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High Arctic Explorer 2019

Kangerlussuaq to Kangerlussuaq - Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
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Take a circuit beginning and ending in Greenland, traveling to Canada and back through the open sea, visiting some of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world in the legendary high Arctic. Discover Sirmilik National Park and the Nijurtiqavvik National Wildlife Area, where wildlife lovers will be delighted to see polar bears, whales, as well as several species of seals and birds. Visit small Inuit villages in both Greenland and Canada: take in the Inuit culture at the museum in Sisimiut, which tells the story of life in the high Arctic over 4,000 years ago. Immerse yourself in Inuit art at Pond Inlet, Nunavut, where more artists per capita live than any other place in the world.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Embark
Day 2 : Sisimiut, Greenland
Day 3 : Uummannaq
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Day 6 : Sam Ford Fjord, Nunavut, Canada
Day 7 : Gibbs Fjord, Nunavut, Canada
Day 8 : Cape Burney, Bylot Island
Day 9 : Devon Island | Coburg Island
Day 10 : Markison Fjord, Canada
Day 11 : Alexandra Fjord | Pim Island
Day 12 : Qaanaaq | Bowdoin Fjord
Day 13 : Cape York, Greenland
Day 14 : At Sea
Day 15 : Illulisat, Greenland
Day 16 : Kangaamiut, Greenland
Day 17 : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Sisimiut Museum featuring native stonework and sealskin garments
  • Admire Uummannaq Mountain, translated to “in the shape of a seal’s heart”
  • Discover Pond Inlet, considered one of Canada’s “Jewels of the North”
  • Look for polar bears, beluga and bowhead whales at Sirmilik National Park

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Silver Cloud Expedition

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

One of Greenland's many glaciers Reflection of colorful houses in Greenland A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape Late summer in West Greenland Whale sighting in Polar waters!

Day 1 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Embark

Kangerlussuaq is a settlement in western Greenland in the Qeqqata municipality located at the head of the fjord of the same name (Danish: Søndre Strømfjord). It is Greenland's main air transport hub and the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport. The airport dates from American settlement during and after World War II, when the site was known as Bluie West-8 and Sondrestrom Air Base. The Kangerlussuaq area is also home to Greenland's most diverse terrestrial fauna, including muskoxen, caribou, and gyrfalcons. 

Day 2 Sisimiut, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the northernmost town in Greenland where the port remains free of ice in the winter. Yet it is also the southernmost town where there is enough snow and ice to drive a dogsled in winter and spring. In Sisimiut, traveling by sled has been the primary means of winter transportation for centuries. In fact, the area has been inhabited for approximately 4,500 years. Modern Sisimiut is the largest business center in the north of Greenland and is one of the fastest growing Greenlandic cities. 

Day 3 Uummannaq

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the iceberg-laden waters surrounding the remote community of Uummannaq it is common to see whales. This area of Greenland is also known for its huge basalt mountains, and the small hunting and fishing village of Uummannaq rests at the foot of the heart-shaped Uummannaq Mountain, a name that translates to mean “in the shape of a seal’s heart”. The town of over 1200 people has a granite church and the country’s most northerly ferry terminal. The economy of Uummannaq revolves largely around the halibut/fish-processing factory.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While you're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun poolside. The choice is yours.

Day 5 Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in northern Baffin Island, Pond Inlet is a small, predo¬minantly Inuit community, with a population of roughly 1,500 inhabitants. In 1818, the British explorer John Ross named a bay in the vicinity after the English astronomer John Pond. Today Pond Inlet is considered one of Canada's "jewels of the North" thanks to several picturesque glaciers and mountain ranges nearby. Many archaeological sites of ancient Dorset and Thule peoples can be found near Pond Inlet. 

Day 6 Sam Ford Fjord, Nunavut, Canada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The starkly beautiful Sam Ford Fjord area of Baffin Island has one of the most impressive concentrations of vertical rock walls to be found anywhere in the world. It is a 110-kilometer (68-mile) waterway lined with sheer cliffs that have attracted some of the world’s best (and most extreme) rock climbers to the region. The steep stone walls were formed by ancient glaciers that carved the landscape through the ages. 

Day 7 Gibbs Fjord, Nunavut, Canada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There are few places on earth where the simple grandeur of the landscape can dwarf a ship with giant peaks, steep cliffs, and glacial rivers of ice. In Gibbs Fjord it is possible to see only towering cliffs and the seemingly impenetrable fortress of 4,000-foot walls and buttresses that make up Sillem Island, eventually dividing the dark, deep waters of Gibbs and Clark Fjords. The geological formations here make for excellent photo opportunities and it is astounding to realize that very little of this spectacular terrain has ever been explored.

Day 8 Cape Burney, Bylot Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bylot Island, off the northern end of Baffin Island has an area of 4,273 square miles, making it one of the largest uninhabited islands in the world. Cape Burney lies on the east coast of Bylot Island, and is used regularly by local Inuit during their hunting and fishing seasons. The island is named for the Arctic explorer Robert Bylot who was the first European to sight the island’s steep mountains, ice fields, sheer cliffs, snowfields and glaciers in 1616. A total of 74 species of Arctic birds thrive on this island. 

Day 9 Devon Island | Coburg Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Devon Island, located in Baffin Bay, is only slightly smaller than Croatia. The eastern side is fronted by the Devon Ice Cap, while on the western half of the island lays the 14 miles wide Haughton impact crater. It was created around 39 million years ago when a meteorite crashed into the land. The landscape surrounding this site resembles the surface of Mars. In fact, for the past decade scientists have conducted research here to determine how humans might live one day on Mars. British Arctic explorers Robert Bylot and William Baffin were the first Europeans to sight the island in 1616. 

The beautiful uninhabited Coburg Island has a diverse landscape including cliffs, rocky shores, and lush tundra while bowhead whales, narwhals, and beluga are known to frequent the surrounding waters. It is one of the Queen Elizabeth Islands and due to its unique ecology and wildlife, this island has been designated an International Biological Program site and a Key Migratory Bird Terrestrial Habitat site. Tens of thousands of seabirds, including Black-legged Kittiwakes, Thick-billed Murres, Glaucous Gulls and Northern Fulmars all nestle together on the rocky cliffs.

Day 10 Markison Fjord, Canada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Markison Fjord was cut into Ellesmere Island by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Today, the combination of calm blue-green waters, icebergs, snow-covered mountains, and glaciers makes for a stunning scenic cruise. Polar bears and beluga are frequently seen in this area.

Day 11 Alexandra Fjord | Pim Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Alexandra Fjord is a naturally formed inlet on the Johan Peninsula of Ellesmere Island. Although no permanent residents live here, it has been used periodically for a variety of purposes over the years. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police had a station here for ten years, from 1953 to 1963, during the beginning of the Cold War. At the time, it was the northern-most police station in the world. Later, between 1987 and 1992, this location was used as a seasonal research base.

Pim Island is a small island off the eastern coast of Ellesmere Island in the Smith Sound. It was named to honor the naval officer and barrister Bedford Clapperton Pim of the HMS Resolute, for his role in the rescue of the crew of the HMS Investigator. Pim Island is most noted as the site where members of the Greely Expedition of 1881-1884 were forced to take refuge for nine months before they were rescued. By then, 18 of the 25 expedition members had perished. The ruins of their escapade are still visible today.

Day 12 Qaanaaq | Bowdoin Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In AD 850, the Vikings established their parliament in Tórshavn, a name which translates as "Thor's harbor." It was named after Thor, the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology. The town became a center of trade for the island, and in fact, was designated as the only legal place for the Islanders to sell and buy products. This trade monopoly was abolished in 1856. Today it is the capital and largest city of the Faroe Islands, with fish-processing plants, a shipyard, and woolen products making up. It is considered to be one of the oldest capitals in Northern Europe.

Bowdoin Fjord, just over 12 miles from Qaanaaq village, is in the central west section of Greenland. The rocks that make up the scenery inside the fjord are old marine seabed deposits that are more than 1,000 million years old, and with all the weathering, they have become a ‘painted landscape’ of ochres, olives, russets, and mauves. At the far end of the fjord is the calving front of the Bowdoin Glacier, which produces many large beautiful icebergs.

Day 13 Cape York, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Arctic seascape of Cape York, Greenland. Located on the northwestern coast of Greenland in Baffin Bay, Cape York is an important geographical feature delimiting the Melville Bay at its northwestern end and Kiatassuaq Island at its other end. There is a chain of coastal islands that stretches between the two capes, most notably Meteorite Island, named for the discovery one of the world’s largest iron meteorites in Savissivik, a settlement on the island. The iron from this meteorite attracted Inuit migrating from Arctic Canada who used the metal in making tools and harpoons. 

Day 14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While you're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun poolside. The choice is yours.

Day 15 Illulisat, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Known as the birthplace of icebergs, the Ilulissat Icefjord produces nearly 20 million tons of ice each day. In fact, the word Ilulissat means “icebergs” in the Kalaallisut language. The town of Ilulissat is known for its long periods of calm and settled weather, but the climate tends to be cold due to its proximity to the fjord. Approximately 4,500 people live in Ilulissat, the third-largest town in Greenland after Nuuk and Sisimiut.

Day 16 Kangaamiut, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Only 350 people live in the small Greenlandic community of Kangaamiut. Located on the south coast of Timerdlit Island and facing the Davis Strait, Kangaamiut is situated between the mouths of two long fjords: the Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord (or Evighedsfjorden in Danish) to its south and to its north Kangaamiut Kangerluarsuat Fjord. Founded in 1755, it was called “Sugarloaf” (Sukkertoppen) because of the appearance of three nearby hills.

Day 17 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast. 

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Please note: Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are in US dollars, cruise-only per person based on double occupancy.

A limited number of suites are available for purchase upon request on a single- or third-guest occupancy basis. 

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Personalized service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
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  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
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  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Complimentary Parka
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  • Airfare
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  • Transfers and luggage handling,
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Optional shore excursions 
  • Meals ashore
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  • Security surcharges 
  • Any item or service of a personal nature such as casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques, childcare services aboard ship, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures.
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.
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