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Baffin Island Explorer via Fury and Hecla 2015

Trip Length

Trip Code

13 days PPBI15

Maximum Passengers

111 people
Minimum Age
8

Countries Visited

Canada - Arctic

Start City

End City

Toronto, Ontario, Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Baffin Island Explorer via Fury and Hecla 2015

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.

Baffin Island Explorer via Fury and Hecla 2015


Day to Day 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

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

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.

Day 3: Beechey and Prince Leopold Islands

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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. At Prince Leopold Island, you will take a Zodiac excursion to the impressive sea cliffs, home to more than 500,000 birds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, gulls and fulmars.

Day 4: Fort Ross

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

At the southern end of Somerset Island, you’ll have time to explore 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.

Day 5: Fury and Hecla Strait

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Today’s sailing takes you out of the Gulf of Boothia and into the Fury and Hecla Strait. This challenging strait narrows to 2km (1.2miles) in places. It is an excellent time to be out on deck to spot wildlife and seabirds.

Day 6-7: Igloolik and Foxe Basin

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Like Beechey Island, Igloolik is a National Historic Site of Canada and the area has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years and is still an active community today. You may even come across some circus performers, as Igloolik is home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus in the world! You’ll continue on exploring Foxe Basin, which is a great habitat for bearded and ringed seals, as well as walrus. Polar bears may be spotted here 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.

Day 8: Cape Dorset

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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.

Day 9-10: Akpatok and Monumental Islands

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

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.  You’ll enjoy a Zodiac ride along the shores in search of hauled-out walrus and prowling polar bears.

Day 11: Frobisher Bay

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Located at the southeastern end of Baffin Island, you’ll spend your last full day exploring the cliffs, narrow inlets and streams of Frobisher Bay. It’s a great place to explore by zodiac and take a refreshing hike ashore.

Day 12: Disembarkation Day in Iqaluit

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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.

Day 13: Trip concludes in Montreal

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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


Your Trip

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.

What's Included

Transport

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


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.

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


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.

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 onboard expenses, it is possible to purchase souvenirs in some locations such as books, t-shirts, stamps, postcards, caps and some really good knitwear on many of the shore excursions, which include visits to towns or villages. 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. 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 following credit cards - Visa and MasterCard.

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 in the Arctic, to protect yourself against the inclement weather. You will be given a waterproof parka to keep and water proof boots on loan for shore expeditions.

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:
You may wish to take part in the sea kayaking option at an additional cost. 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

24 March 2014


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