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Wildlife safari cruise in Arctic Canada and Greenland


Observe Canada's Arctic wildlife on this cruise to Baffin Island and Greenland. 

On this trip, we seek the wilds and the wonders of the Arctic, in the welcoming company of those who call it home! Beginning in Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay), we’ll enter expedition mode as we seek polar bears, whales, birds, and muskoxen throughout Lancaster Sound. At Beechey Island, we’ll pay our respects at the graves of three of Sir John Franklin’s men; at Dundas Harbour, we’ll explore the abandoned HBC and RCMP post that once guarded the gateway to the Northwest Passage.  

Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet) with its stunning views of Bylot Island is a dynamic contemporary Inuit community; we’ll spend the day getting to know the place before striking out across Baffin Bay for Greenland. Towering mountains, pristine fjords, and colourful communities are among the attractions of this mighty Arctic island. The modern Greenlandic center of Illulissat offers museums, shopping, and cafés with a European flair. The Jakobshavn Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and source of the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic, provides a dramatic climax to a northern journey unlike any other.

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: A $250 US per person Discovery Fund Fee applies.

Full itinerary available upon request.

TRANSPORTATION

The cruise begins in Resolute, Nunavut and ends in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Flights from Ottawa to Resolute and Greenland to Toronto can be added to the package for $2295 US per person.

WEATHER

In August, the regional temperature is an average 50 F (9 C). It is also common to have beautiful sunny days with temperatures reaching the high 60’s F (18 C). When you are on land and walking around it usually gets quite warm and people tend to take off layers. On the other hand, zodiac rides can be quite chilly.

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

Dressing in layers of warm clothes will ensure you are always comfortable while on the ship, travelling in the zodiacs or on shore. Turtlenecks, sweaters or fleece pullovers, waterproof jacket & pants, gloves, hat, scarf, hiking boots, footwear for on board the ship, wool socks, long underwear.

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

Lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day is included.  Meals are prepared fresh daily by the on-site chef and are served in the dining room three times a day. You have the choice of buffet style dishes or you can order off the menu, which changes daily. Snacks and hot and cold drinks are always available in the forward lounge throughout the day.

Aug 06, 2018 - Aug 17, 2018
$5595.00 / per person - USD
Category 1. Quad occupancy. Quad cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bath.

$7195.00 / per person - USD
Category 2. Triple occupancy. Triple cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, three lower berths, private bath.

$8595.00 / per person - USD
Category 3. Double occupancy. Interior twin cabin. Deck five. Interior Cabin, two lower berths, private bath.

$9895.00 / per person - USD
Category 4. Double occupancy. Exterior twin cabin. Deck four. Porthole window, two lower berths, private bath.

$11195.00 / per person - USD
Category 5. Double occupancy. Main twin cabin. Deck five. Picture window, two lower berths, private bath.

$12495.00 / per person - USD
Category 6. Double occupancy. Comfort twin cabin. Deck seven & eight. Picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.

$13795.00 / per person - USD
Category 7. Double occupancy. Top deck twin cabin. Deck eight. Large picture windows (partial obstruction), matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.

$15095.00 / per person - USD
Category 8. Double occupancy. Superior twin cabin. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, twin or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.

$16395.00 / per person - USD
Category 9. Double occupancy. Junior suite. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath.

$17695.00 / per person - USD
Category 10. Double occupancy. Suite. 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, 2018 - Aug 17, 2018

Day 1

Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU
Qausuittuq, or “place with no dawn” is truly the land of the midnight sun—daylight persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. The community’s English name, Resolute Bay, honours the HMS Resolute, one of the ships in the Franklin search expedition commanded by Captain H.T. Austin. “Resolute” also describes locals who survived being relocated, in 1953, Inuit 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 on an attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage for the first time. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. The three graves found at Beechey Island left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party. With the discovery of Franklin’s flagship, HMS Erebus in 2014, and Terror in 2016, the graves at Beechey Island and nearby ruins of Northumberland House are bound to be a haunting highlight.

Day 3

Devon Island
Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on Earth, comprising over fifty thousand square kilometres. The island's geology consists of reddish Precambrian gneiss and Paeleozoic siltstones and shales; these, combined with its harsh climate, have led NASA to test its Mars rovers on Devon Island! Devon’s finest features include massive landforms, shining glaciers and long-abandoned ruins—and undisturbed habitats for Arctic wildlife.

Day 4

Lancaster Sound
We will spend the day exploring the ocean wilderness of Lancaster Sound, which is a proposed Marine Protected 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, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.

 

Day 5

North Baffin 
Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we navigate the waterways surrounding Northern Baffin Island. Wildlife will be on our minds—the region is habitat for thick-billed murres and kittiwakes, among other seabirds. Baffin’s mountains are striking, affording stunning perspectives on geological processes. Weather, ice, and opportunity will determine our route, and our team will be on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which we travel.

Day 6

Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet)
Mittimatalik is a bustling Arctic community 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. 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 unique perspective on daily life in the Arctic, and sometimes have carvings as well.

Day 7

At Sea
Our presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales amid potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage. 

Day 8

Karrat Fjord 
Today we will cruise one of Greenland’s most spectacular fjords, known for plentiful marine life and awe-inspiring landscapes. The rocky peaks of Karrat Fjord tower over a seascape littered with icebergs produced by the glaciers that extend from Greenland’s vast ice cap. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities of icebergs against the majestic rock faces.

Day 9

Uummannaq Fjord 
Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country’s second-largest system of fjords, characterized by its developed coastline and various bays, islands, and peninsulas. It is considered to be the sunniest spot in Greenland, and favourable weather—coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes—has made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit. It has been settled and re-settled continually for the last 4,500 years. Expect another day of extraordinary photographic opportunities!

Day 10

Ilulissat 
Ilulissat translates literally into “iceberg”, and there couldn’t be a more fitting name for this remarkable place. Here, we will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs at the mouth the Ilulissat Icefjord—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at nineteen metres per day—calving more than thirty-five square kilometres of ice annually, and creating the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic in the process. The bustling town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour, offers items of interest for every visitor.

Day 11

Sisimiut Coast

Warmed by the West Greenland current, the waters around Sisimiut are free of sea ice, making the area an important fishing and shipping centre as well as a habitat for marine mammals. The fish market and folk museum in Sisimuit offer an opportunity to experience modern, and historic Greenland side by side.

Day 12

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland 
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 only international flight hub. Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our return charter flight.