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Baffin Island Explorer with Greenland (Sea Explorer) 2015 Overview
Breathe in the crisp air and immerse yourself in the best of the Canadian Arctic, from the historic Beechey Island to the colourful Inuit community at Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet).
- 2015-08-26 - 2015-09-07
Experience the Canadian Arctic in depth from Baffin Island
Delve into the majestic beauty of the Canadian Arctic. As the ship navigates the icy waters around Baffin Island, gain a deep appreciation for life in these frosty lands. From the historic sites of Beechey Island to the thriving Inuit art scene in Pond Inlet, an array of rich cultural experiences await which provide an insight into what it takes to thrive in such extreme conditions. Explore diverse terrains with smooth ice caps, rugged mountain ranges, rocky peninsulas, cliff-lined coasts and broad grasslands. Spot whales and orcas swim among icebergs, seals playing on the windswept shores and colonies of seabirds overhead. This trip takes you to the forefront of life in the Canadian Arctic.
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Discover the thriving city of Toronto before preparing for the journey ahead. Perhaps arrive early to explore Toronto’s vibrant mix of urban streets and lush parks and gardens, or visit the iconic CN Tower for an astonishing view of the city.
Take a charter flight to Resolute, a small community on Cornwallis Island. Here, just over 200 residents live among the ancient glaciers, gravel roads and mountainous beaches. Climb aboard the ship and get ready for life on the Arctic waters.
The first stop is Beechey Island, an historic site of Canada. Now home to scientific research stations, the island was once an Arctic exploration centre for expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage. Pay homage at the graves of the crewmen who died on John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845 expedition and see the memorial cross that was made from the remains of food tins left behind. Then experience ancient Thule culture at Radstock Bay. Well preserved subterranean homes give an ancient perspective on Arctic living.
Visit Croker Bay to hopefully see its glacier calving icebergs into the water. Then travel on to Dundas Harbour, which is home to a now abandoned Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost and Canada's most northerly graveyard, the final resting place of Mounties who served at this remote station until 1951.
A visit to Pond Inlet and it's internationally renowned artist colony provides the chance to browse for Inuit art pieces. Or perhaps explore the hamlet or hike the nearby tundra.
Sam Ford Fjord's towering cliffs are on full display while sailing past this impressive coastline. Witness the dramatic 'Stump Spire', where base jumpers sometime jump into the icy waters below.
Keep your binoculars and cameras at the ready, as Isabella Bay gives fantastic opportunities for whale watching. Greenland right whales and orca can often be seen swimming in this area.
Witness the impressive sight of numerous icebergs crowding together in Qikiqtarjuak's Davis Straight. Walk along one of the many walking trails to see this sight up close and to enjoy spectacular views of the island. Be on the look out for the mysterious narwhal whale that is known to inhabit the area.
Greenland awaits as you cross Baffin Bay.
Observe the world's fastest moving glacier by zodiac and fingers crossed for the chance to witness ice calving off the glacier's face. Ilulissat is a World Heritage site and the birthplace of many an iceberg (maybe even the one that sunk the Titanic!).
Spend your last full day on the Sea Explorer discovering two typical Greenlandic towns. Observe an Inuit kayaking demonstration and explore the 18th-century colonial buildings of Sisimiut before continuing on to Itilleq.
Say goodbye to the ship in Kangerlussuaq before returning to city life with a flight to Montreal. Discover cosmopolitan eateries and a flourishing art and music scene during an overnight stay.
Today sees this incredible Arctic adventure at an end. Head home or perhaps stay on longer to explore the delights of Montreal and Quebec in more detail.
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