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Classic Northwest Passage and Baffin Island tour

Classic Northwest Passage and Baffin Island

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Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • See Coningham Bay on the shores of Prince Of Wales Island
  • Visit the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost
  • Explore Devon Island
  • Discover Baffin Island, navigate through Navy Board Inlet which is surrounded by Sirmilik National Park
  • Cruise into beautiful Niginganiq (Isabella Bay)

Short Description

Canadian Arctic Exploration. Explore the remote landscapes of the Northwest Passage and the spectacular fjords of Baffin Island on this 12-night expedition from Edmonton to Ottawa. Visit the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik, witness endangered bowhead whales and hunting polar bears, go hiking through beautiful Sunshine Fjord and travel in the footsteps of early explorers as you cruise through the islands and channels of Canada’s high Arctic region.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Edmonton
End City Ottawa

Travel Theme

Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

Canada Arctic

Cities & Attractions

Baffin Island Edmonton Ottawa Victoria

Age Requirement

16

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Trip Includes

  • Full service of our Adventure Consultants
  • Educational presentations from ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammal experts
  • Photography advice and instruction from the resident photographer
  • All zodiac and landing excursions
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness and yoga
  • All meals during the voyage
  • Coffee, tea and hot chocolate available anytime
  • Access to an English speaking medical advisor
  • Access to wellness area (finnish sauna, hot tub, sea water pool, natural essential oils)
  • Use of multi-media room
  • Expedition gear package for duration of the voyage (windproof/waterproof jacket and bibs, insulated rubber boots, water resistant binoculars, waterproof backpack, trekking poles)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edmonton

Meals Included: Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Depart Edmonton on your charter flight to Cambridge Bay, a remote outpost on the southern shores of Victoria Island. It’s a hub for hunting and fishing in the region and Amundsen spent two winters here, learning to dog-sled from locals in the lead up to his attempt on the South Pole. Embark your expedition ship, the Akademik loffe, in the afternoon and set sail for the Northwest Passage.

Day 2: Victory Point

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

As we cruise through the Northwest Passage, discover the mystery of Sir John Franklin and his “lost expedition” before encountering the vessels which were left abandoned in the ice of Victoria Strait. Today they are being brought back to life by the ongoing efforts of Parks Canada’s marine archaeological team and the recent Victoria Strait Expedition. We hope to visit Victory Point where you can see an abandoned lifeboat, cutlery and skeletons from this expedition, before passing as close as possible to the location of the HMS Erebus wreck.

Day 3: Coningham Bay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

This morning we will arrive at Coningham Bay on the shores of Prince Of Wales Island. It’s renowned as a polar bear hotspot, with these iconic creatures coming to hunt for beluga whales which often get caught in the rocky shallows. Seeing these hunters in their natural habitat is one of the most remarkable wildlife encounters in the Arctic.

Day 4: Bellot Strait

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

This morning we will transit the narrow passage of Bellot Strait which is renowned for its abundant marine species, including harp seals, bearded seals and polar bears. We’ll continue to the historic site of Fort Ross which is situated on Somerset Island. This former Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading outpost is surrounded by a number of fascinating archaeological sites which detail more than one thousand years of Inuit inhabitation.

Day 5: Beechey Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Today we will visit Beechey Island where Sir John Franklin’s expedition spent its last winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy wilderness. Step ashore to visit the grave markers which have been placed on a remote beach here and wonder at the bravery of these pioneering explorers.

Day 6: Devon Island

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

This morning we will enter Lancaster Sound which has been dubbed a wildlife “super highway”. Waters from the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet here, creating an abundant source of nutrients for both marine life and bird species. We will visit the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour which is situated on the southern shores of Devon Island, then search for musk ox and Arctic hare on a hiking excursion.

Day 7: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

As we approach the wild north coast of Baffin Island, we’ll navigate through Navy Board Inlet, which is surrounded by Sirmilik National Park, to visit the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik. Learn about the culture and history of these northern people on a visit the Natinnak Center, see traditional games being demonstrated and shop for beautiful Inuit carvings, jewelry and traditional crafts to help support the local community.

Day 8: Gibbs Fjord

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

This morning we will enter magnificent Gibbs Fjord where soaring peaks and snowy glaciers provide a dramatic backdrop as we cruise along its dark waters - likened by one guest to a “scene from Lord of the Rings”.

Day 9: Baffin Bay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Cruise into beautiful Niginganiq (Isabella Bay) which provides an important summer habitat and feeding ground for the endangered bowhead whale which is able to break sea ice using the crown of its head. Also keep an eye out for hunting polar bears, ringed seals, narwhal and Canada geese as we navigate these waters.

Day 10: Ilulissat Icefjord

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

This morning we will arrive in Sunshine Fjord which straddles the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees north. You may embark on an extended hike to soak up the spectacular views or opt for a less strenuous option along the picturesque coastline. Paddlers can also use this opportunity to go kayaking in the sheltered waters of the fjord.

Day 11: Pangnirtung

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

With a picturesque setting between the mountains and waters in Cumberland Sound, the small village of Pangnirtung serves as the western gateway to Auyuittuq National Park. Explore this remote community which has made a name for its traditional and contemporary arts, including carvings, prints and textiles, or visit the Angmarlik Visitor Center to gain a better insight into the history and lifestyle of the Thule and modern Inuit people.

Day 12: Monumental Island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Today we’ll launch the zodiacs to explore the shores of Monumental Island in the Davis Strait. This area is renowned for its encounters with walruses (and their cute pups), together with polar bears which come to hunt these fascinating creatures.

In the evening we will celebrate your final night on board with a farewell dinner hosted by the Captain.

Day 13: Ottawa

By the time you wake this morning we will be anchored off the beach of Iqaluit which is the largest community on Baffin Island. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ottawa where your expedition comes to an end.

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Ship Description

Both the Vavilov and Ioffe ships are amazing vessels. They are sister ships, so very similar in many ways.  Please see below for specifics for each ship.

Akademic Vavilov

The Scandinavian-built Vavilov sails like a silent dream out on the water. Highly maneuverable yet remarkably stable, the Vavilov was built for both science and adventure. It can endure voyages of any arctic condition while maintaining a cruising speed of 14.5 knots.

The Vavilov and the Ioffe together are two of the most capable adventure vessels around.

From Peter Grubb - Founder of ROW Adventures
"The Vavilov and it's sister ship, the Ioffe, are 2 of the most advanced research vessels afloat. The Vavilov is impressive and neat as a pin,..which is refered to as 'Bristol Condition' in sailing terms. The ship is operated by one of the largest and oldest shipping companies. Our team has sailed on this ship many times and are always impressed with the service and the ship."

Ship Specifications:

  • Staff & Crew: 53
  • Guests: 92
  • Length: 117.04m
  • Breadth: 18.28 m
  • Draft: 6.09m
  • Propulsion: 5,000 KW diesel twin engine
  • Ice Class: KM*L1(1)A2, Canadian Type B
  • Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots in open water

Amenities:

  • One dining room with unreserved seating.
  • Theatre-style presentation room.
  • Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits.
  • Library with a collection of polar-themed books.
  • Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Gym, sauna and swimming pool.
  • One elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

Akademic Ioffe

Primed for polar research, the Ioffe is an up-to-date, safe, spacious and all-around solid vessel. The common areas on board this boat are crafted with ultimate comfort in mind, whether you're attending an informative lecture or simply hanging out. With a fully stocked bar and variety of films available in the lounge, you can relax and unwind after a day of adventure just the way you want.
Other fabulous onboard facilities include an exercise room, ship store, massage room, sauna and pool. Then of course there's the great dining offered up in our superb dining room. An expert and professional staff member is always at the ready to tend to any need.
As it was originally crafted as a research vessel hailing from Finland, the Ioffe is a very graceful, peaceful and accommodating ship. You'll marvel at how quietly and smoothly she sails and appreciate the transformation she's undergone in order to shift her focus from science to adventure.
The last thing you'll want when you're trying to enjoy an Antarctic cruise is a rocky and noisy ship; such things are unheard of on the Ioffe thanks to her clever design. A ballast trimming system ensures that sea sickness is kept to a minimum, while noisy engines are situated far out of earshot.

  • Ship Specifications
  • Staff & Crew: 63
  • Guests: 93
  • Length: 117m
  • Breadth: 18 m
  • Draft: 6m
  • Propulsion: 5,000 KW diesel twin engine
  • Ice Class: KM*L1(1)A2, Canadian Type B
  • Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots in open water

Cabins and Amenities:

  • All cabins have exterior views.
  • Cabins have either shared, semi-private or private facilities (See deck plan).
  • One dining room with unreserved seating.
  • Theater-style presentation room.
  • Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits.
  • Library with a collection of polar-themed books.
  • Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Gym, sauna and swimming pool.
  • One elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

Are Children allowed? What is the age limit?

Yes! Although these trips are not directed towards children, we love to have families with children on our departures. Please contact us for more information if you are considering traveling with anyone under the age of 16.

Can you help purchase my airline tickets?

Unfortunately, we are not licensed to purchase air but we are happy to recommend our flight broker.  When travelling to Antarctica the closest international airports are either Buenos Aires or Santiago with connections to either Ushuaia or Punta Arenas.  For our Arctic voyages Edmonton, Alberta or Ottawa, Ontario are the usual arrival and departure cities pre and post charter flight.  We charter our own aircraft for travel into the High Arctic in addition to your scheduled air.

What is included in the trip price?

Trips include all meals/afternoon teas, use of our onboard expedition rubber boots, wet weather gear (you are welcome to bring your own as well), shore excursions, landings, educational presentations, expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff, an ER trained English speaking physician, guided hikes/walks, complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours per day, access to our multimedia room and download stations and accommodations on board. Please see our full list of inclusions and exclusions on the trip pages.

Does the crew speak English?

The ship's crew is Russian and they handle the day to day running of the vessel (engine room, bridge, outer decks, dining room service). The officers and the Captain on the bridge speak English. Some of the crew speak only a little English, but are always willing to use it.  All of our expedition staff, who guide the activities and tours speak English as well as various other languages on specialty departures.

Do I need gloves?

Yes – please pack two or three pairs of gloves. It is important to have spare dry gloves in case one set gets wet.

Trip ID#:

ClaPasAdv

Trip Excludes

  • Sea kayaking excursions (See note below)
  • International and National Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees, Airport taxes
  • Pre and Post cruise hotel accommodations
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Massages
  • Personal laundry service
  • Postage and telephone calls
  • Travel medical insurance, including medical evacuation (Mandatory)
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
  • Gratuities

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