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This expedition cruise is surely one of the world’s greatest voyages. On this 17-day itinerary, you will navigate through pristine fjords and hear the cracking sound of icebergs calving off mighty glaciers. You’ll be welcomed by the Nunavut communities, learn about their past and discover their way of lives. Every day will be a new adventure – an adventure that will take you to some of the most remote places on Earth including the Baffin Island, and the home of the majestic polar bear and many wonderful and diverse marine mammals, including the beluga whale.
Be ready to sail this iconic passage at the top of the world!
Day 1: Kangerlussuaq
Day 2: Sisimiut Coast
Day 3: Ilulissat
Day 4-6: Western Greenland
Day 7: Qikiqtarjuaq
Day 8-9: East Baffin Island
Day 10: Devon Island
Day 11: Beechey Island
Day 12-13: Peel Sound & Parry Channel
Day 14-16: Kitikmeot Region
Day 17: Kugluktuk
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You will fly from Toronto on a charter flight and then transfer by bus to the port. You will then transfer to the ship, the Ocean Endeavour, by Zodiac. The adventure will begin by sailing through the mighty Sondre Stromfjord – one of the longest fjords in the world at about 104 miles, with breathtaking scenery. As you navigate through the fjord, you will be crossing the Arctic Circle.
Sisimiut Coast has a rich culture and history, having been inhabited for 4,500 years. The first 2,000 years saw the area occupied by people of the Saqqaq culture. New people then arrived, bringing with them the Dorset culture and living there for 1,500 years, before the people of the Thule culture arrived and settled. It is the Thule people that are the direct ancestors of the population currently living in the area. Sisimiut’s population lives primarily on fish, birds and mammals, including whales and seals. The ice-free conditions will allow you to navigate through some of Greenland’s deepest fjords, that are home to this beautiful wildlife.
Ilulissat Icefjord is filled with impressive icebergs calved from the Jakobshavn Glacier. You will hike along the coastline from the town of Ilulissat, before boarding a Zodiac for a sensational experience – navigating through these giant pieces of ice and hearing the sound of them cracking as you venture deeper into the fjord. You will also visit the town of Ilulissat where you can enjoy its fascinating museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.
Your adventure will continue along the west coast of Greenland. Appreciate the stunning landscapes and venture through spectacular fjords peppered with icebergs. The expedition team will offer numerous options to make the most of these days, based on weather and ice conditions. You will then depart Greenland, crossing Baffin Bay toward Nunavut, while learning from the experts on the way, from their onboard presentations.
Situated on Broughton Island in Nunavut, the community of Qikiqtarjuaq is famously warm and welcoming to its visitors. You will have time to appreciate intricate handcrafted ivory work and jewellery made by talented local artisans. The area is also known for its remarkable wildlife and Aujuittuq National Park – where travellers can contemplate the pristine scenery of the region.
During these days, you will navigate the fjords of eastern Baffin Island, admiring the mighty scenery and waiting to spot the majestic polar bears, beluga whales, narwhals and other marine mammals known to be in the area. The deck and the bridge are the perfect lookout points from which to maximise chances of spotting this incredible wildlife, whilst the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs are on hand, ready to whisk you away for a closer look when possible.
The island stretches over fifty thousand square kilometres, which makes it the largest uninhabited island on Earth. Devon Island is characterised by its unique landscapes – you will discover flat-topped mountains and infinite glacial valleys. The region has also rich human history and is filled with interesting archaeological sites.
Beechey Island is one of the most popular sites in the Arctic and is where the infamous Franklin Expedition overwintered from 1845 to 1846. You will find the graves of three of Franklin’s men, a memorial that symbolises a great period of Arctic exploration.
Peel Sound is home to abundant wildlife and offers many opportunities to explore the area. You will be hiking and exploring the geological diversity of the area. The Parry Channel is a natural waterway through the Northwest Passage. The Arctic explorer William Edward Parry was the first one to explore the area, hence the name of the channel. He got as far as Melville Island in 1819 before being blocked by ice at McClure Strait.
Kitikmeot is Nunavut’s least-populated region, but home to substantial wildlife – both in the sea and on land. The region has recently been in the news due to the discovery of the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition being found in its waters – the HMS Erebus was discovered in 2014 in the south of King William Island, and the HMS Terror found two years later in Terror Bay.
Kugluktuk is situated at the mouth of the Coppermine River, the westernmost community in Nunavut and where you will disembark the Ocean Endeavour. You will be transferred to the airport to meet our charter flights back to Calgary.
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The Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the polar regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull (Ice Class 1B), zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space and advanced navigation equipment. It offers a superb experience for up to 199 guests with facilities that include a nautical lounge, two restaurants, a sundeck and plenty of deck space for observation of the polar landscapes.
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