Our classic Arctic expedition will be complimented this year by our partners at WWF-Canada as we travel in the company of their experts. We begin by exploring Greenland’s fjords and communities. The great icefjord at Ilulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and source of the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic, is one of many highlights. Across the Davis Strait, the Canadian Arctic experience begins in the picturesque community of Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet).

As we head north, opportunities for polar bear, whales, and musk ox abound on Devon Island and throughout Lancaster Sound, while Prince Leopold Island is one of Canada’s best birding areas. Abandoned RCMP and HBC posts offer a glimpse into the region’s rich history; at Beechey Island, we’ll pay our respects at the graves of three of Sir John Franklin’s men. Resolute Bay memorializes the courage of the Inuit of Canada’s Arctic.
On this trip, we will live and breathe the natural history of some of the planet’s most striking features as we search for the cultures and wildlife of the vast and beautiful north.

Highlights


• Search for bears, whales, and walrus in their Arctic feeding grounds

• Exploring the magnificent fjords of Greenland’s coast

• Marvel at the Arctic in summer bloom

• Cruise the seabird colony at Prince Leopold Island by Zodiac

• Cross the Arctic Circle by sea

• Engage with leading experts and local hosts in discussion regarding the future of Arctic conservation

• Enjoy the expertise of our special guests from WWF-Canada

Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord.’ We begin our adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord as the sun sets before us.
People have lived in the Sisimiut area for 4,500 years. These ice-free conditions in the sea around Sisimiut, including some of Greenland’s deepest fjords, allow us to sail in waters that are home to many whales and seals. We will visit this small town, and have an opportunity to see everyday life of modern Greenlanders contrasted with their historic site, lovingly preserved and framed by two large whale bones.
Venturing 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle we find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates literally into “iceberg”, and there couldn’t be a more fitting name. Our visit will include time in the colourful town and a chance to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice. We will also cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs in the unesco World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at nineteen metres per day—calving more than thirty-five square kilometres of ice annually. Because of its relative ease of accessibility, the glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years, and has significantly added to the understanding of ice-cap glaciology, climate change and related geomorphic processes.
Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country’s second-largest system of fjords. It empties into Baffin Bay and is characterized by its developed coastline and various bays, islands, and peninsulas. It is considered to be the sunniest spot in Greenland, and favourable weather— coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes—has made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit. It has been settled and re-settled continually for the last 4,500 years.
Today we will cruise one of Greenland’s most spectacular fjords, known for plentiful marine life and awe-inspiring landscapes. Seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs and talus slopes within the fjord should give us good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities of icebergs against the majestic rock faces.
Our presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Canada. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales amid potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.
Mittimatalik is a bustling Arctic community surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the eastern Arctic. We will have a chance to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who will gladly share their culture. We will be treated to a cultural presentation at the Community Hall—arts and crafts may be available here. Mittimatalik is a famously excellent region for viewing marine mammals, including the elusive narwhal.
Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we navigate the fjords of northeast Baffin Island. Baffin’s fjords are striking, affording stunning perspectives on geological processes. The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for exploring these hidden treasures of the north, as her manoeuvrability and shallow draft allows her to access regions that would be impassable to larger vessels. We will be on alert for changing weather and ice conditions and use our judgement as to which route along the coast will be the most spectacular. As ever, our team will be on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which we travel.
Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on earth and comprises over fifty thousand square kilometres. It was first sighted by Europeans in 1616, though it was not inhabited for another three hundred years with the arrival of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The island's geology consists of reddish Precambrian gneiss and Paeleozoic siltstones and shales; these, combined with its harsh climate, have drawn comparisons with the planet Mars.
We will spend two days exploring Lancaster Sound, which is a proposed Marine Protected Area due to the large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales. There is a great selection of landing sites available. Weather, wildlife, and sea conditions will influence our choice of landing today.
The tall cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are exceptional birding areas in the high Arctic both during the breeding and summering seasons. It is a breeding site for thick-billed murres, black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars, glaucous gulls, and black guillemots. In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men and two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition, and it was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of the three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance. The three graves found at Beechey Island left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party—until recently. In the autumn of 2014, Canadian archaeologists discovered remnants of the hms Erebus in the frozen waters of the Northwest Passage. And in the fall of 2016, further searching led to the discovery of Franklin’s second ship: the Terror.
Qausuittuq, or “place with no dawn” is truly the land of the midnight sun—daylight persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. Archaeological evidence, points to at least three stages of occupation at Qausuittuq by Dorset, Thule and advanced Thule people. The community’s English name, Resolute Bay is in honour of the hms Resolute, one of the ships in the Franklin search expedition commanded by Captain H.T. Austin. In 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Québec, and Mittimatalik were relocated to Qausuittuq by the Canadian government. Today we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our return flights.
This is our proposed itinerary. It is highly probable that weather, sea, and ice conditions will not allow us to travel this exact route. Our Expedition Leader and the Ocean Endeavour's captain will determine our exact route day by day.

Category 1 - Quad

$ 5995 USD pp
Category 1 - Quad
Deck 4, Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bathroom

Category 2 - Triple

$ 6995 USD pp
Category 2 - Triple
Deck 4, Interior cabinm three lower berths, private bathroom

Category 3 - Interior Twin

$ 8395 USD pp
Category 3 - Interior Twin
Deck 5, Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bathroom. Available for sole use

Category 4 - Exterior Twin

$ 9695 USD pp
Category 4 - Exterior Twin
Deck 4, porthole window, 2 lower berths, private bathroom

Category 5 - Main Twin

$ 10895 USD pp
Category 5 - Main Twin
Deck 5, Picture Window, two lower berths, private bathroom

Category 6 - Comfort Twin

$ 12095 USD pp
Category 6 - Comfort Twin
Deck 7, Picture windows (partially obstructed) two lower berths, privvate bathroom, refrigerator

Category 7 - Select Twin

$ 13295 USD pp
Category 7 - Select Twin
Deck 5 and 8, large picture windows (partially obstructed) double bedded only, private bathroom, refrigerator

Category 8 - Superior Twin

$ 14595 USD pp
Category 8 - Superior Twin
Deck 5 & 7, picture windows, twin or double bed, private bathroom, refrigerator

Category 9 - Junior Suite

$ 15895 USD pp
Category 9 - Junior Suite
Deck 5 & 7, picture windows, seperate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, double bed, private bathroom

Category 10 - Suite

$ 17195 USD pp
Category 10 - Suite
Deck 7, picture window overlooking the bow, seperate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, double bed, private bathroom with bath

Additional charges:

Discovery Fund Fee: 250 USD pp

Ocean Endeavour

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 137m

Passenger Capacity: 198

Built: 1982 - refurbished 2010 & 2014

Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.

Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada’s expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.

The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft).

Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour!

Deck plan varies for the trips to Antarctica

Cabin layout for Ocean Endeavour

Northbound Charter Flight (1267.00 USD)

Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland Early-morning departure Price is per person including all taxes and fees

Southbound Charter Flight (928.00 USD)

Qausuittuq (Resolute) to Ottawa, ON Evening arrival Price per person including all taxes and fees

No Single Supplement on Arctic Safari 2017 aboard Ocean Endeavour

Our classic Arctic expedition that begins by exploring Greenland’s fjords and communities. 

From Kangerlussuaq to Qausuittuq - 12 days.

Aboard Ocean Endeavour.

30 July 2017.

Saving: US$4 197.5 - US$6 647.5

Discounted Solo Rates: US$8 395 - US$13 295

Standard Solo Rates: US$12 592.5 - US$19 942.5

Special Offer:

FREE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! SINGLES GET THEIR OWN CABIN AT NO ADDITIONAL COST! 

For those who prefer not to share, we have a limited quantity of single cabins in category 3 through to category 7. There is no single supplement fee for these cabins. Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost.

This promotion is available on certain cabin categories—call for details and availability.


This discount cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Promotion subject to availability, contact us for further details.


30% Off for 30 and Under on Arctic Safari 2017 aboard Ocean Endeavour

Our classic Arctic expedition that begins by exploring Greenland’s fjords and communities. 

From Kangerlussuaq to Qausuittuq - 12 days.

Aboard Ocean Endeavour.

30 July 2017.

Saving: US$1 798.5 - US$5 158.5

Discounted Rates: US$4 196.5 - US$12 036.5

Standard Rates: US$5 995 - US$17 195

Special Offer:

SAVE 30% ON BERTH COST FOR TRAVELLERS UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE.

This discount cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Promotion subject to availability, contact us for further details.


Multi Trip Promo 10% Off on Arctic Safari 2017 aboard Ocean Endeavour

Our classic Arctic expedition that begins by exploring Greenland’s fjords and communities. 

From Kangerlussuaq to Qausuittuq - 12 days.

Aboard Ocean Endeavour.

30 July 2017.

Saving: US$599.5 - US$1 719.5

Discounted Rates: US$5 395.5 - US$15 475.5

Standard Rates: US$5 995 - US$17 195

Special Offer:

MULTI-TRIP PROMOTION. Receive 10% off the berth cost of Arctic itineraries and 20% off the berth cost of East Coast itineraries when you book more than one voyage in a calendar year aboard the Ocean EndeavourPromotion subject to availability, contact us for further details.

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