One Ocean’s 2013 Northwest Passage Voyage From Kangerlussuaq To Cambridge Bay Highlights Wildlife In The Wake Of The Explorers
28/02/2012 Leave a comment
Roderick Eim photo of One Ocean Expeditions’ Akademik Ioffe with zodiacs in the Northwest Passage
August 14 – August 25, 2013 (11 nights)
Starting in Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord) and ending in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
One Ocean Expeditions’ Northwest Passage voyage for 2013 sails through one of the world’s most historic and dramatic sea routes, linking the Atlantic and Pacific through Canada’s High Arctic. Explore, discover and wonder as you sail in comfort through the same areas explored by Barrow, Parry and Franklin almost a century ago. Watching the water move on the horizon as a herd of walrus or a raft of seals approach the bow, or looking into the eyes of a polar bear meandering across the polar pack ice will reveal the advantages of the modern-day expedition cruise.
The Canadian Arctic is host to numerous bird species including the ivory gull, king eider, common eider, thick billed murre, black guillemot, red throated loon, pomarine jaeger, parasitic jaeger, peregrine falcon, gyr falcon, snowy owl, snow bunting, glaucous gull, black legged kittiwake, black backed gull and plover, to name just a few.
As you sail through areas of high marine biodiversity you will be on the lookout for the Arctic seals. On land, there will plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs on long hikes. And as these harsh landscapes are home to the shaggy haired, pre-historic looking Muskox you will likely spot them on one of your hikes.
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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
August 14, 2013 – Ottawa, Canada, to Sondre Stromfjord (Kangerlussuaq)
Sondre Stromfjord is one of the world’s longest fjords cutting into the interior of Greenland. By charter flight from Ottawa, Canada, into Greenland you will land at a former American Airbase (Bluie West Eight and Camp Lloyd), located just miles north of the Arctic Circle to board your expedition vessel by zodiac
August 15, 2013 – Sisimiut
We will explore the fjord behind the town of Sisimiut before visiting the town in the afternoon. We will hope to meet a few of the traditional Greenlandic kayakers and perhaps see a demonstration of “Eskimo Rolling” by one of the former champions of the Greenland Kayaking Championships.
August 16, 2013 – Ilulissat and Jacobshavn Icefjord
The Jacobshavn Icefjord spews massive tabular icebergs out into Disko Bay. Ilulissat was the hometown of Knud Rasmussen, one of Greenland’s most famous explorers and anthropologists, born here in 1879.
August 17 – August 18, 2013 – Baffin Bay
Your crossing of Baffin Bay will depend on the extent of the so-called ‘middle ice’. You will find the edge of this and then follow it around to the coast of Baffin Island.
August 19, 2013 – Fjords of Northeast Baffin Island
Rising straight out of the water and almost blotting out the sky, the cliffs of these fjords are incredible. You will sail along a few looking for a place to get out and stretch our legs
August 20, 2013 – Pond Inlet
You will visit the town of Pond Inlet and make your base at the Natinnak Centre, where a spectacular cultural exhibit will be the background of a display put on by the Elders and youth of Pond Inlet. Inuit carvings, jewellery and other local craft will be available for purchase from local artisans.
August 21, 2013 – Lancaster Sound and Devon Island
Lancaster Sound is a wildlife ‘super-highway’ of the Arctic. A massive outlet for water from the high Arctic archipelago, the water here is rich in nutrients and is home to a diverse concentration of wildlife that can be staggering. Stops along the shore of Lancaster Sound will depend on ice conditions and weather.
August 22, 2013 – Beechey Island and Prince Leopold Island
Beechey Island holds great importance in our quest to complete the Northwest Passage. It is here that Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness. Almost sixty years later, Roald Amundsen stopped at Beechey Island during the first successful complete transit of the Northwest Passage.
After Beechey, sail south to Prince Regent Inlet, stopping for a view of the bird cliffs at Prince Leopold Island, home to thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes. Encounters with polar bear, beluga, narwhal and the occasional bowhead whale have also been known in the summering grounds in this area.
August 23, 2013 – Fort Ross and Bellot Strait
If ice conditions permit, you will sail south through Prince Regent Inlet and approach the eastern end of the Bellot Strait. Fort Ross, located at the southern end of Somerset Island, is a former Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading outpost. Ancient archaeological sites nearby tell a story of more than a thousand years of habitation by the Inuit and their predecessors. Upon leaving Fort Ross, you will attempt the passage of the Bellot Strait, entering at slack water if possible, to avoid a current that can be more than seven knots. Upon exiting Bellot Strait you will turn south in Victoria Strait, taking a bearing for King William Island.
August 24, 2013 – Victory Point, King William Island
Little is known of how the remainders of the Franklin Expedition spent its last months in the frozen Arctic. The vessels, abandoned in the ice of Victoria Strait have left no trace. A lifeboat left abandoned, bits and pieces of copper and iron, cutlery and buttons and a skeleton here and there all tell a story of a desperate race south in search of rescue that never occurred.
August 25, 2012– Cambridge Bay, Nunavut to Edmonton, Alberta
One hopes to visit the community of Cambridge Bay, on the southern shores of Victoria Island. Cambridge Bay, or Ikaluktutiak, for“good fishing place”, is a centre for hunting, trapping, and fishing and Inuit have had summer camps in the region for centuries. Today, ships bring supplies annually. Amundsen spent two winters here, learning how to master dogsledding. And McClintock found solid evidence of the Franklin Expedition in 1859, including naval artifacts, sledges, graves and letters.
Dropping anchor in Cambridge Bay, you will for one last time make your way ashore by zodiac for your charter flight to Edmonton and the short flight back to ‘southern’ Canada.
Specific site visits will depend on ice and weather conditions and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions.
For further details please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail email@example.com.