Out of the Northwest Passage Cruise
Banks Island, Prince of Wales Strait, Melville Island, Bathurst Island, Beechey Island, Devon Island, Grise Fiord
- Visit the northernmost community in Canada at Grise Fjord and the westernmost community in Nunavut at Kugluktuk
- Sail the route to the North Pole during our journey into Smith Sound
- Travel to Greenland, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories within one sailing
- Play a nine-hole tundra golf course overlooking the Beaufort Sea at Ulukhatok
- Marvel at the Ilulissat icefield, where 90% of the north Atlantic’s icebergs are born
- On this Northwest Passage Cruise we will travel at a leisurely pace with ample opportunity to explore some of the least travelled regions of the Canadian Arctic.
Starting in Kugluktuk, we will head west, striking out into the Beaufort Sea. We will, ice conditions permitting, head through Prince of Wales Strait, making expeditionary stops on both Banks and Victoria Islands. Next we visit Winter Harbour and Neil Griffiths Point on Melville Island and delve into the rich waters of Lancaster Sound, reputed for its abundance of beluga whales and other marine mammals. Stopping on Baffin's Eastern coast we will visit the vibrant Inuit community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) and Buchan Gulf, one of many deep fjords on the northeast shoulder of Baffin Island.
Crossing Davis Strait to Greenland we visit Ilulissat, the largest town in Disko Bay and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We cruise among the massive icebergs, where North America's bergs calve from the massive Greenland icecap as it tumbles down to meet the sea. Heading south we call in at the splendid town of Itilleq, scene of many of Adventure Canada's soccer outings. We end the voyage with passage down the stunning Sondre Stromfjord, 185km to Kangerlussuaq.
Onboard our team of resource staff will help us comprehend this vast land, it's makeup, history, mythology and people. Daily lectures will compliment onshore activities preparing us for experiences on land and sea.
- Please note that this is an expeditionary itinerary. While we will make every attempt to keep to the published itinerary, weather, wildlife sightings and other factors may change the timings and or destinations listed on the itinerary.
Resource Experts on this Northwest Passage Cruise
Margaret Atwood is keen birder, ardent conservationist and one of Canada’s most celebrated writers. Throughout her thirty years of writing, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and several honorary degrees and currently serves as joint president of the Rare Bird Club. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is perhaps best known for her novels. The Blind
Assassin, won the 2000 Booker Prize, and in April 2003, her eleventh novel, the Man Booker Prize nominated Oryx and Crake was released to great acclaim. Her latest collection of short stories, Moral Disorder published in fall 2007 as was The Door, a book of poetry.
Mike is one of Canada’s leading Arctic photographers and explorers with over 30 years of journeys to his credit. Mike has been part of a number of fascinating expeditions which have been the subject of several documentaries and books. His photographic and video work has illustrated subjects ranging from sovereignty, culture, environment, youth, conservation and tourism. Mike has been compelled to spend part of every year for three decades in the North to travel slowly and thoughtfully and “ to feel the pulse of the land” and live with the unique cultures of the Arctic realm. He is the author of the book” The Magnetic North”. Mike lives with his wife, Bonnie Kumer and their dog/child, Laird in Chelsea, Quebec.
Graeme Gibson, who is the author four novels and the recently published Bedside Book of Birds, is currently joint Honourary President, with Margaret Atwood, of BirdLife International’s Rare Bird Club. For almost ten years (in the guise of “The Great Auk”), Graeme organized, and frequently led, birding trips to Cuba and Ecuador. A long time conservationist he has been a council member of W.W.F. Canada and is currently Chairman of the Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Graeme was an initial organizer and a founding member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and has
been president of the Canadian Centre of International PEN. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992.
A composer, songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, playwright, environmentalist, explorer & producer, Ian has captured the spirit of many remote & beautiful parts of the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Through 30 albums ofnoriginal music, his work has become known & respected around the world & he has played a significant role in the
folk music scene in Canada & internationally. Ian’s latest - Four Coast Project: Volume Three The Arctic: A Thousand Shortcuts Home - will be released in 2009.
Kenojuak Ashevak, probably Inuit art’s most famous artist, began her career in the late 1950s in Cape Dorset where she became the first woman to be involved in the printmaking studio that has since brought the artists of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative to international attention. Kenojuak grew up travelling between hunting camps on Baffin Island and in the Nunavik region of northern Québec. Still active today, some fifty years later, this lively grandmother has received over 20 awards for her art, including honorary degrees, membership in the Royal Canadian Academy, a National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Order of Canada.
A member of the well-known Houston family, John spent the first seven years of his life in the Arctic at Cape Dorset, Baffin Island. He studied art in Paris and graduated from Yale University in 1975; that same year, he took up the position of Art Advisor to the Pangnirtung Co-operative’s printmaking project. In 1998, John co-wrote and directed his first film. His 2007 film: Kiviuq, was recently awarded ‘Best Documentary Film’ at Dreamspeakers 12th annual International Aboriginal Film & Television Festival in Edmonton. His latest James Houston: The Most Interesting Group of People You’ll Ever Meet was released in late 2008.
- Category 1 $7,595.00
- Category 2 $9395.00
- Category 3 $10,295.00
- Category 4 $11,695.00
- Category 5 $12,995.00
- Category 6 $14,395.00
- Category 7 $15,495.00
- Category 8 $15,995.00
- Category 9 $16,695.00
- Category 10 $17,595.00
- Quad Lower Forward, 2 upper 2 lower berths, porthole window.
- Triple Lower Deck, 1 upper 2 lower berths, porthole window.
- Junior Double, two lower berths, porthole window
- Double, two lower berths, midship, porthole window.
- Main Double, two lower berths, porthole window.
- Deluxe Double, two lower berths, midship, porthole window.
- Superior Double, two lower berths, picture window.
- Junior Suite, two lower berths, sitting area, picture window.
- Suite, two lower berths, sitting area, picture window.
- Owner’s Suite, two lower berths, shower & bathtub, picture window.
What is included:
- All entry & park fees
- Your complete itinerary
- Team of resource specialists
- Educational program and pre-departure materials
- All shipboard meals
- All Zodiac excursions
- Service charges and port fees
What is not included:
- Commercial & charter flights
- Mandatory medical / evacuation insurance
- Personal expenses
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Discretionary gratuities to ship’s crew (approximately
- $10 - 14 per passenger per day)
- Visas, or inoculations, if required
- Physician’s fees confirming you are fit to travel
- Possible fuel surcharges
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