Polar bears on ice

© Jen Derbach

Itinerary and Pricing Small-Ship Expedition Cruise
Greenland and Arctic Canada: High Arctic Explorer

August 3 to August 15, 2024

From $9,995 to $18,295 USD

per person based on double occupancy

High arctic explorer webinar cover

Watch Webinar

High Arctic Explorer

GET INSTANT ACCESS

High Arctic Explorer

Map

2024 High Arctic Explorer Map
  • Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
  • Day 2: Sisimiut
  • Day 3: Ilulissat
  • Day 4: Western Greenland
  • Day 5: At Sea — Davis Strait
  • Day 6: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU, Canada
  • Day 7–11: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) & Devon Island
  • Day 12: Beechey Island
  • Day 13: Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU, Canada

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
    Cross the Arctic Circle

    After your charter flight from Toronto, ON, you’ll transfer to the Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.

    Begin your journey by sailing down Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord), a 190-kilometre-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers, and cross the Arctic Circle on your way.

    Kangerlussuaq, the settlement at the head of the fjord, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub.

  • Sisimiut, Greenland

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 2: Sisimiut
    Explore Vibrant Sisimiut

    Colourful Sisimiut is Greenland’s second largest city. Access the extensive museum through a towering whalebone archway and be sure to stop in at the artisan’s co-operative for the chance to purchase outstanding handicrafts.

    Traditional qajaq (kayaking) is in resurgence here, and there’s plenty of other fun outdoor activities for the adventurous to enjoy.

  • Danny Catt Ilulissat HI 2016 Tagged 455

    © Danny Catt

    Day 3: Ilulissat
    Take a Cruise Around Towering Icebergs

    Visit the town of Ilulissat, with splendid museums, cafés, craft shops, and a busy fishing harbour.

    View the icebergs from shore on a hike along the boardwalk at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Ilulissat translates literally to “iceberg”—an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, a source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.

  • Hiking in disko fjord

    © Jen Derbach

    Day 4: Western Greenland
    Hike the Tundra

    Choose the activity you like best during an expedition landing on Greenland’s stunning west coast.

    Whether you prefer hiking, walking, photography, or sitting contemplatively, you’ll be delighted!

    Admire the mighty mountains and the tiniest tundra flowers—a stop in this area will offer many outstanding features to pique your interest. 

  • On board learning

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 5: At Sea — Davis Strait
    Learn On Board

    Deepen your understanding of the Arctic as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Nunavut, Canada.

    Enjoy workshops and presentations, watch a documentary, and get out on deck with your binoculars to look for whales, seabirds, and marine wildlife.

  • Community drum preformance in pond inlet

    © Jen Derbach

    Day 6: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU, Canada
    Experience Inuit Culture

    Attend a cultural performance put on by the talented Tununiq Arsarniit Theatre Group, featuring drum dancing, throat singing, and storytelling.

    Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting—the views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning!

    Enjoy exploring the town and take the opportunity to purchase unique handcrafted mementos when available, too.

  • Polar bear walking on ice

    © Steven Rose

    Day 7–11: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) & Devon Island
    Seek Whales, Seabirds, and Polar Bears

    Spend five fun-filled days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas.

    Cruise by ship and by Zodiac in search of narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales that transit and feed in this area.

    Admire Devon Island’s unique geological character, with its flat-topped mountains, glacial valleys, and substantial ice cap. At the northern edge of Tallurutiup Imanga, it’s the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over 50,000 square kilometres.

    Hike the tundra, cruise a glacier face, and keep your eyes peeled for polar bears and other wildlife from ship and from shore.

    Visit archaeological sites with expert interpretation to learn about the human history of Inuit and their ancestors who once lived on this now-abandoned island.

    Then catch a glimpse of more recent history when you visit the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.

  • Franklins grave beechey island

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 12: Beechey Island
    Visit a Franklin Expedition Historical Site

    Pay your respects at this haunting memorial to Sir John Franklin’s failed expedition.

    Learn the compelling history of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror’s attempts to sail through the Northwest Passage.

    Franklin’s crew overwintered at Beechey Island, where three of his men died, and numerous search parties later used the spot as a depot and rendezvous. Thomas Morgan of the HMS Investigator was buried here in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men.

    Visit their graves and the ruins of nearby Northumberland House while contemplating the poignant history.

  • Zodiac landing

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 13: Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU, Canada
    Wave a Fond Farewell

    Say your goodbyes to the Arctic in Qausuittuq (Resolute). The community’s name, meaning “place with no dawn,” comes from its dark winters, but during your visit at the height of summer, you’ll experience the midnight sun—a time of no darkness.

    Take in the unique geography and geology here, characterized by shoreline gravel flats, rocky coastal bluffs, and deposits of glacial moraine.

    Learn about the significance of the origin of the hamlet; in 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Québec and Mittimatalik were relocated under false pretences 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.

    Disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer by Zodiac to shore for your charter flight to Ottawa, ON.

Pricing and Cabins

Canadian residents may opt to use our in-house exchange rate (fixed quarterly) and pay for their voyage in Canadian dollars. Contact Adventure Canada or your travel advisor for more details.

Ship

Ocean Endeavour Labrador

Ocean Endeavour

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, and advanced navigation equipment. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

Learn more about Ship name

Details

  • Small-Ship Expedition Cruise

    Greenland and Arctic Canada: High Arctic Explorer

    August 3 to August 15, 2024

    From $9,995 to $18,295 USD

    per person based on double occupancy

  • Single Supplement: No single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins in categories 3 to 7!

    Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost.

  • Starts: Toronto, ON, Canada

    Ends: Ottawa, ON, Canada

  • Flights

    • Northbound Charter Flight: Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, GL. Early-morning departure.

      Price: $1,375 USD

    • Southbound Charter Flight: Resolute, NU to Ottawa, ON. Evening arrival.

      Price: $1,270 USD

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Special access permits, entry, and park fees
  • Expert expedition team
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

Not Included:

  • Commercial and charter flights
  • Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges and administrative fees
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation

Incentives

  • Free Single Supplement Icon

    Free Single Supplement

    For those who prefer not to share, we have a limited quantity of cabins in category 3 through to category 7 with no single supplement! Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost. Single occupancy in categories 8–10 is available at full double-occupancy rates. Can be combined with the Multi-Trip Promotion, League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program, and Early Booking Bonus. Subject to cabin availability.

  • Family Friendly Icon

    Family Friendly

    Children four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare—and children two years and younger travel free! Children must be accompanied by a full-fare adult. Can be combined with the League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • Multi Trip Promotion Icon

    Multi-Trip Promotion

    Receive 30% off the berth cost when you book more than one Ocean Endeavour expedition (excluding Antarctica) in the same calendar. Can be combined with the Free Single Supplement and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • Save 30 Under 30 Icon

    Save 30% under 30

    Save 30% on the berth cost for travellers under thirty years of age. Can be combined with the Free Single Supplement and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

High arctic explorer webinar cover

Watch Webinar

High Arctic Explorer

GET INSTANT ACCESS

Published itineraries are examples only, weather, ice, government regulations, and community requests may necessitate changes to the planned schedules. These sometimes necessary adjustments present exciting opportunities for exploration, discovery, and adventure.