Day 1 — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Your arctic adventure begins in Ottawa. Explore the Canadian capital
on your own, before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.
Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Iqaluit, Nunavut
After breakfast, board our charter flight to Iqaluit, where your
first Zodiac ride will transfer you from shore to ship. You’ll
experience the power of nature, as the tides here are the second
highest in Canada, rising up to 39 feet (12 meters) twice a day. On
board, you’ll meet your Expedition Team, the captain and his officers.
Day 3 — Monumental Island
Off the southern coast of Baffin Island, this small, isolated island
is completely uninhabited, except for the large population of
impressive arctic animals that call the rugged terrain home. With your
experienced expedition staff, you’ll get up close, exploring the rocky
shoreline in a Zodiac, scouting for hauled-out walrus and polar bears
prowling for food.
Day 4 — Kekerten Island and Pangnirtung
Today, you cross north of the Arctic Circle. Wandering the historical
remains of a whaling station on the uninhabited island of Kekerten,
it’s easy to envision what life was like during the height of whaling
in the Cumberland Sound area. This National Historic Site of Canada
was charted by Scottish whaler Captain William Penny in 1840 and soon
became a major whaling destination. The site was abandoned around
1926, after whaling declined and local Inuit families moved to the
mainland community of Pangnirtung, where a trading post was
established by the Hudson’s Bay Company.
As you cruise toward the picturesque Pangnirtung, you’ll see why this
Inuit hamlet at the mouth of the Pangnirtung Fjord is called the
Switzerland of the Arctic. Tucked beneath the snow- capped peaks of
Mount Duval, Pang is also a renowned artists’ haven. Stop by the
studio at the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts to view the
traditional colorful tapestries that have attracted worldwide
attention for decades. Here, you’ll also get a sense of local Inuit
activities, such as sealing, fishing and hunting.
Day 5 — At Sea
As our ship steams briefly south, enjoy the views of the southern
coast of Baffin Island. While you spend this day at sea, join
expedition staff as they look for whales and birdlife out on deck.
This is your chance to relax with a glass of wine or hot tea and
simply take in the wondrous beauty around you.
Day 6 — Cumberland Peninsula
We continue sailing around the Cumberland Peninsula, letting the
weather guide us in choosing our shore landings, as we explore this
Day 7 — Sam Ford Fjord
Situated about 380 miles (450 km) north of the Arctic Circle, in the
land where the sun never sets, Sam Ford Fjord is truly one of the most
isolated places on the planet. Yet this little-explored area of Baffin
Island is one of the world’s best big-wall playgrounds, attracting
intrepid climbers eager to scale the sheer rock faces that shoot
straight out of the sea. Have your camera ready, as the number of huge
formations here are awe inspiring.
Tonight, you’ll traverse Baffin Bay, saying goodbye to Canadian
shores. Expedition staff will preview the excitement still to come in
Greenland—glaciers and mummies!
Day 8 — Uummannaq and Qilaqitsoq, Greenland
In the morning, you’ll visit the abandoned settlement of Qilaqitsoq
(also known as Qilakitsoq), where a ghoulish discovery was made in
1972: the two graves of eight fully dressed mummies, thought to have
drowned circa 1475. The remains of three women and a child are kept at
the Greenland National Historic Museum in Nuuk, the Greenlandic
You’ll want to be out on deck as we approach the stunning sight of
Uummannaq, its colorful peaked houses perched on the rocky foothills
of the red heart-shaped mountain that gave the community its name.
Founded as a Danish colony in 1758 on the Nuussuaq mainland, five
years later the settlement moved here, where seal hunting was more
plentiful. A hike up a gently sloping hill overlooking the seaside
town will yield a panoramic view of icebergs, sea and mountains.
Day 9 — Eqip Sermia
Today, sail to one of the most breathtaking places in Greenland: the
beautiful Eqip Sermia. As you trace the front of the massive calving
glacier from a safe distance, the sounds and sight of huge chunks of
ice crashing into the sea are simply spectacular.
Day 10 — Ilulissat
Have your camera out as you approach Ilulissat. The nearby Ilulissat
Icefjord, a tidal fjord covered with massive ice, has fascinated
scientists for over 250 years. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the
sea mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier), the
fastest-moving glacier in the world, which produces at least 10
percent of all of Greenland’s calf ice. In fact, the young icebergs
you see here will eventually end up off the coast of Newfoundland
years later. Exploring the beauty of this natural phenomenon, you’ll
be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of glaciers and ice caps.
Day 11 — Itilleq
Surrounded by sea, fjords and mountains, the picturesque village of
Itilleq is situated on an island with no freshwater source (a facility
desalinates seawater). The community, whose main trade is fishing and
hunting, will welcome us and show us their way of life. Later, join
locals in a friendly soccer match.
Day 12 — Kangerslussuaq
After disembarking in Kangerslussuaq, a former U.S. military base,
you’ll be transferred to your charter flight to Ottawa, where you’ll
spend the night at your included hotel.
Day 13 — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Today, make your way to the airport or spend a relaxing day exploring
in the city.
Important reminder: 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.
Dates, Costs & Booking
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Date Selected: 12th Sep 2017
Adult (1) US$6495
Sub total US$6495
Kayaking in the Arctic is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore the rugged coastlines and calm bays of the regions we visit. Kayaking in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent, however we guarantee at least one outing throughout your voyage, but your kayak guides will take you out as many times as possible throughout your voyage.
Rates and Share Bookings
Prices shown are per person in US Dollars on a shared basis. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with someone of the same gender and pay only the share rate. If desired, Single occupancy is available at 1.7 times the twin share rate.
Reservations require a deposit of 20% (minimum $1000 per person) at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment.
Balances are due 120 days prior to departure and may be paid by bank transfer.
All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of $1000 per person. If cancellation is received between 179 days and 120 days, the full deposit is forfeited. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.
Please read carefully the Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online (link at the bottom of this page). This voyage is operated by Quark Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
- 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 our experienced Expedition
- All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
- Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and
special guests as scheduled
- Photographic journal documenting the expedition
- Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
- Official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
- Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
- Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
- Comprehensive predeparture materials, including a map and an
informative Arctic Reader
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the
- All luggage handling aboard the ship
- Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000
- Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
- Mandatory transfer package
- International airfare
- Canadian eTA required for non-Canadian or US
- Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
- Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
- Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel
- Excess-baggage fees on international flights
- Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear
- Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
- Phone and Internet charges
- Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff
- Additional overnight accommodation
- Optional kayaking activities