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Witness the impressive wildlife of pristine Baffin Island on a cruise with Adventure Life. Baffin Island is home to polar bears, musk ox, seals and narwhals, fjords and glaciers, and expansive Arctic wilderness. Many of the cruises that visit Baffin Island also visit Greenland or transverse the entire Northwest Passage, just like explorers such as John Franklin did. Modern-day explorers will delight in the opportunities to kayak or even dive in these frigid waters for the rare chance to see the gargantuan bottoms of the icebergs, coldwater jellyfish, and the polar bears that love to go for relaxing swims here. Or, you can harness your inner Innuit as you drive a traditional sled or explore the tundra by snowmobile. Contact us to start planning a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Baffin Island.
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10 Best Baffin Island Small Ship Cruises for 2023-2024

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10 Best Baffin Island Luxury Small Ship Cruises for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland$1899520Sep 11, 2023Embark on Ocean Adventurer and join this 20-day itinerary in the exploration of the Arctic Circle through the legendary Northwest Passage, searching …
Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin$1349517Jul 30, 2023On this compelling 17-day Arctic cruise aboard the game-changing new vessel, Ultramarine, passengers retrace the steps of the intrepid Franklin …
Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands$1149512Aug 19, 2023Join a 12-day adventure cruise around the Canadian High Arctic aboard the Ultramarine. See the unique wonders and the breathtaking environment at the …
Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage$79959Aug 13, 2023During this 9-day expedition cruise aboard the Ultramarine you will discover the great sea route known as the Northwest Passage at the top of the …
Expedition to the Thule Region$2146017Jul 25, 2023Departing from cosmopolitan Paris, luxurious L'Austral takes you north to Arctic Greenland on this 17-day expedition cruise. Explore Baffin Bay, …
Kangerlussuaq Roundtrip - Door to Door$1750017Jul 23, 2023Explore the Arctic on this exceptional 17-day roundtrip expedition cruise from Kangerlussuaq aboard Silver Cloud, thoroughly traversing Disko Bay and …
Baffin Bay Secrets$1883014Jul 12, 2023This incredible 14-day journey aboard L'Austral acquaints you with the secrets of Baffin Bay and Greenland. Glaciers and icebergs are home to the …
Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic$1649517Aug 28, 2023Marvel at highlights of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland’s stunning west coast aboard the Ultramarine on a 17-day adventure cruise. Participate in …
Complete Northwest Passage$3519530Aug 24, 2023Join this spectacular 30-dayComplete Northwest Passage Expedition aboard Sylvia Earle and encounter enigmatic Arctic wildlife, including walrus, …
Northwest Passage$1889517Jul 27, 2023Join this spectacular 17-day Northwest Passage Expedition aboard Sylvia Earle and encounter enigmatic Arctic wildlife, including walrus, beluga …
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10 Top-Rated Baffin Island Small Cruise Ships for 2023-2024

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Sylvia Earle126$18895Designed for low-impact voyages featuring a fuel-efficient Ulstein X-Bow®, reduced air emissions and light pollution, and virtual anchoring for …
Ultramarine199$7995New in 2021, the Ultramarine is designed with an ice rating of 1A+, PC6, making it one of the most capable polar exploring vessels on the planet. …
National Geographic Resolution126$36960New in 2021, The National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation 126-passager expedition ship purpose-built for polar exploration in comfort with …
L'Austral264$18830The L'Austral, sister ship to the Le Boreal, is the fruit of Italian expertise and French sophistication. A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the …
Ocean Albatros169$8290Accommodating 169 passengers as it sails along Antarctica, the Ocean Albatros offers a unique adventure. Experience shore landings, excursions, …
Ocean Endeavour198$5995Updated as recently as 2014, the 200-passenger ice class Ocean Endeavor explores the most remote areas in comfort and style. With several decks and …
National Geographic Explorer148$17860The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art luxury expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. It is fully stabilized, …
Silver Endeavour200$16500Designed for polar exploration, Silver Endeavour breaks the ice of luxury expedition travel.
SH Vega152$79065-star elegant Scandi-design boutique ship offers you an intimate setting from which you will be fully immersed in all the sights and scenery of your …
Silver Cloud260$17500The newly refurbished Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Its large suites, destination …

Canadian Arctic Travel Tip & Cruise Guide

Favorite things to do on a Baffin Island cruise:
  • Daily wildlife viewing
  • Hike across glaciers
  • Sea kayak among fjords and icebergs
  • Daily zodiac excursions to look for wildlife and navigate the icebergs.
  • Coldwater diving and snorkeling
  • Snowmobile across pack ice
  • Visit traditional Inuit villages
Wildlife to see on Baffin Island:
  • Polar bears
  • Narwhals
  • Musk ox
  • Seals
  • Walruses
  • Beluga Whales
  • Caribou
  • Arctic foxes and wolves
  • Migratory sea birds
Baffin Island Fun Facts:
  • Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island on the planet.
  • It has been inhabited for centuries by the Inuit People, yet only about 11,000 people call the island home.
  • Viking explorers are believed to have visited and traded with the Inuit before 1000 A.D.
  • It can snow at any time of the year on Baffin Island
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Best Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2023-2024
  • Ponant - a French cruise line, invites you to set sail aboard L'Austral for an all-inclusive 14-day luxury expedition cruise along the eastern coast of Baffin Island, in Nunavut, Canada. This destination delights you with immense cliffs, bird colonies, and fjords.
  • Silversea Cruises - offers unique Baffin Island expeditions hosted by Silver Cloud and Silver Wind that include authentic Inuit culture and wildlife viewing opportunities from polar bears, walrus, bowhead whales, to orcas, narwhals, and beluga whales.
  • Lindblad Expeditions - lets you discover the extraordinary icescapes of the Northwest Passage aboard the Polar Class 5 National Geographic Resolution, which carries you across the Baffin Bay, a long-time favorite of Inuit hunters and fishermen. Discover ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga, killer, and bowhead whales, as well as the elusive narwhal.
  • Quark Expeditions - explore the northern shores of Canada's Baffin Island and the western coast of Greenland, visiting local communities and searching for wildlife, including one of the Arctic's most iconic animals, the polar bear. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the largest suites in its class, magnificent public areas, and more outside wildlife viewing areas than other expedition ships of similar size.
  • Aurora Expeditions - travel the Northwest Passage to Baffin Island, where you may see humpback, sei, sperm, and fin whales, as well as ring and harp seals. A cruise on the Greg Mortimer via the Northwest Passage lets you see the Canadian High Arctic archipelago of islands and canals.
  • Adventure Canada - takes you to Igloolik and the Nunavut's Foxe Basin coast searching for walrus and bowhead whales and allows you to camp on the floe's edge with Inuit guides searching for polar bears. The spacious, ice-strengthened Ocean Endeavour features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. 
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