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Baffin Bay Secrets

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Discover the secrets of Baffin Bay and the Thule, a legendary stopover for those in love with the polar regions. Step aboard L'Austral in Kangerlussuaq for a 14-day expedition cruise to the farthest reaches of the planet, sailing through the polar region's most spectacular landscapes. The ship plunges into deep southern Greenland fjords and continues up past mountains worn away by glaciers and covered with rich, abundant flora. Accompanied by a team of anthropologists, ornithologists, geologists, and experts in marine mammals, you can get up close to the amazing wildlife: seals, whales and maybe even polar bears. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kangerlussuaq | Embark
Days 2-3 : Ilulissat
Day 4 : Eqi Glacier
Day 5 : Tugtutoq
Day 6 : Kullorsuaq | Tugtuligssuaq
Day 7 : Savissivik
Day 8 : Qaanaaq/Thule
Day 9 : Pond Inlet
Day 10 : Sam Ford Fjord
Day 11 : Isabella Bay
Day 12 : Kivitoo
Day 13 : Sisimiut
Day 14 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit traditional villages and encounter the Inuit people
  • Enjoy unique photographic opportunities at Karrat Fjord
  • Explore Disko Bay, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover Sisimiut's wildlife: polar bears, walruses, whales, musk oxen

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

kittiwakes Reflection of colorful houses in Greenland A sunny day over Illulisat Polar bear balances on the ice in the Arctic Ittoqqortoormiit Village, Greenland

Day 1 Kangerlussuaq | Embark

Between ice caps and ice floes, past glaciers, icebergs and brash ice, sail to the heart of the northern hemisphere's biggest ice producer. Visit Isabella Bay, a stopover for a large proportion of the threatened Davis Strait-Baffin Bay bowhead whale population. From Greenland's west coast with its mountains softened by glaciers to the Arctic mountain range's steep slopes and Thule's high Arctic tundra, sail through the polar region's most spectacular landscapes. Polar bears, musk ox, and Arctic wolves: journey to see this amazingly rich fauna.

Day 2-3 Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty, with the largest icebergs of the northern hemisphere. The sculptural icebergs continue their timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicolored wooden houses, huskies, and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors. 

Day 4 Eqi Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
"The most beautiful place in the Arctic" is how Paul-Emile Victor described Greenland. The Eqi Glacier is one of the region’s most impressive sights. Here, the silence is broken only by the roaring and cracking of the ice. It is impossible to know if one is shivering from cold or from the sheer thrill of being here. Imagine the vast outline of a glacier, its translucent crystals glowing with an ice-blue fire in the sunlight. Paul-Emile Victor’s shelter cannot be overlooked - it was from here that the French Polar Expeditions’ anthropological and geographic explorations set off in the 1950s.

Day 5 Tugtutoq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The small uninhabited island of Tugtutoq, a former Inuit encampment, is located in the Upernavik region. The power of this place lies in its soft landscapes, which conceal many archaeological treasures nestling in the wild tundra. After a stop on a beautiful beach, you will have the opportunity to walk around ancient peat houses from the Thule civilisation, built according to a traditional method. The graves of a cemetery, dotted here and there between the rocks, seem to remind visitors of the presence of ancestors in these places marked by the Thulean culture.

Day 6 Kullorsuaq | Tugtuligssuaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Well beyond the Arctic Circle, in the majestic landscapes of Greenland’s Northwest, you find the village of Kullorsuaq, the last bastion of Greenland’s traditional hunters. Here is where you can find Greenland’s true character… Vast mineral expanses, sumptuous mountains, impressive glaciers and, above all, the local population which still lives off fishing and seal or bear hunting. Hospitality and respect for nature are essential elements in the daily lives of these men, who live an austere life. When the ship drops anchor in this remote part of the world, set off to discover these friendly people who are also talented craftsmen, deftly sewing the furs and skins of marine mammals. This is a unique and authentic experience.

Day 7 Savissivik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Some places in this world are so magical that their beauty cannot be described in words… Savissivik, a small Inuit village with less than a hundred inhabitants, is one such place. Rightly considered to be the biggest iceberg graveyard in Greenland, it is a stunning sight to behold. During your Zodiac outing, sail between these icy giants that have become stranded in the shallows. Once on land, you can hike to a viewpoint from which to enjoy breathtaking views over these icebergs, which come in an incredibly diverse range of shapes and colors. Photographers love it. Savissivik Bay attracts many bears and is also known for having been the home of one of the world’s biggest meteorites, but the latter has now been moved to a museum in New York.

Day 8 Qaanaaq/Thule

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Greenland’s northernmost town. With some 600 inhabitants, Qaanaaq, which is also called “New Thule”, perfectly illustrates the quintessence of Inuit culture. Shrouded in darkness during the long winter months, this town, where most people get around by dog sled, was created in the 1950s. The Inuit, who at the time lived some one hundred kilometres further south, were forced to settle here after an American air base was created in their home village. 

Day 9 Pond Inlet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On Baffin Island, located in northern Canada at the mouth of the famous Northwest Passage, there is a small Inuit settlement at the very bounds of infinity. To get there, cross the Arctic Circle, the imaginary line that separates man from lands of mystery and wonder. It’s not so much the way of life that sets Pond Inlet’s inhabitants apart, so much as the setting. Snow-capped mountains, fjords, and glaciers combine in a dazzling natural environment that fills space and expands time. Some discoveries change you forever: this is one of them.

Day 10 Sam Ford Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
All around you is a raw landscape of spectacular beauty. Nothing seems to want to disturb the silence. You are in the Sam Ford Fjord, on the east coast of Baffin Island. Located only a few kilometers away from the Inuit community of Clyde River, this fjord has the kind of world’s end appearance that only the Arctic lands can offer. From your ship, allow yourself to be dazzled by the series of vertiginous cliffs plunging into the waters of the fjord. These impressively high walls of rock, known worldwide to climbing enthusiasts, are reflected in the waters of the fjord, as though to completely shift perspectives and blur the lines between land and sea.

Day 11 Isabella Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to the kingdom of the cetaceans! Here, those who love the giants of the Arctic won’t know where to look. Isabella Bay is in fact part of the Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area, one of the finest places to observe bowhead whales. From your ship, watch the sumptuous ballet performed by these impressive mammals. With undersea faults over 300 meters deep, Isabella Bay, located on the northeast coast of Baffin Island, attracts cetaceans which come here to feed. In addition to the bowhead whales, the uncontested stars of these parts, the Ninginganiq Wildlife Area is also home to ringed seals, narwhals, polar bears, king eiders, little auks, and northern fulmars.

Day 12 Kivitoo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the east coast of Baffin Island, in Nunavut, Kivitoo is a simultaneously calm and unsettling place that you can explore with your naturalist-guides. This former Inuit camp lying in the heart of a heathland landscape was abandoned in 1923. Here pass before a broken-down cabin surrounded by metal tanks that stored whale oil at the time when cetacean hunting was in full swing. See walrus skulls and the graves of Inuits, revealing their past presence. Kivitoo had its days of technological glory in the 1950s, with the installation of an American radar station on top of the mountain overlooking the area.

Day 13 Sisimiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your cruise discover Sisimiut, founded in 1756 and the second largest town in Greenland. This small town is typical of Greenland, boasting bewitching panoramas: here and there, colorful stilt houses dot the undulating landscape, and the small fishing port stands as the gateway to an icy realm. As for the town center, it is home to a number of historic buildings, a small church, and a museum which retraces the history of the Inuit people, as well as many craft shops. When your ship drops anchor here, set out to meet the locals in a typical arctic atmosphere

Day 14 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Located to the north of the Arctic Circle, this town is the starting point of magnificent discoveries surrounded by unspoiled nature. Indeed, just a few dozen kilometers from there it is possible to get close to the Greenland ice sheet, the largest body of ice in the Northern Hemisphere. From Kangerlussuaq, admire also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colors, where Arctic hares, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons, and eagles live. Disembark your ship in the early morning.

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484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Children welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship 
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• 24h room service (special selection)
• English-speaking lecturer 
• Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
• Park entry fees into protected areas
• Complimentary boot rental on select cruises

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
• Flights Paris/Kangerlussuaq/Paris in economy class, on European airlines
• Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
• Transfers to and/or from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise

Cruise fares do not include:
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
• Pre- or post-cruise programs, overland programs, or shore excursions mentioned in the cruise brochure
• Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
• Luggage handling
• Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
• Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and zodiacs. Rates: 70 € per standard dive; 80€ per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, 80€ for a “discover scuba dive” course. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

Please Note:
Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise. 

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

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  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
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