Baffin Island and Greenland Explorer - Resolute

Canadian Arctic

This trip offers a special cultural dimension, with the opportunity to visit remote Inuit communities on Baffin Island and several colourful fishing towns in Greenland. Another highlight will be walking on the vast expanse of the Greenland ice cap, the world's second-largest ice sheet after Antarctica. Throughout the trip, our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations on the environment, wildlife and history. We explore deep fjords, immense icebergs and coastal villages while encountering the special wildlife of the Arctic, including birdlife, marine mammals and polar bears

  • Spectacular scenery of Canadian Arctic and Greenland
  • Expert staff onboard including specialists in photography, geography, wildlife, ornithology
  • Look for walrus on Monumental Island
  • Visit remote Iniut communities
  • Explore icy shorelines by Zodiac and kayaks looking for polar bears
  • Cross the Arctic Circle at 66⁰ degrees, 33 minutes North
  • Jacobshavn Icefjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site - spewing its icebergs into Disko Bay
  • Walk on the vast Greenland ice cap

Baffin Island

One of the last great wilderness regions on the planet and the focus of this outstanding expedition. From Iqaluit, on Frobisher Bay, we explore up the wild east coast of Baffin Island discovering the deep fjords, soaring mountains and immense glacial systems. We are constantly on the lookout for variety of birdlife and marine wildlife - including polar bear - the icon of the north. Visits to remote Inuit provide a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the people who call this remote wilderness their home.

The right gear for your trip – included!

Expedition Clothing Gear package included

During the voyage you will have the use of an expedition gear package free of charge. Containing around $US900 worth of essential equipment, this kit includes a quality waterproof/ windproof jacket and bib-pants plus insulated rubber boots designed for extended walking. We also include a set of binoculars and a Nordic trekking pole for use when on shore. A waterproof backpack completes your package. This kit saves you buying expensive clothing and equipment you may only ever use once. It also eliminates the need to carry such cumbersome gear to the ship (total weight around 8kg/17lbs).

Early Booking Offer 2019

Save with Flight Credit of US$1000 pp (or equivalent currency). Credit amount varies by departure and is shown during the booking process.

Stewart's Take

Get set for a true High Arctic adventure!

Overview

This trip offers a special cultural dimension, with the opportunity to visit remote Inuit communities on Baffin Island and several colourful fishing towns in Greenland. Another highlight will be walking on the vast expanse of the Greenland ice cap, the world's second-largest ice sheet after Antarctica. Throughout the trip, our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations on the environment, wildlife and history. We explore deep fjords, immense icebergs and coastal villages while encountering the special wildlife of the Arctic, including birdlife, marine mammals and polar bears.
This voyage starts from Ottawa on a special charter flight (extra cost $1995.). The voyage ends with a charter flight to Ottawa. Day 1 - Ottawa We depart Ottawa this morning on our scheduled flight to Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Baffin Island. Upon arrival into Iqaluit we take a walking tour of the town and board our expedition ship, in the afternoon. After settling into our cabins and exploring the ship, we enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off, setting sail for the remote Canadian Arctic and West Greenland. Day 2 - Monumental Island Located in Davis Strait, Monumental Island is a known location for walrus. We explore by zodiac along the shoreline looking for these fascinating creatures, and keep an eye out for polar bears as well. Day 3 - Pangniqtuuq (Pangnirtung) Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound, the village of Pangniqtuuq (Pangnirtung) is beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea. This remote community is a well-known centre for traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, including carvings, prints and colorful textiles. The Angmarlik Visitor Centre features a wonderful interpretive display sharing the lifestyle and history of the Thule and the modern Inuit. Day 4 - Baffin Island Marking the northern headland of Cumberland Sound are the dramatic cliffs of Cape Mercy. As the Baffin Bay ice recedes throughout the summer, this stretch of the Baffin coast is a great place to find polar bears coming ashore. We explore this region, planning to hike the shoreline ridges, paddle the bays and zodiac cruise through the ice on the lookout for Arctic wildlife. Day 5 - Sunshine Fjord Sunshine Fjord straddles the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees, 33 minutes north of latitude. Depending on the weather we may cruise across the Circle on the ship, by zodiac, or maybe cross it on foot. Whichever way, it’s a thrill to be above the Arctic Circle. Sunshine Fjord offers terrific hiking opportunities, from long routes that offer wonderful views of our surroundings to less strenuous options along the shoreline. For the sea kayakers, the sheltered waters of the fjord provide great conditions for paddling. Day 6 - Davis Strait Ice conditions along the Baffin coastline will dictate our navigation today. This is a fascinating transition zone to explore due to the rich and varied wildlife species we expect to encounter along the ice edge. We keep a lookout for bearded, hooded and ringed seals and walrus. Polar bears are often found in the vicinity – with such a rich abundance of food sources in close proximity, these are rich hunting grounds. It is also not uncommon to see bowhead whales cruising along the edges of the ice. If conditions allow, we launch the zodiacs and explore through the ice floes on the lookout for wildlife. Eventually we push into the broad expanse of the Davis Strait charting an easterly course towards Greenland. From this point onwards, huge icebergs will be present, making for incredible photographic subjects in the soft Arctic twilight. Day 7 - Qeqertarsuaq Qeqertarsuaq is situated at the head of Disko Bay. The Inuit name for this location translates literally as ‘large island’. After the main landmass of Greenland, this is the territory’s second largest island. It is a place of great historic and geological interest. Eric the Red, the 9th century Norse Viking, is believed to have used this island as a base for hunting, fishing and exploration. Mineral deposits containing native iron and hot springs are another feature of the area. We explore the southern coast and visit the island’s principal settlement of Qeqertarsuaq, home to a small, hardy community. Day 8 - Jacobshavn Icefjord and Ilulissat If one word could sum up today’s experience it would be 'ice'. Even our expedition team members, with years spent exploring the Arctic and Antarctica, will take a moment to reflect on the awesome ice sculptures that surround the ship in all directions. Truly one of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord (a UNESCO World Heritage site) spews gigantic tabular icebergs out into Disko Bay. The glacier that creates these stunning monoliths advances at over 40 meters per day, around 50 cubic kilometers of ice annually! Our approach to Ilulissat is always dependent on the amount of ice in and around the mouth of the fjord. Our Captain and officers are skilled ice navigators and our ship has one of the highest ice ratings of any vessel exploring Arctic waters. Day 9 - Sisimiut We will explore the fjord behind the town of Sisimiut before going ashore to explore. Characterised by colorful local houses, the town's backdrop is a towering granite peak. We hope to meet a few of the traditional Greenlandic kayakers and to see a demonstration of ‘Eskimo rolling’ by one of the former Greenland kayak champions. A small museum is another interesting diversion, as is walking around town with your camera capturing the picture-postcard setting. Day 10 - Greenland Icecap Today we sail into one of the longest fjords on the planet. Overlooking the fjord sits the town of Kangerlussuaq, a key outpost on the west coast of Greenland. An exciting day lies ahead as expert guides take us to view and experience the vast expanse of the Greenland ice cap. Covering roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland, the ice sheet measures approximately 1.7 million square kilometers. It’s the second largest ice sheet on earth, second only to continental Antarctica. Our trip takes us through fabulous scenery and there’s a good chance of seeing muskox, reindeer and local birdlife. Our expert local guides will take us walking on the actual ice cap - a huge thrill for many of us. Later this afternoon, we return to the ship and tonight our chefs will have prepared a special farewell dinner attended by the ship’s Captain. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate and reflect on a remarkable journey through the heart of the Arctic. Day 11 - Kangerlussuaq and Ottawa Our journey through the Arctic is all but complete as we disembark the ship and make our way to the airport. A charter flight returns us to Ottawa. A transfer is provided from the airport to a central location downtown. Arrival and Departure Please note that Charter flights are an additional $1995. This trip commences in Ottawa - Canada's elegant capital city. We recommend you arrive in Ottawa at least one day prior to the scheduled voyage departure date. This gives you a buffer in the event of any unexpected travel delays between home and trip departure time. From Ottawa we fly north to Iqaluit and after a tour of the town, we transfer to the ship for embarkation via zodiac. At the conclusion of the trip, we fly from Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) back to Ottawa on a charter flight. Upon arrival in Ottawa, a transfer is provided from the airport to a central downtown location. This flight arrives in the early evening and we advise staying the night in Ottwaw and making your onward travel plans for the following day. Full joining instructions are provided in your final travel documentation. If you have questions before this time, please ask us. About the Itinerary: Small ship expedition cruising can sometimes be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and sea conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and sea conditions or to maximise our encounters with wildlife. Years of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have plenty of outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

Luxury Expedition Vessel: RCGS Resolute

RCGS Resolute

The purpose built polar expedition vessel RCGS Resolute provides a most capable, safe, and exclusive expedition cruise experience.  Designed for comfort, there are public spaces ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. RCGS Resolute has the highest ice class (Lloyds 1AS).  Equipped with propellers of stainless steel, high density steel plating and small frame spacing on her hull, RCGS Resolute continues into the ice, when others simply cannot.  The ship is very stable and her stability and strength are features greatly appreciated in ice laden large waters.  Unmatched stability, coupled with superior speed allows for more time at your destination and more flexibility with itinerary planning – a critical factor in polar waters where ice and weather conditions sometimes dictate daily plans. All cabins feature outside viewing ranging from deck three traditional with port holes, up to decks 4 through 6 offering expansive panoramic windows.  Cabins all have lower berths that have the ability to be single beds, or 1 double bed depending on our guests needs. 

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Included
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package
  • Transfers to and from the ship to the airport or local hotel
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
  • High quality, eco friendly natural amenities in every cabin
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in-cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by zodiac breaking into small groups for shore landings
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts
  • Resident photography guide
  • Access to computers in the multimedia lab
  • An emergency trained medical physician
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, jacuzzi, fitness centre including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
  • Access to well stocked library of polar reference books
  • Optional Sea Kayaking program ($US695)
  • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
Excluded
  • Charter flights or any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
  • Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
  • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all trips)
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – $US12-15 per day)
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