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Western Arctic Special – Canada & Greenland

Western Arctic Special – Canada & Greenland 20 Days

Prices From £14,700pp
September Only | 19 nights

Single Cabins Available

Western Arctic Special – Canada & Greenland 20 Days

Aboard: Ultramarine

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. What's more, you will be sailing aboard a new state-of-the-art Polar vessel that not only allows for explorations even deeper into seldom-visited waters, but is also equipped with two twin-engine helicopters to allow for unforgettable flightseeing helicopter experiences!

Various departures available. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.

Highlights

  • Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Arctic Canada’s east coast and Greenland’s west coast in one thrilling voyage
  • Sail aboard a new, ultra-modern expedition vessel!
  • Included helicopter flightseeing experiences which take you high above the Arctic's dramatic landscapes
  • 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)

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • Helicopter flightseeing experiences
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Guided Zodiac excursions and hikes
  • Expedition parka
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • One night hotel accommodation in Toronto pre-voyage
  • One night hotel accommodation in Toronto post-voyage
  • Charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq
  • Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Toronto
  • Group transfers to and from ship, airports and hotel

Single Cabins Available

This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!

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Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Arctic adventure for you.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

With countless travel experiences and an enduring hunger for adventure, Zoe knows exactly what’s needed to craft a holiday of a lifetime. Her experience and generosity of spirit are legendary and she’ll help you build an itinerary that will make all your dreams come true.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

With a lifetime of unforgettable nature and adventure based travel under his belt, Simon shares his passion, enthusiasm and hands-on experience to help create the perfect itinerary for every client.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry and continues to be inspired by the people, places and wildlife he discovers. His in-depth personal knowledge of a diverse range of destinations ensures your adventure itinerary will be a holiday like no other.

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Toronto to Kangerlussuaq
1 - 2Days

Toronto to Kangerlussuaq

Your Arctic expedition will begin in the Canadian city of Toronto 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.

At Sea
3Day

At Sea

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.

Throughout your expedition, both in Canada and Greenland, you will have the unique chance to fly aboard your ship’s two twin-engine helicopters and we will take advantage of every opportunity to enjoy flightseeing excursions...an unforgettable and unique experience!

Baffin Island, Canada
4 - 6Days

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
7 - 11Days

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.

Smith Sound
12Day

Smith Sound

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.



Northwest Greenland
13 - 14Days

Northwest Greenland

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.

West Greenland
15 - 18Days

West Greenland

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 Toronto
19 - 20Days

Kangerlussuaq to Toronto

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 Toronto. Upon arrival in Toronto 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 welcoming city.

A view from Above

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Ultramarine
First class vessel

Ultramarine

The stylish, brand-new (2021) Ultramarine Polar vessel redefines what is possible in polar expeditions, with two twin-engine helicopters allowing for the ship to offer an unrivalled portfolio of adventure activities and allowing guests to delve deeper into the Polar regions than on any other ship. Featuring sublime onboard comfort, more outdoor wildlife viewing vantage points than rival ships, cutting-edge technology and advanced safety systems, the Ultramarine is simply ahead of its game. An innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards and the most spacious suites in its category add even further to the reasons why this pristine vessel will be sure to delight intrepid Polar adventurers. Allowing for more activities than any other vessel in its category, guests can immerse themselves in their unforgettable Polar surroundings on a huge range of optional adventures including helicopter flightseeing, camping on ice, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, alpine hiking, cross-country skiing and mountaineering to name just a few. Onboard, guests can enjoy 2 dining areas, 4 bars, a spa and fitness centre, ocean view sauna, a panorama lounge, walkaround deck, library and a lecture theatre. 7 categories of stylish cabins and suites are available, ranging from solo panorama cabins to exclusive suites with private balconies and luxurious fittings. Features of the cabins and suites include spa-inspired private bathrooms with heated floors, premium beds and linens, picture windows or private balconies and HD flatscreen TVs. Please note: Helicopter flights are not permitted in Spitsbergen.

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