13 days

Baffin Island Explorer with Greenland 2015

Baffin Island Explorer with Greenland 2015

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  • An exploration of historic Canadian and Greenlandic sites in the Arctic, combined with abundant wildlife and Inuit culture equals one amazing Arctic expedition. This in-depth adventure provides fantastic opportunities for seeing all of the Arctic’s iconic creatures, including polar bears.
     

    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.

    RADSTOCK BAY

    The bay has been a poplar 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.

    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.

    DUNDAS HARBOUR

    Located on Devon Island, there are remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police post here, dating back to 1924. Historically this area has been settled for more than 3,000 years by Inuit and pre-Inuit cultures. Its original name in Inuktitut is Talluruti: “a woman’s chin with tattoos on it.”

    POND INLET

    Pond Inlet is located on the north-eastern shore of Baffin Island, across from Bylot Island with a population of approximately 1,310 people. It is known to the Inuit as Mittimatalik, “the place where Mittima is buried.” Although the name remains, the identity of Mittima is a mystery to the present day people of Pond Inlet. The community is one of Nunavut’s treasure troves.

    SAM FORD FJORD

    This fjord is a rock-climber’s dream. Tempting some of the most famous mountaineers and adventurers, its sheer rock faces form a severe barrier against the sea. The formations and contrasts make for stunning photographs.

    QIKIQTARJUAQ

    Known until 1998 as Broughton Island, this island boasts the highest mountains in North America east of the Rocky Mountain range. From the cape, multitudes of icebergs can be seen coming down the Davis Strait, while whales, seals and narwhals cavort off its shores.

    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 disembarkation, 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.

    ITILLEQ

    Itilleq is a settlement in the Qeqqata municipality in central-western Greenland. It was originally founded in 1847 on another island, but was later moved 1 kilometer east to its present location. Its main trade is fishing and hunting, and a facility is required to de-salinate seawater, as the island has no freshwater source.

    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

    After a morning charter flight to Resolute, you’ll have a chance to walk around this small arctic town before being transferred to the ship by Zodiac.
    Enjoy some time out on deck taking in your new surroundings before you set sail on your Arctic expedition.

    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3 - Beechey Island and Radstock Bay

    At Beechey Island you’ll visit 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 through the Northwest Passage.  For a more ancient perspective, you’ll visit some very well-preserved subteranean homes in Radstock Bay, built by the Thule culture.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Croker Bay and Dundas Harbour

    At Croker Bay, there is a possibility you will see the glacier actively calving icebergs into the bay. Just east of here is Dundas Harbour, the now-abandoned settlement where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police manned an outpost from 1924 until 1951. They continue to maintain one of Canada’s most northerly graveyards out of respect to those who lost their lives during this time.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Pond Inlet and Eclipse Sound

    Today the community at Pond Inlet (or Mittimatalik, as it has been called by the Inuit for throusands of years) will welcome you to the Artist’s Co-operative.  In addition to the internationally renowned art produced here, the people earn their living fi shing for Arctic char.  Take time to explore the hamlet and hike the nearby tundra.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Sam Ford Fjord

    The majestic, impossibly high cliff s of Sam Ford Fjord greet you as you sail past this impassive coast. See “Stump Spire,” fi rst ascended by Conrad Anker and named in honour of a fallen mountaineering friend. Some intrepid folks have been known to trek here from nearby Clyde River and base jump from these rock walls into the frigid waters below! (Not available as an adventure option as of yet.)

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Isabella Bay

    The Igaliqtuuq National Wildlife Area in Isabella Bay was created to protect the bowhead or Greenland right whales that summer there. Orca or killer
    whales have been sighted in the vicinity hunting the bowheads, some of which have scars from previous encounters with orcas. A whale watch will be conducted while we are exploring the entrance to the Bay.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Qikiqtarjuak (Broughton Island)

    Your last stop in Canada, Qikiqtarjuak is known as the iceberg capital of the world, naturally trapping many icebergs as they travel down the Davis Strait. An abundance of marine wildlife can be seen here as beluga and right whales, narwhals and ring and harp seals pass by. Trek up the many walking trails to join the inukshuk and share its view overlooking the island and the community.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - At Sea

    Traverse Baffin Bay as you leave behind Canadian shores in pursuit of Greenland.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10 - Ilulissat

    Meaning “iceberg” in Greenlandic, Ilulissat is home to the fastest-moving glacier outside of Antarctica, Sermeq Kujalleq. This UNESCO World Heritage site is located north of the Arctic Circle, and moves at an average of 19 metres per day. Cruise at a safe distance by zodiac, and if you’re lucky, witness the spectacle of calving ice.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Sisimiut and Itilleq

    Explore the 18th-century colonial buildings still standing in Sisimiut. Watch a traditional kayaking demonstation in this northernmost year-round ice-free port in western Greenland. Continuing southward, the ship will reach the village of Itilleq, a typical Greenlandic community. It is delightfully situated in a hollow (which is the meaning of “Itilleq” in Greenlandic) on an island without any fresh water. The village has approximately 130 inhabitants.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12 - Disembark in Kangerlussuaq

    Your final Zodiac ride will take you from the ship to shore. Your time here will be brief, as your flight to Montreal awaits, signalling an end to your time in the Arctic. Upon arrival in Montreal, we will transfer you to your included hotel.

    Breakfast

    Day 13 - Montreal

    Today you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Montreal.

    Breakfast
  • 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
    • A waterproof expedition parka to keep
    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    • All luggage handling aboard the ship
    • Transfer from the Resolute mandatory charter flight to the 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

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    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

    • 26 Aug 2015 - 07 Sep 2015
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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PPBI15
Start City: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
End City: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Style: Polar

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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