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Epic High Arctic Baffin Island Explorer (with Greenland)

13 days

Our most diverse Arctic expedition aboard our new ship, the Sea Explorer. In addition to wildlife excursions by Zodiac and tundra hikes, you’ll spend time visiting fishing villages and Inuit settlements, taking time to learn about their heritage and culture. A wonderful expedition to a part of the world where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Arctic wildlife – polar bears, whales, and massive sea bird colonies
  • Experience the sites of the rarely traversed Fury & Hecla Strait
  • Traditional Inuit Communities
  • Remote National Historic Sites of Canada
  • Cape Dorset, Canada’s Capital of Inuit Art
  • An abandoned Hudson’s Bay Trading Post
  • Tundra hiking for all fitness levels
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Optional kayak adventure option on selected voyages

Day 1 — Toronto, Canada

Your Arctic adventure begins a little further south, with an overnight stay in Toronto.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Resolute

After a morning charter flight to Resolute, you’ll transfer to the ship by Zodiac.

Day 3 — Beechey Island and Radstock Bay

At Beechey Island you’ll visit a small grave site with markers for men who died during Sir John Franklin’s expedition in 1845-46. Roald Amundsen also stopped here in 1903, on his successful voyage through the Northwest Passage.

Day 4 — Croker Bay and Dundas Harbour

At Croker Bay, there is a possibility you will see the glacier actively calving icebergs into the bay. Just east of here is Dundas Harbour, the now-abandoned settlement where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police manned an outpost from 1924 until 1951.

Day 5 — Pond Inlet and Eclipse Sound

Today the community at Pond Inlet (or Mittimatalik, as it has been called by the Inuit for thousands of years) will welcome you to the Artist’s Co-operative.

Days 6 and 7 — Sam Ford Fjord and Isabella Bay

The majestic, impossibly high cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord greet you as you sail past this impassive coast.

Day 8 — Qikiqtarjuak (Broughton Island)

Your last stop in Canada, Qikiqtarjuak is known as the iceberg capital of the world, naturally trapping many icebergs as they travel down the Davis Strait.

Days 9 and 10 — At Sea and Ilulissat

Traverse Baffin Bay as you leave behind Canadian shores in pursuit of Greenland and Ilulissat.

Day 11 — Sisimiut and Itilleq

Explore the 18th-century colonial buildings still standing in Sisimiut. Watch a traditional kayaking demonstration in this northernmost year-round ice-free port in western Greenland.

Day 12 — Disembark in Kangerlussuaq

Your final Zodiac ride will take you from the ship to shore. Your time here will be brief, as your flight to Montreal awaits, signalling an end to your time in the Arctic.

Day 13 — Overnight in Montreal and Departure

Today you can make you way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Montreal.
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Adventure Options Add an Extra Rush of Adrenaline to Your Expedition

Every Quark Arctic voyage includes great daily outdoor activities including Zodiac cruises, hiking and some also offer snowshoeing. We also offer kayaking on most of our voyages; a great way to experience the beauty of the Arctic in a more personal way. Contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.

$595 per person

Kayaking in the Arctic is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore the rugged coastlines and calm bays of the regions we visit.

Kayaking in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent, however we guarantee at least one outing throughout your voyage, but your kayak guides will take you out as many times as possible throughout your voyage.

Offered on most Arctic voyages, spaces are limited and require some kayaking experience. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark. Please contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser for more information.

Pre- and Post-Trip Options Extend Your Stay

Getting to the Arctic can be just as much fun as being there. Quark offers multiple travel packages that enable you to see more of the world before and after your Arctic adventure.

Before heading to the Arctic, take a few days in Toronto and the Niagara region. Spend a few days exploring the vibrant downtown and many culturally diverse neighbourhoods of Toronto, take in a live show or see the sights before adding an optional visit to the Niagara region. Here, you’ll stay in the lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake region and have a chance to visit some of its many award-winning wineries. We’ll also visit Niagara Falls and have a chance to dine overlooking this fabulous spectacle.