Western Arctic Special – Canada & Greenland
Western Arctic Special – Canada & Greenland 20 Days aboard Ocean Adventurer
High above the Arctic Circle, where the sun rarely sets and iconic wildlife roams free, lies an area rich in Polar history, spectacular scenery, nature and ancient culture. This fantastic Arctic cruise gives you the chance to discover these remarkable lands for yourself, up-close and in-depth. Sailing between the Canadian Arctic east coast, around the northerly shores of Baffin Island, to Greenland’s awe-inspiring west coast, you will be on a constant search for wildlife including whales, walrus, muskoxen and the iconic Polar bears. Enjoying thrilling Zodiac cruises, shore excursions, visits to remote communities and explorations of some of the world’s most impressive fjords, this epic High Arctic adventure will certainly be one to remember.
Please note: This expedition requires a transfer package that includes return flights between Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq and an overnight stay post-voyage. This package is not included in the price of your cruise and costs £1400.
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 >
- Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Arctic Canada’s east coast and Greenland’s west coast in one thrilling voyage
- Great wildlife spotting opportunities including whales, muskox, walrus and maybe even Polar bears!
- Myriad birdlife
- Spectacular scenery throughout, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord
- Visit traditional communities and learn all about the way of life this far north
- Exciting Zodiac cruises, hiking options and shore excursions
- Kayaking options available (fees apply)
- Group transfers to and from ship
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Reykjavik pre-voyage
- Programme of expert lectures
- Guided Zodiac excursions
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
ITINERARY19 Nights 20 Days
- Days 1 - 2 | Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq
- Day 3 | At Sea
- Days 4 - 6 | Baffin Island, Canada
- Days 7 - 11 | At Sea & Lancaster Sound
- Day 12 | Smith Sound
- Days 13 - 14 | Northwest Greenland
- Days 15 - 18 | West Greenland
- Days 19 - 20 | Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq
Your Arctic expedition will begin in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik where after arriving independently you can make your way to your hotel for your included overnight stay. You may wish to arrive a couple of days early to allow more time to sample some of this vibrant city’s many delights.
On the morning of day 2 you will join the transfer to the airport for your private charter flight to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. In the afternoon you will board your ship and settle in to your comfortable surroundings as we set sail through the scenic Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world. Your experienced expedition crew will brief you on what’s ahead as you embark on your Arctic adventure.
Please note, this expedition requires a transfer package that includes return flights between Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq and an overnight stay post-voyage. This package is not included in the price of your cruise and costs £1400.
Our first full day on board will be spent at sea sailing across the Davis Strait towards Eastern Canada. Take the time to relax and enjoy the comforts of your expedition ship, watch a movie, sip on a cocktail from the bar or simply take advantage of the chance to put your feet up before the adventures that lie ahead. You can join interesting presentations and talks about the wildlife, geology and history of the Arctic, whilst on deck the nature experts onboard can help you to identify the seabirds and whales that may be following the ship.
Baffin Island, Canada
As we reach the shores of Baffin Island we will get ready to enjoy three days of exciting exploration of the island’s scenic east coast, with each day bringing a new adventure and unforgettable experience. As with all Polar expeditions, our route taken may be dictated by weather and sea conditions, but as we explore around the fifth-largest island in the world there are numerous landing sites we will aim for to give you an in-depth insight into the island’s fabled past and scenic delights.
Our first landing is likely to be on Broughton Island where we will visit the Inuit community of Qikiqtarjuaq to meet some of the friendly locals and enjoy a walk to see beautiful vistas of the Davis Strait. There will also be opportunities to support the community by purchasing some of their unique crafts, jewellery and artworks. We will also hope to sail into Isabella Bay as well as the Sam Ford Fjord, one of the most isolated places in the world. Here you will enjoy some fantastic photo opportunities as we sail by the magnificent coastline carved by ancient glaciers and towering granite cliffs rising majestically out of the sea.
At Sea & Lancaster Sound
Over the course of the next few days we will be making our way into the “Arctic Wildlife Highway” of the Lancaster Sound, the gateway to the fabled Northwest Passage and one of the richest marine habitats in the Arctic. Throughout our time in this area, multiple landing sites will bring us up-close to nature, culture and history, but the delights are not confined to shore excursions. Times on deck and in Zodiac cruises will hopefully offer up some tremendous wildlife viewing, with likely sightings of numerous whales, walrus, seals and maybe even the iconic Polar bears and elusive narwhals!
On land we will hope to visit one of the most impressive ancient Thule sites in the Arctic as we go ashore at Radstock Bay to see the well-preserved remains of buildings that offer a fascinating insight into how the pre-Inuit people thrived in the Far North. We will also visit the Canadian National Historic Site of Beechey Island to pay our respects at the graves of the members of Sir John Franklin’s 1845–46 expedition to find the Northwest Passage, before making our way to the glacier-covered Coburg Island. Here we will find the Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife Area which plays host to steep coastal cliffs teeming in birdlife such as Brünnich’s and black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes amongst many more distinctive seabird species.
This enjoyable day at sea will see us spend our last day in Canada pushing as far north as possible into the Smith Sound between Ellesmere Island and Greenland. Exploring both sides of this uninhabited passage, you can experience some exciting navigation as your captain expertly steers your ship northwards and over to Greenland’s west coast. Be sure to spend some time on deck soaking up the spectacular scenery and Arctic silence, and getting an interesting sense of life this far north.
As we arrive back in Greenlandic waters we will spend the next six days enjoying an in-depth exploration along the stunning western coastline, with our first stops being in the remote northwest where huge icebergs and imposing glaciers dominate the landscape. We will hope to visit Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, where the local Inuit will be happy to meet us and tell us more about their traditions and cultures and offer an insight into life close to the top of the world. On the water we can enjoy some more thrilling Zodiac excursions as we discover the iceberg-filled Melville Bay. This will also be a great spot for the kayakers to enjoy some unforgettable paddling excursions. Please note, kayaking incurs an additional charge and should be booked in advance.
These next three to four days are likely to be some of the most exciting of the whole trip as we immerse ourselves further in the striking beauty of west Greenland. Discovering dramatic fjords and mountains, mighty glaciers and vibrant communities, each day will bring a new adventure that will live long in the memory and fully confirm Greenland’s status as one of the most remarkable places on the planet. Firstly, we will visit the traditional Inuit town of Uummannaq. The awe-inspiring backdrop of the huge heart-shaped mountain that rises up dramatically behind the colourful houses of the town makes this one of Greenland’s most picturesque places.
From one iconic location to another, next up is the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. Here you can witness a world of ice where the scenic town lies amongst the spectacular backdrop of Jakobshavn, one of the world’s fastest-moving glaciers. Photo opportunities here are endless and your day exploring here will certainly be one to remember as you enjoy Zodiac cruises around the towering icebergs and a walk through the town right to the Icefjord.
About a mile above the Arctic Circle we will reach the scenic hallow of Itilleq and the penultimate stop on our thrilling Arctic cruise. Here you can go ashore to meet the friendly locals, take a walk around the colourful wooden houses and learn about how the town is the southern limit of the Greenlandic sled dog.
Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
Having sailed through the scenic Kangerlussuaq fjord overnight, arrival into Kangerlussuaq port will sadly signal the end of our voyage. After disembarkation and a fond farewell to the crew you will join your transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to Reykjavik. Upon arrival in Reykjavik you will be transferred to a nearby hotel for an overnight stay and in the morning you can choose to either head to the airport for your homeward flights or spend some further time in this vibrant capital city.
Please note, the flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik and overnight hotel stay is not included as part of your cruise price. The package for flights and hotel stay is priced at £1400 and should be booked at the time of booking your cruise.
What Our Customers
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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.
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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.
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