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Example 11 Day Cruise aboard RCGS Resolute
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Commence our expedition in Iqaluit and explore the south east corner of the Baffin island's Monumental Island and the small hamlet of Pangnirtung. Throughout your journey you are constantly on the lookout for wildlife - including a variety of bird and marine life and of course, the icon of the North - the elusive polar bear who roams the ice floe edge. The Inuit communities of both Canada and Greenland are home to rich and unique cultures that have survived in this harsh landscape for centuries. Visits to these small towns and villages are a highlight for many and provide a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the people who call this remote wilderness their home.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ottawa | Fly to Iqaluit | Embark
Day 2 : Monumental Island
Day 3 : Pangnirtung
Day 4 : Cape Mercy
Day 5 : Sunshine Fjord
Day 6 : David Strait
Day 7 : Qeqertarsuaq
Day 8 : Ilulissat
Day 9 : Sisimiut
Day 10 : Kangerlussuaq
Day 11 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Fly to Ottawa

Highlights

  • Enjoy spectacular glacial landscapes and colourful Greenlandic villages
  • Marvel at Ilulissat icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Wildlife observation on shore, on zodiac cruises and from the ship
  • Experience cultural interaction through visits to remote Inuit communities

Ship

RCGS Resolute

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Qeqertarsuaq Snowball flight Qeqertarsuaq Ilulissat iceberg Sisimiut Fishing village outside Sisimiut

Day 1 Ottawa | Fly to Iqaluit | Embark

Depart Ottawa this morning on your scheduled flight to Iqaluit, the provincial capital of Nunavut, situated on the south-eastern coast of Baffin Island. Upon arrival enjoy a walking tour of this historic settlement before boarding your expedition ship, RCGS Resolute, in the afternoon. After settling into your cabins and exploring the ship,  meet your expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as you enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off to explore one of the most remote regions on Earth.

Day 2 Monumental Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the Davis Strait, the rocky dome of Monumental Island can be clearly seen as you approach. Travel by zodiac to explore the rocky shoreline and hope to encounter polar bears in this vicinity. In good weather a complete circumnavigation of the island is possible, and see your first large icebergs as they drift south towards Labrador and Newfoundland on the currents of the Davis Strait. Walruses have also been encountered in this area, so you can keep a close look out on the shoreline for this iconic species. Over the next few days, and throughout the voyage, your onboard experts educate and entertain you with a series of presentations about Inuit culture and traditions, as well as the environment, wildlife and history of Baffin Island.

Day 3 Pangnirtung

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound and the western gateway to Auyuittuq National Park, the village of Pangnirtung is beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea. This remote community is a well-known centre for traditional and contemporary arts and crafts – including carvings, prints and colourful textiles. In addition, the Angmarlik Visitor Centre has a wonderful interpretive display featuring the lifestyle and history of the Thule and of the modern Inuit.

Day 4 Cape Mercy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Marking the northern headland of Cumberland Sound are the dramatic cliffs of Cape Mercy. As the Baffin Bay middle ice recedes throughout the summer, the stretch of Baffin coast from Cape Mercy to Cape Dyer is a great place to find polar bears coming ashore. Explore this region planning to hike the shoreline ridges, paddling the bays and zodiac cruising through the ice on the lookout for Arctic wildlife.

Day 5 Sunshine Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sunshine Fjord straddles the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees, 33 minutes north of latitude. Depending on the weather, you might cruise across the Circle on the ship, cross it in the zodiac boats or the more active option maybe to cross the circle on foot! Whichever way, it’s a thrill to be above the Arctic Circle at last. Sunshine Fjord offers terrific hiking opportunities and you have a few great routes in mind. You may wish to take the extended hike, gaining elevation and offering wonderful views of our surroundings. Or choose to take the less strenuous option along the shoreline. For the sea kayakers, the sheltered waters of the fjord provide great conditions for paddling.

Day 6 David Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ice conditions along the Baffin coastline dictates your navigation today. This is a fascinating transition zone to explore due to the rich and varied wildlife species we expect to encounter along the edges of the ice. Keep your eyes peeled for bearded, hooded and ringed seals and walruses. Not surprisingly, polar bears are often found in this vicinity, with such a rich abundance of food sources in close proximity, these are rich hunting grounds. It’s also not uncommon to see bowhead whales cruising along the edges of the ice. If conditions allow, launch the zodiacs and explore through the ice floes hoping to view the wildlife. Eventually push out into the broad expanse of the Davis Strait making our way towards Greenland. From this point onwards, huge icebergs can be present, making for incredible photographic subjects in the soft Arctic twilight.

Day 7 Qeqertarsuaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Qeqertarsuaq is situated at the head of Disko Bay. The Inuit name for this location translates literally, as ‘large island’. After the main landmass of Greenland, this is the territory’s second largest island – and one of the 10 largest islands on Earth. This is a place of great historic and geological interest. Eric the Red, the 9th century Norse Viking, is believed to have visited here using the location as a base for hunting, fishing and exploration. Mineral deposits containing native iron and hot springs are another feature of the area. Explore the southern coast and visit the island’s principal settlement of Qeqertarsuaq. Home to a small, hardy community. There is time to wander the town, stopping to chat to the locals and soaking up the atmosphere.

Day 8 Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If one word could sum up today’s experience it would be 'ice'. Even our expedition team members, with years spent exploring both the Arctic and Antarctica, will take a moment to reflect on the awesome ice formations found here. Truly one of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site - projects gigantic icebergs out into Disko Bay. The glacier that creates these stunning monoliths advances at over 40 metres per day, creating an estimated 50 cubic kilometres of ice annually! Our approach to Ilulissat is always dependent on the amount of ice in and around the mouth of the fjord. A cruise by zodiac along the face of the massed icebergs is a memorable experience which for many, can be a highlight of the trip. There's also a great hike through the town to a viewpoint, high above the ice field. This place takes your breathe away.

Day 9 Sisimiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the fjord behind the town of Sisimiut before going ashore for further exploration. Characterised by colourful local houses, the town features a towering granite peak as a backdrop. Meet a few of the traditional Greenlandic kayakers and to see a demonstration of ‘kayak rolling’ by one of the former Greenland kayak champions. The town's church and a small museum are other points of interest. The restored historic houses and old Greenlandic fishing boats make for great photographic subjects.

Day 10 Kangerlussuaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we sail into one of the longest fjords on the planet. Overlooking the fjord sits the town of Kangerlussuaq – a key outpost on the west coast of Greenland. The waters change colur the further we venture into the fjord, from deep blue, to grey and eventually silt-laden waters surround the ship. This water flows straight off the huge Greenand ice cap, into rivers and eventually the fjord. Depending on our arrival time, visit the small town or check out the surrounding tundra, looking for muskox and birds of prey. Tonight your chefs have prepared a special farewell dinner attended by the Captain of the ship. It’s awonderful time to celebrate and reflect on a remarkable journey through the heart of the Arctic.

Day 11 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Fly to Ottawa

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning we find ourselves anchored off Iqaluit. Say goodbye to our crew, make our way ashore in zodiacs and are then transferred to the airport for our scheduled flight to Ottawa. On arrival in Ottawa our journey comes to an end. A transfer is provided to a downtown location.

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Notes

Your Expedition Includes:
 
- Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip
 -Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation
- Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
 -High quality, ecofriendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
 -All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
- 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in-cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
 -Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
- Daily off-ship excursions by zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
 -Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
- Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits
- Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore
- Resident photography guide available to assist all guests
 -Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
- An emergency trained medical physician onboard every voyage
 -Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
- Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
 -Sea kayaking program available (additional charge of $695pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
- Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books
- End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
 -Port fees and all permits to access visited areas

Expedition Cruising Gear – included
Should you choose to participate in any of the non-golfing activities, an equipment package is available to use when off the ship or on shore. This includes waterproof jacket, pants and other items. The jacket and pants are rated for 'expedition cruising' and would not be suitable when playing golf in inclement weather. We recommend you bring your own outer gear suitable for playing golf in adverse conditions.
 
The Expedition does not include:
 
- Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
- Visa and passport expenses
-Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
-Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
-Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
-Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
-Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all One Ocean Expeditions trips)
-A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – $US12-15 per day)
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