For centuries intrepid explorers were determined to find a North West Passage between The Atlantic and Pacific Ocean’s. This 17-day voyage will take you on a modern-day adventure to navigate the waters that these brave men discovered for the first time and see some of the regions incredible wildlife.

Highlights

  • Experience highlights of, the Canadian Arctic and Greenland
  • Visit traditional Inuit and Greenlandic communities
  • View Arctic wildlife, such as whales, walrus and muskoxen
  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to get up close to the spectacular scenery

Day 1 — Arrive in Ottawa, Canada
Day 2 — Fly to Resolute
Days 3 to 6 — Exploring Canada’s High Arctic
Days 7 and 8 — Exploring Smith Sound
Day 9 — Qaanaaq, Greenland
Day 10 — At Sea
Days 11 to 15 — Exploring West Greenland
Day 16 — Disembark in Kangerlussuaq
Day 17 — Depart Ottawa, Canada

Day 1 — Arrive in Ottawa, Canada

Your arctic expedition begins in Ottawa, where you explore Canada’s capital city, before spending the night at your well-appointed pre-cruise hotel.

Day 2 — Fly to Resolute

In the morning, you will board the charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, you’ll have a chance to walk around this small arctic town before enjoying your first of many Zodiac cruises as you’re transferred to the ship.

Days 3 to 6 — Exploring Canada’s High Arctic

Beechey Island was named by the explorer Frederick William Beechey, after his Father. The Island is a Canadian National Historic Site and where Franklin’s expedition became trapped in the ice. Three members of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845–46 expedition are buried here. The graves are simple and make for a lonely sight; the only manmade objects in this vast unforgiving wilderness.

Radstock Bay is a popular research location for observing polar bears, which are often seen here in summer. An impressive Thule archaeological site provides insight into how these pre- Inuit people lived in the Far North.

For almost 5,000 years, the hamlet of Arctic Bay and its surrounding area has been occupied by Inuit nomads migrating from the west. Surrounded by soaring cliffs teeming with seabirds, this is a great spot to go ashore and learn about the Inuit community’s traditional way of life. The eastern end of Lancaster Sound affords numerous hiking opportunities on Devon Island. We’ll anchor at Croker Bay, where we’ll Zodiac cruise along the face of an active glacier. We’ll try to keep a safe distance, but still hope to get close enough to appreciate the splendor of calving ice. Walrus frequent the waters here, so be sure to have your camera handy. A hike to a nearby archaeological site is another possible excursion. At Dundas Harbour, trek along a beach to a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost. Encounters with muskoxen are possible here.

Canada’s most northern settlement, Grise Fjord will be your final shore visit in the Canadian High Arctic. Now home to about 150 residents, the traditional, mostly Inuit community was created in 1953, when the federal government resettled eight Inuit families from northern Quebec. Hunting and fishing are a significant part of their way of life. Visit the monument to the first Inuit settlers, as well as the remnants of the “old camp” where they lived.

Days 7 and 8 — Exploring Smith Sound

Before saying goodbye to Canada, you’ll cruise as far north as possible, exploring both sides of Smith Sound, the uninhabited passage between Ellesmere Island and Greenland.

Day 9 — Qaanaaq, Greenland

Your first stop in Greenland is Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world (there’s a reason ancient philosophers called it Ultima Thule, or “edge of known territory”). Here, local Inuit share their culture and traditions, and the museum sheds more light on what it’s like living near the top of the world.

Day 10 — At Sea

As we sail south along the west coast of Greenland, presentations by our on-board experts will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.

Days 11 to 15 — Exploring West Greenland

With spectacular glaciers, soaring fjords and vibrant communities, the west coast of Greenland will leave you breathless. As your ship approaches the shore, you’ll want to be on deck to take in the incredible view of the twin peaks towering over the vibrantly painted wooden houses dotting the rocky terrain below.

Day 16 — Disembark in Kangerlussuaq

Enjoy one more Zodiac ride to shore, where you’ll board your charter flight back to Ottawa, Canada. Upon arrival in Ottawa, we will transfer you to your included hotel.

Day 17 — Depart Ottawa, Canada

Today, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some time exploring this historic city.


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