Rating in Canada
$ 4995

Heart of the Arctic 2020

Cruising
Cruising
min $ 4995
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Iqaluit, Frobisher Bay, Kimmirut, Akpatok Island, Ungava Bay, Nuuk
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 4995
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Dates & Prices
  • Details
  • Highlights

Overview

South Greenland’s stunning coast. The communities of south Baffin. The islands of Ungava Bay. People, wildlife and landscape are the true Heart of the Arctic!

Visit three distinct Arctic regions on this voyage aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Explore the deep fjords and vibrant communities of Greenland, including the world’s smallest capital, Nuuk. Cross the Davis Strait in the wake of the explorers, searching for marine life and seabirds.

South Baffin Island’s Inuit art-making communities are famous throughout the world. Meet the artists. Pick up a carving, a print, or a tapestry. Nunavik, the Arctic coast of Quebec, offers outstanding archeology and wildlife.

Plentiful sea ice means great opportunities for wildlife viewing from the ship or board a Zodiac—or board a Zodiac to seek whales, bears, and caribou. Keep your binoculars ready for thick-billed murres, guillemots, dovekies, and more.

Journey with scientists, historians, Inuit artists, and culturalists to the heart of the Arctic!

Itinerary

day 1
Iqaluit
day 2
Frobisher Bay
day 3
Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)
day 4
Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
day 5
Hudson Strait
day 6
Ivujivik
day 7
Ungava Peninsula
day 8
Akpatok Island
day 9
Ungava Bay
day 10
At Sea — Davis Strait
day 11
Nuuk
day 12
Quqqata Kommunia
day 13
Kangerlussuaq

Iqaluit, at the head of Frobisher Bay, is Nunavut’s bustling capital. A population of nearly 8,000 (and growing) call Iqaluit home. Local attractions include the territorial Legislature, igloo-inspired St. Jude’s Cathedral, art shops, and more.

We will transfer by Zodiac to the Ocean Endeavour through busy Iqaluit harbour. Take a moment to notice the amazing tide! Once all are aboard, we’ll begin our journey down Frobisher Bay.

We’ll be on the lookout for wildlife, of course. Our geologists will have you raving about rocks, and the tundra plants beneath your feet are worth a closer look. Expect compelling scenery, and soak up the Arctic splendor as we go!

Kimmirut means “the heel” in Inuktitut, referring to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community. Kimmirut is considered one of the most charming communities on the South Baffin coast.

Art aficionados may know the hamlet as Lake Harbour, once the home of a Hudson Bay company post. Art has played a major role in putting Kimmirut on the map. The Dewey Soper Building houses a gallery of outstanding works of art. 

Kinngait was ground zero for the Inuit art market. In 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established: it remains the oldest arts organization in the Canadian Arctic and the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada. 

Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers continue to make Kinngait a proud centre for Inuit art. We’ll visit studios and meet the artists here—an opportunity to purchase outstanding works straight from the source.

On this exploration day, we’ll be making the most of what the wind, weather and wildlife have to offer. We can expect to navigate the icy waters of Hudson Strait. Our expedition staff will scan for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds as we go.

We call in at Nunavik’s northernmost community, Ivujivik. With a population of just under five hundred, the dramatic setting sits at the confluence of Hudson Strait and Hudsons Bay, the high tidal environment provides for rich wildlife. Nunavik is the Inuit homeland in Quebec and comprises the northern third of the province.

Heading northwest along the Ungava Peninsula, we’re exploring an area of treeless tundra rich in geology and flora. We’ll enjoy hiking and a Zodiac cruise.

Uninhabited Akpatok Island is the biggest island in Ungava Bay, at over nine hundred square kilometres. It’s named for the akpat—the thick-billed murres—that nest on ledges of Aktpatok’s lofty cliffs. These penguin-like birds are truly a delight to watch: tremendous swimmers, but comical flyers.

Here we’ll use our Zodiacs to scout the shorelines and any outlying ice with hopes of seeing polar bears, walrus, and other marine life.

Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we navigate the east coast of Ungava Bay. We’ll search for Polar bears as we call in at an abandoned fishing community.

As always expedition staff will be watching for birds, marine mammals, and wildlife on the land. Keep your binoculars and expedition gear at the ready!

Our presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Our resource staff 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 pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland that bridges old and new. The old harbour region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. The modern downtown core includes shopping, cafes and restaurants, and public institutions with a European flair.

The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Greenland mummies are housed here. The museum’s exhibits also offer in-depth information about colonial, Norse, and Inuit presence in Greenland—a must-see.

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 sub-Arctic location. This makes for lusher vegetation.

This is a day in the spirit of expedition travel and we will avail ourselves of the opportunities that present themselves.

Early this morning we’ll complete our overnight journey up Sondre Stromfjord—a 168-kilometre-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord’.

Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. We’ll transfer to shore by Zodiac and be bused along Greenland’s longest road—less than twenty kilometres—to the airport, where our charter flight will take us to Toronto.

Dates & Prices

July 19, 2020 - July 31, 2020 - Click on cabin category for ship deckplan

All prices are per person, in US Dollars (USD) unless specified otherwise.

  • 1

    $4995.00   Deck four. A SHARED cabin for 4 passengers. It is an interior cabin with 4 lower berths and a bathroom that is split in 2 rooms, with a shower in one room and sink and toilet in the other. This cabin is generally used by single travellers looking to share and is booked by gender. 

  • 2

    $5995.00   Deck four. A SHARED cabin for 3 passengers. It is an interior cabin with 3 lower berths and 2 full bathrooms. This cabin is generally used by single travellers looking to share and is booked by gender.

  • 3

    $7395.00   Deck five. Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath

  • 4

    $8695.00   Deck four, porthole window, two lower berths, private bath

  • 5

    $9995.00   Deck five, picture window, two lower berths, private bath

  • 6

    $11295.00   Decks four, seven and eight, picture windows (obstructed view), two lower berth OR matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator

  • 7

    $12595.00   Decks five and eight, large picture window (partial obstruction), two lower berth OR matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator

  • 8

    $13895.00   Deck five and seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator

  • 9

    $15195.00   Deck five and seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath

  • 10

    $16495.00   Deck seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator


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Details

What's Included

ABOARD
  • Pre-departure materials
  • The expertise and company of our expedition staff
  • Onboard educational programming
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbecues & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d’ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Fully stocked library
  • Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • $250 USD Discovery Fund Fee

    ASHORE
  • Introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing
  • Museum entries, park accesses, port taxes
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations


    What's Not Included

  • Commercial and charter flight costs
  • Gratuities (suggested at $15 USD per person per day)
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation
  • Program enhancements
  • Highlights

    • View the spectacular Arctic coastal regions by Zodiac
    • Immerse yourself in the creative tradition, science, and culture of the Arctic
    • Appreciate Inuit life in Greenland, Nunavut, and Nunavik
    • Seek polar bears, marine mammals, and seabirds in the rich waters of Hudson Strait
    • Learn about Inuit art and culture from artists and experts
    • Visit some of Nunavut’s greatest carvers in their workshops
    • Cross the Arctic Circle by ship while enjoying glorious Sondre Stromfjord
    All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Adventure Canada
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