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Art and Wildlife of the Arctic

Slow down life’s hectic pace on a two-week journey of watery wonderment. Marvel at the magnificent Jakobshavn Icefjord as it glistens beautifully in the virgin waters. Enjoy Zodiac® tours and tundra hikes, bird spotting and absorbing the fascinating geological formations before feasting your eyes on the surprising Inuit art, a source for many modern artists today.
03 September, 2018 to 18 September, 2018 Make a booking request for Art and Wildlife of the Arctic, departing on 03 September, 2018

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Vista Suite £ 9856 GBP pp
Some Vista Suites accommodate 3 guests. 240 SQ FT / 22 M2 Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with shower (some with tub/shower combination), Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Flat screen television with satellite reception, Direct-dial telephone, One hour complimentary WiFi access per guest/per day. ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Veranda Suite £ 12012 GBP pp
Some Veranda Suites accommodate 3 guests. 295 SQ FT / 27 M2 incl. veranda (Veranda: 49 SQ FT / 4.5 M2) Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with shower (some with tub/shower combination), Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Flat screen television with satellite reception, Direct-dial telephone, One hour complimentary WiFi access per guest/per day. ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Deluxe Veranda Suite £ 12551 GBP pp
Some Veranda Suites accommodate 3 guests. The Midship Veranda Suite offers preferred central location with identical accommodation to a Veranda Suite. 295 SQ FT / 27 M2 incl. veranda (Veranda: 49 SQ FT / 4.5 M2). Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with shower (some with tub/shower combination), Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Flat screen television with satellite reception, Direct-dial telephone, One hour complimentary WiFi access per guest/per day. ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Medallion Suite £ 20328 GBP pp
437 ft² / 40.6 m² Including veranda (81 ft² / 7.6 m²) Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library, Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Sitting area, Separate dining area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Bose® Sound Touch 30 with Bluetooth connectivity. ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Silver Suite £ 22715 GBP pp
Silver Suites accommodate 3 guests. 541 SQ FT / 50 M2 incl. veranda (Veranda: 92 SQ FT / 8 M2) Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Sitting area, Separate dining area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Flat screen television with satellite reception, Bang & Olufsen® audio system, Illy® Espresso machine, Direct-dial telephone, Unlimited complimentary WiFi access ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Royal Suite 1 Bedroom £ 23870 GBP pp
736 SQ FT / 69 M2 incl. veranda (Veranda: 126 SQ FT / 12 M2) Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; Living room with sitting area; Separate dining area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed; Marbled bathroom with full-sized tub and separate shower; Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe, Vanity table(s) with hair dryer, Writing desk(s), Flat screen television(s) with satellite reception, Bang & Olufsen audio system, Illy Espresso machine, Direct-dial telephone(s), Unlimited complimentary WiFi access ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Grand Suite 1 Bedroom £ 25025 GBP pp
1,019 SQ FT / 95 M2 incl. veranda (Veranda: 145 SQ FT / 14 M2) Two teak verandas with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; Living room with sitting area; Separate dining area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed; Marbled bathroom with full-sized tub and separate shower; Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe, Vanity table(s) with hair dryer, Writing desk(s), Flat screen television(s) with satellite reception, Bang & Olufsen® audio system, Illy Espresso machine, Direct-dial telephone(s), Unlimited complimentary WiFi access ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Owner's Suite 1 Bedroom £ 28567 GBP pp
587 SQ FT / 55 M2 incl. veranda (Veranda: 89 SQ FT / 8 M2) Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; Living room with sitting area; Separate dining area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed; Marbled bathroom with full-sized tub and separate shower; plus a powder room; Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe, Vanity table(s) with hair dryer, Writing desk(s), Flat screen television(s) with, satellite reception, Bang & Olufsen® audio system, Illy® Espresso machine, Direct-dial telephone(s), Unlimited complimentary WiFi access ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Royal Suite 2 Bedroom £ 29799 GBP pp
1,031 SQ FT / 96 M2 incl. veranda (Veranda: 175 SQ FT / 16.5 M2). Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; two-bedroom has additional veranda, Living room with sitting area; two-bedroom has additional sitting area, Separate dining area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed; two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized tub and separate shower; two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with shower, Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe, Vanity table(s) with hair dryer, Writing desk(s), Flat screen television(s) with satellite reception, Bang & Olufsen audio system, Illy Espresso machine, Direct-dial telephone(s), Unlimited complimentary WiFi access. ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Grand Suite 2 Bedroom £ 30954 GBP pp
1,314 SQ FT / 122 M2 incl. veranda (Veranda: 194 SQ FT / 18.5 M2) Two teak verandas with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; two-bedroom has additional veranda, Living room with sitting area; two-bedroom has additional sitting area, Separate dining area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed; two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized tub and separate shower; two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with shower, Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe, Vanity table(s) with hair dryer, Writing desk(s), Flat screen television(s) with satellite reception, Bang & Olufsen® audio system, Illy Espresso machine, Direct-dial telephone(s), Unlimited complimentary WiFi access ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Owner's Suite 2 Bedroom £ 33418 GBP pp
827 SQ FT / 77 M2 incl. veranda (Veranda: 89 SQ FT / 8 M2) Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; two-bedroom has additional large picture window, Living room with sitting area; bedroom two has additional sitting area, Separate dining area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed; two-bedroom has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized tub and separate shower; plus a powder room; two-bedroom has additional marbled bathroom with shower, Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe, Vanity table(s) with hair dryer, Writing desk(s), Flat screen television(s) with, satellite reception, Bang & Olufsen® audio system, Illy® Espresso machine, Direct-dial telephone(s), Unlimited complimentary WiFi access ALL SUITES FEATURE - Butler service, Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, Pratesi® fine bed linens and down duvet covers, Premium mattresses, A choice of pillow, Plush robes and slippers, Personalised stationery, Binoculars, Umbrella, Complimentary Interactive mobile content
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Art and Wildlife of the Arctic itinerary:

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Day 1 — Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Arrive in Kangerlussuaq and enjoy your first Zodiac ride to the Silver Cloud, waiting at anchor. Once all guests have embarked, you will attend a mandatory safety drill before we depart on our exciting Silversea Expedition – Art and Wildlife of the Arctic. This evening, you will be introduced to your Expedition Leader and the Expedition Team and attend a mandatory Zodiac briefing.
Day 2 — Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland
During the morning Silver Cloud will ply the Disko Bay en route to our destination along Disko Island’s east coast. Our exploration of the Disko Bay area will head north of the village of Qerqertarsuaq, which is named after Disko Island’s local name –meaning “large island”. With more than 3,300 sq. miles Disko Island is Greenland’s second-largest island. We hope to offer tundra walks and will enjoy a Zodiac tour of the rugged coastline and the many icebergs that get stranded here after breaking off from the Jakobshavn Glacier.
Day 3 — Ilulissat, Greenland
Be out on deck to see the northern hemisphere’s most active glacier – the Jakobshavn Glacier- while approaching Ilulissat (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Known as the birthplace of icebergs, the Ilulissat Icefjord produces several million tons of ice each day. Its entrance is often surrounded by icebergs in all shapes and sizes and in varying shades of white and turquoise. The town of Ilulissat is known for its long periods of calm and settled weather, but the climate is a bit colder due to its proximity to the fjord. While here, we may have the opportunity to see a demonstration of ancient fishing methods and enjoy some locally caught and prepared fish. During our guided walking tour of Ilulissat, we will visit the local history museum, which used to be the home of famous arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen. South of town are several trails leading to the Icefjord, one of them a boardwalk. We will also navigate amongst the many icebergs at the fjord’s entrance in local fishing boats getting amazing views and impressions. Alternatively, guests have the option to purchase an exciting helicopter excursion to see the magnificent Jakobshavn Icefjord by air.
Day 4 — Sisimiut, Greenland
Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the second-largest as well as the northernmost town in Greenland where the port remains free of ice in the winter. Yet it is also the southernmost town where there exists enough snow and ice to drive a dogsled in winter and spring. The Greenlandic sled dog has been bred to be amongst the strongest working dogs in the world and can be seen all over town. Sisimiut has been used by different cultures and groups for almost 4500 years. Ruins of early settlements can still be seen west of the town. The Sisimiut Museum houses part of its collection in Greenland’s oldest surviving church as well as in a peat house. For those interested in tasting some of the local delicacies, the museum has prepared Greenlandic soup, shrimps, and dried fish which you can taste while visiting the museum. Another typical and iconic ‘vehicle’ of transportation in the Arctic is the qajaq (better known as ‘kayak’) and although most Greenlandic hunters or fishermen use modern boats, many still have a qajaq. We hope to see a qajaq demonstration in Sisimiut’s harbour.
Day 5 — Nuuk, Greenland
This morning we arrive in Greenland’s first town (1728) and current capital, Nuuk -“the heartland”. We will have ample time to explore one of the smallest capitals in the world. Our leisurely walk through this picturesque harbour town allows us to take in Nuuk’s natural beauty, and also to see Inuit ruins, Hans Egede’s home, parliament, and the Church of our Saviour. At the Greenlandic National Museum we have the fantastic opportunity to see an outstanding collection of traditional hunting gear, art, colourful traditional clothing and the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.
Day 6 — Cruising the Davis Strait
Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Attend informative lectures that will prepare you for the upcoming ports-of-call in Canada and the adventures that lie ahead. Peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library, enjoy a fine cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard Silver Cloud.
Day 7 — Iqaluit, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
Our first foray into Canada begins in the town of Iqaluit, located at the head of Frobisher Bay, an inlet of the North Atlantic extending into south-eastern Baffin Island. The Bay is so long that it was first taken to be the possible entrance of a Northwest Passage. Iqaluit is the capital of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut -Inuktitut for “our land”. Nunavut is the least populated, but largest of Canada’s provinces and territories. After completing formalities associated with customs and immigration, we go ashore and explore the edges of Canada’s “true north”. Depending on the tides (Iqaluit has a maximum tidal range of almost 12 metres) we will either have a dry landing on a pier or a wet beach landing. Our ship’s experts along with local guides will take us around Iqaluit and will lead us through the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum and the Nunavut Legislative Assembly Building, both housing incredible collections of Inuit artwork. The museum shop has some very interesting local prints for sale. Even walking through town there are many opportunities to see various pieces of artwork. We will also visit the Silvia Grinnell Territorial Park west of Iqaluit for walks and hikes.
Day 8 — Lady Franklin Island and Monumental Island, Nunavut, Canada
Named in honour of Sir John Franklin’s widow, uninhabited Lady Franklin Island is 40 kilometres off of Baffin Island’s Hall Peninsula. There are at least seven smaller, unnamed islands off its northwest shore that lend themselves to be explored by Zodiac, while Lady Franklin Island offers an abundance of bears, ducks, seals, and walrus.
Day 9 — Kimmirut, Nunavut, Canada
This morning you might want to attend a lecture about Northern Art, and find out how and why the Inuit took to art. Silver Cloud will arrive in Kimmirut, a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police post and Hudson Bay Company trading centre, in the late morning. The terrain of Kimmirut is among the oldest on the planet, sitting on a variety of metamorphic rock formations and the village receives its name from a prominent rock feature. Kimmirut’s harbor has very powerful tides, with water levels varying by as much as 11 metres (36 feet). We visit this village to see the local arts and crafts. The Kimmirut artists blend regional styles and locally available materials. The most predominant kind of art is stone carving, although there is also a tradition of scrimshaw etchings done on walrus ivory. In recent years creating jewelry has become of interest. The material used for this are the semi-precious stones found in the Kimmirut area.
Day 10 — Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut, Canada
A morning at sea allows us to make good progress towards our next destination and to attend a lecture, seminar or workshop while heading further west towards Kinngait (Cape Dorset). Without a doubt, Cape Dorset is the most famous Inuit art village in the Canadian North. Here we will visit the printmakers and carvers of the region and even have the option to purchase a special piece as a souvenir of our visit. Travelling across the bay by Zodiac, we can also explore Mallikjuaq Territorial Park where the remains of winter residences from thousands of years ago can be seen. Our local guide will explain in detail the aspects of daily life for his ancestors.
Day 11 — Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik, Canada
Today we will be in spectacular Wakeham Bay and the area of the small village of Kangiqsujuaq. In line with our search for art, we want to see how the locals interpret the Dorset culture mask petroglyphs found south of the village. Apart from the village visit, tundra walks might be on offer.
Day 12 — Akpatok Island, Nunavut, Canada
Today we explore around remote Akpatok Island at the northernmost extremity of the Labrador Peninsula. Steep and sheer limestone cliffs jut out of the cold waters. Encased in snow and surrounded with sea ice in the winter months, this uninhabited island lures huge amounts of wildlife, most notably the world’s largest population of breeding Thick-billed Murres, also known as Brünnich’s Guillemots (Inuktitut name: Akpatok), estimated at well over a million birds. These auks flock to the bare cliffs of the island between June and September, and incubate their single pear-shaped egg on the cliff’s ledges. Glaucous Gulls can be seen soaring above looking for unguarded eggs and chicks, while Black Guillemots paddle around on the nearby sea. Akpatok Island is also a favourite summer home for polar bears as they wait for the winter ice to form.
Day 13 — Torngat Mountains National Park, Canada
On our way south from Akpatok we will be travelling along the Torngat Mountains National Park situated on the eastern side of Labrador’s northernmost point –sometimes described as the “Eastern Rocky Mountains”. Torngat Mountains National Park covers an area of 9.700 km² and is dotted with remnants of several cirque glaciers and has an outstanding array of geological features. The steep cliffs provide some of the best exposures to the earth’s geologic history. Although polar bears can often be seen hunting seals on the ice we are still too early in the season, but herds of Torngat Mountain and George River caribou migrate to and from their calving grounds and Inuit use the area to hunt, fish and travel throughout the park. Red and Arctic foxes will be looking for lemmings and voles. Harlequin Ducks, Peregrine Falcons, Barrow’s Goldeneye and Short-eared Owls are found within the park. While Minke whales tend to linger in bays, humpback and fin whales like to stay offshore. South of Torngat Mountains National Park –and permission pending- we would like to visit Hebron, an abandoned Moravian settlement declared a National Historic Site. Silver Cloud will be following the coastline, looking for the different whales.
Day 14 — Cruising the Labrador Sea
A leisurely day at sea can be used to exchange notes with fellow travellers. As we make our way along Canada’s scenic coast, spend some time out on deck keeping an eye out for seabirds, dolphin, seals and migrating humpback, fin or blue whales, or listen to additional presentations by our expert natural history staff in the Lecture Theatre or in the comfort of your suite. Enjoy a fine cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard Silver Cloud.
Day 15 — Twillingate, Canada
Twillingate is the self-proclaimed ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’ –although it is highly unlikely that we should see any icebergs at this time of the year. Once ashore by Zodiac, you will be taken by local bus to the “Prime Berth Museum” first, which could be well described as a commercial fishing heritage site. You will hear about the glory “salt fish days” before the cod fishery moratorium in the middle of the eighties of the last century let the busy settlement shrink. Afterwards you will visit several historic buildings packed with artefacts near the shoreline. The excursion also goes to the museum, the former house of an Anglican priest, right next to the church. Almost all the objects on display here are from 1900 to the early 1920s –including a giant bicycle from the turn of the century. Afterwards you will have a good view over the Notre Dame Bay and the outer isles at Long Point Lighthouse. During the afternoon we will continue on toward St. John’s. Our onboard Videographer will present his voyage-DVD, a good opportunity to recall all the different impressions of Greenland, Baffin Island and the Canadian coast.
Day 16 — St. John’s, Canada
After breakfast, disembark Silver Cloud.
Please Note:
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Art and Wildlife of the Arctic reverse itinerary:

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Please Note: *
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
Day 16 — St. John’s, Canada *
After breakfast, disembark Silver Cloud.
Day 15 — Twillingate, Canada *
Twillingate is the self-proclaimed ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’ –although it is highly unlikely that we should see any icebergs at this time of the year. Once ashore by Zodiac, you will be taken by local bus to the “Prime Berth Museum” first, which could be well described as a commercial fishing heritage site. You will hear about the glory “salt fish days” before the cod fishery moratorium in the middle of the eighties of the last century let the busy settlement shrink. Afterwards you will visit several historic buildings packed with artefacts near the shoreline. The excursion also goes to the museum, the former house of an Anglican priest, right next to the church. Almost all the objects on display here are from 1900 to the early 1920s –including a giant bicycle from the turn of the century. Afterwards you will have a good view over the Notre Dame Bay and the outer isles at Long Point Lighthouse. During the afternoon we will continue on toward St. John’s. Our onboard Videographer will present his voyage-DVD, a good opportunity to recall all the different impressions of Greenland, Baffin Island and the Canadian coast.
Day 14 — Cruising the Labrador Sea *
A leisurely day at sea can be used to exchange notes with fellow travellers. As we make our way along Canada’s scenic coast, spend some time out on deck keeping an eye out for seabirds, dolphin, seals and migrating humpback, fin or blue whales, or listen to additional presentations by our expert natural history staff in the Lecture Theatre or in the comfort of your suite. Enjoy a fine cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard Silver Cloud.
Day 13 — Torngat Mountains National Park, Canada *
On our way south from Akpatok we will be travelling along the Torngat Mountains National Park situated on the eastern side of Labrador’s northernmost point –sometimes described as the “Eastern Rocky Mountains”. Torngat Mountains National Park covers an area of 9.700 km² and is dotted with remnants of several cirque glaciers and has an outstanding array of geological features. The steep cliffs provide some of the best exposures to the earth’s geologic history. Although polar bears can often be seen hunting seals on the ice we are still too early in the season, but herds of Torngat Mountain and George River caribou migrate to and from their calving grounds and Inuit use the area to hunt, fish and travel throughout the park. Red and Arctic foxes will be looking for lemmings and voles. Harlequin Ducks, Peregrine Falcons, Barrow’s Goldeneye and Short-eared Owls are found within the park. While Minke whales tend to linger in bays, humpback and fin whales like to stay offshore. South of Torngat Mountains National Park –and permission pending- we would like to visit Hebron, an abandoned Moravian settlement declared a National Historic Site. Silver Cloud will be following the coastline, looking for the different whales.
Day 12 — Akpatok Island, Nunavut, Canada *
Today we explore around remote Akpatok Island at the northernmost extremity of the Labrador Peninsula. Steep and sheer limestone cliffs jut out of the cold waters. Encased in snow and surrounded with sea ice in the winter months, this uninhabited island lures huge amounts of wildlife, most notably the world’s largest population of breeding Thick-billed Murres, also known as Brünnich’s Guillemots (Inuktitut name: Akpatok), estimated at well over a million birds. These auks flock to the bare cliffs of the island between June and September, and incubate their single pear-shaped egg on the cliff’s ledges. Glaucous Gulls can be seen soaring above looking for unguarded eggs and chicks, while Black Guillemots paddle around on the nearby sea. Akpatok Island is also a favourite summer home for polar bears as they wait for the winter ice to form.
Day 11 — Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik, Canada *
Today we will be in spectacular Wakeham Bay and the area of the small village of Kangiqsujuaq. In line with our search for art, we want to see how the locals interpret the Dorset culture mask petroglyphs found south of the village. Apart from the village visit, tundra walks might be on offer.
Day 10 — Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut, Canada *
A morning at sea allows us to make good progress towards our next destination and to attend a lecture, seminar or workshop while heading further west towards Kinngait (Cape Dorset). Without a doubt, Cape Dorset is the most famous Inuit art village in the Canadian North. Here we will visit the printmakers and carvers of the region and even have the option to purchase a special piece as a souvenir of our visit. Travelling across the bay by Zodiac, we can also explore Mallikjuaq Territorial Park where the remains of winter residences from thousands of years ago can be seen. Our local guide will explain in detail the aspects of daily life for his ancestors.
Day 9 — Kimmirut, Nunavut, Canada *
This morning you might want to attend a lecture about Northern Art, and find out how and why the Inuit took to art. Silver Cloud will arrive in Kimmirut, a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police post and Hudson Bay Company trading centre, in the late morning. The terrain of Kimmirut is among the oldest on the planet, sitting on a variety of metamorphic rock formations and the village receives its name from a prominent rock feature. Kimmirut’s harbor has very powerful tides, with water levels varying by as much as 11 metres (36 feet). We visit this village to see the local arts and crafts. The Kimmirut artists blend regional styles and locally available materials. The most predominant kind of art is stone carving, although there is also a tradition of scrimshaw etchings done on walrus ivory. In recent years creating jewelry has become of interest. The material used for this are the semi-precious stones found in the Kimmirut area.
Day 8 — Lady Franklin Island and Monumental Island, Nunavut, Canada *
Named in honour of Sir John Franklin’s widow, uninhabited Lady Franklin Island is 40 kilometres off of Baffin Island’s Hall Peninsula. There are at least seven smaller, unnamed islands off its northwest shore that lend themselves to be explored by Zodiac, while Lady Franklin Island offers an abundance of bears, ducks, seals, and walrus.
Day 7 — Iqaluit, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada *
Our first foray into Canada begins in the town of Iqaluit, located at the head of Frobisher Bay, an inlet of the North Atlantic extending into south-eastern Baffin Island. The Bay is so long that it was first taken to be the possible entrance of a Northwest Passage. Iqaluit is the capital of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut -Inuktitut for “our land”. Nunavut is the least populated, but largest of Canada’s provinces and territories. After completing formalities associated with customs and immigration, we go ashore and explore the edges of Canada’s “true north”. Depending on the tides (Iqaluit has a maximum tidal range of almost 12 metres) we will either have a dry landing on a pier or a wet beach landing. Our ship’s experts along with local guides will take us around Iqaluit and will lead us through the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum and the Nunavut Legislative Assembly Building, both housing incredible collections of Inuit artwork. The museum shop has some very interesting local prints for sale. Even walking through town there are many opportunities to see various pieces of artwork. We will also visit the Silvia Grinnell Territorial Park west of Iqaluit for walks and hikes.
Day 6 — Cruising the Davis Strait *
Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Attend informative lectures that will prepare you for the upcoming ports-of-call in Canada and the adventures that lie ahead. Peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library, enjoy a fine cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard Silver Cloud.
Day 5 — Nuuk, Greenland *
This morning we arrive in Greenland’s first town (1728) and current capital, Nuuk -“the heartland”. We will have ample time to explore one of the smallest capitals in the world. Our leisurely walk through this picturesque harbour town allows us to take in Nuuk’s natural beauty, and also to see Inuit ruins, Hans Egede’s home, parliament, and the Church of our Saviour. At the Greenlandic National Museum we have the fantastic opportunity to see an outstanding collection of traditional hunting gear, art, colourful traditional clothing and the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.
Day 4 — Sisimiut, Greenland *
Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the second-largest as well as the northernmost town in Greenland where the port remains free of ice in the winter. Yet it is also the southernmost town where there exists enough snow and ice to drive a dogsled in winter and spring. The Greenlandic sled dog has been bred to be amongst the strongest working dogs in the world and can be seen all over town. Sisimiut has been used by different cultures and groups for almost 4500 years. Ruins of early settlements can still be seen west of the town. The Sisimiut Museum houses part of its collection in Greenland’s oldest surviving church as well as in a peat house. For those interested in tasting some of the local delicacies, the museum has prepared Greenlandic soup, shrimps, and dried fish which you can taste while visiting the museum. Another typical and iconic ‘vehicle’ of transportation in the Arctic is the qajaq (better known as ‘kayak’) and although most Greenlandic hunters or fishermen use modern boats, many still have a qajaq. We hope to see a qajaq demonstration in Sisimiut’s harbour.
Day 3 — Ilulissat, Greenland *
Be out on deck to see the northern hemisphere’s most active glacier – the Jakobshavn Glacier- while approaching Ilulissat (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Known as the birthplace of icebergs, the Ilulissat Icefjord produces several million tons of ice each day. Its entrance is often surrounded by icebergs in all shapes and sizes and in varying shades of white and turquoise. The town of Ilulissat is known for its long periods of calm and settled weather, but the climate is a bit colder due to its proximity to the fjord. While here, we may have the opportunity to see a demonstration of ancient fishing methods and enjoy some locally caught and prepared fish. During our guided walking tour of Ilulissat, we will visit the local history museum, which used to be the home of famous arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen. South of town are several trails leading to the Icefjord, one of them a boardwalk. We will also navigate amongst the many icebergs at the fjord’s entrance in local fishing boats getting amazing views and impressions. Alternatively, guests have the option to purchase an exciting helicopter excursion to see the magnificent Jakobshavn Icefjord by air.
Day 2 — Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland *
During the morning Silver Cloud will ply the Disko Bay en route to our destination along Disko Island’s east coast. Our exploration of the Disko Bay area will head north of the village of Qerqertarsuaq, which is named after Disko Island’s local name –meaning “large island”. With more than 3,300 sq. miles Disko Island is Greenland’s second-largest island. We hope to offer tundra walks and will enjoy a Zodiac tour of the rugged coastline and the many icebergs that get stranded here after breaking off from the Jakobshavn Glacier.
Day 1 — Kangerlussuaq, Greenland *
Arrive in Kangerlussuaq and enjoy your first Zodiac ride to the Silver Cloud, waiting at anchor. Once all guests have embarked, you will attend a mandatory safety drill before we depart on our exciting Silversea Expedition – Art and Wildlife of the Arctic. This evening, you will be introduced to your Expedition Leader and the Expedition Team and attend a mandatory Zodiac briefing.
* = Indicative
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Silver Cloud, the ship servicing Art and Wildlife of the Arctic

Silver Cloud

Vessel Type: Luxury

Passenger Capacity:296

Refurbished: 2013

Spacious yet intimate, designed to cross oceans and yet able to slip up rivers and into hidden harbours with ease, the yacht-like Silver Cloud carries just 296 guests in incomparable comfort and style. Combining spacious ocean-view suites and private verandas with stunning dining and entertainment options, our inaugural ship launched a new ocean standard and continues to epitomize Silversea’s vision of world-class cruise accommodations, service and amenities. Join us and come home to warmth and welcome anywhere in the world desire takes you.

• Enjoy tundra walks and Zodiac tours of the rugged coastline

• See the northern hemisphere’s most active glacier – the Jakobshavn Glacier

• Have a chance to try Greenlandic soup, shrimps, and dried fish

• Arrive in Greenland’s first town (1728) and current capital, Nuuk -“the heartland”

• Find out how and why the Inuit took to art and visit one of the villages to see the local arts and crafts

• Visit Torngat Mountains National Park
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