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HEART OF THE ARCTIC

HEART OF THE ARCTIC

Ottawa to Iqaluit

This journey encompasses the beating heart of the Arctic from Iqaluit, Nunavut and, finally, the coast of Greenland across the Davis Strait. We’ll travel just after the summer solstice, when the midnight sun will be near its zenith. There will be chances of seeing wildlife, including polar bears, walrus, and musk ox. This expedition is far and away our most community—and art-focused Arctic itinerary; throughout, we will meet highly reputed creators and their creations. Kinngait (Cape Dorset) is widely hailed as the Inuit art capital and is home to some of the most celebrated stone carvers in the Arctic.

Highlights

Cross the Arctic circle while sailing in the shadow of a spectacular Greenlandic fjord | Chances to spot polar bears, walrus, marine mammals, and bird colonies during our cruise of the Hudson Strait | Mingle with world-renowned Inuit carvers in Kinngait | Enjoy the sounds of talented throat-singers | Learn first-hand about the history and culture of the Inuit | Visit a colourful Greenlandic settlement

Includes

ABOARD:
• the expertise and company of our expedition staff
• onboard educational presentations
• interactive workshops, evening entertainment
• all shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
• hors d’oeuvres & snacks during evening recaps
• 24-hour documentary and film programming
• fully stocked library

ASHORE:
• introductions to local people and customs
• sightseeing
• museum entries, park accesses, port taxes
• access to pristine wilderness areas
• Zodiac tours and cruises
• on-site archaeology workshops
• community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations

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13 days

$6,440 USD* p.p.


Departs Ottawa:
July 17, 2017

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Note: This is our proposed itinerary. It is highly probable that weather, sea, and ice conditions will not allow us to travel this exact route. Our Expedition Leader and the Ocean Endeavour’s captain will determine
our exact route day by day.

Day 1 | Jul. 17, 2017 | OTTAWA

Arrive at any time. Accommodation included at Chateau Laurier.

Day 2 | Jul. 18, 2017 | AKPATOK ISLAND

Uninhabited Akpatok Island features soaring bird cliffs and small rocky beaches. Indeed, the island is named for the akpat—the thick-billed murres—that live on the ledges of the limestone cliffs that surround it. Here we’ll use our Zodiacs to scout the beaches in search of walrus and polar bears.

Day 3 | Jul. 19, 2017 | UNGAVA PENINSULA

Today we continue our exploration of Nunavik, heading northwest along the Ungava Peninsula. This section of treeless tundra is rich in geology and tundra flora, and has a number of small communities along its shores. Depending on the weather and wildlife, we will be making a stop along this dramatic coast.

Day 4 | Jul. 20, 2017 | KINNGAIT (CAPE DORSET)

Along the northwest shore of Dorset Island, surrounded on one side by rocky hills and on the other by Hudson Strait, lies “the community that art built”. Between 1950 and 1962, Kinngait hosted a historic collaboration between James and Alma Houston and local Inuit—the collaboration that launched Inuit art onto the world stage. In 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was established. It remains the oldest arts organization in the Canadian Arctic and the oldest professional
Inuit printmaking studio in Canada. Old and new generations of outstanding artists, carvers, and printmakers have made Kinngait the Inuit art capital of the world.

Day 5-6 | Jul. 21-22, 2017 | SOUTH BAFFIN ISLAND

We will spend two days exploring the southern coast of Baffin Island, the fifth largest island in the world. Our objective is to spend half the time out on the land—hiking, exploring, and taking in the sights—and the remainder cruising the shoreline in our fleet of Zodiacs. We will be adaptable to weather and ice conditions, and be open to the possibility of wildlife sightings, as our expeditions to Baffin have proven unpredictable in both respects. The island is home to a wide variety of life, including a notable bear population, and we will be on alert for these kings of the north. Our days at Baffin will be exploratory in every sense, and we look forward to seeing what the island has to offer us.

Day 7 | Jul. 23, 2017 | KIMMIRUT (LAKE HARBOUR)

Located on southern Baffin Island, the scenic oceanside hamlet of Kimmirut is considered one of the most charming communities in the region. “Kimmirut” means “the heel” in Inuktitut, and refers to an outcrop of marble across the bay from the community that holds a striking resemblance to a human heel. Art has played a major role here and the newly renovated Dewey Soper Building is home to a gallery of outstanding works of art.

Day 8 | Jul. 24, 2017 | PANGNIRTUNG

Pangnirtung—“the place of the bull caribou” in Inuktitut—is located on a narrow coastal plain against a spectacular backdrop of high mountains and a winding river valley. It is a small community bordered by snow-capped mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Pangnirtung, or ‘Pang’ as locals call it, is famed for its art. One of the great attractions is the Uqqurmiut Inuit Arts Centre. The Centre welcomes visitors to the print and weave shops, where local artists create beautifully woven tapestries and prints. Artists from Pangnirtung are known around the world and are exhibited widely across Canada and beyond. The acclaimed “Pang” hats, colourfully patterned crocheted toques, can also be purchased at the centre’s gift shop.

Day 9 | Jul. 25, 2017 | EAST BAFFIN ISLAND

Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we navigate the east coast of Baffin Island. The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for exploring these hidden treasures of the north, as her manoeuvrability allows her to access regions that would be impassable to larger vessels. We will be on alert for changing weather and ice conditions and use our judgement as to which route along the coast will be the most spectacular. As ever, our elite team will be on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which we travel.

Day 10 | Jul. 26, 2017 | AT SEA — DAVIS STRAIT

Our presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales amid potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

Day 11 | Jul. 27, 2017 | NUUK, GREENLAND

Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and the world’s northernmost capital city! Nuuk means ‘the headland’ and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established as the very first Greenlandic town in 1728, Nuuk remains the bustling centre of the country today. We have the chance to spot humpback whales in the fjord, reindeer roaming the land, and birds soaring above. The town itself is home to the University of Greenland, a cathedral dating back to 1849, and Greenland’s National Museum. We will visit some of the city’s most important sites, before free time to explore on your own.

Day 12 | Jul. 28, 2017 | QEQQATA KOMMUNIA

There are a number of charming fishing villages along the west coast of Greenland. Depending on timing and sea conditions, we may call in at one of these communities to experience small town Greenlandic life, or we may navigate into the stunning fjords that line the coast. This is a day in the true spirit of expedition travel and we will avail ourselves of the opportunities that present themselves.

Day 13 | Jul. 29, 2017 | KANGERLUSSUAQ — TORONTO

We will make our journey up spectacular Sondre Stromfjord, and early risers will have a chance to experience its beauty. Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means “the big fjord”. Today we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and make our way to the airport for outbound charter flights.

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Anne Fairlie spent 30 years working at The Adventure Centre. During that time she fostered her love of travel by backpacking and joining many small group tours. Six summer months living and working in Whitehorse endorsed her love for Canada’s wilderness that had been growing since childhood cross country road trips. In 2008, she boarded the IOFFE in Inuvik to explore Baffin Bay, Greenland’s west coast and our high Arctic. Her writing skills and keen love of photography have thrived in the experiences she has had in the 125 countries she has visited.

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