High Arctic Explorer Cruise

  1. 2019
    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 to Saturday, August 17, 2019
    Tour Duration: 
    12 days
    Tour Price:
     $6,995 USD
  2. 2020
    Friday, July 31, 2020 to Tuesday, August 11, 2020
    Tour Duration: 
    12 days
    Tour Price:
     $7,595 USD
  3. 2020
    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 to Saturday, August 22, 2020
    Tour Duration: 
    12 days
    Tour Price:
     $7,595 USD
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Highlights
  • 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
Overview

In the mythic far reaches of the Arctic lie Inuit homelands. Journey in comfort from Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay), Nunavut to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Visit the Arctic at the height of summer! 

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!

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Day 1: Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay)

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.  

Day 2: Beechey Island

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. 

Day 3: Devon Island

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. 

Day 4: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)

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. 

Day 5: North Baffin Island

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.

Day 6: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

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.

Day 7: At Sea — Davis Strait

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.

Day 8: Western Greenland

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.

Day 9: Uummannaq Fjord

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.

Day 10: 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 bustling town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour. 

Day 11: Sisimiut Coast

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.

Day 12: Kangerlussuaq

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 the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our return charter flight.

 

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Ship Info

Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.

Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada’s expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.

The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft). Photos of most cabin categories are available under the "Dates & Prices" tab.

Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour!

 

Deck Plan

Pricing

2019 Fares are per person in US Dollars: 

Category 1: $6,995  Deck 4 

Category 2: $8,195  Deck 4 

Category 3: $9,595  Deck 5 

Category 4: $10,895  Deck 4 

Category 5: $12,195  Deck 5 

Category 6: $13,495  Deck 7 

Category 7: $14,795  Deck 8 

Category 8: $16,095  Decks 5 & 7 

Category 9: $17,395  Decks 5 & 7 

Category 10: $18,695  Deck 7 

If you'd like a single occupancy cabin, there are a limited number of single cabins in categories 3 to 7 available without a single supplement. Single cabins in categories 8 to 10 are available at 1.5x the fare quoted above.

Charter flights available for this itinerary: 

Northbound Charter Flight: $1,028 (Ottawa, ON to Resolute, NU. Early-morning departure)

Southbound Charter Flight: $1,367 (Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, ON. Evening arrival)


2020 Fares are per person in US Dollars: Save 10% (book by Jan 19, 2019)

Category 1: $7,595  Deck 4 

Category 2: $8,795  Deck 4 

Category 3: $10,195  Deck 5 

Category 4: $11,495  Deck 4 

Category 5: $12,795  Deck 5 

Category 6: $14,095  Deck 7 

Category 7: $15,395  Deck 8 

Category 8: $16,695  Decks 5 & 7 

Category 9: $17,995  Decks 5 & 7 

Category 10: $19,295  Deck 7 

If you'd like a single occupancy cabin, there are a limited number of single cabins in categories 3 to 7 available without a single supplement. Single cabins in categories 8 to 10 are available at 1.5x the fare quoted above.

Charter flights available for this itinerary: July 31–August 11, 2020

Northbound Charter Flight: $1,417 (Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Early-morning departure)

Southbound Charter Flight: $1,078 (Resolute, NU to Ottawa, ON. Early-morning departure)

Charter flights available for this itinerary: August 11–22, 2020

Northbound Charter Flight: $1,078 (Ottawa, ON to Resolute, NU. Early-morning departure)

Southbound Charter Flight: $1,417 (Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, ON. Evening arrival)