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Arctic Quest: Greenland to Churchill

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Arctic Quest: Greenland to Churchill
This diverse Arctic expedition covers 16 days aboard the 111-guest Sea Explorer between Copenhagen, Denmark; Kangerlussuaq, Greenland; and Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Explore this unique part of the world where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years. In addition to wildlife excursions by Zodiac and tundra hikes, spend time visiting fish ing villages and Inuit settlements, taking time to learn about their heritage and culture.

Over the course of 16 days, enjoy daily outdoor activities like zodiac cruises and hiking. Kayaking is optional on this cruise an additional cost, and is a great way to experience the beauty of the Arctic in a more personal way. If you crave some cultural learning alongside your wildlife encounters, then this journey to the northern communities of the Arctic is for you. The Arctic Quest: Churchill to Greenland small ship cruise is a legacy travel experience.
read more This diverse Arctic expedition covers 16 days aboard the 111-guest Sea Explorer between Copenhagen, Denmark; Kangerlussuaq, Greenland; and Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Explore this unique part of the world where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years. In addition to wildlife excursions by Zodiac and tundra hikes, spend time visiting fishing villages and Inuit settlements, taking time to learn about their heritage and culture.

Over the course of 16 days, enjoy daily outdoor activities like zodiac cruises and hiking. Kayaking is optional on this cruise an additional cost, and is a great way to experience the beauty of the Arctic in a more personal way. If you crave some cultural learning alongside your wildlife encounters, then this journey to the northern communities of the Arctic is for you. The Arctic Quest: Churchill to Greenland small ship cruise is a legacy travel experience.
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Arctic Quest is Amazing: Greenland to Canada in 16 Days

Arctic Quest is Amazing: Greenland to Canada in 16 Days

The Arctic Quest Cruise aboard the Sea Explorer from Greenland to Canada is the most amazing Arctic cruise we have seen in many years.
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Day 1 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 2 - Embarkation Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Days 3 - 4 - West Greenland

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - Monumental Island

Day 7 - Akpatok Island

Day 8 - Kimmirut

Day 9 - Cape Dorset

Days 10 - 14 - Islands of Hudson

Day 15 - Disembark Churchill, Manitoba to Toronto

Day 16 - Flight Home


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Day 1 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Your Arctic adventure begins with an overnight stay in Copenhagen, Denmark.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Cophenhagen Hotel TBA
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Embarkation Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Today’s charter flight will take you from Denmark to Greenland. When you land in Kangerlussuaq you’ll be landing at Greenland’s largest commercial airport, which was once a U.S. military base. You’ll be transferred to the port and then take your first Zodiac ride out to your ship, the Sea Explorer.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast and dinner

Days 3 - 4 - West Greenland

Icy fjords, colorful communities and a historical UNESCO World Heritage Site await you in Greenland. The first planned stop is Sisimiut, the second largest settlement in Greenland. Even so, this town has a small-fishing-village feel with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos of the old, colorful buildings. Watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing farther north to Ilulissat.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the world's fastest and most active glaciers. As well as some spectacular zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike in Ilulissat.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - At Sea

Turning west, most of today is spent at sea. This allows plenty of time to hang out on deck, searching for cetaceans or watching the seabirds glide along above the Arctic Ocean. This Arctic waterway, which separates Greenland and Baffin Island in Canada, is called the Davis Strait, named after the English explorer John Davis.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Monumental Island

Before reaching Baffin Island, head to the small island with a big name – Monumental Island. This is a well-known spot for potential close encounters with some of the Arctic’s most iconic creatures – walrus and polar bear. Settle in for a Zodiac ride around the island, in search of the world’s only tusked pinnipeds and largest land carnivores!
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Akpatok Island

Continuing along the eastern edge of Baffin Island in an area called Ungava Bay, your next landing is all about birds and bears. The word Akpat is the Inuit name for the thick-billed murre, or Brünnich’s guillemot. These birds nest on the tall limestone cliffs found around the island. This is one of the largest colonies in the world and a favored spot for polar bears.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Kimmirut

Stepping foot on Baffin Island at the tiny community of Kimmirut, you’ll have a chance to see how people here still live a traditional Inuit lifestyle. This southern part of Baffin Island has an interesting mix of historical sites to visit or explore while hiking. This area was also once an important trading post, with the Hudson’s Bay Company setting up here in 1911. Many of the fewer than 500 Inuit who live here sustain themselves by selling impressive indigenous artwork and sculptures. Enjoy time wandering around the settlement, or purchase some Inuit art if something catches your eye.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Cape Dorset

This little hamlet is dubbed the “Capital of Inuit Art.” Since the 1950s art has been the primary source of income for this small, local economy. Find plentiful Inuit carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings here. The settlement itself has an interesting history, dating back more than 3,000 years.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 10 - 14 - Islands of Hudson

As your expedition heads into the second largest bay in the world, the focus turns back to wildlife watching. There are numerous landing site options in Hudson Bay, including Zodiac excursions around Walrus Island and shore excursions and hiking at Digges, Coats and Marble Islands. The relatively shallow waters of Hudson Bay create a rich marine environment where you may spot a wide variety of animals. First the big cliffs at Digges Islands attract black guillemots and Iceland gulls. On the ground look for caribou and polar bears. Beluga whales are often seen around the ship. If time allows, head out on zodiacs for a closer look. If you’re anxious for more walrus encounters, then Coats Island and the aptly named Walrus Island should provide the best opportunities for good viewing in this part of Hudson Bay.

Over at Coral Harbour, a small settlement of Inuit people live on the shores of Southampton Island. This area was home to one of the last Thule Inuit settlements in the Arctic, with Sallirmuit people living here until the 20th Century. Get ready to get active by hiking on Marble Island. You’ll gain a whole new perspective on life in the Arctic as this part of Hudson Bay has a lengthy list of expedition mysteries and tragic stories. Your Expedition Team will fill you in on why the island is nicknamed Deadman’s Island.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15 - Disembark Churchill, Manitoba to Toronto

Your final day in the Arctic will include a zodiac excursion in search of beluga whales, which are often seen around the coastal areas here at Churchill, Manitoba. Say goodbye to the ship and crew before your charter flight and a final overnight in Toronto.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Toronto Marriott Airport Hotel
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 16 - Flight Home

Fly home after your final overnight in Toronto.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Internal Flights

Plan flights to arrive any time on Day 1 and depart any time on Day 16; transfers are not provided.

Activities

Included are great daily outdoor activities like Zodiac cruises and hiking. Kayaking is optional on this cruise for $595 per person (2014), and is a great way to experience the beauty of the Arctic in a more personal way. Spaces are limited and require some kayaking experience. Contact a AdventureSmith to learn more about booking adventure options, including physical requirements.
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1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 11 - Aug 26, 2014Sea Explorer$7995 - $16995View Details
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Reverse

  This departure travels in reverse, from Churchill, Manitoba, to Greenland/Copenhagen.
Triple

Triple - $7995

Averaging 225 square feet, this suite has two twins and a sofa bed. It is located on the Columbus Deck.
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Porthole Suite

Porthole Suite - $9995

Averaging 225 square feet, this suite has portholes and a sitting area. It is located on the Magellan Deck.
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Window Suite

Window Suite - $10995

Averaging 225 square feet, this suite has a window and a sitting area. It is located on the Columbus Deck.
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Superior Suite

Superior Suite - $11995

Averaging 285 square feet, this suite has a window and a sitting area. It is located on the Marco Polo Deck.
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Deluxe Suite

Deluxe Suite - $12995

This suite is 235 square feet. It has a forward and side window and a sitting area. It is located on the Marco Polo Deck.
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Veranda Suite

Veranda Suite - $14995

This suite is 300 square feet with private balcony and sitting area. It is located on the Ericson Deck.
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Penthouse Suite

Penthouse Suite - $16995

This suite is 400 square feet with private balcony and sitting area. It is located on the Explorer Deck.
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Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage; All shore landings per the daily program; Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader; A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists; All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; Formal and informal presentations by an Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled; Photographic Journal on DVD documenting the voyage; A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, selection of premium alcoholic drinks (such as top wines and spirits) is also available at an additional cost.; Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader; All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; All luggage handling aboard the ship; Arrival transfer from Copenhagen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation; On embarkation day transfer from your hotel to Copenhagen airport for the mandatory charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, followed by transfer to the waiting ship; On disembarkation day group transfer from the ship to airport for mandatory charter flight to Toronto; Pre-expedition hotel night in Copenhagen and post expedition hotel night in Toronto; Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person.

Exclusions

International airfare; Mandatory charter flight and transfer/hotel package $1750 per person (2014); Passport and any applicable visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel; Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance; Excess baggage charges; Laundry and other personal charges; Telecommunications charges; The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; Any extra overnight accommodation required due to flight connections; Optional sea-kayaking activities.

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of 20% (minimum $1,000 per person) is required to confirm a reservation. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Payments by bank wire transfer, check, money order or major credit card are accepted. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 days or more - $1000 per person admin fee
179 to 120 days - per person deposit amount is forfeited
119 days or less - all deposits and tariffs, whether paid or not

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance, to a maximum benefit per paying traveler of $100,000 USD, is included in the cost of this trip through Travelex Insurance. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
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The 111–passenger Sea Explorer is an ice-strengthened, small luxury expedition ship featuring an all-inclusive bar and optional kayaking. Several suites include private balconies.
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