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 and Prince Leopold Islands
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. At Prince Leopold Island, you will take a Zodiac excursion to the impressive sea cliffs, home to more than 500,000 birds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, gulls and fulmars.
Day 4 — Fort Ross
At the southern end of Somerset Island, you’ll have time to explore at Fort Ross. Back in 1937 the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post here, but it was abandoned only 11 years later due to severe ice conditions.
Day 5 — Fury and Hecla Strait
Today’s sailing takes you out of the Gulf of Boothia and into the Fury and Hecla Strait. This challenging strait narrows to 2km (1.2miles) in places. It is an excellent time to be out on deck to spot wildlife and seabirds.
Days 6 and 7 — Igloolik and Foxe Basin
Like Beechey Island, Igloolik is a National Historic Site of Canada and the area has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years and is still an active community today. You may even come across some circus performers, as Igloolik is home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus in the world! You’ll continue on exploring Foxe Basin, which is a great habitat for bearded and ringed seals, as well as walrus. Polar bears may be spotted here and beluga, bowhead and narwhal whales can be found in these waters. Birds are also in abundance with 10,000 pairs of Sabine’s gulls being among the most numerous. Lesser snow geese, ivory gulls, herring gulls, Canada geese and arctic terns also frequent the basin.
Day 8 — Cape Dorset
A small hamlet, Cape Dorset has gained the reputation as Canada’s Capital of Inuit Art. You’ll find plenty of Inuit carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings here. The settlement itself has an interesting history, dating back to the Dorset Culture — pre-Inuit who lived here more than 3,000 years ago.
Days 9 and 10 — Akpatok and Monumental Islands
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 — Disembarkation Day 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, 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
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.