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Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic

Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 17,990

Discover the spectacular scenery and unique wildlife of the Arctic on this active adventure along the Northwest Passage. Explore the deep fjords, ancient glaciers, and frozen waters of Northern Canada and Greenland on zodiac cruises and hikes, and meet with the Inuit, who have lived in the frozen north for thousands of years.


This 17-day Arctic vacation takes you across Northern Canada and Greenland to explore the Northwest Passage.

This epic journey across the Arctic begins in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Spend a day seeing some of Ottawa’s most popular sights, including Parliament Hill and the Peace Tower, before connecting to Resolute, a small Arctic town on Cornwallis Island in the territory of Nunavut. In Resolute, you’ll take a zodiac to connect to the Ocean Adventurer, your home for the next two weeks. This 4-star vessel was built in the former Yugoslavia in 1976 and carries up to 132 passengers to remote corners of the world. Enjoy your well-equipped room as well as the freedom of the bar, dining room, lounge, and fitness centre.

Begin your Arctic journey by exploring Beechey Island, where you’ll visit the graves of three members of the doomed Franklin Expedition, which attempted to find the Northwest Passage in 1845 and 1846. After seeing the lonely graves on a windswept beach, head to the research station at Radstock Bay, where you’re likely to see a polar bear, the main denizen of the Arctic. Continue to Arctic Bay, which has been home to Inuit nomads for over 5,000 years. Learn about the Inuit lifestyle before hiking around Devon Island and taking a zodiac cruise out to the face of an active glacier in Croker Bay. You might see ice calve from the glacier or spot walruses accompany you in the waters. Close out your time in Canada by visiting Grise Fjord, the northernmost settlement in the country. Visit a monument to the first Inuit settlers and meet with the village’s 150 residents before passing into the waters of Smith Sound.

Your Arctic vacation continues as far northward as the ice allows, passing through Smith Sound, an uninhabited stretch of water between Ellesmere Island and Greenland. Reach Greenland at Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world. Meet the local Inuit and visit the museum to learn about life at the top of the world. Continue your journey along the west coast of Greenland, exploring a landscape of glaciers, fjords, and remote communities. Stop off at Nuussuaq, the only mainland community in the Aupernavik Archipelago, where you’ll learn about seal hunting and traditional modes of life in Greenland.

Continue to Uummannaq and admire the view of the twin peaks rise over the painted wooden houses of this 18th-century Danish settlement. Head on an excursion to an ancient settlement where eight fully-dressed mummies were excavated in 1972 before reaching Eqip Sermia, the breathtaking blue-tinged glacier that is one of Greenland’s most beautiful sights. Cruise in a zodiac alongside the mighty glacier before reaching Ilulissat, home to the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Sermeq Kujalleq, the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Cruise along the fjord and spot ice calving from the glacier before reaching the birthplace of Knud Rasmussen, who was the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage by dogsled.

Head on to Sisimiut, where you’ll learn about the traditional Inuit practice of kayaking and see the oldest church in Greenland before closing out your exploration of Greenland with a hike around the Itilleq Fjord. At the end of your journey, you’ll disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly back to Ottawa for one more night before connecting back home.


 

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Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 17,990

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Day 1

Arrive in Ottawa, Canada

Your arctic expedition begins in Ottawa. Explore Canada's capital city on your own before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

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    Fairmont Chateau Laurier



    Fairmont Chateau Laurier is Ottawa's premier business lodging with extensive services & luxury Ottawa hotel amenities available, such as a fully equipped Business Center to accommodate the needs of the business traveler. During downtime, guests can drop by the Health Club located on the hotel's ...

    Fairmont Chateau Laurier is Ottawa's premier business lodging with extensive services & luxury Ottawa hotel amenities available, such as a fully equipped Business Center to accommodate the needs of the business traveler.

    During downtime, guests can drop by the Health Club located on the hotel's lower level. Take a dip in our unique art-deco swimming pool, which is sure to please the entire family. Revitalize with an invigorating workout in our fitness centre, with a variety of free-weights and premier fitness machines, equipped with personal flat-screen televisions.

    Our three hotel dining options offer excellent possibilities for fabulous food and drink in downtown Ottawa. Enjoy Zoé's Lounge for afternoon tea, drinks and casual fair or choose Wilfrid's Restaurant for exceptional menu options with unique wine pairings and outstanding service. In the summer, sit outside and enjoy an upscale patio menu, all the while soaking in the sun and the spectacular view of the Ottawa landscape at La Terrasse.

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    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 2

Fly to Resolute

This morning, board your charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, you'll have a chance to walk around this small arctic town before enjoying your first of many Zodiac cruises as you're transferred to your ship.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration13 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Adventurer

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    Ocean Adventurer


    The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years.

    The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years.

    Facilities

    • Activities Desk
    • Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Exercise Room
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge

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Day 3

Exploring Canada's High Arctic

Remote and rich in history, the Canadian High Arctic is as awe inspiring as it is informative. Named after explorer Frederick William Beechey, of the Royal Navy, Beechey Island is a Canadian National Historic Site. It's an important stop on our voyage, as this is the final resting place of three members of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated 1845-46 expedition to find the Northwest Passage. The graves, on a remote windswept beach, were discovered in 1851 by the crew of British and American vessels searching for signs of Franklin's lost expedition.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Exploring Canada's High Arctic

Radstock Bay is a popular research location for observing polar bears, which are often seen here in summer. An impressive Thule archaeological site provides insight into how these pre- Inuit people lived in the Far North.
For almost 5,000 years, the hamlet of Arctic Bay and its surrounding area has been occupied by Inuit nomads migrating from the west. Surrounded by soaring cliffs teeming with seabirds, this is a great spot to go ashore and learn about the Inuit community's traditional way of life. The eastern end of Lancaster Sound affords numerous hiking opportunities on Devon Island. We'll anchor at Croker Bay, where we'll Zodiac cruise along the face of an active glacier. We'll try to keep a safe distance, but still hope to get close enough to appreciate the splendor of calving ice. Walrus frequent the waters here, so be sure to have your camera handy.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Exploring Canada's High Arctic

A hike to a nearby archaeological site is another possible excursion. At Dundas Harbour, trek along a beach to a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost. Encounters with muskoxen are possible here.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Exploring Canada's High Arctic

Canada's most northern settlement, Grise Fjord will be your final shore visit in the Canadian High Arctic. Now home to about 150 residents, the traditional, mostly Inuit community was created in 1953, when the federal government resettled eight Inuit families from northern Quebec. Hunting and fishing are a significant part of their way of life. Visit the monument to the first Inuit settlers, as well as the remnants of the "old camp" where they lived.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Exploring Smith Sound

Before saying goodbye to Canada, we'll try to cruise as far north as possible, exploring both sides of Smith Sound, the uninhabited passage between Ellesmere Island and Greenland.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Exploring Smith Sound

More time exploring the surrounds of Greenland.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Qaanaaq, Greenland

Your first stop in Greenland is Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world (there's a reason ancient philosophers called it Ultima Thule, or "edge of known territory"). Here, local Inuit share their culture and traditions, and the museum sheds more light on what it's like living near the top of the world.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

At Sea

As we sail south along the west coast of Greenland, presentations by our on-board experts will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Exploring West Greenland

With spectacular glaciers, soaring fjords and vibrant communities, the west coast of Greenland will leave you breathless. Nuussuaq (formerly known as Kraulshavn) is the only mainland community in the Upernavik Archipelago. Founded in 1923 as a trading station, it's one of the most traditional hunting and fishing villages in Greenland .

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Exploring West Greenland

Gave the traditional community its name (Uummannaq means "heart-like" in Greenlandic). As your ship approaches the shore, you'll want to be on deck to take in the incredible view of the twin peaks towering over the vibrantly painted wooden houses dotting the rocky terrain below. The settlement was established as a Danish colony in 1758 on the mainland, but it relocated five years later because seal hunting was more plentiful here.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

Exploring West Greenland

An ancient settlement, where the remains of eight fully dressed mummies were discovered under a rock outcrop in 1972 by a pair of hunters. The famous Greenlandic mummies, which date back to 1475 AD, are on view at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk.

Cruising farther south rewards with spectacular views of Eqip Sermia. The jagged, blue-tinged glacier soaring out of the crystal-clear water is one of the most beautiful sights in Greenland, and we hope to Zodiac cruise along its massive front from a safe distance. We may also go ashore to explore nearby.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

Exploring West Greenland

Just south of Ilulissat, which means "iceberg" in Greenlandic, is the impressive Ilulissat Icefjord. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to Sermeq Kujalleq, the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. As we Zodiac cruise at the mouth of the fjord, you may be lucky to witness the wonders of calving ice (listen to the loud roars as the ice breaks off ). Founded in 1741, the traditional town, which boasts more sled dogs than people, is famous in its own right: it was the birthplace of explorer Knud Rasmussen, the first to traverse the Northwest Passage by dogsled, in the early 1920s. Hikes here lead out to stunning views of the young icebergs as float out the fjord to Disko Bay.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

Exploring West Greenland

In Sisimiut, you'll be treated to a traditional kayaking demonstration. The kayak (an Inuit word that the English borrowed) is Greenland's national symbol and can be traced back to the country's first immigrants, who used vessels that resemble the narrow one- or two-person boats. The town has several 18th-century colonial buildings, including the oldest surviving church in Greenland, so take time to wander through the historic area. You'll also have a chance to hike amongst the area's surrounding mountains.

Situated in a scenic hollow on a small island with no freshwater, the colorful community of Itilleq, which has about 130 inhabitants, is surrounded by sea, mountains and fjords. The final excursion of your arctic adventure may be a hike around Itilleq Fjord.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq

Enjoy one more Zodiac ride to shore, where you'll board your charter flight back to Ottawa, Canada. Upon arrival in Ottawa, we will transfer you to your included hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

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    Fairmont Chateau Laurier



    Fairmont Chateau Laurier is Ottawa's premier business lodging with extensive services & luxury Ottawa hotel amenities available, such as a fully equipped Business Center to accommodate the needs of the business traveler. During downtime, guests can drop by the Health Club located on the hotel's ...

    Fairmont Chateau Laurier is Ottawa's premier business lodging with extensive services & luxury Ottawa hotel amenities available, such as a fully equipped Business Center to accommodate the needs of the business traveler.

    During downtime, guests can drop by the Health Club located on the hotel's lower level. Take a dip in our unique art-deco swimming pool, which is sure to please the entire family. Revitalize with an invigorating workout in our fitness centre, with a variety of free-weights and premier fitness machines, equipped with personal flat-screen televisions.

    Our three hotel dining options offer excellent possibilities for fabulous food and drink in downtown Ottawa. Enjoy Zoé's Lounge for afternoon tea, drinks and casual fair or choose Wilfrid's Restaurant for exceptional menu options with unique wine pairings and outstanding service. In the summer, sit outside and enjoy an upscale patio menu, all the while soaking in the sun and the spectacular view of the Ottawa landscape at La Terrasse.

    Facilities

    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 17

Depart Ottawa, Canada

Today, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some time exploring this historic city.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DEPARTURES:

Ocean Adventurer
2018:
Sep 9
2019: Aug 27; Sep 10

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • One night's pre- and post- expedition hotel accommodation in Ottawa with breakfast
  • Charter flight from Ottawa to Resolute
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel in Ottawa
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by a experienced Expedition Leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Official Expeditions parka to keep
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Mandatory transfer package
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specifed
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned

OTHER INFORMATION:

Adventure Options
Walking/Hiking
Paddling Excursion – Must be pre booked, please enquire
Sea Kayaking – Must be pre booked, please enquire

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.

VESSEL: Ocean Adventurer (formerly known as the Sea Adventurer).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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