rcgs resolute greenland and baffin island arctic cruise

South Baffin Explorer - Art, Culture & Wildlife

  • Overview

    EXPERIENCE INUIT CULTURE, WITNESS EPIC SCENERY AND ENJOY ABUNDANT WILDLIFE

    All over the world, for countless millennia, indigenous people have expressed their unique cultural heritage through art, keeping precious folklore, stories and traditions alive, so they might be handed down from one generation to the next.
    Since the mid-1980s with the establishment of numerous art co-operatives in the North, there has been a concerted effort to preserve and promote the beautiful and distinctive sculptures and artworks created by the Inuit people on
    Baffin Island, many of which are inspired by - and reflect – the wild and craggy environment in which they live and work.

    Numerous fissures and fjords indent the southern coastline of this substantial island (the fifth largest in the world), which also boasts a mountainous backbone containing peaks up to 2000 metres in height. Waters flow from the Atlantic
    into the vast expanse of Hudson Bay, passing through the Hudson Strait, which separates southern Baffin Island from northern Quebec. The waters are rich in marine life and support a staggering abundance of Arctic wildlife. Some of
    the largest bird colonies on Earth can be found here and several sites are estimated to be home to more than a million nesting birds in the summer months.


    This expedition offers a chance to explore the spectacular land and seascapes of the Canadian Arctic. Observe an outstanding variety of marine birdlife and sea mammals and take time to visit indigenous art galleries that showcase
    the talents of these remote peoples, whose rich output is a major focus of this highly unique and engaging expedition.

     

    Duration: 11 days
    Passengers: 96 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ottawa, Canada
    Disembarkation Point: Ottawa, Canada
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 1.5x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - OTTAWA TO IQALUIT: Embarkation Day

      We depart Ottawa this morning on our scheduled flight to Iqaluit, capital of Nunavut, situated on the south-eastern coast of Baffin Island. Upon arrival we enjoy a walking tour of this historic settlement before boarding our expedition ship, RCGS Resolute, in the afternoon. After settling into our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off to explore one of the most remote regions on Earth.

      SPECIAL GUEST: DR NANCY CAMPBELL
      Nancy Campbell has been an independent curator and writer on contemporary and Inuit art since 1993. In 2014–15 she served as the editor of the Inuit Art Quarterly. She has produced numerous exhibitions, including a three-part series that connected Inuit art with the Canadian contemporary mainstream. Nancy completed a PhD at York University, where her dissertation analyzed the drawings of third-generation Inuit artists Annie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona.

      “As a curator of Inuit art I am thrilled to join the South Baffin Expedition in 2019. As a scholar on board, I hope to be able to enrich the guests’ view of Inuit art.”

      IMPORTANT VOYAGE LOGISTICS
      This trip commences in Ottawa - Canada's elegant capital city. We recommend you arrive in Ottawa at least one day prior to the scheduled voyage departure date. This gives you a buffer in the event of any unexpected travel delays between home and trip departure time. From Ottawa, we fly north to Iqaluit and after a tour of the town, we transfer to the ship for embarkation via zodiac.

      At the conclusion of the trip, we fly from Iqaluit back to Ottawa on a scheduled flight. Upon arrival in Ottawa, a transfer is provided from the airport to a central downtown location. This flight arrives in the early evening and we advise staying the night in Ottwaw and making your onward travel plans for the following day.

      Full joining instructions are provided in your final travel documentation. If you have questions before this time, please ask us.

    • Day 2 - MONUMENTAL ISLAND, FROBISHER BAY

      Located in the Davis Strait, the rocky dome of Monumental Island can be clearly seen as we approach. We travel by zodiac to explore the rocky shoreline and hope to encounter polar bears in this vicinity. In good weather a complete circumnavigation of the island is possible, and we should see
      our first large icebergs as they drift south towards Labrador and Newfoundland on the currents of the Davis Strait. Walruses have also been encountered in this area, so we keep a close look out on the shoreline for this iconic species. Over the next few days, and throughout the voyage, our onboard experts educate and entertain us with a series of presentations about Inuit culture and traditions, as well as the environment, wildlife and history of Baffin Island.

    • Day 3 - KIMMIRUT

      The tiny community of Kimmirt is home to just 400 people and was once a Hudson’s Bay Company Trading post. A particular focus of our visit is the local art scene and after cruising into a narrow channel we travel ashore by zodiac, where we enjoy a warm welcome from the locals. This community is well known for its arts and crafts including stone carvings, sealskin clothing, jewelry and fine bead work among other items. Many of Kimmirut's residents are renowned carvers whose art is collected worldwide. The small Soper Gallery is housed in an old wooden cottage and run by the Quliruakut Arts and Crafts Society. But it’s not all art: among the animals native to the area are caribou, Arctic wolves, walruses, seals, Arctic hare, and whales, as well as numerous bird species including peregrine falcons, ptarmigan, snow bunting and snowy owls. There are some great sea kayaking opportunities in this area and our guides will be keen to head out for a paddle.

    • Day 4/5 - CAPE DORSET

      Cape Dorset offers so much for visitors, no matter what their interest, and two-days allows time for a thorough exploration of the hamlet and surrounding areas. The community is home to more than 1,300 residents and is Baffin Island’s best-known art centre, referred to as the ‘Capital of Inuit Art’, with almost a quarter of the hamlet's residents actively engaged in the visual arts. Much of their artwork reflects the wilderness and environment of Baffin Island, with objects such as whales, narwhals, seals, walruses, bears, wolves, foxes and more providing a focus for artistic expression. These artworks reflect the deep connection the Inuit people have to one another, past generations, the land and nature, as well as a spiritual connection to the Earth. The celebrated Art Co-operative is the best place to view these striking works and observe the artists at work.

      Cape Dorset is also blessed with superb Arctic landscapes, home to migratory caribou, seabirds, whales, seals and walruses which can be found in the vicinity. There are some excellent hiking opportunities through rolling hills to secluded waterfalls and lakes, providing great views and chances to
      observe the local wildlife or watch ice floes drift slowly by.

    • Day 6 - WALRUS ISLAND AND CORAL HARBOUR

      During the night we sail into the western reaches of Hudson Strait and today promises some exciting excursions. A zodiac cruise at the small outcrop of Walrus Island allows a close encounter with these fascinating animals. Returning to the ship we make our way north to the small hamlet of Coral Harbour, situated on Southampton Island. This area has a fascinating history. In more recent times, early whalers plied the nearby waters hunting for bowhead whales and in the 1920s, the Hudson's Bay Company established an outpost here.

      Today the island is an important migratory bird flyway, visited by species including the common eider and Lesser Snow Goose. Ptarmigans, snowy owls, peregrine falcons and gyrfalcons are also spotted in this vicinity. On land, caribou are abundant and both the red fox and Arctic fox are sometimes spotted. The hamlet is also known for the production of intricate wall hangings, each telling a unique visual story.

    • Day 7 - DIGGES ISLANDS, CAPE WOLSTENHOLME AND ERIK COVE

      Located at the north-western tip of the Ungava Peninsula, the Digges Islands mark the juncture of the Hudson Strait and north-eastern Hudson Bay, and their rocky cliffs are ideal for seabirds. Just to the east is the headland at Cape Wolstenholme, located at the most northerly point of the Province of Quebec. Here the cliffs soar to some 300 metres and are home to one of the largest colonies of thick-billed murres on Earth. There are also a number of walrus colonies in the area. Polar bears can be found throughout this region and we will hope to encounter them from a safe distance while
      cruising in the zodiacs. We continue sailing east, around the northern tip of Quebec, and enter the very remote Erik Cove for an afternoon excursion. The remnants of a Hudson's Bay Company store lie on the southern shore and we enjoy a walk with our guides along the waterfront, soaking up the beautiful scenery and learning something of the area’s early history.

    • Day 8 - SHAFTSBURY INLET

      During the night we sail north-east across the Hudson Strait and this morning we find ourselves once again on the southern shores of Baffin Island. Shaftesbury Inlet is a narrow and strikingly beautiful fjord and we’ll likely be on deck as the Captain navigates our ship into this narrow channel. This inlet
      is characterized by steep shorelines and high tides, with tide height changing as much as 10 - 12 metres daily. We will plan to visit ashore at the mouth of a small river and hike up the river valley, eventually reaching a lake. This is a wonderful place to get out and stretch our legs as our naturalists and guides share their love of the Arctic with you.

    • Day 9 - AKPATOK ISLAND AND LOWER SAVAGE ISLANDS

      Akpatok Island is a large uninhabited island situated in Ungava Bay, off Quebec's northern coastline. Ringed by steep cliffs, it is home to a staggering abundance of birdlife. Thick-billed murre, black guillemot, glaucous gulls and peregrine falcon all nest here. It's also a well-known location for walruses and polar bears, the latter often observed climbing the steep cliffs. Ice floes often surround parts of the island, and these attract both seal and walruses, making this a popular hunting ground for polar bears. In the late summer the bears retreat to the land, scavenging whatever protein source they can find, until the ice re-forms, and the more abundant food sources return. The island has historically been a traditional hunting ground for Inuit people, also attracted by walruses, polar bears and whales. We plan to cruise along the shore line in zodiacs, allowing close-up views of the huge numbers of birds nesting on the cliffs, and we’ll hopefully spot some polar bears scouting the landscape.

    • Day 10 - LOWER SAVAGE ISLANDS

      To the north of Aktapatok, the extraordinary Lower Savage Islands are bisected by narrow channels that provide spectacular zodiac cruising opportunities. The islands are ideally situated between the dynamic flow of the Hudson Strait, and this mixing of nutrient rich waters makes for a diversity of
      marine life. We rejoin our ship on the other side of the island group and tonight, as we near the end of our journey, we enjoy an entertaining voyage recap from the Expedition Leader. We celebrate with a special dinner attended by the Captain of inimitable region.

    • Day 11 - KANGERLUSSUAQ DISEMBARKATION – RETURN FLIGHT TO OTTAWA: Disembarkation Day

      This morning we find ourselves anchored off Iqaluit. We say goodbye to our crew, make our way ashore in zodiacs and are then transferred to the airport for our scheduled flight to Ottawa. On arrival in Ottawa our journey comes to an end. A transfer is provided to a downtown location.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Kayaking

    As a pre-booked activity, our group of sixteen paddlers and three guides gears you up with the best kit in the industry to experience one of the best paddling destinations in the world. Both single and double kayaks are available.

    USD 695 per person

    Charter Flights (Mandatory)

    This voyage starts from Edmonton on a special charter flight. The voyage ends with a charter flight to Edmonton.

    USD 1,995 per person

    Inspiring Inuit communities

    Baffin Island Inuit live on Baffin Island, the largest island in the Arctic Archipelago and in the territory of Nunavut. Baffin Island has been inhabited by the Inuit for thousands of years. Inuit from Baffin Island are descendants of the Thule, who expanded eastward across Canada from Alaska in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Baffin Island Inuit (like other modern Inuit) share biological and cultural links with their Thule ancestors.

    Northwest passage

    There is a sea passage through the Arctic regions of North America, that has been alluring explorers and fortune seekers for centuries. Connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Northwest Passage, that has claimed the curiosity, hearts and lives of so many, is now a journey into the past to discover the courage, misery and pure determination of some of history’s greatest explorers. By weaving your way through explorer over-wintering sites, ceremonial grounds, and ship graveyards this remarkable journey will bring to life the endeavors of those who came before us.

  • Inclusions

    Expedition Gear Package

    A complementary expedition package is provided on a loan basis, upon boarding. Your package will include;

    - Windproof / waterproof expedition jacket and bib pants
    - Waterproof backpack
    - Comfortable insulated rubber boots
    - Water resistant binoculars
    - Trekking poles

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Free use of rubber expedition boots/pants & jacket
    - Comprehensive pre-departure material
    - Port taxes
    - All shore excursions and lectures
    - All accommodation and meals on board

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Optional excursions and activities.
    - Luggage handling
    - Mandatory expedition gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - International flights
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  • Vessel

    RCGS RESOLUTE

    Designed for passenger comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. Take a look at some of the superb facilities aboard, including numerous passenger areas designed for relaxation and our onboard educational programming. Quite simply, she is one of the most comfortable and capable expedition ships in the world today. Built in Rauma Finland in 1993, RCGS Resolute offers a Lloyds 1AS ice class (the highest ice rating possible for passenger ships), external stabilizers, incredible comfort and a variety of spacious interior and exterior viewing areas. The most recent refurbishment of the vessel included a complete cabin redecoration featuring new carpet and furniture throughout. One Ocean Suites feature queen beds. In all other cabins, the bed configuration is available in either a queen or two single beds (triple cabins feature two single beds and an additional lower single berth). All cabins include: private washroom, ample storage, writing desk and chair, fridge, flat screen entertainment system with in-house intranet, sectional corner lounge, 100% cotton OOE bathrobes, custom blend natural Canadian made amenities, black out blinds, complimentary water bottle and in room tea and coffee station. Superior cabins and above feature additional inclusions. For all guests, a full expedition gear package is included and features a waterproof jacket and pants, rubber boots, Nordic trekking pole, binoculars and water proof backpack.

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 146
    Crew #: 100
    Ice Class: 1A Super
    Speed: 16
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1993
    Length: 112m
    Width: 17
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 6752
    Registry:
    Elec Outlets: 2 Round Plugs
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rcgs resolute triple private cabin

Triple Private Cabin

29 Jul 2019 - 08 Aug 2019
These cabins are a popular choice for solo travellers willing to share, a family, or a group of friends travelling together.
USD 7,995pp
USD 7,995pp
rcgs resolute twin private cabin

Twin Private

29 Jul 2019 - 08 Aug 2019
Spacious and well appointed, these cabins are situated on Deck 4.
USD 10,295pp
USD 10,295pp
rcgs resolute superior twin private cabin

Superior Cabin

29 Jul 2019 - 08 Aug 2019
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds.
USD 11,595pp
USD 11,595pp
rcgs resolute superior plus twin private cabin

Superior Plus

29 Jul 2019 - 08 Aug 2019
Located on deck 5 these cabins are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds.
USD 11,895pp
USD 11,895pp
rcgs resolute shackleton suite cabin

Shackleton Suite

29 Jul 2019 - 08 Aug 2019
Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower.
USD 13,495pp
USD 13,495pp
rcgs resolute one ocean suite cabin

One Ocean Suite

29 Jul 2019 - 08 Aug 2019
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space.
USD 15,195pp
USD 15,195pp