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Arctic Explorer cruise from Resolute, Nunavut to Greenland


Explore the waters of the Arctic Ocean from Nunavut, Canada to Greenland on this exciting Arctic cruise expedition. 

In the mythic far reaches of the Arctic lie Inuit homelands. Journey in comfort from Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay), Nunavut to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Visit the Arctic at the height of summer! 
 
Explore Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), a newly designated marine protected area. Visit the graves of Franklin’s men on Beechey Island. Enjoy an Inuit welcome in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet); try your hand at Arctic games.

Across Baffin Bay lies the sublime Greenland coast. Illulissat offers cafes, hiking, and handicrafts. Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to Sermeq Kujalleq, the fastest-moving glacier in the world. Explore the best of Greenland and Nunavut in summer!

ATTENTION SINGLE TRAVELLERS: This cruise welcomes solo travellers. Most cabin categories on the ship are available as a private cabin to single travellers for no additional cost.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Cruises & Boat Tours
SEASON

August

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
198
GUIDE INFORMATION

Tours are guided by the expedition staff that may include artistic, cultural and natural history specialists.

RESTRICTIONS

This program features activities such as walking, wildlife viewing and Zodiac cruising, all at a relatively easy to moderate level of exertion. You will need to be able climb into and out of landing crafts (assistance is provided), and some of the landings will be “wet,” requiring that you wear waterproof boots. A reasonable level of mobility is required to fully enjoy this travel program and to ensure the steady movements of the larger group of passengers.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Arrival flights to the starting point and departure flights from the last community, personal expenses (laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, etc.), additional expenses in the event of weather delays or itinerary changes, staff gratuities, mandatory medical and evacuation insurance, passports.

Comments: Discovery Fund Fee of $250 US per person applies. Fuel surcharges may also apply.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Tour begins in Resolute Bay, Nunavut and ends in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Charter flights from Ottawa to Resolute and Greenland to Toronto can be added to the package.

WEATHER

Temperatures run around 8 to 15 degrees Celsius (46° to 60°  Fahrenheit) on average. That being said, there has been more than one day enjoyed in shorts and a t-shirt on deck in the Canadian Arctic! However, temperatures can fall below zero (especially at night) and the the snow can fly at anytime. 

REGION
Nunavut
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Educational program and pre-departure materials, all shore and Zodiac excursions, transfers between piers and applicable airports, service charges, embarkation taxes and port fees.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm coat, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, long pants, wind jacket, wind pants, rain gear, rubber boots, hiking boots, hat, gloves.  Full clothing listed supplied upon booking.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The cruise takes place aboard the Ocean Endeavour.  Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer. Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014.

At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada's expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn - connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue. The Ocean Endeavour's private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Meals begin with lunch on Day 1 and end with breakfast on the last day. Meals are prepared fresh daily by the on-site chef and are served in the dining room three times a day. Snacks and hot and cold drinks are always available in the forward lounge throughout the day.

Aug 06, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019
$6995.00 / per person - USD
Category 1. Quad cabin. Quad occupancy. Deck four. Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bath.

$8195.00 / per person - USD
Category 2. Triple cabin. Triple occupancy. Deck four. Interior Cabin, three lower berths, private bath.

$9595.00 / per person - USD
Category 3. Interior twin. Double occupancy. Deck five. Interior Cabin, two lower berths, private bath.

$10895.00 / per person - USD
Category 4. Exterior twin cabin. Double occupancy. Deck four. Porthole window, two lower berths, private bath.

$12195.00 / per person - USD
Category 5. Main twin cabin. Double occupancy. Deck five. Picture window, two lower berths, private bath.

$13495.00 / per person - USD
Category 6. Comfort twin cabin. Double occupancy. Deck seven. Picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator.

$14795.00 / per person - USD
Category 7. Top deck twin cabin. Double occupancy. Deck eight. Large picture windows (partial obstruction), matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.

$16095.00 / per person - USD
Category 8. Superior twin cabin. Double occupancy. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, twin or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.

$17395.00 / per person - USD
Category 9. Junior suite. Double occupancy. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath.

$18695.00 / per person - USD
Category 10. Suite. Double occupancy. Deck seven. Picture windows overlooking the bow, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub.
PAYMENT INFORMATION


A $1000.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
All prices are in US dollars. All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received at least 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administration fee of $500 US dollars per passenger. If cancellation is made between 91 and 120 days, cancellation charge is 65% of cruise cost. Please note that within the 90-day limit, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited.

Aug 06, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019

Day 1

Resolute, Nunavut

As remote and challenging as its name suggests, Resolute is a rugged community serving the mining, military and exploration industries. A monument honours the hamlet's first permanent citizens, relocated by the Canadian government to help establish sovereignty in the Far North. 

Here we embark the Ocean Endeavour and commence our voyage.

Day 2

Beechey Island and Prince Leopold

In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men in two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. It was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance. 

Day 3

Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay) 

Our first community visit calls at Arctic Bay, well known for it's recreational events. The most popular being the Midnight Sun Marathon, which is done annually and is 84 KM in duration. This community of just over 800 inhabitants experiences the lowest tidal range in Canada within it's Bay. A perfect place to be welcomed into Canadian Inuit cultures and history.

 

Day 4

Devon Island

Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on earth and comprises over fifty thousand square kilometres. It was first sighted by Europeans in 1616, though it was not settled for another three hundred years with the arrival of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Because of its high elevation and extreme climate, Devon Island supports only a meager population of musk ox as well as some small birds and mammals. Devon Island is also known for the presence of the Haughton impact crater, created some 39 million years ago by a two-kilometre wide meteorite.

Day 5

Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

Mittimatalik or Pond Inlet is a bustling Arctic community is surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Eastern Arctic. 

We will have a chance to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who will gladly share their culture. We will be treated to a cultural presentation at the Nattinnak Centre. Arts and crafts may be available here.

Day 6

North East Baffin

The Arctic coastline provides numerous opportunities for landings; our program will explore the wealth and diversity of the land. We'll seek marine mammals, musk ox and polar bears as we travel, and bird watchers will want to keep their binoculars always at hand.

Not to be missed are the tiny, beautiful Arctic plants, making the most of the brief summer, and the extraordinary geology that so defines the North.

Day 7

Nigingnaniq (Isabella Bay)

Niginganiq is a 336,000 ha marine region on Baffin Island that is a crucial feeding area for threatened bowhead whales - the world's first Inuit-initiated marine mammal sanctuary.

The area includes two deep offshore troughs rich in copepods which are a main food source for the bowhead whale.   

Day 8

Karrat Fjord

In Karrat Fjord we will cruise one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords. During ice breakup, narwhals and seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs within the fjord should give us good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies. 

Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities.

Day 9

Uummannaq

Despite being situated in the shadow of a mountain, Uummannaq is the sunniest place in Greenland! It is an impressive and imposing 1,175-metre hunk of red gneiss called Uummannaq Mountain. 

This mountain serves as the town's backdrop on which colourful, single-family homes cling, anchored by cables and pipes. 

The famous Greenlandic mummies dating from the 15th century were found on the shore opposite Uummannaq.

Day 10

Ilulissat

Venturing 250km north of the Arctic Circle we find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates literally into "iceberg", and there couldn't be a more fitting name. 

Our visit will include time in the colourful town and a chance to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice. 

We will also cruise in our fleet of zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is where we find the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at 19m per day and calving more than 35 square kilometers of ice annually.

Day 11

Itilleq Fjord

The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, myriad islands and complex coastal waterways. We will be making an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape.

Day 12

Kangerlussuaq

Lying at the head of the longest fjord in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has one of the most stable climates in the region though temperatures can range from -50C in the winter to as high as 28C in summer. 

Kangerlussuaq, which means 'The Big Fjord' in Greenlandic, is appropriately named, as it's 168km long. This stunning sight marks the end of our voyage. 

On disembarkation our charter flight will return us to Canada.