Antarctica & Arctic
Every day is a new adventure when sailing the Northwest Passage
Destinations > Eastern Canada > Out of the Northwest Passage
16 nights cruise accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing and activities as specified, charter flights.
07 Sep '20
The Arctic is calling. From pristine fjords, looming glaciers and jagged icebergs, to the grand vistas, historic sites, graves, and abandoned outposts, it is an experience like no other. You will find a warm welcome in Nunavut’s communities, and Greenland offers geology, geography, and culture with a European flair.
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Cross the Arctic Circle
Seek polar bears, seabirds and other Arctic wildlife
Cruise among icebergs at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord
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Our charter flight from Calgary will land in Kugluktuk ready to embark the Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac to commence the trip.
The Kitikmeot Region consists of parts of Victoria Island, the adjacent part of the mainland as far as the Boothia Peninsula, King William Island, and the southern portion of Prince of Wales Island. Its regional seat is Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), though it also contains five other hamlets (including Uqsuqtuuq and Kugluktuk). It is Nunavut’s least-populated region, though wildlife abounds here both in the sea and on land.
Explore the Kitikmeot Region.
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Peel Sound was the Franklin expedition’s route south. It presents numerous wildlife and expedition opportunities. The setting is optimal for hiking and exploring the geological diversity of the area.
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In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. Franklin’s party overwintered at Beechey Island where three of his men died. Numerous search parties later used Beechey as a depot and rendezvous. Amundsen, Bernier, and Larsen visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of HMS Investigator was buried there in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and the ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.
Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. There is a great selection of landing sites available, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.
Our activities will centre in the village where we will have a chance to meet members of the community, learn about their way of life, and hear their poignant stories.
Smith Sound divides Ellesmere Island from Greenland. Here, the sea ice provided an ancient Inuit travel route. Optimal sea ice conditions in Smith Sound can also make for excellent wildlife viewing.
We will explore the stunning fjords that line the coast. Glaciers and icebergs abound here. In true expedition style, we will seek opportunities to hike, explore, and view wildlife as conditions allow.
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Here, we will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs to appreciate the icebergs. And we’ll visit the bustling town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.
The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, many islands and complex coastal waterways. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland current and the more southerly location. This makes for lusher vegetation.
Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our return charter flight.
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