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

13 days

Explore the best of Greenland’s west coast on this 13-day voyage, including one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Crossing into the Canadian waters en route to Resolute, you’ll encounter spectacular limestone bird cliffs and Beechey Island, the eerie site of the Franklin Expedition.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Unique Arctic wildlife — polar bears, walrus, whales, and massive sea bird colonies
  • West Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic
  • Traditional Canadian Inuit and Greenlandic communities
  • Ilulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Beechey Island, Franklin Expedition is a National Historic Site of Canada
  • Tundra hiking for all fitness levels
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Optional kayak adventure option on selected voyages

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.

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!

Days 9 to 11 — Lancaster Sound

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic, you’ll have numerous hiking and birding opportunities.

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.

Day 13 — Departure

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

Before going to the Arctic , take a few days in Toronto and the Niagara region . Spend a few days exploring the vibrant city center and many culturally diverse neighborhoods in Toronto , go to a live show or see the sights before adding an optional visit to the Niagara region . Here, you will stay in charming Niagara region -ON- the- Lake and have the opportunity to visit some of its many award-winning wineries . We will also visit Niagara Falls and has a chance to Dine overlooking this fabulous show.

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.

Expedition Facts

Packing Tips

Pack to dress in layers so you are prepared for these rapid weather changes. Average daily temperatures in mid-season are between 25 and 35 Fahrenheit or -4 and +2 Celsius; however wind conditions can make it seem colder.

Be sure your base layers and mid layers are made from breathable fabrics and your outer layers are waterproof (not water resistant) and don't forget to pack a hat, neck warmer and sunscreen & sunglasses.

Visit the Quark online Gear Shop to help prepare for your expedition.

Onboard Lectures

Presentations by Quark’s Expedition Team are included as part of your voyage. Through formal illustrated presentations, as well as informal briefings, the Quark Expeditions Team will cover a range of topics including ornithology, marine biology, glaciology, geography, geology, history and the environment.

Bridge Visits

Say Hello to the Captain and Crew

During your voyage you may be invited to visit the Bridge, where you can observe how the Captain and officers sail and navigate the ship. A map of your expedition path will be available, so you can see exactly where you have been.