Canada's Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands

Canada's Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands

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Canada's Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands

12 Days Starting and ending in Toronto

Visiting: Toronto, Resolute, Canadian High Arctic Reseach Station, Hell Gate, Grise Fiord, Coburg Island, Devon Island, Beechey Island, Croker Bay, ሀመር።

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Exodus Adventure Travels

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Fully Guided

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2 - 199

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Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Here, at the top of the world, nature has created unique wonders in astonishing variety. Our new expedition vessel Ultramarine, equipped with two twin-engine helicopters and 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, enables you to explore this breathtaking environment from brand new perspectives. You’ll experience the same sense of wonder felt by early explorers as they navigated the region’s formidable bays, inlets and channels.On this exciting itinerary, we follow the natural guides of sea and ice to showcase the region’s cultural, historic and geographic treasures, aiming to approach the farthest stretches of this rugged, rarely visited landscape. Ultramarine’s unprecedented range of adventure options, including activities such as helicopter flightseeing, gives you an unrivalled Polar experience. You’ll be able to view the magnificent wildlife that make their home in this forbidding region, including Polar bears, whales, seals, walrus, Musk ox and possibly the elusive Arctic wolf. From soaring cli­ffs to mummified forests, spectacular glacial formations to stunning alpine vistas, expansive waterways to sheltered shores, Canada’s Remote Arctic provides the definitive experience of a mysterious, magical region few ever get to see.




  • Learn about indigenous culture from Inuit guides onboard and ashore

  • Search for iconic Arctic wildlife, such as Polar bears and Musk ox

  • Channel your inner explorer as we set out to reach Canada’s most northerly islands: Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere Island

  • Travel in a small expedition vessel

  • Enjoy flightseeing and heli landings with Ultramarine’s two onboard helicopters

  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff

  • Zodiac cruise along the face of an active glacier


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Day 1 : Start Toronto, Canada

Location: Toronto

Accommodation: Hotel

Your Arctic expedition begins in Toronto. Explore this vibrant city on your

own before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.

Day 2 : Fly To Resolute And Embark

Location: Resolute

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, board your charter flight to Resolute, Nuvanut. Upon arrival,

you may have a chance to check out some of the town’s sites before being

transferred to your ship via Zodiac or helicopter (depending on ship location

and weather conditions).

Day 3 - 10 : Exploring Canada's High Arctic

Location: Canadian High Arctic Reseach Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruising around the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic aboard

Ultramarine, the newest ship in our fleet, you’ll navigate the same icy

inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of long ago.

Designed to give Polar adventurers unprecedented access to the hardest-

to-reach places on the planet—and equipped with two onboard twin- engine

helicopters for unparalleled access to areas only Quark Expeditions can bring

you—this one-of-a-kind ship, in its inaugural year, will take you beyond

the familiar in Polar exploration. Throughout your journey, your Expedition

Team will keep an eye toward immersing you in the best the Arctic has to

offer, including reaching Canada’s most northerly islands: Axel Heiberg

Island and the rarely visited Ellesmere Island, at the top of the world.

Remember that no two Polar voyages are alike, since each expedition presents

new opportunities and different weather and ice conditions. While this voyage

has no fixed itinerary, our objective is to visit as many of the incredible

highlights this season has to offer, using the opportunities provided by the

weather and ice to give you the best experience. Each day, your highly

skilled Expedition Team will read the conditions and choose the best course

to set, but despite their extensive expertise in these areas, each visit

brings something new to discover. That said, our expeditions will have some

elements in common, including daily Zodiac cruising, land excursions, a

robust education program, a community visit and wildlife viewing

opportunities. And thanks to our onboard helicopters, you’ll also discover

the ultimate Polar expedition experience: As stunning as Polar landscapes are

from your ship, they’re even more striking from the air! Conditions

permitting, you’ll enjoy ultra-immersive activities like flightseeing

(short sightseeing flights around your ship and surrounding areas) and

heli-landings (flying to places we could not otherwise access for shore

excursions), two breath-taking options that are unique to Ultramarine and

give you an awe-inspiring Polar experience like no other.

While this waterway is known to European cultures as the Northwest Passage,

this area has nurtured and sustained the Inuit and their predecessors who

have called these shores home for almost 5,000 years. Moving through these

remote landscapes you will be travelling through the ancestral homelands of

this ancient culture, illuminated in person by Inuit guides onboard and

ashore. Nunavut is an Inuktitut word meaning “our land” and the

Nunavummiut (the people of Nunavut) are renowned for their incredible

resourcefulness, hospitality, good humour, and a deep knowledge of the land

and animals that has allowed them to thrive in the far north for millennia.

Ultimately, your Expedition Team will keep its eye northward, hoping to

follow in the footsteps of the lucky few Polar adventurers who have transited

through the famous Hell Gate to reach the top of the world, the spectacular

Ellesmere Island. If conditions are right, the soaring, ominous snow-capped

peaks of this polar desert will come into focus as we approach. The

northernmost island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Ellesmere is one of

the most remote places on the planet, a land of deep fjords, jagged mountains

and massive ice shelves. If we’re fortunate enough to reach here, you will

be among the rarest of Polar explorers.

One of this expedition’s objectives, weather and ice conditions allowing,

is to visit the famous fossil forest on Axel Heiberg Island, Canada’s

second most northerly island. Dating back more than 30 million years, the

large mummified stumps were discovered in 1985 after erosion swept them

clean. The original forest that was here flourished, with some trees reaching

as high as 115 feet (35 metres) and growing for 500 to 1,000 years. Birders

will want to have their binoculars and cameras at the ready, as the island

also affords opportunities for sightings of Snow buntings, ptarmigans,

jaegers and Arctic terns, among others.

Wildlife sightings are almost guaranteed, as many of the areas we hope to

explore are home to a surprising number of birds and mammals that thrive in

this challenging environment. It’s likely that you’ll see Polar bears,

muskoxen and several bird species, such as gyrfalcons and dovekies (Little

auks). If you’re lucky, you may even spot the elusive narwhal or Arctic

wolf, though sightings of these iconic creatures in the wild are rare, even

in these areas where we have the highest chances of encountering them.

Coburg Island, for instance, is a wildlife reserve for such birds as Snowy

owls and Peregrine falcons, while the impressive vertical cliffs of Prince

Leopold Island are dotted with nesting seabirds like Northern fulmars and

Black guillemots. The sheltered shores and steep cliffs of Arctic Bay, a

hamlet located off of Admiralty Inlet, provide an ideal nesting habitat for

various High Arctic birds such as Snow geese, Thick-billed murres

(Brünnich’s guillemots) and kittiwakes. Occupied by Inuit and Thule

cultures for almost 5,000 years, this traditional community is also an ideal

spot to go ashore and learn more about the Inuit culture, sampling the local

cuisine and mingling with artists, perhaps picking up carvings or other

handicrafts as a memento of your Polar adventure.

Devon Island is another possible locale for wildlife encounters, as walrus,

Polar bears and Musk ox inhabit the area, which is also the location of the

remains of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost, established at Dundas

Harbour in 1924 to curb foreign whaling and other activities. Nearby is a

small cemetery, one of Canada’s most northerly, still maintained by the

RCMP to this day. Another exciting excursion your Expedition Team might

offer, conditions permitting, is the opportunity to fly up to explore the

Devon ice cap, one of the largest in the Canadian Arctic. History buffs will

also be intrigued by the chance to visit an abandoned Hudson’s Bay Company

trading post at Fort Ross, at the southern end of Somerset Island, and pay

their respects to the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845–46 at the

gravesite of three crew members on Beechey Island, one of Canada’s most

significant Arctic sites.

You may have the opportunity to cruise in a Zodiac along the face of an

active glacier near Croker Bay and possibly even witness the wonders of

calving ice, at a safe distance. Listen closely for the steady crackle and

loud roars as pieces of ice break off and crash into the water below.

You’ll also want to be on the lookout for the walrus that are often seen in

the area.

There is no shortage of natural beauty, wildlife and history in Canada’s

High Arctic. Each day, you’ll discover something new and inspiring, whether

it is admiration of the tundra flora to survive the rugged environment, a

rare bird species soaring overhead, a Polar bear on the hunt in its natural

habitat, or the remains of a century-old hut.

Day 11 : Disembark In Resolute, Fly To Toronto

Location: Resolute

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After disembarking in Resolute, you’ll be transferred to your charter

flight to Toronto, where you’ll spend the night at your included hotel.

Day 12 : End Toronto

Location: Toronto

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, make your way to the airport to catch your homeward flights, or spend

the day exploring this fascinating city.

What's Included

  • Meals
    4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners.

* All meals while on the ship
* Beer and house wine during dinner
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Full complement of qualified Expedition Staff
* We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's Not Included

  • Mandatory transfer package (including return charter flights between Toronto and Resolute) which is £1700 per person (or equivalent in booking currency) paid on booking

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Visas or vaccinations


The Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands is offered on the Ultramarine which is a Polar Adventure ship. Full board accommodation on the ship, generally on a twin share basis in a variety of cabin types, all with en suite facilities. Polar Adventure Ships These are small ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are superb and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet. Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveller to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.


All meals while on the ship included.

*Typical Meals*

The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with
excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes,
accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale.

*Breakfast:* Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit
juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of
bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.

*Lunch:* Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ.

*Dinner:* Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice
of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and

Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do
inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local
team can be well prepared.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?


  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    18+ age people can go on this tour.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    We can include flights from the UK. Please contact us for a quote.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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