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KANGERLUSSUAQ To NOME (Alaska)

ARCTIC & GREENLAND expedition cruise Silver Cloud

Join us for some vitamin sea and head to the High Canadian Arctic. Follow the routes of Frobisher, Hudson et al and cross from Greenland to Alaska, experiencing the unforgettable in between. Encounter a fascinating mix of local culture, endemic wildlife and show stopping landscapes before deep diving into the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area with our superb Expedition Team.
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Cruise itinerary

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Kangerlussuaq is a settlement in western Greenland in the Qeqqata municipality located at the head of the fjord of the same name (Danish: Søndre Strømfjord). It is Greenland's main air transport hub and the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport. The airport dates from American settlement during and after World War II, when the site was known as Bluie West-8 and Sondrestrom Air Base. The Kangerlussuaq area is also home to Greenland's most diverse terrestrial fauna, including muskoxen, caribou, and gyrfalcons.
Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the northernmost town in Greenland where the port remains free of ice in the winter. Yet it is also the southernmost town where there is enough snow and ice to drive a dogsled in winter and spring. In Sisimiut, travelling by sled has been the primary means of winter transportation for centuries. In fact, the area has been inhabited for approximately 4,500 years. Modern Sisimiut is the largest business center in the north of Greenland, and is one of the fastest growing Greenlandic cities.
Known as the birthplace of icebergs, the Ilulissat Icefjord produces nearly 20 million tons of ice each day. In fact, the word Ilulissat means “icebergs” in the Kalaallisut language. The town of Ilulissat is known for its long periods of calm and settled weather, but the climate tends to be cold due to its proximity to the fjord. Approximately 4,500 people live in Ilulissat, the third-largest town in Greenland after Nuuk and Sisimiut.
In the iceberg-laden waters surrounding the remote community of Uummannaq it is common to see whales. This area of Greenland is also known for its huge basalt mountains, and the small hunting and fishing village of Uummannaq rests at the foot of the heart-shaped Uummannaq Mountain, a name that translates to mean “in the shape of a seal’s heart”. The town of over 1200 people has a granite church and the country’s most northerly ferry terminal. The economy of Uummannaq revolves largely around the halibut/fish-processing factory.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Visit the arctic seascape of Cape York, Greenland. Located on the northwestern coast of Greenland in Baffin Bay, Cape York is an important geographical feature delimiting the Melville Bay at its northwestern end and Kiatassuaq Island at its other end. There is a chain of coastal islands that stretches between the two capes, most notably Meteorite Island, named for the discovery one of the world’s largest iron meteorites in Savissivik, a settlement on the island. The iron from this meteorite attracted Inuit migrating from Arctic Canada who used the metal in making tools and harpoons.
Located in northern Baffin Island, Pond Inlet is a small, predo¬minantly Inuit community, with a population of roughly 1,500 inhabitants. In 1818, the British explorer John Ross named a bay in the vicinity after the English astronomer John Pond. Today Pond Inlet is considered one of Canada's "jewels of the North" thanks to several picturesque glaciers and mountain ranges nearby. Many archaeological sites of ancient Dorset and Thule peoples can be found near Pond Inlet.
Dundas Harbour is located in the southeast of Devon Island, Canada’s 6th largest island. It is a forlorn but starkly beautiful spot. The island was first sighted by Europeans in 1616 by the English explorers Robert Bylot and William Baffin. But it did not appear on maps until after explorer William Edward Parry’s exploration in the 1820’s. Parry named it after Devon, England. In the local Inuktitut language, the place is called Talluruti, which translates as “a woman’s chin with tattoos on it.
Devon Island is Canada’s sixth largest island and was first seen by Europeans in the early 17th century. The Thule culture had already settled there many centuries before, and left behind qarmat homes, made of rocks, whale bones, rock and sod walls, and skins for roofs that tell a story of over 800 years of human habitation. Other striking finds in this area are the many fossils of corals, crinoids and nautiloids that can be seen.
Beechey Island is a small island off the southwest coast of Devon Island, separated by a narrow waterway called the Barrow Strait. Captain William Edward Parry was the first European to visit the island in 1819. His lieutenant, Frederick William Beechey, named the island after his father, the artist William Beechey (1753–1839). Beechey Island played a significant role in the history of Arctic Exploration. During the winter of 1845-46, Sir John Franklin and his men camped on the island as part of their ill-fated quest to find the Northwest Passage.
Peel Sound is a 30 mile wide, 125 mile long channel separating Prince of Wales Island to the west and Somerset Island to the east. It was named in 1851 by explorer Vice Admiral Horatio Austin in honour of Sir Robert Peel, a former prime minister of Great Britain. Austin, however, was not the first person to sail through the sound. Five years earlier, in 1846, Sir John Franklin had passed through the strait, just before his ships became icebound. Peel Sound is not always open.
Named after Sir Francis Beaufort, the British naval officer whose observation of the wind and sea state resulted in the Beaufort scale, the Beaufort Sea is part of the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska and the Canadian Yukon and Northwest Territories. The Beaufort Sea is frozen for most of the year, only opening a channel near the Canadian and Alaskan shore during the months of August and September, the best time for a transit through the Northwest Passage. Beluga and bowhead whales, seals and polar bears are part of the Beaufort Sea’s wildlife.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Nome is located on the edge of the Bering Sea, on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula. Unlike other towns which are named for explorers, heroes or politicians, Nome was named as a result of a 50 year-old spelling error. In the 1850's an officer on a British ship off the coast of Alaska noted on a manuscript map that a nearby prominent point was not identified. He wrote "? Name" next to the point.

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Owner's Suite

Up to 827 ft² / 77 m² including veranda

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Grand Suite

Up to 1,314 ft² / 122 m² including veranda

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Royal Suite

Up to 1,031 ft² / 96 m² including veranda

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Silver Suite

541 ft² / 52 m² Including veranda

From US$ 77,580 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

437 ft² / 40.6 m² Including veranda

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Deluxe Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

From US$ 48,150 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

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Vista Suite

240 ft² / 22 m²

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Silver Cloud

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her four dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today. A limited number of guests in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of up to 22  passionate and dedicated expedition experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner's Suite

Up to 827 ft² / 77 m² including veranda

From US$ 155,700 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

Up to 1,314 ft² / 122 m² including veranda

From US$ 113,850 with early booking bonus
Royal Suite

Up to 1,031 ft² / 96 m² including veranda

From US$ 122,670 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

541 ft² / 52 m² Including veranda

From US$ 77,580 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

437 ft² / 40.6 m² Including veranda

From US$ 68,760 with early booking bonus
Deluxe Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

From US$ 48,150 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

From US$ 41,040 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

240 ft² / 22 m²

From US$ 35,010 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

3 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Join us for a journey that heads up to the High Canadian Arctic, following the route of several explorers that had looked for the Northwest Passage. During our crossing from Greenland to Alaska 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 or Canadian culture and will reach emblematic sites of Franklin’s and Amundsen’s attempts to sail through the Northwest Passage. We will also be looking for polar bears, musk oxen, seals, narwhals and walrus. 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.

 

Voyage Highlights:

Ilulissat, Greenland
Ilulissat has the Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, right next to the town. The area offers spectacular views of the many icebergs ready to head into the Atlantic.

Uummannaq, Greenland
In the iceberg-laden waters surrounding the remote community of Uummannaq it is common to see whales. The island is known for its huge basalt mountain, and a small hunting and fishing village rests at the foot of the heart-shaped Uummannaq Mountain. A walking tour of Uummannaq will permit to see the granite church, the small museum and will show how village life revolves around the halibut/fish-processing factory.

Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Located on the northeastern shore of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet is across from Bylot Island. The region’s numerous archaeological sites and artefacts indicate that it was inhabited long ago by the Thule.

The following places are all extremely weather and ice dependent:
Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada
Beechey Island is best known as the location where the Franklin expedition spent its first winter (1845-46) and, subsequently, where search parties found the gravesites of three of Franklin’s men. We intend to go ashore to see the three weathered wooden grave markers and visit the memorial to Franklin and his men.

Gjøa Haven, Nunavut, Canada
During his attempt to cross the Northwest Passage, Amundsen had remained at a small natural harbour that he named after his famous ship Gjøa, Gjøa Haven. It is the only settlement on King William Island.

Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Cambridge Bay was visited by Amundsen in Gjøa during his famous and successful attempt to cross the Northwest Passage and later with his second ship Maud. Like some of the other settlements in the Canadian High Arctic, the locals are good carvers and various types of artwork can be seen.

Smoking Hills, Cape Bathurst, Northwest Territories, Canada
The cliffs of Cape Bathurst had already been seen by Franklin during one of his earlier expeditions. The cliffs contain oil shales and have apparently been burning for centuries. We intend to do a Zodiac cruise to get closer to the cliffs.

 

Kayaking
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.

 

Cultural Highlights:

  • Visit towns in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic to see how the Inuit live in current day.
  • Follow the tracks of famous explorers.

 

Wildlife Watch List:

  • Humpback whales, bowhead whales, beluga whales, narwhal and orcas
  • Musk oxen, reindeer/caribou, Arctic hares, polar bears, seals and walrus
  • Seabirds of note: Glaucous 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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restaurants & public areas

Your time on board will be time well-spent. Discover the dining options where you'll savour culinary excellence, and the exciting venues where you'll mingle with international travellers while enjoying our all-inclusive lifestyle.