THE FULL NORTHWEST PASSAGE
The Trifect, Northwest Passage, Baffin Island and Greenland
THE FULL NW PASSAGE
14 Day Cruise from USD$14,375
BAFFIN ISLAND, NORTHWEST PASSAGE, GREENLAND
EARLYBIRD 2019 31 AUG - 12 SEP 2019

CELEBRATE CANADA’S ARCTIC CULTURE, HISTORY, WILDERNESS AND WILDLIFE.

This iconic voyage explores Canada’s remote Northwest Passage and stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline before crossing Baffin Bay to Greenland where we marvel at the beauty of the gigantic icebergs calving off of the Greenland icecap.

We follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, exploring the archipelago of islands and channels that create Canada’s high Arctic region. This is the home of the polar bear, muskox, caribou and walrus and we journey through the wild Canadian North aboard our celebrated ice-rated expedition ship Wildlife is a major draw card of our expedition, but there is plenty of historical interest and the stories of that ill-fated expedition by Sir John Franklin nearly 170 years ago is central to our voyage. Franklin made his last heroic foray into the Arctic in 1845 with two ships and 129 men, never to be heard from again. The fate of the expedition remained a mystery – until September 2014 – when one of the vessels, HMS Erebus, was discovered in a remarkable state of preservation in the frigid waters of the Victoria Strait.

The find is undoubtedly one of the great archaeological discoveries of the last 100 years and has been likened to the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. This is small ship expedition cruising at its best.

Tour Highlights
  • Conningham Bay polar bears
  • Historic Fort Ross & Beechey Island
  • Sirmilik National Park
  • Northwest Passage
  • Baffin Island
  • Lancaster sound wildlife super highway
  • Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, on zodiac cruises and from the ship
  • Historic locations of early Arctic exploration
  • Cultural interaction and understanding through visits to remote Inuit communities
  • Spectacular glacial landscapes and colourful Greenlandic villages

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    ARCTICA, CANADIAN ARCTIC, GREENLAND

  • When
    :

    31 AUG – 12 SEP 2019

  • What
    :

    CRUISE, NATURE AND WILDLIFE, CULTURE AND HISTORY

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 this morning on our special charter flight to Cambridge Bay. Today it is a centre for hunting, trapping and fishing. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the town and board our expedition ship in the afternoon. After settling in to our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. 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 the legend of Sir John Franklin and his ‘lost expedition’ is beginning to unravel. 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 pivotal 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.
We aim to visit Victory Point, travelling very near the actual location of the wreck of HMS Erebus, all the while learning about the quest for exploration that eventually opened up the Arctic. Just two years later, in 2016, the wreck of Franklin’s second ship, HMS Terror was located less than fifty miles from HMS Erebus – so ending one of marine archaeologies’ most enduring mysteries. Yet the discovery of the two ships leaves us with many unanswered questions as to the fate of Franklin and his men. The story continues to unravel.

This morning we arrive at Coningham Bay on the shore of Prince of Wales Island. Here, in the heart of the Northwest Passage we hope to encounter one of the most remarkable wildlife sites in the Arctic.
This is a known hotspot for polar bears who come here to feast on beluga whales, often caught in the rocky shallows at the entrance to the bay during low tide. It is not unusual to find the shoreline littered with whale skeletons – and very healthy looking polar bears!

Today we transit the narrow passage of Bellot Strait – a channel separating northerly Somerset Island from continental North America. The aim is to enter at slack tide if possible, in order to avoid a current that roars through the passage at more than seven knots during the peak flow. The mixing of waters in this strait provides an abundant food source for marine mammals and we keep our eyes peeled for harp seals, bearded seals and even polar bears.
The skill of the Captain, Officers and capabilities of the ship becomes apparent during this exciting day of Arctic navigation. The historic site of Fort Ross, located at the southern end of Somerset Island, is a former Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading outpost. Fascinating archaeological sites nearby tell a story of more than a thousand years of habitation by the Inuit and their predecessors.

Beechey Island holds great historic importance on our journey through 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.
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. This is a thrilling location for history buffs and for many it will be the defining moment of our expedition.

We are now at almost 75° degrees north of latitude. 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. These massive volumes of water from Baffin Bay to the east, Beaufort Sea to the west, and from the archipelago of islands to the north, combine to make a rich cocktail of nutrients supporting an abundance of Arctic wildlife. We plan on visiting the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour, situated on the southern shores of Devon Island.

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.
We are welcomed ashore and a highlight will be a visit to the Natinnak Centre, where a fascinating cultural exhibit showcases aspects of daily life, culture and history of the people of the North. Inuit carvings, jewellery and other traditional craft is on display and purchasing such items from the local artisans is a great way to support the community.

This morning we enter the spectacular Gibbs Fjord with towering cliffs all around us. Our expedition ship will seem dwarfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as we cruise slowly along the dark waters. One recent guest was heard to comment that Gibbs Fjord ‘was like something out of Lord of the Rings’ – and we think you’ll agree!

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.
Our team of onboard experts will continue to educate us on the history and wildlife of the region while our naturalists keep watch looking for fulmars and dovekies, pilot whales and perhaps even orca. As we approach Greenland, we also increase our likelihood of spotting some of the big baleen whales like the fin and sei whales.

For many, today is a highlight of the voyage. Truly one of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site – spews gigantic tabular icebergs out into Disko Bay. The glacier that creates these stunning monoliths advances at over 40 metres per day, creating around 50 cubic kilometres of ice annually.
Our approach to Ilulissat is always dependent on the amount of ice in and around the mouth of the fjord. 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 in the afternoon. 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. A small museum is another interesting diversion.

One of the world’s longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord towers above the ship on either side as we sail up it. Our goal is not the end of the fjord, but rather some of the small side fjords along it that we can zodiac into and explore on foot or by kayak. Major geological and geomorphological features will surround us and for those looking for living and breathing excitement, we will hope to find muskox along the shores of the fjord as well.
Soaring high above us will be the white-tailed sea eagle, majestic as always while riding the thermals off the ridges. We expect some fantastic hiking opportunities with hikes geared to all fitness levels. On this, our last night of the expedition, we enjoy a celebratory dinner, attended by the Captain of the ship and reflect on our epic voyage.

Our journey through the Arctic is all but complete as we disembark the ship and make our way to the airport. A charter flight returns us to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa.
On arrival we bid farewell to our fellow passengers and our voyage comes to an end. A transfer is provided from the airport to a central location downtown.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices and inclusions

     

    << EARLYBIRD PRICES >> BUY BY 30 JUNE 2018

     

    CABIN TYPEPER PERSON*ONE CLUB MEMBER**
    Triple ShareUSD $14,375
    Twin Semi PrivateUSD $17,525USD $13,147
    Twin PrivateUSD $19,100USD $15,982
    SuperiorUSD $19,415USD $17,399
    Shackleton SuiteUSD $20,780USD $17,683
    One OceanUSD $21,830USD $18,911
    Charter FlightINCLUDEDINCLUDED

    * USD$1,000 discount included in the price.

    ** ONE CLUB MEMBERS 10% discount + USD$1,000 included in price. UPGRADE included in price.

    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.

    INCLUSIONS

    • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip in Canada’s High 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, file 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)
    • Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books
    • Optional Sea Kayaking program ($US695)
    • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
    • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas

    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.

     

    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 (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all One Ocean Expeditions trips)
    • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – $US12-15 per day)

     

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