HIGH ARCTIC EXPLORER
HIGH ARCTIC EXPLORER
10 Day Cruise from USD$8,495
EDMONTON - RESOLUTE, CANADA
EARLYBIRD 2019 02 AUGUST 2019

A JOURNEY INTO THE REMOTE HEART OF THE CANADIAN ARCTIC.

The great appeal of this voyage is the immediate immersion into the Arctic wilderness from the very first day. We achieve this by commencing in Resolute, one of the most northern outposts in the Canadian Arctic.

This stunning 10-day journey is the perfect blend of wildlife, history, culture and scenery. The long hours of daylight give us maximum time to explore known wildlife hot spots including one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in the world, at Prince Leopold Island.

History is a key focus and we plan on visiting numerous Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outposts such as Grise Fjord, Craig Harbour and Dundas Harbour. A highlight for many will be a visit to remote Beechey Island, the final resting place of several men from Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition in the 1840s. Along the ice floe edge we encounter beluga and bowhead whales and hope to encounter the mythical narwhal. Sightings of polar bear can be expected at numerous locations throughout the voyage.

This exceptional journey takes us to the highest latitudes all season at Ellesmere Island – just 500 nautical miles from the North Pole. If you are looking for the ultimate in remote expedition cruising, this is the voyage.

Tour Highlights
  • Historic locations of early Arctic exploration including several early RCMP locations
  • Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, on zodiac cruises and from the ship
  • Cultural interaction and understanding through visits to remote Inuit communities
  • Travel further north than at any other time of the Arctic expedition season

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    EDMONTON – RESOLUTE, CANADA

  • When
    :

    02 AUGUST 2019

  • What
    :

    CRUISE, NATURE AND WILDLIFE

ON THIS TRIP
  • Zodiac excursions
  • Onshore hiking options
  • Wildlife observation
  • Photographer-in-Residence
  • Sea kayaking available
  • Whale watching
  • Inuit community visits
  • Educational presentations
  • Active Cruising & Wellness
Itinerary

(FRIDAY, 02 AUGUST 2019)

We depart Edmonton this morning on our special charter flight to Resolute, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. Located on the southern shores of Cornwallis Island, the town is named after the British ship HMS Resolute which became trapped in ice and abandoned here in 1850 while searching for the lost Franklin Expedition. A weather station and airstrip here made it a strategic outpost during the time of the Cold War. On arrival, we are transferred to the beach where our expedition team will meet us and prepare us for our zodiac ride to the ship.

On board, we meet the expedition team and get to know our fellow guests over a welcome cocktail. We weigh anchor and depart Resolute in the early evening.

A large bay on the south coast of Devon Island, Maxwell Bay offers some wonderful hiking opportunities ashore and great wildlife watching from the water. Muskox and caribou can be found here as well as polar bears. Harp seals, ringed seals, bearded seals and even walruses have been spotted in the various coves and inlets of the bay.

Our voyage continues east through Lancaster Sound along them southern coastline of Devon Island. Lancaster Sound, which separates Devon and Baffin Island, has been likened to the wildlife ‘super highway’ of the Arctic.

Massive volumes of water from the Atlantic to the east and Arctic Ocean to the west, and from the archipelago of islands to the north all mix here, combining to make a rich source of nutrients and food for an abundance of Arctic wildlife, which live both above and below  the water.

Croker Bay is home to healthy and sizable population of Muskox and we will look for these prehistoric looking creatures as we hike ashore. This location features dramatic scenery with deep blue icebergs set against a backdrop of richly coloured peaks.

The immense Croker Glacier descends into the steely waters and is a great location for a zodiac cruise. This afternoon, we plan on visiting the abandoned Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour.

It was established in 1924 and operated for about a decade. It re-opened again in the 1940s for about 10 years, when the RCMP established a regular patrol presence in the region. The old buildings make great photography subjects in this wild and remote location.

Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife Area is home to almost 400,000 seabirds including 11% of Canada’s population of thick-billed murres and 16% of Northern fulmars. We zodiac cruise along the bird cliffs and will be awestruck by the sheer number of birds in the skies above. We often encounter marine mammals when exploring these waters, including beluga whales.

Grise Fjord is the northernmost community in Canada and one of the most isolated communities in the world. Settled in 1953 by the Canadian government as a sovereignty exercise during the Cold war, the less than 100 people living in Grise Fiord are mostly descended from the eight Inuit families relocated there from Northern Quebec. The scenery is stunning, the wildlife is abundant and we are warmly welcomed by the community.

Nearby Craig Harbour is the site of an abandoned RCMP outpost, established in 1922 as the RCMP sought to patrol the North and provide services to the Inuit. Staffed with RCMP officers and a few special constables and their families, Craig Harbour operated for approximately 10 years before closing.

It was reopened in the early 1950s during the Cold War. We will visit this historic site and learn about its important history as we hike and explore the bay and hillsides of Craig Harbour.

Located on the northern coast of Bylot Island and within the boundary of Sirmilik National Park, the bird cliffs of Cape Hay are home to thick-billed murres and black guillemots, along with black-legged kittiwakes. This superb location is a prime nesting spot for several hundred thousand birds. The scenery here will take your breath away as your eyes gaze beyond the tundra, towards the soaring mountain ranges in the distance.

We navigate the ship into nearby Elwin Inlet, a breathtaking fjord which is well protected and great for a zodiac cruise or hike onshore. Cape Charles Yorke offers several great walking opportunities. We will keep our eyes peeled for polar bears, which are plentiful along this coastline.

Having crossed Prince Regent Inlet overnight, we approach the towering bird cliffs of Prince Leopold Island in the morning. This is an important Migratory Bird Sanctuary, home to thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes.

The sea ice around Prince Leopold Island is a great place for spotting ringed seals and wherever we find ringed seals – we usually find polar bears. Nearby Port Leopold is an historic site where in 1848, English explorer James Clark Ross wintered here during the search for the missing Franklin expedition. In addition to Port Leopold’s historical attraction, the shallow gravel beds along the shoreline are attractive to the beluga whales who come here to moult in each Arctic Summer.

Beechey Island holds great historic importance in the story of the Northwest Passage. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness, sparking an incredible series of search expeditions that lasted almost three decades.

The mystery of what happened to Franklin was partially solved in September 2014, when a joint Parks Canada and Royal Canadian Geographical Society expedition, found the long lost Franklin shipwreck, HMS Erebus in the Victoria Strait. One Ocean Expeditions played a vital role in the search by carrying underwater search equipment on our ship as well as scientists, historians, researchers, dignitaries and sponsors of this history defining mission.

A trip ashore at Beechey Island to visit the grave markers on a remote windswept beach is a thrilling location for history buffs and for many, it will be the defining moment of our expedition. We return to the ship and this evening enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain. It’s a great time to reflect on the wildlife, history and dramatic scenery of this pristine Arctic wilderness.

(ALBERTA) – (SUNDAY, 11 AUGUST 2019)

By morning, we are at anchor in Resolute – from where we commenced our expedition over a week ago. We make our way ashore by zodiac and bid farewell to our crew. A charter flight returns us to Edmonton where our journey comes to an end.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions

     

    << EARLYBIRD PRICES >> BUY BY 31 AUGUST 2018

     

    CABIN TYPEPER PERSON*ONE CLUB MEMBER**
    Triple ShareUSD $8,495
    Twin Semi PrivateUSD $9,545USD $7,855
    Twin PrivateUSD $11,120USD $8,800
    SuperiorUSD $12,275USD $10,217
    Shackleton SuiteUSD $13,850USD $11,257
    One OceanUSD $15,635USD $12,674
    Charter FlightINCLUDEDINCLUDED

    * USD$1,000 discount included in the price. GST included.
    * 10% discounts on all cabins apply for booking by 15 August 2018.
    ** ONE CLUB MEMBERS 10% discount + USD$1,000 included in price. UPGRADE included in price. GST included.

    Single travellers can choose to share with another traveller (matched based on gender and age) and pay the above prices.
    Sole use of a cabin has a 50% surcharge, and 100% for Suites.

     

    INCLUSIONS

    • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip in the Canadian Arctic
    • Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation
    • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
    • High quality, eco friendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
    • 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in-cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
    • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
    • Daily off-ship excursions by zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
    • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
    • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits
    • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (i.e. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore
    • Resident photography guide available to assist all guests
    • Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, fi le back up and management
    • An emergency trained medical physician onboard every voyage
    • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
    • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, jacuzzi and fitness centre including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
    • Sea Kayaking programme available (additional charge of $695pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
    • Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books
    • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
    • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas

     

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
    • Visa and passport expenses
    • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
    • Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
    • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
    • Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
    • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (travel insurance is mandatory on all voyages)
    • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – US$12-15 per day)

     

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