Silversea Expedition Cruises To ITILLEQ (Qeqqata)

ITILLEQ (Qeqqata)

Three kilometers off Yukon’s north coast, only Workboat Passage separates Herschel Island-Qikiqtaruk from Ivvavik National Park. The low-lying treeless island of 116 k2 was Yukon’s first territorial park. Herschel Island-Qikiqtaruk has been declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1972, was classified as a Nature Preserve in 1987, designated a Natural Environment Park in 2002 and as an example of the technologies and techniques used for living and construction over the past several millennia. View more

It is now also on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site list! Itilleq is an important area for Ice Age fossils. Normally snow-covered during winter, the island shows abundant and diverse wildlife, with many migratory birds, including the largest colony of Black Guillemots in the Western Arctic, caribou, muskox, polar bear, and brown bear on land and bowhead and beluga whales, ringed and bearded seals, and occasionally walrus in its surrounding waters. The Inuvialuit community has used the area for hundreds of years. When Franklin arrived in 1826 he saw three of their camps. Remains of their old dwellings are still visible near Simpson Point. This is where in the late 1800s, American whalers established a now abandoned station. At the height of the Beaufort Sea whale hunting period there were 1,500 residents. Several of the historic buildings by whalers, and later missionaries, traders and the RCMP are still standing – although some had to be moved further inland to escape the rising sea level.

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REYKJAVIK To KANGERLUSSUAQ
  • Departure
    Jul 29 2021
  • Duration
    10 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Cloud
From US$ 12,240
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Excursions in ITILLEQ (Qeqqata)

Hiking with Silversea Expedition team

Visit the tiny settlement of Igaliku, a village within the municipality of Kujalleq in south Greenland. Home to just 30 inhabitants (down from 55 in 2010), the town was actually named Igaliko originally in 1783 and was founded by a trader and colonial administrator named Anders Olsen and his Greenlandic wife Tuperna.


From the landing site, take a 4-km walk (2.5 miles) to Igaliku to meet up with the people of this place, who are very proud of their beautiful village. With your local guides visit the ruins of Garðar, which was once the religious heart of 12th-century Norse Greenland.


Take some time to explore the settlement, which is home to a church (with a congregation building), a general store, and a school, Atuarfik Igaliku (Greenlandic for "the school of Igaliku"). At the end of your day of exploration make the return trip to the ship.

Kayaking with Silversea Expedition Team

Visit the tiny settlement of Igaliku, a village within the municipality of Kujalleq in south Greenland. Home to just 30 inhabitants (down from 55 in 2010), the town was actually named Igaliko originally in 1783 and was founded by a trader and colonial administrator named Anders Olsen and his Greenlandic wife Tuperna.


From the landing site, take a 4-km walk (2.5 miles) to Igaliku to meet up with the people of this place, who are very proud of their beautiful village. With your local guides visit the ruins of Garðar, which was once the religious heart of 12th-century Norse Greenland.


Take some time to explore the settlement, which is home to a church (with a congregation building), a general store, and a school, Atuarfik Igaliku (Greenlandic for "the school of Igaliku"). At the end of your day of exploration make the return trip to the ship.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.