Canada to Greenland Baffin Bay Explorer
• Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Visit Sam Ford Fjord, one of the most beautiful and isolated places on the planet • View arctic wildlife, such as walrus and possibly polar bears • Cruise in a Zodiac • Visit traditional settlements and meet Greenlandic and Inuit locals
On this adventure, we'll explore some of the most isolated regions in the world as our small ship and Zodiacs take us to areas that are otherwise inaccessible. The unrivalled natural beauty of these remote lands is simply breathtaking: 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.
Your Ship: Sea Adventurer The Sea Adventurer is a comfortable vessel with spacious cabins. All cabins have private bathroom facilities and exterior views. Designed to carry travellers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999, and was further upgraded in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which features a spacious forward lounge and bar, window-lined dining room and promenades. We carry only 117 guests per voyage on the Sea Adventurer.
Day 1: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Your arctic adventure begins in Ottawa. Explore the Canadian capital on your own, before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.
Day 2: Embarkation Day in 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 and 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 and hunting.
Day 5: At Sea As our 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 We continue sailing around the Cumberland Peninsula, letting the weather guide us in choosing our shore landings, as we explore this scenic region.
Day 7: Sam Ford Fjord 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 Greenland - 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 as we approach 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 Today, 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 Have your 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 ice caps.
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 us and show us their way of life. Later, join locals in a friendly soccer match.
Day 12: Kangerlussuaq After disembarking in Kangerlussuaq, a former U.S. military base, you'll be transferred to your charter flight to Ottawa, where you'll spend the night at your included hotel.
Day 13: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Today, make your way to the airport or spend a relaxing day exploring in the city.
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board • All shore landings per the daily programme • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled • Photographic journal documenting the expedition • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard the ship • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
Mandatory Transfer Package Includes • One night's pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Ottawa with breakfast • Charter flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit • Transfers to and from the ship • Transfers between the airport and hotel in Ottawa • Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa
Pricing (per person) $USD
2017 Sep 12
Booking conditions • Baggage allowance on charter flights is 20 kg checked and 5 kg carry-on.
• Single and Triple cabin prices available on request. Please note that if you are a solo traveller taking advantage of the 'Request Share' program, not all cabins apply.
• Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.
• Baggage allowance on charter flights is 20 kg checked and 5 kg carry-on. • Single and Triple cabin prices available on request. Please note that if you are a solo traveller taking advantage of the 'Request Share' program, not all cabins apply. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.
Not included • International airfare
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance - strongly recommended
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional kayaking activities
• International airfare • Passport and visa expenses • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance - strongly recommended • Excess-baggage fees on international flights • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified • Phone and Internet charges • Additional overnight accommodation • Optional kayaking activities
Gratuity • Gratuities are voluntary and can be given at the end of your cruise. We recommend that you budget US$10 to US$15 per person per day, if you are pleased with the service on board.
• Gratuities are voluntary and can be given at the end of your cruise. We recommend that you budget US$10 to US$15 per person per day, if you are pleased with the service on board.