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The Legendary Northwest Passage: An Arctic Expedition

Program Number: 21408RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 9/4/2015 - 9/22/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Canada/Greenland
Price starting at: $12,545.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 46; 15 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners    

As long ago as the Age of Discovery, European explorers dreamed of a northern sea route to the Pacific. This “Northwest Passage” would not be successfully transited, though, until the legendary adventurer Roald Amundsen did it between 1903 and 1906 — spending nearly two of those years immobilized by ice. Soon, the long-hoped-for possibility of using the passage as a shipping shortcut may become reality due to climate change. Now is the time to sail this storied route and experience the otherworldly Arctic environment on an expedition aboard an ice-rated small ship.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles at a time over unmarked, rocky terrain. Embarking and disembarking Zodiacs is required for all shore activities.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Edmonton, 1 night; aboard Sea Adventurer, 14 nights, 1 night Toronto.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.

Day 1-2: Arrival Edmonton / coach to Kugluktuk (Canada) / embark Sea Adventurer:

After program orientation and an overnight in Edmonton, journey to the Inuit town of Kugluktuk to begin your voyage. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.

Days 3-4: Coronation Gulf / Kent Peninsula:

Navigate past small islands and along rugged coastline, boarding a Zodiac boat for up-close excursions.

Day 5: Queen Maud Gulf:

Named after the Queen of Norway by Roald Amundsen, this gulf’s shores are the summer home of the Ahiak caribou herd.

Day 6: Gjoa Haven:

Unable to proceed because of thick ice, Amundsen and his ship — the Gjoa — spent two winters here, learning invaluable survival skills from the local Inuit people.

Day 7: Taloyoak:

Continue to this town of about 800 hardy souls. Learn about the Ross expedition and the historic achievement of pinpointing the North Magnetic Pole.

Day 8: Bellot Strait:

Look for whales and polar bears while transiting this narrow strait. The promontory at its eastern end marks the northernmost point on the North American mainland.

Day 9: Somerset Island & Beechey Island:

Delve into Beechey Island’s importance in the history of Arctic exploration including the story of the ill-fated Franklin expedition.

Day 10: Devon Island:

Go ashore on the largest uninhabited island in the world and find the abandoned Mountie outpost at Dundas Harbour.

Day 11: Mittimatalik:

Visit this bustling Inuit community on a picturesque coastline where many glaciers can be found. Experience Inuit games and traditional throat singing.

Day 12: Karrat Fjord (Greenland):

Sail across the Davis Strait to Greenland and enter this spectacular fjord. Scan the icy waters for narwhals and seals and the cliffs for colonies of Little Auks.

Day 13: Uummannaq:

Explore this Greenlandic town where small, colorful homes perch on rock piles below Uummannaq Mountain, a dramatic hunk of red gneiss.

Day 14: Ilulissat:

Board a Zodiac for an up-close look at Ilulissat Icefjord, located at the mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active, most studied glaciers in the world.

Day 15: Sisimiut Coast:

Continue to sail the west Greenland coastline, a place of myriad islands, undisturbed landscapes and cozy communities of cheerfully painted houses.

Day 16: Kangerlussuaq / disembark / departure:

To complete your voyage, sail the length of the beautiful, 120-mile-long Kangerlussuaq Fjord to the town of the same name.

Sea Adventurer

The 118-passenger Sea Adventurer is among the few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to remote reaches. She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers. Extensively renovated, Sea Adventurer is a handsome vessel in the style of great ocean liners: varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks. All cabins have an exterior view with private facilities and showers. Relax in the Main Lounge, Clipper Club or Library/Card room; keep trim in the Gymnasium; or shop for souvenirs in the Gift Shop. Meals include International and Continental cuisine. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows Sea Adventurer to go to places larger cruise ships can’t, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by other vessels her size.

Meals and Lodgings
   Executive Royal Hotel Leduc-Nisku at Edmonton Airport
  Edmonton, Canada 1 night
   Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  Cambridge Bay (Nunavut), Canada
Queen Maud Gulf, Greenland
Gjoa Haven, Greenland
Bellot Strait, Greenland
Baffin Bay, Canada
Somerset Island and Beechey Island, Greenland
Baffin Bay, Canada
Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Greenland
Baffin Bay, Canada
Uummannaq, Greenland
Ilulissat, Greenland
Sisimiut Coast, Greenland
14 nights
   Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto Int'l Airport
  Toronto, Canada 1 night
 Executive Royal Hotel Leduc-Nisku at Edmonton Airport
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 8450 Sparrow Drive
Leduc, AB T9E 7G4 Canada
phone: 780-986-1840
  Room amenities: Generously sized rooms; mini fridge; iron and board; hair dryer; in room coffee; 25" color television; on-demand TV and movies; a top quality shower head in the bath; full length mirror in the bathroom and mirrored closet doors; a work desk, with desk lamp and desk level electrical outlets; voice mail and messaging system; Complimentary high speed internet access; dual port phones, so you can talk and use your computer at the same time; Morning paper; guest laundry room on the main floor, free of charge; complimentary Wifi.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary 24 hour hotel shuttle is available to take you to your flight; health spa complete with Jacuzzi tubs, steam baths, and exercise room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability Contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 800-241-1404 or via email at
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: Built: 1988, Rauma, Finland Power: Twin engine, 5,000KW diesel, Twin propeller Max speed: 14.5 kts
  Contact info: 14 Front Street South
Mississauga, ON L5H 2C4 Canada
phone: 437-345-4113
  Room amenities: All cabins have a window which opens. Additional features and amenities: Toiletry kit • Hairdryer • Coffee/tea maker
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Cabins in twin semi-private class share bathrooms.
  Elevators available: Yes

 Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto Int'l Airport
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: Terminal 3 · P.O. Box 3000, Toronto Amf
Toronto, ON L5P 1C4 Canada
phone: 905-672-7000
  Room amenities: Work desk; individual climate control; air-conditioned room; complimentary bottled water; room service; mini bar, refrigerator available; coffee maker, wireless high speed internet access at an additional charge.
  Facility amenities: 24-hour fitness center; indoor heated swimming pool; Mahogany Grill Restaurant and Bar; safe deposit boxes.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  Please contact hotel directly if you wish to make arrangements for additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in time at the hotel is at 4PM. Program orientation begins at 5:00PM at the Gazebo Cafe in the hotel. You will be staying at Executive Royal Hotel Leduc-Nisku at Edmonton Airport that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast. The hotel is connected to the airport terminal. You will be staying at Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto Int'l Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please note that anyone with a criminal record (including a Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants/Alcohol conviction) may be excluded from entering Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Contact the Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate in the U.S. for more information (
  Parking availability:
Parking is not available.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Edmonton
  Transportation to site: The Executive Royal Hotel Leduc-Nisku provides a 24 hour complimentary Airport Shuttle. Upon arrival, please make your way outside door number 9. The shuttle arrives every 5-10 minutes. There is a courtesy phone to the hotel located just inside the doors.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Toronto
  Transportation from site: The Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto is located in the airport. Participants can walk to the terminal.
Equipment Requirements: 1 pair of mid-calf/high rubber boots
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Edmonton
(Sunday, September 7)

Note: Independent arrivals

 Afternoon: Independent arrivals and check in to the hotel. Check-in begins at 4PM.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the Gazebo Cafe in the hotel at 5:00PM. Get to know your fellow participants and group leader.
 Evening: There will be a mandatory orientation after dinner for all Adventure Canada guests to review the schedule for the next day's flight. There will be a short Road Scholar group meeting following. Afterwards, relax at the hotel before your voyage begins.
Accommodations: Executive Royal Hotel Leduc-Nisku at Edmonton Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Flight to Cambridge Bay
(Monday, September 8)

Note: Early morning charter flight onboard a 737 aircraft with breakfast en route to Cambridge Bay.
On arrival to Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay) our program will include walking in the community and a zodiac ride to our vessel Akademik Vavilov for embarkation. Please be prepared with waterproof gear (jacket, pants, gloves) and comfortable walking shoes. Should you require medication during the day please ensure you keep this with you. We will not embark the ship until late afternoon.

 Breakfast: On charter flight.
 Morning: Early morning charter flight from Edmonton, Alberta to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut - departing approximately 8:00AM. Estimated landing time is is 2:30PM followed by embarkation aboard the vessel.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: The history of this area can be traced back some 4000 years to a group called pre-Dorset. Inuit have travelled, hunted and fished in this area for hundreds of years. Change came in the 1920’s when traders, including the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the RCMP set up bases on the sheltered shores of Cambridge Bay. Permanent settlement slowly built up around the trading center. Today the community has Hamlet status and operates under the direction of a Mayor and Council.
Explore Cambridge Bay prior to departure aboard the ship.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Each evening, enjoy relaxing evening activities including live music, light lectures, games, and movies on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Queen Maud Gulf
(Tuesday, September 9)

Note: At each expedition port of call there will be various excursion groups. This may include nature activities (minimal walking), short walks (about .5 - 1.5 miles), longer walks (2-3 miles) and photography sessions led by ship staff who are experts in various fields (history, paleontology, geology, sealife, Arcticic culture) . Participants may choose any of these options or opt for independent exploration. On select days there will be Road Scholar exclusive shore excursions.

 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: The Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary contains the largest variety of geese of any nesting area in North America. The Sanctuary is one of the few nesting areas for both the Atlantic Brant (Brant bernicla hrota) and Pacific Brant (Brant bernicla nigricans). Almost the entire population of Ross' Goose (Chen rossii) nests here. It was named by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1905 for Maud of Wales, the Queen of Norway. The Ahiak Caribou calve along the Queen Maud Gulf Coast in Nunavut and spend the summers here. Here we may also find bald eagles, muskox, and grizzly bears.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Queen Maud Gulf. Once back onboard, enjoy a Road Scholar exclusive cocktail party at 5:30PM in the Clipper Lounge before dinner.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Gjoa Haven
(Wednesday, September 10)

Note: When visiting northern communities there are often opportunities to purchase Inuit art. We ask you to be prepared with cash for payment of these. Local facilities for withdrawing cash are limited or not available. In Greenland the currency is Danish Kroner, with Canadian dollars in Canada. Danish Kroner is available at ATM machines in the communities in Greenland you will be visiting. ATM machines are not always available in the Canadian communities.

 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: While looking for the Northwest Passage in 1903, explorer Roald Amundsen sailed through the James Ross Strait and stopped at a natural harbor on the island's south coast. Unable to proceed due to sea ice, he spent the winters of 1903-04 and 1904-05 there, where he learned Arctic living skills from the local Netsilk Inuit, skills that would later prove invaluable in his Antarctic explorations. He used his ship Gjoa as a base for explorations in the summer of 1904, sledding the Boothia Peninsula and traveling to the magnetic North Pole. Amundsen finally left in August 1905, after 22 months on the island. The harbor where he lived is now the island's only settlement, Gjoa Haven, which he called "the finest little harbor in the world." Today the population has blossomed from 110 in 1961 to 1,064 in 2006.

Afterwards there will be a presentation by community members about life in this Arctic outpost.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore the Gjoa Haven.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bellot Strait
(Thursday, September 11)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Bellot Strait marks the first meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific tides north of Magellan Strait. Surprisingly, the strait was missed by John Ross and wasn't discovered until 1852 by William Kennedy, who named the strait after his second-in-command, Joseph-Rene Bellot.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Bellot Strait.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Prince Leopold Island
(Friday, September 12)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: The tall cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are one of the top bird sites in the High Arctic both during the breeding and summering seasons. It is a breeding site for Thick-Billed Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, Northern Fulmar, Glaucous Gull, and Black Guillemot. It was beneath these tall cliffs, that Sir James Clark Ross, perhaps the greatest polar explorer of the 19th century, was based in 1848-49. Ross's 1848-49 expedition in search of the Franklin expedition was not successful; they spent a frustrating winter locked by ice in Port Leopold on the northeast coast of Somerset Island and returned to England the following summer. It was also from this area that Sir John Ross (James's uncle) escaped in 1833 after abandoning the Victory and spending four harrowing winters in the Arctic.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Prince Leopold Island.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Devon Island and Beechey Island
(Saturday, September 13)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: In 1845, Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men in two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. It was two years before the search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance. Until recently, the three graves had left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party. Such is the interest in this story, the Canadian government recently announced a new initiative to locate the missing Franklin vessels.

Today enjoy another Road Scholar exclusive excursion with a private zodiac tour led by one of Adventure Canada's on-board experts. Get a first hand experience of what makes these remote islands rich with Arctic life and history.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Devon Island and Beechey Island.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Arctic Bay
(Sunday, September 14)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: This morning the ship explores Arctic Bay in search of wildlife. Arctic Bay is well known for its recreational events. The most popular being the Midnight Sun Marathon, which is done annually and is 84 KM in duration. This community of just over 800 inhabitants experiences the lowest tidal range in Canada within its Bay.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Arctic Bay.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
(Monday, September 15)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: We will sail through Milne Inlet, a narwhal breeding ground, en route to Pond Inlet. This bustling Arctic community is surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Eastern Arctic. Today join a Road Scholar exclusive walking field trip with David Reed a former resident of Pond Inlet who will show you the community. You will have a chance to explore town, as well as take in a cultural presentation at the Nattinnak Centre.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Mittimatalik.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Northeast Baffin Fjords
(Tuesday, September 16)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Take in views of the majestic Baffin Fjords as the ship explores various inlets. Zodiac explorations will be weather/sea conditions permitted. The Arctic coastline provides numerous opportunities for landings; our program will explore the wealth and diversity of the land. We'll seek marine mammals, musk ox and polar bears as we travel, and bird watchers will want to keep their binoculars always at hand. Not to be missed are the tiny, beautiful Arctic plants, making the most of the brief summer, and the extraordinary geology that so defines the North.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Baffin Fjords.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At Sea / Crossing Baffin Bay
(Wednesday, September 17)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning at sea as the ship crosses Baffin Bay. Relax onboard and take in a lecture or other onboard entertainment.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Keep your eyes and ears open while on deck to spot the various marine animals that call Baffin Bay home. On-board naturalists will help you identify species of birds, fish and mammals in this remote region. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Stone Glacier
(Thursday, September 18)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Store Glacier is a fast-flowing outlet with a calving rate of 14 3km 3 per year, corresponding to 7% of West Greenland;s total annual discharge. The Uummannaq fjords are wide (5km) and deep allowing the deep oceanic water to be stored in large quantities and to come into contact with the glacier fronts. The maximum depth of Store Glacier’s calving front of 500 meters plays an important role at the ice front.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Uummannaq
(Friday, September 19)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Despite being situated in the shadow of a mountain, Uummannaq is the sunniest place in Greenland! It is an impressive and imposing 3855 foot hunk of red gneiss called Uummannaq. This mountain serves as the town's backdrop on which colorful, single-family homes desperately cling, anchored by cables and pipes. The famous Greenlandic mummies dating from the 15th century were found on the shore opposite Uumannaq.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Uummannaq.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Ilulissat
(Saturday, September 20)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Venturing 155 miles north of the Arctic Circle we find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates literally into "iceberg," and there couldn't be a more fitting name. Our visit will include time in the colorful town and a chance to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice. We will also cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is where we find the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at 19m per day and calving more than 35 square km of ice annually. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years, and, because of its relative ease of accessibility, has significantly added to the understanding of ice-cap glaciology, climate change, and related geomorphic processes.

Today enjoy another Road Scholar exclusive excursion with a private zodiac tour led by one of Adventure Canada's on-board experts followed by a hike that will provide an opportunity to understand the many factors that contribute to the unique geography of this area.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Ilulissat.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Sisimiut Coast
(Sunday, September 21)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, myriad islands, and complex coastal waterways. We will be making an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscapes.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Sisimiut Coast.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the ship.
Accommodations: Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Kangerlussuaq
(Monday, September 22)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Lying at the head of the longest fjord in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has one of the most stable climates in the region though temperatures can range from -50C in the winter to as high as 28C in summer. Kangerlussuaq, which means "The Big Fjord" in Greenlandic, is appropriately named, as it's 168km long. This morning we will have the opportunity to do a town tour and visit the local museum before we go to the airport in the afternoon to check in for our flight.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Toronto. Estimated time of arrival into Toronto at 6:45PM.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served on the charter flight.
 Evening: Relax at the hotel and prepare for your journey home the next day.
Accommodations: Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto Int'l Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Independent departures
(Tuesday, September 23)
 Morning: Breakfast at the hotel and then walk to the airport terminal for independent departures.
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Across the Top of the World

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Arctic Crossing, A Journey Through the Northwest Passage and Inuit Culture

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Frozen in Time, The Fate of the Franklin Expedition

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The Last Gentleman Adventurer

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The Last Imaginary Place

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The Man Who Ate His Boots

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The Northwest Passage

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The Voyage of the Narwhal

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