Day 1: Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord), Greenland
Arriving into Kangerlussuaq, it is possible to see the largest ice cap
in the world from your airplane window. Boarding the Clipper Adventurer
in the afternoon, we will make our journey down spectacular Sondre
Day 2: Kangaamiut & Evighedsfjorden (Kangerlussuatsiaq)
This morning we arrive in Kangaamiut, a small fishing community in the
municipality of Qeqqata. During our visit to this colourful town, we'll
be hosted by a local family and enjoy a presentation in the church
before and optional hike.
This afternoon we vist Evighedsfjorden (Kangerlussuatsiaq), known as the
Eternity Fjord. As we cruise along this meandering fjord, we find
ourselves surrounded by the highest mountains in West Greenland -
reaching heights of over 2,000 metres! We?ll seek out the seals and
whales who reside in the area, and scan the bird cliffs.
Day 3: Nuuk
Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland! Nuuk, meaning 'the headland'
and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established as
the very first Greenlandic town in 1728, Nuuk has a history that dates
back over 4,200 years. Today, Nuuk is the world's smallest capital city
with a population of only 15,000. Here we have a chance to spot Humpback
whales in the fjord, reindeer roaming the land and birds soaring in the
sky. The town itself is home to Greenland's University, a cathedral
dating back to 1849 and Greenland's National Museum. We will visit some
of the city's most important sites, before free time to explore on your
Day 4: Crossing Davis Strait
While crossing Davis Strait, we'll relax and enjoy onboard lectures and
opportunities to watch for wildlife from the ship's decks.
Day 5: Pangnirtung (Cumberland Peninsula)
'Pang' is situated at the foot of one of the most spectacular backdrops
of the Canadian Arctic. Mount Duval, at 850m, casts brilliant shadows
and clouds over the boats moored in the bay, creating an ideal photo-op
for shutterbugs. We'll visit the print shop and tapestry studio at the
Uqqurmiut Art Centre. Pangnirtung is a major Baffin arts community.
Day 6: Monumental Island
The tiny pile of rocks known as Monumental Island lies at the mouth of
Frobisher Bay, where the mixing of ocean currents from Hudson Strait
creates a rich environment for ocean life. The tides here are some of
the strongest in the world; depending on ice and tide conditions we will
explore the area in search of polar bear, walrus and whale.
Day 7: South Baffin Coast
We will continue along the beautiful South Baffin Coast looking for a nature stop along the way.
Day 8: Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)
The population of Kimmirut is approximately 400. Once the administrative
center of south Baffin, it is now one of the smallest communities in
the region. An Anglican mission was established here in 1909, followed
closely in 1911 by the first Hudson Bay Company trading post in the
Baffin Region. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police established their first
detachment in the Baffin region here in 1926. Elders here remember art
legend, James A. Houston, newly married to his first wife, Alma,
passing through by dogteam in the early days of 1951, en route to
Kinngait (Cape Dorset). Today, the economy thrives on harvesting marine
mammals, fish and land game. Many residents are renowned carvers whose
art is sold and collected around the world.
Day 9 and 10: Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
Along the northwest shore of Dorset Island, surrounded on one side by
rocky hills and on the Other by Hudson Strait, lies the community that
art built. Between 1950 and 1962, Kinngait hosted a historic
collaboration between local Inuit and James and Alma Houston ? the
collaboration that launched Inuit art onto the world stage. In the
distance are the jagged outlines of islands, and the inlets of Baffin
Island's southern coast. Like most other settlements in Nunavut,
Kinngait is a modern community, with winding gravel roads, small wooden
houses, schools, stores, hotels, a nursing station, government offices
and churches. But it is the outstanding artists, printmakers and carvers
that have made Cape Dorset the Inuit art capital of the world.
Day 11: Markham Bay
The Markham Bay eider colony is situated on the southern coast of Baffin
Island in eastern Nunavut. The terrain is gently rolling with numerous
freshwater ponds. The birds nest in fractured rock habitat where the
vegetation is abundant.
Day 12: Savage Islands
The lower savage islands form a small archipelago in the wild waters
between the southeastern tip of Baffin Island and Resolution Island. The
islands were a stopping place for Inuit and their Palaeo-Eskimo
predecessors as they travelled between the south coast of Baffin Island
and the northern tip of the Labrador-Quebec peninsula. An ideal place
for spotting polar bears.
Day 13: Iqaluit
Sitting amid rolling hills is the transportation hub of the Arctic,
Iqaluit. A major transfer point between flights to other northern
communities, Iqaluit is also the smallest capital city in Canada with a
population of just over 6,000! In late summer, the hills are coloured
with the bright blooms of Arctic wildflowers. We will say goodbye to the
Arctic landscape as we board our flight home.
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