Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands

Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands
Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands
Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands
Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands
Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands
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The smattering of islands contained in Canada’s Arctic north are a world away from the more accessible parts of North America

The smattering of islands contained in Canada’s Arctic north are a world away from the more accessible parts of North America. Here, the iceberg-strewn waters are home to walruses and whales and tiny Inuit communities built on permafrost. This 12-day expedition takes you into Nanavut and the Canadian High Arctic Archipelago to explore these incredible lands and waters, following the legendary Northwest Passage with an eye to encountering wildlife, historical sites and resilient people. Unlike the hardy explorers who attempted to map this landscape in days of old, you’ll be travelling in style with an onboard fitness centre, sauna and a wide range of cabin options.

Highlights
  • With two helicopters on board, you’ll get the chance to take included flights to soar above the Arctic landscape and make landings at otherwise inaccessible spots.
  • Explore parts of the Nanavut region with Inuit guides and learn about the people who have lived in the world’s most difficult environments for thousands of years.
  • Spot incredible wildlife on land and on Zodiac excursions. Canada’s High Arctic is home to fantastic beasts like polar bears, musk oxen, narwhals and caribou.
  • Traverse the waterways of the famed Northwest Passage, which foiled European explorers for hundreds of years, and attempt to reach the otherworldly Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg islands.
  • Discover the immense beauty of ancient glaciers, house-sized icebergs, granite mountains and epic tundra that extends as far as the eye can see.
Accommodation
  • Expedition Voyage, comfortable hotel
Transport
  • Ship , Zodiac , Plane
Destinations
  • Canada
Tour Types
  • Polar
  • Wildlife
Day 1 Toronto
Welcome to Toronto, the gateway to your expedition in the Canadian High Arctic. Make your own way to the accommodation outlined in the Essential Trip Information, where there will be a welcome letter waiting for you that outlines the details of your flight tomorrow. There will also be an optional briefing this evening to discuss details with a tour representative in person – ask at reception for information on when you can do this. Aside from that, you are free to use your time in Toronto however you’d like.

Day 2 Resolute – Embarkation Day
This morning, take an included transfer to the airport and board your charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, there might be time to check out some of this tiny hamlet before you transfer to your expedition ship via Zodiac or helicopter (depending on weather conditions and where the ship has been able to dock). Once onboard, settle into your cabin and get to know your expedition crew.

Day 3-10 Canada’s High Arctic
Spend the next week exploring the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic. Navigate through the Nanavut region and attempt to traverse Hell Gate to reach Axel Heiberg Island and Ellesmere Island. While many European explorers met their doom in the iceberg-strewn waters, Inuit peoples and their ancestors have lived here for almost 5000 years. You’ll discover the ancestral homelands of ancient cultures with Inuit guides (on shore and on board the vessel) who will explain how deep knowledge of the land and animals of the region has allowed people to live in the far north for millennia. While it’s impossible to confirm in advance the exact landing sites and itinerary for the next seven days, you can expect daily Zodiac cruising, land excursions, a comprehensive education program, visits to tiny settlements and unrivalled wildlife-viewing opportunities. Each day will bring something different – a rare bird species soaring overhead, a polar bear on the hunt in its natural habitat or the remains of a century-old expedition hut. With two helicopters on board, you also have the chance to enjoy included scenic helicopter flight and helicopter excursions to get a unique view on the Arctic and access to areas otherwise out of reach (weather dependent).

Day 11 Resolute – Disembarkation – Toronto
Say goodbye to your crew and take an included transfer to the airport for your included flight to Toronto. On arrival in Toronto, you are free to explore at your leisure or simply relax in your post-expedition accommodation for the evening.

Day 12 Toronto
Your tour comes to an end today and there are no activities or further accommodation booked.

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Group Size:1 - 200
Suitable For: 8-99 years
Accommodation:Expedition Voyage, comfortable hotel
Difficulty:Low
Meals:10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
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