Baffin Island | 16 days
One of the last great wilderness regions on our planet, the east coast of Baffin Island is the focus of this outstanding expedition. We’ll encounter deep fjords, soaring mountains, immense glacial systems, remote Inuit communities and amazing wildlife - small ship cruising at its best. The history of early exploration is ever present as we visit former Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) locations and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outposts. A highlight will be a visit to Beechey Island, the final resting place for some of the men of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition in 1845-46.
Ship: Akademik Ioffe
20 July – 4 August 2019
Guide price:£11,290 per person based on twin cabin (semi-private facilities)
Options:RCGS Resolute's new Baffin Island and Greenland Explorer voyage combines Canada’s wild and remote Baffin Island with Greenland’s glaciated western coast 7-21 August 2019. Guide price £13,780 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities).
“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