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Baffin Island Explorer with Greenland 2015

Trip Length

Trip Code

13 days PPBI15

Maximum Passengers

111 people
Minimum Age
8

Countries Visited

Canada - Arctic, Greenland

Start City

End City

Toronto, Ontario, Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Baffin Island Explorer with Greenland 2015

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.

Baffin Island Explorer with Greenland 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 Island and Radstock Bay

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

Day 4: Croker Bay and Dundas Harbour

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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.

Day 5: Pond Inlet and Eclipse Sound

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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.

Day 6: Sam Ford Fjord

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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.)

Day 7: Isabella Bay

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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.

Day 8: Qikiqtarjuak (Broughton Island)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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.

Day 9: At Sea

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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

Day 10: Ilulissat

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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.

Day 11: Sisimiut and Itilleq

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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.

Day 12: Disembark in Kangerlussuaq

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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.

Day 13: Montreal

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Today you can make your 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

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.

Greenland
Visa not required for stays up to 90 days, need onward flight ticket and sufficient funds during stay. This applies to Australians, New Zealanders, Brits, Canadians and Americans.

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

Greenland

www.lonelyplanet.com www.greenland.com Lonely Planet Greenland and the Arctic The Greenlanders – Jane Smiley This Cold Heaven, Seven Seasons in Greenland – Gretel Ehrlich


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

28 October 2014


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