13 days

Baffin Island Explorer via Fury and Hecla 2014

Baffin Island Explorer via Fury and Hecla 2014

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  • Our most in-depth exploration of the Canadian Arctic! If you find abundant wildlife encounters and historic sites appealing, this voyage to some of the most heralded sites in Arctic exploration history has been created for you.
     

    Adventure Options

    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 kayaking, including physical requirements and cost of each option is available by contacting Peregrine. This activity needs to be needs to be secured upon booking.

    POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:

    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.

    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 here and are buried at a marked grave site.

    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.

    FORT ROSS

    Home to a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post, abandoned in 1948. Today, the island is uninhabited but the buildings are still used occasionally by caribou hunters from settlements further south.

    FURY AND HECLA STRAIT

    This narrow channel south of Baffin Island is an ideal place for cetacean watching and enjoying the icy realm of the Arctic as it is often ice covered. The difficulty in navigating these waters wreaked havoc with many expeditions during the heyday of Arctic exploration and a search for the Northwest Passage.

    IGLOOLIK

    A National Historic Site of Canada, this area has been inhabited by various cultures for more than 4,000 years. It took until 1822 for Europeans to arrive here, when Captain William Perry and his ships the HMS Fury and HMS Hecla, wintered here. Igloolik is a fairly active community today, with schools, health facilities and a geology and seismology station.

    FOXE BASIN

    Wildlife abounds in Foxe Basin, a shallow waterway that is home to bearded seals, ringed seals, walrus, polar bear, beluga whales, bowhead whales and narwhals. Birds are also in abundance including Arctic terns and glaucous, ivory, herring and Sabine’s gulls.

    CAPE DORSET

    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.

    AKPATOK ISLAND

    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.

    MONUMENTAL ISLAND

    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.

    FROBISHER BAY

    This large inlet in the Labrador Sea, at the southeastern part of Baffin Island is riddled with small islets and islands. It is 230km/140miles long and serves as a home to a wide variety of seabirds and cetaceans. At the end of the bay is Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut.

    IQALUIT

    Located on Baffin Island, with a population around 7,000 people, Iqaluit has all of the essential services you need and has been host to the Arctic Winter Games and the G7 Summit.

    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.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Toronto, Canada

    Your Arctic adventure begins a little further south, with an overnight stay in Toronto, Canada.

    Day 2 - Embarkation Day in Resolute

    You’ll get transferred to the airport for your flight north. After landing in Resolute, it’s off to the harbour to board a Zodiac and cruise out to your ship. Enjoy some time out on deck, taking in your new Arctic surroundings, before you set sail on your Arctic expedition.

    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3 - Beechey and Prince Leopold Islands

    Named after Frederick William Beechey from the Royal Navy, your time on this island will include a visit to a small grave site 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. Prince Leopold Island has a more active attraction, as a Zodiac excursion will take you to impressive sea cliffs, which are home to more than 500,000 birds including kittiwakes, guillemots, gulls and fulmars.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Fort Ross

    At the southern end of Somerset Island, you’ll explore the coastline at Fort Ross. Back in 1937 the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post here, but it was abandoned only 11 years later due to severe ice conditions.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Fury and Hecla Strait

    Today’s sailing takes you out of the Gulf of Boothia and into the rarely explored Fury and Hecla Strait. This challenging strait narrows to 2km/1.2miles in places. Spend your time on the lookout for whales and seals as the ship captain navigates this area that thwarted many British efforts in their search for the Northwest Passage.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - Igloolik and Foxe Basin

    Like Beechey Island, Igloolik is a National Historic Site of Canada. Inhabited for more than 4,000 years, it took until 1822 for Europeans to arrive here. It was Captain William Perry and his ships the HMS Fury and HMS Hecla that first arrived, and wintered here that year. Igloolik is an active community today and home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus in the world. You’ll continue on exploring Foxe Basin and, if time permits, the Melville Peninsula. Here, you’re on the lookout for more wildlife. Foxe Basin is a shallow waterway that creates a great habitat for bearded seals and ringed seals, as well as Canada’s largest walrus herd. Polar bears may be spotted and beluga, bowhead and narwhal whales can be found in these waters. Birds are also in abundance with 10,000 pairs of Sabine’s gulls being among the most numerous. Lesser snow geese, ivory gulls, herring gulls, Canada geese and Arctic terns also frequent the basin.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Cape Dorset

    A small hamlet, Cape Dorset has gained the reputation as Canada’s “Capital of Inuit Art.” You’ll find plenty of Inuit carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings here. The settlement itself has an interesting history, dating back to the Dorset Culture – pre-Inuit who lived here more than 3,000 years ago.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9-10 - Akpatok and Monumental Islands

    The largest island in Ungava Bay, Akpat is the local name for the thick-billed murres, which nest here in the tens of thousands. This is one of the largest colonies in the world and a favourite spot for polar bears.
    You can expect more wildlife encounters over at Monumental Island, which is a well-known island for more potential close sightings of some of the Arctic’s most iconic creatures – walrus and polar bears.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Frobisher Bay

    Located at the southeastern end of Baffin Island, Frobisher Bay is a puzzle work of narrow inlets and streams. You’ll spend your last full day of the expedition exploring by zodiac, possibly fitting in a refreshing hike ashore. This means you’ll have a fun time exploring numerous islands in the area, not knowing what surprises will be around each corner, or sea cliff. It’s a great place to spend your last full day of expedition cruising and will surely provide some scenic highlights.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12 - Disembarkation Day in Iqaluit

    Your final Zodiac ride will take you from the ship to shore. Iqaluit is the capital of Nunavut Territory and is located on Baffin Island. Your time here will be brief, as your flight and final overnight in Montreal awaits, signalling an end to your time in the Arctic.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13 - Trip concludes in Montreal

    Your trip finishes in Montreal, Canada.

  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
    • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage
    • All shore landings per the daily program
    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
    • A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists
    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
    • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled
    • Photographic Journal on DVD documenting the voyage
    • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
    • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    • A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    • All luggage handling aboard the ship
    • Arrival transfer from Toronto airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation
    • On embarkation day transfer from your hotel to Toronto airport for the mandatory charter flight to Resolute, followed by transfer to the waiting ship
    • On disembarkation day group transfer from the ship to airport for mandatory charter flight to Montreal
    • Pre-expedition hotel night in Toronto and post expedition hotel night in Montreal.
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

    Not Included

    • Passport and any applicable visa expenses
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Any meals ashore.
    • 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.

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage. Due to  International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures, Zodiac operations, polar bear management and firearm safety (there is a good chance that we will see some of these magnificent animals during this trip, but extreme care must be taken if we ever encounter them whilst we are ashore!).

  • Map Itinerary

  • Our Ships

    Sea Explorer

    Sea Explorer

    This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1991 and was refurbished in 2004 in Norway.

    Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Sea Explorer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.

    Sea Explorer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite.

    Departure Dates for the Sea Explorer

    • 03 Sep 2014 - 15 Sep 2014
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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PPBI14
Start City: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
End City: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

What to know

Flights should be booked into Toronto, Canada and out of Montreal, Canada.

Note: Weather or other conditions may require changes to our itinerary and shore excursions.

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