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One Ocean Expeditions

Arctic Classic Northwest Passage & Baffin Island 12 nights

This iconic voyage explores the remote Northwest Passage and stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline. We follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, while exploring the archipelago of islands and channels that create Canada’s high Arctic region aboard our celebrated expedition ship,Akademik Ioffe.. This is the home of the polar bear, the barren ground grizzly bear, musk ox, caribou and walrus.

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Classic Northwest Passage & Baffin Island

Starting Rate: $9,595.00+

Number of Nights: 12

Departs from: CAMBRIDGE BAY

Returns to: IQALUIT

This voyage starts from Edmonton on a special charter flight. The voyage ends with a charter flight to Ottawa.

Experiences:

    Wildlife Identification
    Sea Kayaking
    Photographer in Residence
    Education
    Family
    Fitness & Yoga
    Photography
    Polar Bear Watching
    Trekking/Hiking
    Whale Watching
    Zodiac Cruising

Available Dates:

2018
September 1 - 13 Akademik Ioffe Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Classic Northwest Passage & Baffin Island

The iconic voyage through the remote Northwest Passage has just become more accessible.

Arctic wildlife is a major draw card of this Arctic cruise, but there is also plenty of historical interest, and the stories of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition more than 170 years ago are central to our voyage. Franklin made his last heroic foray into the Arctic in 1845 with two ships and 129 men, never to be heard from again. The fate of the expedition remained a mystery until September 2014, when one of the vessels,HMS Erebus, was discovered in a remarkable state of preservation in the frigid waters of Victoria Strait. One Ocean Expeditions played a vital role in the search by carrying underwater search equipment on our ship as well as scientists, historians, researchers, dignitaries and sponsors of this history defining mission.



Day 1

Edmonton

We depart Edmonton for our flight to Cambridge Bay, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. Located on the southern shores of Victoria Island, to...

We depart Edmonton for our flight to Cambridge Bay, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. Located on the southern shores of Victoria Island, today it is a centre for hunting, trapping and fishing. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off, bound for the fabled Northwest Passage.




Day 2

Victory Point

As we chart a course into the Northwest Passage, our onboard presentation series begins, and the legend of Sir John Franklin and his ‘lost expedi...

As we chart a course into the Northwest Passage, our onboard presentation series begins, and the legend of Sir John Franklin and his ‘lost expedition’ starts to unravel. We aim to visit Victory Point, travelling very near the actual location of the wreck of HMS Erebus & the HMS Terror.




Day 3

Coningham Bay

This morning we arrive at Coningham Bay on the shore of Prince of Wales Island. Here, in the heart of the Northwest Passage, we hope to encounter o...

This morning we arrive at Coningham Bay on the shore of Prince of Wales Island. Here, in the heart of the Northwest Passage, we hope to encounter one of the most remarkable wildlife sites in the Arctic. This is a known hotspot for polar bears who come here to feast on Beluga whales, often caught in the rocky shallows at the entrance to the bay during low tide. It is not unusual to find the shoreline littered with whale skeletons – and very healthy looking polar bears!




Day 4

Bellot Strait

Today we transit the narrow passage of Bellot Strait – a channel separating northerly Somerset Island from continental North America. The skill o...

Today we transit the narrow passage of Bellot Strait – a channel separating northerly Somerset Island from continental North America. The skill of the Captain and Officers and capabilities of the ship becomes apparent during this exciting day of Arctic navigation. Nearby Fort Ross, located at the southern end of Somerset Island, is a former Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading outpost. Fascinating archaeological sites nearby tell a story of more than a thousand years of habitation by the Inuit and their predecessors.




Day 5

Beechey Island

Beechey Island holds great historic importance on our journey through the Northwest Passage. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedi...

Beechey Island holds great historic importance on our journey through the Northwest Passage. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing. This is a thrilling location for history buffs and for many it will be the defining moment of our expedition.




Day 6

Devon Island

Cruising the coastline of Devon Island, we are now in the waters of Lancaster Sound – a rich, bio-diverse region often referred to as the wildlif...

Cruising the coastline of Devon Island, we are now in the waters of Lancaster Sound – a rich, bio-diverse region often referred to as the wildlife ‘super highway’ of the Arctic. We plan to visit the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour, on Devon Island. Musk ox and Arctic hare are sometimes sighted in the vicinity and there are some great hiking options in the area.




Day 7

Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

We sight the wild north coast of Baffin Island and navigate through Navy Board Inlet. The vast landscapes of Sirmilik National Park tower surround ...

We sight the wild north coast of Baffin Island and navigate through Navy Board Inlet. The vast landscapes of Sirmilik National Park tower surround us as we approach the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). We are welcomed ashore and visit the Natinnak Centre, where a fascinating cultural exhibit showcases aspects of daily life, culture and history of the people of the north. Inuit carvings, jewellery and other traditional craft is on display and purchasing such items from the local artisans is a great way to support the community.




Day 8

Gibbs Fjord

This morning we enter the spectacular Gibbs Fjord with towering cliffs all around us. Our expedition ship will seem dwarfed by the giant peaks and ...

This morning we enter the spectacular Gibbs Fjord with towering cliffs all around us. Our expedition ship will seem dwarfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as we cruise slowly along the dark waters. One past guest was known to liken Gibbs Fjord to a 'scene from a Lord of the Rings' - it's hard to disagree!




Day 9

Niginaniq (Isabella Bay)

Isabella Bay (Niginaniq) is an important summer habitat and feeding area for endangered bowhead whales. These remarkable marine mammals are able to...

Isabella Bay (Niginaniq) is an important summer habitat and feeding area for endangered bowhead whales. These remarkable marine mammals are able to break sea ice with the crown of their head. The area also includes a shallowshelf at the entrance to the bay that provides protection for bowheads from predatory orca whales. Polar bears, ringedseals, Canada geese, snow geese and narwhal are also found in and around the area.




Day 10

Sunshine Fjord

Sunshine Fjord straddles the Arctic Circle and offers terrific hiking opportunities. You may wish to take the extended hike, gaining some real elev...

Sunshine Fjord straddles the Arctic Circle and offers terrific hiking opportunities. You may wish to take the extended hike, gaining some real elevation and offering wonderful views of our surroundings, or elect to take the less strenuous option along the shoreline. The sheltered waters of the fjord provide the kayakers with great conditions for paddling.




Day 11

Pangnirtung

Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound and the gateway to Auyuittuq National Park, the small community of Pangnirtung is beautifully situated bet...

Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound and the gateway to Auyuittuq National Park, the small community of Pangnirtung is beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea. This remote town is known for its arts and crafts and a visit to the local art gallery is a highlight. In addition, the Angmarlik Visitor Centre has a wonderful interpretive display featuring the lifestyle of the Thule and of the modern Inuit.




Day 12

Monumental Island

Monumental Island is a final highlight and a known location for walrus. We explore by Zodiac along the shoreline looking for these fascinating crea...

Monumental Island is a final highlight and a known location for walrus. We explore by Zodiac along the shoreline looking for these fascinating creatures. Watchful eyes may locate smaller pups within the masses. We sometimes encounter polar bears in this vicinity. This evening we celebrate with a special dinner and reflect on one our voyage across the top of the remote Canadian Arctic.




Day 13

Ottawa

By morning we are anchored off the beach from Iqaluit – the largest community on Baffin Island. We are transferred to the airport and board our f...

By morning we are anchored off the beach from Iqaluit – the largest community on Baffin Island. We are transferred to the airport and board our flight to Ottawa where our journey comes to an end. A transfer to a downtown location is provided.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Dates

Nights

Ship

Starting Rate

Charter Flights Options
September 1 - 13
2018
12 Akademik Ioffe $9,595.00+ Charter Flights: $1995.00
One Ocean Suite
$17,095.00

Shackleton Suite
$16,095.00

Superior
$14,695.00

Twin Private
$13,695.00

Semi Private
$11,395.00

Triple Share
$9,595.00



All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).

Sea Kayaking in the Arctic: USD695

GST (Canada): All bookings on voyages that operate domestically within Canada, are subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST). This will be itemized separately to the cruise price on the confirmation invoice.

*This voyage starts from Edmonton on a special charter flight. The voyage ends with a charter flight to Ottawa.

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