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South Baffin Art, Culture & Wildlife Special Explore

South Baffin Art, Culture & Wildlife Special 11 Days aboard RCGS Resolute

Prices From £6,662pp
10 nights
Tuesday 30 JUL, 2019
Friday 9 AUG, 2019

South Baffin Art, Culture & Wildlife Special 11 Days aboard RCGS Resolute

Introducing a brand new voyage for 2019 which will take you to discover the rich cultures, epic scenery and abundant wildlife of Baffin Island’s southern gems. Exploring through the home of the polar bears you will have the chance to experience the spectacular land and seascapes of the Canadian Arctic, get up close to a huge variety of marine, bird and land wildlife, and visit indigenous art galleries that showcase the talents of these remote peoples, whose rich output is a major focus of this highly unique and engaging expedition.
For countless millennia, indigenous people have expressed their unique cultural heritage through art, keeping precious folklore, stories and traditions alive, and on this special voyage visiting seldom-visited areas you will have the unique opportunity to really get an insight into this way of life.

Please note: All bookings on voyages that operate domestically within Canada, are subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST). This will be added to the cruise price on the confirmation invoice. The return charter flights to and from Ottawa to Iqaluit are also charged at US$1995.

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >

Andy Pollard

Wildlife Guide & Photographer

Andy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >

Chris Coe

Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awards

A fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >

Doug Allan

Special Guest Lecturer

Exclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >

Chris Weston

Special Guest Photography Guide

Chris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >


  • Visit seldom explored areas on the south of Baffin Island
  • Visit Inuit communities and get a unique insight into the rich artistic output of Canada's indigenous Inuit artists
  • Search for wildlife including polar bears, sea mammals and myriad birdlife
  • Spectacular scenery including the stunning fjords and fissures of southern Baffin Island and Hudson Strait
  • Enjoy Zodiac and hiking excursions
  • Kayaking options available

What's Included

  • Transfers to and from ship
  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • Zodiac excursions and shore landings including hikes and wildlife colony visits
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • 24 hour hot drinks
  • Expedition gear loan package
Michael Gardiner
Michael Gardiner
Arctic Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Arctic. Start planning your tailor - made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.


10 Nights   11 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Ottawa to Iqaluit
  • Day 2 | Monumental Island
  • Days 3 - 5 | Kimmirut & Cape Dorset
  • Day 6 | Walrus Island & Coral Harbour
  • Days 7 - 8 | Digges Islands & Shaftesbury Inlet
  • Days 9 - 10 | Akpatok Island & Lower Savage Islands
  • Day 11 | Iqaluit, Nunavut
Ottawa to Iqaluit

Ottawa to Iqaluit

Having arrived independently to the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, this morning you will join your scheduled flight to Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, to begin your thrilling Canadian Arctic adventure. Upon arrival at this historic settlement on the southeast coast of Baffin Island we can enjoy a walking tour before making our way to the ship for embarkation. After you have settled in to your comfortable cabin and explored your new surroundings, you will be invited to join your expedition team and fellow passengers to enjoy a welcome cocktail as we cast off to begin our exploration of some of the world’s most remote and intriguing regions.

Note: there is a flight package covering flights to and from Ottawa to Iqaluit at a cost of US$1995pp.

Monumental Island

Monumental Island

The first stop on our Baffin Island adventure will be Monumental Island. Situated in the Davis Strait, Monumental Island is a well-known location for walrus and we will explore by zodiac boat along the shoreline looking for these fascinating creatures and hoping especially to see smaller pups within the masses. We sometimes encounter polar bears in this vicinity and during their hunting forays, they have been known to chase walrus off their haul out and into the water.

Here we also expect to see the first of many large icebergs and as with throughout your voyage your expert expedition team will offer informative and entertaining talks and presentations on the area’s geology, wildlife and history.

Kimmirut & Cape Dorset
3 - 5Days

Kimmirut & Cape Dorset

Day 3 will bring us to Kimmirut, a former Hudson Bay Company trading post and home to 400 residents. Here we will board our Zodiacs to cruise through the narrow channel on to shore to be warmly greeted by the friendly locals who are eager to share the highlights of their local art scene. Kimmirut is renowned for its arts and crafts including stone carvings, sealskin clothing, jewellery and fine beadwork amongst much more, and a walk around this small town will give us an insight into the methods behind these fascinating activities.

Although our focus over the next few days will mostly be on the traditional artistry and crafts, there will still be some excellent opportunities for wildlife sightings as Arctic wolves, caribou, seals, walruses, Arctic hares and whales are among the many animals that are native to the area. There are also excellent bird watching opportunities with expected observations of snow buntings, snowy owls, ptarmigans and peregrine falcons amongst much more.

On day 4 we will make our way to Cape Dorset to spend two days exploring this beautiful hamlet and its surrounding areas. Referred to as the ‘Capital of Inuit Art’, Cape Dorset is Baffin Island’s best-known art centre and two days here will allow us to fully engage with the hamlet’s residents, almost a quarter of whom are actively engaged in the visual arts field. Much of their artwork reflects the wilderness and environment of Baffin Island, with the local wildlife providing a focus for artistic expression. These artworks reflect the deep connection the Inuit people have to one another, past generations, the land and nature, as well as a spiritual connection to the Earth. The celebrated Art Co-operative is the best place to view these striking works and observe the artists at work.

As well as interacting with the thriving arts scene, there will also be ample photo opportunities here as Cape Dorset’s fabulous landscapes and wildlife activity offers up its wares to us. There are also some excellent hiking opportunities through rolling hills to secluded waterfalls and lakes, providing great views and chances to observe the local wildlife or watch ice floes drift slowly by, as well as great chances to partake in the optional kayaking activities.

Walrus Island & Coral Harbour

Walrus Island & Coral Harbour

Overnight we will have sailed into the western reaches of Hudson Strait where we will have reached walrus island, which faithful to its name will offer up some great walrus encounters to us as we spend time exploring on our Zodiac boats.

In the afternoon we will get back on board to sail to the small hamlet of Coral Harbour on Southampton Island where we will go ashore to discover the area’s fascinating history and important migratory bird flyway. Keen birdwatchers will be hoping for sightings of ptarmigans, peregrine falcons, snowy owls, gyrfalcons and common eider and lesser snow geese, with other wildlife likely to be spotted including caribou, Arctic foxes and red foxes.

Digges Islands & Shaftesbury Inlet
7 - 8Days

Digges Islands & Shaftesbury Inlet

At the juncture of the Hudson Strait and north-eastern Hudson Bay, we will reach the Digges Island, and area of soaring rocky cliffs on the north-western tip of the Ungava Peninsula that is home to an abundance of seabirds, large colonies of walrus and, most excitingly, good numbers of polar bears. We will spend some time here exploring by Zodiac hoping for some good observations of these iconic “Kings of the Arctic” before we move on to visit the remote Erik Cove to enjoy an afternoon excursion.

On the morning of day 8 we will have sailed north-east across the Hudson Strait and back to the southern shores of Baffin Island. Today’s adventures will bring us to the narrow and strikingly beautiful fjord of Shaftesbury Inlet where we will go ashore to enjoy a gentle hike up the river valley to a beautiful lake.

Akpatok Island & Lower Savage Islands
9 - 10Days

Akpatok Island & Lower Savage Islands

The morning of day 9 will bring us to the steep cliffs of the uninhabited Akpatok Island where a staggering abundance of birdlife and good numbers of walruses and polar bears will delight the wildlife enthusiasts amongst us. The plan for today and tomorrow will be to enjoy some thrilling Zodiac cruises along the shoreline in search of these bountiful wildlife populations before sailing north to the remarkable Lower Savage Islands to enjoy more cruising through the spectacular narrow channels that abound here. This will be a fantastic way to spend the last full days of our voyage, and on the evening of day 10 you will be invited to join the captain for a special farewell dinner. This will be the perfect time to relax and reflect on what will surely have been an unforgettable journey.

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Our journey ends back where it began as you awake back along the shores of Iqaluit. After breakfast it will be time to disembark and bid a fond farewell to the expedition team before making our way to the airport for our return flight to Ottawa. Upon arrival in Ottawa, if you are planning to spend more time here a transfer will be provided to a downtown location.

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