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Epic High Arctic Baffin Island Explorer (with Greenland)

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 have a chance to walk around this small arctic town before being transferred to the ship by Zodiac. Enjoy some time out on deck taking in your new surroundings before you set sail on your Arctic expedition.

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. For a more ancient perspective, you’ll visit some very well-preserved subter- ranean homes in Radstock Bay, built by the Thule culture.

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. They continue to maintain one of Canada’s most northerly graveyards out of respect to those who lost their lives during this time.

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. In addition to the internationally renowned art produced here, the people earn their living fishing for Arctic char. Take time to explore the hamlet and hike the nearby tundra.

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. See “Stump Spire,” first ascended by Conrad Anker and named in honor of a fallen mountaineering friend. Some intrepid folks have been known to trek here from nearby Clyde River and base jump from these rock walls into the frigid waters below! Next, visit the Igaliqtuuq National Wildlife Area in Isabella Bay was created to protect the bowhead or Greenland right whales that summer there. Orca or killer whales have been sighted in the vicinity hunting the bowheads, some of which have scars from previous encounters with orcas. A whale watch will be conducted while we are exploring the entrance to the Bay.

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. An abundance of marine wildlife can be seen here as beluga and right whales, narwhals and ring and harp seals pass by. Trek up the many walking trails to join the inukshuk and share its view overlooking the island and the community.

Days 9 and 10 — At Sea and Ilulissat

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

Arrive at Ilulissat, home to the fastest-moving glacier outside of Antarctica, Sermeq Kujalleq. This UNESCO World Heritage site is located north of the Arctic Circle, and moves at an average of 19 metres per day. Cruise at a safe distance by zodiac, and if you’re lucky, witness the spectacle of calving ice.

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. Continuing southward, the ship will reach the village of Itilleq, a typical Greenlandic community. It is delightfully situated in a hollow (which is the meaning of “Itilleq” in Greenlandic) on an island without any fresh water. The village has approximately 130 inhabitants.

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. Upon arrival in Montreal, we will transfer you to your included hotel.

Day 13 — Overnight in Montreal and Departure

Today you can make you way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Montreal.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.