This journey encompasses the beating heart of the Arctic from the capital of Nunavut, south into Quebec’s Nunavik region and, finally, to the coast of Greenland across the Davis Strait. We’ll travel just after the summer solstice, when the midnight sun will be near its zenith. There are also chances of seeing wildlife, including polar bears, walrus, and musk ox. This expedition is far and away our most community- and art-focused Arctic itinerary; throughout, we will meet highly reputed creators and their creations. Kinngait (Cape Dorset) is widely hailed as the Inuit art capital and is home to some of the most celebrated stone carvers in the Arctic.

Crossing into Greenland, we are often treated to humpback whales as we approach the capital city of Greenland, Nuuk. Here, we'll have a chance to explore Greenland’s culture on a visit to one of the smallest capital cities the world.

Steeped in a culture all its own, the heart of the Arctic will stay with you long after you return home.

Highlights


• Cross the Arctic circle while sailing in the shadow of a spectacular Greenlandic fjord

• Spot polar bears, walrus, marine mammals, and bird colonies during our cruise of the Hudson Strait

• Mingle with world-renowned Inuit carvers in Kinngait

• Enjoy the sounds of talented throat-singers

• Learn first-hand about the history and culture of the Inuit

• Visit a colourful Greenlandic settlement

Located at the end of historic Frobisher Bay and sitting amid gentle rolling hills is the transportation hub of the Arctic, Iqaluit. A major transfer point between flights to other northern communities, Iqaluit is also the smallest capital city in Canada with a population of just over 7,000! At one time dotted with Inuit huts, the beaches are now adorned with modern houses, shops, and public buildings reflecting Iqaluit’s importance as a government town. We will have time to tour the town before embarking the Ocean Endeavour.
Uninhabited Akpatok Island features soaring bird cliffs and small rocky beaches. Indeed, the island is named for the akpat—the thick-billed murres—that live on the ledges of the limestone cliffs that surround it. Here we’ll use our Zodiacs to scout the beaches in search of walrus and polar bears.
Today we continue our exploration of Nunavik, heading northwest along the Ungava Peninsula. This section of treeless tundra is rich in geology and tundra flora, and has a number of small communities along its shores. Depending on the weather and wildlife, we will be making a stop along this dramatic coast.
Along the northwest shore of Dorset Island, surrounded on one side by rocky hills and on the other, by Hudson Strait, lies “the community that art built”. Between 1950 and 1962, Kinngait hosted a historic collaboration between James and Alma Houston and local Inuit—the collaboration that launched Inuit art onto the world stage. In 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established: it remains the oldest arts organization in the Canadian Arctic and the oldest professional Inuit printmaking studio in Canada. Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers have made Kinngait the Inuit art capital of the world.
Today we will begin our explorations of the southern coast of Baffin Island, the fifth largest island in the world. Our objective is to spend half the time out on the land— hiking, exploring, and taking in the sights—and the remainder cruising the shoreline in our fleet of Zodiacs. We will be adaptable to weather and ice conditions, and be open to the possibility of wildlife sightings, as our expeditions to Baffin have proven unpredictable in both respects.
Located on southern Baffin Island, the scenic oceanside hamlet of Kimmirut is considered one of the most charming communities in the region. “Kimmirut” means “the heel” in Inuktitut, and refers to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community that holds a striking resemblance to a human heel. Art has played a major role here and the newly renovated Dewey Soper Building is home to a gallery of outstanding works of art.
Baffin Island is home to a wide variety of life, including a notable bear population, and we will be on alert for these kings of the north. Our time at Baffin will be exploratory in every sense, and we look forward to seeing what the island has to offer us.
Pangnirtung—“the place of the bull caribou” in Inuktitut— is located on a narrow coastal plain against a spectacular backdrop of high mountains and a winding river valley. It is a small community bordered by snow-capped mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Pangnirtung, or ‘Pang’ as locals call it, is famed for its art. One of the great attractions is the Uqqurmiut Inuit Arts Centre. The Centre welcomes visitors to the print and weave shops, where local artists create beautifully woven tapestries and prints. Artists from Pangnirtung are known around the world and are exhibited widely across Canada and beyond. The acclaimed “Pang” hats, colourfully patterned crocheted toques, can also be purchased at the centre’s gift shop.
Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we navigate the east coast of Baffin Island. The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for exploring these hidden treasures of the north, as her manoeuvrability 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 elite team will be on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which we travel.
Our presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. 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.
Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and the world’s northernmost capital city! Nuuk means ‘the headland’ and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established as the very first Greenlandic town in 1728, Nuuk remains the bustling centre of the country today. We have the chance to spot humpback whales in the fjord, reindeer roaming the land, and birds soaring above. The town itself is home to the University of Greenland, a cathedral dating back to 1849, and Greenland’s National Museum. We will visit some of the city’s most important sites, before free time to explore on your own.
There are a number of charming fishing villages along the west coast of Greenland. Depending on timing and sea conditions, we may call in at one of these communities to experience small town Greenlandic life, or we may navigate into the stunning fjords that line the coast. This is a day in the true spirit of expedition travel and we will avail ourselves of the opportunities that present themselves.
We will make our journey up spectacular Sondre Stromfjord, and early risers will have a chance to experience its beauty. 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.’ Today we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and make our way to the airport for outbound charter 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

$ 3995 USD pp
Category 1 - Quad
Deck 4, Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bathroom

Category 2 - Triple

$ 5395 USD pp
Category 2 - Triple
Deck 4, Interior cabinm three lower berths, private bathroom

Category 3 - Interior Twin

$ 6795 USD pp
Category 3 - Interior Twin
Deck 5, Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bathroom. Available for sole use

Category 4 - Exterior Twin

$ 8095 USD pp
Category 4 - Exterior Twin
Deck 4, porthole window, 2 lower berths, private bathroom

Category 5 - Main Twin

$ 9295 USD pp
Category 5 - Main Twin
Deck 5, Picture Window, two lower berths, private bathroom

Category 6 - Comfort Twin

$ 10495 USD pp
Category 6 - Comfort Twin
Deck 7, Picture windows (partially obstructed) two lower berths, privvate bathroom, refrigerator

Category 7 - Top Deck Twin

$ 11695 USD pp
Category 7 - Top Deck Twin
Deck 8, large picture windows (partially obstructed) double bedded only, private bathroom, refrigerator

Category 8 - Superior Twin

$ 12995 USD pp
Category 8 - Superior Twin
Deck 5 & 7, picture windows, twin or double bed, private bathroom, refrigerator

Category 9 - Junior Suite

$ 14295 USD pp
Category 9 - Junior Suite
Deck 5 & 7, picture windows, seperate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, double bed, private bathroom

Category 10 - Suite

$ 15595 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 (928.00 USD)

Ottawa, ON to Iqaluit, NU Early-morning departure Price is per person including all taxes and fees

Southbound Charter Flight (1267.00 USD)

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto (2017) Evening arrival Price is per person including all taxes and fees

Kangerlussuaq Ice Cap (195.00 USD)

Optional Excursion

No Single Supplement on Heart of the Arctic 2017 aboard Ocean Endeavour

This journey encompasses the beating heart of the Arctic from Nunavik in northern Quebec to Nunavut and, finally, the coast of Greenland across the Davis Strait.

From Kuujjuaq to Kangerlussuaq - 13 days.

Aboard Ocean Endeavour.

18 July 2017.

Saving: US$3 397.5 - US$5 847.5

Discounted Solo Rates: US$6 795 - US$11 695

Standard Solo Rates: US$10 192.5 - US$17 542.5

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.


Multi Trip Promo 10% Off on Heart of the Arctic 2017 aboard Ocean Endeavour

This journey encompasses the beating heart of the Arctic from Nunavik in northern Quebec to Nunavut and, finally, the coast of Greenland across the Davis Strait.

From Kuujjuaq to Kangerlussuaq - 13 days.

Aboard Ocean Endeavour.

18 July 2017.

Saving: US$399.5 - US$1 559.5

Discounted Rates: US$3 595.5 - US$14 035.5

Standard Rates: US$3 995 - US$15 595

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.


30% Off for 30 and Under on Heart of the Arctic 2017 aboard Ocean Endeavour

This journey encompasses the beating heart of the Arctic from Nunavik in northern Quebec to Nunavut and, finally, the coast of Greenland across the Davis Strait.

From Kuujjuaq to Kangerlussuaq - 13 days.

Aboard Ocean Endeavour.

18 July 2017.

Saving: US$1 198.5 - US$4 678.5

Discounted Rates: US$2 796.5 - US$10 916.5

Standard Rates: US$3 995 - US$15 595

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.

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