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Greenland and Arctic Canada: High Arctic Explorer

Take an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime journey to the vast and beautiful High Arctic. There’s no better way to get there than on Adventure Canada’s High Arctic Explorer small-ship expedition cruise.

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2024 Arctic Small-Ship Expedition Cruises

Includes the following itineraries:

  • Into the Northwest Passage
  • Out of the Northwest Passage
  • Heart of the Arctic
  • Greenland and Arctic Canada: High Arctic Explorer
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  • Day 1: Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU, Canada
  • Day 2: Beechey Island
  • Day 3–7: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) and Devon Island
  • Day 8: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
  • Day 9: At Sea — Davis Strait
  • Day 10: Western Greenland
  • Day 11: Ilulissat
  • Day 12: Sisimiut
  • Day 12: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

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Pay homage to adventurers past at historic Beechey Island

Visit one of the most notorious sites in the Arctic: Beechey Island. See the graves of three mariners with the lost Franklin expedition, explore artefacts left by Franklin searchers, and marvel at what it was like for Englishmen to live and die here, so distant from the only world they knew.

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Marvel at enormous icebergs in Ilulissat

Ilulissat means “icebergs.” The name says it all. Visit Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier), the busiest glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, spewing 20 billion tonnes of ice per year. Tour amongst the skyscraping bergs by Zodiac, peruse the local museums and shops, and dine on distinctive Greenlandic fare.

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Take it easy with local wildlife in Tallurutiup Imanga, a protected Inuit waterway

Sail and Zodiac through Tallurutiup Imanga, a landmark marine sanctuary established through a pact between Inuit and Canada. Here, the greatest Arctic whales, bus-sized bowheads, skim for plankton while belugas and narwhal gobble cod in the fjords. Keep your binoculars at the ready.

Lancaster Sound Polar Bears

Cross the Arctic Circle

Sailing up Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord) is a true polar pleasure. A whopping 190 kilometres long but just two klicks wide, this remarkable seaway is flanked all along by frosted peaks and glaciers. En route you’ll cross the Arctic Circle—an achievement few travellers can claim.

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Watch and Learn

High Arctic Explorer Part 1: We made it to Nunavut!

In this travel guide video, Canadian couple Matt and Karla share their experience on the High Arctic Explorer expedition cruise to the Canadian Arctic. Learn more about their visits to Beechey Island, Pond Inlet, Devon Island, and much more!

High Arctic Explorer Part 2: The biggest icebergs we've ever seen in Greenland!

In part two of the travel guide video, Matt and Karla take you further on their expedition into Greenland and share their experiences hiking seldom visited regions, seeing bountiful icebergs, visiting Inuit communities, and witnessing the spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord.

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Founded in 1987, Adventure Canada is a family-run travel company specializing in small-ship expeditions to the world’s most beautiful and seldom visited coastlines.