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Winding your way through the icy channels of the legendary Northwest Passage is history brought to life. On this compelling 17-day journey aboard Quark Expedition's game-changing new vessel Ultramarine, you'll retrace the steps of the intrepid Franklin Expedition, which left the shores of England in 1845 in search of the last unexplored section of the Northwest Passage - only to become permanently icebound. Its discovery more than a century and a half later was a much-celebrated moment in polar history.
Explore colourful Greenlandic villages, and shop for Inuit handicrafts. Hike the endless Arctic backdrop and marvel at the vast, colourful Tundra. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive and majestic creatures that make their homes in this wilderness, such as whales, walrus, muskoxen and polar bears. Come aboard and follow in the footsteps of Franklin's legendary Arctic voyage, and return home with memories to last a lifetime.
Day 1: Arrive in Toronto, Canada
Day 2: Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and Embark
Days 3 & 4: Exploring West Greenland
Day 5: At Sea
Days 6 - 15: Canada's High Arctic
Day 16: Disembarkation in Resolute, Canada & Fly to Toronto
Day 17: Depart Toronto
Your high arctic adventure begins in Toronto. Explore this vibrant city on your own before spending the night at your hotel
You will fly to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland after breakfast, this small seaside community is your gateway to Greenland. Enjoy your first ride in a zodiac boat as you are transferred to the ship. Take in the view on the observation deck as the ship prepares to sail.
You will explore the Western Coast of Greenland including the town of Maniitsoq which is located in an archipelago crossed by canals and is known as the 'Venice of Greenland'. Majestic snowcapped mountains surround the small town whose name means ‘the uneven place’ in the Summer humpback whales migrate here playing in the water.
You will sail into the Davis Strait in pursuit of the Canadian Arctic, leaving Greenland behind, the expedition team will give lectures that prepare you fully for the adventure that lies ahead.
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.
Cruising farther north along the east coast of Baffin Island, you will 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.
After disembarking in Resolute, you’ll be transferred to your charter flight to Toronto, where you’ll spend the night at your included hotel.
Today, make your way to the airport to catch your flight home or spend the day 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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