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.
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.
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 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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