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Canada High Arctic Express Cruise

Canada High Arctic Express Cruise

This 9-day Canada High Arctic Express Cruise begins and ends with a chartered flight between Toronto, Canada’s capital city, and Resolute Bay, one of Canada’s northernmost communities in the Nunavut province. Your multi-day cruise will immerse you in Arctic wonderland, tracing the Northwest Passage and offering ample opportunities for exploration, such as zodiac rides, land excursions, wildlife sightings, and cultural visits with indigenous Inuit villages.

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We'll blend your desires with expert, local knowledge to design a seamless, private tour.

Embark on Your Journey

We'll greet you at the airport and be by your side every step of the way, making room for spontaneity as you go.

9 DAYS

Starting from $10,990 per person

Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Begin your expedition in the Canadian capital of Toronto, with the opportunity to extend your journey to explore this region further.
  • Enjoy a chartered flight to Resolute Bay (also known as Qausuittuq), the embarkation point of your cruise with your cruise companions.
  • Explore some of the hardest-to-reach places on the planet via an ice-strengthened cruise ship designed specifically for polar travel.
  • Partake in daily activities aboard your cruise, ranging from zodiac excursions, rural community visits, land excursions, and ample wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • Experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime flyover adventure aboard a twin-engine helicopter, soaring over the Arctic wonderland.
  • Get to know Nunavut, the most northerly territory of Canada, through interactions with and tours led by Inuit land stewards, the people of Nunavut.
  • Learn about the journey of explorers like Sir John Franklin and Roald Amundsen by traversing the Lancaster Sound, a crucial steppingstone in the discovery of the Northwest Passage.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for well-camouflaged Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, muskoxen, walruses, gyrfalcons, and dovekies.

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Sample Itinerary

Welcome to Toronto, where your Arctic Expedition kicks off! On arrival, transfer to your hotel where you’ll have the evening free to spend at leisure.

In the morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport to board a charter flight to Resolute, from where you’ll be transferred to the Ultramarine ship via Zodiac or helicopter (depending on ship location and weather). Settle into your cabin for the first evening of your Express Arctic Adventure, while you wind your way around the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic, exploring some of the hardest-to-reach places on the planet.

No two polar voyages are alike, as every day will present a new opportunity based on varying weather and ice conditions. That said, your Expedition Team will ensure you visit as many of the highlights the season has to offer, and you’ll enjoy a variation of Zodiac cruising, land excursions, educational programs, a community visit and multiple wildlife viewing opportunities throughout.

Continue to navigate the same icy inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of the past in search for the fabled Northwest Passage, the great sea route at the top of the world. However, your modern day adventure will truly allow you to be on top of the world, by flight that is, as the Ultramarine is equipped with two onboard twin-engine helicopters for a unique Arctic experience from the air! Conditions permitting during your multi-day cruise, enjoy short sightseeing flights around your ship and surrounding areas.

You’ll not only marvel in the incredible scenery surrounding you, but also learn about the ancient cultures who have called the shores of the Northwest Passage home for nearly 5,000 years. During your cruise, you’ll learn firsthand about the Inuit culture and their predecessors, greeted by native 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.

During your cruise, you’ll follow in the footsteps of famous explorers like Sir John Franklin and Roald Amundsen, navigating the waters and exploring historic sites surrounding Lancaster Sound, which were key in discovering the Northwest Passage. World-class expert guides and local community visits will introduce you to the scientific, cultural, geopolitical and environmental elements encompassing the route as well.

What is likely to be a highlight of your trip, wildlife sightings! While they can never be guaranteed, it’s really improbable you’ll return home without any. You’ll likely see polar bears, muskoxen, walruses and several bird species, such as gyrfalcons and dovekies (little auks). If you’re lucky, you may even spot the elusive narwhal or arctic wolf, though sightings of these iconic creatures in the wild are rare, even in places where we have the highest chances of encountering them. Some possible locales for wildlife encounters are Coburg Island, Arctic Bay, Devon Island (where you might even get lucky to witness wonders of calving ice – from a safe distance!)

Say goodbye to your crew and bid farewell to the Arctic before being transferred back to Resolute to board a charter flight to Toronto. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Toronto, where you’ll spend the final evening of your Arctic adventure before returning home.

Whenever necessary, you’ll make your own way from your hotel to the Toronto airport for your flight home. We can arrange airport transfers in advance if desired, please let us know.

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