Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland

Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland


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Thu, Sep 10, 2020
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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Canada , Greenland , Iceland

Cities Visited

Kangerlussuaq, Reykjavik

Tour Itinerary

Experience some of the most uninhabited parts of the world on this Arctic exploration in Northern Canada and Greenland. From mesmerising ice fjords to colourful tundra there are endless unspoiled habitats to explore at the top end of the earth. Meet some of the local Inuit people and learn about their culture and traditions, as well as keeping watch for another kind of local - the illusive polar bear. There will be a number of opportunities to spot the king of the Arctic, so a keen eye and a well-charged camera is a must.

Day 1: Reykjavik
Your arctic expedition begins in Reykjavik. Explore Iceland’s capital cityon your own before spending the night at your included hotel.

Day 2: Embarkation in Kangerlussuq
In the morning, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, a small town at the eastern head of Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world. After embarking your ship in the afternoon, enjoy time out on deck, taking in your new surroundings as you set sail on your arctic expedition.

Day 3: At Sea
As we cruise across the Davis Strait, your Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. Staff will also keep a lookout for seabirds soaring above your ship, as well as whales that frequent the waters here.

Day 4-6: Exploring Baffin Island
Baffin Island is the fifth-largest island in the world, it was named for Englishnavigator William Baffin, who ventured to the area in the early 17th century in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. Your days sailing along the island’s eastern coast will be guided by weather and ice conditions, with each day and each landing presenting new adventures. Some of our favorite destinations include Qikiqtarjuaq, Isabella Bay and Sam Ford Fjord. Towering mountains, deep fjords, colorful tundra, and Inuit settlements await!The Inuit community of Qikiqtarjuaq (which means “the big island” in Inuktitut) is located just north of the Arctic Circle, on Broughton Island. Fondly called Qik by locals, the welcoming hamlet offers a superb vantage point of the Davis Strait. You’ll also have a chance to support local Inuit artisans here by purchasing unique artwork, crafts and jewelry. The rarely explored Sam Ford Fjord is one of the most isolated places on the planet. It is a spectacular big-wall playground, attracting adventurous climbers eager to scale the dozens of towering vertical granite cliffs that erupt from the sea. Have your camera handy as you cruise along this impressive coastline carved by ancient glaciers—the towering formations, stacked side by side, are simply majestic.

Day 7: At Sea
As our ship sails farther north, take in a presentation by our on-board experts,sip an icy cocktail in the bar, watch a movie or join your Expedition Team onthe bridge as they scan for wildlife— there is no shortage of activities whileat sea.

Day 8-11: Lancaster Sound
The gateway to the Northwest Passage, Lancaster Sound is one of the richest marine habitats in the Arctic. With openwater openwater areas staying ice-free all year, it is an important summer feeding area for whales and other marine wildlife. Our days here will be spent exploring several of the sound’s beautiful bays and inlets, discovering historical sites, enjoyingZodiac cruises and searching for such iconic wildlife as walrus, seals and, of course, whales. Polar bear sightings are possible too, as Lancaster Sound is known for polar bear sightings. If you’re fortunate, you may even spot the elusive narwhal. There may be a possibility for a shore visit at Radstock Bay, the location of one of the most impressive ancient Thule sites in the Arctic. Exploring the wellpreserved remains of the subterranean houses, including the whale bones used as supports for the dwellings, will give you an understanding of how these pre- Inuit people thrived in the Far North. We will attempt to land at Beechey Island, a Canadian National Historic Site.Named after explorer Frederick William Beechey, the island is the final restingplace of members of Sir John Franklin’s 1845–46 expedition to find the Northwest Passage. The graves, on a desolate rocky beach, were discovered in 1850 by a team searching for signs of the ill-fated expedition.Predominantly covered in glaciers and ice fields, Coburg Island and itssurrounding waters comprise the Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife Area.The island’s steep coastal cliffs are an ideal habitat for hundreds of thousands of nesting seabirds like Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres), blacklegged kittiwakes, northern fulmars and black guillemots.

Day 12: Smith Sound
Before saying goodbye to Canada, we’ll push as far north as possible,exploring both sides of Smith Sound, the uninhabited passage between Ellesmere Island and Greenland. Experience a true expedition as weather and ice determine how far north we explore.

Day 13-14: Exploring Northwest Greenland
Your return to Greenland will have you sailing along the remote northwest coast,a land of impressive icebergs and massive glaciers. Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, is one of the northernmost towns in the world. Here, local Inuit share their culture and traditions, while the museum sheds more light on life near the top of the world.We hope to explore Melville Bay, a significant whaling site until the early1900s. Opening up to Baffin Bay, the area is a major egress for the Greenland ice cap and is home to spectacular icebergs in all shapes and sizes, making it an ideal spot for Zodiac cruising. If you’re feeling adventurous, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to a unique arctic experienceby partaking in an optional paddling excursion (additional cost).

Day 15: At Sea
As we continue sailing south along the west coast of Greenland, presentationsby our on-board experts will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 16-18: Exploring Western Greenland
Boasting spectacular glaciers, mountainous landscapes, dramatic fjords and vibrant communities, the west coast of Greenland will leave you breathless.Some areas we hope to explore here are Uummannaq, Itilleq and the impressiveIlulissat Icefjord.Quite possibly the most picturesque place in Greenland, the traditional Inuittown of Uummannaq (which means “heart-like”) takes its name from thered heart-shaped mountain that rises up a staggering 3,840 feet (1,170 meters) behind it. You’ll want to be positioned on deck as your ship approaches the shore, with your camera ready to capture the inspiring vistas of the twin peaks soaring high above the colourful houses dotting the rugged coastline.Another beautiful locale is the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World HeritageSite. Home to Jakobshavn, one of the most active glaciers in the world, this isa great spot to enjoy a Zodiac excursion past towering icebergs. Venturingashore in the town of Ilulissat (which means “iceberg”) will allow you tovisit the icefjord on foot and gaze at this unforgettable river of ice from therocky shore.Surrounded by sea and mountains, Itilleq (meaning “crossing place”) is situated about a mile (2 km) above the Arctic Circle, in a scenic hollow on a small island. It is the southern limit of the Greenlandic sled dog. To keep the breed pure, the dogs are not permitted south of this community and all other dog breeds are prohibited this far north. Explore the town’s traditional wooden houses painted in a rainbow of colors, chat with the locals, whose main trade is fishing, and maybe challenge them to a game of football (soccer) —it won’t be long before you’re experiencing Itilleq’s famousfriendly vibe.

Day 19: Disembark and fly to Reykjavik
Enjoy one more Zodiac ride to shore, where you’ll board your charter flightback to Reykjavik, Iceland. Upon arrival in Reykjavik, we will transfer you to yourincluded hotel.

Day 20: Reykjavik
Today, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend time exploring thisvibrant city.

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Inclusions

  • Explore the Sam Ford Fjord – one of the most isolated places on the planet.
  • Make your way up Smith Sound, exploring both sides of this uninhabited passage.
  • Search for iconic Arctic wildlife including walrus, seals and, whales and even polar bears in the abundant waters of Lancaster Sound.
  • Learn about the culture and traditions of the local Inuit people in Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule.

Meals
19 Breakfast(s) Included
16 Lunch(es) Included
17 Dinner(s) Included

Style: Comfort

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Accommodations

Expedition Voyage, comfortable hotel

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