High Arctic Explorer 10 days aboard Akademik Ioffe
This immersive itinerary starts and finishes in the far northern outpost of Resolute, named after the Royal Navy ship trapped in the ice and abandoned in 1850 whilst searching for the lost Franklin expedition. Wild scenery, flora and magnificent land and marine wildlife are the hallmarks of this memorable voyage through the heart of the Canadian Arctic.
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 from Edmonton to Resolute are also charged at US$1995
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn 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 >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy 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 >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA 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 >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn 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 >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive 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 >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris 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 >
- Polar bears and other animals
- Myriad birdlife
- Beluga and other whales and maybe narwhal
- Historical sites and associations
- Travel further north than at any other time of the Arctic expedition season
- Visit remote Inuit communities
- Kayaking option available
- 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 biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
- 24 hour hot drinks
- Expedition gear loan package
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
- Day 1 | Edmonton to Resolute
- Days 2 - 3 | Devon Island & Lancaster Sound
- Day 4 | Nirjutqavvik National Wildlife Area
- Day 5 | Grise Fjord
- Day 6 | Bylot Island
- Day 7 | Elwin Inlet
- Day 8 | Prince Leopold Island
- Day 9 | Beechey Island
- Day 10 | Resolute to Edmonton
Edmonton to Resolute
Your expedition begins in Edmonton, Alberta where you will join your scheduled flight (not included in package price) to Resolute, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. Upon arrival in Resolute you will meet your expedition team who will brief you on your embarkation via Zodiac boat. After settling in to your cabin and exploring your new surroundings, you can enjoy a welcome cocktail as your ship casts off for your High Arctic discovery voyage.
Note: there is a flight package covering flights from Edmonton to Resolute and return at a cost of US$1995pp.
Devon Island & Lancaster Sound
The first stop on our expedition will be Devon Island where we plan to make land at Maxwell Bay on the south coast of the island. Here we can take the first of many enjoyable hikes as well as a Zodiac cruise along the shore in search of wildlife sightings. Wildlife opportunities are excellent here both on land and along the shore, with up-close viewings of polar bears, musk oxen, caribou, various species of seals and walruses all a possibility.
After an exploration of Maxwell Bay we will re-board the ship to sail east along the southern coastline of Devon Island through the famous Lancaster Sound. We recommend spending some time on deck as we sail through this broad channel of water which has been likened to the wildlife 'super highway' of the Arctic. Massive volumes of water from the Atlantic to the east and Pacific 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.
On day 3 we plan to make land at Crocker Bay for a chance to see its substantial glacier system and enjoy a Zodiac cruise amongst the deep blue icebergs set against a backdrop of richly coloured peaks. In the afternoon we plan to visit Dundas Harbour to visit the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost located here.
Nirjutqavvik National Wildlife Area
Today we will make a stop at the Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife Area on Coburg Island to take a Zodiac cruise along the beautiful bird cliffs which are simply teeming with various species of birds. The area is home to almost 400,000 seabirds including 11% of Canada’s population of thick-billed murres and 16% of the Northern fulmars. As well as birdwatching we may also encounter some marine mammals in the waters surrounding us including beluga whales.
Today we will reach the most northerly point of our voyage as we visit Grise Fjord, the northernmost community in Canada and one of the most isolated communities in the world. Grise Fjord is home to less than 100 people, most of whom are descended from the eight Inuit families relocated here from Northern Quebec in 1953, and we will be warmly welcomed by the community as we step ashore to witness the stunning scenery and abundant wildlife here.
Whilst here we will also visit nearby Craig Harbour, the site of an abandoned RCMP outpost to learn about the site’s important history and enjoy a hike across the bay and hillsides. Our expert historians will accompany us and offer insights and stories.
Our stop today will be one for the birders among us as we visit Cape Hay on the northern coast of Bylot Island within the boundary of Sirmilik National Park. Cape Hay is a prime nesting spot for hundreds of thousands of birds including black guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes and thick-billed murres amongst many others. As well the birding, the scenery here is also exceptional and you can enjoy a walk along the tundra to gain some tremendous views of the soaring mountain ranges in the distance.
On day 7 we will sail a short distance to navigate into the Elwin Inlet to enjoy a Zodiac cruise amongst the backdrop of this spectacular fjord. We will make land at Cape Charles York for a hike or gentle walk along the coastline in search of the polar bears which are often spotted here.
Prince Leopold Island
Today we can enjoy another thrilling day of wildlife sightings as we visit Prince Leopold Island, an important migratory bird sanctuary that is home to thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes.
A population of several hundred thousand birds makes this one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the entire Arctic ecosystem. Yet where there are birds there are often nearby predators, and given the abundance of food in this vicinity we often sight polar bears here along with beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales, and several species of seal.
In nearby Port Leopold we will continue our search for the beluga whales which often come here to moult in the Arctic summer, as well as visiting the historic site where in 1848 English explorer James Clark Ross wintered during the search for the missing Franklin expedition.
The final stop on our thrilling Baffin Island cruise will be one for the history lovers as we visit Beechey Island, an area of great historic significance. 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. Accompanied by our expert historians we will take a walk through this area to discover more about the mystery of what happened to Franklin and about how the operators of your tour played such a huge part in the discovery of the long-lost Franklin shipwreck, HMS Erebus.
We will also visit the grave markers on the remote windswept beach, which pay homage to Franklin and his team, and for the history buffs amongst us this is likely to be one of the highlights of the voyage.
In the late afternoon we will return to the ship for a special farewell dinner attended by the captain before enjoying our final night onboard as we begin our journey back to Resolute.
Resolute to Edmonton
Arrival back into Resolute will sadly signal the end of our expedition. After breakfast we will disembark and bid a fond farewell to our expedition team before transferring to the airport for our flight back to Edmonton. Upon arrival in Edmonton a transfer will also be provided, if required, to a central downtown location.
Note: there is a flight package covering flights from Edmonton to Resolute and return at a cost of US$1995pp.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
What a great trip! Wildfoot built a great trip for us and every aspect was spot on. Our Iguazu guide was fun, interesting and helpful and all the transfers were timely and comfortable. The Antarctica Trip was superb - WIldfoot had given us the best advice and helped us choose the right ship and tour for what we wanted - A truly memorable Experience Thank You Wildfoot
How WILDFOOT creates your holiday Adventure
Talk to someone who knows. Our specialist consultants are here to help you every step of the way – here’s how..
Talk to a specialist
Visit the wildfoot website for inspiration on your choice of adventures and destinations, then call us and speak to one of our specialists for first hand advice. We can start the planning process straight away, if you are ready.
Create your personal
Your specialist consultant will set the ball rolling and work with you to choose the right itinerary (and the right ship, if you are going to the arctic or antarctic) just for you, to suit your requirements and budget.
Help right up
We will answer any questions about your trip that may arise and, when you have paid your balance (12-15 weeks prior to departure), we will send you your detailed itinerary and go through it with you.
We are still there for you even when you have left home – our partners overseas are there to assist, especially for emergencies and you can contact us at any time in the uk by e-mail or telephone.