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High Arctic Explorer tour

High Arctic Explorer

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Travel Style: N/A
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
10 days
From: $ 6,795 $ 680 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • See Arctic Circle on the southern shores of Cornwallis Island
  • Explore Maxwell Bay which lies on the southern coast of Devon Island
  • Enjoy hiking excursion to glimpse muskox and caribou, together with polar bears
  • Discover Croker Bay, it  is particularly dramatic for its deep blue icebergs, soaring peaks
  • Visit the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour
  • Explore the coastal waters of the Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife Area
  • Visit to Sirmilik National Park. It’s located on the northern coast of Bylot Island

Short Description

Cruise into the Heart of the Canadian Arctic. Spend ten days immersed in the Canadian Arctic wilderness on this cruise from the northern outpost of Resolute. Visit one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in the world at Prince Leopold Island, spot belugas, narwhals and polar bears along the rugged coastlines and meet the remote Inuit community of Grise Fjord. Expeditions are led by natural and historic experts, offering an in-depth look at this little-visited part of the world.  

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 Edmonton

Travel Theme

Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

Canada Arctic

Cities & Attractions

Edmonton

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: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Your adventure begins with a charter flight from Edmonton to the remote outpost of Resolute which lies above the Arctic Circle on the southern shores of Cornwallis Island. It is named after the British HMS Resolute which was abandoned in ice here in 1850 while searching for the lost Franklin Expedition.

After meeting your Expedition Team, we’ll board zodiacs to embark the ship and set sail in the early evening over a welcome cocktail.

Day 2: Devon Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Today we will explore Maxwell Bay which lies on the southern coast of Devon Island, keeping an eye out for harp, ringed and bearded seals, as well as walruses which are often spotted in the coves and inlets. We’ll also embark on a hiking excursion to glimpse muskox and caribou, together with polar bears which can sometimes be found hunting here.

Day 3: Croker Bay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

We’ll continue east through Lancaster Sound which separates Devon and Baffin Islands and has been nicknamed the wildlife “super highway” of the Arctic. Waters from the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet here, creating an abundant source of nutrients for both marine life and bird species.

Croker Bay is particularly dramatic for its deep blue icebergs, soaring peaks and immense glacier, with muskox often spotted during zodiac cruises. We will also visit the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour which makes for an inspiring photographic setting.

Day 4: Coburg Island National Wildlife Area

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Today we will explore the coastal waters of the Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife Area which is home to almost 400,000 seabirds. Large numbers of thick-billed murres and northern fulmars can often be spotted along the cliffs here, together with beluga whales and other marine species as we cruise by zodiac.

Day 5: Grise Fiord

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Venture to the northernmost community in Canada and one of the world’s most isolated in Grise Fjord. In 1953, the Canadian Government relocated eight Inuit families here from Northern Quebec to maintain sovereignty during the Cold War and today around 100 of their descendants remain.

We will also go hiking in nearby Craig Harbour where an old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost was established in 1922 to patrol the north. Learn about the fascinating history of this remote region as you soak up the hilltop views.

Day 6: Sirmilik National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Spot thick-billed murres, black guillemots and black-legged kittiwakes along the bird cliffs of Cape Hay within Sirmilik National Park. It’s located on the northern coast of Bylot Island and a prime nesting site for hundreds of thousands of birds, making for a magnificent sight.

Day 7: Elwin Inlet

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Your Captain will navigate through the breathtaking fjord of Elwin Inlet for a zodiac cruise along its protected waters. You may also opt to go hiking at Cape Charles Yorke, with the opportunity to spot polar bears which frequent this coastline.

Day 8: Prince Leopold Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

After crossing Prince Regent Inlet, we will approach the towering cliffs of Prince Leopold Island which serves as an important migratory bird sanctuary and one of the most significant in the entire Arctic ecosystem. Thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes can all be spotted here, together with beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales which come to feed in the nutrient-rich waters. This is also a great place for spotting ringed seals and their predators, polar bears.

Day 9: Beechey Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Spend your final day exploring Beechey Island which is 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, then return to the ship for a special farewell dinner hosted by your Captain

Day 10: Resolute Bay

Your expedition comes to an end as we arrive into Resolute where you will bid farewell to your crew and be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Edmonton.

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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.

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.

What facilities are available on board?

We have a dining room, library, lounge, bar area, sauna, multimedia station, open bridge, and excellent outside viewing decks. See our ship details page for more information.

Do I need to bring my own rubber boots?

High quality insulated rubber boots are available in a large range of sizes. Please just note your size preference when providing final documentation.

Can I travel as a single?

We have many guests who come alone and while some choose to purchase the single cabin option, others choose to share; we will pair single travelers of the same gender together at no extra charge.

How many people are on the ship?

We try to limit the number of people we carry to a maximum of 96 passengers. We believe that small groups of people are the best way to experience the Polar Regions.

How much room is there for luggage?

There is storage space for empty luggage in the cabins under your bunk. Alternatively we can stow your baggage safely elsewhere on the ship. There is ample space for your clothing in cupboards and drawers in your cabin.

How frequently can I get off the ship?

We get off the ship as much as possible, usually two to three times a day when we are around the Antarctic Peninsula coastline. We spend between two and six hours at each location depending on the prevailing conditions.

Trip ID#:

HigArcAdv

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:

8 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 9 Dinners

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