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This 20-day voyage begins and ends in western Greenland and attempts to circumnavigate Baffin Island through the entrance of the legendary Northwest Passage. This vast, remote region is a pure and beautiful landscape of icebergs, sea cliffs, and mountains, and home to a wealth of wildlife, including whales and polar bears. You’ll also have many opportunities to meet modern Inuit communities and learn about their culture as you explore this fascinating region of the Arctic onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2: Sisimuit, Greenland
Day 3: Ilulissat, Greenland
Day 4: Labrador Sea
Days 5 - 16: Canadian Eastern Arctic
Days 17 & 18: Labrador Sea
Day 19: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 20: Copenhagen
Day 1 - Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Starting with a flight from Copenhagen, you will arrive late in the evening at the international airport in Kangerlussuaq. After a transfer to the port and embarkation on your expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen, you will set sail almost the entire length of the fjord (190km) before reaching the open sea.
Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland, situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. It is a modern, growing settlement with a history that goes back 4,500 years. Its name means `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens´. There are a variety of optional excursions available here to discover the area.
This small town is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord, you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These ice masses originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world. Join one of the many excursions here including walking to the ice fjords or taking a boat trip.
Today your ship will cross the Davis Strait and head up into Baffin Bay. This strait was named after English explorer John Davis who searched for a route through the Northwest Passage between 1585 and 1587. Wind down and watch the waves aboard the ship or enjoy a lecture from the Expedition Team as your ship heads north towards Baffin Island.
After crossing the Davis Strait and sailing up through Baffin Bay, you'll arrive at the northern part of Baffin Island and the entrance to the legendary Northwest Passage. From here, you start your exploration of the high Canadian Arctic and your ship will attempt to successfully complete a circumnavigation of Baffin Island. Unpredictable ice conditions in this remote region lay the grounds for a true expedition where adventure is the only certainty.
Along the way, you will hopefully land at sites that are linked to early exploration history, visit traditional Inuit communities, and hope to spot Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, foxes, whales, seals, and large colonies of seabirds. There will also be opportunities for small expedition boat cruising between ice floes, and in true expedition style, you will go ashore and experience the pristine wilderness first hand.
The ship captain and Expedition Leader will continuously assess the current weather and sea conditions, adapt activities accordingly and adjust the itinerary.
Your ship will cross the Labrador Sea back towards Kangerlussuaq over the next two days. Time at sea is spent at your leisure aboard the ship. Relax while gazing out at the view, learn more from the knowledgeable Expedition Team in the onboard lecture series, or swap experiences of the expedition with your fellow explorers.
Returning to Kangerlussuaq, you will take a trip to the Reindeer Glacier at the Greenland Ice Cap, stretching 1,500 miles north and reaching heights of up to 3,200 metres above sea level. Enjoy a farewell barbecue meal aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen before disembarking and transferring to the airport for a late evening flight to Copenhagen.
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