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High Arctic Explorer Cruise

Aug 6, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019


August 6-17, 2019 | 11 Days, 10 Nights | Ocean Endeavour

Join Maritime Travel’s own Celia Nishimura on an incredible journey of the Arctic. Explore Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), a newly designated marine protected area. Visit the graves of Franklin’s men on Beechey Island. Enjoy an Inuit welcome in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet); try your hand at Arctic games. Across Baffin Bay lies the sublime Greenland coast. Illulissat offers cafes, hiking, and handicrafts. Ilulissat Icefjord, a unesco World Heritage Site, is home to Sermeq Kujalleq— the fastest-moving glacier in the world. Explore the best of Greenland and Nunavut in summer!


Inclusive of:
• Pre cruise night hotel in Ottawa*
• Charter flight from Ottawa and back to Toronto
• A $250 shipboard credit per person*
• Nikon Camera Ambassador Program
• No single supplement
• Save 30% under 30 years
• Family friendly - kids sail free
• Visit the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island
• Seek wildlife in Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), Canada’s largest and newest Marine Protected Area
• Hike on Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth
• Enjoy an Inuit cultural welcome at Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
• Marvel at the tundra in summer bloom
• Watch icebergs calving from Greenland’s glaciers
• Amazing memories to last a lifetime, and much more!




Adventure Canada – High Arctic Explorer Cruise*

Qausuittuq, or “place with no dawn,” is named for its dark winters. But in summer, the sun persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. The community’s English name, Resolute Bay, honours the HMS Resolute. “Resolute” also describes local Inuit who were relocated, in 1953, from Inukjuak, Québec, and Mittimatalik by the Canadian government. Our early morning charter flight will bring us to Qausuittuq, where we will embark the Ocean Endeavour.

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 all 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.

Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over fifty thousand square kilometres. The island’s geology is stunning, and very visible as we sail the coast. Flat topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character. Devon Island has a rich human history, and boasts historical and archeological features. We’ll also be on the watch for wildlife.

We will spend the day exploring the ocean wilderness of Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound). In August of 2017, this enormous body of water was declared a National Marine Conservation Area. 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 to choose from, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.

Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we explore northern Baffin Island’s mountainous fjords. Weather, ice, and opportunity will determine our route among the spectacular geology. Expert spotters will be on deck, searching for seabirds, including thick-billed murres and kittiwakes. We’ll also watch for marine mammals and scan the shores for muskoxen, caribou, and bears.

Mittimatalik is a bustling Arctic community in a beautiful setting. The views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning. We will have a chance to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities. A cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—arts and crafts may be available here, too. The Northern and Co-op stores offer a unique perspective on life in the Arctic, and sometimes have carvings as well.

Our onboard presentation series will continue as we steam across Davis Strait towards Greenland. Our expedition team will deepen your understanding of the Arctic as we 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 potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

Greenland’s west coast is simply stunning. An expedition stop in this area will offer many outstanding features of interest. Hikers, walkers, photographers, and contemplators will all be equally delighted. From mighty mountains to the tiniest tundra flowers, we will have much to explore.

Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country’s second-largest system of fjords. It is considered Greenland’s sunniest place. A favourable climate—coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes—has made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit. The region has been settled for thousands of years. The famous ‘Greenland mummies’ dating to the 1400s were found in Qilakitsoq, near the town of Uummannaq, perched on the slopes of a heart-shaped mountain. Adventure Canada – High Arctic Explorer Cruise*

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 bustling town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.

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. Approx. 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. The ice-free conditions in the sea around Sisimiut, including some of Greenland’s deepest fjords, allow us to sail in waters that are home to many whales and seals.

Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery. We end our adventure by sailing up this dramatic fjord as the sun rises to greet us. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here, we will disembark.

Multi-trip Promotion — Receive 10% off the berth cost when you take more than one Ocean Endeavour expedition in a calendar year. This promotion can be combined with Free Single Supplement promotion only.

Save 30% under 30 — Save 30% on berth cost for travellers under thirty years of age. Adventurers of all ages are welcome! Our trips are suited for singles (we offer free single supplement), couples, families, and groups!

Price Guarantee — If Adventure Canada reduces the price of the berth portion of the fare of any expedition more than 120 days prior to departure, previously booked clients may claim the lower rate. For more information, please visit adventurecanada. com/guarantee/

Family Friendly — Children four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare— and children two years and younger travel free! Children must be accompanied by a full-fare adult. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offers.under thirty years of age.

Family run, friendly for all! — Adventurers of all ages are welcome! Our trips are suited for singles (we offer free single supplement), couples, families, and groups!

Flights: Flight to Ottawa and return from Toronto not included.
Starts: Ottawa, ON – Ends: Toronto, ON
Northbound Charter Flight: Ottawa, ON to Resolute, NU early morning departure
Southbound Charter Flight: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, ON evening arrival

It is highly recommended that guests spend the night pre and post expedition. Our travel counsellor can assist you with that.

To book: USD $1000 deposit per person is required. Cancellation Policy: Booking to 120 days prior to scheduled departure the penalty is $500 USD 91 - 120 days prior to scheduled departure the penalty is 65% 90 days prior to scheduled departure the penalty is 100%

Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice, and sea conditions.

Tour host subject to minimum group size.

See your favourite Maritime Travel counsellor for complete terms and conditions.

For more information and to book, call your favourite Maritime Travel Counsellor: 1.800.881.1919 or email