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In the Footsteps of Franklin Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic

Day 1 — Copenhagen, Denmark

Enjoy an included night in Copenhagen, Denmark and meet your fellow travelers.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Kangerlussuaq

After landing in Kangerlussuaq, you’ll be transferred to the port and then take your first Zodiac ride out to the ship.

Days 3 to 7 — West Greenland

Ancient archaeological sites, massive fjords, Zodiac excursions and tundra hikes await you in Greenland. Sisimiut, our first planned stop, has the feel of a small fishing village with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos. You’ll get to watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing further north to Ilulissat.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. In additon to some spectacular Zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike in Ilulissat.

Heading further north into the Upernavik Archipelago, you may spot whales and seals. The most northern discovery of any Viking artefacts in the world are at Upernavik; while nearby Kullorsuaq is a small settlement that sustains itself on fishing, whaling and sealing.

Your northern most stops in Greenland are Dundas and Qaanaaq, where glaciers and archaeological sites are found. In Qaanaaq you’ll visit the local museum, a great way to gain a deeper appreciation for what it takes to live this far north.

Day 8 — Cobourg Island

You’ll leave Greenland today as we sail over to Canada and visit Cobourg Island. Polar bears and various species of whales may also been seen here!

It is also an important bird area, where the cliffs are packed with thick-billed murres, northern fulmars, black-legged kittiwakes, guillemots and glaucous gulls.

Days 9-11 — Lancaster Sound

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic, you’ll have numerous hiking and birding opportunities. The first of which usually takes place at Dundas Harbour on Devon Island. Your beach hike here will be highlighted by visiting the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police post. At Croker Bay, an actively calving glacier often litters the bay with numerous icebergs.

Another important bird area, Prince Leopold Island is home to more than 500,000 seabirds, while the Canadian National Historic Site of Beechey Island is the site of a small grave site, with markers for men who died during Sir John Franklin’s tragic expedition in 1845-46.

You may spot polar bears at Radstock Bay, your final landing site before your journey home.

Day 12 — Disembarkation Day in Resolute and Overnight in Toronto

Named after the HMS Resolute, one of the ships sent to search for Franklin’s ships the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Enjoy a final night in Toronto

13 — Departure

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

MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Pre expedition hotel night in Copenhagen airport hotel and breakfast
  • Flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq
  • Transfers to and from ship
  • Flight from Resolute to Toronto
  • Post expedition hotel night in Toronto and breakfast

Package cost: $1,825  

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.