NORTHWEST PASSAGE & GREENLAND
The Trifect, Northwest Passage, Baffin Island and Greenland
EXPLORE THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE & GREENLAND
BAFFIN ISLAND, NORTHWEST PASSAGE, GREENLAND
14 DAYS 11 - 24 AUG 2018

This iconic voyage explores the remote Northwest Passage
and stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline before crossing
Baffin Bay to Greenland where we will marvel at the beauty of
the icebergs calving off of the Greenland icecap. We follow in the
footsteps of the early Arctic explorers. Wildlife is a major draw
card of our expedition, but there is plenty of historical interest too.

Tour Highlights
  • CONNINGHAM BAY POLAR BEARS
  • HISTORIC FORT ROSS & BEECHEY ISLAND
  • SIRMILIK NATIONAL PARK
  • NORTHWEST PASSAGE
  • BAFFIN ISLAND
  • LANCASTER SOUND WILDLIFE SUPER HIGHWAY

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    ARCTICA, CANADIAN ARCTIC, GREENLAND

  • When
    :

    AUGUST, SEPTEMBER

  • What
    :

    CRUISE, NATURE AND WILDLIFE, CULTURE AND HISTORY

“The sense of history and exploration was all around us. There was a real frontier feel and the whole experience was amazing.”

R & J Watson
Melbourne, 2015

ADD THE NORTHERN LIGHTS!

Yellowknife, in  northern Canada, is one of the world’s best Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis viewing areas. And, August and September are two of it’s best months.
it is just 2hrs by plane north of Edmonton, so really is a ‘must do’ if you are in the area.
Prices for a 3 night package start at $990 per person, with a free city tour, accommodation, transfers and 3 nights Aurora chasing with the most amazing tour guide you wil ever meet.
Ask us about adding this to your trip.

Itinerary

Arrive in Edmonton for transfer to your hotel.

We depart Edmonton on a charter flight to Cambridge Bay, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. Located on the southern shores of Victoria Island.

Enjoy a walking tour of the town and then board our expedition ship, the Akademik Ioffe. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off, bound for
the fabled Northwest Passage.

As we chart a course into the Northwest Passage, our onboard presentation series begins and we delve into the tale of the Franklin expedition and the mystery of what happened.

We aim to visit Victory Point, travelling very near the actual location of the wreck of HMS Erebus, while learning about the quest for exploration that eventually opened up the Arctic. Experts agree that the second of Franklin’s lost ships, HMS Terror, is likely to be in this vicinity.

Arriving at Conningham Bay we find one of the most remarkable wildlife sites in the Arctic. A hotspot for polar bears who come here to feast on Beluga whales.

Today we transit the narrow passage of Bellot Strait. The mixing of waters in this strait provides an abundant food source for marine mammals, and we will keep our eyes peeled for harp seals, bearded seals and even polar bears.

Beechey Island is of great historic importance. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness. A trip ashore at Beechey Island to visit the grave markers on a remote windswept beach gives one pause to wonder on the bravery (or foolhardiness) of these pioneering explorers, as they sought a way through the barren, frozen landscape.

Cruising the coastline of Devon Island, we are now in the waters of Lancaster Sound – a rich, bio-diverse region often referred to as the wildlife ‘super highway’ of the Arctic. Massive volumes of water from Baffin Bay to the east, Beaufort Sea to the west, and the archipelago of islands to the north combine to make a rich cocktail of nutrients supporting an abundance of Arctic wildlife.

We sight the wild north coast of Baffin Island and navigate through Navy Board Inlet. The vast landscapes of Sirmilik National Park surround us as we approach the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). A highlight will be a visit to the Natinnak Centre. We also enjoy meeting the local children of Mittimatalik and marveling at their athletic abilities as they demonstrate traditional Inuit games.

This morning we enter the spectacular Gibbs Fjord. Our expedition ship will be dwarfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as we cruise along the dark waters.

Leaving the rugged coastline of Baffin Island, our crossing of Baffin Bay allows us time to slow down and reflect on the beauty and experiences we have shared.

If one word could sum up today’s experience it would be ‘ice’. Truly one of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site – spews giant tabular icebergs out into Disko Bay. Our Captain and officers are skilled ice navigators and our ship has one of the highest ice ratings of any vessel exploring Arctic waters.

We will explore the fjord behind the town of Sisimiut before going ashore to explore this beautiful location. Characterized by colourful local houses, the town features a towering granite peak as a backdrop. We hope to meet a few of the traditional Greenlandic kayakers and to see a demonstration of ‘Eskimo rolling’ by one of the former Greenland kayak champions.

One of the world’s longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord towers above the ship as we sail up it. We plan to venture into some of the small side fjords that we can zodiac into and explore on foot or by kayak. Major geologic and morphological features will surround us and we hope to find muskox along the shores of the fjord as well. Soaring high above us will be the white-tailed sea eagle, riding the thermals off the ridges. There are fantastic opportunities for hiking.

Our journey through the Arctic is all but complete as we disembark the ship in Kangerlussuaq and make our way to the airport and a charter flight returns us to Ottawa.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices and inclusions
    CABIN TYPEPER PERSON
    TripleUSD 9,595
    Twin Semi PrivateUSD 11,395
    Twin PrivateUSD 13,695
    SuperiorUSD 14,695
    ShackletonUSD 16,095
    One OceanUSD 17,095
    Charter FlightUSD 1,995

    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.

    GST (Canada): All bookings on voyages that operate domestically within Canada, are subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST). This will be itemised separately to the cruise price on the confirmation invoice.

    *This voyage starts from Ottawa on a flight. The voyage ends with a light to Edmonton.

    The flights are an additionAl USD1,995, but we are offiering a 50% discount for trips booked before 15 October 2017.

    INCLUSIONS

    • Extensive pre-departure information package
    • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts
    • Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer
    • All zodiac and landing excursions
    • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs
    • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
    • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
    • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime
    • Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub
    • Experienced doctor on each journey
    • Multimedia Room to download images, with Lightroom, Adobe,
    • Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers
    • Expedition Gear Package for duration of the voyage – valued at US$1,000
    • Windproof / waterproof jacket and bib pants
    • Comfortable insulated rubber boots
    • Water resistant binoculars
    • Waterproof backpack
    • Trekking poles available on shore

    Optional

    • Sea Kayaking at an extra cost of US$695 (Arctic) per person.
      Pre-registration required at time of booking.

    GST (Canada): All bookings on voyages that operate domestically within Canada, are subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST). This will be itemised separately to the cruise price on the confirmation invoice.

     

     

     

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