Canadian Arctic Discovery: Greenland to Canadian Arctic

Dates
09/09/22 to 25/09/22
Ship
Vega Class
Duration
17 Days
Guests
2 Guest
Price From
$ 18,089
Per Person
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Trip Details

Voyage on this unforgettable 17-day High Canadian Arctic Discovery cruise that circles around Baffin Bay among mountainous icebergs and some of the most active glaciers in the world. We visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, Inuit communities and Viking ruins in a history lesson like no other. Witness polar bears roam and be enchanted by a blessing of narwhal dive before you, then glimpse long white tusks break the icy arctic waters. This region has been visited by some of history’s greatest explorers such as Norwegian Roald Amundsen and we will navigate from colourful harbour houses and charming fjords to beguiling landscapes covered in arctic willow and purple saxifrage.

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Trip Highlights
Stand in wonder at more than 40 species of seabird at Sirmilik National Park in Canada, then turn your attention to its hungry caribou and wolves
Dig into the tumultuous history of the Vikings who made west Greenland their home
Get your camera read for large pods of narwhal, playful seal, mighty muskox, arctic foxes and gyrfalcons
Marvel at the glistening icebergs that crack and calve spectacularly off glaciers into the meltwater
Learn about the history of the Inuit, Dorset and Thule people from our experts on board
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Itinerary
Kangerlussuaq Day 1

At the head of one of the longest fjords in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has a history as a World War II airbase. Visit the 60-metre tall face of the Russell Glacier on the edge of the Greenland ice cap to hear and see it crack and break off into the meltwater. Other popular activities include kayaking on the fjords and wildlife tours of the glacial areas that attract muskoxen, reindeer, arctic foxes and gyrfalcons.

Sisimiut Day 2

Just north of the Arctic Circle and the northernmost city in Greenland, Sisimiut remains ice free in winter and is known as an adventure sports hub. Inhabited for more than 4,500 years by the Inuit, Dorset and then Thule people, dog sled remains a common form of transport and we have a chance to see abandoned settlements but it also has a cool, modern side. Watch out for humpback whales and walrus between Sisimiut and the Thule district in the north.

Uummannaq Day 3

The word Uummannaq means ‘heart-shaped’ in Greenlandic, and refers to the twin-peaked granite mountain that is shaped like a heart covering nearly the whole northern half of the island. Folklore has it that on visiting, a piece of your heart remains on the island forever, calling you back. Sheltered by glaciated mountains, this charming fjord region is often referred to as the sunniest spot in Greenland and has been a refuge for Innuit migrations for over 4,500 years.

At sea Day 4

As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

Buchan Gulf Day 5

The impressive towering cliffs and rocks lining Buchan Gulf provide one of the world’s most important nesting sites for northern fulmars. As we cruise into this glacial fjord system on eastern Baffin Island, keep your eyes peeled for pods of narwhals who are at home in these deep waters. Polar bears roam the shores of Icy Arm, a narrow fjord with the relics of an ancient Thule semi-subterranean home sitting on the edge of the boggy tundra.

Pond Inlet Day 6

The views of snow-capped mountains have given Pond Inlet in northern Baffin Island the name of Canada’s ‘jewel of the north’ and the area is a prime breeding ground for narwhals. Bowhead whales, ringed and harp seals, and walrus also warrant a vigilant eye. The Inuit community living in the hamlet of Mittimatalik are renowned for their craft skills from printmaking and stone carving, and nearby at Qulalukat the thousand-year-old Inuit sod houses merit a visit.

Sirmilik National Park Day 7

Bylot Island, off the northwest of Baffin Island, is home to Sirmilik National Park. Pronounced Siir-milick, in Inuktitut Inuit language Inuktitut it means "place of glaciers" which aptly describes the breathtaking iceberg-filled scenery surrounded by narwhals, beluga whales and ringed seals. The national park’s bird reserve is one of the most diverse seabird areas in the Arctic with more than 40 species breeding here, while hungry caribou, arctic foxes, arctic hares and wolves lie in wait.

Cruise Peel Sound Day 8

Choked up by ice in winter, Peel Sound is a 125-mile long channel separating Prince of Wales Island to the west and Somerset Island to the east. The icebound arctic waters prevented several 19th-century explorers from achieving their goals - Sir John Franklin in 1846, Francis Leopold McClintock in 1858 and Allen Young in 1875. Take time to learn more about these early adventurers as you relax and spot polar bears on the pack ice.

Beechey Island Day 9

Closely associated with the exploration of Canada’s High Arctic, Beechey Island Sites are five locations across Beechey Island designated as important historic sites. These include where British explorer Sir John Franklin wintered during his fateful 1845-46 Northwest Passage Expedition. Much of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago was mapped while searching for the missing crew. In 1903, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen stopped to pay respect to Franklin at the beginning of his successful sailing in search of the Northwest Passage.

Dundas Harbour Day 10

Dundas Harbour is the eastern entrance of the Northwest Passage on the southeast coast of the world’s largest uninhabited island, Devon Island. Despite the harsh terrain, signs of life remain with the relics of a 1000 A.D. Thule settlement and a 1920s outpost from where Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) controlled illegal whaling. Nowadays NASA research scientists camp at the 14-mile wide Haughton impact crater. Cape Liddon and Cape Vera are notable for arctic fulmars and black guillemots.

Ellesmere Island Day 11

The most rugged in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Ellesmere Island is the largest of the Queen Elizabeth Islands with towering mountains, lakes, fjords, ice caps and glaciers. Alert, the Canadian Forces Station, is the world's northernmost settlement. Quttinirpaaq National Park comprises a fifth of the island. Here, arctic willow and purple saxifrage grow on the mossy tundra where arctic hare and muskoxen wander. On nearby Skraeling Island, Viking chainmail was found alongside 4,000-year-old Dorset and Thule artefacts.

At sea Day 12

As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

Upernavik Day 13

Colourful homes dot the hillside of this harbour town. The history of the townsfolk unfolds at the open-air Upernavik Museum with a church, grocers and original colonial buildings. Whale hunting and sea kayaking are also covered alongside cultural exhibits from the area’s Viking and Norse history with the Kingittorsuaq Runestone. To the north is the Upernavik Icefjord dotted with icebergs. The world’s largest seabird cliffs are on nearby Apparsuit Island with thousands of breeding black-legged kittiwakes.

Qeqertarsuaq Day 14

Qeqertarsuaq is the largest town on Disko Island, the largest island in Greenland, on the west coast and part of Disko Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Lyngmark Glacier rises above the town and the area’s lush hills, basalt columns and black sand beaches reflect its volcanic origin. The area is very fertile and home to diverse species not found elsewhere in Greenland. Keep an eye out for its hot springs as we move through floating icebergs and whales.

Ilulissat Day 15

Sailing through the iceberg capital of the world from Disko Bay - or Qeqertarsuaq Tunua - to the Ilulissat Icefjord is one of the cruise highlights. Given UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the Ilulissat Icefjord is a popular tourist destination, and thanks to the productive Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, thousands of gargantuan icebergs calve from the Greenland ice cap into the sea. The city of Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven, is home to as many sled-dogs as people.

At sea Day 16

As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

Kangerlussuaq Day 17

At the head of one of the longest fjords in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has a history as a World War II airbase. Visit the 60-metre tall face of the Russell Glacier on the edge of the Greenland ice cap to hear and see it crack and break off into the meltwater. Other popular activities include kayaking on the fjords and wildlife tours of the glacial areas that attract muskoxen, reindeer, arctic foxes and gyrfalcons.

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Rates Include
One night pre-cruise hotel accommodation with breakfast
Transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation
Transfer from the hotel to the port for embarkation
Transfer from the port to the airport on return
Onboard accommodation
All meals onboard including room service 24 hours a day
Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day
Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
Shore excursion programme led by our expert expedition team
Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka
Use of rubber boots for shore landings
Basic WIFI inclusion (Premium WIFI available)
Onboard gratuities & port taxes
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Oceanview
19 m2 Sleeps 2
Oceanview cabins features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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$ 18,089
Balcony D5
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Located at the forward and aft of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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$ 20,105
Balcony M5
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Located at the centre of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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$ 21,485
Balcony D6
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on deck six, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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$ 22,723
Suite
44 m2 Sleeps 2
Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
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$ 26,723
Premium Suite
49 m2 Sleeps 2
Our grandest suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, spacious walk in wardrobe and a 12 sq.m private balcony.
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$ 30,869
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