High Arctic Explorer
High Arctic Explorer 10 days aboard Akademik Ioffe
This immersive itinerary starts and finishes in the far northern outpost of Resolute, named after the Royal Navy ship trapped in the ice and abandoned in 1850 whilst searching for the lost Franklin expedition. Wild scenery, flora and magnificent land and marine wildlife are the hallmarks of this memorable voyage.
Note: All bookings on voyages that operate domestically within Canada, are subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST). This will be added to the cruise price on the confirmation invoice. The return charter flights from Edmonton to Resolute are also charged at US$1995
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Polar bears and other animals
- Myriad birdlife
- Beluga and other whales and maybe narwhal
- Historical sites and associations
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Programme of expert lectures
- Zodiac excursions and landings
- Loan of rubber boots
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
- Day 1 | Edmonton, Resolute
- Day 2 | Devon Island
- Day 3 | Lancaster Sound
- Day 4 | Nirjutqavvik National Wildlife Area
- Day 5 | Grise Fjord
- Day 6 | Bylot Island
- Day 7 | Elwin Inlet
- Day 8 | Prince Leopold Island
- Day 9 | Beechey Island
- Day 10 | Resolute, Edmonton
Morning flight from Edmonton on charter flight to Resolute (return flights at cost of US$1995 or equivalent).
Transfer to ship by Zodiac and set sail in the early evening.
Plan to Zodiac cruise and hike in the Maxwell Bay area. We will be on the lookout for musk oxen, caribou, polar bears and marine mammals.
Continue through the Lancaster Sound area to Croker Bay where the Croker Glacier flows into the sea. Spectacular deep blue icebergs and wildlife, especially musk oxen to be seen today. Afternoon visit to an abandoned RCMP station at Dundas Harbour.
Nirjutqavvik National Wildlife Area
This area is home to upwards of 400,000 seabirds, including thick-billed murres (Brunnich's guillemots) and northern fulmars. Look out for marine mammals too, including beluga whales.
Here, we will visit one of the most northerly communities in the world, where just 100 or so Inuit live. Walking today, we will look out for the abundant wildlife and also visit the site of a RCMP station at Craig Harbour.
In Sirmilik National Park and on the cliffs of Cape Hay, we will see thousands of birds, including Brunnich's and black guillemots and black-legged kittiwakes, and stunning tundra and mountain scenery.
Zodiac cruise in the breathtaking fjord and go walking around Cape Charles Yorke. look out for lots of polar bears today.
Prince Leopold Island
This is an important migratory bird sanctuary and, as we sail around the ice, we expect to see ringed seals and, hopefully too, their predator, the polar bear. Beluga whales come here to moult in the summer too. Nearby Port Leopold is where the explorer James Clark Ross wintered in 1848, whilst searching for the lost Franklin expedition.
This island has extensive historical associations connected to the searches for the northwest passage. Franklin's ship, the Erebus was eventually found in Victoria Sound in 2014. We go ashore to visit grave markers on a remote, windswept beach.
Arrive and, after breakfast, transfer by Zodiac to shore. Charter flight back to Edmonton.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
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.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
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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