You will venture into the Canadian Arctic and the remote north and west of Greenland; entering the fabled sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Join us onboard the technologically-advanced Ultramarine, with its two helicopters and quick-launching Zodiacs and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than any other expedition ship its size. In addition to the pristine Arctic wilderness, highlights include traditional Inuit communities, iceberg-calving glaciers and majestic wildlife whales, walrus, muskoxen and polar bears.

Highlights:
- Exploring the remote Canadian Arctic and West Greenland
- Cruising with the most technology advanced Ultramarine
- Complimentary shipboard credit worth USD 250/- per person
- Complimentary flightseeing tour in a helicopter

  • Day 1

    TORONTO ARRIVAL

    Upon arrival, make your own way to the pre-expedition accommodation and check in.
    The rest of the day is free at leisure.

  • Day 2

    TORONTO / RESOLUTE

    After breakfast, transfer to airport by Quark in group for a charter flight to Resolute.
    Upon arrival, you will have some time to walk around the town before embarking Ultramarine.
    (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)

  • Day 3 - 6

    CRUISING AT CANADIAN ARCTIC

    Cruising around the remote regions of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, you’ll navigate the same icy inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of long ago. Named after explorer Frederick William Beechey, of the Royal Navy, Beechey Island is a Canadian National Historic Site. It’s an important stop on our voyage, as this is the final resting place of three members of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845–46 expedition to find the Northwest Passage. The graves, on a remote windswept raised beach, were discovered in 1851 by the crew of British and American vessels searching for signs of Franklin’s lost expedition.

    Radstock Bay is a popular research location for observing polar bears, which are often seen here in summer. An impressive Thule archaeological site provides insight into how these pre-Inuit people lived in the Far North. For almost 5,000 years, the hamlet of Arctic Bay and its surrounding area has been occupied by Inuit people who were previously nomads migrating from the west. Surrounded by soaring cliffs teeming with seabirds, this is a great spot to go ashore and learn about the Inuit community’s traditional way of life.
    The eastern end of Lancaster Sound affords hiking opportunities on Devon Island. We’ll anchor at Croker Bay, where we’ll cruise near enough to appreciate the splendor of glacial textures and calving ice, while always keeping a safe distance. Walrus frequent the waters here, so be sure to have your camera handy. At Dundas Harbour, trek along a beach to a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost.
    Canada’s most northern settlement, Grise Fiord will be your final shore visit in the Canadian High Arctic. Now home to about 150 residents, the mostly Inuit community was created in 1953, when the federal government forcefully relocated eight Inuit families from northern Quebec. Hunting and fishing are a significant part of their way of life. Visit the monument to the first Inuit settlers, as well as the remnants of the “old camp” where they lived.

    Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)

  • Day 7 - 8

    SMITH SOUND

    Before saying goodbye to Canada, we’ll try to cruise as far north as possible, exploring both sides of Smith Sound, the uninhabited passage between Ellesmere Island and Greenland.

    (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included) 

  • Day 9

    QAANAAQ

    Your first stop in Greenland is Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world. Here, local Inuit share their culture and traditions, and the museum sheds more light on what it’s like living near the top of the world.

    (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)

  • Day 10

    AT SEA

    As we sail south along the west coast of Greenland, presentations by our onboard experts will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead.

    (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included) 

  • Day 11 - 15

    West Greenland 

    In the nearby archaeological site of Qilaqitsoq (also written as Qilakitsoq), you’ll visit the ruins of an ancient settlement, where the remains of eight fully dressed mummies were discovered under a rock outcrop in 1972 by a pair of hunters

    Nuussuaq (formerly known as Kraulshavn) is the only mainland community in the Upernavik Archipelago. Founded in 1923 as a trading station, it’s one of the most traditional hunting and fishing villages in Greenland.

    It’s not surprising that the red-hued, heart-shaped mountain that rises up behind Uummannaq gave the traditional community its name (Uummannaq means “heart-like” in Greenlandic).

    In the nearby archaeological site of Qilaqitsoq (also written as Qilakitsoq), you’ll visit the ruins of an ancient settlement, where the remains of eight fully dressed mummies were discovered under a rock outcrop in 1972 by a pair of hunters.

    Cruising farther south rewards with spectacular views of Eqip Sermia. The jagged, blue-tinged glacier soaring out of the icy waters is one of the most beautiful sights in Greenland, and we hope to Zodiac cruise along its massive front from a safe distance. We may also go ashore to explore nearby

    Just south of Ilulissat, which means “iceberg” in Greenlandic, is the impressive Ilulissat Icefjord. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to Sermeq Kujalleq, the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. As we Zodiac cruise at the mouth of the fjord, you may be lucky to witness the wonders of calving ice (listen to the loud roars as the ice breaks off ).
    In Sisimiut, you’ll be treated to a traditional kayaking demonstration. The kayak (an Inuit word that the English borrowed) has become a national symbol of Greenland and has been used by Inuit hunters for thousands of years. The town has several 18th-century colonial buildings, including the oldest surviving church in Greenland, so take time to wander through the historic area.

    Surrounded by sea and mountains, Itilleq is situated about a mile (2 km) above the Arctic Circle, in a scenic hollow on a small island. It is the southern limit of the Greenlandic sled dog. To keep the breed pure, the dogs are not permitted south of this community and all other dog breeds are prohibited this far north.

    (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner included)

  • Day 16

    KANGERLUSSUAQ / TORONTO

    Enjoy one more Zodiac ride to shore, where you’ll board your charter flight back to Toronto. Upon arrival, you will be transferred in group and check in your hotel.

    (Breakfast / Lunch included)

  • Day 17

    TORONTO 

    Make your own way back to airport for your departure flight.

    (Breakfast included)

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Arrival Date:

30th August, 2022

Departure Date:

15th September, 2022

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