Days 1 - 2: Winnipeg / Churchill, CanadaDeparting from Winnipeg, take a charter flight to Churchill and embark the Silver Explorer. This evening, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and attend a Zodiac briefing in preparation for your adventures tomorrow.
During the summer months a truly spectacular sight can be beheld in Churchill. On the west coast of Hudson Bay thousands of beluga whales, having just given birth, gather together to feed in the brackish waters in front of the town. In the morning of the second day in Churchill, you’re invited to join the Expedition Team for a Zodiac cruise into the mouth of the river in hopes of observing these white whales and their young. During lunch on board, the Silver Explorer departs Churchill for points north.
Day 3: Cruising Hudson BayOn the way across Hudson Bay, enjoy some time out on deck keeping an eye out for seabirds, dolphin, seals and migrating humpback, fin and blue whales, or listen to additional presentations by expert natural history staff in The Theater or in the comfort of your own accommodation. Enjoy a fine cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard ship.
Day 4: Walrus Island, Nunavut, CanadaThough walrus do not form colonies, Walrus Island is well known for the walrus that frequent its shores. This morning cruise around the island by Zodiac for an up-close look at these remarkable creatures.
Day 5: Ivujivik / Cape Wolstenholme, Quebec, CanadaThe tiny community of Ivujivik is Quebec’s northernmost settlement. The coast and islands of this area have been inhabited for about 4000 years. Marine animals such as seal, walrus and beluga tend to be abundant as these waters are a migratory pass between Hudson Bay and the Hudson Strait. Strong currents prevent the sea from freezing and allow for year-round hunting. Explore this small community and take a short nature walk to a viewpoint.
During lunch on board, the Silver Explorer repositions to Cape Wolstenholme. Home to one of the world’s largest colonies of thick-billed murres, hundreds of thousands of these birds (also known as Brunnich's guillemots) gather here during the summer months to breed on the sheer cliffs. The Zodiacs will be lowered for a cruise along the walls to photograph these beautiful seabirds up close.
Day 6: Cape Dorset, Nunavut, CanadaWithout a doubt, Cape Dorset is the most famous Inuit art village in the Canadian North. Visit the printmakers and carvers of the region and even have the option to purchase a souvenir of your visit. Traveling across the bay by Zodiac, next explore Mallikjuaq Territorial Park where the remains of winter residences from thousands of years ago can be seen. The local guide will explain in detail the aspects of daily life for his Thule ancestors.
Day 7: Douglas Harbour, Nunavut, CanadaThis morning enter the fjord of Douglas Harbour – a stunning site with its sheer cliffs that plummet into the sea. Be out on deck to search for the caribou herd that spends the summer months feeding on the tundra along the coastline. Conditions permitting, plan to make a Zodiac landing and explore ashore with the Expedition Team. In the afternoon, relax in one of the onboard lounges, enjoy entertaining lectures and the insights of knowledgeable lecture staff and perhaps participate in the friendly team competition of a hilarious Liar’s Club game.
Day 8: Akpatok Island, Nunavut, CanadaExplore around remote Akpatok Island at the northernmost extremity of the Labrador peninsula. Steep and sheer limestone cliffs jut out of the icy waters. Encased in snow and surrounded with sea ice in the winter months, this uninhabited island lures hordes of wildlife, most notably the world’s largest population of breeding thick-billed murres, (Inuktitut name: Akpatok) estimated at well over a million birds. These auks flock to the bare cliffs of the island between June and September, and female murres incubate their single pear-shaped egg on the cliff’s ledges. Glaucous gulls can be seen soaring above looking for unguarded eggs and chicks, while black guillemots paddle around on the nearby sea. Akpatok Island is also a favorite summer home for polar bears as they wait for the winter ice to form.
Later in the day, the Silver Explorer will reposition to the West in hopes that conditions will permit you to step ashore for an even closer inspection of the island – by foot.
Day 9: Lower Savage Islands / Hauntsch Island, Nunavut, CanadaToday the search is on for Ursus Maritimus, the polar bear, which the native Inuit refer to as Nanuk or Nanuuq. The Lower Savage Islands are a small group of islands off of the southeastern tip of Baffin Island, and a common location for polar bears to be found during the summer months. With plenty of land to roam while giving each other a wide berth, plus opportunity for the odd feed, it seems many bears locate here as the ice vanishes with the season’s warming temperatures. Zodiacs will allow you to cruise through the narrow channels between the islands to search for wildlife among the unusual rocky formations.
This afternoon join the Expedition Team for a Zodiac cruise along the cliffs of Hauntsch Island as you search for Brunnich's guillemots, northern fulmars, and kittiwakes.
Day 10: Cruising Baffin BayBinoculars in hand, watch for whales feeding in the rich waters and seabirds that will follow your passage. Onboard Silver Explorer, a variety of diversions are available, including educational lectures, spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Center, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.
Day 11: Sunneshine Fjord, Nunavut, CanadaLocated precisely on the Arctic Polar Circle, Sunneshine Fjord is a stunning place, especially as the early morning sun illuminates the towering cliffs and snow-capped mountains. Travel ashore for a hike to a spectacular hilltop view, or remain on the tundra with the onboard botanist to look for the season’s remaining flowers. In the afternoon, bid farewell to Canada and sail across the Davis Strait to Greenland.
Day 12: Nuuk, GreenlandThis afternoon arrive in Greenland’s first town (1728) and current capital, Nuuk, which means “the heartland.” A leisurely walk through this picturesque harbor town allows you to take in Nuuk’s natural beauty, and also to see Inuit ruins, Hans Egede’s home, parliament, and the Church of the Savior. At the Greenlandic National Museum, have the fantastic opportunity to see the famous Qilakitsoq mummies, and of course, leave time to visit Father Christmas’ post office with the world’s largest mailbox.
Day 13: Maniitsoq, GreenlandWith a name that literally translates to “the rugged place,” expect dramatic landscapes. Tall, jagged mountains and deep, narrow fjords. One of the most impressive natural spectacles is the glacier-filled Evighedsfjord or “Fjord of Eternity” with its 6,500-foot (2,000-metre) mountains. Look for reindeer, which are numerous in this area.
Day 14: Sisimiut, GreenlandLocated just north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the northernmost town in Greenland where the port remains free of ice in the winter. Yet it is also the southernmost town where there exists enough snow and ice to drive a dogsled in winter and spring. In Sisimiut, traveling by sledge has been the primary means of winter transportation for centuries. Today, meet a sledge dog team and their owners, who will tell all about sledding and how the Greenlandic sledge dog has been bred to be amongst the strongest working dogs in the world.
Sisimiut is also renowned for its archaeological sites that date back to the year 1200, the time period of the prehistoric Thule. The staple diet in this region has always included walrus, seal and whale, and this is still true today. At a local restaurant you will have the opportunity to sample a variety of regional specialties as a local guide explains about traditional hunting methods and food preparations.
Day 15: Kangerlussuaq / CopenhagenAfter breakfast, disembark the Silver Explorer and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Copenhagen.
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