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Heart of the Arctic

Arctic

This journey encompasses the heart of the Arctic from Greenland to Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut, and finally, Nunavik in Northern Quebec. We’ll travel just after the summer solstice, when the midnight sun will be in full bloom. The chances of seeing wildlife, including polar bears, walrus and muskox are excellent.

Beginning in Kangerlussuaq, we begin by travelling along Greenland’s western coast, stopping to view majestic fjords along the way. We will stop in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, and visit the famous Qilakitsoq mummies. Crossing Davis Strait we’ll sail into Cumberland Sound and call at Pangnirtung, Nunavut. In Kimmirut, on southern Baffin Island, we’ll find a variety of carvings the community has wrought throughout the long winter months; you can also enjoy Inuit games, fresh bannock, and local music. Crossing the Hudson Strait into Nunavik, we call in at the friendly town of Kangiqsujuaq where we tour the town and meet with local people. We’ll visit Akpatok Island where the world’s largest population of thick-billed murres nests above the island’s polar bears.

Heart of the Arctic is far and away our most artistically focussed itinerary. Kinngait (Cape Dorset)—widely hailed as the Inuit art capital of the world—has been continually active and producing ever-newer generations of artists. In 2008, Kinngait Studios celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. All throughout this itinerary we will be exposed to a wealth of creators and their creations. Steeped in a culture that is all its own, the heart of the Arctic will stay with you long after you return home.

Highlights

• Join a helicopter excursion over the Greenland ice cap
• Marvel at the Arctic in summer bloom
• Enjoy the sounds of talented throat-singers
• Visit with world-renowned Inuit carvers in Kinngait
• Spot polar bears, walrus, marine mammals and bird colonies during our Zodiac cruise of the Hudson Strait
• Cross the Arctic circle while sailing in the shadow of the second-longest fjord in Greenland

What's Included

Aboard

• The expertise and company of our expedition staff
• Onboard educational presentations
• Interactive workshops, evening entertainment
• All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
• Hors d’ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
• 24-hour documentary and film programming
• Fully stocked library

Ashore

• Introductions to local people and customs
• Sightseeing
• Museum entries, park accesses, port taxes
• Access to pristine wilderness areas
• Zodiac tours and cruises
• On-site archaeology workshops
• Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations

What's Not Included

• Commercial flights
• Mandatory medical/evacuation insurance
• Personal expenses
• Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
• Discretionary gratuities to ship's crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day)
• Visas (if required)
• Physician's fees confirming you are fit to travel
• Any medical charges incurred while aboard
• Possible fuel surcharges
• $250 USD Discovery Fund Fee

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