Days
18
Price from
$12,480CAD

Discover remote fjords, islands, wildlife and Inuit communities on this comprehensive Arctic voyage

Set sail on an in-depth 18-day exploration of the most historic and remote corners of Iceland, Greenland and Canada. These are untamed lands of glaciers and icebergs, where ice-clad mountains and fjords open dramatically into the sea. Mingle with Inuit locals, soak in hot springs, marvel at cliffs teeming with seabirds, wander abandoned settlements and experience rare opportunities to get up close to Arctic wildlife such as whales, polar bears and puffins on regular Zodiac excursions. From Reykjavik to Ottawa, via many a tongue-twisting destination –Ammassalik, Skjoldungen, Narsaq Kujalliq, Pangnirtung – this is the kind of end-of-the-world adventure you won’t forget anytime soon.


Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Ottawa, Canada
Countries
Canada, Greenland, Iceland
Style
Peregrine
Code
PPAT
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 117

Why we love this trip

  • Step back in time on an informative visit to an historic whaling station on Kekerten Island

  • Guided by your expert Expedition Team, encounter wildlife such as whales, walruses, puffins and possibly even polar bears on regular hikes and Zodiac excursions

  • Poke around the ruins of Skjoldungen, an authentic Arctic ghost town

  • Soak your muscles (while soaking up the scenery) in Greenland’s natural hot springs

  • Visit traditional Greenlandic and Inuit settlements to mingle with the friendly locals and learn about their way of life

Is this trip right for you?

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.

  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.

  • This trip takes place during the time of year that Greenland enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.

  • Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.

Itinerary

Welcome to Reykjavik, where your Arctic adventure begins. Arrive into the city any time today, and independently transfer to the group hotel (accommodation for the night is included). On arrival at the hotel, you'll receive a welcome letter outlining the departure information for the following day’s flight. An agent will be available in the lobby to answer any questions you may have.

There’s plenty to see and do if you arrive early into the world's northernmost capital city. Reykjavik boasts vibrant art, music, food and nightlife scenes, and a visit to the city would be incomplete without a soak in one of the area's geothermal springs, the Blue Lagoon being the most famous.

Notes: If you arrive earlier or wish to extend your stay and need accommodation, please ask Peregrine or your agent for details and costs.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
No Arrival transfer is included. Please make your own way to the joining hotel. Full details of the hotel will be included with your final documentation.
There will be a welcome meeting and orientation this evening so it is advisable to arrive at the hotel by 6pm.
After breakfast today, the group will take a transfer to the airport and board a charter flight to the northern Icelandic town of Akureyri. Although the flight time will be communicated to you on Day 1 when you arrive at the hotel, weather conditions can sometimes lead to a change in the schedule. Please be ready to depart the hotel at any time.

It's important to note that on the flight to Akureyri, there's a strict luggage limit: 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of checked luggage and five kilograms (11 pounds) of cabin baggage. Should you have additional luggage, it can be stored at the hotel in Ottawa (you can't take it with you on the plane).

On arrival into Akureyri, you'll transfer to your ship, get settled and meet your Expedition Team, captain and crew. As you sail out to sea, take in your new surroundings up on deck. Have your binoculars and camera ready, as you may spot birdlife and whales!
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Sailing into the peaceful bay of Hornvík, you’ll reach the northernmost point of Iceland. This area is encircled by two of the largest bird havens in Europe. You can hike an old path, once used by fowlers, out to the majestic Hornbjarg cliffs, which are dominated by millions of seabirds, such as Brünnich’s guillemots, kittiwakes and puffins. Encounters with Arctic foxes are also common here.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

The following optional activities are available on some or all of this trip's departures. Please note that they must be booked in advance (additional costs may apply), and that space is limited.

KAYAKING
Taken in small groups of maximum 16 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather conditions. Travellers with all levels of kayaking experience can take part, however if you are a novice, please take an introductory course prior to the voyage (and make sure it covers how to do a wet exit). Even if you do have some experience, we recommend doing some pre-trip practice, so you're comfortable out on the icy waters.

HIKING
Hiking is a great way to appreciate the immense windswept landscapes of the Arctic. The tundra comes alive with colourful shrubbery during the brief Arctic summer. Whether you're exploring communities, glacial shorelines or animal habitats, each hike is different. Your Expedition Team will advise you as to the difficulty levels of each optional hike when you're there.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
As we cross the Denmark Strait, your Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with educational presentations about the wildlife, history and geography of Greenland. Join your crew up on deck and on the bridge as they look out for whales and seabirds, get to know your fellow guests or simply take in the natural beauty surrounding you.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Sail south, dipping beneath the Arctic Circle. We’ll attempt our first Greenlandic shore landing on the island of Ammassalik, one of the most isolated inhabited islands on Earth. Keep your camera ready as you explore the region by Zodiac, venturing deep into the Sermilik Fjord.

With a population of just over 2,000, Tasiilaq is the largest community in East Greenland. Situated on the banks of the King Oscar Harbour, the town offers picturesque views and is the perfect place to pick up traditional crafts such as soapstone figures, wooden masks and tupilaks (carved figures that protect their owners against enemy attack).

Experience an Arctic ghost town at the abandoned Skjoldungen settlement. In the early 1960s, as part of a nationwide program to concentrate Greenland’s population in a few select sites, the inhabitants were relocated to larger, more accessible communities. After exploring the town’s remains, cruise the Skjoldungen Fjord in a Zodiac or take part in an optional kayaking activity.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Ships rarely venture into Lindenow Fjord, the least-occupied fjord in Greenland. Led by your Expedition Team, cruise to an arm of the fjord in search of bearded seals. You may also spot waterfalls along the sheer rock face. If the ice conditions allow, we'll explore Prins Christian Sund, which features a series of massive tidewater glaciers.

Rounding the southern edge of Greenland, land at Narsaq Kujalliq (also known as Narsarmijit). Founded by Herrnhut missionaries in 1824, it’s the country’s southernmost settlement. Explore Herjolfsnes, the site of an excavated Norse farm, where you can take a hike or soak in a natural hot spring while icebergs float by. Thermal springs are a common natural phenomenon in Greenland. On the uninhabited island of Uunartoq, bubble away in a warm stone-dammed pool while enjoying views of the surrounding mountains.

In the fertile South Greenland, visit the well-preserved ruins of a Norse church in Hvalsey. As you walk amongst the stone walls, you may just feel the presence of the settlers who used to gather here before the site was abandoned in the 15th century.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (4)
Sail towards Paamiut. Known for its mysterious fog and blend of old and new culture, the town has its own guardian: the white-tailed eagle. Inhabitants feel a strong connection with the king of the birds, and legend has it that good luck will come to those who spot it (easy to do, as they’re seen in large numbers here). The friendly locals and fishermen will happily talk about their town, and you may be able to see fin, humpback, minke or killer whales from shore. You’ll also have the opportunity to hike along a thousand-year-old nature trail.

History and culture buffs will find plenty to do in the bustling Greenlandic capital of Nuuk. Wander along to the waterfront to see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue, both named after the missionary who founded the settlement in 1728. At the Greenland National Historic Museum, you can view the 500-year-old remains of fully dressed mummies, found after two brothers out grouse hunting discovered their graves under a rocky outcrop. Also worth exploring are the Katuaq Culture Centre and Nuuk Art Museum.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today, sail across the Davis Strait, a major summer feeding ground for walruses and narwhals. On-board presentations by your Expedition Team will prepare you for your upcoming Baffin Island adventures. During this time at sea, it’s easy to stay entertained: learn to identify seabirds, share photos and swap stories with shipmates, lounge with a book in the ship's library, savor a glass of wine in the bar or get active in the exercise room. Or, simply stay up on deck, enjoying the impressive sea views.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Trace the southeastern coast of Baffin Island, the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest in the world. In this land of glacial lakes, wildflowers such as Arctic poppies and purple saxifrage are scattered across the landscape. Your time here will be spent going on wildlife excursions by Zodiac, hiking the tundra and visiting fishing villages and traditional Inuit settlements to learn about the local history and culture.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Dubbed the Switzerland of the Arctic, the Inuit hamlet of Pangnirtung is nestled beneath the frosty peaks of Mount Duval at the mouth of the Pangnirtung Fjord, which merges with the Cumberland Sound. Artists in Pang, as locals call it, are renowned for their traditional woven tapestries and lithographs. Here, you can visit the internationally acclaimed Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts to watch craftspeople in action in the tapestry studio, purchase a limited-edition litho at the print shop, and even pick up a colourful Pang hat (with matching scarf and mittens) to keep you warm during the rest of your Arctic adventure.

Nearby, explore the remains of a whaling station on the uninhabited island of Kekerten. During the height of bowhead whaling in the late 1800s, the station was the most important of its kind in the Cumberland Sound area. The site represents the impact that the industry had on the culture and economy of the Inuit in the sound, as locals adapted to the rhythm of the whaler’s year.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Expect more wildlife sightings at Monumental Island, located off the southern coast of Baffin Island. Though uninhabited by people, the island is a wildlife playground. As you cruise in a Zodiac along the shoreline, keep your eyes peeled for hauled-out walruses and prowling polar bears.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This uninhabited archipelago was, for several centuries, the location of an annual trading fair between the Inuit and the Europeans. Explore the narrow channels separating the three rugged islands by Zodiac. Polar bears can often be seen prowling the steep slopes along the coast.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The ship is scheduled to arrive back at the pier in Iqaluit between 7 and 8 am local time today. After breakfast, bid farewell to your Expedition Team and shipmates before completing your disembarkation. The whole process takes about an hour. After disembarking, you'll be transferred to the airport for the return charter flight to Ottawa (hotel accommodation is included for the night).

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, your Arctic adventure comes to an end after breakfast at the hotel. Make your way to Ottawa's airport for your flight home, or spend a relaxing day exploring in the city.

Please note that weather conditions may delay our arrival, and airline schedule changes have also been known to occur. Booking flexible tickets is always encouraged, as we cannot be held responsible for delays due to unforeseen circumstances.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
No departure transfer is included. You are free to depart the hotel at any time.

Meals

17 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners

Transport

Ship, Zodiac, Plane

Accommodation

Cruise ship (15 nights), Hotel (2 nights)

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount).  The balance is due 120 days before departure.  If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid. If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage. Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.

ADVENTURE OPTIONS 
Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages except on Icebreakers. Kayaking must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. Some previous, recent experience is essential. Snowshoeing and hiking is also offered on some itineraries. These activities are at no additional cost and do not need to be pre-booked. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.

Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.

Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take) for more information.

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