Package Duration: 12 nights Cruise & Stay
Package Starts: 1st August 2022 at Toronto hotel
Cruise Starts: 2nd August 2022 from Kangerlussuaq
Cruise Ends: 13th August 2022 into Qausuittuq (Resolute)
Package Ends: 13th August 2022 at Ottawa airport
** ALL PRICES IN USD **
Earlybird savings! Book before 30 November 2021 and save up to 15% on your cruise fare.
Twin Cat 3 Interior - was US $12,690 - Earlybird price: US $11,160*pp
Twin Cat 6 Porthole - was US $16,590 - Earlybird price: US $14,476*pp
Twin Cat 7 Window - was US $17,890 - Earlybird price: US $15,071*pp
Twin Cat 9 Junior Suite - was US $20,490 - Earlybird price: US $16,347*pp
SOLO TRAVELLER OFFER!
Single travellers may travel without a supplement on categories 3 only - all other categories sold out on this offer (subject to availability at time of booking)
Single Cat 3 Interior - was US $22,885 - Earlybird no single supplement price: US $11,160*
• Visit the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island
• Watch for marine mammals and wildlife in Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) National Marine Conservation Area
• Hike on Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth
• Enjoy an Inuit cultural welcome at Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
• Take advantage of prime viewing opportunities for the rare ivory gull, considered a species at risk
• Cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
HIGH ARCTIC EXPLORER Cruise-Stay package includes:
- BONUS free 1 nights accommodation in Toronto pre-cruise
- One way transfer from Toronto hotel to airport
- One way charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq
- One way transfer from Kangerlussuaq airport to port
- 11 night expedition cruise aboard the Ocean Endeavour from Kangerlussuaq to Qausuittuq (Resolute) including:
- The expertise and company of the English speaking Adventure Canada expedition staff
- Complimentary expedition wind and water resistant jacket (yours to keep)
- Complimentary use of gumboots (loan onboard)
- Onboard educational presentations
- All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
- Hors d`ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
- Zodiac tours and cruises
- Port taxes
- One way transfer from Qausuittuq port to airport
- One way charter flight from Qausuittuq to Ottawa
11 Night Cruise sailing from Kangerlussuaq to Resolute aboard Ocean Endeavour.
DAY 1 Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here we will be transferred by Zodiac to the Ocean Endeavour.
With 190 kilometres of superb scenery, Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord) is one of the longest fjords in the world. We begin our adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle as we go.
DAY 2 Sisimiut Coast
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.
People have lived in the Sisimiut area for 4,500 years. For the first 2,000 years, the people of the Saqqaq culture occupied the area. 2,500 years ago, new people brought the Dorset culture to the Sisimiut area. They lived here for 1,500 years and were followed by the people of the Thule culture—the ancestors of the current population. All these cultures came from Canada. The people primarily lived on fish, birds and mammals such as whales and seals.
DAY 3 Ilulissat
Ilulissat translates literally into “iceberg”, an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord—a unesco World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.
Here, we will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs to appreciate the icebergs. We will also visit the town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.
DAY 4 Western Greenland
Greenland’s west coast is simply stunning. From mighty mountains to the tiniest tundra flowers, our stop in this area will offer many outstanding features of interest. Hikers, walkers, photographers, and contemplators will all be equally delighted.
DAY 5 At Sea — Davis Strait
Our onboard presentation series will continue as we steam across Davis Strait towards Canada. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, and get out on deck looking for whales, seabirds and marine wildlife.
DAY 6 Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting. The views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning. We will have a chance to explore the town. The cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—arts and crafts may be available here, too.
DAY 7–10 Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) & Devon Island
We will spend four days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas. Narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. We’ll cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife.
On the northern border of Tallurutiup Imanga lies Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over fifty thousand square kilometres. The island’s geology is stunning. Flat topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character.
We’ll visit a number of the bays – hiking the tundra, discovering the botany, cruising a glacier face, and wildlife spotting from ship and from shore. Once home to Inuit and their ancestors, we will visit archaeological sites with expert interpretation to learn about the human history of this now abandoned island. We’ll also catch a glimpse of recent human history as we visit the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.
DAY 11 Beechey Island
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. Franklin’s crew 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 all visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of HMS Investigator was buried there in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves, and the ruins of nearby Northumberland House, are a haunting memorial.
DAY 12 Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay)
Qausuittuq, or “place with no dawn,” is named for its dark winters. During our time in the summer months we will experience the midnight sun, a time of no darkness.
The end of our journey is characterized by shoreline gravel flats, rocky coastal bluffs and deposits of glacial moraine. More significant is the origin of the hamlet. In 1953, Inuit from from Inukjuak, Québec, and Mittimatalik were relocated, under false pretenses, by the Canadian government with the aim of asserting Canadian sovereignty.
Today the community is home to just under 250 people and is an important staging point for High Arctic research, tourism, and military activities.
Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour.
*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (02Jul21). Some cabins may have obstructed views. Selected routing and airlines apply to package offers - any variances requested by guest will incur surcharges. Visitors to Canada must complete an online CAN ESTA application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Transfers only included if guests are arriving/departing by air at specific airports on exact package dates. Offer ends 30Nov21 and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.