Small Group Safari

Baffin Island & High Arctic Discovery

Venture into the Canadian High Arctic with a once in a lifetime trip along the wild east coast of Baffin Island all the way to Resolute. Sail through dramatic landscapes, spot polar bears, narwhal and whales as you journey through this historic region of the Arctic.

Duration 12 days
Price From $6,247
When Jul-Aug
Destination Arctic Canada

Safari Overview

Explore a remote part of the Arctic which very few people ever get to see. Sail through dramatic landscapes and look out for polar bears, narwhals, belugas and the endangered bowhead whale. Witness immense glacial systems, visit historic Royal Canadian Mounted Police outposts, and visit the final resting place of some of the men from the Ill-fated Franklin Expedition in 1945-46. 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • See polar bears in the High Arctic.

  • Watch for the ever elusive bowhead whale.

  • See narwhals and belugas swimming in the fjords.

  • Learn about the Inuit history of the region while visiting remote settlements.

A stunning Arctic safari exploring the far reaches of Baffin Island. 

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Day by day

Day 1

Ottawa - Iqaliut

From Ottawa, jump on a scheduled flight to Iqaluit, Baffin Island. Enjoy a walking tour of the town before embarking the Akademik Sergey Vavilov in the afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink as you set sail to one of the most remote places on earth.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov D

Day 2

Davis Strait

Head out in the Zodiacs to explore the shoreline in the hopes of finding a walrus or two down by the water. This is also a popular area for polar bears, so keep your eyes open for the majestic king of the Arctic.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 3

Cumberland Sound

In the heart of Cumberland Sound the small village of Pangnirtung lies between the mountains and the sea. Explore the visitor centre with its beautiful displays that will guide you through the history of the Thule and modern Inuit, and marvel at the picture perfect scenery.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 4

Arctic Circle Crossing

Awaken to the beautiful Sunshine Fjord and spectacular scenery. Today is the day to enjoy a hike, whether it’s a longer route to lookout points where the views are breathtaking, or a more relaxed walk along the shore. Depending on weather conditions, you’ll have the opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle either by foot, Zodiac or ship – whichever way you do it, you’ll have bragging rights for life.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 5

Auyuittuq

One of Canada’s most stunning national parks, Auyuittuq is dominated by steep rugged mountain scenery, with extensive glacial systems and rivers. You will venture into the park with skilled local guides, and become one of the few lucky visitors each season to explore this part of the world. Visit Qikiqtarjuaq a small settlement home to several Inuit families to learn more about their way of life up here in the high Arctic.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 6

Isabella Bay

Today is the day for bowhead whales, who frequent these waters in the summer. Keep your eyes open and binoculars ready to spot these elusive creatures in the clear waters. This area is also home to a number of polar bears, ringed seals, Canada and snow geese, plus a few narwhals, so you’ll be snapping away on your camera all day.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 7

Gibbs Fjord

This is your opportunity to catch up on some photo editing or relax with a good book as the ship sails through the beautiful Gibbs Fjord between snowy glaciers and towering mountain peaks.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 8

Pond Inlet

Today the ship approaches the far north of Baffin Island, home to the remote community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). Highlights of the day include the Natinnak Centres cultural exhibit, and Sirmilik National Park with its large colonies of seabirds.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 9

Lancaster Sound – Devon Island

This morning you’ll leave the wild landscapes of Baffin Island and cross Lancaster Sound towards Devon Island. Waters from the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans meet here, creating a rich source of nutrients for Arctic wildlife who are here in abundance. You will visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost at Dundas Harbour, and view glaciers in Crocker bay.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 10

Prince Leopold Island

Today is a day for birds, with Prince Leopold Island, an important migratory bird sanctuary, playing host to thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes. With several hundred thousand birds in the area, you won’t be short of photography opportunities. If you are lucky, you may also see some of the beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales in the area, as well as the polar bears that have been spotted here in the past.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 11

Beechey Island

As the adventure comes to a close, enjoy a final shore landing at Beechey Island, the place where Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last winter before vanishing into the icy wilderness. After a day ashore, enjoy the Captain's farewell dinner as you reflect on the wildlife and scenery you’ve enjoyed throughout the trip.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 12

Beechey Island

After breakfast, depart the ship in Resolute and take the chartered flight to Edmonton. You’ll be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location where your journey ends upon arrival.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small group, set departure on board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, one of the quietest and most stable ships sailing Arctic waters. 

*Charter flights from £1,425 per person

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