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Northwest Passage - Franklin's High Arctic

Northwest Passage - Franklin's High Arctic 17 days

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10 SEP, 2019 | Up to 16 nights

Northwest Passage - Franklin's High Arctic 17 days

Aboard: Ocean Adventurer

An epic 17 day adventure following in the footsteps of the historic explorer Sir John Franklin, through the icy channels of the fabled Northwest Passage. Setting sail from Resolute and sailing along the remote coast of Ellesmere Island you will explore Beechey Island and Smith Sound in the Canadian High Arctic before an exploration of western Greenland. Heading south along the coast you will visit remote Inuit communities and witness spectacular sights such as Disko Bay and the impressive Ilulissat Icefjord.

The tale of Sir John Franklin has captured the imagination of history lovers for years and this expedition will focus on Franklin and his crew’s fateful journey through these waters in 1845-46. Coupled with spectacular scenery, unique wildlife encounters and Zodiac cruises and hiking excursions to explore the deep fjords, ancient glaciers and countless icebergs of these remote lands, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Please note: a mandatory transfer package of £2100 applies to this itinerary

Highlights

  • Spectacular and varied Arctic scenery
  • Land, marine and avian wildlife
  • Kayaking option
  • Historic associations
  • Inuit culture

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Guided Zodiac and shore excursions
  • Expedition parka
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Mandatory transfer package includes: Hotel stays in Ottawa pre and post departure, charter flight from Ottawa to Resolute & Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa, and all transfers

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This morning you will board your charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival in Resolute, you will have time to take a walk around this small Arctic town before enjoying your first of many Zodiac cruises as you’re transferred to your ship. Settle in to the comfortable surroundings of your home for the next 14 nights and prepare for the epic adventures that lie ahead.

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Canada’s High Arctic is an area rich with historic associations and our first stop will be a visit to the Canadian National Historic Site of Beechey Island. Beechey Island is the final resting place of three members of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845–46 expedition to find the Northwest Passage, and we will take the time to pay our respects to these men and learn more about their journey.

Cruising east we will visit Radstock Bay, a popular research location for observing polar bears, which are often seen here in summer. An impressive Thule archaeological site provides insight into how these pre- Inuit people lived in the Far North.

On the north of Baffin Island is the ancient Inuit settlement of Arctic Bay which will be our next stop. For almost 5,000 years, this hamlet and its surrounding area has been occupied by Inuit nomads migrating from the west. Surrounded by soaring cliffs teeming with seabirds, this is a great spot to go ashore and learn about the Inuit community’s traditional way of life. At the eastern end of Lancaster Sound we will find Devon Island and Dundas Harbour where there are excellent hiking opportunities. We will anchor at Croker Bay and take a Zodiac cruise along the face of an active glacier. We’ll try to keep a safe distance, but still hope to get close enough to appreciate the splendour of calving ice. Walrus frequent the waters here, so be sure to have your camera handy.

Our final shore visit in the Canadian High Arctic will be Grise Fjord which is Canada’s northernmost settlement which is home to about 150 residents. In this traditional, mostly Inuit community hunting and fishing are a significant part of their way of life. Visit the monument to the first Inuit settlers, as well as the remnants of the “old camp” where they lived.

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Smith Sound

Cruising through the uninhabited passage which separates Canada's Ellesmere Island from Greenland we will, weather conditions permitting, attempt to cruise as far north as possible to explore both sides of Smith Sound. We say goodbye to Canada and head towards Greenland.

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At Sea

Sailing along the west coast of Greenland keep an eye out on deck for wildlife, join one of the informative lectures and presentations from your on-board experts, or take the time to collate the many pictures you will have taken in the Canadian High Arctic.

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After breakfast, you are free to explore the city or head to the airport for return or onward travel.

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Ocean Adventurer
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Ocean Adventurer

Ocean Adventurer (previously known as Sea Adventurer) is a purpose built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull and first class accommodation and facilities. All 61 cabins have outside views and private facilities, including some with exterior access and outside seating. Public areas include dining room, lounge and presentation room, library, 2 bars, gift shop, clinic and exercise room. Other facilities are satellite communication and massage therapist. There is a forward observation deck and other open deck areas.

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