Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 8 full days exploring - Baffin Island (4) & West Greenland (4)
- Starts in Kangerlussuaq and finishes in Iqaluit
- We like this ship’s high staff to passenger ratio and only 92 people aboard
- Kayaking (additional cost)
- Complimentary loan of a parka jacket, boots, waterproof trousers, backpack & binoculars
Day 1: Ottawa - Kangerlussuaq
We depart Ottawa this morning on our charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, situated on the west coast of Greenland. Upon arrival in Kangerlussuaq we enjoy a short tour before boarding the ship in the afternoon. After settling into our cabins and exploring the vessel, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers.
Day 2: Sisimiut, Greenland
We will explore the fjord behind the colourful town of Sisimiut before going ashore to visit this beautiful location in the afternoon. We hope to meet a few of the traditional Greenlandic kayakers and perhaps see a demonstration of 'Eskimo Rolling' by one of the former champions of the Greenland Kayaking Championships.
Day 3: Ilulissat & Jacobshavn Icefjord
If one word could sum up today's experience, it would be 'ice'. Truly one of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - spews giant tabular icebergs out into Disko Bay. Our approach to Ilulissat is always dependent on the amount of ice in and around the mouth of the fjord. Our Captain and officers are skilled ice navigators and our ship has one of the highest ice ratings of any expedition cruise ship exploring Arctic waters.
Day 4: Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland
A very large island in the mouth of Disko Bay, Qeqertarsuaq is a site of both geologic and historic interest. A possible summer fishing camp for the Viking colonists in Greenland, mineral deposits containing native iron and hot springs are all part of the allure of this island. We will visit the southern coast, cruising the spectacular rock arches before visiting the town of Qeqertarsuaq.
Day 5: Davis Strait
We leave the rugged coastline of Greenland to cross the Davis Strait towards Canada. As we transit Davis Strait we are always on the lookout for fin and humpback whales, as well as the numerous species of Arctic seals and seabirds that inhabit these waters. Our on board experts will deliver fascinating presentations focusing on the wildlife, history, geology and culture of the Arctic.
Day 6: Sunshine Fjord
Sunshine Fjord straddles the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees, 33 minutes North of latitude. Depending on the weather, we might cruise across the Arctic Circle on the ship, cross it in the zodiac boats or the more active option maybe to cross the circle on foot. Whichever way, it's a thrill to be above the Arctic Circle at last! Sunshine Fjord offers terrific hiking opportunities and we have a number of great routes in mind.
Day 7: Cape Mercy, Canada
Protecting the northern entrance to Cumberland Sound, Cape Mercy is an exposed headland jutting out into the Davis Strait. As the Baffin Bay middle ice recedes throughout the summer, the stretch of Baffin coast from Cape Mercy to Cape Dyer is a great place to look for polar bears coming ashore. We will have all eyes searching as we sail this region.
Day 8: Pangnirtung
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 Inuit community is a well-known centre for traditional and contemporary arts and crafts including carvings, prints and textiles. In addition the Angmarlik Visitor Centre has a wonderful interpretive display featuring the lifestyle of the Thule and of the modern Inuit.
Day 9: Monumental Island
Situated in the Davis Strait, the rocky dome of Monumental Island can be seen from a distance. We explore by zodiac along the rocky shoreline and hope to encounter polar bears in this vicinity. In good weather a complete circumnavigation of the island is possible.
Day 10: Lower Savage Island
At the mouth of Frobisher Bay on the southeast tip of Baffin Island, the Lower Savage Islands are a geological wonder. A maze of channels criss-cross the islands and provide superb zodiac cruising opportunities. It's possible to navigate from one side of the island to the other where the ship will collect us. The islands are ideally situated between the dynamic flow of the Hudson Strait and this mixing of nutrient-rich waters makes for a diversity of Arctic wildlife, including polar bear.
Day 11: Iqaluit - Ottawa
Our expedition comes to an end as we arrive in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. We disembark the ship and bid farewell to our crew and fellow passengers. We transfer to the airport for our flight to Ottawa. A transfer is also provided from the airport into a central downtown location.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
About The Ship
- A 4* expedition ship for only 96 guests
- Everyone can go ashore together
- 1A ice class rating + superior stability
- Kayaking and photo workshops
- Hot tub & sauna
- Boots, jacket & trousers are provided on loan
Watching this ship from the bridge cut through rough seas really demonstrated her superior strength.
John Newby Polar Specialist
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $10895
The charter flights Ottawa/Kangerlussuaq at the beginning and Iqaluit/ Ottawa end of the voyage cost an additional $1,995 per person on top of the voyage price.
Optional Adventure Activities
Sea Kayaking ($695 per person)
Single Supplement & Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a Twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children are welcome. 25% discount young traveller discount up to 17 years and 20% off those aged 18-21. Please contact us for details.
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional services before & after your voyage
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Optional adventure activities
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)