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Greenland and Canada's High Arctic 2014

Trip Length

Trip Code

13 days PPGC14

Maximum Passengers

111 people

Countries Visited

Canada - Arctic, Greenland, Denmark

Start City

End City

Copenhagen Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Greenland and Canada's High Arctic 2014

If you crave some cultural learning alongside your wildlife encounters, then this journey to the northern communities of the Arctic is for you. When you’re not looking for polar bear, walrus, beluga whales or seabirds; you’ll be exploring Inuit communities in Canada and learning about traditions in Greenland.

 

Sea Kayaking

Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers! Our sea-kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea.  Taken in small groups of 10-16 people, multiple times per voyage, sea-kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions. We require you to have some prior sea-kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit.

More information about your Adventure Options, including physical requirements and cost of each option is available by contacting Peregrine.

 

POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS GREENLAND

 

KANGERLUSSUAQ

Kangerlussuaq and the Kangerlussuaq Fjord in Western Greenland present colorful buildings and potential for glimpses of Arctic wildlife such as musk oxen and caribou. Lush mountainous landscapes provide a great backdrop at this port of embarkation, while whales may be spotted at sea.

 

ILULISSAT

North of the Arctic Circle, this ice fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recognized as one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world, the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier located here moves at 19m per day. More glacial ice is calved into the ocean here than anywhere else, except for Antarctica.

 

SISIMIUT

A village town, the second largest in Greenland, Sisimiut is a place to stretch the legs. Inhabited for more than 4,000 years the history here is a mix of Saqqaq, Dorset and Thule cultures. The colorful wooden houses here are typical of Greenlandic communities today. Nasaasaaq, an impressive mountain provides a scenic backdrop to this settlement and the nearby Amerloq Fjord is another worthwhile landing site.

 

UPERNAVIK

In the Upernavik Archipelago the island and settlement of Upernavik provide one of the best opportunities for learning about Viking history in this part of Greenland. The museum here is well worth a visit.

 

KULLORSUAQ

Hunting and fishing remain the way of life in this small, traditional town. This part of the Upernavik Archipelago has fewer economic alternatives than further south. Whaling is an important part of the livelihood of many of the inhabitants here.

 

DUNDAS

Located in Northwest Greenland, Dundas is near a U.S. Air Base and area of some contention as the U.S. had a plutonium contamination here back in the 1960’s. All is well in Dundas itself though, with an impressive glacier for exploring.

 

QAANAAQ

The world’s most northern municipality and one of the world’s most northern settlements. Traditional means of living are strong here and the local museum helps shed some light on what it takes to live this close to the top of the world.

 

POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS CANADA

 

COBOURG ISLAND

An important bird area, this uninhabited Canadian island is home to large concentrations of seabirds including thick-billed murres, northern fulmars, black-legged kittiwakes, guillemots and glaucous gulls.

 

DUNDAS HARBOUR

Located on Devon Island, there are remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police post here, dating back to 1924. The post was built to monitor and illegal fishing and whaling activities by other nations coming into Canadian waters. Historically this area has been settled for more than 3,000 years by Inuit and pre-Inuit cultures.

 

CROKER BAY

A nearby glacier actively calves off chunks of ice, creating a birthing place for icebergs at Croker Bay. The bay was a popular stop during the 1800’s when a path to the Pacific (the Northwest Passage) was at the forefront of Arctic exploration.

 

PRINCE LEOPOLD ISLAND

Impressive, near perfectly vertical cliffs, ring part of this small island. This creates an ideal environment for nesting seabirds, and they nest here in numbers – more than 500,000 strong! Thick-billed murres, black guillemots and northern fulmars are most commonly seen here.

 

BEECHEY ISLAND

Named after Frederick William Beechey, an explorer of the Royal Navy, this is one of Canada’s most important Arctic sites and has been deemed a Canadian National Historic Site. During the Franklin Expedition of 1845-46, two of Franklin’s ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror anchored here with perilous results. Three of his crew died and are buried at a marked grave site.

 

RADSTOCK BAY

The bay has been a popular research location for observing polar bears. Denning mothers favor this area and polar bears are frequently seen during summer months. A Thule site here provides insight into how the pre-Inuit people survived, and lived, in the Arctic.

 

RESOLUTE

One of Canada’s most northern settlements, Resolute has everything from a grocery store and cable TV to an RCMP station and handful of hotels. It also has an airport, which is your gateway back home.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Greenland and Canada's High Arctic 2014


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark

Enjoy an included night in Copenhagen, Denmark and meet your fellow travelers. Arriving a day or two early is strongly suggested as there are many sights to visit around the capital.

Day 2: Embarkation Day in Kangerlussuaq

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Off to Greenland! Upon landing in Kangerlussuaq, you’ll be transferred to the port and then take your first Zodiac ride out to the ship, which will be anchored off shore.

Day 3-7: West Greenland

Meals included: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Ancient archaeological sites, massive fjords and plenty of Zodiac excursions and tundra hikes await you in Greenland. Sisimiut has a small fishing village-feel to it with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos with a perfect mountainous backdrop. The town has a number of interesting buildings to explore, including some dating back to colonial times.
Get in touch with local customs here by enjoying a kayaking demonstration. Kayaks have traditionally been used for whale hunting and are still a crucial form of transport here after thousands of years. The only way between towns in Greenland is by sea or air as most settlements are on small islands.
The third largest town in Greenland is Ilulissat, which happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll undoubtedly be impressed by the massive Sermeq Kujaaeq fjord here, one of the fastest moving in the world. Ilulissat is a big dog-sledding town in winter, and the 6,000 sled dogs here outnumber the people. In Ilulissat, you’ll experience spectacular zodiac cruising and hiking for all fitness levels.
Heading further north into the Upernavik Archipelago, keep your eyes out for whales and seals, which are numerous in these waters. A couple of places we like to take you here are Upernavik and Kullorsuaq. At Upernavik there is an interesting museum (the oldest in Greenland) and a Viking rune stone was discovered nearby, making this the most northern discovery of any Viking artefacts in the world! Over at Kullorsuaq, you’ll find that things are very traditional. This small settlement sustains itself on fishing, whaling and sealing.
From Kullorsuaq, your journey north will take a day or more. Enjoy a day at sea, spotting seabirds and cetaceans, or you can spend your time taking in lectures by the Expedition Team or chatting with fellow shipmates.
Dundas and Qaanaaq are your next landings along the north western edge of Greenland. A great glacier and archaeological site dating back to 1916 are found at Dundas. It is also a perfect place for you to head out on a hike, taking in the sights, sounds and colors of the Arctic summer. Qaanaaq is one of the world’s most northern settlements. You can enjoy the colorful buildings here, which present a great contrast to the surrounding landscape. A visit to the local museum is a wonderful way for you to gain a deeper appreciation for what it takes to live this far north.

Day 8: Cobourg Island

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

You’ll leave Greenland today as we sail over to Canada and visit Cobourg Island. This is an uninhabited island off the coast of Ellesmere Island and the waters here are home to bowhead, beluga and narwhal whales as well as seal and walrus. Polar bears may also been seen here!
Large cliffs present you with a thrilling Zodiac cruising excursion, as the island has been deemed an important bird area. Possible sightings include thick-billed murres, northern fulmars, black-legged kittiwakes, black guillemots and glaucous gulls.

Day 9-11: Lancaster Sound

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic, you’ll have numerous hiking and birding opportunities. The first of which usually takes place at Dundas Harbour on Devon Island. Your beach hike here will be high-lighted by visiting the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police post dating back to 1924. This area has been settled for thousands of years by the Palae-Eskimo, Thule and, now, Inuit. Don’t be surprised if your Canadian history walk is interrupted by walrus, which are sometimes hauled out on the beach nearby.
Croker Bay is another spot where you’ll be able to get out and stretch your legs. It is home to many archaeological sites and was a popular stopping off point during the quest to discover the Northwest Passage in the 1800’s. You may see a number of icebergs floating around in this area, after having calved off of a nearby glacier.
You’ll also visit Prince Leopold Island, exploring by Zodiac as the impressive cliffs are home to more than 500,000 birds. If you missed spotting any of the species at Cobourg Island, you’ll have a good chance of catching them here.
The Canadian National Historic Site of Beechey Island is the most significant place you’ll visit pertaining to exploration of the Canadian Arctic. A small grave site exists, with markers for men who died during Sir John Franklin’s expedition in 1845-46. Roald Amundsen also stopped here in 1903, on his successful voyage to the Northwest Passage.
Your final day of exploration in the Lancaster Sound will include a mix of history and wildlife. At Radstock Bay there is an ancient Thule site, including some very well-preserved subterranean homes. It’s an interesting place to visit and see how this pre-Inuit culture lived. This is also a good place for observing polar bears.

Day 12: Disembarkation Day in Resolute

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Named after the HMS Resolute, one of the ships sent to try to find Franklin’s ships the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. This is where you’ll say goodbye to the Sea Explorer and be transferred to the airport for your flight to Toronto, where you’ll have one last night to reminisce with your new friends about your Arctic adventure.

Day 13: Toronto, Canada



Your Trip

What's Included

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

•Passport and any applicable visa expenses. •Government arrival and departure taxes. •Any meals ashore when applicable. •Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance. •Excess baggage charges. •Laundry and other personal charges. •Telecommunications charges. •The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew. •Optional kayaking activities.


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Greenland
Visa not required for stays up to 90 days, need onward flight ticket and sufficient funds during stay. This applies to Australians, New Zealanders, Brits, Canadians and Americans.

Denmark
Visas are currently not required for Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian or UK/EU passport holders wishing to visit Denmark. Some EU nationals may travel in Europe using only an identity card, however it is your responsibility to check with the relevant authorities if this applies to you.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Canada - Arctic

Greenland

www.lonelyplanet.com www.greenland.com Lonely Planet Greenland and the Arctic The Greenlanders – Jane Smiley This Cold Heaven, Seven Seasons in Greenland – Gretel Ehrlich

Denmark


Important Information

These Trip Notes should be read in conjunction with Peregrine’s Arctic pre-departure information that is provided to you shortly after booking. A second information manual dealing with Arctic history, geology, geography, marine and bird life will also be provided.

1. Itinerary:
Please note that due to the exploratory nature of this expedition, weather, ice, wildlife or other conditions may require changes be made to the itinerary and/or cancellation of certain shore excursions. Every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary, within the limits of safety and time constraints. We shall fit in as many stops as is practical along the way allowing you to experience as much as possible of this wonderful area. The locations mentioned in this itinerary are just some of the highlights of our fascinating expedition of discovery and exploration and we shall attempt further landings wherever and whenever time and local conditions permit.

2. Budgeting:
In addition to funds for on-board expenses, it is possible to purchase souvenirs in some locations such as books, t-shirts, windcheaters, stamps, postcards, caps and some really good knitwear on many of the shore excursions that include visits to villages or towns. In addition some museums and sites charge entry fees and in some locations you may wish to buy some food and drink (although the meals on the ship are very good and plentiful!). Visa and MasterCard are accepted on board our ship, but elsewhere they are of limited use. Icelandic krónurs (ISK) cash are accepted in Iceland, although some businesses may accept credit cards. However, please note that there is almost nowhere in Greenland that will take credit cards and very, very few places are willing to accept foreign currency. Danish Kroner are a must for Greenland and they should be purchased before your trip starts. Credit cards again are of limited use. Please remember that all on board services are charged in US dollars and your on-board account (bar, gift shop, medical, gratuities) can be paid for by either US dollars cash, US dollars travellers cheques and the above-mentioned credit cards.

3. Clothes:
Please read our Arctic pre-departure information carefully. Although you don’t need to make expensive, specialist-clothing purchases for this trip, you will need clothes that adequately protect against cold and wet conditions. (Sea spray is common on board Zodiacs). It is recommended that you have warm, waterproof clothing available for use upon arrival to protect yourself against the inclement weather. A Zodiac transfer from the pier to the ship is likely to take place, so please be prepared with appropriate clothing.

4. Motion sickness:
Although our vessels are among the most stable ships in their class, we will still inevitably encounter motion. Unless you are certain you are impervious to the problem, you should take precautions against seasickness. Your doctor can advise you as to the best methods for avoiding this uncomfortable condition.

5. Gratuities:
We suggest you allow the equivalent of US$11-13 a day for gratuities for the crew and expedition staff. This is usually collected just prior to the end of the cruise. If you wish, the amount can be paid by Visa or MasterCard.

6. Sea kayaking:
There are separate Trip Notes for the sea kayaking option. Some of the fjords of Svalbard and Greenland in particular are outstanding and unique locations for this activity. Please note that this option must be booked prior to your departure from home and it cannot be booked on the ship. Some prior experience is required.

Peregrine Voyage Documentation
Once you have booked your voyage to the Polar regions with Peregrine, you will be required to complete a series of online forms. You will be sent a link via email (my polar forms) which will take you to an enrollment form, cruise contract, medical form, arrival/departure information form and expedition parka size order form. These forms must be completed.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

22 July 2013


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