This voyage combines two outstanding locations. Canada’s wild and remote Baffin Island and the glacier covered western coast of Greenland - home to deep fjords, icebergs and small coastal villages. View frequent sightings of Arctic wildlife species, including fantastic birdlife, marine mammals and polar bears.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Ottawa (Ontario) to Iqaluit (Nunavut)

We depart Ottawa this morning on our scheduled flight to Iqaluit, Nunavut, situated on Baffin Island. Upon arrival into Iqaluit we enjoy a walking tour of the town and board our expedition ship, RCGS Resolute, in the afternoon. After settling into our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off, setting sail for the remote Canadian Arctic and West Greenland.

Day 2: Monumental Island

Located in Davis Strait, Monumental Island is a known location for walrus. We explore by zodiac along the shoreline looking for these fascinating creatures. Watchful eyes may locate smaller pups within the masses. We sometimes encounter polar bears in this vicinity. They have been known to chase walrus off their haul out and into the water. As we continue our journey, why not visit the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel? Throughout the coming days and rest of the voyage, our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations on the environment, wildlife and history of the Arctic and the locations we plan to visit.

Day 3: Pangniqtuuq (Pangnirtung) and Auyuittuq National Park

Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound and the western gateway to Auyuittuq National Park, the village of Pangnirtung is beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea. This remote community is a well-known center for traditional and contemporary arts and crafts – including carvings, prints and colorful textiles. In addition, the Angmarlik Visitor Centre has a wonderful interpretive display featuring the lifestyle and history of the Thule and the modern Inuit.

Day 4: Cape Mercy

Marking the northern headland of Cumberland Sound are the dramatic cliffs of Cape Mercy. As the Baffin Bay middle ice recedes throughout the summer, the stretch of Baffin coast from Cape Mercy to Cape Dyer is a great place to find polar bears coming ashore. We explore this region planning to hike the shoreline ridges, paddling the bays and zodiac cruising through the ice on the lookout for Arctic wildlife.

Day 5: Sunshine Fjord

Sunshine Fjord straddles the Arctic Circle at 66° degrees, 33 minutes north of latitude. Depending on the weather we may cruise across the Circle on the ship, cross it by zodiac or, the more active option, maybe crossing the Circle on foot. Whichever way, it’s a thrill to be above the Arctic Circle at last. Sunshine Fjord offers terrific hiking opportunities and we have a number of great routes in mind. You may wish to take the extended hike, gaining elevation and offering wonderful views of our surroundings. Or choose to take the less strenuous option along the shoreline. For the sea kayakers, the sheltered waters of the fjord provide great conditions for paddling.

Day 6: Davis Strait

Ice conditions along the Baffin coastline will dictate our navigation today. This is a fascinating transition zone to explore due to the rich and varied wildlife species we expect to encounter along the ice edge. We keep a lookout for bearded, hooded and ringed seals and walrus. Not surprisingly, polar bears are often found in the vicinity. With such a rich abundance of food sources in close proximity, these are rich hunting grounds. It is also not uncommon to see bowhead whales cruising along the edges of the ice. If conditions allow, we launch the zodiacs and explore through the ice floes on the lookout for wildlife. Eventually, we push into the broad expanse of the Davis Strait charting an easterly course towards Greenland. From this point onwards, huge icebergs will be present, making for incredible photographic subjects in the soft Arctic twilight.

Day 7: Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island)

Qeqertarsuaq is situated at the head of Disko Bay. The Inuit name for this location translates literally to ‘large island’. After the main landmass of Greenland, this is the territory’s second largest island and one of the ten largest islands on earth. This is a place of great historical and geological interest. Eric the Red, the 9th century Norse Viking, is believed to have visited here using the location as a base for hunting, fishing and exploration. Mineral deposits containing native iron and hot springs are another feature of the area. We explore the southern coast and visit the island’s principal settlement of Qeqertarsuaq, home to a small, hardy community.

Day 8: Ilulissat and the Jacobshavn Icefjord

If one word could sum up today’s experience it would be 'ice'. Even our expedition team members, with years spent exploring both the Arctic and Antarctica, will take a moment to reflect on the awesome ice sculptures that surround the ship in all directions. Truly one of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site - spews gigantic tabular icebergs out into Disko Bay. The glacier that creates these stunning monoliths advances at over 40 meters per day, around 50 cubic kilometers of ice annually! Our approach to Ilulissat is always 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. Ilulissat was the hometown of Knud Rasmussen, one of Greenland’s most famous early explorers. The town is home to a pretty harbor with colorful fishing boats and houses on shore.

Day 9: Sisimiut

We will explore the fjord behind the town of Sisimiut before going ashore to explore this beautiful location in the afternoon. Characterized by colorful 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. Or walk around town with your camera capturing the ‘picture-postcard’ setting.

Day 10: Kangerlussuaq, Sondre Stromfjord and Greenland Icecap

Today we sail into one of the longest fjords on the planet. Overlooking the fjord sits the town of Kangerlussuaq, a key outpost on the west coast of Greenland. An exciting day lies ahead as expert guides take us to view and experience the vast expanse of the Greenland ice cap. Covering roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland the ice sheet measures approximately 1.7 million square kilometers. It’s the second largest ice sheet on earth, second only to continental Antarctica. Our trip takes us through fabulous scenery and there’s a good chance of seeing Muskox, reindeer and local birdlife. Our expert local guides will take us walking on the actual ice cap - a major thrill for many of us. Later this afternoon, we return to the ship and tonight our chefs will have prepared a special farewell dinner attended by the ship’s Captain. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate and reflect on a remarkable journey through the heart of the Arctic.

Day 11: Kangerlussuaq, (Greenland) to Ottawa, (Ontario)

Our journey through the Arctic is all but complete as we disembark the ship and make our way to the airport. A charter flight returns us to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. On arrival, we bid farewell to our fellow passengers and our voyage comes to an end. A transfer is provided from the airport to a central location downtown.

About our itinerary – Polar exploration can be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a large number of outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal or when heavy ice may block out planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

RCGS Resolute

RCGS Resolute

Deckplan & Cabin Photos

Highlights

  • Opportunities to see many of the Arctic's iconic species including polar bears, musk oxen, walruses, belugas and many more
  • Travel above the Arctic Circle
  • Expert naturalist guides offer on-shore nature interpretation and lectures throughout the voyage
  • Shore landings by Zodiacs

Included

  • Itinerary/pre-departure information
  • Extensive program of relevant educational presentations
  • Experienced team of naturalists and a resident photographer
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • On board welcome reception & dinner
  • Farewell Dinner hosted by the ship's Captain
  • All meals during the voyage
  • Tea and fresh snacks each afternoon
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate throughout the day
  • Onboard medical officer
  • Access to our special programs on board
  • Use of multimedia station
  • Foul weather gear set

NOT INCLUDED:

Mandatory Charter Flight: $1,995

In the Canadian Arctic, charter flights are required to get to the start and finish points of the voyage. Ottawa is our gateway for Iqaluit (Baffin Island) and Kangerlussuaq (Greenland).

All bookings on voyages that operate domestically within Canada, are subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST).

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $695
 

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.

 
 
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