Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 10 full days exploring - Canadian Arctic (7) & West Greenland (3)
- Fly Edmonton/Cambridge Bay (Nunavut) & Kangerlussuaq (Greenland)/Ottawa
- This ship’s 1A ice rating makes it ideal for this type of Arctic expedition
- Complimentary photo workshops & yoga.
- Kayaking available for adventurers (additional cost)
- Complimentary loan of a parka jacket, boots, waterproof trousers, backpack & binoculars
Day 1: Departure from Edmonton
Depart Edmonton for your flight to Cambridge Bay, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. Located on the southern shores of Victoria Island, today it is a centre for hunting, trapping and fishing. Excitement is in the air as you enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off, bound for the fabled Northwest Passage.
Day 2: Victory Point
As we chart a course into the Northwest Passage, our onboard presentation series begins and we delve into the tale of the Franklin expedition. The mystery of what happened was partially solved in September 2014, when a joint Parks Canada and Royal Canadian Geographic Society expedition found the HMS Erebus in the Victoria Strait. One Ocean Expeditions played a pivotal role in the search by carrying underwater search equipment on our ship as well as scientists, historians, researchers, dignitaries and sponsors. We aim to visit Victory Point, travelling very near the actual location of the wreck of HMS Erebus, while learning about the quest for exploration that eventually opened up the Arctic. To end this remarkable find, the sister ship - HMS Terror was discovered nearby in the Summer of 2016..
Day 3: Conningham Bay
This morning, arrive at Conningham Bay on the shore of Prince of Wales. Here, in the heart of the Northwest Passage, encounter one of the most remarkable wildlife sites in the Arctic. This is a known hotspot for polar bears who come here to feast on Beluga whales, often caught in the rocky shallows at the entrance to the bay during low tide. It is not unusual to find the shoreline littered with whale skeletons - and very healthy looking polar bears!
Day 4: Bellot Strait and Fort Ross
Today, transit the narrow passage of Bellot Strait, a channel separating northerly Somerset Island from continental North America. The skill of the Captain and Officers and capabilities of the ship becomes apparent during this exciting day of Arctic navigation. Nearby Fort Ross, located at the southern end of Somerset Island, is a former Hudson's Bay Company fur trading outpost. Fascinating archaeological sites nearby tell a story of more than a thousand years of habitation by the Inuit and their predecessors.
Day 5: Beechey Island
Beechey Island is of great historic importance. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness. A trip ashore at Beechey Island to visit the grave markers on a remote windswept beach gives one pause to wonder on the bravery (or foolhardiness) of these pioneering explorers, as they sought a way through the barren, frozen landscape.
Day 6: Devon Island and Dundas Harbour
Cruising the coastline of Devon Island, you are now in the waters of Lancaster Sound - a rich, bio-diverse region often referred to as the wildlife 'super highway' of the Arctic. The plan is to visit the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour, on Devon Island. Musk ox and Arctic hare are sometimes sighted in the vicinity and there are some great hiking options in the area.
Day 7: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
We sight the wild north coast of Baffin Island and navigate through Navy Board Inlet. The vast landscapes of Sirmilik National Park surround us as we approach the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). A highlight will be a visit to the Natinnak Centre, where a fascinating cultural exhibit showcases daily life, culture and history of the people of the north. We also enjoy meeting the local children of Mittimatalik and marveling at their athletic abilities as they demonstrate traditional Inuit games.
Day 8: Gibbs Fjord
This morning you enter the spectacular Gibbs Fjord with towering cliffs all around you. The expedition ship will seem dwarfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as we cruise slowly along the dark waters. One past guest was known to liken Gibbs Fjord to a 'scene from a Lord of the Rings' - it's hard to disagree!
Day 9: Baffin Bay
Leaving the rugged coastline of Baffin Island, our crossing of Baffin Bay allows us time to slow down and reflect on the beauty and experiences we have shared. Our team of onboard experts will continue to educate us on the history and wildlife of the region while our naturalists keep watch looking for fulmars and dovekies, pilot whales and perhaps even orca. As we approach Greenland, we also increase our likelihood of spotting some of the big baleen whales like the fin and sei whales.
Day 10: Ilulissat Icefjord
If one word could sum up today's experience it would be 'ice'. Truly one of the wonders of the world, the Ilulissat Icefjord - a UNESCO World Heritage site - spews giant tabular icebergs out into Disko Bay. The glacier that creates these stunning monoliths advances at over 40 metres per day, creating around 50 cubic kilometres of ice annually. Our approach to Ilulissat is 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 vessel exploring Arctic waters.
Day 11: Sisimut
We will explore the fjord behind the town of Sisimiut before going ashore to explore this beautiful location. Characterized by colourful local houses, the town features a towering granite peak as a backdrop. We hope to meet a few of the traditional Greenlandic kayakers and to see a demonstration of 'Eskimo rolling' by one of the former Greenland kayak champions. A small museum is another interesting diversion.
Day 12: Sondre Stromfjord
One of the world's longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord towers above the ship as we sail up it. We plan to venture into some of the small side fjords that we can zodiac into and explore on foot or by kayak. Major geologic and geomorphologic features will surround us and we hope to find muskox along the shores of the fjord as well. Soaring high above us will be the white-tailed sea eagle, riding the thermals off the ridges. There are fantastic opportunities for hiking.
Day 13: Kangerlussuaq and Ottawa
Our journey through the Arctic is all but complete as we disembark the ship in Kangerlussuaq and make our way to the airport and a charter flight returns us to Ottawa. A transfer is provided from the airport to a central location downtown.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only. 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.
Please note the following slight changes to the above itinerary:
- The 12-Aug-2018 departure voyage operates in reverse
- The 01-Sep-2018 and 20-Aug-2019 departure voyage will not visit Greenland but Baffin Island. These voyages finish in Iqaluit with a flight to Ottawa.
- A GST tax applies. All bookings on voyages that operate domestically within Canada, are subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST). This will be itemized separately to the cruise price on the confirmation invoice.
What our customers think
The trip was good, the light gorgeous, the icebergs fantastical, and the wildlife wonderful with more polar bears than expected. The traditional villages made us think about their future, and we met new friends.
Carol & Gerard Yorke United States Of America August 2018
About The Ship
Purpose built in Finland in 1993 for polar expedition, this safe, 1AS ice-class vessel also delivers on comfort and space. This ship provides the perfect setting for an Arctic experience with spacious cabins and panoramic public areas, and an outstanding expedition staff.
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 $13195
The charter flights Edmonton/ Cambridge Bay (Nunavut) & Kangerlussuaq (Greenland)/ Ottawa at the beginning and end of the voyage cost an additional $1,995 per person on top of the voyage price.
Please note the following slight changes to the above itinerary:
- 18th August 2020 is Westbound and the 30th August 2020 is Eastbound
- 16th August 2021 is Westbound and the 28th August 2021 is Eastbound
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add-on's. Limited places per activity.
Kayaking ($695) - all departures, basic competency required
Single Supplement & Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 to 2 times the cost of a single berth, depending on cabin category. 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 parka jacket, waterproof trousers & rubber boots
- Loan of backpack, binoculars and trekking poles
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Access to multimedia room with both MAC and PC
- Flights to and from the trip's start and end points
- Charter flights Cambridge Bay/Edmonton and Kangerlussuaq/Ottawa ($1,995)
- Any additional charter or scheduled flight
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival and departure taxes
- Personal travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature (e.g. laundry and beverages)
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage