Greenland and Arctic Canada:

High Arctic Explorer

with special guest: Margaret Atwood

August 15 - 27, 2024 aboard the 199-passenger Ocean Endeavour

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This family-friendly, adventure-packed voyage takes you well beyond the Arctic circle to experience the best that Greenland and Arctic Canada has to offer. Travel in comfort with an expert expedition team in the land of polar bears, walrus, giant icebergs and midnight sun!

Voyage Highlights

  • Cross the Arctic Circle from the North as you sail the length of Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord)—118 miles!
  • Cruise among icebergs at Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Spend three days in one of Canada’s largest National Marine Conservation Areas, Tallurutiup Imanga, searching for marine life
  • Seek polar bears, seabirds, and other Arctic wildlife in pristine natural environments
  • Retrace the historic route of polar explorers, who for centuries picked their way through ice in hopes of finding a sailing route through the Northwest Passage
  • Transit Ikirasak (Bellot Strait), the narrow and dramatic waterway at the very northern tip of continental North America

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU, Canada

Day 2: Beechey Island

Day 3-7: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster

Sound) and Devon Island

Day 8: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

Day 9: At Sea — Davis Strait

Day 10: Western Greenland

Day 11: Ilulissat

Day 12: Sisimiut

Day 13: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

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Day 1: Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU, Canada: Begin Your Adventure

After your charter flight from Ottawa, ON, you’ll transfer to the Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac.

Begin your journey in Qausuittuq (Resolute). The community’s name, meaning “place with no dawn,” comes from its dark winters, but during your visit at the height of summer, you’ll experience the midnight sun—a time of no darkness.

Take in the unique geography and geology here, characterized by shoreline gravel flats, rocky coastal bluffs, and deposits of glacial moraine.

Learn about the significance of the origin of the hamlet; in 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Québec and Mittimatalik were relocated under false pretences by the Canadian government with the aim of asserting Canadian sovereignty.

Today the community is home to just under 250 people and is an important staging point for High Arctic research, tourism, and military activities.

Day 2: Beechey Island: Visit a Franklin Expedition Historical Site

Pay your respects at this haunting memorial to Sir John Franklin’s failed expedition.

Learn the compelling history of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror’s attempts to sail through the Northwest Passage.

Franklin’s crew overwintered at Beechey Island, where three of his men died, and numerous search parties later used the spot as a depot and rendezvous. Thomas Morgan of the HMS Investigator was buried here in 1854 alongside Franklin’s men.

Visit their graves and the ruins of nearby Northumberland House while contemplating the poignant history.

Day 3-7: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) and Devon Island: Seek Whales, Seabirds, and Polar Bears

Spend five fun-filled days exploring Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), one of Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Areas.

Cruise by ship and by Zodiac in search of narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales that transit and feed in this area.

Admire Devon Island’s unique geological character, with its flat-topped mountains, glacial valleys, and substantial ice cap. At the northern edge of Tallurutiup Imanga, it’s the largest uninhabited island on Earth at over 50,000 square kilometers.

Hike the tundra, cruise a glacier face, and keep your eyes peeled for polar bears and other wildlife from ship and from shore.

Visit archaeological sites with expert interpretation to learn about the human history of Inuit and their ancestors who once lived on this now-abandoned island.

Then catch a glimpse of more recent history when you visit the remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Hudson's Bay Company site at Dundas Harbour.

** Floating Ice Concert

** Family Survival Skills on the land – potentially on Devon Island – the largest uninhabited island in the world (where NASA maintains a training station because the conditions are like that on Mars)

*** Polar Dip will be dependent on finding an appropriate location.

Day 8: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet): Experience Inuit Culture

Attend a cultural performance put on by the talented Tununiq Arsarniit Theatre Group, featuring drum dancing, throat singing, and storytelling.

Mittimatalik is a busy Arctic community in a beautiful setting—the views of nearby Bylot Island are stunning!

Enjoy exploring the town and take the opportunity to purchase unique handcrafted mementos when available, too.

*** Community sporting event

Day 9: At Sea — Davis Strait: Learn On Board

Deepen your understanding of the Arctic as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland.

Enjoy workshops and presentations, watch a documentary, and get out on deck with your binoculars to look for whales, seabirds, and marine wildlife.

Day 10: Western Greenland: Hike the Tundra

Choose the activity you like best during an expedition landing on Greenland’s stunning west coast.

Whether you prefer hiking, walking, photography, or sitting contemplatively, you’ll be delighted!

Admire the mighty mountains and the tiniest tundra flowers—a stop in this area will offer many outstanding features to pique your interest

*** Disco party in Disko Bay

Day 11: Ilulissat: Take a Cruise Around Towering Icebergs

Visit the town of Ilulissat, with splendid museums, cafés, craft shops, and a busy fishing harbour.

View the icebergs from shore on a hike along the boardwalk at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ilulissat translates literally to “iceberg”—an apt name for this site at the mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, a source of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.

*** Helicopter sightseeing – optional tour

*** SCUBA - optional tour

Day 12: Explore Sisimiut

Colorful Sisimiut is Greenland’s second-largest city. Access the extensive museum through a towering whalebone archway and be sure to stop in at the artisan’s co-operative for the chance to purchase outstanding handicrafts.

Traditional qajaq (kayaking) is in resurgence here, and there’s plenty of other fun outdoor activities for the adventurous to enjoy.

*** Trail Cycling Tour

Day 13: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland: Cross the Arctic Circle

Complete your journey up Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord), a 190-kilometre-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers, and cross the Arctic Circle one last time on your way.

Kangerlussuaq, the settlement at the head of the fjord, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub.

Transfer by Zodiac to shore, then ride to the airport by bus for your charter flight to Toronto, ON.

Adventure Activities


Optional extra. Drysuit certification required.

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Mountain Biking

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Helicopter Rides

Optional extra.

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Zodiac Cruising

Included in your voyage

Adventure Hikes

Included in your voyage


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Polar Plunge

Included in your voyage

Disco Party

In Disko Bay, Greenland.

Included in your voyage

Kids Zodiac

Included in your voyage

Community Visits

Included in your voyage


Play sports against a local community.

Included in your voyage

Photo Workshops

Included in your voyage

Inclusions and Exclusions


  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Arctic charter flights on Day 1 and Day 13
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Special access permits, entry, and park fees
  • Expert expedition team
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

Not Included:

  • Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges and administrative fees
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodations and transfers
  • Young children may be required to provide their own personal PFD

Exclusive Pricing

Please call or availability as it changes often. Book early for the best selection.

Prices are 30% less than retail and include charter flights cost of $2,645.

Children 6 and under at time of sailing pay only the the charter flight cost of $2,645.

Category 10


Owner's Suite. Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view. Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen). Private bath with full tub

310 sq ft

Category 9 - Jr Suite

$14,752 per person

Junior Suite. Deck 5.

Picture windows, unobstructed view. Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double but smaller than a Queen). Private bath

270sq ft

Category 8

$14,052 per person

Superior Twin, Deck 7.

Forward-facing Picture windows, unobstructed view

Matrimonial bed (bigger than US double

but smaller than a Queen). Private bath

290 sq ft

Category 7

$13,702 per person

Picture windows, unobstructed view

Two lower berths

Private bath

190 sq ft

Category 6

$13,142 per person

Picture windows, partial obstruction

Two lower berths

Private bath

135 sq ft

Category 6

$13,142 per person

Two porthole windows, unobstructed view

Two lower berths

Private bath

175 sq ft

Category 5 - Family

$12,652 per person

Exterior Family Cabin for 4. 2 Private Baths

Category 5

$12,652 per person

Exterior Main Twin

Picture windows, unobstructed view. Two lower berths

Private bath

Approximately 115 square feet

Category 4 - Family

$12,162 per person

Exterior Family Cabin for 6. 2 Private Baths.

Category 4

$12,162 per person

Porthole window, unobstructed view

Two lower berths

Private bath

100 sq ft

Category 3

$11,252 per person

Interior Twin. Interior cabin

Two lower berths

Private bath

120 sq ft

Category 2 - Triple

$10,342 per person

Interior Triple Cabin. Interior cabin

Three lower berths

Two private baths

200 sq ft

Category 1 - Quad

$9,642 per person

Interior Quad. 4 lower single berths.Interior cabin

Private bath

240 sq ft

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Unique Expedition Team

Complimenting the standard expedition team are often musicians, writers, artists and culturalists.

Play sports against a local community.

Included in your voyage

The Ocean Endeavour

Only 199 guests.

Ice Class 1B.

Comfortable Exploration

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This spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. Enjoy the salt-water pool, hot tub, sauna or gym. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.


Laura Grier

Meet Laura Grier, the Indiana Jones of Adventure Travel Photography and the recent addition to the Discovery Channel UK’s “20 Richest People in the World List”, people who are rich in life experiences that is. It is no surprise that Laura turned her life of travel, adventure, and exploration into a profession. As a photojournalist for 20 years, Laura has made a life out of exploring the world, capturing, and writing about her experiences.

Laura’s most notable work has been shooting for National Geographic's artisan catalog that represents global artisans practicing “Vanishing Arts” around the world. She shoots all of their catalog work, trains their in-house photographers around the world, and shoots and films their “happiness” philanthropic projects. Laura also writes a regular travel column for the Huffington Post and Venuelust and teaches, mentors, and inspires other photographers through her travel workshops and expeditions. She has presented for brands like Canon, WPPI, Zenfolio, Samys Camera and CreativeLive.

Passionate about mentoring, women’s education and empowerment, photography and travel, Laura leads workshops, expeditions, and has recently launched Andeana Hats her passion project in partnership with Novica/National Geographic Catalog. The mission behind Andeana is to empower women and help global artisans continue their cultural traditions; enabling them to support themselves and lead their communities out of poverty.

Clayton Anderson

Clayton is a Co-Founder of The Polar Adventure Company and has spent the last 25 years in the travel industry as a journalist, expedition leader, zodiac driver, marketer, and expedition experience developer.

Clayton has led expeditions around the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and everywhere in between. He is a member of the Explorers Club in New York City and has authored or co-authored several books on travel.

Clayton has worked in the polar regions with Quark Expeditions, Arctic Kingdom, and Adventure Canada and he has logged several years’ worth of sailing time aboard expeditionary vessels giving him intimate knowledge of the industry.

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