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This voyage by Hurtigruten begins and ends in western Greenland and attempts to circumnavigate Baffin Island through the entrance of the legendary Northwest Passage. This vast, remote region is a pure and beautiful landscape of icebergs, sea cliffs and mountains, and home to a wealth of wildlife, including whales and polar bears. On this 20-day itinerary, you'll also have many opportunities to meet modern Inuit communities and learn about their culture.
Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2: Sisimiut
Day 3: Ilulissat
Day 4: Labrador Sea
Days 5 - 16: Canadian Eastern Arctic
Days 17 & 18: Labrador Sea
Day 19: Kangerlussuaq
Day 20: Copenhagen
Starting with a flight from Copenhagen, arrive in the evening at the international airport in Kangerlussuaq. After a transfer to the port and embarkation on your expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen, you will sail almost the entire length of the fjord before reaching the open sea
Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland, situated 140km north of the Arctic Circle. It is a modern, growing settlement with a history that goes back 4,500 years. It's name means "The people living in a place of fox dens".
This small town is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These ice masses originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world.
Cross the Davis Strait and up into Baffin Bay. This strait was named after English explorer John Davis who searched for a route through the Northwest Passage between 1585 and 1587. Wind down and watch the waves aboard your ship or enjoy a lecture by the onboard Expedition Team as your ship sails north towards Baffin Island.
After crossing the Davis Strait and sailing up through Baffin Bay, your ship will arrive in the northern part of Baffin Island and the entrance to the legendary Northwest Passage. From here, you'll start your exploration of the high Canadian Arctic and attempt to successfully complete a circumnavigation of Baffin Island, provided the elements allow. Unpredictable ice conditions in this remote region lay the grounds for a true expedition where adventure is the only certainty.
Along the way, you will land at sites linked to early exploration history, visit traditional Inuit communities, and hope to spot Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, foxes, whales, seals and large colonies of seabirds. There will also be opportunities for small expedition boat cruising between ice floes, and in true expedition style, you will go ashore and experience the pristine wilderness first hand.
The ship captain and Expedition Leader will continuously assess the current weather and sea conditions, adapt activities accordingly, and adjust the itinerary to where the sea ice allows the ship to go. Like all true explorers, you work with nature, not against it.
Today you cross the Labrador Sea back towards Kangerlussuaq. Days at sea are spent at your leisure aboard your ship. Relax while gazing out at the view, learn more from the knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team with lectutrs, or swap experiences with fellow explorers.
Returning to Kangerlussuaq, you will take a trip to the Reindeer Glacier at the Greenland Ice Cap, stretching 1,500 miles north and reaching heights of up to 3,200 metres above sea level. Enjoy a farewell barbecue meal aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen before disembarking and transferring to the airport for a late evening flight to Copenhagen.
Arrive at Copenhagen airport early in the morning from where you can head home. Alternatively, spend some extra time in Denmark's thriving capital and explore how it mixed royal history and modern architecture with sustainable living and a world-class restaurant scene.
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