(Baffin Bay Cruise)
A cruise exploration of the wildlife, culture and spectacular scenery of Arctic Canada and Greenland. From Iqaluit on the east coast of Baffin Island to the west coast of Greenland this 11-day voyage sails through a spectacular wilderness of glaciers, mountains, fjords and breathtaking icebergs. Along the way, the Inuit settlements of both Canada and Greenland will open eyes to the rich and unique cultures that have survived in this harsh landscape for many hundreds of years.
Available Cruise Departure Dates:
Aug 4, 2013
Special Promotion: Save $1,100 pp (double occupancy), plus FREE one night hotel in Ottawa, FREE flights from Ottawa to Iqaluit and Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa.
Take an airport transfer in Ottawa in a luxury vehicle with a professional driver.
Situated in the heart of Nation's Capital, Hotel Novotel Ottawa provides a modern destination for business and leisure travelers. This central hotel features 282 hotel rooms and numerous amenities in a quiet environment, such as complimentary WiFi, onsite restaurant Trio, a refreshing indoor saltwater pool, and versatile event rooms for corporate meetings or elegant weddings. The hotel also features 9 smoking rooms and 2 wheelchair accessible rooms.
Flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit is included free of charge.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of the ship. You'll set sail this evening. Your first dinner on board will provide an ideal opportunity to meet some of your fellow expeditioners.
Akademik Ioffe was designed and built in Finland for the Russian Academy of Science, to travel quietly, during hydro-acoustic research. The vessel carries a maximum of 107 guests in a variety of cabin configurations. This Polar Adventure Ship is exceptionally maneuverable and quick. External stabilizers and a built-in trimming system provide exceptional stability. Akademik Ioffe, sister ship to Akademik Sergey Vavilov, has an ice-strengthened hull and a cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. All cabins have exterior views. Cabins have either shared, semi-private or private facilities. One dining room with unreserved seating. Lounge and bar, open afternoon and evening. Theater-style presentation room.
Sailing out of Frobisher Bay, you turn north and sail along the coast of Baffin Island. Monumental Island is part of a small group of islands south of the Lady Franklin Group. A great place to find wildlife, you'll look up for gyrfalcon and peregrine falcon, scan the shoreline for polar bears and the icy waters for walrus.
Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound and the gateway to Auyuittuq National Park, Pangnirtung is beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea. This town is known for its arts and crafts and a visit to the art gallery is a must. Inuit art is coveted by art collectors worldwide. In addition, the Angmarlik Visitor Centre has a wonderful interpretive display featuring the lifestyle of the Thule and of the modern Inuit.
Protecting the northern entrance to Cumberland Sound, Cape Mercy is an exposed headland jutting out into Davis Strait. As the Baffin Bay middle ice recedes throughout the summer, the stretch of Baffin coast from Cape Mercy to Cape Dyer is a great place to find polar bears coming ashore. You will have all eyes searching as you sail this region.
Your crossing of Baffin Bay will depend on the extent of the so-called ‘middle ice’. The goal will be to find the edge of this and then follow it as the ship crosses Baffin Bay. Overall time at sea here will be determined by the extent of the ice and amount of wildlife.
Pilot whales, as well as numerous species of Arctic seal and seabirds abound in Baffin Bay. As you approach the Greenland coast, you'll start to see icebergs calved from the mighty glaciers of Greenland.
You'll visit the town of Uummannaq after sailing into spectacular Uummannaq Fjord. Sculpted, castellated icebergs will accompany us as you cruise into the fjord. Keep an eye open for whale blows as you sail these waters. The town of Uummannaq is set at the base of a dramatic cliff and on a small island often surrounded by large icebergs. Enjoy a walk around the town, drop into the supermarket or sit on the patio at the Hotel Uummannaq and enjoy a coffee as your eyes feast on the view.
One of the wonders of the world, the Jacobshavn Icefjord spews massive tabular icebergs out into Disko Bay. Your approach to Ilulissat will depend on the amount of ice in and around the mouth of the icefjord. Ilulissat was the hometown of Knud Rasmussen, one of Greenland’s most famous explorers and anthropologists, born here in 1879.
A very large island in the mouth of Disko Bay, Qeqertarsuaq is a site of both geologic and historic interest. A possible summer fishing camp for the Viking colonists in Greenland, mineral deposits containing native iron and hot springs are all part of the allure of this island. You will visit the southern coast, cruising the spectacular rock arches before visiting the town of Qeqertarsuaq.
You'll explore the fjord behind the town of Sisimiut before visiting the town in the afternoon. You'll hope to meet a few of the traditional Greenlandic kayakers and perhaps see a demonstration of “Eskimo Rolling” by one of the former champions of the Greenland Kayaking Championships.
Upon arrival to Kangerlussuaq, you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your fellow expeditioners.
Upon disembarkation you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Take a flight from Greenland to Ottawa. Contact our sales person for options.
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