Northwest Passage and Greenland Expedition Cruise

Northwest Passage and Greenland Expedition Cruise

15

days

starting from US $15,900per person

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Edmonton
Today your adventure begins as you fly to Edmonton, Alberta and spend the night at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. Meet your group this evening for a briefing on tomorrow’s events.

Day 2 – Edmonton to Cambridge Bay
Depart Edmonton on a charter flight to Cambridge Bay, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. Located on the southern shores of Victoria Island. Enjoy a walking tour of the town before boarding your expedition ship, the Akademik Ioffe. A welcome reception kicks off your Arctic adventure, before you cast off for the fabled Northwest Passage.

Day 3 - King William Island and Victory Point
As the ship charts a course into the Northwest Passage, The Captain aims to visit Victory Point, travelling very near the location of the wreck of HMS Erebus, one of the lost ships of the doomed Franklin Expedition of 1845. The Academic Ioffe and her team were part of the expedition which discovered the sunken Franklin vessels, so make sure to take advantage of the onboard presentations. The second ship, the HMS Terror, has just been discovered.

Day 4 - Prince of Wales Island
This morning the ship arrives at Conningham Bay on the shore of Prince of Wales. This is one of the most remarkable wildlife sites in the Arctic – here you’ll see polar bears feeding on Beluga whales, and it is not unusual to find the shoreline littered with whale skeletons and well-fed looking bears!

Day 5 - Prince Leopold Island
Today the ship sails the Bellot Strait. The rich waters in this strait provide abundant food for marine mammals, so keep your eyes peeled for harp seals, bearded seals and even polar bears. In addition you’ll visit the historic site of Fort Ross, a former fur trading outpost, located at the southern end of Somerset Island. Archaeological sites nearby reveal the centuries of habitation by the Inuit people, and their predecessors.

Day 6 - Beechey Island
Beechey Island holds a special place in Arctic history. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition was last seen, before disappearing into the icy vastness. A trip ashore at Beechey Island to visit the grave markers is haunting, as you imagine the struggle for Franklin’s team to survive in the harsh Arctic winter.

Day 7 - Devon Island
Cruising the coastline of Devon Island, you will be travelling the wildlife ‘super highway’ of the Arctic. An old RCMP outpost makes for unique photographs against the stunning landscape, and Muskox and Arctic hare may be seen as you hike the area.

Day 8 - Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Today you’ll travel the wild north coast of Baffin Island. The vast landscapes of Sirmilik National Park surround you as the ship approaches the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). A highlight will be a visit to the Natinnak Centre, where a fascinating cultural exhibit showcases daily life, culture and history of the people of the north. Meeting local Inuit will be a highlight, as they demonstrate traditional Inuit games.

Day 9 - Gibbs Fjord
Today you are treated to the spectacular Gibbs Fjord. The expedition ship will feel almost engulfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as you cruise along.

Day 10 - Baffin Bay
As you cross Baffin Bay today, your team of onboard experts will continue to educate you on the history and wildlife of the Arctic, while naturalists keep watch for fulmars and dovekies, pilot whales and perhaps even orca. As the ship approaches Greenland, the likelihood increases of spotting some of the big baleen whale species.

Day 11- Ilulissat
Today cruise into one of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site. The glacier that creates these stunning icebergs advances at over 40 metres per day, creating around 50 cubic kilometres of ice each year. The approach to Ilulissat is dependent on the amount of ice in and around the mouth of the fjord. Your Captain and officers are skilled ice navigators and the ship has one of the highest ice ratings of any vessel exploring Arctic waters.

Day 12 - Sisimiut
Today explore some more of the fjord, before visiting the beautiful town of Sisimiut. Here cheerfully colourful houses contrast against a dark granite peak in the background. If you’re lucky, the traditional Greenlandic kayakers will demonstrate the art of ‘Eskimo rolling.’

Day 13 - Kangerlussuaq
See one of the world’s longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord, tower above the ship, and venture out by zodiac to explore the side fjords with your guides. Here you may see Muscox on-shore, and the white-tailed sea eagle soaring above you. This is a great day for hiking.

Day 14 - Flight to Ottawa
Today you say farewell to your group and guides, as a flight takes you back to Ottawa where you’ll stay overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

Day 15 – Depart
Check out of your hotel, and make your way independently to the Ottawa airport, or ask us about adding time Ottawa, or perhaps taking the train to explore Quebec.

Common Questions

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Are your tours escorted?

No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Zodiac Expeditions - Zodiac Expeditions
Zodiac Expeditions
Guided on-shore excursions - Guided on-shore excursions
Guided on-shore excursions
Guided wildlife viewing - Guided wildlife viewing
Guided wildlife viewing
Arctic gear and binoculars - Arctic gear and binoculars
Arctic gear and binoculars
• Itinerary/pre-departure information, including extensive program of relevant educational presentations
• Service of experiences team of naturalists
• Assistance from resident photographer
• All Zodiac excursions
• On board welcome reception & on board welcome dinner
• One Ocean Farewell Dinner (hosted by the Captain)
• All meals during the voyage prepared by onboard chefs
• Afternoon tea with fresh snacks each afternoon
• Coffee, tea, hot chocolate throughout the day
• Onboard medical officer
• Access to special programs on board (such as hiking, photography, etc)
• Use of multimedia station.
• Kayaking activity at an extra cost at US$695 per person (if you wish to participate please let us know at • time of booking as there is limited space).
• Full arctic weather gear set including boots and binoculars
• Transfers to your charter flight, and ground transfers to and from the ship
• Accommodation in Edmonton (pre-night) and Ottawa (post-night)

Please note that all guests are required to fill out a medical questionnaire upon booking, and may be required to provide a doctor’s consent form.

 

Not Included

Kayaking program at an extra cost at US$695 per person (if you wish to participate please let us know at time of booking as there is limited space).
Airfare from your home town
Personal laundry charges
Postage, telephone calls, alcoholic and soft drinks, medical expenses
Trip interruption / cancellation insurance, or travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)
Gratuities to staff and crew ($30 per day, per passenger is recommended)
5% GST

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Include a Rocky Mountaineer train journey before or after your cruise
Include a Rocky Mountaineer train journey before or after your cruise
Visit an amazing wilderness lodge such as Knight Inlet
Visit an amazing wilderness lodge such as Knight Inlet
Combine this cruise with an Inside Passage expedition
Combine this cruise with an Inside Passage expedition
Include a Rocky Mountaineer train journey before or after your cruise
Visit an amazing wilderness lodge such as Knight Inlet
Explore spectacular Quebec

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Akademik Ioffe Expedition Ship - Deck of the vesselAkademik Ioffe Expedition Ship - Twin Private SuiteAkademik Ioffe Expedition Ship - Superior CabinAkademik Ioffe Expedition Ship - Shackleton SuiteAkademik Ioffe Expedition Ship - One Ocean Suite

Akademik Ioffe Expedition Ship

An example of our expedition cruise accommodations

The Akademik Ioffe is simple, comfortable, and agile Arctic expedition vessel. Rated a class 2 ice breaker, her captain is able to quickly change course to follow wildlife - where other expedition ships may get left behind. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate lounge and bar with panoramic views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. Other facilities include a lounge, theater style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna and plunge pool.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Start Date
Sold out

2018 Start Dates
August 11
August 23

NOTE
August 11 start date begins in Ottawa and ends in Edmonton
August 23 start date begins in Edmonton and ends in Ottawa


Price notes:
Cabin prices are per person, based on two people sharing a cabin
Singles can be paired up with fellow guests to avoid single supplement surcharges, in twin and superior cabin types. Just ask us!
Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation advisor for advice on which cabin types are best for you.
Twin Private Cabin
from US $15,900to US $17,172per person

Twin Private Cabins are spacious, well appointed cabins featuring two lower berths, one of which can be converted to a sofa during the day, with private washroom facilities, sink, shower, toilet and bathroom cabinet. There are tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened.

Superior Cabin
from US $16,899to US $18,251per person

Superior Cabins feature two lower berths, a comfortable sofa, a writing desk and chair and plenty of storage space, private washroom facilities and several portholes which open. These cabins provide great access to the outer decks, ship reception and dining room and the expedition mudroom where you prepare for your off-ship excursions.

Shakleton Suite
from US $18,299to US $19,763per person

Shackleton Suite type cabins are separated into two spacious rooms, one that is ideal for relaxation with a sofa convertible to bed, large table, writing desk, chair, ample storage and a large window that can be opened. The separate private bedroom features one large lower bed.

One Ocean Suite
from US $19,299to US $20,843per person

One Ocean Suite is the most spacious cabin of the ship. It is separated into two rooms and a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. The well appointed lounge area features a sofa and large windows overlooking the bow (forward facing) that can be opened. The separate bedroom features a double bed.

What we love about this trip

Pristine and stunning Arctic wilderness

Onshore hikes and wildlife spottting

Wildlife such as polar bears, beluga whales, muscox

High crew to guest ratio

Expert guides with insider area knowledge

Class 2 Icebreaker research vessel

Team of resource specialists

Unique optional kayak program

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Travel back in time, along the paths of early Arctic explorers on this iconic small ship cruise expedition. As you travel along the Northwest Passage, explore the spectacular fjords and bays, view rare Arctic wildlife, and see other-wordly ice formations in Greenland.

Trip Outline

Depart Edmonton for Cambridge Bay King William Island Prince of Wales Island Prince Leopold Island Beechey Island Devon Island Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) Ilulissat Sisimiut Kangerlussuaq Ottawa *Itinerary may vary to accommodate wildlife sightings and weather

Northwest Passage and Greenland Expedition Cruise  – Map The Northwest Passage and Greenland Expedition Cruise Adventurers explore arctic glaciers by zodiac A lone polar bear roams the Arctic landscape Historic grave sites Walrus Kayakers explore icebergs on a small guided tour
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