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Classic Northwest Passage and Greenland tour

Classic Northwest Passage and Greenland

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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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Highlights

  • Explore Coningham Bay on the shores of Prince Of Wales Island
  • Visit the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour
  • See Devon Island and Dundas Harbour
  • Navigate through Navy Board Inlet and Sirmilik National Park to visit the community of Mittimatalik
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ilulissat Icefjord where immense tabular icebergs
  • Jump aboard the zodiacs or kayaks to explore its small side fjords

Short Description

Journey into the Remote Canadian Arctic. Venture into the remote Northwest Passage and cruise the fjords of Baffin Island before crossing to Greenland on this 12-night voyage. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers including Sir John Franklin and Roald Amundsen, cruise the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ilulissat Icefjord, witness the skills of traditional Greenlandic kayakers and soak up the incredible wildlife viewing opportunities in the Canadian Arctic.

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

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. Discover its history on a walking tour of the town before embarking your expedition ship, the Akademik loffe, and setting sail for the Northwest Passage.

Day 2: Victory Point

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

As we head further into the Northwest Passage, learn more about the mystery of Sir John Franklin and his “lost expedition” before we encounter his vessels 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. Witness an abandoned lifeboat, cutlery and skeletons at Victory Point, before passing as close to the location of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror wrecks as possible.

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 for one of the Arctic's most impressive wildlife encounters. Coningham Bay is famed for its polar bear sightings, with these iconic creatures coming to hunt for beluga whales which get trapped in the rocky shallows. 

Day 4: Bellot Strait and Fort Ross

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

This morning we will transit the narrow passage of Bellot Strait where harp seals, bearded seals and polar bears can sometimes be spotted and continue to the historic site of Fort Ross 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 on its remote beach to visit the grave markers which have been placed here and ponder the bravery of these pioneering Arctic explorers.

Day 6: Devon Island and Dundas Harbour

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 and Sirmilik National Park to visit the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik. Gain a better understanding of the culture and history of these northern people on a visit the Natinnak Center, see traditional Inuit games being demonstrated and peruse their beautiful carvings, jewelry and traditional crafts.

Day 8: Gibbs Fjord

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

This morning we will cruise through the dark waters of Gibbs Fjord, set against a dramatic backdrop of soaring peaks and snowy glaciers.

Day 9: Baffin Bay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

We’ll depart the rugged coastline of Baffin Island and cross the Baffin Bay en route to Greenland. Attend lectures on the natural and human history of the Arctic by your team of onboard experts and keep an eye out for fin, sperm and humpback whales which are known to frequent these waters, together with Arctic seals, fulmars and dovekies. 

Day 10: Ilulissat Icefjord

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Today we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ilulissat Icefjord where immense tabular icebergs are released into the waters of Disko Bay. These spectacular monoliths are created by a glacier which is advancing up to 40 meters per day and the high ice rating of our vessel allows us to explore in comfort and safety. 

Day 11: Sisimiut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Spend the morning on a zodiac excursion exploring a picturesque fjord behind the town of Sisimiut, then step ashore to visit its colorful houses. Backed by towering granite peaks, this small settlement is home to a museum, as well as traditional Greenlandic kayakers who will demonstrate their distinct watercraft skills.

Day 12: Sondre Stromfjord

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Today will be spent cruising up one of the world’s longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord, with plenty of opportunities to jump aboard the zodiacs or kayaks to explore its small side fjords. You may also opt to go hiking to spot muskox along the shores, as well as white-tailed sea eagles which can often be spotted riding the thermals above the ridges. 

Day 13: Kangerlussuaq and Ottawa

This morning we will arrive in Kangerlussuaq where you will bid farewell to your crew and be transferred to the airport for your charter flight to Ottawa.

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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#:

ClaNorAdv

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

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 Dinners

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