This amazing cruise to Greenland and Northern Canada covers some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the planet across 17 exciting days. Cruising the area know as the Davis Strait, the plan is to head up the Northern Canadian coast discovering some of the beautiful scenery, glaciers and towns before coming back down the coast of Greenland. The area is known for amazing wildlife including a chance of spotting the Polar Bear and after your landings the comfort of your luxury ship await you.
Kangerlussuaq is Greenland's main air transport hub and after arrival you will be transferred to the ship for boarding. It’s also possible to see muskoxen, caribou, and gyrfalcons in the area so keep an eye out on your transfer! Your ship will depart in the late afternoon and after the mandatory safety drill there will be time to relax and settle in.
Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the northernmost town in Greenland where the port remains free of ice in the winter. This first stop on your voyage is a perfect introduction to the communities of Greenland
This area of Greenland is also known for its huge basalt mountains, and the small hunting and fishing village of Uummannaq rests at the foot of the heart-shaped Uummannaq Mountain, a name that translates to mean “in the shape of a seal’s heart”. It is also common to see Whales in the area so keep an eye out when you are sailing in and out.
Today is the perfect oppourtunity to relax and enjoy the ship. Perhaps enjoy a late breakfast in your suite, brought to you by your butler. Or perhaps a visit to the observation lounge to enjoy a drink and some time to yourself.
Over the last 24 hours you will have been crossing the Davis Strait and today you will arrive in the Baffin Island area of Canada. The fjords is a 110-kilometer waterway lined with sheer cliffs formed by ancient glaciers. It’s a spectacular sight so make sure you head out on deck to see the ship navigating carefully through the area.
The geological formations of Gibbs Fjord make it an excellent place for photo opportunities and it is astounding to realize that very little of this spectacular terrain has ever been explored.
Bylot Island, off the northern end of Baffin Island has an area of 4,273 square miles, making it one of the largest uninhabited islands in the world. Weather permitting, you will explore the area on-board the Zodiac boats where you will be able to observe some of the 74 species of Arctic birds thrive on this island.
This morning you will make a stop at Devon Island which is an Island nearly the size of Croatia. On the western half of the island, lays the 14 mile wide Haughton impact crater. It was created around 39 million years ago when a meteorite crashed into the land and the landscape surrounding the site is said to resemble that of Mars.
This afternoon your ship will move on to Coburg Island which is a heady mix of cliffs, rocky shores, and lush tundra. The surrounding waters are known for sightings of Bowhead, Narwhal and Beluga Whales.
Markison Fjord was cut into Ellesmere Island by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Today, the combination of calm blue-green waters, icebergs, snow-covered mountains, and glaciers makes for a stunning scenic cruise. Polar bears and beluga are frequently seen in this area.
Today it is planned to spend the day on the ship navigating the spectacular Alexandra Fjord. The fjord is a naturally formed inlet on the Johan Peninsula of Ellesmere Island and known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife.
Your ship will call in at Pim Island, which is most noted as the site where members of the Greely Expedition of 1881-1884 were forced to take refuge for nine months before they were rescued. The ruins of their escapade are still visible today.
Qaanaaq is steeped in Viking legend as they established their parliament in Torshaven in AD850. The harbour is known as Thor’s Harbour after the god of thunder in Norse mythology. Today it is largest city of the Faroe Islands, with fish-processing plants, a shipyard, and woolen products making up industry today.
After sailing out of Qaanaaq Village, your ship will navigate Bowdoin Fjord. The rocks that make up the scenery here are old marine seabed deposits that are more than 1,000 million years old. With all the weathering, they have become a ‘painted landscape’ of ochres, olives, russets and mauves.
Cape York is an important geographical feature delimiting the Melville Bay at its northwestern end and Kiatassuaq Island at its other end. There is a chain of coastal islands that stretches between the two capes, most notably Meteorite Island, named for the discovery one of the world’s largest iron meteorites in Savissivik, a settlement on the island.
Today is a chance to catch up on your photographs and relax aboard your ship.
Known as the birthplace of icebergs, the Ilulissat Icefjord produces nearly 20 million tons of ice each day. The town of Ilulissat is home to around 4,500 people making it the third-largest town in Greenland after Nuuk and Sisimiut. You can explore the town or take one of the marked trails to view the Ililissat Icefjord and take some spectacular pictures along the route.
This is the final stop on this cruise and a great location to finish your Greenland adventure. Explore this charming village and interact with the local community. Tonight you can enjoy your last dinner on board and see some of your fellow passengers
Today you will disembark the ship after breakfast and head to the airport for your onward flight.
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