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Discovery and Cruising
Activities
  • 16 days expedition cruising
Accommodation
  • 16 nights aboard Ocean Endeavour
Meals
  • 16 Dinners
  • 15 Lunches
  • 16 Breakfasts

17 Days$11995USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: CND

Trip highlights


  • Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Make the most of excellent opportunities to encounter whales and polar bears
  • Enjoy visits to vibrant Inuit communities
  • Cruise the Northwest Passage
  • Visit the historic graves of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition
  • Visit Gjoa Haven
  • Sail along the dramatically beautiful west Greenland coastline

Commencing our cruise in Kugluktuk (Coppermine), we journey west to east through the spectacular Northwest Passage. This voyage offers abundant wildlife viewing interspersed with rich cultural experiences. Visit Gjoa Haven before heading into serious polar bear country in Peel Sound and Perry Channel. We will visit Beechey Island, and pay our respects at the graves of sailors from the lost Franklin expedition. Continuing west, we visit areas of significant geological, historical and biological importance. Daily expeditions will allow us to stretch our legs and enjoy the landscape. Sailing down the beautiful Greenlandic coast, we stop to explore the rugged coastline and immense fjords that define the landscape. Our final visit brings us to Ilulissat, the largest town in Disko Bay and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before concluding our journey in Kangerlussuaq.


Our trip commences today in the town of Kugluktuk. Located at the mouth of the Coppermine river to southwest of Victoria Island on the Coronation Gulf, Kugluktuk is the western most community in Nunavut. Originally named Coppermine, it was renamed Kugluktuk according to its Inuinnaqtun name meaning "place of moving waters", on January 1st, 1996. The Coppermine River itself is designated a Canadian Heritage River for the important role it played as an exploration and fur trade route. If you choose to take the optional charter flights the flight departs Yellowknife (Northwest Territories) in the early morning so we suggest you book one night pre-trip accommodation to ensure you do not miss the flight.

Meals:  D

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. Its regional seat is Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), though it also contains five other hamlets (including Uqsuqtuuq and Kugluktuk). 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.

Meals:  B,L,D

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.

Meals:  B,L,D

In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. Franklin’s party 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 HMS Investigator was buried there in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and the ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will spend two days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas. Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales, transit and feed in this area. There is a great selection of landing sites available to choose from, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.

Meals:  B,L,D

Meaning 'place that never thaws,' and at 1,150km above the Arctic Circle, the town of Aujuittuq is Canada's northernmost civilian community. We’ll be welcomed into the hamlet, where we will have a chance to meet members of the community, learn about their way of life, and hear their poignant stories.

Meals:  B,L,D

Smith Sound, an ancient Inuit travel route, divides Ellesmere Island from Greenland, and served as the main route for explorers and adventurers searching for the North Pole. Adolphus Greely, Sir George Nares, and Elisha Kent Kane all travelled these waters with varying degrees of success.

Meals:  B,L,D

On this exploration day, we’ll be making the most of what the wind, weather and wildlife have to offer. Our expedition staff will scan for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds as we go

Meals:  B,L,D

We will explore stunning fjords that line the coast. Glaciers and icebergs abound here. In true expedition style, we will seek opportunities to hike, explore, and view wildlife as conditions allow.

Meals:  B,L,D

Located some 250km north of the Arctic Circle is the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Translating literally into 'iceberg, Ilulissat could not be more appropriately named. We will include time in the colourful town and a have an opportunity to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice. We will also cruise in our fleet of zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is where we find the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at 19m per day and calving more than 35 square kilometers of ice annually. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years and, because of its relative ease of accessibility, has significantly added to the understanding of ice-cap glaciology, climate change and related geomorphic processes.

Meals:  B,L,D

The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, many islands and complex coastal waterways. We will be making an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trip concludes today in Kangerlussuaq. Meaning 'The Big Fjord' in Greenlandic, the town is appropriately named, with the fjord covering 168km in length. It lies at the head of the longest fjord in western Greenland, and has one of the most stable climates in the region though temperatures can range from -50C in the winter to as high as 28C in summer. If you choose to take the optional charter flights the flight departs Kangerlussuaq bound for Toronto (Ontario) in the afternoon. Overnight accommodation in Toronto is available on request.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 16 dinners
  • Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
  • Services of expedition leaders
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • All sightseeing and shore excursions from the ship including the use of Zodiacs
  • Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
  • USD$250 Discovery Fund Fee
  • Service charges and port fees
  • Pre-departure information

  • Optional charter flights necessary to get to/from start and end point
  • Travel to and from start /end point of trip
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges, and airport departure taxes
  • Mandatory medical / evacuation insurance
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses and items of a personal nature such as bar charges, wine and phone calls
  • Customary end of voyage tips for ship's crew (approximately US$10 - 15 per passenger per day)

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Notes

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Kayak
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Nikon Photography program is available free of charge on this voyage
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Optional charter flight costs include flights Yellowknife to Kugluktuk and Kangerlussuaq to Toronto and are in addition to the cabin costs

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Total Priceper person from

$11995USD

Options & Supplements*
  • TripleUSD$13995
  • Interior TwinUSD$15995
  • Exterior TwinUSD$17495
  • Main TwinUSD$18995
  • Comfort TwinUSD$20495
  • Select TwinUSD$21995
  • Superior TwinUSD$23495
  • Junior SuiteUSD$24995
  • SuiteUSD$26495
  • Kayaking OptionUSD$695
  • Optional Charter FlightsUSD$2495
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Journey out of the Northwest Passage trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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