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Arctic Cruise

Polar Bears, Puffins and Fjords

“An Arctic Cruise Expedition offers a new perspective on the world around us.”

Whether it’s navigating the fabled Northwest Passage, exploring Greenland’s coastline, or breaking through the polar icecap to the North Pole – the Arctic is a place with a reputation for majestic beauty and a rich history of polar exploration.

What makes an Arctic Cruise Expedition unique is the emphasis on wildlife encounters, the natural environment, historical sites, research stations and informative talks and lectures.

From ship or shore, the natural landscapes are astounding. Peregrinating through the super natural waters north of the Arctic Circle is an extraordinary experience, as one comes face to face with gargantuan ice floes that are both savage and tranquil, the overpowering sound of calving glaciers and cathedral-size icebergs dwarfing everything around them.
Visit some remote communities and marvel at wildlife – whales, walrus, muskox, arctic fox, and of course the king of the North, the majestic polar bear. 

Proud to be a Canadian company, we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation by showcasing expeditions to the Canadian Arctic, Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, West Greenland and even the North Pole! Learn more…

A sample of our recommended Arctic Expeditions:

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About our ships

We’ve been there: Exploring the Northwest Passage

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More about our Arctic expeditions:

Only on a small expedition ship can you journey through the heart of the Canadian Arctic, or explore the hidden corners of the east coast provinces of Labrador and the Maritimes. These iconic regions are full of wildlife, dramatic scenery, rich history, and showcase Canadian Arctic and Maritimes culture.

Inuit guides share insight into northern traditions through visual story telling and cultural display.
Historians lead educational presentations and field visits to historical sites, including locations associated with Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition.

Our guest speaker series, featured on certain sailings include

  • Photography Workshops
  • Northern Culinary Showcase with authentic northern Canadian dishes
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Artists in Residence
  • Traditional Folk Musicians
  • Inuit Cultural Demonstration
  • Canadian Historians

More about Small Ship Expeditions and Cruises…

Contact Vancouver Polar Expert
Christine Boecker
to plan your Arctic Expedition

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Canada’s East Coast – ‘Fins and Fiddles’

11 Day Expedition Cruise aboard Akademic Ioffe (OOE1)

The islands of Canada’s Atlantic Maritime Provinces are well known for its Celtic traditions, and feature a rich and diverse culture, found in small communities and remote fishing ports.

Historically one of the most fascinating places in North America, the music and cuisine of the region is celebrated the world over.  The waters here are rich feeding grounds and act as a magnet for wildlife.

Daily shore excursions with expert guides explore areas otherwise inaccessible to access by land and include a range of wonderful activities – an ideal way to experience this enchanting corner of Canada.

Dates: 5 – 15 July 2017* | 21 – 31 July 2017 | 08 – 14 July 2018 | 14 – 24 July 2018*
*Combinable with ‘Labrador & Torngat Mountains’ for a 20-day Expedition

Expedition fares start from US$4,395 per person in twin cabin + GST and charter flights from Ottawa.
Expedition sea kayaking program is available on all departures

Environmental Commitment

Contact Vancouver Polar Expert
Christine Boecker
to plan your Arctic Expedition

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Pathways to Sir John Franklin

10 Day Arctic Expedition Cruise aboard Akademic Ioffe (OOE2)

The story of Sir John Franklin’s expedition from the mid 18th century and the enduring mystery of their fate, has gripped the imagination and intrigue of explorers and history lovers for more than 150 years.
A new chapter in history was written in September 2014 when a Canadian expedition located the final resting place of one of Franklin’s two ‘lost ships,’ HMS Erebus in the frigid waters of the Victoria Strait. The second vessel (HMS Terror) was located two years later. More…

The principal focus of this expedition is the historic Arctic exploration and the early quest for the Northwest Passage.  As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, several high-profile historians join us on this expedition, bringing to life the incredible story of Franklin and other pioneering explorers, in their quest to open up the maze of waterways in Canada’s north.

For lovers of remote expedition cruising, this journey has it all!

Dates: 14 – 23 August 2017 | 23 Aug – 01 Sep 2018

Expedition fares start from US$7,795 per person in twin cabin + charter flights from Ottawa
Expedition sea kayaking program is an additional $695 per person – available on all departures

Environmental Commitment

Contact Vancouver Polar Expert
Christine Boecker
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Fabled Arctic Ship Found!

About the Franklin Expedition:
Stories of the ill-fated expedition by Sir John Franklin more than 150 years ago are central to our journey. Franklin made his last heroic foray into the Arctic in 1845 with two ships and 128 men, never to be heard from again. Franklin’s crew became locked in the ice during a doomed search for the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean in 1845. All crew members eventually died, though there’s evidence to suggest some may have survived for several years.

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Many searches throughout the 19th century attempted to find the lost ships, but the mystery of what happened to Sir John Franklin and his men had never been solved. Inuit testimony from the late 1840s claimed one ship sank in deep water west of King William Island.

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“The beauty of where they found the wreck is proof positive of Inuit oral history,” said CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, who has covered the Franklin search for many years.
“The Inuit have said for generations that one of their hunters saw a ship in that part of the passage, abandoned and ended up wrecking…. It’s exactly where they said it was.”
More at BBC News

Contact Vancouver Polar Expert
Christine Boecker
to plan your Arctic Expedition

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 Classic Northwest Passage

13 Day Arctic Voyage aboard Akademic Sergey Vavilov (OOE3)
An iconic journey, the Northwest Passage remains an adventure today!

On this journey we follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, exploring the vast archipelago of islands and channels that create Canada’s high Arctic region.

This is the home of the polar bear, the barren ground grizzly bear, musk ox, caribou and walrus. Our ship becomes a floating wilderness lodge and every day we enjoy shore excursions to wildlife locations, historic points of interest and Inuit communities.

Eventually we push across the Davis Strait leaving Canada making landfall on the west coast of Greenland. Huge icebergs greet us on arrival along with friendly locals found in the colorful coastal fishing communities.

A transit of the Northwest Passage is one of the world’s most iconic expedition voyages. It covers the full spectrum of Arctic scenery, culture, history and wildlife – making it a much-loved classic. It’s no wonder this modern-day adventure is a ‘sell-out’ every season.

Dates: 24 Aug – 05 Sep 2017 | 12 – 24 Aug 2018 | 24 Aug – 05 Sep 2018 | 01 – 13 Sep 2018

Expedition fares start from US$11,395 per person in twin cabin + charter flights from Ottawa.
Expedition sea kayaking program is an additional $695 per person – available on all departures

Environmental Commitment

Contact Vancouver Polar Expert
Christine Boecker
to join this epic Expedition

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High Arctic Explorer

10 Day Arctic Voyage from the 75th Parallel
aboard Akademic Ioffe
(OOE4)

Join us as we experience life North of 60! Fly into the remote Canadian town of Resolute Bay on the 75th parallel – one of the most northern outposts in the Canadian Arctic – and you know that you’ve arrived in the High Arctic!

From the very first day you are immersed in the Arctic wilderness on this expedition – the perfect blend of wildlife, history, culture and scenery. History is a key focus and we visit numerous Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outposts such as Grise Fjord, Craig Harbour and Dundas Harbour. Along the ice floe edge we encounter beluga and hope to encounter the mythical narwhal. Sightings of polar bear can be expected throughout the voyage.

Dates: 05 – 14 Aug 2017 | 14 – 23 Aug 2018

Expedition fares start from US$7,795 per person in twin cabin + charter flights from Ottawa.
Expedition sea kayaking program is an additional $695 per person – available on all departures

Environmental Commitment

Contact Vancouver Polar Expert
Christine Boecker
to join this epic Expedition

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Baffin Island – Jewel of the High Arctic

12 Day Arctic Expedition Cruise aboard Akademic Ioffe (OOE5)

This expedition is mainly spent exploring north of the Arctic Circle. Canada’s Baffin Island is one of the last great wilderness regions on the planet, featuring deep fjords, soaring mountains and immense glacial systems.

We are constantly on the lookout for a variety of Arctic birdlife and marine wildlife – including the iconic polar bear.

Visits to remote Inuit communities provide a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the people who call this wilderness their home. The history of early exploration is ever present and we visit former Hudson’s Bay Company locations and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outposts.

Dates: 25 July – 05 Aug 2017 | 03 – 14 Aug 2018

Expedition fares start from US$8,295 per person in twin cabin + charter flights from Ottawa.
Expedition sea kayaking program is an additional $695 per person – available on all departures

Environmental Commitment

Contact Vancouver Polar Expert
Christine Boecker
to join this epic Expedition

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Labrador & Torngat Mountains

11 Day Expedition Cruise aboard Akademic Ioffe (OOE6)

This journey takes you from the more temperate climate found in the Maritimes, northwards along Canada’s East Coast and into the higher Arctic latitudes.

The voyage links numerous historic locations along the coast, including a known Viking settlement, a French-built fortress and several remote Moravian mission locations.

We also encounter the Nunatsiavut people in small communities and isolated fishing ports along Labrador’s coastline.

A particular highlight of this expedition is a visit to Torngat Mountains National Park – home to the highest mountains in Canada, east of the Rockies. This is one of the jewels in the crown of the Canadian National Park network, and we spend several days onshore exploring the dramatic wilderness.

Dates: 15 – 25 July 2017 | 24 July – 03 Aug 2018
Combinable with ‘Canada’s East Coast – Fiddles & Fins’ for a 20-day Expedition

Expedition fares start from US$4,695 per person in twin cabin + GST and charter flights from Ottawa.
Expedition sea kayaking program is an additional $695 per person – available on all departures

Environmental Commitment

Contact Vancouver Polar Expert
Christine Boecker
to join this epic Expedition

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Iconic North Pole Expedition

14 Day Voyage, starting from Murmansk, Russia (QE1)

Imagine standing at the top of the Earth, glass of champagne in hand – and everywhere you look is south!  Your icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, will take you to a part of the world more commonly associated with fairy tales and folklore—the North Pole. Crushing through multiyear pack ice, the journey can take as long as a week, which only helps heighten the level of excitement.

Experiencing the iconic North Pole, with all of the wildlife and rugged wilderness that it entails, is something few will ever enjoy.  Crush through multi-year ice on the Arctic Ocean, sightsee by helicopter and zodiac – on the lookout for walruses, seals, whales and polar bears or take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90º N, weather permitting. Possible stops at the island of Franz Josef Land will have you in awe of the flora and fauna as you visit seabird colonies and retrace the footsteps of early explorers.Arctic Cruise, North Pole

Expedition Highlights:

  • Be one of only 250 to stand at the top of the world at 90°N every year!
  • Experience the largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, 50 Years of Victory
  • Enjoy helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean
  • Possibly view polar bears, walrus and other arctic wildlife
  • Take advantage of optional tethered flight by hot air balloon (weather permitting)
  • Cruise in a zodiac
  • Visit Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers

Dates: 09 – 22 July 2017 | 20 July – 02 Aug 2017 | 31 Jul – 13 Aug 2017 | 13 – 26 June 2018 | 24 June – 07 July 2018

Expedition fares start from US$27,995 per person in twin cabin + charter flights from Helsinki.

Contact Vancouver Polar Expert
Christine Boecker
to join this epic Expedition

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About our Ships:

 

Akademik Ioffe & Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Capacity: 110 guests
Length: 117 meters

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The Akademik Ioffe is widely recognised as the best expedition-style cruise vessel operating in Polar waters. She’s a well-equipped, ice-rated ship capable of carrying up to 118 passengers, although we normally carry no more than 110 for extra comfort. In terms of stability and speed, she is ‘state of the art’ and, while not luxurious, she’s very comfortable and kept in top condition.

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov is the sister ship of the Akademik Ioffe and offers an almost identical experience. We are very proud to be the operator of these unique vessels – the pride of the Russian Academy of Science. Widely regarded as the finest expedition ships operating in Polar waters, each offers a high level of comfort – in her appointments, stability and strength.

As working scientific research vessels, they form the ideal platforms from which to explore. We have all the equipment needed for exploring, from zodiac landing craft to kayaks and camping gear. We even carry snowshoes. The two ships are virtually identical, which means we can offer the same great program and leadership, for which we are now so well known, on both vessels.

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Environmental Commitment

While travelling through these ecologically sensitive areas we find ways to give back to the places and people we visit, as well as take away so many incredible memories. For instance, we minimize our impact on the areas we visit by using the more expensive clean burning fuel with a low emission factor. By carefully planning the itinerary we reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Menus are planned to take advantage of local products where possible, and we keep most garbage onboard for safe disposal in port.

There is a panoramic bar/lounge, library, video room, and dining space for the full passenger complement in one seating. There is also a gymnasium, sauna and swimming pool and ample space for meetings of the full group as well as smaller rooms for more intimate meetings.

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Ocean Endeavour:

Capacity: 198 guests
Length: 137 meters

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Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.

Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of any expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.

The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning and a variety of cabin categories ranging from 9m² to 30m² (100-320 sq ft).

Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers!

 

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Sea Adventurer:

Capacity: 118 guest
Length: 101 meters

The 118-passenger Sea Adventurer, is among the very few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to the far reaches of remote lands. She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers.

With extensive renovations, the Sea Adventurer is a handsome expedition vessel, done in the style of great ocean liners. With lots of varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks, the ship has all new outside cabins, with private showers & facilities.

You will enjoy relaxing in the Main Lounge, Sea Club, library/card room, sauna or beauty salon, keeping trim in the gymnasium, or picking up souvenirs in the gift shop. Meals include International and Continental cuisine.

The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows the Sea Adventurer to go to places that larger cruise ships can only dream of, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by other vessels her size.

Cabin Category Amenities

1. Quad Lower Forward, 2 upper 2 lower berths, porthole window
2. Triple Lower Deck, 1 upper 2 lower berths, porthole window
3. Junior Double, two lower berths, porthole window
4. Double, two lower berths, midship, porthole window
6. Deluxe Double, two lower berths, midship, porthole or picture window
7. Superior Double, two lower berths, picture window
8. Junior Suite, two lower berths, sitting area, picture window
9. Suite, two lower berths, sitting area, picture window
10. Owner’s Suite, two lower berths, shower & bathtub, picture window

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Christine Boecker
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