Put this cruise on your bucket list.
Explore the east coast of Baffin Island – the High Arctic is one of the last great wilderness regions on the planet. Discover its deep fjords, soaring mountains and immense glacial systems. Visit remote Inuit communities, providing a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the people who call this remote wilderness their home. We are constantly on the lookout for variety of birdlife and marine wildlife – including polar bear – the icon of the north. This is remote, small ship expedition cruising at its best!
Transfers, optional excursions, travel insurance and luggage handling
Day 1 Ottawa to Iqaluit (Nunavut – Baffin Island)
We depart Ottawa this morning on our scheduled flight to Iqaluit, situated on Baffin Island. Upon arrival into Iqaluit we enjoy a walking tour of the town and board our expedition ship. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off to explore one of the most remote places on earth – Baffin Island. (D)
Day 2 Monumental Island
Situated in the Davis Strait, Monumental Island is a well-known location for walrus. We explore by zodiac along the shoreline. Throughout the coming days and rest of the voyage, our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history of Baffin Island and the Canadian Arctic. (BLD)
Day 3 Pangnirtung (Pangniqtunq)
Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound and the western gateway to Auyuittuq National Park, the village of Pangnirtung is beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea. This remote community is a well known centre for traditional and contemporary arts and crafts – including carvings, prints and textiles of the modern Inuit. (BLD)
Day 4 Sunshine Fjord
Sunshine Fjord straddles the Arctic Circle, providing a chance to navigate above the Arctic Circle at last! Sunshine Fjord offers terrific hiking opportunities, offering wonderful views of our surroundings. For the sea kayakers, the sheltered waters of the fjord provide great conditions for paddling. (BLD)
Day 5 Auyittuq National Park & Qikiqtarjuaq
On the eastern coast of Baffin Island lies one of Canada’s most spectacular National Parks – Auyittuq. In partnership with Parks Canada, we venture into the park with skilled local guides who are able to interpret the flora, fauna, geological and glacial systems which can be found here. We also plan a visit to Qikiqtarjuaq, a small settlement which is home to several Inuit families. We then continue north along the coastline of Baffin Island, venturing deeper into the Arctic wilderness. (BLD)
Day 6 Isabella Bay – Niginganiq National Wildlife Area
Isabella Bay (Niginaniq) is an important summer habitat and feeding area for endangered bowhead whales. These remarkable marine mammals are able to break sea ice with the crown of their head. Polar bears, ringed seals, Canada geese, snow geese and narwhal are also commonly sighted in this vicinity. (BLD)
Day 7 Gibbs Fjord
This morning we enter the spectacular Gibbs Fjord with towering cliffs all around us. Our expedition ship will seem dwarfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as we cruise slowly along the dark waters. (BLD)
Day 8 Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik) & Sirmilik National Park
Nearing the far north of Baffin Island, we enter a broad channel which is home to the remote Inuit community of Pond Inlet. A highlight is a visit to the Natinnak Centre. Inuit carvings, jewellery and other traditional craft is on display and available for purchase from the local artisans. Pond Inlet is also the main access point to the pristine wilderness of Sirmilik National Park – the jewel in the crown of Canada’s Arctic Park system. (BLD)
Day 9 Dundas Harbour and Croker Bay
Leaving the wild landscapes of Baffin Island, we cross Lancaster Sound to Devon Island. This broad channel of water has been likened to the wildlife ‘super highway’ of the Arctic. We plan on visiting the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour. In the afternoon we reposition the ship into Crocker Bay, home to a substantial glacial system. (BLD)
Day 10 Prince Leopold Island
Prince Leopold Island is important migratory bird sanctuary, home to thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes. A population of several hundred thousand birds, makes this one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the entire Arctic ecosystem. Given the abundance of food found in the nutrient-rich waters here, we often sight beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales, several species of seal as well as polar bear. (BLD)
Day 11 Beechey Island
Our final shore landing – Beechey Island, is a place of great historic significance and suitable finale to our expedition. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness, sparking an incredible series of search expeditions that last almost three decades. The mystery of what happened to Franklin was partially solved in September 2014, when a joint Parks Canada and Royal Canadian Geographic Society expedition, found the long-lost Franklin shipwreck, HMS Erebus in the Victoria Strait. A trip ashore at Beechey Island to visit the grave markers on a remote windswept beach, is a thrilling experience for history buffs and for many today will be a highlight of the expedition. We return to the ship and this evening enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain. It’s a great time to reflect on the wildlife, history and dramatic scenery of the High Arctic.(BLD)
Day 12 Resolute, Nunavut – Edmonton, Alberta
Our expedition comes to an end as we arrive into Resolute. We transfer to the airport for our flight south, to Edmonton. A transfer is provided from the airport into a central downtown location.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
– Planned landings will depend on weather and ice conditions.
– The crew reserve the right to change the scheduled program and itinerary.
– Some activities and excursion trips will only be sold on board.
|Departure Date: 25Jul17 & 05Aug17||Per Person|
|Double / Twin room (from)||$11,990|
|Single room supplement||on application|
(B) Breakfast / (L) Lunch / (D) Dinner.
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