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Baffin Island Adventure

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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Starting from Ilulissat, on the west coast of Greenland. In the heart of a stunning fjord listed as World Heritage by Unesco, succumb to the magic of the spectacular icebergs that reign supreme here. L’Austral then crosses the Davis Strait to reach Pond Inlet, in northern Baffin Island. Located at the entrance to the mythical Northwest Passage, this hamlet surrounded by mountains and glaciers sometimes has the privilege of witnessing narwhals passing through. Your Nunavut cruise continues along the west coast of Baffin Island. Before disembarking in Kangerlussuaq, don’t miss the chance to visit Akpatok, a mysterious and uninhabited island where it is not uncommon in the summertime to cross paths with bears drawn by the impressive colony of thick-billed murres that have taken up residence there.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Flight from Paris | Kangerlussuaq | Embark
Day 2 : Sisimiut
Day 3 : Disko Bay
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Pond Inlet, Nunavut
Day 6 : Bellot Strait
Day 7 : Pouncet Island, Nunavut
Day 8 : Fury and Hecla Strait | Igloolik, Nunavut
Day 9 : Prince Charles Island, Nunavut
Day 10 : Cape Dorset, Nunavut
Day 11 : Kimmirut, Nunavut
Day 12 : Akpatok Island, Nunavut
Day 13 : Iqaluit, Nunavut
Day 14 : At Sea
Day 15 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Flight to Paris

Highlights

  • Visit Kangerlussuaq, the stunning capital of Greenland
  • Discover Canada’s largest island, and the stunning landscapes of Nunavut
  • Explore varied landscapes and enjoy the different wildlife
  • Admire the spectacle of the waves and observe a variety of marine species

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Ilulissat iceberg Kayakers and zodiacs cruise the waters of Nunavut Sisimiut A towering iceberg drifts in Disko Bay Disko Bay

Day 1 Flight from Paris | Kangerlussuaq | Embark

Fly from Paris and arrive at Kangerlussuaq. From 1941 to 1992, the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland was home to an American military base. Nowadays, thanks to its international airport, it has become a transit point for travelers seeking adventure in the Far North. Located to the north of the Arctic Circle, this town is the starting point of magnificent discoveries surrounded by unspoiled nature.  Indeed, just a few dozen kilometers from there it is possible to get close to the Greenland ice sheet, the largest body of ice in the Northern Hemisphere. From Kangerlussuaq, admire also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colors, where Arctic hares, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons, and eagles live. 

In the afternoon, embark on the L'Austral for 14-day cruise to Baffin Bay.

Day 2 Sisimiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your cruise, you discover Sisimiut, founded in 1756 and the second largest town in Greenland. This small town is typical of Greenland, boasting bewitching panoramas: here and there, colorful stilt houses dot the undulating landscape, and the small fishing port stands as the gateway to an icy realm. As for the town center, it is home to a number of historic buildings, a small church and a museum which retraces the history of the Inuit people, as well as many craft shops. When the ship drops anchor here, you will set out to meet the locals in a typically arctic atmosphere.

Day 3 Disko Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
To the east of Baffin Bay, discover Disko Bay, scattered with countless icebergs produced by the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the ship, admire the majestic ballet of these ice giants as they slowly drift across the dark waters. This site is a natural marvel of Greenland and is also renowned as an observation point for the region’s many humpback whales. The encounters with wild fauna and stunning landscapes in the heart of this spectacular and fragile nature will be pure moments of wonder for you.

Optional excursion of iceberg cruise is available for an additional fee.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 5 Pond Inlet, Nunavut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On Baffin Island, located in northern Canada at the mouth of the famous Northwest Passage, there is a small Inuit settlement at the very bounds of infinity. To get there, cross the Arctic Circle, the imaginary line that separates man from lands of mystery and wonder. It’s not so much the way of life that sets Pond Inlet’s inhabitants apart, so much as the setting. Snow-capped mountains, fjords, and glaciers combine in a dazzling natural environment that fills space and expands time. Some discoveries change you forever: this is one of them.

Day 6 Bellot Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A key stage in the Northwest Passage, the Bellot Strait, crossed by strong currents, promises you an unforgettable sailing experience. The entrance to the strait is dominated by the Ross Cairn. The buildings of Fort Ross also stand not far from here. Separating Somerset Island from the Boothia Peninsula, this 2-km-wide strait was discovered in 1852 by Captain William Kennedy of the Royal Navy, and the Frenchman Joseph-René Bellot, during an expedition in search of Sir John Franklin. Discover a magnificent décor covered in snow, fragmented by large ice floes. As you sail between them, the L'Austral will perhaps be accompanied by an icebreaker… and a few polar bears.

Day 7 Pouncet Island, Nunavut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Pouncet Island, Nunavut.

Day 8 Fury and Hecla Strait | Igloolik, Nunavut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the heart of the Arctic Ocean, set sail in the footsteps of the British explorer W.E. Parris who in 1822, during his desperate quest to find the Northwest Passage, discovered the Fury and Hecla Strait. The expedition that he led with two Royal Navy vessels, HMS Fury and HMS Hecla, in the hope of crossing the mythical maritime passageway, ended in failure. Trapped in the ice, the two ships were blocked to the north of Foxe Basin, but this allowed them to identify the strait separating the Melville Peninsula and Baffin Island. Covered by ice floe for the majority of the year, this narrow stretch of sea is very difficult to access. When you enter the passage, you will have the privilege of visiting the Inuit village of Igloolik.

Day 9 Prince Charles Island, Nunavut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day at Prince Charles Island, Nunavut.

Day 10 Cape Dorset, Nunavut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
View the beauty of Cape Dorset, Nunavut.

Day 11 Kimmirut, Nunavut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today discover the secrets of Kimmirut, Nunavut.

Day 12 Akpatok Island, Nunavut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Akpatok Island, Nunavut and view its beauty and wildlife.

Day 13 Iqaluit, Nunavut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a great time at Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Day 14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 15 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Flight to Paris

  • 1 Breakfast
From 1941 to 1992, the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland was home to an American military base. Nowadays, thanks to its international airport, it has become a transit point for travelers seeking adventure in the Far North. Located to the north of the Arctic Circle, this town is the starting point of magnificent discoveries surrounded by unspoiled nature.  Indeed, just a few dozen kilometers from there it is possible to get close to the Greenland ice sheet, the largest body of ice in the Northern Hemisphere. From Kangerlussuaq, admire also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colors, where Arctic hares, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons, and eagles live. 

Disembark at Kangerlussuaq after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Paris.

L'Austral

Per person starting at
$15,670
Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
Deluxe Stateroom
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental (except for guarantee deposit)
  • Complimentary polar parka for you to keep (no children sizes available)
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
 Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flights Flight Paris / Kangerlussuaq + transfers + flight Kangerlussuaq / Paris in economy class, on European airlines
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfer to the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise
*Tourist infrastructures are very limited in Kangerlussuaq. Flexibility and understanding of the following will be appreciated:​
  • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
  • Due to local transportation conditions, comfort is basic and carry on could be limited on board the buses used for the passengers transfer to the airport (if too large the carry on could be transferred with the main luggage). The use of a backpack is suggested.
  • Due to limited human resource, please note that drivers act as guides.
  • For passengers in transit in Paris, it is recommended to stay one night in Paris before and after your connecting flight.
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
  • Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and Zodiacs®. Rates: €70 per standard dive; €80 per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, €80 for a “discover scuba dive” course, on some cruises a dive package might be on offer. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1-year-old and their up to date dive book.
Please Note:

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.
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