Waarom deze reis?
- Arctic Wildlife - polar bears, whales and massive sea bird colonies
- Experience the sites of the rarely traverssed Fury and Hecla Strait
- Traditional Inuit communities
- Cape Dorset, Canada’s Capital of Inuit Art
- An abandoned Hudson’s Bay Trading Post
- Tundra hiking for all fitness levels
- Zodiac cruising, Optional kayak adventure on selected voyages
Deze route is nog niet definitief en kunnen nog wijzigingen in voorkomen.
Je vliegt van Amsterdam naar Toronto waar je in de loop van de middag aankomt. Je overnacht in een comfortabel hotel in deze bruisende metropool
You’ll get transferred to the airport for your flight north. After landing in Resolute, it’s off to the harbour to board a Zodiac and cruise out to your ship. Enjoy some time out on deck, taking in your new Arctic surroundings, before you set sail on your Arctic expedition.
Beechey and Prince Leopold Islands
Named after Frederick William Beechey from the Royal Navy, your time on this island will include a visit to a small grave site with markers for men who died during Sir John Franklin’s expedition in 1845-46. Roald Amundsen also stopped here in 1903, on his successful voyage to the Northwest Passage. Prince Leopold Island has a more active attraction, as a Zodiac excursion will take you to impressive sea cliffs, which are home to more than 500,000 birds including kittiwakes, guillemots, gulls and fulmars.
At the southern end of Somerset Island, you’ll explore the coastline at Fort Ross. Back in 1937 the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post here, but it was abandoned only 11 years later due to severe ice conditions.
Fury and Hecla Strait
Today’s sailing takes you out of the Gulf of Boothia and into the rarely explored Fury and Hecla Strait. This challenging strait narrows to 2km/1.2miles in places Spend your time on the lookout for whales and seals as the ship captain navigates this area that thwarted many British efforts in their search for the Northwest Passage.
Igloolik and Foxe Basin
Like Beechey Island, Igloolik is a National Historic Site of Canada. Inhabited formore than 4,000 years, it took until 1822 for Europeans to arrive here. It was Captain William Perry and his ships the HMS Fury and HMS Hecla that first arrived, and wintered here that year. Igloolik is an active community today and home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus in the world. You’ll continue on exploring Foxe Basin and, if time permits, the Melville Peninsula. Here, you’re on the lookout for more wildlife. Foxe Basin is a shallow waterway that creates a great habitat for bearded seals and ringed seals, as well as Canada’s largest walrus herd. Polar bears may be spotted and beluga, bowhead and narwhal whales can be found in these waters. Birds are also in abundance with 10,000 pairs of Sabine’s gulls being among the most numerous. Lesser snow geese, ivory gulls, herring gulls, Canada geese and Arctic terns also frequent the basin.
A small hamlet, Cape Dorset has gained the reputation as Canada’s “Capital of Inuit Art.” You’ll find plenty of Inuit carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings here. The settlement itself has an interesting history, dating back to the Dorset Culture – pre-Inuit who lived here more than 3,000 years ago.
Akpatok and Monumental Islands
The largest island in Ungava Bay, Akpat is the local name for the thick-billed murres, which nest here in the tens of thousands. This is one of the largest colonies in the world and a favourite spot for polar bears. You can expect more wildlife encounters over at Monumental Island, which is a well-known island for more potential close sightings of some of the Arctic’s most iconic creatures – walrus and polar bears.
Located at the southeastern end of Baffin Island, Frobisher Bay is a puzzle work of narrow inlets and streams. You’ll spend your last full day of the expedition exploring by zodiac, possibly fitting in a refreshing hike ashore. This means you’ll have a fun time exploring numerous islands in the area, not knowing what surprises will be around each corner, or sea cliff. It’s a great place to spend your last full day of expedition cruising and will surely provide some scenic highlights.
Disembarkation Day in Iqaluit
Your final Zodiac ride will take you from the ship to shore. Iqaluit is the capital of Nunavut Territory and is located on Baffin Island. Your time here will be brief, as your flight and final overnight in Montreal awaits, signalling an end to your time in the Arctic.
vlucht naar Amsterdam
Je hebt het grootste deel van de dag de tijd om Montreal te verkennen. Aan het eind van de middag ga je naar de luchthaven voor de terugvlucht naar Amsterdam.
aankomst in Amsterdam
POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
RESOLUTE One of Canada’s most northern settlements, Resolute has everything from a grocery store and cable TV to an RCMP station and handful of hotels. It also has an airport, which is your gateway back home.
BEECHEY ISLAND Named after Frederick William Beechey, an explorer of the Royal Navy, this is one of Canada’s most important Arctic sites and has been deemed a Canadian National Historic Site. During the Franklin Expedition of 1845-46, two of Franklin’s ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror anchored here with perilous results. Three of his crew died here and are buried at a marked grave site.
PRINCE LEOPOLD ISLAND Impressive, near perfectly vertical cliffs, ring part of this small island. This creates an ideal environment for nesting seabirds, and they nest here in numbers – more than 500,000 strong. Thick-billed murres, black guillemots and northern fulmars are most commonly seen here.
FORT ROSS Home to a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post, abandoned in 1948. Today, the island is uninhabited but the buildings are still used occasionally by caribou hunters from settlements further south.
FURY AND HECLA STRAIT This narrow channel south of Baffin Island is an ideal place for cetacean watching and enjoying the icy realm of the Arctic as it is often ice covered. The difficulty in navigating these waters wreaked havoc with many expeditions during the heyday of Arctic exploration and a search for the Northwest Passage.
IGLOOLIK A National Historic Site of Canada, this area has been inhabited by various cultures for more than 4,000 years. It took until 1822 for Europeans to arrive here, when Captain William Perry and his ships the HMS Fury and HMS Hecla, wintered here. Igloolik is a fairly active community today, with schools, health facilities and a geology and seismology station.
FOXE BASIN Wildlife abounds in Foxe Basin, a shallow waterway that is home to bearded seals, ringed seals, walrus, polar bear, beluga whales, bowhead whales and narwhals. Birds are also in abundance including Arctic terns and glaucous, ivory, herring and Sabine’s gulls.
CAPE DORSET A historic hamlet located on Dorset Island, Cape Dorset is where remains of an ancient Thule settlement were found, dating back to 1000BC. Nearby, Mallikjuaq Territorial Park provides great hiking and exploring options, while the Inuit inhabitants of today are known for producing great works of art.
AKPATOK ISLAND South of Baffin Island and the Hudson Strait, the largest island in Ungava Bay is called Akpatok Island. This limestone island has tall sea cliffs reaching as high as 250m, creating a perfect habitat for nesting seabirds including the Akpat, or thick-billed murre.
MONUMENTAL ISLAND Just off the coast of Baffin Island in the Davis Strait, this island belongs to the Canadian Territory of Nunavut. Monumental Island is a place where both polar bears and walruses can be seen. Zodiac cruising here presents great photographic opportunities.
FROBISHER BAY This large inlet in the Labrador Sea, at the southeastern part of Baffin Island is riddled with small islets and islands. It is 230km/140miles long and serves as a home to a wide variety of seabirds and cetaceans. At the end of the bay is Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut.
IQALUIT Located on Baffin Island, with a population around 7,000 people, Iqaluit has all of the essential services you need and has been host to the Arctic Winter Games and the G7 Summit.