We depart Edmonton on a charter flight to Cambridge Bay, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. Located on the southern shores of Victoria Island, today it is a centre for hunting, trapping and fishing. Enjoy a walking tour of the town and then board our expedition ship, the Akademik Ioffe. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off, bound for the fabled Northwest Passage.
Wildlife is a major draw card, as we venture through the home of the polar bear, muskox, caribou and walrus. There is also a strong historical element: the stories of the ill-fated expedition by Sir John Franklin more than 170 years ago are central to our voyage.