its harsh climate, have led NASA to test its Mars rovers on Devon Island! Devon’s finest features include massive landforms, shining glaciers and long-abandoned ruins—and undisturbed habitats for Arctic wildlife.

Day 4 Lancaster Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day with your fellow University of Montana alumni exploring the ocean wilderness of Lancaster Sound, which is a proposed Marine Protected Area. Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. There is a great selection of landing sites available, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.

Day 5 North Baffin

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is an expedition day in the truest sense as your group navigates the waterways surrounding Northern Baffin Island. Wildlife is abundant—the region is habitat for thick-billed murres and kittiwakes, among other seabirds. Baffin’s mountains are striking, affording stunning perspectives on geological processes. You are surrounded by wildlife and mountains, like your days in Montana!  Weather, ice, and opportunity determine your route, and your team is on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which you travel.

Day 6 Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mittimatalik is a bustling Arctic community surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the eastern Arctic. Your group has a chance to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who gladly share their culture. A cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—arts and crafts may be available here, too. The Northern and Co-op stores offer unique perspective on daily life in the Arctic, and sometimes have carvings as well.

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your presentation series continues as you steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales amid potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark your passage.

Day 8 Karrat Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today cruise one of Greenland’s most spectacular fjords, known for plentiful marine life and awe-inspiring landscapes. The rocky peaks of Karrat Fjord tower over a seascape littered with icebergs produced by the glaciers that extend from Greenland’s vast ice cap. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities of icebergs against the majestic rock faces.

Day 9 Uummannaq Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country’s second-largest system of fjords, characterized by its developed coastline and various bays, islands, and peninsulas. It is considered to be the sunniest spot in Greenland, and favorable weather—coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes—has made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit. It has been settled and re-settled continually for the last 4,500 years. Expect another day of extraordinary photographic opportunities!

Day 10 Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ilulissat translates literally into “iceberg”, and there couldn’t be a more fitting name for this remarkable place. Here, cruise in your fleet of Zodiacs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at nineteen meters per day—calving more than thirty-five square kilometers of ice annually, and creating the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic in the process. The bustling town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbor, offers items of interest for every visitor.

Day 11 Sisimiut Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Warmed by the West Greenland current, the waters around Sisimiut are free of sea ice, making the area an important fishing and shipping center as well as a habitat for marine mammals. The fish market and folk museum in Sisimuit offer an opportunity to experience modern and historic Greenland side by side.

Day 12 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometers of superb scenery. Conclude your adventure with your fellow alumni by sailing up this dramatic fjord as the sun rises to greet you. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s only international flight hub. Here you must disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for your return charter flight. Say farewell to your Griz friends, and head homeward with lasting memories of the Arctic!

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Shipboard Credit & Pre-Cruise Hotel
Receive a $250 shipboard credit and FREE pre-cruise hotel night when you book this cruise.
Applies to Aug 6, 2018 departure
Per person starting at
$5,995
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 1 Quad
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Quadruple - Category 1
Deck four. Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room) - approx. 240 sq. ft.
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 2 Triple
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Triple - Category 2
Deck four. Interior cabin, 3 lower berths, two private baths - approx. 200 sq. ft.
Interior Twin cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Interior Twin - Category 3
Deck five. Interior cabin, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Exterior Twin - Category 4
Deck four. Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Main Twin - Category 5
Deck five. Picture window, unobstructed view, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
Comfort Twin cabin on board Ocean Endeavour
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four. Two portholes, views, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed- 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
Top Deck Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Select Twin - Category 7
Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed, approx. 190 sq. ft. and deck eight: oversize windows, partial obstruction, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
Superior Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Superior Twin - Category 8
Deck five. Two picture windows, view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows,view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture windows, partial view, matrimonial, pvt bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft
Junion Suite on board the Ocean Endeavour
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Junior Suite - Category 9
Deck five: picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, sitting area- approx. 270 sq. ft. Deck seven: forward-facing picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, private bath w/full tub, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 290 sq. ft.
Suite on the Ocean Endeavour
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Suite - Category 10
Deck seven. Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub, refrigerator - approx. 310 sq. ft.

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 1.5 times the double occupancy rate.

Expedition Costs Include:
  • Pre-departure materials
  • The expertise and company of our expedition staff 
  • Onboard educational programming
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbecues & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d’ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Fully stocked library
  • Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • Introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing
  • Museum entries, park accesses, port taxes
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
  • $250 USD Discovery Fund Fee
  • Commercial and charter flight costs
  • Gratuities (suggested at $15 USD per person per day)
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation
  • Additional costs associated with credit card payment
  • Program enhancements
Charter Flights:
  • Northbound Charter Flight: 
Ottawa, ON to Resolute, NU
. Early-morning departure $978 usd per person including all taxes and fees.
  • Southbound Charter Flight: 
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, ON. Evening arrival $1,317 usd per person including all taxes and fees.
Pre and post hotel nights are available in Toronto and Edmonton at additional cost, upon request.

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
    • 11 Nights Ship

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $2,295 Charter Flight Package Northbound: Ottawa, ON to Resolute, NU. Southbound: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, ON.
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

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  • $250 Discovery Fee
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