Days
9
Price from
8350EUR
Map of Canadian Arctic Express: The Heart of the Northwest Passage including Canada

Experience the remote Arctic on an extraordinary seafaring expedition

This nine-day voyage takes you deep into the Canadian Arctic to explore the polar wilderness. A dedicated crew will attend to all of your needs, taking into account weather and ice conditions and preparing the very best journey through parts of the Northwest Passage. Search for musk oxen and polar bears among the icy landscapes in places like Arctic Bay, Beechey Island and Croker Bay, and embark on incredible helicopter experiences and optional kayaking adventures. With an included charter flight from Toronto and an expert crew of local guides, academics and scientists leading the way, discover the heart of Canada’s far-northern reaches on an expedition to remember.


Start
Toronto, Canada
Finish
Toronto, Canada
Destination
Canada
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Polar, Wildlife
Code
PPMHP
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 200

Why you'll love this trip

  • Set sail on the Northwest Passage bound for some of the most remote parts of the Arctic, with possible landings in Lancaster Sound, the Bellot Strait and Port Leopold Island.

  • Take advantage of your vessel’s twin-engine helicopter fleet with opportunities to see the rugged Arctic land and seascapes from above, and the potential to land in areas otherwise inaccessible.

  • Appreciate the Arctic’s icy wilderness as you gaze out of your ultra-modern stateroom, cruising by icebergs, ancient glaciers, granite mountains and fields of tundra.

  • Join an expert expedition crew presenting a comprehensive lecture program on board, and venture on Zodiac cruises and immersive shore landings in search of caribou, polar bears and narwhals.

  • Explore the Nanavut region with Inuit guides to learn about communities that have called these environments home for thousands of years.

Is this trip right for you?

  • You will be supplied with an expedition parka and waterproof boots that are sturdy and warm. Please see the ‘Packing’ section of the Essential Trip Information for a detailed guide on what to bring with you.

  • On this journey, you will climb in and out of small Zodiac boats quite regularly to explore and search for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac.

  • Sturdy sea legs are needed for wet and dry landings by Zodiac, and you will hike on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces.

  • 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 in such a remote area.

Itinerary

Arrive at your leisure in Toronto and make your way to the pre-expedition accommodation, located near Toronto Airport. There will be a welcome letter will be waiting for you, outlining the details of your included charter flight to the remote hamlet of Resolute tomorrow. This evening you will also have the opportunity to ask a representative any questions you may have about your expedition. Otherwise, today and this evening are free for you to explore Toronto.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning take an included group transfer to the airport and board a charter flight bound for Resolute. You may have some time to explore this northern hamlet before boarding your vessel via Zodiac boat or helicopter in the afternoon. Once on board, relax into your stateroom and check out the facilities that are on offer, which include restaurant, bar and lounge areas, a spa, fitness centre and sauna.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
The next five days are dedicated to exploring parts of the remote Northwest Passage in search of desolate landscapes, rare wildlife and remote polar communities. You might spot a musk ox lumbering across frozen tundra, see a whale breaching as you watch from the deck or take a tour of a tiny settlement with an Inuit local. Along the way, your expert crew will present a series of lectures and seminars designed to equip you with the best knowledge to fully appreciate this region, as well as joining you during your Zodiac cruises and shore landings. While the itinerary is not set, your crew will be working each day to ensure the highest chance of wildlife-spotting and getting you to the most desirable locations. Weather permitting, take the chance to head out on a scenic helicopter flight in one of the ship’s two twin-engine aircraft, either sightseeing or to remote landing sites which would otherwise be inaccessible. Sky high in a helicopter, cruising past towering icebergs in a Zodiac or savouring the view from your private balcony – you’ll see the Canadian Arctic from all angles.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (5)
  • Lunch (5)
  • Dinner (5)
Special Information
Please speak to a booking agent when you confirm your expedition for more information on helicopter excursions.

Potential excursions and landing sites are determined by weather, ice conditions and animal-spotting opportunities and cannot be guaranteed in advance. Destinations mentioned here should be used as a guide only.
Bid your expedition crew a warm farewell as you disembark and transfer to Resolute Airport for your included flight back to Toronto. Upon arrival in Toronto, transfer with your group to your post-expedition accommodation and choose either to relax or explore the city further.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
With no activities or accommodation booked for today, your expedition comes to an end. You are free to leave at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out policy.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Ship, Zodiac, Plane

Accommodation

Expedition Voyage, Comfortable hotel

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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

A full kayaking program and single session paddles are available to book on this voyage. They is must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. To participate in the full kayaking program, previous, recent experience is essential. In addition, the Ultramarine offers included activities using the 2 on board helicopters such as flight seeing and landings from the helicopter.

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 representative

Essential trip information

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