Join us for a journey that heads up to the northern part of Baffin Island, the entrance to the Northwest Passage. There we will experience the beauty of fjords and crystal clear glaciers. We will visit small towns and villages to encounter a fascinating mix of local and Danish culture in Greenland, or local and Canadian culture on Baffin Island. We will also be looking for polar bears, seals, narwhals and walrus from the ship or during Zodiac cruises. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada –
Churchill is not only known for its winter attraction of polar bears and the polar bear jail, but also as an important site for beluga whales that congregate in the Churchill River in June and July. Conditions permitting a Zodiac cruise will be done looking for the whales.
Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada –
Cape Dorset (Kinngait in Inuktitut, the local language) has been an important site for the Thule culture, but today is best known for the modern drawings, prints and carvings of its inhabitants. Cape Dorset considers itself to be the “Capital of Inuit Art” and we intend to visit the Kinngait Studios to hear more about the local artists and their output.
Lower Savage Islands, Nunavut, Canada –
At the Lower Savage Islands Zodiac cruises (weather depending) will cover the channel between the islands in search of seals and polar bears.
Isabella Bay, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada –
Isabella Bay and its National Wildlife Area is an important summer habitat for bowhead whales. Narwhals are also known to frequent the area.
Gibbs Fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada –
Polished cliffs rise vertiginously a kilometre above the water, with hanging blue glaciers spilling from icecaps on the peaks high above. The Silver Cloud will cruise through the fjord, one of Baffin Island’s most dramatic natural features, with its steep mountains, waterfalls and glaciers.
Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland –
The houses of Qeqertarsuaq are painted in bright colours which contrast nicely with the many stranded icebergs that have come from Ilulissat’s Icefjord. Conditions permitting a walk to a waterfall near the village will be offered.
Ilulissat, Greenland –
Ilulissat has the Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, right next to the town. A boardwalk east of the town leads to impressive lookout points of the Icefjord. Only local boats are allowed into the fjord for spectacular views of the many icebergs ready to head into the Atlantic.
Nuuk, Greenland –
Nuuk is Greenland’s capital. Nuuk’s natural beauty and the town’s highlights can be seen during a walking tour past Hans Egede’s home and the Church of our Saviour. Nuuk gives visitors a chance to view the famous Qilakitsoq mummies and traditional clothing and artefacts at the Greenlandic National Museum.
Weather permitting, the Silver Cloud offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special expeditionary excursions allow you to experience the wilds of Greenland and Nunavut in a peaceful silence.
- Visit towns in Greenland to see how the Inuit live in current day.
- A visit to the Greenlandic National Museum in Nuuk will provide an excellent overview of the different cultures that have lived in Greenland.
- See the outstanding artwork produced by Inuit in Nunavut.
Wildlife Watch List:
- Humpback whales, minke whales, bowhead whales, beluga whales, narwhal and orcas
- Seabirds of note: Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Arctic Tern, Black-legged Kittiwakes
- Land birds: Ravens, White Wagtail, Common Redpoll, Lapland Bunting, Lapland Longspur, Northern Wheatear, Red-throated Diver, Purple Sandpiper
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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