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Greenland to Canada: Inuit, Icebergs, and Wildlife

13 days

An exploration of historic Canadian and Greenlandic sites in the Arctic, combined with abundant wildlife and Inuit culture equals one amazing Arctic expedition. This in-depth adventure provides fantastic opportunities for seeing all of the Arctic’s iconic creatures, including polar bears.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Arctic wildlife – polar bears, whales and walrus
  • Traditional Inuit Communities
  • Remote National Historic Sites of Canada
  • Tundra hiking for all fitness levels
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Optional kayak adventure opportunities
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenland

Day 1 — Ottawa

Your arctic adventure begins a little further south, with an overnight stay in Ottawa.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Kangerlussuaq

After a morning charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, 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 — Itilleq and Sisimiut

Today 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 4 — Ilulissat

Meaning “iceberg” in Greenlandic, Ilulissat is 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 meters per day.

Day 5 — At Sea

Traverse the Davis Strait as you leave behind Greenlandic shores in pursuit of Canada.

Day 6 — Qikiqtarjuak (Broughton Island)

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.

Day 7 — Expedition Stop

We’ll let the weather be our guide as we explore the region’s most interesting scenery, landmarks and wildlife areas.

Day 8 — Pangnirtung and Kerketon Island

Pangnirtung is located at the mouth of Pangnirtung Fjord, which merges with Cumberland Sound. It’s a stronghold of the Inuit community, and an ideal area to admire Inuit culture and their high-quality traditional art, especially textiles. While there, pick up a famous Pang touque, a must-have knit cap for anyone visiting the community.

Day 9 — Monumental Island

You can expect more wildlife encounters over at Monumental Island, which is a well-known island for potential close sightings of some of the Arctic’s most iconic creatures – walrus and polar bears. You’ll enjoy a Zodiac ride along the shores in search of hauled-out walrus and prowling polar bears.

Day 10 — Akpatok Island

The largest island in Ungava Bay, Akpatok is the local name for thick-billed murres, which nest here. This is also a favourite spot to watch for polar bears.

Day 11 — Frobisher Bay

Located at the southeastern end of Baffin Island, you’ll spend your last full day exploring the cliffs, narrow inlets and streams of Frobisher Bay. It’s a great place to explore by zodiac and take a refreshing hike ashore.

Day 12 — Disembark in Iqaluit

Your final Zodiac ride will take you from the ship to shore. Your time here will be brief, as your flight to Montreal awaits, signaling an end to your time in the Arctic. Upon arrival in Montreal, we will transfer you to your included hotel.

Day 13 — Depart Ottawa, Canada

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

Every Quark voyage includes great daily outdoor activities including Zodiac cruises, and hiking. 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.