Take a circuit beginning and ending in Greenland, traveling to Canada and back through the open sea, visiting some of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world in the legendary high Arctic. We will cruise through awe-inspiring fjords in both countries, including the 25-mile Ilulissat Icefjord (UNESCO World Heritage Site). We will visit Sirmilik National Park and the Nijurtiqavvik National Wildlife Area, where wildlife lovers will be delighted to (most likely) see polar bears, whales (beluga, minke, bowhead, and narwhal), as well as several species of seals and birds. We will visit small Inuit villages in both Greenland and Canada: take in Inuit culture at the museum in Sisimiut, which tells the story of life in the high Arctic over 4,000 years ago. We will cruise the spectacular fjords aboard the Silver Cloud and also take Zodiac cruises to get a closer look. Most sites will be visited on foot, whenever landings are possible. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these starkly beautiful locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Sisimiut, Greenland –
Originally settled by Inuit people 4,500 years ago, Sisimiut is translated as “the people at fox burrows.” Visit the Sisimiut Museum that is made up of original and recreated 18th century wooden buildings. The many sled dogs and their keepers here are waiting for the winter to come.
Uummannaq, Greenland –
This is one of Greenland’s most colorful towns beneath a heart-shaped mountain. The fjord that surrounds Uummannaq is popular for whale watching, with possible sightings including humpback and Minke whales.
Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada –
Enjoy a wander through a small, predominantly Inuit community and one of the centers of Inuit art. The Inuit refer to the community as Mittimatilik, which translates as “where the landing place is.”
Coburg Island, Canada –
Stand in the Nijurtiqavvik National Wildlife Area, in Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada, with its diverse Arctic wildlife, including chances to spot large seabird colonies and many ringed seals, bearded seals, polar bears, walruses, narwhals and beluga whales.
Sirmilik National Park, Canada –
A protected area within the Arctic Cordillera in Canada, much of this park is bordered by water and lined with snow-capped mountains. Look for polar bears, beluga and bowhead whales, narwhals as well as harp and ringed seals.
• Learn about the history of Greenlandic and Canadian Inuit communities and experience how modern descendants live in small villages in these modern times.
• Spend time in remote Nunavut, which claims to have more artists per capita than any other part in the world.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Arctic Tern, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars, Black Guillemots, Greater Snow Goose, Ravens, Common Redpoll, Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting
• Ringed, bearded and harp seals, walrus
• Polar bears can be seen in the region
• Minke, bowhead, beluga and humpback whales, narwhals
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, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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