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The magic and mystery of the far north beckons as we once again combine its landscapes, people and communities into our favourite High Arctic Adventure. Travelling well-beyond the Arctic Circle and into the far North, we explore Devon Island and the historic route to the North Pole.

Our journey begins where one of the most famous of Arctic expeditions went fatally wrong; on Beechey Island we find three graves, men of the lost Franklin expedition. An eerie mecca for history buffs, Beechey Island presents a convergence of the European narrative.

From here, we will journey further north (dependant on ice conditions, of course!) into the Smith Sound. This expedition features some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Arctic - ice capped mountains, fjords, and glaciers. Here the vista should be filled with ice - a perfect scene for photographers!

After crossing Smith Sound, we arrive in Greenland, a place where the ice comes alive in iridescent blues, delicate tundra flowers briefly bloom and towns shine with a brilliant montage of bright colours. This self-governing province of Denmark is the largest island in the world, covering nearly 3.5 million km2, and more than 80 percent of it is covered either by the ice cap or small glaciers.

Throughout the voyage we have ample opportunities to view and photograph the unique wildlife that calls the Arctic home. Narwhal, polar bear, and the rare and immaculately white Ivory Gull are all found here. Nesting colonies on Coburg and Prince Leopold Islands host tens of thousands of Thick-billed Murres and Black-legged Kittiwakes. We are also likely to encounter shorebirds, Dovekie, Northern Fulmar, and, with luck, Gyrfalcon. At each stop, we board Zodiacs to go ashore, or position ourselves for the best views or photographs of the wildlife, flowers, icebergs and landscapes.

Join us as we venture to the top of the world!

day 1
Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay)
day 2
Prince Leopold, Somerset Island and Beechey Island
day 3
Dundas Harbour and Devon Island
day 4
Coburg Island
day 5
Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord)
day 6
Smith Sound
day 7
Kap York
day 8
Karrat Fjord
day 9
Ilulissat (Jakøbshavns Isfjord)
day 10
Itilleq
day 11
Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord), Greenland
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Arriving in Resolute early afternoon, we embark the Clipper Adventurer.


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Aug. 9, 2012 - Aug. 19, 2012

All prices are per person, in US Dollars (USD) unless specified otherwise, and are cash or cheque discounted.

  • 1

    $4045.00   Quad Lower Forward, 2 upper 2 lower berths, porthole window.

  • 2

    $5145.00   Triple Lower Deck, 1 upper 2 lower berths, porthole window.

  • 3

    $6245.00   Junior Double, two lower berths, porthole window

  • 4

    $6895.00   Double, two lower berths, midship, porthole window.

  • 5

    $8545.00   Main Double, two lower berths, porthole window.

  • 6

    $9045.00   Deluxe Double, two lower berths, midship, porthole window.

  • 7

    $9345.00   Superior Double, two lower berths, picture window.

  • 8

    $9945.00   Junior Suite, two lower berths, sitting area, picture window.

  • 9

    $10545.00   Suite, two lower beds, sitting area, picture window.

  • 10

    $11445.00   Owner’s Suite, two lower berths, shower & bathtub, picture window.


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    Please add Discovery Fund Fee fee of $250.00 to above prices

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  • Aaron Spitzer

    Aaron Spitzer

    History and Politics

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  • Chris Wolff

    Chris Wolff

    Archaeologist

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  • Deanna Leonard-Spitzer

    Deanna Leonard-Spitzer

    Marine Biologist

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  • Jason Edmunds

    Jason Edmunds

    Expedition Leader

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  • Jim Halfpenny

    Jim Halfpenny

    Author and Scientist

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  • Jon Dudley

    Jon Dudley

    Geologist

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  • Julia Szucs

    Julia Szucs

    Expedition Team

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  • Matthew Swan

    Matthew Swan

    President

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  • Matthew James Swan

    Matthew James Swan

    Expedition Leader

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  • Romani Makkik

    Romani Makkik

    Culturalist

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  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith

    Naturalist

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  • Thomas Kovacs

    Thomas Kovacs

    Musician

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Highlights

  • - Thousands of birds on the cliffs of Prince Leopold Island
  • - Visit the largest uninhabited island on earth during our stop at Devon Island
  • - Cross the Arctic circle while sailing in the shadow of the second
  • - longest fjord in Greenland
  • - Visit the historic graves of the ill
  • - fated Franklin Expedition
  • - Enjoy the town of Pond Inlet, with breathtaking peaks of Bylot Island and the hospitality of the townspeople
  • - Follow the route to the North Pole as we journey up Smith Sound
  • - Marvel at the Ilulissat icefield, where 90% of the north Atlantic's icebergs are born
  • - Enjoy a cultural presentation at Canada's northernmost community, in Grise Fiord

What's Included

  • All entry & park fees
  • Your complete itinerary
  • Team of resource specialists
  • Educational program and pre-departure materials
  • All shipboard meals
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Service charges and port fees

    What's Not Included

  • Commercial flights
  • Mandatory medical / evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or Itinerary changes
  • Discretionary gratuities to ship's crew (approximately $10 - 14 per passenger per day)
  • Visas, or inoculations, if required
  • Physician's fees confirming you are fit to travel
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • $250 Discovery Fund Fee

    Charter Flights



    Charter Flights are available from Ottawa to Resolute Bay and return from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto for $1,781 USD
    • Thousands of birds on the cliffs of Prince Leopold Island
    • Visit the largest uninhabited island on earth during our stop at Devon Island
    • Cross the Arctic circle while sailing in the shadow of the second
    • longest fjord in Greenland
    • Visit the historic graves of the ill
    • fated Franklin Expedition
    • Enjoy the town of Pond Inlet, with breathtaking peaks of Bylot Island and the hospitality of the townspeople
    • Follow the route to the North Pole as we journey up Smith Sound
    • Marvel at the Ilulissat icefield, where 90% of the north Atlantic's icebergs are born
    • Enjoy a cultural presentation at Canada's northernmost community, in Grise Fiord