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Heart of the Arctic

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour
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Visit three distinct Arctic regions on this voyage aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Explore the deep fjords and vibrant communities of Greenland, including the world’s smallest capital, Nuuk. Cross the Davis Strait in the wake of the explorers, searching for marine life and seabirds. South Baffin Island’s Inuit art-making communities are famous throughout the world. Meet the artists. Pick up a carving, a print, or a tapestry. Nunavik, the Arctic coast of Quebec, offers outstanding archeology and wildlife. Plentiful sea ice means great opportunities for wildlife viewing from the ship or board a Zodiac—to seek whales, bears, and caribou. Keep your binoculars ready for thick-billed murres, guillemots, dovekies, and more. Journey with scientists, historians, Inuit artists, and culturalists to the heart of the Arctic.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Iqaluit, Nunavut
Day 2 : Frobisher Bay
Day 3 : Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)
Day 4 : Kinngaint (Cape Dorset)
Day 5 : Hudson Strait
Day 6 : Ivujivik
Day 7 : Ungava Peninsula
Day 8 : Akpatok Island
Day 9 : Ungava Bay
Day 10 : At Sea — Davis Strait
Day 11 : Nuuk
Day 12 : Quqqata Kommunia
Day 13 : Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Highlights

  • Cross the Arctic Circle by ship while enjoying glorious Sondre Stromfjord
  • Visit some of Nunavut’s greatest carvers in their workshops
  • Seek polar bears, marine mammals, and seabirds in the rich waters of Hudson Strait
  • Immerse yourself in the creative tradition, science & culture of the Arctic
  • Appreciate Inuit life in Greenland, Nunavut, and Nunavik

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

An arctic fox looks across the tundra. A beautiful sunset on the arctic coast. Witness incredible whales on your journey. A beautiful arctic reflection. An arctic village full of colorful houses sits on the arctic coast.

Day 1 Embark in Iqaluit, Nunavut

Iqaluit, at the head of Frobisher Bay, is Nunavut’s bustling capital. A population of nearly 8,000 (and growing) call Iqaluit home. Local attractions include the territorial Legislature, igloo-inspired St. Jude’s Cathedral, art shops, and more. 

We will transfer by Zodiac to the Ocean Endeavour through busy Iqaluit harbour. Take a moment to notice the amazing tide! Once all are aboard, we’ll begin our journey down Frobisher Bay.

Day 2 Frobisher Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll be on the lookout for wildlife, of course. Our geologists will have you raving about rocks, and the tundra plants beneath your feet are worth a closer look. Expect compelling scenery, and soak up the Arctic splendor as we go!

Day 3 Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kimmirut means “the heel” in Inuktitut, referring to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community. Kimmirut is considered one of the most charming communities on the South Baffin coast. 

Art aficionados may know the hamlet as Lake Harbour, once the home of a Hudson Bay company post. Art has played a major role in putting Kimmirut on the map. The Dewey Soper Building houses a gallery of outstanding works of art. 

Day 4 Kinngaint (Cape Dorset)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kinngait was ground zero for the Inuit art market. In 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established: it remains the oldest arts organization in the Canadian Arctic and the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada. 

Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers continue to make Kinngait a proud centre for Inuit art. We’ll visit studios and meet the artists here—an opportunity to purchase outstanding works straight from the source.

Day 5 Hudson Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On this exploration day, we’ll be making the most of what the wind, weather and wildlife have to offer. We can expect to navigate the icy waters of Hudson Strait. Our expedition staff will scan for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds as we go. 

Day 6 Ivujivik

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We call in at Nunavik’s northernmost community, Ivujivik. With a population of just under five hundred, the dramatic setting sits at the confluence of Hudson Strait and Hudsons Bay, the high tidal environment provides for rich wildlife. Nunavik is the Inuit homeland in Quebec and comprises the northern third of the province.

Day 7 Ungava Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head northwest along the Ungava Peninsula as you explore an area of treeless tundra rich in geology and flora. Enjoy hiking and a Zodiac cruise.

Day 8 Akpatok Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Uninhabited Akpatok Island is the biggest island in Ungava Bay, at over nine hundred square kilometres. It’s named for the akpat—the thick-billed murres—that nest on ledges of Aktpatok’s lofty cliffs. These penguin-like birds are truly a delight to watch: tremendous swimmers, but comical flyers. 

Here we’ll use our Zodiacs to scout the shorelines and any outlying ice with hopes of seeing polar bears, walrus, and other marine life.

Day 9 Ungava Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we navigate the east coast of Ungava Bay. We’ll search for Polar bears as we call in at an abandoned fishing community. 

As always expedition staff will be watching for birds, marine mammals, and wildlife on the land. Keep your binoculars and expedition gear at the ready!

Day 10 At Sea — Davis Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Our presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Our resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic as we 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 pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

Day 11 Nuuk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland that bridges old and new. The old harbour region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. The modern downtown core includes shopping, cafes and restaurants, and public institutions with a European flair.

The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Greenland mummies are housed here. The museum’s exhibits also offer in-depth information about colonial, Norse, and Inuit presence in Greenland—a must-see.

Day 12 Quqqata Kommunia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, many islands and complex coastal waterways. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. This makes for lusher vegetation. 

This is a day in the spirit of expedition travel and we will avail ourselves of the opportunities that present themselves.

Day 13 Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

  • 1 Breakfast
Early this morning we’ll complete our overnight journey up Sondre Stromfjord—a 168-kilometre-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord’.

Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. We’ll transfer to shore by Zodiac and be bused along Greenland’s longest road—less than twenty kilometres—to the airport, where our charter flight will take us to Toronto.

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Deck four. Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room) - approx. 240 sq. ft.
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Interior Twin - Category 3
Deck five. Interior cabin, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
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Exterior Twin - Category 4
Deck four. Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
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Main Twin - Category 5
Deck five. Picture window, unobstructed view, 2 lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four. Two portholes, views, two lower berths OR matrimonial bed- 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 OR matrimonial bed, approx. 190 sq. ft. and deck eight: oversize windows, partial obstruction, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
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Superior Twin - Category 8
Deck five. Two picture windows, view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows,view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture windows, partial view, matrimonial, pvt bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft
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Junior Suite - Category 9
Deck five: picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, sitting area- approx. 270 sq. ft. Deck seven: forward-facing picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, private bath w/full tub, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 290 sq. ft.
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Suite - Category 10
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.

Expedition Costs Include:
- Pre-departure materials
- Special access permits, entry and park fees
- Team of expedition staff
- Applicable taxes
- Educational program
- Interactive workshops
- Evening entertainment
- Guided activities
- Sightseeing and community visits
- All shipboard meals
- All Zodiac excursions
- Port fees
-Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund

Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
- Commercial and charter flights
- Gratuities (suggested $15 USD per passenger per day)
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Possible fuel surcharge
- Pre & post hotel accommodations
- Optional excursions
- Additional costs associated with payments made by credit card

Pre and post hotel nights are available on request and at an additional charge. Overnight accommodations recommended.
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