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The fabled sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Northwest Passage continues to grip our collective imagination. On this captivating 17-day voyage, Epic High Arctic by Quark Expeditions, you will board one of the most exciting new vessels in the expedition world, Ultramarine to explore this fascinating waterway with an incredible range of onboard comforts and off-ship adventures no other vessel can offer. Pass through the Canadian Arctic archipelago and journey back in time to the height of Arctic exploration, navigating the waters explored by sailors from different lands.
Marvel at highlights of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland's stunning west coast, stopping at traditional Inuit and Greenlandic communities. Participate in included helicopter activities and take in the vast, pristine Arctic wilderness from the air.
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Ilulissat Icefjord, and keep your eyes peeled for the elusive and majestic creatures who make their homes in this harsh, remote landscape, such as whales, walrus, muskoxen and polar bears.
Day 1: Arrive in Toronto, Canada
Day 2: Fly to Resolute and embark your ship
Days 3 - 6: Explore Canada’s High Arctic
Days 7 & 8: Explore Smith Sound
Day 9: Qaanaaq, Greenland
Day 10: At Sea
Days 11 - 15: Explore West Greenland
Day 16: Disembark in Kangerlussuaq & fly to Toronto
Day 17: Depart Toronto, Canada
Your arctic expedition begins in Toronto. Explore this vibrant city on your own before spending the night at your hotel
In the morning, you will board the charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, you’ll have the chance to walk around this small Arctic town before enjoying the first of many Zodiac cruises as you’re transferred to the ship.
Cruising around the remote regions of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic aboard Ultramarine, the newest ship in Quark Expeditions' fleet, you'll navigate the same icy inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of long ago. 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.
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.
Your first stop in Greenland is Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world. 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.
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.
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.
Enjoy one more Zodiac ride to shore, where you’ll board your charter flight back to Toronto, Canada. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to your included hotel.
Today, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some time exploring this fascinating city.
Ultramarine is a purpose-built ship carefully designed to optimise your polar expedition experience so that you can discover some of the most mesmerising places on Earth and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes of the polar regions. Equipped with two helicopters, she also brings you access to new places accessible only by air, pushing the opportunities for polar exploration even further and bringing you more options for adventure than ever before.
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