Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Canadian Arctic
- A landscape of vast untouched wilderness; over 36,000 different islands and covering around 500,000 square miles
- Canada is one of the best places in the world to see polar bears in the wild
- The Northwest Passage and the rich history of its exploration continues to be a draw for many
- Canada's thriving Inuit communities provides great interest
- Whether you come to explore on foot, onboard a ship, by vehicle or plane, the Canadian Arctic offers unparalleled choice in terms of experiences
Trips to the Canadian Arctic
Beginning in southern Baffin Island before crossing the Davis Strait to explore West Greenland between Ilulissat Icefjord and Kangerlussuaq, this well balanced trip keeps travel distances short, maximising time to explore. Spectacular wilderness scenery, great wildlife sightings, big ice and…
This comprehensive westbound voyage stands out for its compelling combination of West Greenland, in-depth exploration of remote Baffin Island and the historic Northwest Passage. Jaw dropping scenery, towering icebergs, thrilling wildlife encounters, Inuit community visits and fascinating history pervade this…
Traversing the heart of the Northwest Passage this compact trip focuses on the region’s fascinating history and wildlife. Planned visits to numerous locations linked to the Franklin expedition, narrated by onboard historians, combine with renowned wildlife hotspots such as Lancaster…
Spending equal time exploring Canada’s historic Northwest Passage and West Greenland, we like this voyage’s balance and variety as much as exploring little visited places like Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world. Big ice, rich history, exotic…
Circumnavigate legendary Baffin Bay as part of this extraordinary Arctic adventure which cherry picks the region’s highlights. From West Greenland’s spectacular glaciers and pretty Inuit villages to the remoteness and rich wildlife of Baffin Island, this is a journey of…
Major Landmarks in the Canadian Arctic Region
Canadian Arctic: Your Questions Answered
Canada's Arctic makes up over 40% of the country’s landmass and is the portion north of the Arctic Circle which lies east of Alaska and west of Greenland. A significant part of this comprises a group of over 36,500 islands called the Canadian Arctic archipelago, located in Nunavut and part of the Northwest Territories.
With distances being so vast the only way to access the Canadian Arctic is by flying. Edmonton and Ottawa are the main gateways for onward scheduled and charter flights further north to where you embark/ disembark the boat. Iqaluit on Baffin Island, Cambridge Bay, Resolute and Kugluktuk (Coppermine), and Kangerlussuaq in West Greenland, are the more popular airports when taking Canadian Arctic cruises.
The wildlife in The Arctic isn’t as plentiful and guaranteed as it is in Antarctica, however it is there and can be seen with patience and tenacity. Some parts of the Canadian Arctic are better than others, and as ever with wildlife, there is a certain amount of luck involved.
It partly depends on what you are interested in. For those wanting to transit the Northwest Passage, August is the best month when the channels between the islands have become free of ice.
Approx. 13 days in length, however those transiting the Northwest Passage or combining with West Greenland are typically 17 - 20 days in length.
From £5,000 per person upwards, depending on the length of the voyage and the ship you are on.
To be confident of securing your preferred option the answer is - the sooner the better. Typically departure dates are released 18 months in advance.