Discover remote fjords, islands, wildlife and Inuit communities on this comprehensive Arctic voyage
Set sail on an in-depth 18-day exploration of the most historic and remote corners of Iceland, Greenland and Canada. These are untamed lands of glaciers and icebergs, where ice-clad mountains and fjords open dramatically into the sea. Mingle with Inuit locals, soak in hot springs, marvel at cliffs teeming with seabirds, wander abandoned settlements and experience rare opportunities to get up close to Arctic wildlife such as whales, polar bears and puffins on regular Zodiac excursions. From Reykjavik to Ottawa, via many a tongue-twisting destination –Ammassalik, Skjoldungen, Narsaq Kujalliq, Pangnirtung – this is the kind of end-of-the-world adventure you won’t forget anytime soon.
Step back in time on an informative visit to an historic whaling station on Kekerten Island
Guided by your expert Expedition Team, encounter wildlife such as whales, walruses, puffins and possibly even polar bears on regular hikes and Zodiac excursions
Poke around the ruins of Skjoldungen, an authentic Arctic ghost town
Soak your muscles (while soaking up the scenery) in Greenland’s natural hot springs
Visit traditional Greenlandic and Inuit settlements to mingle with the friendly locals and learn about their way of life
As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
This trip takes place during the time of year that Greenland enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.
On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Ocean Atlantic
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages except on Icebreakers. Kayaking must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. Some previous, recent experience is essential. Snowshoeing and hiking is also offered on some itineraries. These activities are at no additional cost and do not need to be pre-booked. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.
Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.
Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take) for more information.