Into the Northwest Passage (East to West)

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Highlights

• Cross the Arctic Circle as you sail the length of Sondre Stromfjord—168 kilometres! • Cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Visit Queen Maud Gulf, home to the wrecks of the Franklin ships, HMS Erebus and Terror  • Enjoy an Inuit cultural welcome in Qikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island) • Watch for marine mammals and wildlife in Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), a Marine Protected Area • Explore Nunavut's rarely visited national parks • Pass continental North America's northernmost point at Bellot Strait • Seek polar bears, seabirds, and other Arctic wildlife in pristine natural environments

Capacity: 198, Type: Expedition

A journey from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Travel aboard the Ocean Endeavour in comfort. Our fleet of Zodiacs will take us where the action is—the heart of history.

Our voyage begins in Greenland, home to mighty icebergs, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers! Colourful villages offer rich culture. Crossing the Davis Strait, we’ll explore the Baffin Island coast. We’re on the watch for whales, birds and bears. Zodiacs stand by for excursions; visit Franklin expedition graves at Beechey Island. Follow in the wakes of Franklin, Rae, Amundsen and many more polar explorers. 

Meet the Inuit who call the Arctic home. Travel with scientists, artists, musicians, local culturalists, and historians—all of whom are drawn magnetically north. Sail the great sea-route at the top of the world. The Northwest Passage calls you, too!

Please note: your voyage rates do not include commercial and charter flight costs.

• Cross the Arctic Circle as you sail the length of Sondre Stromfjord—168 kilometres! • Cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Visit Queen Maud Gulf, home to the wrecks of the Franklin ships, HMS Erebus and Terror  • Enjoy an Inuit cultural welcome in Qikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island) • Watch for marine mammals and wildlife in Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), a Marine Protected Area • Explore Nunavut's rarely visited national parks • Pass continental North America's northernmost point at Bellot Strait • Seek polar bears, seabirds, and other Arctic wildlife in pristine natural environments

22 August, 2020 to 07 September, 2020
Prices

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 7 - Top Deck Twin
£ 16887 GBP pp
Category 7 - Top Deck Twin
Deck 8, large picture windows (partially obstructed) double bedded only, private bathroom, refrigerator
Category 6 - Comfort Twin
£ 15657 GBP pp
Category 6 - Comfort Twin
Deck 7, Picture windows (partially obstructed) two lower berths, privvate bathroom, refrigerator
Category 10 - Suite
£ 20577 GBP pp
Category 10 - Suite
Deck 7, picture window overlooking the bow, seperate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, double bed, private bathroom with bath
Category 8 - Superior Twin
£ 18117 GBP pp
Category 8 - Superior Twin
Deck 5 & 7, picture windows, twin or double bed, private bathroom, refrigerator
Category 9 - Junior Suite
£ 19347 GBP pp
Category 9 - Junior Suite
Deck 5 & 7, picture windows, seperate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, double bed, private bathroom
Category 5 - Main Twin
£ 14427 GBP pp
Category 5 - Main Twin
Deck 5, Picture Window, two lower berths, private bathroom
Category 4 - Exterior Twin
£ 13197 GBP pp
Category 4 - Exterior Twin
Deck 4, porthole window, 2 lower berths, private bathroom
Category 3 - Interior Twin
£ 11967 GBP pp
Category 3 - Interior Twin
Deck 5, Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bathroom. Available for sole use
Category 1 - Quad
£ 9015 GBP pp
Category 1 - Quad
Deck 4, Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bathroom
Category 2 - Triple
£ 10573 GBP pp
Category 2 - Triple
Deck 4, Interior cabinm three lower berths, private bathroom
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Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. After our charter flight from Toronto, we will transfer to Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac. Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world: 168 kilometres of superb scenery. Steaming down this dramatic fjord we’ll cross the Arctic Circle—from the north!
Day 2: Sisimiut Coast
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic Location. Abundant fauna and marine life have supported human habitation here as far back as 4,500 years.
Days 3: Ilulissat
Ilulissat means “iceberg”, an apt name for this site at the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier—a unesco World Heritage Site, and the source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic. We will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs to appreciate the icebergs, and visit the town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour.
Days 4 - 5: Western Greenland
Exploring by ship and Zodiac along the west coast of Greenland, we have numerous options for expedition stops, to make the most of weather and wildlife conditions. Departing Greenland, we cross Baffin Bay toward Nunavut.
Day 6: At Sea — Davis Strait
As we steam toward Nunavut, our resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, or get out on deck. Keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.
Day 7: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU
Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting, a fascinating place to wander. The cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—arts and crafts may be available here too.
Days 8–10: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) & Devon Island
We will spend three days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of the newest National Marine Conservation Areas in Nunavut. Narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. We’ll cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife. On the northern border of Tallurutiup Imanga lies Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over fifty thousand square kilometres. Flat topped mountains, glacial valleys, and a substantial ice cap give Devon Island its unique character. We hike the tundra, cruise a glacier face, and seek wildlife from ship and by shore. Archaeological sites with expert interpretation allow us to learn about the Inuit history of this now-abandoned island. We’ll visit the remains of a RCMP and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.
Day 11: Beechey Island
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. His crew overwintered at Beechey Island—where three of his men died. Numerous search parties later used Beechey as a depot and rendezvous. Amundsen, Bernier, and Larsen visited Beechey. Thomas Morgan of the HMS Investigator was buried there in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men. The graves and the ruins of Northumberland House are a haunting memorial.
Days 12-13: Prince Regent Inlet
This passage marks an area rich in marine and avian life. Thick-billed Murres, Ivory Gulls, beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales reside in the ice-strewn waters. In addition to abundant wildlife, we’ll delve deeper into the exploration of the Northwest Passage and mercantile efforts of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Days 14 - 16: Kitikmeot Region
The traditional territory of the Netsilik Inuit, the Kitikmeot Region consists of parts of Victoria Island, the adjacent part of the mainland as far as the Boothia Peninsula, King William Island, and the southern portion of Prince of Wales Island. Recently, the Kitikmeot Region has been in the news since the finding of the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition in its waters. It is Nunavut’s least-populated region, though wildlife abounds here both in the sea and on land. We will spend our time navigating the ice-strewn waters in search of wildlife. We’ll also call in at Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) home of the Guardians of Terror Bay. The European name, Gjoa Haven, honours Roald Amundsen who overwintered in the bay for two years while searching for the Northwest Passage. Amundsen became the first European to cross the Northwest Passage, thanks to the knowledge and largesse of Inuit. The community has an excellent cultural centre and is well known for carvings and wall hangings.
Day 17: Kugluktuk (Coppermine)
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut. Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), NU is an alternate disembarkation point, and may be used based on sea, ice and weather conditions. Today we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and make our way to the airport to meet our charter flights to Calgary, AB.
Please Note:
This is our proposed itinerary. It is highly probable that weather, sea, and ice conditions will not allow us to travel this exact route. Our Expedition Leader and the Ocean Endeavour's captain will determine our exact route day by day.

Ocean Endeavour

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 137m

Passenger Capacity: 198

Built: 1982 - refurbished 2010 & 2014

Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada’s expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft).Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour!

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