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Ontario/Greenland

Arctic Expedition: Baffin Island and Greenland

Program No. 21407RJ
Journey to the Arctic Circle in summer and bask in the Land of the Midnight Sun as you explore gorgeous fjords, discover incredible wildlife and examine massive glaciers up close.
Length
15 days
Rating (4.5)
Activity Level
Starts at
15,499
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Flights start at
FREE

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside Ship Outside
Accommodation Details

A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Aug 3 - Aug 17, 2023
Ship Inside 15,499
Ship Outside 16,799
Special Offer

Enroll by Feb. 28, 2023 for free air from select cities. Ask about other cities! No added cost for a single cabin in select categories!

Itinerary Note

This date begins in Ottawa and ends in Toronto. There are two nights in Ottawa which makes this departure 15 days total.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside Ship Outside
Accommodation Details

A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Aug 3 - Aug 17, 2023
Ship Inside 15,499
Ship Outside 16,799
Special Offer

Enroll by Feb. 28, 2023 for free air from select cities. Ask about other cities! No added cost for a single cabin in select categories!

Itinerary Note

This date begins in Ottawa and ends in Toronto. There are two nights in Ottawa which makes this departure 15 days total.

At a Glance

Embark on an expedition north of the Arctic Circle in summer, when long days allow for plenty of time to absorb the incredible environments around you. Beginning in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and ending in Greenland, this voyage takes you into dramatic fjords, close to actively calving glaciers and through icy waters home to an array of majestic wildlife.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day over hilly, rocky, uneven terrain. Climbing stairs between decks on board as well as external gangway stairs to transfer between the ship and Zodiacs. Most embarkations and disembarkations will be via Zodiac, which require stepping up or down approximately 12 inches. Zodiac landings will generally entail disembarking onto rocky or gravelly beaches and in windy weather can make for rather splashy rides.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Search for bears, whales and walrus in their Arctic feeding grounds.
  • Get a close look at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord by Zodiac, located at the mouth of one of the world’s most active glaciers.
  • Enhance your knowledge with unique access to Adventure Canada's seasoned onboard staff, each professionals in their fields including culturalists, photographers and naturalists.

General Notes

The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions. The program is limited to 24 participants and the Ocean Endeavour holds 198 passengers.
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Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition
by John Geiger & Owen Beattie
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
by E.C. Pielou
The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole
by Pierre Berton
Arctic Dreams and Nightmares
by Alootook Ipellie
Arctic Dreams
by Barry Lopez
Uqalurait: an Oral History of Nunavut
by John Bennett and Susan Rowley, eds.
The Future of the Arctic
by Charles Emmerson
Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga
by William F Fitzhugh
Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset
by Odette Leroux, Marion E. Jackson, and Minnie Aodla Freeman
Canada's Relationship With Inuit: A History of Policy and Program Development
by Sarah Bonesteel
The Voyage of the Narwhal
by Andrea Barrett
What We Know About Climate Change
by Kerry Emanuel
Arctic Eden
by Jerry Kobalenko
Native peoples of Quebec. Michel Noel, Redaction
by Sylvain Harvey
Who Owns the Arctic: Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North
by Michael Byers
The Last Gentleman Adventurer
by Edward Beauclerk Maurice
True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole
by Bruce Henderson
Across the Top of the World
by James Delgado
Franklin's Lost Ship: Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus
by John Geiger & Alanna Mitchell
Paper Stays Put: A Collection of Inuit Writing
by Robin Gedalof
The Right to Be Cold: One Women's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet
by Sheila Watt-Cloutier
The Gates of Hell: Sir John Franklin's Tragic Quest for the Northwest Passage
by Andrew Lambert
Dead Reckoning: the Untold Story of the Northwest Passage
by Ken McGoogan
Gossip: a Spoken History of Women in the North
by Mary Crnkovich ed.
Ghosts of Cape Sabine: the Harrowing True Story of the Greely Expedition
by Leonard F Guttridge
The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World
by Hugh Brody
Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram
by Charles Johnson
From Magic Words to Word Processing: A History of the Inuit Language
by Louis-Jacques Dorais
The Legend of Kiviuq as Retold in the Drawings of Nancy Pukirnak Aupaluktuq.
by Nancy Pukirnak Aupaluktuq; Preface by Diane Webster
Across Time and Tundra: the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic
by Ishmael Alunik
The Last Imaginary Place
by Robert McGhee
Give Me My Father's Body: The Life of Minik the New York Eskimo
by Kenn Harper
In Order to Live Untroubled: Inuit of the Central Arctic, 1550-1940
by Renee Fossett
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15 days
14 nights
40 meals
14 B 12 L 14 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Ottawa
D
Fairmont Château Laurier

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: At 5:30 PM meet your group leader in the hotel lobby. Orientation: 6:00 PM. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. While on board, rotating members of the ship's resource staff will offer educational presentations on a variety of topics. Many are active researchers with expertise in areas such as history, paleontology, geology, and biology. At each expedition port of call, you will have a choice of field trips that will vary by location such as nature activities (minimal walking), short walks (about .5 - 1.5 miles), longer walks (2-3 miles) and photography sessions led by resource staff. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Expedition ships — more rugged than traditional sailing vessels — are designed to venture into remote landscapes, enabling us to seek opportunities for getting up close to nature and wildlife. These educational adventures have flexible schedules. The itinerary may change daily based on weather, sailing conditions, and potential wildlife sightings. There may also be serendipitous occasions to experience something unexpected. The schedule that follows is tentative and a representative outline. Changes in the schedule, including ports of call, can be expected due to weather and other local conditions. Updates will be provided aboard ship. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage options including coffee, tea, water, and a glass of beer or wine; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

DAY
2
Explore Ottawa
Ottawa
B,D
Fairmont Château Laurier

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles; paved surfaces.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will set out on foot to explore Canada's capital city. With a local expert, we will explore some of Ottawa's iconic landmarks, including Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal, and Byward Market. We’ll learn about the history, architecture, and culture of the area.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We’ll have independent time to explore Canada’s capital city before meeting back at the hotel for a pre-embarkation briefing.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Charter Flight to Resolute, Embark Ocean Endeavour
Resolute
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Embarkation via zodiac; staff available to assist. Flight times are subject to the unpredictable Arctic weather and the vagaries of flight servicing in remote destinations. Delays can, and often do occur. Should you require medication during the day please ensure you keep this with you.

Breakfast: Aboard the charter flight to Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU.

Morning: Transfer to the airport via motorcoach for our charter flight to Resolute on board a 737 aircraft.

Lunch: Aboard the charter flight.

Afternoon: Arrive in Resolute, NU. Qausuittuq, or “place with no dawn” is truly the land of the midnight sun — daylight persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. The community’s English name, Resolute Bay, honors the HMS Resolute, one of the ships in the Franklin search expedition commanded by Captain H.T. Austin. “Resolute” also describes locals who survived being relocated, in 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Quebec, and Mittimatalik by the Canadian government. Upon arrival we'll board a bus and transfer to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation.

Dinner: Aboard ship, we’ll have a 3-course a la carte plated meal with meat, seafood, and vegetarian options, plus water, coffee, tea; other beverages available for purchase. The chefs try to incorporate local delicacies when possible. Each night, we’ll be joined by fellow participants and various members of the ship’s staff.

Evening: At leisure. Rotating members of the ship’s staff will offer fun educational activities and presentations.

DAY
4
Beechey Island
Beechey Island
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; bumpy sailing; splashing water; may get wet; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship, we’ll have a breakfast buffet with both hot and cold choices and beverage choices of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll gather in the onboard meeting space for an illuminating lecture by an onboard expert that will expand on the program theme.

Lunch: Aboard ship, we’ll have a buffet meal with both hot and cold choices and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: A field trip to Beechey Island led by a local expert will further enhance and enrich our day’s experience. In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England on an attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage for the first time. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. The three graves found at Beechey Island left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party. With the discovery of Franklin’s flagship, HMS Erebus in 2014, and Terror in 2016, the graves at Beechey Island and nearby ruins of Northumberland House are bound to be a haunting highlight.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
5
Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)
Lancaster Sound
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; bumpy sailing; splashing water; may get we; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today is the first of four days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), which is Canada’s newest National Marine Conservation Areas. We will spend these days exploring the ocean wilderness of Lancaster Sound via zodiac with our onboard expert. Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. We’ll learn about this area’s fascinating marine life. There is a great selection of landing sites available.<><>Weather, wildlife, and sea conditions will influence our choice of landing today. We’ll return to the ship for lunch.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We'll gather in the onboard meeting space for an illuminating lecture by an onboard expert that will expand on the program theme.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
6
Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)
Lancaster Sound
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; bumpy sailing; splashing water; may get wet; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll set out on an expert-led walking field trip to Devon Island to observe and learn about its unique geology. Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on earth comprising over fifty thousand square kilometers. The island's geology consists of reddish Precambrian gneiss and Paleozoic siltstones and shale; these, combined with its harsh climate, have led NASA to test its Mars rovers on Devon Island!

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll continue to explore Devon Island. Its finest features include massive landforms, shining glaciers, long-abandoned ruins, and undisturbed habitats for Arctic wildlife.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
7
Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)
Lancaster Sound
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac sailing/landing; possibility of rough seas; bumpy sailing; splashing water; may get wet. Getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today we'll continue exploring Lancaster Sound via zodiac. We'll keep our eyes peeled for polar bears and other wildlife. Weather, wildlife, and sea conditions will influence our choice of landing today. We’ll return to the ship for lunch.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We'll gather in the onboard meeting space for an illuminating lecture by an onboard expert that will expand on the program theme.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
8
Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)
Mittimatalik
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; bumpy sailing; splashing water; may get wet; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Possibility of walking up to 2 miles; uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will continue exploring Lancaster Sound. Once home to Inuit and their ancestors, we will visit archaeological sites with expert interpretation to learn about the human history of this now-abandoned island. We’ll also catch a glimpse of recent human history as we visit the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbor. We’ll return to the ship for lunch.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll continue to explore Lancaster Sound. We’ll return to the ship with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
9
Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet)
Davis Strait
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; bumpy sailing; splashing water; may get wet; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll gather in the onboard meeting space for an illuminating lecture by an onboard expert that will expand on the program theme.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll journey to Mittimatalik. This bustling Arctic community is surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the eastern Arctic. We will have independent time to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities. Next, we will gather in the Community Hall for a cultural presentation from local citizens that will include traditional throat singing and arctic games. We’ll return to the ship with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
10
At Sea, Davis Strait
Uummannaq
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Minimal walking; ample seating available; possibility of rough seas; bumpy sailing; splashing water; may get wet.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: While crossing Davis Strait towards Canada, we'll relax and enjoy onboard lectures and opportunities to watch for wildlife from the ship's decks. Resource staff will be on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which we travel.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Relax aboard the Ocean Endeavour as you enjoy onboard lectures from the knowledgeable resource staff.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
11
Western Greenland
Uummannaq
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; bumpy sailing; splashing water; may get wet; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: A field trip to explore Greenland’s west coast led by a local expert will further enhance and enrich our day’s experience. From mighty mountains to the tiniest tundra flowers, Greenland’s west coast offers a stunning array of wildlife.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We'll gather in the onboard meeting space for an illuminating lecture by an onboard expert that will expand on the program theme.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
12
Ilulissat
Ilulissat
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; bumpy sailing; splashing water; may get wet; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven and hilly terrain. Extent and duration of free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Ilulissat translates literally into “iceberg”, and there couldn’t be a more fitting name for this remarkable place. With an onboard expert, we will sail in our fleet of Zodiacs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier and is one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at nineteen meters per day. Calving more than thirty-five square kilometers of ice annually, it creates the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time in Illulissat. Explore the bustling town, with museums, cafes, craft shops, and a busy fishing harbor, or use this time to hike out to an elevated viewpoint to observe the great fields of ice.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
13
Sisimiut
Sisimiut
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; bumpy sailing; splashing water; may get we; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today we will visit the small town of Sisimiut. People have lived in the area for 4,500 years. With a local expert, we’ll set out on a field trip to explore the fish market and folk museum. We’ll experience modern and historic Greenland, side by side.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll continue to explore Sisimiut via Zodiac with an onboard expert. Warmed by the West Greenland current, the waters around Sisimiut are free of sea ice, making the area an important fishing and shipping center as well as a habitat for marine mammals. We’ll learn about the local wildlife.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, join the ship's crew and our fellow participants for a lively dinner that will include song and dance.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
14
Kangerlussuaq, Disembarkation, Charter Flight to Toronto
Toronto
B,L,D
Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven and hilly terrain. Flight times are subject to the unpredictable Arctic weather and the vagaries of flight servicing in remote destinations. Delays can, and often do occur. Should you require medication during the day please ensure you keep this with you.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometers of superb scenery. We end our adventure by sailing up this dramatic fjord as the sun rises to greet us. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s only international flight hub. Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our return charter flight to Toronto.

Lunch: Boxed lunches available prior to disembarkation.

Afternoon: In flight to Toronto.

Dinner: Served onboard en route to Toronto.

Evening: Evening arrival to Toronto. We'll gather our baggage and check-in at the hotel as a group. Relax for the rest of the evening after a full day of travel and prepare for check out and departure in the morning.

DAY
15
Program Concludes
Toronto
B

Activity note: Hotel check out 12:00 p.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

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