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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
Day 3 : Devon Island
Day 4 : Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)
Day 5 : North Baffin Island
Day 6 : Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Day 7 : At Sea — Davis Strait
Day 8 : Western Greenland
Day 9 : Uummannaq Fjord
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

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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 Devon Island

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Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over fifty thousand square kilometers. The island's geology is stunning, and very visible as you sail the coast. Flat topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character.

Devon Island has a rich human history and boasts historical and archeological features. Also be on the watch for wildlife.

Day 4 Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)

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Spend the day exploring the ocean wilderness of Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound). In August of 2017, this enormous body of water was declared a National Marine Conservation 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 to choose from, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.

Day 5 North Baffin Island

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Today enjoy an expedition day in the truest sense as we explore Northern Baffin Island’s mountainous fjords. Weather, ice, and opportunity will determine our route among the spectacular geology. Expert spotters on deck, searching for seabirds, including thick-billed murres and kittiwakes. Watch for marine mammals and scan the shores for muskoxen, caribou, and bears.

Day 6 Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mittimatalik is a bustling Arctic community in a beautiful setting. The views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning. Explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities. 

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 a unique perspective on life in the Arctic, and sometimes have carvings as well.

Day 7 At Sea — Davis Strait

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The onboard presentation series continue as you steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Your expedition team deepens your understanding of the Arctic as you go! This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops and group learning, watch a documentary, or dive into our library.

While out on deck, keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales amid potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark your passage.

Day 8 Western Greenland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Greenland’s west coast is simply stunning. An expedition stop in this area offers many outstanding features of interest. Hikers, walkers, photographers, and contemplators cam all be equally delighted. From mighty mountains to the tiniest tundra flowers, you have much to explore.

Day 9 Uummannaq Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country’s second-largest system of fjords. It is considered Greenland’s sunniest place. A favourable climate—coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes—has made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit. 

The region has been settled for thousands of years. The famous ‘Greenland mummies’ dating to the 1400s were found in Qilakitsoq, near the town of Uummannaq, perched on the slopes of a heart-shaped mountain. 

Day 10 Ilulissat

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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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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


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  • 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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