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Day 1: Resolute
As remote and challenging as its name suggests, Resolute is a rugged community serving the mining, military and exploration industries. A monument honours the hamlet's first permanent citizens, relocated by the Canadian government to help establish sovereignty in the Far North.
Day 2: Beechey Island and Prince Leopold
In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men in two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. It was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance.
Day 3: Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay)
Our first community visit calls at Arctic Bay, well known for it's recreational events. The most popular being the Midnight Sun Marathon, which is done annually and is 84 KM in duration. This community of just over 800 inhabitants experiences the lowest tidal range in Canada within it's Bay. A perfect place to be welcomed into Canadian Inuit cultures and history.
Day 4: Bylot Island
Named after arctic explorer Robert Bylot, this island is home to Sirmilik National Park and a rich coastal bird sanctuary. Here we will spend our time visiting a breeding site for Thick-Billed Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, Northern Fulmar, Glaucous Gull, and Black Guillemot.
Day 5: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Mittimatalik or Pond Inlet is a bustling Arctic community is surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Eastern Arctic.
Day 6: North East Baffin
The Arctic coastline provides numerous opportunities for landings; our program will explore the wealth and diversity of the land. We'll seek marine mammals, musk ox and polar bears as we travel, and bird watchers will want to keep their binoculars always at hand.
Day 7: Nigingnaniq (Isabella Bay)
Niginganiq is a 336,000 ha marine region on Baffin Island that is a crucial feeding area for threatened bowhead whales — the world's first Inuit-initiated marine mammal sanctuary.
Day 8: Karrat Fjord
In Karrat Fjord we will cruise one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords. During ice breakup, narwhals and seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs within the fjord should give us good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies.
Day 9: Uummannaq
Despite being situated in the shadow of a mountain, Uummannaq is the sunniest place in Greenland! It is an impressive and imposing 1,175-metre hunk of red gneiss called Uummannaq Mountain.
Day 10: Ilulissat
Venturing 250km north of the Arctic Circle we find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates literally into "iceberg", and there couldn't be a more fitting name.
Day 11: Itilleq Fjord
The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, myriad islands and complex coastal waterways. We will be making an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape.
Day 12: Kangerlussuaq
Lying at the head of the longest fjord in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has one of the most stable climates in the region though temperatures can range from -50C in the winter to as high as 28C in summer.
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