Into the Wild: Baffin & West Greenland

Visits to Canadian and Greenlandic communities Inuit history and culture are at the core of this journey, among those stops both Kinngait, the centre of Inuit Art and Nuuk, Greenland's capital are included. There's plenty of wildlife opportunities too with bears, whales, walrus seals and seabirds all likely.

13 Days

$5,995

Into the Wild: Baffin & West Greenland - 13 - $5,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 10 full days exploring - Southern Baffin Island (8) & West Greenland (2)
  • Flights Ottawa/ Iqaluit & Kangerlussuaq/ Toronto
  • Travelling aboard a comfortable 199 passenger expedition ship
  • Mountain Biking (additional cost)
  • Complimentary jacket & rubber boot loan

Start from Iqaluit and end at Kangerlussuaq

Landmarks visited on Into the Wild: Baffin & West Greenland

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Iqaluit:

Iqaluit, at the head of Frobisher Bay, is Nunavut’s bustling capital. A population of nearly 8,000 (and growing) call Iqaluit home. Local attractions include the territorial legislature, igloo-inspired St. Jude’s Cathedral, art shops, and more. 

We will transfer by Zodiac to our vessel through busy Iqaluit harbour. Take a moment to notice the amazing tide! Once all are aboard, we’ll begin our journey down Frobisher Bay.


Day 2 - Frobisher Bay:

We’ll be on the lookout for wildlife, of course. Our geologists will have you raving about rocks, and the tundra plants beneath your feet are worth a closer look. Expect compelling scenery, and soak up the Arctic splendor as we go!


Day 3 - Kimmirut (Lake Harbour):

Kimmirut means “the heel” in Inuktitut, referring to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community. Kimmirut is considered one of the most charming communities on the South Baffin coast. 

Art aficionados may know the hamlet as Lake Harbour, once the home of a Hudson Bay company post. Art has played a major role in putting Kimmirut on the map. The Dewey Soper Building houses a gallery of outstanding works of art. 


Day 4 - Kinngait (Cape Dorset):

Kinngait was ground zero for the Inuit art market. In 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established: it remains the oldest arts organization in the Canadian Arctic and the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada. 

Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers continue to make Kinngait a proud centre for Inuit art. We’ll visit studios and meet the artists here—an opportunity to purchase outstanding works straight from the source.


Day 5 - Hudson Strait:

On this exploration day, we’ll be making the most of what the wind, weather and wildlife have to offer. We can expect to navigate the icy waters of Hudson Strait. Our expedition staff will scan for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds as we go. 


Day 6 & 7 - Ungava Peninsula:

Heading northwest along the Ungava Peninsula, we’re exploring an area of treeless tundra rich in geology and flora. We’ll enjoy hiking and a Zodiac cruise.


Days 8 &  9 - Ungava Bay:

Large and shallow, Ungava Bay is a rich ecosystem and home to a variety of wildlife, including an endangered beluga whale population and Canada’s largest number of breeding thick-billed murres. Here we’ll use our Zodiacs to scout the shorelines and any outlying ice with hopes of seeing polar bears, walrus, and other marine life. We’ll pay a visit to uninhabited Akpatok Island, the biggest island in Ungava Bay, at over nine hundred square kilometres. It’s named for the akpat—the thick-billed murres—that nest on ledges of Aktpatok’s lofty cliffs.


Day 10 At Sea – Davis Strait:

Our presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Our resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic as we go. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops and group learning, watch a documentary or dive into our library.

While out on deck, keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales amid pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.


Day 11 - Nuuk:

Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland that bridges old and new. The old harbour region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. The modern downtown core includes shopping, cafes and restaurants, and public institutions with a European flair.

The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Greenland mummies are housed here. The museum’s exhibits also offer in-depth information about colonial, Norse, and Inuit presence in Greenland—a must-see.


Day 12 - Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord:

West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. We’ll explore this sublime landscape by ship, and by Zodiac.


Day 13 - Kangerlussuaq:

Early this morning we’ll complete our overnight journey up Sondre Stromfjord—a 168-kilometre-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord’. Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. We’ll transfer to shore by Zodiac and be bussed along Greenland’s longest road (less than twenty kilometres!) to the airport, where our charter flight will take us to Toronto.

About The Ship

  • A middle-sized 4* ship suitable for up to 199 guests
  • Well-appointed, offering comfort & stability
  • Recently refurbished in 2015
  • 1B ice class rating
  • Loan of rubber boots
Loli Figueroa

I love this really stable ship for then huge amounts of space from which to take in your surroundings either on deck or in a cosy lounge. 

Loli Figueroa Polar Specialist

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Triple
Interior Twin
Exterior Twin
Comfort Twin
Main Deck
Select Twin
Superior Twin
Junior Suite
Suite
July 2020
19-Jul-2020 $5,995* $7,395 Full $9,995 $11,295 $12,595 $13,895 $15,195 Full Offer available

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $5995

Additional Notes

Charter flights

The charter flights at the beginning and end of the voyage cost an additional USD $2,295 per person. The flights are outward: Ottawa to Iqaluit and return: Kangerlussuaq to Toronto


Discovery Fund Fee

The Discovery Fee is a contribution of $250 per person that is included in the cost of your trip. It is used to support local projects in the areas you will be travelling through, helping to ensure the longevity and success of educational, environmental and cultural initiatives in the regions we visit. 



Optional Adventure Activities

Kayaking is available for those who want to get close to the water and see the Arctic from a different angle. The cost for this full program is US$695 per person.

Mountain Biking - typically only during community visits and not on expedition stops, due to polar bears. $40 CDN per rental paid onboard.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo there are dedicated Single cabins available. The single supplement for your own Twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. 

Child Policy: Young travellers are very much welcome with no minimum age requirement. Children under 2 years old travel for free, ages 3 & 4 only cover the charter flight cost and ages 5 - 30 receive a 30% discount off the cost of the berth.

Includes

  • 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

Excludes

  • Charter flights pre and post voyage
  • Flights to and from points of Ottawa/ Toronto
  • Any additional services before and after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Optional adventure activities (e.g. mountain biking)
  • Discovery Fund Fee
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, beverages, etc.)
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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