Heart of the Arctic

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Tour Description

Cruise the heart of the Arctic and discover incredible wonders of both Canada & Greenland; glaciers islands and fjords, Inuit art & culture, polar bears & belugas...

This 13-day expedition cruise aboard the comfortable Ocean Endeavour begins in Iqaluit Canada, sailing through stunning Arctic landscapes along they way, we call in at Kimmirut (Lake Harbour) on Baffin Island to learn more about the local community, and Kinngait (Cape Dorset) famous for Inuit art. Keep your eyes peeled for polar bear, walrus, whales and more as we cruise Hudson Strait. In Ungava there is plenty of time to make landings, explore the Arctic tundra on foot, and by zodiac exploration along the shorelines. While this area is devoid of trees, there is plenty of wildlife, perhaps spot the endangered Beluga, and there are sure to be plenty of Thick- billed Murres.

The next Arctic region we explore is Greenland, where we get to see the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies in Nuuk, and explore the complex system of fjords in West Greenland. This trip is ideal for those with an interest in nature, art and culture, and is family friendly. 

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Visit Ungava Bay, rich in wildlife including Beluga whales and Canada’s largest number of breeding Thick-billed Murres

Visit the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada, and Inuit communities renowned for their art.

"This voyage lets you explore two Arctic regions in less that 2 weeks, Canada and West Greenland, be wowed by stunning wildlife, landscapes icebergs and glaciers, with a great mix of local culture to boot" Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ottawa - Canada Embarkation in Iqaluit

Please make your own way to Ottawa Airport for the early morning charter flight to 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 Ocean Endeavour through Iqaluit harbour.

Day 2
Frobisher Bay

Expect compelling scenery, as you soak up the Arctic splendour. Discovered in 1576 by Sir Martin Frobisher it was originally believed to be a strait before being identified as a bay in 1860. Not only will you be on the lookout for an abundance of wildlife but also will be able to learn about the unique characteristics of the native tundra flora.

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 hamlet of approximately four hundred is known for its ivory scrimshaw and jewellery making. The blooming tundra offers easy walking.

Day 4
Kinngait - Cape Dorset

Sail onward to what was once the birthplace of 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. You’ll visit studios and meet the incredible local artists here, as well as having an opportunity to purchase outstanding works straight from the source.

Day 5
Hudson Strait

Your expedition continues as you navigate the icy waters of the Hudson Strait. Make the most of the natural winds and catch glimpses of magnificent floating icebergs. Cruise the waters as you scan the surroundings for wildlife like polar bears, walruses, whales, seals and incredible seabirds.
Visit Nunavik's northernmost community, Ivujivik. This dramatic setting sits at the confluence of the Hudson Strait and Hudson bay. With a population of under just five hundred, the setting and high tidal environment for a rich variety of wildlife such as the thick-billed murre.

Day 6-7
Ungava Peninsula

Enjoy hiking across the treeless tundra of the Ungava Peninsula. This area is a haven for lovers of geology, with an abundance of rich geology and flora. You can enjoy hiking experiences and a zodiac cruise.

Day 8-9
Ungava Bay

Large and shallow, Ungava Bay is a rich ecosystem and home to a variety of wildlife, including an endangered Beluga 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

You will continue on as you steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Our resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic as you 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, Greenland

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 Qilakitsoq mummies are housed here. The museum’s exhibits also offer in-depth information about colonial, Norse, and Inuit presence in Greenland.

Day 12
Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord, West Greenland

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
Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq Toronto - Canada

Early this morning you'll complete your 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. You'll transfer to shore by Zodiac and be bused along Greenland’s longest road—less than twenty kilometres—to the airport, where our charter flight will take you to Toronto.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin accommodation on board the Ocean Endeavour
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All shipboard meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Port fees and applicable taxes
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary Expedition jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Special access permits, entry and park fees
  • Included Copy 20 Team of expedition staff
  • Included Copy 20 Guided activities, sightseeing and community visits
  • Included Copy 20 All Zodiac excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Pre-departure materials
  • Included Copy 20 Educational program & Interactive workshops & evening entertainment
  • Included Copy 20 Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • Included Copy 31 Charter flight on embarkation day Ottawa to Iqaluit (additional charge)
  • Included Copy 31 Charter flight on disembarkation day Kangerlussuaq to Toronto (additional charge)
  • Included Copy 31 No solo supplement (select cabins), 30% discount for under 30 year olds, family friendly
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, visas, Gratuities, Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
Transportation
Ocean Endeavour | Antarctic Cruise Ship

200 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Wildlife observation; polar bears, walrus, whales, Beluga, seals, and seabirds.
  • Included Zodiac excursions to explore the coastlines, glaciers and fjords
  • Included Walking and hiking to experience the Arctic tundra
  • Included Interactive workshops - learn about the fascinating cultures of the region
  • Included Discover Inuit art and visit local communities
  • Included Visit Greenland National Museum
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Duration

13 days

Price from

$4,995 USD

Per person, sharing

Based on a quad cabin

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