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Explore Tallurutiup Imanga, a newly designated marine protected area. Visit the graves of Franklin’s men on Beechey Island. Enjoy an Inuit welcome in Mittimatalik; try your hand at Arctic games. Across Baffin Bay lies the sublime Greenland coast. Illulissat offers cafes, hiking, and handicrafts. Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the fastest-moving glacier in the world. Explore the best of Greenland and Nunavut in summer!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay) | Embark
Day 2 : Beechey Island
Days 3-6 : Tallurutiup Imanga | Lancaster Sound | Devon Islans
Day 7 : Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Western Greenland
Day 10 : Ilulissat
Day 11 : Sisimiut Coast
Day 12 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island
  • Hike on Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth
  • Enjoy an Inuit cultural welcome at Pond Inlet
  • Watch icebergs calving from Greenland’s glaciers
  • Marvel at the stunning tundra in summer bloom

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A caribou antler found while exploring Baffin Island First views of Baffin Island Late summer in West Greenland Ilulissat iceberg Sisimiut

Day 1 Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay) | Embark

Qausuittuq, or “place with no dawn,” is named for its dark winters. But in summer, the sun persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. The community’s English name, Resolute Bay, honours the HMS Resolute.

“Resolute” also describes local Inuit who were relocated, in 1953, from Inukjuak, Québec, and Mittimatalik by the Canadian government. Your early morning charter flight brings you to Qausuittuq, embark the Ocean Endeavour.

Day 2 Beechey Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. Franklin’s party overwintered at Beechey Island where three of his men died.

Numerous search parties later used Beechey as a depot and rendezvous. Amundsen, Bernier, and Larsen all visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of HMS Investigator was buried there in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and the ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.

Day 3-6 Tallurutiup Imanga | Lancaster Sound | Devon Islans

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Spend four days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas. Narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. We’ll cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife.

On the northern border of Tallurutiup Imanga lies Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over fifty thousand square kilometres. The island’s geology is stunning. Flat topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character.

Visit a number of the bays – hiking the tundra, discovering the botany, cruising a glacier face, and wildlife spotting from the ship and from shore. Once home to Inuit and their ancestors, we will visit archaeological sites with expert interpretation to learn about the human history of this now-abandoned island. We’ll also catch a glimpse of recent human history as we visit the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.

Day 7 Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting. The views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning. We will have a chance to explore the town. The cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—arts and crafts may be available here, too

Day 8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Our onboard presentation series will continue as you steam across the Davis Strait towards Canada. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, and get out on the deck looking for whales, seabirds and marine wildlife.

Day 9 Western Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Greenland’s west coast is simply stunning. From mighty mountains to the tiniest tundra flowers, your stop in this area will offer many outstanding features of interest. Hikers, walkers, photographers, and contemplators will all be equally delighted.

Day 10 Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ilulissat translates literally into “iceberg”, an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic. 

Here, cruise in your fleet of Zodiacs to appreciate the icebergs. Visit the bustling town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.

Day 11 Sisimiut Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
People have lived in the Sisimiut area for 4,500 years. For the first 2,000 years, the people of the Saqqaq culture occupied the area. Approx. 2,500 years ago, new people brought the Dorset culture to the Sisimiut area. They lived here for 1,500 years and were followed by the people of the Thule culture—the ancestors of the current population. All these cultures came from Canada. The people primarily lived on fish, birds and mammals such as whales and seals. The ice-free conditions in the sea around Sisimiut, including some of Greenland’s deepest fjords, allow you to sail in waters that are home to many whales and seals.

Day 12 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery. Sail up this dramatic fjord as the sun rises to greet us. Kangerlussuaq, the town at the fjord's eastern head, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here, disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for your return charter flight.

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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four: Two portholes windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths - 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.
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Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, approx. 190 sq. ft. Deck eight: oversize windows, partially obstruction view, matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
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Deck five. Two picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows with unobstructed view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven midship: picture windows, partially obstructed view, matrimonial, private bath, fridge - 190 sq.ft
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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.

Included
  • 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
  • $250 USD Discovery Fund Fee
  • 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


    Not Included
  • 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
  • Program enhancements
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