Day 1 — Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Arrive in Kangerlussuaq and enjoy your first Zodiac ride to the Silver Cloud, waiting at anchor. Once all guests have embarked, you will attend a mandatory safety drill before we depart on our exciting Silversea Expedition – Art and Wildlife of the Arctic. This evening, you will be introduced to your Expedition Leader and the Expedition Team and attend a mandatory Zodiac briefing.
Day 2 — Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland
During the morning Silver Cloud will ply the Disko Bay en route to our destination along Disko Island’s east coast. Our exploration of the Disko Bay area will head north of the village of Qerqertarsuaq, which is named after Disko Island’s local name –meaning “large island”. With more than 3,300 sq. miles Disko Island is Greenland’s second-largest island. We hope to offer a walk into Blaesedal to see the waterfalls.
Day 3 — Ilulissat, Greenland
Be out on deck to see the Icefjord, the result of the northern hemisphere’s most active glacier – the Jakobshavn Glacier- while approaching Ilulissat (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Known as the birthplace of icebergs, the Ilulissat Icefjord produces several million tons of ice each day. Its entrance is often surrounded by icebergs in all shapes and sizes and in varying shades of white and turquoise.
The town of Ilulissat is known for its long periods of calm and settled weather, but the climate is a bit colder due to its proximity to the fjord. During our guided walking tour of Ilulissat, we will visit the local history museum, which used to be the home of famous arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen. South of town are several trails leading to the Icefjord, one of them a boardwalk.
We will also navigate amongst the many icebergs at the fjord’s entrance in local fishing boats getting amazing views and impressions.
Alternatively, guests have the option to purchase an exciting helicopter excursion to see the magnificent Jakobshavn Icefjord by air.
Day 4 — Sisimiut, Greenland
Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the second-largest as well as the northernmost town in Greenland where the port remains free of ice in the winter. Yet it is also the southernmost town where there exists enough snow and ice to drive a dogsled in winter and spring.
Sisimiut has been used by different cultures and groups for almost 4500 years. Ruins of early settlements can still be seen west of the town. The Sisimiut Museum houses part of its collection in Greenland’s oldest surviving church as well as in a peat house.
Day 5 — Nuuk, Greenland
This morning we arrive in Greenland’s first town (1728) and current capital, Nuuk -“the heartland”.
We will have ample time to explore one of the smallest capitals in the world. Our leisurely walk through this picturesque harbour town allows us to take in Nuuk’s natural beauty, and also to see Hans Egede’s home, parliament, and the Church of our Saviour. At the Greenlandic National Museum we have the fantastic opportunity to see an outstanding collection of traditional hunting gear, art, colourful traditional clothing and the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.
Day 6 — Cruising the Davis Strait
Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Attend informative lectures that will prepare you for the upcoming ports-of-call in Canada and the adventures that lie ahead. Peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library, enjoy a fine cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard Silver Cloud.
Day 7 — Iqaluit, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
Our first foray into Canada begins in the town of Iqaluit, located at the head of Frobisher Bay, an inlet of the North Atlantic extending into south-eastern Baffin Island. The Bay is so long that it was first taken to be the possible entrance of a Northwest Passage. Iqaluit is the capital of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut -Inuktitut for “our land”. Nunavut is the least populated, but largest of Canada’s provinces and territories.
After completing formalities associated with customs and immigration, we go ashore and explore the edges of Canada’s “true north”.
Our ship’s experts along with local guides will take us around Iqaluit and will lead us through the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, housing an incredible collection of Inuit artwork. The museum shop has some very interesting local prints for sale. Even walking through town there are many opportunities to see various pieces of artwork.
Day 8 — Lady Franklin Island and Monumental Island, Nunavut, Canada
Named in honour of Sir John Franklin’s widow, uninhabited Lady Franklin Island is 40 kilometres off of Baffin Island’s Hall Peninsula. There are at least seven smaller, unnamed islands off its northwest shore that lend themselves to be explored by Zodiac, while Lady Franklin Island offers a chance to look for polar bears, ducks, seals, and walrus.
Day 9 — Kimmirut, Nunavut, Canada
This morning you might want to attend a lecture about Northern Art, and find out how and why the Inuit took to art. Silver Cloud will arrive in Kimmirut, a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police post and Hudson Bay Company trading centre, in the late morning.
The terrain of Kimmirut is among the oldest on the planet, sitting on a variety of metamorphic rock formations and the village receives its name from a prominent rock feature. Kimmirut’s harbor has very powerful tides, with water levels varying by as much as 11 metres (36 feet).
We visit this village to see the local arts and crafts. The Kimmirut artists blend regional styles and locally available materials. The most predominant kind of art is stone carving, although there is also a tradition of scrimshaw etchings done on walrus ivory. In recent years creating jewelry has become of interest. The material used for this are the semi-precious stones found in the Kimmirut area.
Day 10 — Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut, Canada
A morning at sea allows us to make good progress towards our next destination and to attend a lecture, seminar or workshop while heading further west towards Kinngait (Cape Dorset).
Without a doubt, Cape Dorset is the most famous Inuit art village in the Canadian North. Here we will visit the printmakers and carvers of the region and even have the option to purchase a special piece as a souvenir of our visit.
Day 11 —Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik, Canada
Today we will be in spectacular Wakeham Bay and the area of the small village of Kangiqsujuaq. In line with our search for art, we want to see how the locals interpret the Dorset culture mask petroglyphs found south of the village. Apart from the village visit, tundra walks might be on offer.
Day 12 — Akpatok Island, Nunavut, Canada
Today we explore around remote Akpatok Island at the northernmost extremity of the Labrador Peninsula. Steep and sheer limestone cliffs jut out of the cold waters. Encased in snow and surrounded with sea ice in the winter months, this uninhabited island lures huge amounts of wildlife, most notably the world’s largest population of breeding Thick-billed Murres, also known as Brünnich’s Guillemots (Inuktitut name: Akpatok). These auks flock to the bare cliffs of the island between June and September, and incubate their single pear-shaped egg on the cliff’s ledges. Glaucous Gulls can be seen soaring above, while Black Guillemots paddle around on the nearby sea. Akpatok Island is also a favourite summer home for polar bears as they wait for the winter ice to form.
Day 13— Torngat Mountains National Park, Canada
On our way south from Akpatok we will be travelling along the Torngat Mountains National Park situated on the eastern side of Labrador’s northernmost point –sometimes described as the “Eastern Rocky Mountains”. Torngat Mountains National Park covers an area of 9.700 km² and is dotted with remnants of several cirque glaciers and has an outstanding array of geological features. The steep cliffs provide some of the best exposures to the earth’s geologic history. Inuit use the area to hunt, fish and travel throughout the park. While Minke whales tend to linger in bays, humpback and fin whales like to stay offshore.
Silver Cloud will be heading south, looking for the different whales.
Day 14— Cruising the Labrador Sea
A leisurely day at sea can be used to exchange notes with fellow travellers. As we make our way along Canada’s scenic coast, spend some time out on deck keeping an eye out for seabirds, dolphin, seals and migrating humpback, fin or blue whales, or listen to additional presentations by our expert natural history staff in the Explorer Lounge or in the comfort of your suite. Enjoy a fine cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard Silver Cloud.
Day 15— Twillingate, Canada
Twillingate is the self-proclaimed ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’ –although it is highly unlikely that we should see any icebergs at this time of the year.
Once ashore by Zodiac, you will be taken by local bus to the “Prime Berth Museum” first, which could be well described as a commercial fishing heritage site. You will hear about the glory “salt fish days” before the cod fishery moratorium in the middle of the eighties of the last century let the busy settlement shrink. Afterwards you will visit several historic buildings packed with artefacts near the shoreline. The excursion also goes to the museum, the former house of an Anglican priest, right next to the church. Almost all the objects on display here are from 1900 to the early 1920s –including a giant bicycle from the turn of the century. Afterwards you will have a good view over the Notre Dame Bay and the outer isles at Long Point Lighthouse.
During the afternoon we will continue on toward St. John’s. Our onboard Videographer will present his voyage-DVD, a good opportunity to recall all the different impressions of Greenland, Baffin Island and the Canadian coast.
Day 16— St. John’s, Canada
After breakfast, disembark Silver Cloud.
Kayaking - Weather depending, Silver Cloud offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special excursions are a chance to appreciate the wilds of Greenland and Canada in peaceful silence.
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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