Into the Northwest Passage: East to West
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Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. After our charter flight from Toronto, we will transfer to Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.
Day 2: Sisimiut Coast
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic Location. Abundant fauna and marine life have supported human habitation here as far back as 4,500 years.
Day 3: Ilulissat
Ilulissat means “iceberg”, an apt name for this site at the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.
Days 4 - 5: Western Greenland
Exploring by ship and Zodiac along the west coast of Greenland, we have numerous options for expedition stops, to make the most of weather and wildlife conditions. Departing Greenland, we cross Baffin Bay toward Nunavut.
Day 6: At Sea - Davis Strait
As we steam toward Nunavut, our resource staff will deepen your understanding of the Arctic. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, or get out on deck. Keep your binoculars ready for minke and humpback whales, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.
Day 7: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut
Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting, a fascinating place to wander. The cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed—arts and crafts may be available here too.
Days 8 - 10: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) & Devon Island
We will spend three days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of the newest National Marine Conservation Areas in Nunavut. Narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. We’ll cruise by ship and Zodiac in search of wildlife
Day 11: Beechey Island
In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, attempting to sail through the Northwest Passage. His crew overwintered at Beechey Island—where three of his men died.
Days 12 - 13: Prince Regent Inlet
This passage marks an area rich in marine and avian life. Thick-billed murres, ivory gulls, beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales reside in the ice-strewn waters. In addition to abundant wildlife, we’ll delve deeper into the exploration of the Northwest Passage and mercantile efforts of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Days 14 - 16: Kitikmeot Region
The traditional territory of the Netsilik Inuit, the Kitikmeot Region consists of parts of Victoria
Day 17: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), Nunavut
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community
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