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Itinerary and Pricing Small-Ship Expedition Cruise
High Arctic Explorer

August 2 to August 13, 2022

From $7,595 to $17,295 USD

Save 15% until November 30, 2021

Applies to berth cost only.

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High Arctic Explorer 2022 Map
  • Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
  • Day 2: Sisimiut Coast
  • Day 3: Ilulissat
  • Day 4: Western Greenland
  • Day 5: At Sea — Davis Strait
  • Day 6: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU, Canada
  • Day 7–10: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) & Devon Island
  • Day 11: Beechey Island
  • Day 12: Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU, Canada

Itinerary

  • Kangerlussuaq fjord minty

    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.

  • Greenlandic fjord against a towering mountain backdrop

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 2: Sisimiut Coast
    Witness Stunning Glaciers, Islands, and Fjords

    Explore West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways that includes glaciers, islands, and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop, with plentiful opportunities for hiking and Zodiac cruising.

    Learn about the Saqqaq, Dorset, Thule, and modern Inuit cultures that have called the Sisimiut region home for the past 4,500 years.

    The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the subarctic location.

  • Ilulissat zodiac 1

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 3: Ilulissat
    Take a Zodiac 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, then board a Zodiac to cruise your way among them!

    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.

  • Western greenland

    © Dennis Minty

    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. 

  • Onboard lecture

    © Kristian Bogner

    Day 5: At Sea — Davis Strait
    Learn Onboard

    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.

  • Pond inlet

    © Dennis Minty

    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 on the ice pack

    © Michelle Valberg

    Day 7–10: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) & Devon Island
    Seek Whales, Seabirds, and Polar Bears

    Spend four 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.

  • Beechey island graved

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 11: 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.

  • Disembark

    © Dennis Minty

    Day 12: 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 take advantage of Adventure Canada's in-house exchange rate and pay for their voyage in Canadian dollars, if desired. Contact us for more details.

Ship

Ocean Endeavour Labrador

Ocean Endeavour

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. 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.

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Details

  • Small-Ship Expedition Cruise

    High Arctic Explorer

    August 2 to August 13, 2022

    From $7,595 to $17,295 USD

    Save 15% until November 30, 2021

    Applies to berth cost only.

  • 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, Canada to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Early-morning departure.

      Price: $1,417 USD

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

      Price: $1,078 USD

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Contribution to Adventure Canada’s Discovery Fund
  • 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
  • Nikon Camera Trial 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

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    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 Multi-Trip Promotion, League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program, and 2022 Early Booking Bonus. Subject to cabin availability.

  • Multi Trip Promotion Icon

    Multi-Trip Promotion

    Receive 10% off the berth cost when you book more than one 2022 Ocean Endeavour expeditions (excluding Antarctica). Can be combined with the Early Booking Bonus, Free Single Supplement promotion, and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

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    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.

  • Save 30 Under 30 Icon

    Save 30% under 30

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

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    Price Guarantee

    If Adventure Canada reduces the price of the berth portion of the fare of any expedition more than 120 days prior to departure, previously booked clients may claim the lower rate. For more information, please visit adventurecanada.com/guarantee.

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