Arctic Safari - Departs 6th August 2018

... seek the wilds and the wonders of the Arctic, in the welcoming company of those who call it home!

Date: 05–17 Aug 2018

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

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US $11,099US $15,040US $18,940

** ALL PRICES IN USD **

On this trip, seek the wilds and the wonders of the Arctic, in the welcoming company of those who call it home! Beginning in Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay), you`ll enter expedition mode as we seek polar bears, whales, birds, and muskoxen throughout Lancaster Sound. At Beechey Island, we`ll pay our respects at the graves of three of Sir John Franklin`s men; at Dundas Harbour, we`ll explore the abandoned HBC and RCMP post that once guarded the gateway to the Northwest Passage. Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet) with its stunning views of Bylot Island is a dynamic contemporary Inuit community; we’ll spend the day getting to know the place before striking out across Baffin Bay for Greenland. Towering mountains, pristine fjords, and colourful communities are among the attractions of this mighty Arctic island. The modern Greenlandic center of Illulissat offers museums, shopping, and cafés with a European flair. The Jakobshavn Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and source of the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic, provides a dramatic climax to a northern journey unlike any other

HIGHLIGHTS...

• Search for bears, whales, and walrus in their Arctic feeding grounds

• View the magnificent fjords of Greenland’s coast

• Photograph exquisite Arctic flowers at the height of summer bloom

• Visit the Franklin Expedition gravesites at Beechey Island

• Cross the Arctic Circle by sea - twice!

• Zodiac cruise the Disko Bay at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world`s fastest-moving glacier

• Meet the Tununiq Arsarniit Theatre Group of Mittimatalik during a cultural exchange

• Seek belugas and narwhals in Lancaster Sound, a proposed National Marine Conservation Area

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! Singles pay no more than twins for categories 3 - 7 (sole use of the cabin). Single Cat 3 Interior from USD $11,099*

ARCTIC SAFARI Cruise-Stay package includes:

  • BONUS Free 1 nights accommodation in Ottawa pre-cruise including transfer to charter flight
  • One way charter flight from Ottawa to Qausuittuq
  • 11 night Expedition Cruise ARCTIC SAFARI from Qausuittuq to Kangerlussuaq including:
  • The expertise and company of the Adventure Canada expedition staff
  • Onboard educational presentations, Interactive workshops & evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d`ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Ashore introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing including Museum entries, park accesses
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
  • Port taxes
  • Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person
  • One way charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Toronto

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DETAILED CRUISE ITINERARY

(subject to change by cruise line without notice)

Day 1 | Qausuittuq (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, honours 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. Our early morning charter flight will bring us to Qausuittuq, where we will embark the Ocean Endeavour.

Day 2 | Beechey Island

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.

Day 3 | Devon Island

Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on Earth, comprising over fifty thousand square kilometres. The island`s geology consists of reddish Precambrian gneiss and Paeleozoic siltstones and shales; these, combined with its harsh climate, have led NASA to test its Mars rovers on Devon Island! Devon`s finest features include massive landforms, shining glaciers and long-abandoned ruins - and undisturbed habitats for Arctic wildlife.

Days 4 | Lancaster Sound

We will spend the day exploring the ocean wilderness of Lancaster Sound, which is a proposed Marine Protected Area. Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. There is a great selection of landing sites available, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.

Day 5 | North Baffin

Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we navigate the waterways surrounding Northern Baffin Island. Wildlife will be on our minds - the region is habitat for thick-billed murres and kittiwakes, among other seabirds. Baffin’s mountains are striking, affording stunning perspectives on geological processes. Weather, ice, and opportunity will determine our route, and our team will be on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which we travel.

Day 6 | Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet)

Mittimatalik is a bustling Arctic community surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the eastern Arctic. We will have a chance to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who will gladly share their culture. A cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed - arts and crafts may be available here, too. The Northern and Co-op stores offer unique perspective on daily life in the Arctic, and sometimes have carvings as well.

Day 7 | At Sea

Our presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales amid potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

Day 8 | Karrat Fjord

Today we will cruise one of Greenland’s most spectacular fjords, known for plentiful marine life and awe-inspiring landscapes. The rocky peaks of Karrat Fjord tower over a seascape littered with icebergs produced by the glaciers that extend from Greenland’s vast ice cap. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities of icebergs against the majestic rock faces.

Day 9 | Uummannaq Fjord

Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country`s second-largest system of fjords, characterized by its developed coastline and various bays, islands, and peninsulas. It is considered to be the sunniest spot in Greenland, and favourable weather - coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes - has made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit. It has been settled and re-settled continually for the last 4,500 years. Expect another day of extraordinary photographic opportunities!

Day 10 | Ilulissat

Ilulissat translates literally into `iceberg`, and there couldn`t be a more fitting name for this remarkable place. Here, we will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs at the mouth the Ilulissat Icefjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at nineteen metres per day - calving more than thirty-five square kilometres of ice annually, and creating the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic in the process. The bustling town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour, offers items of interest for every visitor.

Day 11 | Sisimiut Coast

Warmed by the West Greenland current, the waters around Sisimiut are free of sea ice, making the area an important fishing and shipping centre as well as a habitat for marine mammals. The fish market and folk museum in Sisimuit offer an opportunity to experience modern, and historic Greenland side by side.

Day 12 | Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres 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.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in USD (unless stated as single) based on best available cruise fares at time of publication (01Aug17). Some Ocean View cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Prices based on cat 3 inside, cat 6 ocean view and cat 9 Junior suite. No single supplement offer applies to category 3-7 only and is capacity controlled - may be withdrawn without prior notice. What`s Not Included: International flights from/to Australia, Mandatory medical/evacuation travel insurance, Personal expenses, Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes, Discretionary gratuities to ship`s crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day), Visas (if required), Physician`s fees confirming you are fit to travel, Any medical charges incurred while aboard, Possible fuel surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Free hotel subject to availability at time of booking. If unavailable an alternative hotel or upgrade additional surcharge will be advised. Offer valid sold out/withdrawn from sale. No single supplement refers to cat 3 to cat 7 cabins for sole use single occupancy at the same price as twin share. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A good level of mobility is required. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

12 nights From US $11,099 per person, twin share