Baffin Island & Greenland Adventure 11 DaysAboard: RCGS Resolute
On this fantastic itinerary you will have the opportunity to combine 2 of the Arctic region’s most spectacular and isolated locations. Sailing from Iqaluit you will explore the wild and remote Baffin Island before journeying to the beautiful glaciated western coast of Greenland. Encountering the unique wildlife of the Arctic, visiting remote Inuit communities and scenic fishing villages, and exploring around scenic fjords and iceberg-filled waterways, this enthralling expedition will deliver once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are sure to live long in your memory.
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 charter flights from Ottawa to Iqaluit and Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa are also charged at US$1995
- Discover the Canadian Arctic & Greenland in one exciting itinerary
- Spectacular scenery with rugged islands, glacial landscapes, icebergs & deep fjords
- Search for Polar bears and other intriguing wildlife
- Myriad birdlife
- Excellent whale watching opportunities
- Discover the Ilulissat icefjord, a Unesco World Heritage Site
- Visit remote Inuit communities & colourful fishing villages
- Enjoy Zodiac excursions & hikes
- Resident photographer
- 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
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Ottawa to Iqaluit
Your expedition begins in Ottawa where you will join your scheduled flight (not included in package price) to lqaluit on Baffin Island. Upon arrival in lqaluit you can enjoy a walking tour of the town before boarding your ship in the afternoon. As you settle in to your cabin, meet your expedition team and explore your new surroundings, you can enjoy a welcome cocktail as your ship casts off to discover Baffin Island, one of the most remote places on earth.
Note: there is a flight package covering flights from Ottawa to Iqaluit and Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa at a cost of US$1995pp.
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.
Today we will visit the scenic village of Pangnirtung, beautifully located between the mountains and the sea in the heart of Cumberland Sound. The area is within the western gateway to Auyuittuq National Park and we will spend some time here walking through this remote community and visiting the Angmarlik Visitor Centre which has a wonderful interpretive display featuring the lifestyle and history of the Thule and of the modern Inuit.
Our next stop will be the dramatic cliffs of Cape Mercy where we hope to spend the day exploring the region and searching for polar bear sightings. Located at the northern headland of Cumberland Sound, Cape Mercy is an excellent place for wildlife spotting and we can enjoy an extended Zodiac cruise, hikes along the shoreline ridges or kayaking excursions here to see what we can find.
We will spend today exploring amongst the spectacular Sunshine Fjord. Straddling the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees, 33 minutes north of latitude, this area offers an excellent chance to cross the Circle in style and your captain will assess the weather conditions to decide on how we do it. Whether it be on board the ship, in our Zodiac boats, or even on foot, we will feel a sense of excitement as we celebrate reaching above the Arctic Circle.
In this region there will be lots of opportunities for adventures, with thrilling hikes being a particular draw. Gentle walks along the shoreline will offer great photo opportunities and an extended hike across the tundra will result in wonderful views across the fjord. This is also a great place for kayaking and those who have chosen to participate in this optional activity can enjoy a scenic paddle through the sheltered waters of the fjord.
Today will be mostly spent at sea as we make our way into the broad expanse of the Davis Strait and start our journey towards Greenland. Before that though there will be time for some further exploration along the Baffin coastline as we hope to launch the Zodiacs and take a cruise around this fascinating transition zone to discover the varied wildlife species that are often found here. We will be hopeful for some sightings of polar bears today along with various types of seal and walruses. We also expect to see bowhead whales along the edges of the ice. As we make our way towards Greenland we recommend spending some time on deck to photograph the first of the huge icebergs that will become a permanent feature of the rest of our voyage, and your resident photography expert will be on hand to offer hints and tips on capturing the perfect icescape shots.
Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Bay)
Having crossed the Davis Strait overnight, this morning we will arrive along the western coast of Greenland where our first stop will be the scenic town of Qeqertarsuaq. Qeqertarsuaq is located at the head of Disko Bay on Disko Island, Greenland’s second largest island and a place of significant historical and geological interest. We will spend the day here accompanied by our expedition team to discover the area’s unique geological features including the mystical hot springs, as well as learning about how Norse Viking Erik the Red is thought to have used this location as a base for hunting and exploration. We will also have chance to take a gentle stroll around the settlement to meet the locals and find out more about their way of life.
Ilulissat & Jakobshavn Icefjord
For many of us today may well be one of the highlights of the voyage as we discover the awesome Jakobshavn Glacier set within the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. Our exact itinerary today will be dependent on ice conditions around the mouth of the fjord but we expect to be able to visit the town of Ilulissat, an exceptionally scenic settlement set against the most remarkable backdrop of enormous icebergs which have made their way down from the Glacier and run aground at the mouth of the fjord just outside the town. Here we will be able to enjoy a hike to some fantastic viewpoints high above the ice field. We will also take a Zodiac cruise along the face of the massed icebergs, an experience that is guaranteed to impress. The key word for today will be “ice”, and lots of it!
The penultimate stop on our thrilling voyage will be the colourful settlement of Sisimiut where we will explore by ship around the fjord behind the town in search of the numerous whale species and marine animals which frequent the waters here, before going ashore for some further exploration. On land you will have the chance to visit the town’s church and small museum, and we hope to meet some of the locals including the traditional Greenlandic kayakers who may offer a demonstration of ‘kayak rolling’. This scenic town, where historic houses and fishing boats lie set amongst the dramatic backdrop of a towering granite peak, is an excellent spot for perfecting your landscape photography and your onboard photography expert may accompany you here to help you capture the perfect pictures.
Kangerlussuaq & Sondre Stromfjord
As we near the end of our voyage there is time for one last adventure as we sail through one of the world’s longest fjords and make our way towards Kangerlussuaq. As we sail through the fjord we recommend spending some time on deck watching as the waters flowing in from the huge Greenland ice cap change from deep blue to grey and mark our arrival in the port. Time permitting we hope to have chance to come ashore in this small town to take a walk across the tundra in search of sightings of musk oxen and birds of prey, before re-boarding the ship to enjoy a fantastic farewell dinner attended by the captain.
Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa
Today it is sadly the end of our adventure as we disembark after breakfast and join our return flight back to Ottawa. Upon arrival in Ottawa a transfer will be provided to a downtown location. For customers returning to Europe or other destinations alternative flights can be arranged so please feel free to contact us to discuss.
Note: The flight package covering flights from Ottawa to Iqaluit and Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa is at a cost of US$1995pp.
A view from Above
RCGS Resolute has been purpose built for polar expedition cruising with the highest ice class (Lloyds 1AS). Equipped with propellers of stainless steel, high density steel plating and small frame spacing on her hull, RCGS Resolute continues into the ice, when others simply cannot.
Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, there are public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team are enjoyed in either of the two dining rooms, one of which features a popular bistro menu offering quick and easy meals for those prioritising time out on deck. Both dining rooms have ample and open seating paired with modern furnishings and large picture windows with 180 degree views. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, gymnasium, wellness centre, hot water spa, sauna and steam room and salt water pool.
There are 6 different cabin categories and all cabins feature outside viewing, from traditional port holes to expansive panoramic windows, as well as lounge quarters, spacious bathrooms and high-quality furnishings.
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