In 1848, 149 men and two ships – the Erebus and Terror set sail from Kent. Their mission? To find a theorised maritime route between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. They never returned. The North West Passage and the fate of those who searched for it have long captured the imaginations of the most intrepid explorers. follow in the footsteps of Franklin's final expedition aboard a modern expedition ship.

Highlights

  • Experience the breath-taking beauty of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic
  • Explore the vibrant Greenlandic villages and shop for traditional Inuit crafts
  • View iconic arctic wildlife, such as whales, walrus and muskoxen
  • Hike the crisp tundra
  • Get up close to glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more on zodiacs

Day 1 — Arrive in Ottawa, Canada
Day 2 — Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and Embark
Days 3 and 4 — Exploring West Greenland
Day 5 — At Sea
Days 6 to 15 — Canada's High Arctic
Day 16 — Disembarkation in Resolute, Canada
Day 17 — Depart Ottawa

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Day 1 — Arrive in Ottawa, Canada
Your high arctic adventure begins in Ottawa, where you will explore the Canadian capital before spending a night in the group’s hotel.
Day 2 — Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and Embark
You will fly to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, a small seaside community that’s your gateway to Greenland. Enjoy your first ride in a zodiac boat as you’re are transferred to the ship. Take in the view on the observation deck as the ship prepares to sail. 
Days 3 and 4 — Exploring West Greenland
You will explore the Western Coast of Greenland including the town of Maniitsoq which is located in an archipelago crossed by canals. Majestic snowcapped mountains surround the small town whose name means ‘the uneven place’ in the Summer humpbank whales migrate here playing in the water.
Day 5 — At Sea
You will sail into the Davis Strait, leaving Greenland behind, the expedition team will give lectures that prepare you fully for the adventure that lies ahead.
Days 6 to 15 — Canada's High Arctic
Canada’s high Arctic Archipelago is home to towering fjords and Inuit communities. You will be following the route that Franklin took before he disappeared sailing through Baffin Bay, 
Visit towering fjords, historical sites and traditional Inuit communities as you follow the footsteps of famous explorers from long ago in the Canadian High Arctic.

The picturesque Inuit hamlet of Pangnirtung, nicknamed the Switzerland of the Arctic, is nestled beneath the jagged peaks of Mount Duval. An artist’s hub, Pang is renowned for its traditional Inuit arts and crafts, especially lithographs and intricate tapestries. At the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts, watch craftspeople in the tapestry studio and pick up a limited-edition print. A must for visitors, a colourful Pang hat will keep you warm during the remainder of your arctic voyage. You’ll also visit nearby Kekerten, an uninhabited island that was a major whaling destination in the 1800s.

At the southern tip of the Cumberland Sound, Cape Mercy was named by British explorer John Davis (yes, he of the Davis Strait), who sailed through it in 1585. The site of an old Distant Early Warning Line installation, it’s an ideal spot to go ashore for a hike.

As icebergs travel down the Davis Strait, they’re naturally trapped at Qikiqtarjuak (formerly known as Broughton Island), the iceberg capital of the world. The icy waters here are sometimes also home to narwhals, beluga and right whales, and ring and harp seals. A hike up to the hilltop inukshuk (a stone figure made by the Inuit) rewards with spectacular views of the community.

Cruising farther north along the east coast of Baffin Island, we’ll approach Isabella Bay, an important summer and fall feeding area for a large population of bowhead whales.

Stacked side by side, the dozens of soaring cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord make for a majestic site as you sail by. One of the most isolated places on the planet, the big-wall playground attracts climbers eager to scale the sheer rock faces that shoot straight out of the sea.

At the northern tip of Baffin Island, near the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, is the picturesque hamlet of Pond Inlet. Spend some time exploring this traditional Inuit community that’s surrounded by scenic mountains, fjords, glaciers and icebergs.

The area around Lancaster Sound affords several hiking opportunities. At Dundas Harbour, on Devon Island, you’ll visit an abandoned beachside outpost of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At nearby Croker Bay, cruise in a Zodiac (at a safe distance) along the face of an actively calving glacier. Your Expedition Team will also keep its eyes peeled for the muskoxen and walrus that are known to visit the bay. A hike to a nearby archaeological site is another possible excursion. Farther west, some of the best ancient Thule remains in the Arctic are at Radstock Bay, beside the soaring Caswell Towers, a polar bear observation site. Exploring the area, you’ll gain insight into how these pre-Inuit people lived.

At the western end of Devon Island, the windswept Beechey Island might be small, but it’s steeped in history. Named after famed British explorer Frederick William Beechey, it’s a Canadian National Historic Site. You’ll visit the small marked graves of three crew members who died during Sir John Franklin’s tragic 1845–46 expedition. Roald Amundsen landed here in 1903, during the first successful voyage by ship through the Northwest Passage.

Sailing down the east coast of Somerset Island, you may have a chance of spotting beluga whales and narwhals, as they feed on the large numbers of arctic char that enter Creswell Bay in late summer. An Important Bird Area, the bay also attracts such species as black-bellied plovers, king eiders and white-rumped sandpipers. You’ll also have time to explore Fort Ross, where the Hudson’s Bay Company established a now-abandoned trading post in 1937. At the midpoint of the Bellot Strait, a narrow channel that separates Somerset Island from mainland North America, you’ll reach the northernmost area of the continental landmass, Zenith Point.


Day 16 — Disembarkation in Resolute, Canada
After disembarking in Resolute, you’ll be transferred to your charter flight to Ottawa, where you’ll spend the night at your included hotel.

Day 17 — Depart Ottawa
Today, make your way to the airport to catch your homeward flights, or spend the day exploring Canada’s capital city.

Ocean Adventurer

Rating
4
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
137

The Ocean Adventurer has been a very popular Antarctic exploration ship for many years and is perfectly designed for exploring the region. Carrying just 117 passengers ensures there is a high focus on exploration, and the ship boasts an expert team of expedition staff alongside a varied programme of landings, a fleet of zodiacs and a series of lectures.

Ocean Adventurer from 27th August 2019 to 12th September 2019

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Ocean Adventurer from 10th September 2019 to 26th September 2019

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