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High Arctic Explorer

High Arctic Explorer 10 days

Prices From £6,064pp
2 AUG, 2019 | Up to 9 nights

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

Highlights

  • 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

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 biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • 24 hour hot drinks
  • Expedition gear loan package

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Edmonton to Resolute
1Day

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
2 - 3Days

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
4Day

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.



Grise Fjord
5Day

Grise Fjord

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.

Bylot Island
6Day

Bylot Island

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.



Elwin Inlet
7Day

Elwin Inlet

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
8Day

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.

Beechey Island
9Day

Beechey Island

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
10Day

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.

A view from Above

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Akademik Ioffe
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Akademik Ioffe

Built in Finland in 1989 as a Russian polar research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe, was operating as One Ocean Navigator until recently, is a comfortable, stable, ice-strengthened ship with all the facilities for modern expedition cruising. There is a mixture of suites and cabins, all with windows or portholes and some with private facilities. Public areas include dining room, lounge, bar, library with forward facing windows, multi-media room with Apple Mac computers and photo management software, presentation room, mud room, passenger lift and gift shop. There is also a wellness centre, sauna, spa, salt-water plunge pool, fitness room and infirmary. Along with plenty of open deck space, there is a top deck with 360degrees views and a small observatory with spotting scope. The ship has an open-bridge policy.

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