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Visit three spectacular Arctic regions on this 13-day Heart of the Arctic voyage with Adventure Canada aboard the Ocean Endeavour.
Meet the artists in South Baffin Island’s Inuit famous art-making communities and explore Nunavik, the Arctic coast of Quebec. Cross the Davis Strait in the wake of the explorers. Explore the deep fjords and vibrant communities of Greenland. Board a Zodiac to spot whales, birds, bears, and caribou. Journey with scientists, historians, Inuit artists, and culturalists to the heart of the Canadian Arctic.
Day 1: Iqaluit, Canada
Day 2: Frobisher Bay
Day 3: Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)
Day 4: Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
Day 5: Hudson Strait
Days 6 & 7: Ungava Peninsula
Days 8 & 9: Ungava Bay
Day 10: At sea – Davis Strait
Day 11: Nuuk, Greenland
Day 12: Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord
Day 13: Kangerlussuaq
Day 1 - Iqaluit, Canada
Iqaluit, at the head of Frobisher Bay, is Nunavut’s capital. A population of nearly 8,000 call Iqaluit home. Local attractions include the territorial Legislature, igloo-inspired St. Jude’s Cathedral, art shops, and more. You will transfer by Zodiac to Ocean Endeavour through Iqaluit harbour.
Today you’ll be on the lookout for wildlife and your onboard geologists will have you raving about rocks. Expect compelling scenery, and soak up the Arctic splendour as you go!
Kimmirut means “the heel” in Inuktitut, referring to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community. Art aficionados may know the hamlet as Lake Harbour, home to one of the first Hudson's Bay Company outposts on Baffin Island. Art has played a major role in putting Kimmirut on the map. The hamlet of approximately four hundred is known for its ivory scrimshaw and jewellery making. The blooming tundra offers easy walking.
Kinngait was ground zero for the Inuit art market. In 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established—the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada. Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers continue to make Kinngait a proud centre for Inuit art. We’ll visit studios and meet the artists here—an opportunity to purchase outstanding works.
Today your ship will navigate the icy, fast-moving waters of Hudson Strait. Join your expedition staff on deck, scanning for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds.
Along the Ungava Peninsula, you will explore an area of treeless tundra rich in geology and flora. You'll enjoy hiking and a Zodiac cruise here.
Large and shallow, Ungava Bay is a rich ecosystem and home to a variety of wildlife, including an endangered Beluga population and Canada’s largest number of breeding Thick-billed Murres. Here you'll board Zodiacs to scout the shorelines and any outlying ice with hopes of seeing polar bears, walrus, and other marine life.
You'll also pay a visit to uninhabited Akpatok Island, the biggest island in Ungava Bay, at over nine hundred square kilometres. It’s named for the akpat—the Thick-billed Murres—that nest on ledges of Aktpatok’s lofty cliffs.
The staff on board your ship will deepen your understanding of the Arctic as you sail across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Enjoy workshops, watch a documentary—and get out on deck! Keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales, as well as the seabirds that are sure to accompany your ship.
Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, bridges old and new. The old harbour includes many buildings dating from Danish colonial days, while contemporary Nuuk is known for art, shopping, pubs and cafes. The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies are housed here.
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. You’ll explore this sublime landscape by ship, and by Zodiac.
In the early morning, your ship will complete the overnight journey up Sondre Stromfjord—a 168-kilometre-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers, bisected by the Arctic Circle. Kangerlussuaq, the settlement at its head is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. You'll transfer to shore by Zodiac, then transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
The Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the polar regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull (Ice Class 1B), zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space and advanced navigation equipment. It offers a superb experience for up to 199 guests with facilities that include a nautical lounge, two restaurants, a sundeck and plenty of deck space for observation of the polar landscapes.
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