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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 2024-2025

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10 Best Baffin Island Luxury Small Ship Cruises for 2024-2025

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
High Arctic Explorer$999513Aug 3, 2024Explore the high Arctic on this 12-day expedition cruise aboard the ice-class Ocean Endeavour. Departing from Resolute Bay high in the Arctic Circle, …
Guided Northern Lights Getaway$57624Mar 2, 2025Discover the best of the aurora season and Iqaluit’s top highlights and attractions on a 4-day guided stay in the True North, Nunavut's capital. On …
Baffin Island Dive Safari$258247May 13, 2025Experience the most exhilarating 7-day diving adventure in the company of the Arctic's leading scuba diving experts. Settle into a safari-style base …
Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari$233688May 13, 2025Experience the classic spring floe edge 8-day safari where you may have the opportunity to view polar bears, narwhal and icebergs under the Midnight …
Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island$197277Aug 1, 2024Discover the remote and rugged beauty of the Arctic on this 7-day tour of Baffin Island. Experience the long Arctic summer days from the comfort of …
Taste of the Arctic Summer$53054Aug 8, 2024Discover the charm of Canada's hidden jewel, the marine city of Iqaluit. On this 4-day Arctic tour, explore the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park by …
Northwest Passage: The Legendary Arctic Sea Route$1839517Aug 26, 2025Embark on a 17-day cruise from Toronto to Calgary aboard Ultramarine, retracing the Franklin Expedition's path in the Northwest Passage. Explore the …
Northwest Passage$2479516Aug 25, 2025Join this 16-day Northwest Passage Expedition aboard Greg Mortimer and encounter Arctic wildlife, polar foxes, bowhead whales, polar bears, and the …
Heart of the Arctic$599513Jul 22, 2024This 13-day expedition cruise aboard the Ocean Endeavor brings you into the heart of the Arctic, from Canada's Inuit regions of Nunavik and Nunavut …
Canadian Arctic & Northern Lights$2058017Sep 24, 2024Join the SH Vega for a 17-day Northern Canada Discovery cruise to learn the cultures, art, and wildlife of the magical Arctic while exploring its …
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10 Top-Rated Baffin Island Small Cruise Ships for 2024-2025

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Sylvia Earle126$21095Designed for low-impact voyages featuring a fuel-efficient Ulstein X-Bow®, reduced air emissions and light pollution, and virtual anchoring for …
Ultramarine199$7195New 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 …
Le Commandant Charcot245$47100The polar explorer ship Le Commandant Charcot travels to remote regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. This expedition ship is unique because of its …
Greg Mortimer132$24795With only 132 passengers on board, Greg Mortimer reimagines arctic expedition cruise for the future. Robust, robust, and designed with guests in …
National Geographic Endurance126$44339Embark on an exhilarating adventure aboard the National Geographic Endurance, a marvel of maritime engineering designed specifically for year-round …
Ocean Albatros169$9990Featuring a capacity of 175 passengers, the Ocean Albatros offers a unique adventure sailing to exciting destinations such as Antarctica, the Arctic, …
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 …
SH Vega152$205805-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 Endeavour200$14250Designed for polar exploration, Silver Endeavour breaks the ice of luxury expedition travel.

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 2024-2025
  • 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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