Canada to Greenland: Baffin Bay Explorer
Baffin Island to Western Greenland, Inuit culture, Arctic
Circle, Glaciers, Icebergs, Wildlife
13 Days |
Departure: 9/12/17 | From: $6,495
Trip Highlights: Baffin Island and across
Baffin Bay to Greenland, two perspectives on the Arctic, similar
but distinct. Look out for wildlife such as polar bears and
walrus, visit the iceberg factory that is Ilulissat Icefjord.
Rates: $6,495 - $15,395
Package: $1,895 per person (mandatory) includes 1 night
hotel pre-voyage in Ottawa with breakfast, transfer to Ottawa
airport, flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit, transfers to and from
ship, flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa, transfer Ottawa airport
to hotel, 1 night hotel post-voyage in Ottawa with breakfast.
Single Rate: 1.7 - 2 times the double occupancy rate,
or can match with other solo passengers to share a cabin
Rate Includes: Photographic journal; waterproof
expedition boots on loan; parka to keep. Subject to change without
Kayaking Supplement: $695 per person
Ship - Sea Adventurer -
Explore some of the most isolated regions in
the world by small ship and Zodiacs taking you to areas that
are otherwise inaccessible including Ilulissat, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. The unrivaled natural beauty of these remote
lands is simply breathtaking â€“ you can't help but marvel at
the red heart-shaped mountain of Uummannaq, the soaring rock
faces of the Sam Ford Fjord, the freshly calved bergs in the
Ilulissat Icefjord, and the sheer ruggedness of islands inhabited
only by iconic arctic creatures such as walrus and polar bears.
In one mystical expedition, you'll experience the wonder of
the wilderness of these two historic islands.
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Day 1: Ottawa, Canada
Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in Ottawa,
capital city. Explore the Canadian capital on your own, before
spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.
Days 2: Ottawa / Iqaluit, Nunavut
After breakfast, board our charter flight to Iqaluit, where
your first Zodiac ride will transfer you from shore to ship.
You'll experience the power of nature, as the tides here are
the second highest in Canada, rising up to 39 feet (12 meters)
twice a day. On board, you'll meet your Expedition Team, the
captain and his officers.
Day 3: Monumental Island
Off the southern coast of Baffin Island, this small,
isolated island is completely uninhabited, except for the large
population of impressive arctic animals that call the rugged
terrain home. With your experienced expedition staff, you'll
get up close, exploring the rocky shoreline in a Zodiac, scouting
for hauled-out walrus and polar bears prowling for food.
Day 4: Kekerten Island / Pangnirtung
Today, you cross north of the Arctic Circle. Wandering the historical
remains of a whaling station on the uninhabited island of Kekerten,
it's easy to envision what life was like during the height of
whaling in the Cumberland Sound area. This National Historic
Site of Canada was charted by Scottish whaler Captain William
Penny in 1840 and soon became a major whaling destination. The
site was abandoned around 1926, after whaling declined and local
Inuit families moved to the mainland community of Pangnirtung,
where a trading post was established by the Hudson's Bay Company.
As you cruise toward the picturesque Pangnirtung, you'll see
why this Inuit hamlet at the mouth of the Pangnirtung Fjord
is called the Switzerland of the Arctic. Tucked beneath the
snow- capped peaks of Mount Duval, Pang is also a renowned artists'
haven. Stop by the studio at the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts &
Crafts to view the traditional colorful tapestries that have
attracted worldwide attention for decades. Here, you'll also
get a sense of local Inuit activities, such as sealing, fishing
Day 5: At Sea
As the ship
steams briefly south, enjoy the views of the southern coast
of Baffin Island. While you spend this day at sea, join expedition
staff as they look for whales and birdlife out on deck. This
is your chance to relax with a glass of wine or hot tea and
simply take in the wondrous beauty around you.
Day 6: Cumberland Peninsula
Continue sailing around the Cumberland Peninsula, letting
the weather guide the team in choosing shore landings, as you
explore this scenic region.
Day 7: Sam Ford Fjord, Baffin Bay
Situated about 380 miles (450 km) north of the Arctic
Circle, in the land where the sun never sets, Sam Ford Fjord
is truly one of the most isolated places on the planet. Yet
this little-explored area of Baffin Island is one of the world's
best big-wall playgrounds, attracting intrepid climbers eager
to scale the sheer rock faces that shoot straight out of the
sea. Have your camera ready, as the number of huge formations
here are awe inspiring. Tonight, you'll traverse Baffin Bay,
saying goodbye to Canadian shores. Expedition staff will preview
the excitement still to come in Greenlandâ€”glaciers and mummies!
Day 8: Uummannaq and Qilaqitsoq, Greenland
In the morning, you'll visit the abandoned settlement of Qilaqitsoq
(also known as Qilakitsoq), where a ghoulish discovery was made
in 1972: the two graves of eight fully dressed mummies, thought
to have drowned circa 1475. The remains of three women and a
child are kept at the Greenland National Historic Museum in
Nuuk, the Greenlandic capital. You'll want to be out on deck
on the approach to the stunning sight of Uummannaq, its colorful
peaked houses perched on the rocky foothills of the red heart-shaped
mountain that gave the community its name. Founded as a Danish
colony in 1758 on the Nuussuaq mainland, five years later the
settlement moved here, where seal hunting was more plentiful.
A hike up a gently sloping hill overlooking the seaside town
will yield a panoramic view of icebergs, sea and mountains.
Day 9: Eqip Sermia
sail to one of the most breathtaking places in Greenland: the
beautiful Eqip Sermia. As you trace the front of the massive
calving glacier from a safe distance, the sounds and sight of
huge chunks of ice crashing into the sea are simply spectacular.
Day 10: Ilulissat
camera out as you approach Ilulissat. The nearby Ilulissat Icefjord,
a tidal fjord covered with massive ice, has fascinated scientists
for over 250 years. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the sea
mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier), the fastest-moving
glacier in the world, which produces at least 10 percent of
all of Greenland's calf ice. In fact, the young icebergs you
see here will eventually end up off the coast of Newfoundland
years later. Exploring the beauty of this natural phenomenon,
you'll be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of glaciers and
Day 11: Itilleq
Surrounded by sea, fjords and mountains, the picturesque
village of Itilleq is situated on an island with no freshwater
source (a facility desalinates seawater). The community, whose
main trade is fishing and hunting, will welcome you and show
you their way of life. Later, join locals in a friendly soccer
Day 12: Kangerslussuaq / Ottawa, Canada
After disembarking in Kangerslussuaq, a former U.S.
military base, you'll be transferred to your charter flight
to Ottawa, where you'll spend the night at your hotel.
Day 13: Ottawa, Canada
Make your way home at your leisure.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and
program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and
the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success
of this expedition.
Bilingual Departure: 9/12/2017 English/French
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers
are to carry a minimum of $50,000 of emergency medical coverage.
Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. All guests
are strongly recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance
coverage. The shipping company will not be held responsible
for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued
will be the responsibility of the traveler. We strongly recommend
that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance,
trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage
and repatriation. We can assist you with this.
In the unlikely event
that the plane is unable to depart on the planned date of the
charter flight, you will be provided a full day of activities
in Ottawa, meals included. If the weather is not suitable on
Day 3, you will enjoy an additional day of activities and meals
in Ottawa. On Day 4 should the charter flight not be able to
take off by 14:00, the shipping company will officially cancel
the voyage and provide letters for all clients to submit to
their travel insurance providers under the trip delay/interruption
and cancellation clause. The shipping company will make every
effort to ensure your program takes place, but due to weather
conditions, flying in this region can be difficult and is beyond
our control. The shipping company will not offer passengers
a refund in the event of a trip delay or cancellation due to
the charter flight being unable to depart as planned. We strongly
recommend that all expedition guests purchase a comprehensive
travel insurance policy including trip delay, cancellation and
interruption insurance, in addition to the required medical
coverage. Please note that international airfare may not be
covered by insurance in the event of a cancellation.
Shipboard accommodation with
daily housekeeping; meals on board throughout your voyage; shore
landings per the daily program; Zodiac transfers and cruising
per the daily program; photographic journal documenting the
voyage; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore
landings; an expedition parka â€“ yours to keep; coffee, tea,
cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobe in
every cabin; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage
handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum
benefit of $100,000 per person*. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; mandatory charter
airfare package; passport and visa expenses; government arrival
and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and
medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; mandatory
waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising; laundry, bar, beverage
and other personal charges; phone and internet charges; the
customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for ship's crew
and staff; additional overnight accommodation; optional kayaking;
fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger
of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included
coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and
last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel
prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not
covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly
advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and
baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.