This new and unique voyage by Albatros Expeditions combines the dramatic and wild Arctic Canada around Baffin and Ellesmere Island with the colourful settlements along northwest Greenland. Experience the Arctic where explorers of the past searched for a Northwest Passage and through which the Greenlandic explorer Knud Rasmussen travelled on his longest sledge journey.
Your journey begins in West Greenland's Kangerlussuaq, from where we cruise west to the Inuit land of Nunavut on Baffin Island. Inuit have lived on this coast for millennia, and during your voyage to the north, you'll visit several small settlements. It was from here that Inuit migrated to Northwest Greenland 1000 years ago and created the basis for the modern Greenlandic population. The Expedition Team will constantly be on the lookout for polar bears, narwhals and the bowhead whales feeding off Baffin's coasts in September.
From Baffin Island, you'll navigate into Lancaster Sound, the start of the Northwest Passage, and then head back to Greenland. We will visit the admired Knud Rasmussen's trading station in Thule and navigate further down the west coast to Upernavik, Uummannaq and Ilulissat before returning to Kangerlussuaq after an expedition voyage that encompasses the wide range of Arctic nature and its fascinating population.
A brand new and unique voyage combining the dramatic and wild Arctic Canada around Baffin Island and Ellesmere Island
Visit Inuit settlements
Witness polar bears, narwhals and the bowhead whales feeding off Baffin's coasts in September
In the afternoon, board your chartered flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the small port located west of the airport, where your ship Ocean Albatros, will be anchored. Zodiac's will transfer you the short distance to the ship. Enjoy dinner as the ship sets sail through the Kangerlussuaq fjord.
Enjoy a day at sea, where the ship heads across the Davis Strait to Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. During the crossing, there are good opportunities to relax in the ship's library, participate in lectures held by Albatros Expeditions' onboard experts and look for seabirds and whales on your course to the southwest.
Overnight the ship approaches Cape Dyer, where the United States established one of their many Distant Early Warning stations that surround the Arctic continental American. Cape Dyer itself is a towering edge towards the Davis Strait, about 800 metres tall. The station on the very top of it has sister buildings in more places around Greenland and even the Ice Sheet, this could well be your first view of Arctic Canada.
Your ship follows the Baffin Island east coast further north today towards Isabella Bay, which is designated a bowhead whale sanctuary, with hundreds of whales feeding here every summer. Since 2010, this area has been a protected National Wildlife Area.
The sheer magnitude of vertical rocks on each side of the Sam Ford Fjord, make it worth a side step. For many rock climbers these mouthwatering, impressive sheer steep granite walls are a pilgrimage point. Enjoy the natural beauty of the fjord and the dark waters that are home to narwhals and seals. This isolated fjord was created by glaciers and some of the cliffs are up to 1500 metres above sea level. Keep a lookout for migratory birds here.
Pond Inlet, which in the local Inuit language is named Mittimatalik is a town of 1600 inhabitants, of which most are Inuits. Take a stroll through the town and admire the style of the buildings and culture, ready to compare to what you will see later in Greenland. Head back to your ship for lunch as it sails north through the Eclipse Sound dividing Baffin Island and Bylot Island.
Today you'll cruise further north into the gateway to the Northwest Passage, Lancaster Sound. Depending on ice conditions, the ship will make its way into the entrance of the passage. A few icebreaking tanker ships from Canada's northern oil fields are the only commercial ships navigating the route. During the day, the ship will cruise along the eastern coast of Devon, which is the largest uninhabited island in the world. After this, you'll continue north towards Ellesmere Island, and then east as you wave goodbye to the Canadian coast.
After traversing Smith Sound, you'll arrive at Greenland's western coast where your ship will anchor, next to the Ulummanaq hill and the Dundas Peninsula. This is the location of Knud Rasmussen's legendary trading station.
Cruise around Melville Bay today and follow the coast heading in a southern direction. You'll pass by Meteor Island and Savissivik which is the largest settlement in the Thule area. After a fantastic day of coastal and ice cruising, you'll arrive at the extraordinary-looking, 540-metre tall rock tower, the Devil's Thumb. Visit the local village where around 400 inhabitants have their home.
The Upernavik territory covers an area nearly the size of Great Britain. In the town itself and the 10 smaller villages in the area, 3000 inhabitants roam. Upernavik is home to the world's northernmost open-air museum with well-preserved buildings from the colonial period. Here your ship will anchor allowing for a landing where you'll visit the city and museum.
When you wake up this morning, you will find yourself almost 600km north of the Arctic Circle, and in one of Greenland's most beautiful and sunny regions. The ship has reached Uummannaq, situated on a small island. The impressive 1,175m heart-shaped mountain has given the town its name and dominates the view. Enjoy time to explore the city before heading back to the ship for lunch.
Ilulissat is possibly the most well-located town in Greenland. The name simply means 'icebergs' in Greenlandic, and the town's nickname is rightly named 'the Iceberg Capital'. Marvel at the gigantic icebergs packed into the cold waters of Disko Bay. The town is very vibrant, welcoming and lively, and the birthplace of Knud Rasmussen. Here you will have the opportunity to join a boat trip to the Ice fjord and a hike, or perhaps a helicopter excursion is more your thing?
Enjoy your last day at sea, catching glimpses of birds migrating south. Your onboard lecturers will hold inspiring and enriching presentations about Greenland's history, nature, wildlife and climatology. Enjoy the captain's farewell drink and a slideshow with all the memories from your trip.
After breakfast on board your ship, disembark via Zodiac boats to the shore and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Keflavik, Iceland
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