Save 25% on an Epic Canadian Arctic Expedition with Adventure Canada
Price: Starting from $4,995 USD Per Person
(based on Cabin Category 1, Quad, Deck 4 on July 21, 2022 departure date)
Solo cabins with zero single supplement based on availability
Savings: 25% - Combine 15% Early Booking Bonus with an additional 10% Multi Trip Savings
These promotions can be combined with our League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program and Free Single Supplement for even more savings!
Departure Date: July 21, 2022
Video: Discover the Arctic with Adventure Canada
- Visit the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island
- Watch for marine mammals and wildlife in Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) National Marine Conservation Area
- Hike on Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth
- Enjoy an Inuit cultural welcome at Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
- Take advantage of prime viewing opportunities for the rare ivory gull, considered a species at risk
- Cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Cross the Arctic Circle by ship via glorious Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord)
- See and learn about the Qilakitsoq mummies at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk
- Seek polar bears, marine mammals, and seabirds in the rich waters of Hudson Strait
- Visit Nunavut’s great art communities, learn about Inuit art and culture from artists and experts
- Discover Akpatok Island, a designated important bird area, home to up to 4.5% of the global North Atlantic thick-billed murre population
- Zodiac along the face of a Greenlandic glacier
- Bask in the glowing Arctic light with 18-20 hours of daylight—a photographer’s dream
- Marvel at the tundra in summer bloom
Photo: Map of Heart of the Arctic and High Arctic Explorer combined itinerary
DAY 1: IQALUIT, NU, CANADA
Our journey starts in Ottawa as we fly to Iqaluit, at the head of Frobisher Bay, Nunavut’s capital. A population of nearly 8,000 calls Iqaluit home. Local attractions include the territorial legislature, igloo-inspired St. Jude’s Cathedral, art shops, and more.
We will transfer by Zodiac to the Ocean Endeavour through the Iqaluit harbour.
DAY 2: FROBISHER BAY
We’ll be on the lookout for wildlife, of course, and our geologists will have you raving about rocks. Expect compelling scenery, and soak up the Arctic splendour as we go!
Photo: Polar bear climbing the cliffs in search of food - Akpatok Island, Nunavut
DAY 3: KIMMIRUT (LAKE HARBOUR)
Kimmirut means “the heel” in Inuktitut, referring to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community.
Art aficionados may know the hamlet as Lake Harbour, home to one of the first Hudson's Bay Company outposts on Baffin Island. Art has played a major role in putting Kimmirut on the map. The hamlet of approximately four hundred is known for its ivory scrimshaw and jewellery making. The blooming tundra offers easy walking.
DAY 4: KINNGAIT (CAPE DORSET)
Kinngait was ground zero for the Inuit art market. In 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established—the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada.
Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers continue to make Kinngait a proud centre for Inuit art. We’ll visit studios and meet the artists here—an opportunity to purchase outstanding works.
Photo: Inuit artist Qavavau Manumie - Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut
DAY 5: HUDSON STRAIT
Today we'll navigate the icy, fast-moving waters of Hudson Strait. Join our expedition staff on deck, scanning for polar bears, walrus, whales, seals, and seabirds.
DAYS 6–7: UNGAVA PENINSULA, QC
Along the Ungava Peninsula, we explore an area of treeless tundra rich in geology and flora. We’ll enjoy hiking and a Zodiac cruise.
DAYS 8–9: UNGAVA BAY
Large and shallow, Ungava Bay is a rich ecosystem and home to a variety of wildlife, including an endangered beluga population and Canada’s largest number of breeding thick-billed murres. Here we’ll use our Zodiacs to scout the shorelines and any outlying ice with hopes of seeing polar bears, walrus, and other marine life. We’ll pay a visit to uninhabited Akpatok Island, the biggest island in Ungava Bay, at over nine hundred square kilometres. It’s named for the akpait—the thick-billed murres—that nest on ledges of Akpatok’s lofty cliffs.
DAY 10: AT SEA—DAVIS STRAIT
Our expedition staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. Enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, and get out on deck! Keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales, as well as the seabirds that are sure to accompany our ship.
Photo: Hiker overlooking Greenland community Kangaamiut
DAY 11: NUUK, GREENLAND
Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, bridges old and new. The old harbour includes many buildings dating from Danish colonial days, while contemporary Nuuk is known for art, shopping, pubs, and cafes.
The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies rest here.
DAY 12: KANGERLUSSUATSIAQ FJORD
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands, and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the subarctic location. We’ll explore this sublime landscape by ship and by Zodiac.
DAY 13: KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND
In the early morning we’ll complete our overnight journey up Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord)—a 190-kilometre-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers, bisected by the Arctic Circle.
Kangerlussuaq, the settlement at its head, is a former U.S. Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub.
DAY 14: SISIMIUT COAST
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands, and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the subarctic location.
People have lived in the Sisimiut area for 4,500 years. For the first 2,000 years, the people of the Saqqaq culture occupied the area. 2,500 years ago, new people brought the Dorset culture to the Sisimiut area. They lived here for 1,500 years and were followed by the people of the Thule culture—the ancestors of the moder-day Inuit population.
DAY 15: ILULISSAT
Ilulissat translates literally to “iceberg”—an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, a source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.
Here, we will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs to appreciate the icebergs. We will also visit the town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.
Photo: Zodiac cruise - Ilulissat, Greenland
DAY 16: WESTERN GREENLAND
Greenland’s west coast is simply stunning. From mighty mountains to the tiniest tundra flowers, our stop in this area will offer many outstanding features of interest. Hikers, walkers, photographers, and contemplators will all be equally delighted.
DAY 17: AT SEA—DAVIS STRAIT
Our onboard presentation series will continue as we steam across Davis Strait towards Canada. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, and get out on deck looking for whales, seabirds, and marine wildlife.
DAY 18: MITTIMATALIK (POND INLET), NU, CANADA
Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting. The views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning. We will have a chance to explore the town. The cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—handcrafted goods may be available here, too.
DAYS 19-22: TALLURUTIUP IMANGA
(LANCASTER SOUND) & DEVON ISLAND
We will spend four days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas. Narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. We’ll cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife.
On the northern border of Tallurutiup Imanga lies Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over 50,000 square kilometres. The island’s geology is stunning. Flat-topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character.
We’ll visit a number of the bays—hiking the tundra, discovering the botany, cruising a glacier face, and wildlife-spotting from ship and from shore. Once home to Inuit and their ancestors, we will visit archaeological sites with expert interpretation to learn about the human history of this now-abandoned island. We’ll also catch a glimpse of recent human history as we visit the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.
DAY 23: BEECHEY ISLAND
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. Franklin’s crew 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 all visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of the HMS Investigator was buried here in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and the ruins of nearby Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.
Photo: Graves of Franklin expedition members - Beechey Island, Nunavut
DAY 24: QAUSUITTUQ (RESOLUTE), NU, CANADA
Qausuittuq, or “place with no dawn”, is named for its dark winters. During our time in the summer months we will experience the midnight sun, a time of no darkness.
The ending of our journey is characterized by shoreline gravel flats, rocky coastal bluffs, and deposits of glacial moraine. More significant is the origin of the hamlet. In 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Québec, and Mittimatalik were relocated, under false pretenses, by the Canadian government with the aim of asserting Canadian sovereignty.
Today the community is home to just under 250 people and is an important staging point for High Arctic research, tourism, and military activities.
Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour, and take the charter flight to Ottawa, ON.
Photo: Kayaking in Croker Bay, Nunavut
Qajaq (Kayak) with Us:
Adventure Canada’s Qajaq program provides a quiet, fun and relaxing way to reconnect with the marine environment. The Qajaq (the proper phonetic spelling of “kayak”) was invented by Inuit and is a feat of engineering whose design remains unchanged after thousands of years. Join us in a unique way through our qajaq program. Kayaking has become an increasingly popular mode of exploration. Paddling in pristine waters, near marine life, in the wilderness, or along a historic coast will overwhelm even the most seasoned adventurer. It is a rare opportunity, for few have experienced these magical places by qajaq. We offer safe, fun and unforgettable moments at water level. Limited space is available. Please book in advance, prior to departure, to avoid disappointment!
Price: $750 USD per person
Max Adventurers: 12
Fitness level: moderate fitness level, some kayaking experience required.
* We guarantee a minimum of two kayak excursions in this price. The fee will be pro-rated in case we are unable to offer a minimum of two excursions.