Into the Northwest Passage

One of the world’s greatest voyages is calling!


Canadian Arctic and Greenland
ADC ©Agustin Ullmann

Duration: 17 days
Starts: Toronto, ON*
Ends: Calgary, AB**
Languaje: English Speaking Voyage

*Northbound Charter Flight: price $1,550 USD Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Early-morning departure.
**Southbound Charter Flight price $1,145 USD Kugluktuk (Coppermine) NU to Calgary AB. Evening arrival.


Included Activities
Optional Activities


Pristine fjords. Looming glaciers. Jagged icebergs. Grand vistas, historic sites. Marine mammals, bears, and birds. Find a warm welcome in Nunavut’s communities, and enjoy Greenland’s geology, geography, and culture with a European flair.
Every day is a new adventure in the Northwest Passage: hiking, photography, birding. Learning with our experts. Meeting the people who call the Arctic home. Sailing the passage at the top of the world!

HIGHLIGHTS
• Cross the Arctic Circle as you sail the length of Søndre Strømfjord—168 kilometres!
• Cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Spend three days in Canada’s second largest National Marine Conservation Area, Tallurutiup Imanga, searching for marine life
• Visit Queen Maud Gulf, home to the wrecks of the Franklin ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror
• Seek polar bears, seabirds, and other Arctic wildlife in pristine natural environments
• Retrace the historic route of European Explorers, who for centuries picked their way through ice in hopes of finding a sailing route through the passage
• Transit Ikirasak (Bellot Strait), the narrow and dramatic waterway at the very northern tip of continental North America

Itinerary

ADC ©Agustin Ullmann
ADC ©Agustin Ullmann
ADC ©Agustin Ullmann

DAY 1: KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND
Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. After our charter flight from Toronto, we will transfer to Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.
Søndre Strømfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world: 168 kilometres of superb scenery. Steaming down this dramatic fjord we’ll cross the Arctic Circle—from the north!

DAY 2: SISIMIUT COAST
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways, which 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. Abundant fauna and marine life have supported human habitation here as far back as 4,500 years.

DAY 3: ILULISSAT
Ilulissat means “iceberg”, an apt name for this site at the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.
We will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs to appreciate the icebergs, and visit the town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.

DAY 4–5: WESTERN GREENLAND
Exploring by ship and Zodiac along the west coast of Greenland, we have numerous options for expedition stops, to make the most of weather and wildlife conditions. Departing Greenland, we cross Baffin Bay toward Nunavut.

DAY 6: AT SEA—DAVIS STRAIT
As we steam toward Nunavut, our resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, or get out on deck. Keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

DAY 7: MITTIMATALIK (POND INLET), NU, CANADA
Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting, a fascinating place to wander. The cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—handcrafted goods may be available here too.

DAY 8–10: TALLURUTIUP IMANGA (LANCASTER SOUND) & DEVON ISLAND
We will spend three days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of the newest National Marine Conservation Areas in Nunavut. Narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. We’ll cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife.
On the northern border of Tallurutiup Imanga lies Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over 50,000 square kilometres. Flat-topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character. We will hike the tundra, cruise a glacier face, and seek wildlife from ship and by shore. Archaeological sites with expert interpretation allow us to learn about the Inuit history of this now-abandoned island. We’ll visit the remains of an RCMP and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.

DAY 11: BEECHEY ISLAND
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. His crew overwintered at Beechey Island—where three of his men died.
Numerous search parties later used Beechey as a depot and rendezvous. Amundsen, Bernier, and Larsen visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of the HMS Investigator was buried there in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.

DAY 12-13: PRINCE REGENT INLET
This passage marks an area rich in marine and avian life. Thick-billed murres, ivory gulls, beluga, narwhal, and bowhead whales reside in the ice-strewn waters. In addition to abundant wildlife, we’ll delve deeper into the exploration of the Northwest Passage and mercantile efforts of the Hudson's Bay Company.

DAY 14–16: KITIKMEOT REGION
The traditional territory of the Netsilik Inuit, the Kitikmeot Region consists of parts of Victoria
Island, the adjacent part of the mainland as far as the Boothia Peninsula, King William Island, and the southern portion of Prince of Wales Island. Recently, the Kitikmeot Region has been in the news since the finding of the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition in its waters. It is Nunavut’s least-populated region, though wildlife abounds here both in the sea and on land. We will spend our time navigating the
ice-strewn waters in search of wildlife.
We’ll also call in at Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) home of the Guardians of Terror Bay. The European name, Gjoa Haven, honours Roald Amundsen who overwintered in the bay for two years while searching for the Northwest Passage. Amundsen became the first European to cross the Northwest Passage, thanks to the knowledge and largesse of Inuit. The community has an excellent cultural centre and is well known for carvings and wall hangings.

DAY 17: KUGLUKTUK, NU, CANADA
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut.

Itinerary

DAY 1: KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND
Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. After our charter flight from Toronto, we will transfer to Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.
Søndre Strømfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world: 168 kilometres of superb scenery. Steaming down this dramatic fjord we’ll cross the Arctic Circle—from the north!

DAY 2: SISIMIUT COAST
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways, which 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. Abundant fauna and marine life have supported human habitation here as far back as 4,500 years.

DAY 3: ILULISSAT
Ilulissat means “iceberg”, an apt name for this site at the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.
We will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs to appreciate the icebergs, and visit the town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.

DAY 4–5: WESTERN GREENLAND
Exploring by ship and Zodiac along the west coast of Greenland, we have numerous options for expedition stops, to make the most of weather and wildlife conditions. Departing Greenland, we cross Baffin Bay toward Nunavut.

DAY 6: AT SEA—DAVIS STRAIT
As we steam toward Nunavut, our resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, or get out on deck. Keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

DAY 7: MITTIMATALIK (POND INLET), NU, CANADA
Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting, a fascinating place to wander. The cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—handcrafted goods may be available here too.

DAY 8–10: TALLURUTIUP IMANGA (LANCASTER SOUND) & DEVON ISLAND
We will spend three days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of the newest National Marine Conservation Areas in Nunavut. Narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. We’ll cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife.
On the northern border of Tallurutiup Imanga lies Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over 50,000 square kilometres. Flat-topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character. We will hike the tundra, cruise a glacier face, and seek wildlife from ship and by shore. Archaeological sites with expert interpretation allow us to learn about the Inuit history of this now-abandoned island. We’ll visit the remains of an RCMP and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.

DAY 11: BEECHEY ISLAND
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. His crew overwintered at Beechey Island—where three of his men died.
Numerous search parties later used Beechey as a depot and rendezvous. Amundsen, Bernier, and Larsen visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of the HMS Investigator was buried there in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.

DAY 12-13: PRINCE REGENT INLET
This passage marks an area rich in marine and avian life. Thick-billed murres, ivory gulls, beluga, narwhal, and bowhead whales reside in the ice-strewn waters. In addition to abundant wildlife, we’ll delve deeper into the exploration of the Northwest Passage and mercantile efforts of the Hudson's Bay Company.

DAY 14–16: KITIKMEOT REGION
The traditional territory of the Netsilik Inuit, the Kitikmeot Region consists of parts of Victoria
Island, the adjacent part of the mainland as far as the Boothia Peninsula, King William Island, and the southern portion of Prince of Wales Island. Recently, the Kitikmeot Region has been in the news since the finding of the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition in its waters. It is Nunavut’s least-populated region, though wildlife abounds here both in the sea and on land. We will spend our time navigating the
ice-strewn waters in search of wildlife.
We’ll also call in at Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) home of the Guardians of Terror Bay. The European name, Gjoa Haven, honours Roald Amundsen who overwintered in the bay for two years while searching for the Northwest Passage. Amundsen became the first European to cross the Northwest Passage, thanks to the knowledge and largesse of Inuit. The community has an excellent cultural centre and is well known for carvings and wall hangings.

DAY 17: KUGLUKTUK, NU, CANADA
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut.


ADC ©Agustin Ullmann
ADC ©Agustin Ullmann
ADC ©Agustin Ullmann


INCLUSIONS

*Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
*Applicable taxes and Credit card fees
*Complimentary Expedition jacket (Ocean Endeavour only)
*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
*Pre-departure 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


Dates & Rates


Ship: Ocean Endeavour | Date: 16 Aug 2021 - 1 Sep 2021 More info about this Ship
Cat 1 Quad
$10,995
Cat1 Single Int
-
Cat2 Triple Int
$12,995
Cat3 Twin
$14,895
Cat4A Single PH
-
Cat 4 Twin PH
$16,395
Cat5 Twin W
-
Cat6 Twin PH S
$17,895
Cat7 Twin W S
$19,395
Cat8 Superior
$20,895
Cat9 Junior S
$22,395
Cat10 Owner's S
$25,395

* 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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