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Canada's Remote Arctic

12 Days FROM £ 7,415

Overview

Embrace the incredible sights at the very top of the world. Discover the unique beauty of Canada's most remote Arctic reaches. A sprawl of historical and geographic treasures, explore locations like Beechy Island, Croker Bay and the Grise Fjord. You will have the opportunity to spot the unique wildlife that make this harsh region their home, including polar bears, musk ox and possible the elusive arctic wolf. From expansive waterways, to sheltered shores and immense glaciers, this is a true expedition experience. 

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Trip Code: ACQECRA

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Canadian Arctic

Ship: Ultramarine

Flights: Charter flight Toronto - Resolute

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • have the opportunity to spot unique wildlife including polar bears, musk oxen and the potential sighting of Arctic wolves.

  • Undertake zodiac cruises to have up close and personal experiences with glaciers, fjords and towering icebergs.

  • You have the opportunity to visit and pay respect to the ill-fated crew of the Franklin Expedition, visiting the gravesites of three crew members on Beechy Island.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Your Arctic expedition begins in Toronto. Explore this vibrant city on your own before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.

Arrive in Toronto, Canada

This morning, board your charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, you may have a chance to check out some of the town’s sites before being transferred to your ship via Zodiac or helicopter (depending on ship location and weather conditions).

Fly to Resolute and Embark

Cruising around the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic aboard Ultramarine, the newest ship in our fleet, you’ll navigate the same icy inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of long ago. Designed to give polar adventurers unprecedented access to the hardest-to-reach places on the planet—and equipped with two onboard twin-engine helicopters for unparalleled access to areas only Quark Expeditions can bring you—this one-of-a-kind ship, in its inaugural year, will take you beyond the familiar in polar exploration. Throughout your journey, your Expedition Team will keep an eye toward immersing you in the best the Arctic has to offer, including reaching Canada’s most northerly islands: Axel Heiberg Island and the rarely visited Ellesmere Island, at the top of the world.

Remember that no two polar voyages are alike, since each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice conditions. While this voyage has no fixed itinerary, our objective is to visit as many of the incredible highlights this season has to offer, using the opportunities provided by the weather and ice to give you the best experience. Each day, your highly skilled Expedition Team will read the conditions and choose the best course to set, but despite their extensive expertise in these areas, each visit brings something new to discover. That said, our expeditions will have some elements in common, including daily Zodiac cruising, land excursions, a robust education program, a community visit and wildlife viewing opportunities. And thanks to our onboard helicopters, you’ll also discover the ultimate polar expedition experience: As stunning as polar landscapes are from your ship, they’re even more striking from the air! Conditions permitting, you’ll enjoy ultra-immersive activities like flightseeing (short sightseeing flights around your ship and surrounding areas) and heli-landings (flying to places we could not otherwise access for shore excursions), two breathtaking options that are unique to Ultramarine and give you an awe-inspiring polar experience like no other.

While this waterway is known to European cultures as the Northwest Passage, this area has nurtured and sustained the Inuit and their predecessors who have called these shores home for almost 5,000 years. Moving through these remote landscapes you will be traveling through the ancestral homelands of this ancient culture, illuminated in person by Inuit guides onboard and ashore. Nunavut is an Inuktitut word meaning “our land” and the Nunavummiut (the people of Nunavut) are renowned for their incredible resourcefulness, hospitality, good humor, and a deep knowledge of the land and animals that has allowed them to thrive in the far north for millennia.

Ultimately, your Expedition Team will keep its eye northward, hoping to follow in the footsteps of the lucky few polar adventurers who have transited through the famous Hell Gate to reach the top of the world, the spectacular Ellesmere Island. If conditions are right, the soaring, ominous snow-capped peaks of this polar desert will come into focus as we approach. The northernmost island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, to fly up to explore the Devon ice cap, one of the largest in the Canadian Arctic. History buffs will also be intrigued by the chance to visit an abandoned Hudson’s Bay Company trading post at Fort Ross, at the southern end of Somerset Island, and pay their respects to the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845–46 at the gravesite of three crew members on Beechey Island, one of Canada’s most sig

Exploring Canada’s High Arctic - Days 3 to 10

After disembarking in Resolute, you’ll be transferred to your charter flight to Toronto, where you’ll spend the night at your included hotel.

Disembark in Resolute, Canada & fly to Toronto

Today, make your way to the airport to catch your homeward flights, or spend the day exploring this fascinating city.

Depart Toronto
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Pricing & date

Canada's Remote Arctic from £ 7,415
Departing Ending Duration
22 Aug 2021 02 Sep 2021 12

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board ship
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings and excursions
    Guiding and leadership by expert exploration team and crew
    Charter flight Toronto - Resolute
    One flight pre-expedition hotel in Toronto 

    Exclusions 

    International flights
    Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance
    Beverages (other than tea and coffee) 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Please note this itinerary is subject to weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season and availability. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.