Waarom deze reis?
- Arctic Wildlife - polar bears, whales and massive sea bird colonies
- Unique landscape of west Greenland and Arctic Canada
- Traditional Inuit communities
- Ilulissat, one of the world's fastest and most active glaciers
- Zodiac cruising, Optional kayak adventure on selected voyages
Deze route is nog niet definitief en kunnen nog wijzigingen in voorkomen.
vlucht Amsterdam - Kopenhagen
Your Arctic adventure begins with an overnight stay in Copenhagen. You may want to arrive early for some preexpedition touring around Denmark's bikefriendly capital.
Embarkation Day in Kangerlussuaq
Today’s charter flight will take you from Iceland to Greenland. When you land in Kangerlussuaq you’ll be landing at Greenland’s largest commercial airport, which was once a U.S. military base. You’ll be transferred to the port and then take your first Zodiac ride out to the ship, which will be anchored off shore.
Icy fjords, colorful communities and a historical UNESCO World Heritage Site await you in Greenland. You’ll explore by land and sea, first at Sisimiut; which is the second largest settlement in Greenland. Even so, this town has the feel of a small fishing village with a great harbor for walking around and a number of original 18th Century colonial buildings. Located 75km/46miles north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the most northern ice-free port in Greenland. You’ll get to watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking, the form of transportation first developed by the Inuit more than 4,000 years ago. From Sisimiut, you’ll venture further north to Ilulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This community is home to fewer than 5,000 people and more than 6,000 sled dogs. Ilulissat is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. As well as some spectacular zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike in Ilulissat.
Turning west, most of your day will be spent at sea. This will give you plenty of time to hang out on deck, searching for cetaceans or watching the seabirds glide along above the Arctic Ocean. This Arctic waterway, which separates Greenland and Baffin Island in Canada, is called the Davis Strait. Your Quark Expeditions team will happily recount the story of John Davis, an English explorer who crossed this waterway many times in search of the Northwest Passage.
Before reaching Baffin Island, you’ll head to the small island with a big name – Monumental Island, which was named as a tribute to Sir John Franklin. This is a well-known island for potential close encounters with some of the Arctic’s most iconic creatures. Settle in for a Zodiac ride around the island, in search of a walrus haul-out. These haul-outs are places where walrus congregate in reat numbers and can provide you with some exceptional photographic opportunities of these tusked pinnipeds. The walrus often aren’t alone here either, so be sure to keep your eyes on the horizon looking for spots of white roaming along the shorelines. Polar bears are often also seen around Monumental Island.
Continuing along the eastern edge of Baffin Island in an area called Ungava Bay, your next landing is all about birds and bears. The word Akpat is the Inuit name for the thick-billed murre, or Brünnich’s guillemot. These birds nest on the tall limestone cliffs found around the island. This is one of the largest colonies in the world and a favorite spot for polar bears.
Stepping foot on Baffin Island at the tiny community of Kimmirut, you’ll have a chance to see how people here still live a traditional Inuit lifestyle. This southern part of Baffin Island has an interesting mix of historical sites to visit or explore while hiking. While the traditional Inuit culture holds strong, you’ll also see an Anglican Church that dates back to 1909. This was also once an important trading post, with the Hudson’s Bay Company setting up here in 1911.Kimmirut will be your first good chance to have a chat with some Canadian Inuit, fewer than 500 people live here and many of them are artists who are happy to show you their impressive indigenous artwork and sculptures. Enjoy time wandering around the settlement, or purchase some Inuit art if something catches your eye.
This little hamlet is dubbed the “Capital of Inuit Art.” Since the 1950’s art has been the primary source of income for this small, local economy. You’ll find plentiful Inuit carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings here. The settlement itself has an interesting history, dating back more than 3,000 years. That ancient Dorset culture gave way over the years to the Thule Culture, of which today’s inhabitants are related. As with most communities here in the north Anglican faith dominates, despite decades of efforts from the Catholic Church.
Islands of Hudson Bay
As your expedition heads into the second largest bay in the world, the focus turns back to wildlife watching. There are numerous landing site options in the Bay, including Zodiac excursions around Walrus Island and shore excursions and hiking at Digges, Coats and Marble Islands.The relatively shallow waters of Hudson Bay create a rich marine environment where you may spot a wide variety of animals. The big cliffs at Digges Islands attract black guillemots and Iceland gulls. On the ground you may spot caribou and polar bears. Both bearded and ringed seals are known to frequent this area as well, as are beluga whales. If you’re anxious for more walrus encounters then Coats Island, and the aptly named Walrus Island, should provide the best opportunities for good viewing in this part of Hudson Bay. Hiking enthusiast and history buffs will enjoy time here as well. You’ll have the opportunity to hike around Eric’s Cove, Zodiac cruise the bird cliffs at Digges Islands and explore part of Coats Island, which has been a caribou reserve since 1920. Over at Coral Harbour, a small settlement of Inuit people live on the shores of Southampton Island. This area was home to one of the last Thule Inuit settlements in the Arctic, with Sallirmuit people living here until the 20th Century. Get ready to get active by hiking on Marble Island. You’ll gain a whole new perspective on life in the Arctic as this part of Hudson Bay has a lengthy list of expedition mysteries and tragic stories. A number of shipwrecks happened around here and even those who survived and sought help from the Inuit died from scurvy in the 1700’s and 1800’s. Failed expeditions to the Northwest Passage and a troubled whaling history helped give Marble Island its nickname of Deadman’s Island.
Disembarkation Day in Churchill
Beluga whales are often seen around the ship. If time allows, we’ll launch the zodiacs for a closer look. It will be time for you to say goodbye to the ship and crew today. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Toronto and one final night together with your new travel friends. The August 14, 2014 voyage operates in the reverse and includes an overnight in Toronto at the beginning of the trip and an overnight in Copenhagen at the end. Embarkation is in Churchill; disembarkation is in Kangerlussuaq.
vlucht naar Amsterdam
Je hebt het grootste deel van de dag te besteden in Toronto. Aan het eind van de middag ga je naar de luchthaven voor de terugvlucht naar Amsterdam, waar je de volgende ochtend terugkomt.
POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS RØDEFJORDEN The Red Fjord, or Rypefjord, is named for the colorful sandstone located on its western side. The stone has been ‘stained’ red by hematite, creating an oddity in this part of Greenland.
KANGERLUSSUAQ Kangerlussuaq and the Kangerlussuaq Fjord in Western Greenland present colorful buildings and potential for glimpses of Arctic wildlife such as musk oxen and caribou. Lush, mountainous landscapes provide a great backdrop at this port of embarkation, while whales may be spotted at sea.
ILULISSAT North of the Arctic Circle, this ice fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recognized as one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world, the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier located here moves at 19m per day. More glacial ice is calved into the ocean here than anywhere else, except for Antarctica.
SISIMIUT A village town, the second largest in Greenland, Sisimiut is a place the stretch the legs. Inhabited for more than 4,000 years the history here is a mix of Saqqaq, Dorset and Thule cultures. The colorful wooden houses here are typical of Greenlandic communities today. Nasaasaaq, an impressive mountain provides a scenic backdrop to this settlement and the nearby Amerloq Fjord is another worthwhile landing site.
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.
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.
KIMMIRUT Previously called Lake Harbour, Kimmirut is home to roughly 400 people. This small settlement has had a rich Canadian history, having been an outpost for both the RCMP and Hudson’s Bay Company.
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.
DIGGES ISLANDS West Digges and East Digges Islands are part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and are home to large colonies of thick-billed murres as well as Iceland gulls and black guillemots. Strong currents in this part of the Hudson Strait also attract abundant sea life, including cetaceans and the beautiful ringed seal.
COATS ISLAND Since 1920, Coats Island has been a protected area for caribou. There are also good chances of spotting walrus and thick-billed murres at Coats Island. At 5,500 square km in size (2,200 square miles) it is one of the largest uninhabited islands in the world.
CORAL HARBOUR This community on Southampton Island lies along the northern rim of Hudson Bay. Surprising to many people, the name comes from fossilized coral which can be found in the waters here. It is believed that the last people of the pre-Inuit Tuniit culture lived here, but were wiped out by western disease in the early 1900’s.
MARBLE ISLAND Sunken whaling ships and wrecked expedition ships from as far back as the 1700’s give the island a somewhat mysterious and treacherous history. The rocky landscapes of Marble Island have a high proportion of quartzite in them, creating a marble-like look on parts of the island. In addition to interesting geology, the island has plenty of great hiking trails to explore by foot. Travelers with a keen eye may spot lemmings, Arctic hare or Arctic fox here.
WALRUS ISLAND This uninhabited island is along the western shore of Hudson Bay, north of Whale Cove. Walrus are a big reason to visit here as they haul-out on shore and can be seen bobbing around in the water.
CHURCHILL There are very good chances of spotting beluga whales in the water near Churchill and the town itself is a hive of activity compared to other Arctic communities.