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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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$6995.00 USD
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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.

 

 

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 for a round trip cost of $2395 US.

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 Bay, Nunavut

Qausuittuq, or “place with no dawn,” is named for its dark winters. But in summer, the sun persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. The community’s English name, Resolute Bay, honours the HMS Resolute.

“Resolute” also describes local Inuit who were relocated, in 1953, from Inukjuak, Québec, and Mittimatalik by the Canadian government. Our early morning charter flight will bring us to Qausuittuq, where we will embark the Ocean Endeavour.

Day 2

Beechey Island 

In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. Franklin’s party overwintered at Beechey Island where three of his men died.

Numerous search parties later used Beechey as a depot and rendezvous. Amundsen, Bernier, and Larsen all visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of HMS Investigator was buried there in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and the ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.

Day 3

Devon Island

Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over fifty thousand square kilometres. The island's geology is stunning and very visible as we sail the coast. Flat topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character.

Devon Island has a rich human history and boasts historical and archaeological features. We’ll also be on the watch for wildlife.

Day 4

Lancaster Sound

We will spend the day exploring the ocean wilderness of Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound). In August of 2017, this enormous body of water was declared a National Marine Conservation Area.

Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. There is a great selection of landing sites available to choose from, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions

Day 5

North Baffin Island

Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we explore Northern Baffin Island’s mountainous fjords. Weather, ice, and opportunity will determine our route among the spectacular geology. Expert spotters will be on deck, searching for seabirds, including thick-billed murres and kittiwakes. We’ll also watch for marine mammals and scan the shores for muskoxen, caribou, and bears.

Day 6

Pond Inlet

Mittimatalik is a bustling Arctic community in a beautiful setting. The views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning. We will have a chance to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities.

A cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—arts and crafts may be available here, too. The Northern and Co-op stores offer a unique perspective on life in the Arctic, and sometimes have carvings as well.

Day 7

At Sea-Davis Strait

 Our onboard presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Our expedition team 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 potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

Day 8

Western Greenland

Greenland’s west coast is simply stunning. An expedition stop in this area will offer many outstanding features of interest. Hikers, walkers, photographers, and contemplators will all be equally delighted. From mighty mountains to the tiniest tundra flowers, we will have much to explore.

Day 9

Uummannaq Fjord

Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country’s second-largest system of fjords. It is considered Greenland’s sunniest place. A favourable climate—coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes—has made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit.

The region has been settled for thousands of years. The famous ‘Greenland mummies’ dating to the 1400s were found in Qilakitsoq, near the town of Uummannaq, which is famed for its heart-shaped mountain.

Day 10

Ilulissat

Ilulissat translates literally into “iceberg”, an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, source of many of the icebergs in the north Atlantic.

Here, we will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs to appreciate the icebergs. We will also visit the bustling town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.

Day 11

Sisimiut

People have lived in the Sisimiut area for 4,500 years. For the first 2,000 years, the people of the Saqqaq culture occupied the area. Approx. 2,500 years ago, new people brought the Dorset culture to the Sisimiut area. They lived here for 1,500 years and were followed by the people of the Thule culture—the ancestors of the current population. All these cultures came from Canada. The people primarily lived on fish, birds and mammals such as whales and seals. The ice-free conditions in the sea around Sisimiut, including some of Greenland’s deepest fjords, allow us to sail in waters that are home to many whales and seals.

Day 12

Kangerlussuaq

Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery. We end our adventure by sailing up this dramatic fjord as the sun rises to greet us.

Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here, we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our return charter flight.