Destination: Arctic Cruises
Starting at: $5,495
An in-depth exploration of Canada's High Arctic with plenty of wildlife viewing and landings at historic exploration sites.Contact us about this trip Share
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Your Arctic adventure begins a little further south, with an overnight stay in Toronto.
You'll get transferred to the airport for your flight north. After landing in Resolute, it's off to the harbour to board a Zodiac and cruise out to your ship. Enjoy some time out on deck, taking in your new Arctic surroundings, before you set sail on your Arctic expedition.
Named after Frederick William Beechey from the Royal Navy, your time on this island will include a visit to a small grave site with markers for men who died during Sir John Franklin's expedition in 1845-46. Roald Amundsen also stopped here in 1903, on his successful voyage to the Northwest Passage. Prince Leopold Island has a more active attraction, as a Zodiac excursion will take you to impressive sea cliffs, which are home to more than 500,000 birds including kittiwakes, guillemots, gulls and fulmars.
At the southern end of Somerset Island, you'll explore the coastline at Fort Ross. Back in 1937 the Hudson's Bay Company established a trading post here, but it was abandoned only 11 years later due to severe ice conditions.
Today's sailing takes you out of the Gulf of Boothia and into the rarely explored Fury and Hecla Strait. This challenging strait narrows to 2km/1.2miles in places Spend your time on the lookout for whales and seals as the ship captain navigates this area that thwarted many British efforts in their search for the Northwest Passage.
Like Beechey Island, Igloolik is a National Historic Site of Canada. Inhabited for more than 4,000 years, it took until 1822 for Europeans to arrive here. It was Captain William Perry and his ships the HMS Fury and HMS Hecla that first arrived, and wintered here that year. Igloolik is an active community today and home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus in the world. You'll continue on exploring Foxe Basin and, if time permits, the Melville Peninsula. Here, you're on the lookout for more wildlife. Foxe Basin is a shallow waterway that creates a great habitat for bearded seals and ringed seals, as well as Canada's largest walrus herd. Polar bears may be spotted and beluga, bowhead and narwhal whales can be found in these waters. Birds are also in abundance with 10,000 pairs of Sabine's gulls being among the most numerous. Lesser snow geese, ivory gulls, herring gulls, Canada geese and Arctic terns also frequent the basin.
A small hamlet, Cape Dorset has gained the reputation as Canada's "Capital of Inuit Art." You'll find plenty of Inuit carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings here. The settlement itself has an interesting history, dating back to the Dorset Culture—pre-Inuit who lived here more than 3,000 years ago.
The largest island in Ungava Bay, Akpat is the local name for the thick-billed murres, which nest here in the tens of thousands. This is one of the largest colonies in the world and a favourite spot for polar bears. You can expect more wildlife encounters over at Monumental Island, which is a well-known island for more potential close sightings of some of the Arctic's most iconic creatures—walrus and polar bears.
Located at the southeastern end of Baffin Island, Frobisher Bay is a puzzle work of narrow inlets and streams. You'll spend your last full day of the expedition exploring by zodiac, possibly fitting in a refreshing hike ashore. This means you'll have a fun time exploring numerous islands in the area, not knowing what surprises will be around each corner, or sea cliff. It's a great place to spend your last full day of expedition cruising and will surely provide some scenic highlights.
Your final Zodiac ride will take you from the ship to shore. Iqaluit is the capital of Nunavut Territory and is located on Baffin Island. Your time here will be brief, as your flight and final overnight in Montreal awaits, signalling an end to your time in the Arctic.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.