Heart of the Arctic

Meet the artists in South Baffin Island’s Inuit famous art-making communities and explore Nunavik, the Arctic coast of Quebec. Cross the Davis Strait in the wake of the explorers. Explore the deep fjords and vibrant communities of Greenland.


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Canadian Arctic and Greenland
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Board a Zodiac to seek whales, birds, bears, and caribou. Journey with scientists, historians, Inuit artists, and culturalists to the heart of the Arctic!




Duration: 12 days
Starts: Iqaluit, NU, Canada
Ends: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Language: English Speaking Voyage

*This itinerary offers optional charter flights Ottawa-Iqaluit and Kangerlussuaq-Toronto not included in the price. Please check Inclusions and Exclusions


Included

Itinerary

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Day 1: Iqaluit, NU, Canada
Iqaluit, at the head of Frobisher Bay, is Nunavut’s capital. A population of nearly 8,000 calls Iqaluit home. Local attractions include the territorial Legislature, igloo-inspired St. Jude’s Cathedral, art shops, and more.

We will transfer by Zodiac to Ocean Endeavour through Iqaluit harbour.

Day 2: Frobisher Bay
We’ll be on the lookout for wildlife, of course, and our geologists will have you raving about rocks. Expect compelling scenery, and soak up the Arctic splendour as we go!

Day 3: Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)
Kimmirut means “the heel” in Inuktitut, referring to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community.

Art aficionados may know the hamlet as Lake Harbour, home to one of the first Hudson's Bay Company outposts on Baffin Island. Art has played a major role in putting Kimmirut on the map. The hamlet of approximately four hundred is known for its ivory scrimshaw and jewellery making. The blooming tundra offers easy walking.

Day 4: Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
Kinngait was ground zero for the Inuit art market. In 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established—the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada.

Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers continue to make Kinngait a proud centre for Inuit art. We’ll visit studios and meet the artists here—an opportunity to purchase outstanding works.

Day 5: Hudson Strait
Today we'll navigate the icy, fast-moving waters of Hudson Strait. Join our expedition staff on deck, scanning for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds.

Day 6-7: Ungava Peninsula, QC
Along the Ungava Peninsula, we explore an area of treeless tundra rich in geology and flora. We’ll enjoy hiking and a Zodiac cruise.

Day 8-9: Ungava Bay
Large and shallow, Ungava Bay is a rich ecosystem and home to a variety of wildlife, including an endangered Beluga population and Canada’s largest number of breeding Thick-billed Murres. Here we’ll use our Zodiacs to scout the shorelines and any outlying ice with hopes of seeing polar bears, walrus, and other marine life.

We’ll pay a visit to uninhabited Akpatok Island, the biggest island in Ungava Bay, at over nine hundred square kilometres. It’s named for the akpat—the Thick-billed Murres—that nest on ledges of Aktpatok’s lofty cliffs.

Day 10: At Sea – Davis Strait
Our resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Enjoy workshops, watch a documentary—and get out on deck!

Keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales, as well as the seabirds that are sure to accompany our ship.

Day 11: Nuuk, Greenland
Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, bridges old and new. The old harbour includes many buildings dating from Danish colonial days, while contemporary Nuuk is known for art, shopping, pubs and cafes.

The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies are housed here.

Day 12: Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord Day :
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. We’ll explore this sublime landscape by ship, and by Zodiac.

Day 13: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
In the early morning we’ll complete our overnight journey up Sondre Stromfjord—a 168-kilometre-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers, bisected by the
Arctic Circle.

Kangerlussuaq, the settlement at its head is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. We’ll transfer to shore by Zodiac, then bus to the airport for our charter flight to Toronto, ON.

Itinerary

Day 1: Iqaluit, NU, Canada
Iqaluit, at the head of Frobisher Bay, is Nunavut’s capital. A population of nearly 8,000 calls Iqaluit home. Local attractions include the territorial Legislature, igloo-inspired St. Jude’s Cathedral, art shops, and more.

We will transfer by Zodiac to Ocean Endeavour through Iqaluit harbour.

Day 2: Frobisher Bay
We’ll be on the lookout for wildlife, of course, and our geologists will have you raving about rocks. Expect compelling scenery, and soak up the Arctic splendour as we go!

Day 3: Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)
Kimmirut means “the heel” in Inuktitut, referring to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community.

Art aficionados may know the hamlet as Lake Harbour, home to one of the first Hudson's Bay Company outposts on Baffin Island. Art has played a major role in putting Kimmirut on the map. The hamlet of approximately four hundred is known for its ivory scrimshaw and jewellery making. The blooming tundra offers easy walking.

Day 4: Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
Kinngait was ground zero for the Inuit art market. In 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established—the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada.

Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers continue to make Kinngait a proud centre for Inuit art. We’ll visit studios and meet the artists here—an opportunity to purchase outstanding works.

Day 5: Hudson Strait
Today we'll navigate the icy, fast-moving waters of Hudson Strait. Join our expedition staff on deck, scanning for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds.

Day 6-7: Ungava Peninsula, QC
Along the Ungava Peninsula, we explore an area of treeless tundra rich in geology and flora. We’ll enjoy hiking and a Zodiac cruise.

Day 8-9: Ungava Bay
Large and shallow, Ungava Bay is a rich ecosystem and home to a variety of wildlife, including an endangered Beluga population and Canada’s largest number of breeding Thick-billed Murres. Here we’ll use our Zodiacs to scout the shorelines and any outlying ice with hopes of seeing polar bears, walrus, and other marine life.

We’ll pay a visit to uninhabited Akpatok Island, the biggest island in Ungava Bay, at over nine hundred square kilometres. It’s named for the akpat—the Thick-billed Murres—that nest on ledges of Aktpatok’s lofty cliffs.

Day 10: At Sea – Davis Strait
Our resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Enjoy workshops, watch a documentary—and get out on deck!

Keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales, as well as the seabirds that are sure to accompany our ship.

Day 11: Nuuk, Greenland
Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, bridges old and new. The old harbour includes many buildings dating from Danish colonial days, while contemporary Nuuk is known for art, shopping, pubs and cafes.

The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies are housed here.

Day 12: Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord Day :
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. We’ll explore this sublime landscape by ship, and by Zodiac.

Day 13: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
In the early morning we’ll complete our overnight journey up Sondre Stromfjord—a 168-kilometre-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers, bisected by the
Arctic Circle.

Kangerlussuaq, the settlement at its head is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. We’ll transfer to shore by Zodiac, then bus to the airport for our charter flight to Toronto, ON.


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INCLUSIONS

-Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
-Applicable taxes and credit card fees
-Complimentary expedition jacket
-Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund
-Special access permits, entry and park fees
-Team of expedition staff
-Guided activities
-Sightseeing and community visits
-All Zodiac excursions
-Port fees
-Predeparture materials
-Educational program
-Nikon Camera Trial Program
-Interactive workshops
-Evening entertainment
-All shipboard meals

EXCLUSIONS

-Commercial & charter flights
-Program enhancements/optional excursions
-Gratuities
-Personal expenses
-Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
-Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
-Possible fuel surcharges
-Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation and administrative fee


Dates & Rates


Ship: Ocean Endeavour | Date: 22 Jul 2022 - 02 Aug 2022   More info about this Ship
Cat1 Single Int
4,995-
Cat2 Triple Int
5,995-
Cat3 Twin
7,395-
Cat 4 Twin PH
8,695-
Cat4A Single PH
-
Cat5 Twin W
9,995-
Cat 5A Single V
-
Cat6 Twin PH S
11,295-
Cat7 Twin W S
12,595-
Cat8 Superior
13,895-
Cat9 Junior S
15,195-
Cat10 Owner's S
16,495-

* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.



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