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A 12-day itinerary to explore the Baffin island’s pristine landscapes from immense glacial systems to imposing mountains and infinite icy waters. The region is filled with incredible stories of great explorers like Sir John Franklin. You will have the opportunity to meet with locals and get a glimpse of their culture as well as observe pristine wilderness. For the lucky ones, the elusive polar bear might make an appearance during the voyage.

Highlights

  • Visit Auyuittuq National Park, the crown jewel of the Baffin Island
  • Explore Prince Leopold Island, home to hundred thousand of birds
  • Contemplate a variety of birdlife and marine wildlife
  • Learn this history of Sir John Franklin

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Ottawa
Day 2: Monumental Island
Day 3: Pangnirtung
Day 4: Sunshine Fjord
Day 5: Auyuittuq National Park
Day 6: Niginganiq (Isabella Bay)
Day 7: Gibbs Fjord
Day 8: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Day 9: Devon Island
Day 10: Prince Leopold Island
Day 11: Beechey Island
Day 12: Edmonton


Day 1: Ottawa

You will depart from Ottawa on a scheduled flight to Iqaluit in Baffin Island. It is the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Once you arrive, you will take advantage of a walking tour of the town before heading to the expedition ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, in the afternoon. The team will greet their guests with a welcome cocktail and then sail off the coast to explore one of the most remote places on Earth – Baffin Island.

Day 2: Monumental Island

The ship will navigate to Monumental island, a well-known location for spotting walrus. You will explore the shoreline by Zodiac, looking for these remarkable creatures, as well as the majestic polar bear! They have been known to chase walrus on shores and into the water.

Day 3: Pangnirtung

The next destination will be the village of Pangnirtung. Located in the heart of Cumberland Sound, this village is the getaway to one of Canada’s most spectacular National Parks: Auyuittuq. Pangnirtung is a remote community filled with tradition as well as contemporary arts and crafts including carvings, prints and textiles. If you want to explore this remote place, the Angmarlik Visitor Centre is a great place to start, here you will have the opportunity to widen your knowledge and know more about the lifestyle and history of the Thule and modern Inuit.

Day 4: Sunshine Fjord

The next day, you will set sail to Sunshine Fjord and, depending on the weather, you will cruise across the Circle on the ship, by Zodiac or by foot. A thrilling moment as the Sunshine Fjord also offers great hiking opportunities, you can go along the shorelines or venture further in and choose longer routes that offer scenic views of the island. Alternatively, you have the option to experience the waters of the fjord in a kayak.

Day 5: Auyuittuq National Park

Auyuittuq National Park is located on the eastern coast of Baffin Island, the pristine landscape is dominated by impressive mountains and glaciers and filled with powerful rivers. You will progress through the parks accompanied by local guides who will explain the flora and fauna surrounding you as well as the geological and glacial factors that have shaped the region. You will be fortunate to walk in the pristine scenery experienced by only a few visitors every season. The expedition team will plan to visit the small settlement of Qikiqtarjuaq, home to several Inuit families.

Day 6: Niginganiq (Isabella Bay)

The adventure will continue north along the coastline of Baffin Island until you reach Isabella Bay (Nigingani), an important feeding area for bowhead whales. You will have the opportunity to spot these sublime creatures, they are able to break the ice with the crown of their head. The region is also home to other species such as polar bears, ringed seals, Canada geese, snow geese and narwhal.

Day 7: Gibbs Fjord

In the morning, you will enter the sublime Gibbs Fjord and admire its majestic towering cliffs surrounding you. The ship will cruise slowly through the fjord. Go on the deck and take advantage of this natural beauty.

Day 8: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

At the northern part of Baffin Island, you will enter a channel which is home to the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). A visit to the Natinnak Centre is highly recommended, you will learn from a fascinating culture and history of the people of the North. Inuit carvings, jewellery and other traditional craft. This jewel in the crown of Canada's Arctic Park system features the most spectacular scenery, with rugged mountains, ice fields, glaciers, coastal lowlands and large seabird colonies.

Day 9: Devon Island

The ship will leave the pristine landscapes of Baffin Island and cross Lancaster Sound for your next destination, Devon Island. Here, waters from the Atlantic Ocean meet with the Arctic Ocean, creating a rich source of nutrients which is essential for abundant wildlife. You will visit the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour.

Day 10: Prince Leopold Island

Prince Leopold Island is home to a hundred thousand birds. It is the most significant bird sanctuaries in the entire Arctic ecosystem. The area is filled with thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes. You can also spot beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales, several species of seal, as well as the polar bear.

Day 11: Beechey Island

You will continue the adventure in Beechey Island, a place where Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness. One Ocean Expeditions played a major role in the discovery as they carried underwater search equipment scientists, historians and researchers in September 2014. 

Day 12: Edmonton

You will disembark in Resolute and take your flight to Edmonton. A transfer is provided from the airport into a central downtown location.


Ioffe

Rating
5
Standard
Simple
Capacity
96

The Akademik Ioffe was designed and built as a polar scientific research vessel and has features that few other ships in the polar regions can match. The ship is stable and quiet, which means she can expertly manoeuvre close to the action. There is plenty of outside deck space for observing Antarctica and because the ship carries just 96 passengers, it means everyone can set foot on the ice at the same time.


Ioffe from 22nd July 2019 to 2nd August 2019

Ioffe from 27th July 2020 to 8th August 2020




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