Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 9 full days exploring - West Greenland (4) & Canadian Arctic (5)
- This trip is operated in support of WWF-Canada
- Flights Toronto/ Kangerlussuaq & Resolute/ Ottawa
- Travelling aboard a comfortable 199 passenger expedition ship
- Mountain Biking (additional cost)
- Rubber boot loan
Day 1: Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU
Qausuittuq, or "place with no dawn" is truly the land of the midnight sun - daylight persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. The community's English name, Resolute Bay, honours the hms Resolute, one of the ships in the Franklin search expedition commanded by Captain H.T. Austin.
"Resolute" also describes locals who survived being relocated, in 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Quebec, and Mittimatalik by the Canadian government. Our early morning charter flight will bring us to Qausuittuq, where we will embark the ship.
Day 2: Beechey Island
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England on an attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage for the first time. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. The three graves found at Beechey Island left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party.
With the discovery of Franklin's flagship, HMS Erebus in 2014, and Terror in 2016, the graves at Beechey Island and nearby ruins of Northumberland House are bound to be a haunting highlight.
Day 3: Devon Island
Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on Earth, comprising over fifty thousand square kilometres. The island's geology consists of reddish Precambrian gneiss and Paeleozoic siltstones and shales; these, combined with its harsh climate, have led NASA to test its Mars rovers on Devon Island! Devon's finest features include massive landforms, shining glaciers and long-abandoned ruins--and undisturbed habitats for Arctic wildlife.
Day 4: Lancaster Sound
We will spend the day exploring the ocean wilderness of Lancaster Sound, which is a proposed Marine Protected Area. Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. There is a great selection of landing sites available, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.
Day 5: North Baffin Island
Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we navigate the waterways surrounding Northern Baffin Island. Wildlife will be on our minds - the region is habitat for thick-billed murres and kittiwakes, among other seabirds.
Baffin's mountains are striking, affording stunning perspectives on geological processes. Weather, ice, and opportunity will determine our route, and our team will be on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which we travel.
Day 6: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Mittimatalik is a bustling Arctic community surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the eastern Arctic. We will have a chance to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who will gladly share their culture. A cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed -arts and crafts may be available here, too. The Northern and Co-op stores offer unique perspective on daily life in the Arctic, and sometimes have carvings as well.
Day 7: At Sea
Our presentation series will continue as we steam across Davis Strait towards Greenland. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales amid potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.
Day 8: Karrat Fjord
Today we will cruise one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords, known for plentiful marine life and awe-inspiring landscapes. The rocky peaks of Karrat Fjord tower over a seascape littered with icebergs produced by the glaciers that extend from Greenland's vast ice cap.
Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities of icebergs against the majestic rock faces.
Day 9: Uummannaq Fjord
Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country's second-largest system of fjords, characterized by its developed coastline and various bays, islands, and peninsulas. It is considered to be the sunniest spot in Greenland, and favourable weather - coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes - has made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit. It has been settled and re-settled continually for the last 4,500 years. Expect another day of extraordinary photographic opportunities!
Day 10: Ilulissat
Ilulissat translates literally into "iceberg", and there couldn't be a more fitting name for this remarkable place. Here, we will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs at the mouth the Ilulissat Icefjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at nineteen metres per day - calving more than thirty-five square kilometres of ice annually, and creating the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic in the process.
The bustling town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour, offers items of interest for every visitor.
Day 11: Sisimiut Coast
Warmed by the West Greenland current, the waters around Sisimiut are free of sea ice, making the area an important fishing and shipping centre as well as a habitat for marine mammals. The fish market and folk museum in Sisimuit offer an opportunity to experience modern, and historic Greenland side by side.
Day 12: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery. We end our adventure by sailing up this dramatic fjord as the sun rises to greet us. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland's only international flight hub. Here we will disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for our return charter flight.
The 11-Aug-2020 departure runs in reverse to the itinerary above.
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 middle-sized 4* ship suitable for up to 189 guests
- Well-appointed, offering comfort & stability
- Recently refurbished in 2015
- 1B ice class rating
- Loan of rubber boots
Originally built for 450 people and now capped at just 199, we like this ship for her spaciousness.
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.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $8795
The charter flights at the beginning and end of the voyage cost an additional $2,395/$2,495 (19/20) per person on top of the voyage price. This is inclusive of taxes and fees.
Optional Adventure Activities
Mountain Biking - typically only during community visits and not on expedition stops, due to polar bears. $40 CDN per rental paid onboard.
Single Supplement & 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.
- 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
- Charter Flights pre & post voyage
- Flights to & from points of Ottawa/ Toronto
- Any additional services before & after your voyage
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Optional adventure activities (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)