• Cross the Arctic circle while sailing in the shadow of the second-longest fjord in Greenland
• Spot polar bears, walrus, marine mammals and bird colonies during our Zodiac cruise of the Hudson Strait
• Visit with world-renowned Inuit carvers in Kinngait
• Enjoy the sounds of talented throat-singers
• Marvel at the Arctic in summer bloom
• 13 Days
• Start in Kangerlussuaq, finish in Kuujuaq
• All meals onboard included
• Travel aboard the Ocean Endeavour
• Activity Level: 1
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.
This is not an ElderTreks operated tour. As such, participants on this tour are not exclusive ElderTreks clients and it may not adhere to ElderTreks' maximum size restrictions of our tours.