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.
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.
Hiking is a great way to appreciate the immense windswept landscapes of the Arctic. The tundra comes alive during the brief Arctic summer, with bursts of colour from shrubs and plants that eke out a living in this polar environment. You’ll find each hike is different - exploring communities, shorelines or glaciated landscapes, often on the lookout for wildlife. Hiking participation is optional and your Expedition Team will advise you of what you can expect prior to each excursion.
POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS IN GREENLAND
The Red Fjord, or Rypefjord, is named for the colorful sandstone located on its western side. The stone has been ‘stained’ red by hematite, creating an oddity in this part of Greenland.
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.
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.
A village town, the second largest in Greenland, Sisimiut is a place the 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.
POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS IN CANADA
Just off the coast of Baffin Island in the Davis Strait, this island belongs to the Canadian Territory of Nunavut. Monumental Island is a place where both polar bears and walruses can be seen. Zodiac cruising here presents great photographic opportunities.
South of Baffin Island and the Hudson Strait, the largest island in Ungava Bay is called Akpatok Island. This limestone island has tall sea cliffs reaching as high as 250m, creating a perfect habitat for nesting seabirds including the Akpat, or thick-billed murre.
Previously called Lake Harbour, Kimmirut is home to roughly 400 people. This small settlement has had a rich Canadian history, having been an outpost for both the RCMP and Hudson’s Bay Company.
A historic hamlet located on Dorset Island, Cape Dorset is where remains of an ancient Thule settlement were found, dating back to 1000BC. Nearby, Mallikjuaq Territorial Park provides great hiking and exploring options, while the Inuit inhabitants of today are known for producing great works of art.
West Digges and East Digges Islands are part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and are home to large colonies of thick-billed murres as well as Iceland gulls and black guillemots. Strong currents in this part of the Hudson Strait also attract abundant sea life, including cetaceans and the beautiful ringed seal.
Since 1920, Coats Island has been a protected area for caribou. There are also good chances of spotting walrus and thick-billed murres at Coats Island. At 5,500 square km in size (2,200 square miles) it is one of the largest uninhabited islands in the world.
This community on Southampton Island lies along the northern rim of Hudson Bay. Surprising to many people, the name comes from fossilized coral which can be found in the waters here. It is believed that the last people of the pre-Inuit Tuniit culture lived here, but were wiped out by western disease in the early 1900’s.
Sunken whaling ships and wrecked expedition ships from as far back as the 1700’s give the island a somewhat mysterious and treacherous history. The rocky landscapes of Marble Island have a high proportion of quartzite in them, creating a marble-like look on parts of the island. In addition to interesting geology, the island has plenty of great hiking trails to explore by foot. Travelers with a keen eye may spot lemmings, Arctic hare or Arctic fox here.
This uninhabited island is along the western shore of Hudson Bay, north of Whale Cove. Walrus are a big reason to visit here as they haul-out on shore and can be seen bobbing around in the water.
There are very good chances of spotting beluga whales in the water near Churchill and the town itself is a hive of activity compared to other Arctic communities.
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.