• Arctic Safari

Arctic safari  |  19 days

Beginning in Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay), this voyage seeks out polar bear, beluga and narwhal, birds and muskoxen throughout Lancaster Sound, a proposed Canadian national marine conservation area. At Beechey Island, we’ll pay our respects at the graves of three of Sir John Franklin’s men, at Dundas Harbour, we’ll explore the abandoned Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) post that once guarded the gateway to the Northwest Passage.   Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet) with its stunning views of Bylot Island is a dynamic contemporary Inuit community - we’ll spend the day getting to know it before striking out across Baffin Bay for Greenland. Towering mountains, pristine fjords, and colourful communities are among the attractions of this mighty Arctic island. The Jakobshavn Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and source of the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic, provides a dramatic climax to a northern journey unlike any other. Here we will take to Zodiacs to cruise Disko Bay, home to the world’s fastest-moving glacier.

 

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

When:
4-19 August 2018

Guide price:£12,435 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities)

 

 

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Clients’ comments

“Your service was truly exceptional! We have traveled a lot and tried the services of several companies (both in the UK and the US) and you rank right up there at the top (and we have used some good ones). Your responsiveness was very much appreciated, particularly when the 2014 trip was cancelled. This level of personal service really makes a difference. This was one of the best trips we have taken - one of those that was a revelation and will always be remembered (like our first trip to see the wildlife in Southern Africa, for example).  And your service was first rate - we are so glad that we chose you to organize our trip. We would be happy to be a reference/resource for you with any future travelers (particularly from North America) if you would ever want us to.”

Richard and Christine Holdrup, Arctic Explorer, August 2015   

“A brilliant holiday! Franz Josef Land must be the ultimate Arctic experience.”

Barbara Forrai and Margaret Dykes, Franz Josef Land, August 2012

 

“As Marion promised, I attach a copy of the log from our recent trip to Franz Josef Land. The photos in the log illustrate the quality of the polar bear encounters! Dense sea ice is definitely the place to see bears at close range, and we couldn’t have got into the middle of it without an icebreaker. In one twenty-four hour period we had fourteen bear encounters. Often with two in view at the same time. (That 14 count involved some repeat visits by the same bear, who seemed fascinated by the ship).”

Grant Hutchison and Marion McMurdo, Franz Josef Land, July 2011