Greenland & Canadian Arctic in Luxury
JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!
JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!
Greenland & Canadian Arctic in Luxury 17 days aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
Sail the iceberg-strewn Davis Strait and Baffin Bay, see spectacular Arctic scenery and wildlife, follow in the footsteps of great explorers and visit remote Inuit communities. This is a true voyage of exploration from Greenland into the the Northwest Passage on board a luxury expedition ship.
- Spectacular scenery
- Magnificent icebergs
- Myriad birdlife
- Marine and land mammals
- Historical associations
- Inuit culture
- Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
- Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac
- Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
- Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
- Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
- Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
- Free WIFI throughout the ship
- Onboard Gratuities
ITINERARY16 Nights 17 Days
- Day 1 | Kangerlussuaq
- Day 2 | Sissimuit
- Day 3 | Uummannaq
- Day 4 | Baffin Bay
- Day 5 | Pond Inlet
- Day 6 | Buchan Gulf
- Day 7 | Sirmilik National Park & Bylot Island
- Day 8 | Peel Sound
- Days 9-10 | Beechey and Devon Islands
- Day 11 | Ellesmere Island
- Day 12 | At Sea
- Day 13 | Upernavik
- Days 14-15 | Disko Bay & Ilulissat
- Day 16 | At Sea
- Day 17 | Kangerlusuaq
Embark in the afternoon and set sail along Sondrestromfjord.
Located 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, travelling by sled has been the primary means of winter transportation for centuries. You will see many dogs in town and we hope to meet the owner of a sled dog team and his dogs. He will tell us all about sledding and how the Greenlandic sled dog has been bred to be amongst the strongest working dogs in the world.
A walk around the town and into the outskirts will be offered. Stroll through the Sisimiut Museum with its 18th century wooden buildings and see some of the local handicraft, featuring native stonework and sealskin garments.
In the iceberg-laden waters surrounding the remote community of Uummannaq it is common to see whales, so be sure to join the expedition team out on deck during our approach. This area of Greenland is known for its huge basalt mountains, and this small hunting and fishing village rests at the foot of the heart-shaped Uummannaq Mountain. We will take a guided walking tour of Uummannaq to see the granite church and also learn how village life revolves around the halibut/fish-processing factory.
Spend time on deck looking for whales and birds, or spend time enjoying the facilities on board ship and taking in expert lectures.
Located in northern Baffin Island, Pond Inlet is a small, predominantly Inuit community with a population of roughly 1500 inhabitants. Several glaciers and mountain ranges nearby make this one of the most picturesque communities. Many archaeological sites of ancient Dorset and Thule peoples can be found near Pond Inlet. The Inuit had long hunted caribou, ringed and harp seals, fish, polar bears, walrus, narwhals, geese, ptarmigans and Arctic hares, before European and American whalers came here to hunt bowhead whales. Pond Inlet is known as a major centre of Inuit art, especially printmaking and stone carving. View a variety of techniques and styles used in creating these unique pieces in the galleries in town.
Located in the northern part of Baffin Island, Buchan Gulf is an Important Bird Area with many northern fulmars nesting there. The area has several connecting fjords and spectacular scenery. In the water narwhal and walrus have been seen –and polar bears are frequent visitors too. A tundra walk can be challenging, as the surrounding area consists of dense, spongy, thick moss carpets and might be boggy. There are several ancient Thule semi-subterranean winter home sites found in the area.
Sirmilik National Park & Bylot Island
Located at the northern end of Baffin Island, Bylot is one of the largest uninhabited islands in the world with vertical cliffs and numerous glaciers. Polar bears den here, while beluga and bowhead whales, narwhal and harp seals, as well as ringed seals frequent the area.
The Sirmilik National Park covers much of this area and has large populations of Brünnich’s guillemots and black-legged kittiwakes. The importance this area has for birds is shown in its designation as Important Bird Area - the southern end has moist lowland tundra that is ideal nesting habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds - more than 70 different species of birds can be found on Bylot Island. Canada’s largest breeding colony of greater snow geese in the Canadian High Arctic is on this island.
We cruise between Somerset Island and Prince of Wales Island in the Peel Sound, following the track of two famous expeditions of the mid-19th century: Sir James Franklin’s and James Clark Ross’. The ice conditions will dictate how far the ship can go and we will look for polar bears on the ice and might take to the Zodiacs to get a closer look.
Beechey and Devon Islands
Fringed by a narrow beach, windswept and barren, Beechey Island is associated with the tragic Franklin Expedition looking for the Northwest Passage. Three graves of members of the expedition as well as a cairn and some small buildings were found here during the search for the survivors of the expedition. Parts of Northumberland House, a supply depot and emergency shelter dating back to the 1850s and the Belcher Expedition, can still be seen on the island today. We will go ashore to have a look at the remains of Franklin’s unfortunate stop and a monument that has been erected in memory of those who had perished on that expedition.
Devon Island is Canada’s sixth largest island and was first seen by Europeans in the early 17th century. The Thule culture had already settled there many centuries before and we will be looking for Thule qarmat homes. Other striking finds in this area are the many fossils of corals, crinoids and nautiloids that can be seen. Our team of experts will be leading and guiding you, looking for remains of the Thule, and the fossils - and for wildlife, as just across Lancaster Sound is Prince Leopold Island, a Canadian Important Bird Area, with large numbers of Brunnich's guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes breeding there.
Dundas Harbour is where in 1924 a Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment was established - 3 constables were stationed here to watch over the entrance into Lancaster Sound—the gateway to the much sought after Northwest Passage. The remains of their outpost can still be seen. Birders will hope to see the rough-legged hawks that nest on the cliffs and we might catch a glimpse of grazing muskoxen.
Ellesmere Island is Canada’s northernmost island. The Quttinirpaaq National Park makes up more than one-fifth of the island. Polar bears, Arctic wolves, Arctic foxes, ermines, muskoxen, Peary caribou, Arctic hares, and collared lemmings are typical animals found here. In the waters we will look for ringed seal, bearded seal, and narwhal. Rare but not entirely impossible would be sightings of harp seal, harbour seal, and beluga, bowhead and killer whales.
Spot wildlife from deck, enjoy informative lectures and the many facilities on board
This afternoon, we stop at Upernavik, one of the few settlements along the northern part of West Greenland. During our visit we will have a look at the local museum and stroll through the brightly coloured village.
Disko Bay & Ilulissat
We sail Disko Bay en route to an area north of the village of Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island. We hope to offer tundra walks and a Zodiac tour of the rugged coastline and the many icebergs that get stranded here after breaking off from the Jakobshavn Glacier.
Just after sunrise on day 15, be out on deck to see the fjord of the northern hemisphere’s most active glacier – Jakobshavn – often surrounded by icebergs in all shapes and sizes and in varying shades of white and turquoise. Known as the birthplace of icebergs, the Ilulissat Icefjord produces nearly 35 km³ of ice each year. While here, we may have the opportunity to see a demonstration of ancient fishing methods and enjoy some locally caught and prepared fish. During our guided walking tour of Ilulissat, we will visit the local history museum, located in the former home of Greenlandic folk hero and famed polar explorer Knud Rasmussen. Another tour continues via fishing boat, as we navigate amongst the many icebergs at the fjord’s entrance.
Alternatively, guests have the option to purchase an exciting helicopter excursion to see the magnificent Jakobshavn Icefjord by air (seats are limited).
Arrive and disembark. Transfer to airport for onward or return travel
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
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The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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