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SH Vega - 152 Guests

Canadian Arctic Discovery: Greenland & Canadian Arctic

Voyage on this unforgettable 17-day Canadian Arctic Discovery cruise departing from Greenland on our boutique expedition ship and circle around Baffin Bay in the Canadian Arctic before navigating part of the Northwest Passage among mountainous icebergs, charming fjords and some of the most active glaciers in the world in an area that is ice-bound for some of the year. Witness polar bears and be enchanted by a blessing of narwhal dive around you, then glimpse long white tusks break the icy arctic waters, and discover landscapes covered in arctic willow and purple saxifrage. Your voyage will take you to a region that has been visited by some of historys greatest explorers such as John Franklin, James Ross and Norwegian Roald Amundsen. Visiting Inuit communities with their colourful harbour homes makes your cruise a history lesson like no other.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marvel at the glistening icebergs that crack and calve spectacularly off glaciers into the meltwater
  • Learn about the history of the Inuit, Dorset and Thule people from our experts on board
  • Cruise the nutrient-rich waters of Lancaster Sound, home to harp, ringed and bearded seals, bowhead whales, beluga and narwhals.
  • Gaze up at the vertiginous cliffs of Prince Leopold Island filled with nesting birdlife
  • Follow in the wake of early explorers who set out to discover the Northwest Passage

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Sep 05, 2023Sep 21, 202312,100 11,931
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Sep 05, 2023Sep 21, 202312,100 11,931


ITINERARY

Day 1: Kangerlussuaq
At the head of one of the longest fjords in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has a history as a World War II airbase. Visit the 60-metre tall face of the Russell Glacier on the edge of the Greenland ice cap to hear and see it crack and break off into the meltwater. Other popular activities include kayaking on the fjords and wildlife tours of the glacial areas that attract muskoxen, reindeer, arctic foxes and gyrfalcons.

Day 2: Sisimiut
Just north of the Arctic Circle and the northernmost city in Greenland, Sisimiut remains ice free in winter and is known as an adventure sports hub. Inhabited for more than 4,500 years by the Inuit, Dorset and then Thule people, dog sled remains a common form of transport and we have a chance to see abandoned settlements but it also has a cool, modern side. Watch out for humpback whales and walrus between Sisimiut and the Thule district in the north.

Day 3: At Sea
As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

Day 4: Pond Inlet, Nunavut
The scenic views of snow-capped mountains and picturesque fjords have given Pond Inlet - or Mittimatalik - in northern Baffin Island the name of Canada’s ‘jewel of the north.’ The area is a prime breeding ground for narwhals, and bowhead whales, ringed and harp seals, and walrus also warrant a vigilant eye. Stop by the Nattinnak Centre to discover more about the region and its wildlife. The Inuit community here are renowned for their craft skills from printmaking and stone carving. Nearby, Qulalukat’s thousand-year-old Inuit sod houses merit a visit.

Day 5: Cruise Navy Board Inlet
An important high arctic wildlife area and part of Sirmilik National Park, today you cruise the 70-mile long Navy Board Inlet between Bylot Island to the east and the Borden Peninsula south of Lancaster Sound. This was a traditional hunting area for Inuit - watch out for narwhals, bowhead whales, beluga, orca, harp and ringed seals. As you sail through these narrow, iceberg-filled waters, spot caribou and polar bears who roam the shores and on tiny islands, such as Wollaston Islands at the entrance to Lancaster Sound.

Day 6: Dundas Harbour & Croker Bay
Dundas Harbour on Lancaster Sound is the eastern entrance of the Northwest Passage on the southeast coast of the world’s largest uninhabited island, Devon Island. Despite the harsh terrain, signs of life remain with the relics of a 1000 A.D. Thule settlement and a 1920s outpost from where Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) controlled illegal whaling. Nearby, Croker Bay is one of the deeper inlets into Devon Island, on the northern shores of iceberg-laden Lancaster Sound. The Devon ice cap feeds the monumental South Croker Bay Glacier that calves into the bay. Zodiac excursions take us past floating bergs dotted with seals and birds to get up close to stunning glacial waterfalls, and if safe to do so, you can step onto the glacier.

Day 7: At Sea
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.

Day 8: RADSTOCK BAY & BEECHEY ISLAND
This area is most closely associated with the exploration of Canada’s High Arctic and the Northwest Passage. Much of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago was mapped while searching for the missing crew of British explorer Sir John Franklin’s fateful 1845-46 Northwest Passage Expedition. Radstock Bay sits below the mighty Caswall Tower mountain and hides many secrets, such as evidence of sledge tracks, camps and food tins that may help to reveal what happened. Nearby, Beechey Island Sites are five locations across desolate Beechey Island, now designated as important historic sites. These include the sites where Sir John Franklin and his crew wintered.

Day 9: ELWIN BAY
Crossing the Lancaster Sound to Somerset Island, you pass the most important bird sanctuary in the Canadian Arctic, the steep cliffs around flat-topped Prince Leopold Island are home to more than 500,000 nesting pairs of thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes. Beluga whales come to moult in the shallow gravel beds. Sailing south to Elwin Bay, a breathtaking fjord in Prince Regent Inlet, keep an eye out for polar bears hunting for ringed seals that haul out onto the sea ice. Nearby at Port Leopold on Somerset Island, English explorer James Clark Ross wintered while searching for the missing Franklin expedition in 1848.

Day 10: At Sea
Today as you sail, you’ll bask in the endless comforts of your ship. From the deck, marvel at the dramatic sea views. Relax with a nurturing facial treatment or massage in the spa or delve into the ship’s learning resources. Or, simply take refuge in your cabin and enjoy the opportunity to rest.

Day 11: FORT ROSS & BELLOT STRAIT
Fort Ross on Somerset Island is the abandoned last trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The timber building that remains, built in 1937, formed part of the most northerly established fur trading post covering the Bellot Strait, before being abandoned due to severe ice-choked conditions at sea. One of the straits along the Northwest passage, the narrow 16-mile long Bellot Strait with steep cliffs, is windy with strong tidal currents. Connecting Brentford Bay to icy Peel Sound, the strait separates Somerset Island in the north from the Murchison Promontory on Boothia Peninsula to the south, where Point Zenith, the northernmost continental point of the Americas is positioned. It was also here on the 1829 Second Arctic expedition of Sir John Ross, that his nephew Sir James Clark Ross located the Magnetic North Pole.

Day 12: At Sea
As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

Day 13: Port Leopold
An abandoned trading post, Port Leopold on Somerset Island is where English explorer James Clark Ross wintered in 1848 while searching for the missing Franklin expedition. This was one of three expeditions that set out to find the lost team who had by this time been missing for three years. Ross’s team made friends with the Inuit community and learnt skills that helped them survive the journey. Facing Prince Regent Inlet at the northeast tip of Somerset Island, an abandoned cabin is all that remains.

Days 14-15: At Sea
Spend your day at sea enjoying your boutique 5-star ship. Treat yourself to a spa day, attend an expert-led onboard lecture or enjoy the ocean views from the deck or the comfort of our Observation Lounge.

Days 16-17: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
At the head of one of the longest fjords in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has a history as a World War II airbase. Visit the 60-metre tall face of the Russell Glacier on the edge of the Greenland ice cap to hear and see it crack and break off into the meltwater. Other popular activities include kayaking on the fjords and wildlife tours of the glacial areas that attract muskoxen, reindeer, arctic foxes and gyrfalcons.

SH Vega (Luxury Expedition, 152-guests)

Making her maiden voyage in April 2022, our 5 star elegant Scandi-design boutique ship offers you an intimate setting from which you will be fully immersed in all the sights and scenery of your voyage.

Our brand new ship has been designed to journey to off the beaten path destinations and remote polar regions in style and comfort. The ship incorporates a PC5 ice-strengthened hull combined with extra-large stabilisers to make your journey as smooth as possible.


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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • All meals onboard
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities and port taxes
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
  • Itineraries are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change

 

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