Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands

Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands

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Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands

12 Days Starting and ending in Toronto

Visiting:

Toronto

,

Resolute

,

Axel Heiberg Island

,

Ellesmere Island

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

BQMRP

Group size:

1 - 200

Age range:

8-99 years

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

From:
$13490

$12849 (USD)

tourhub discount: $641

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Tour Overview

The smattering of islands contained in Canada’s Arctic north are a world away from the more accessible parts of North America. Here, the iceberg-strewn waters are home to walruses and whales and tiny Inuit communities built on permafrost. This 12-day expedition takes you into Nanavut and the Canadian High Arctic Archipelago to explore these incredible lands and waters, following the legendary Northwest Passage with an eye to encountering wildlife, historical sites and resilient people. Unlike the hardy explorers who attempted to map this landscape in days of old, you’ll be travelling in style with an onboard fitness centre, sauna and a wide range of cabin options.

Highlights

  • With two helicopters on board, you’ll get the chance to take included flights to soar above the Arctic landscape and make landings at otherwise inaccessible spots.

  • Explore parts of the Nanavut region with Inuit guides and learn about the people who have lived in the world’s most difficult environments for thousands of years.

  • Spot incredible wildlife on land and on Zodiac excursions. Canada’s High Arctic is home to fantastic beasts like polar bears, musk oxen, narwhals and caribou.

  • Traverse the waterways of the famed Northwest Passage, which foiled European explorers for hundreds of years, and attempt to reach the otherworldly Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg islands.

  • Discover the immense beauty of ancient glaciers, house-sized icebergs, granite mountains and epic tundra that extends as far as the eye can see.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Toronto
Location:

  Toronto


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Welcome to Toronto, the gateway to your expedition in the Canadian High Arctic. Make your own way to the accommodation outlined in the Essential Trip Information, where there will be a welcome letter waiting for you that outlines the details of your flight tomorrow. There will also be an optional briefing this evening to discuss details with a tour representative in person – ask at reception for information on when you can do this. Aside from that, you are free to use your time in Toronto however you’d like.

icon Day 2 : Resolute – Embarkation Day
Location:

  Resolute


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning, take an included transfer to the airport and board your charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, there might be time to check out some of this tiny hamlet before you transfer to your expedition ship via Zodiac or helicopter (depending on weather conditions and where the ship has been able to dock). Once onboard, settle into your cabin and get to know your expedition crew.

icon Day 3 : Canada’s High Arctic
Location:

  Axel Heiberg Island, Ellesmere Island


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Spend the next week exploring the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic. Navigate through the Nanavut region and attempt to traverse Hell Gate to reach Axel Heiberg Island and Ellesmere Island. While many European explorers met their doom in the iceberg-strewn waters, Inuit peoples and their ancestors have lived here for almost 5000 years. You’ll discover the ancestral homelands of ancient cultures with Inuit guides (on shore and on board the vessel) who will explain how deep knowledge of the land and animals of the region has allowed people to live in the far north for millennia. While it’s impossible to confirm in advance the exact landing sites and itinerary for the next seven days, you can expect daily Zodiac cruising, land excursions, a comprehensive education program, visits to tiny settlements and unrivalled wildlife-viewing opportunities. Each day will bring something different – a rare bird species soaring overhead, a polar bear on the hunt in its natural habitat or the remains of a century-old expedition hut. With two helicopters on board, you also have the chance to enjoy included scenic helicopter flight and helicopter excursions to get a unique view on the Arctic and access to areas otherwise out of reach (weather dependent).

icon Day 11 : Resolute – Disembarkation – Toronto
Location:

  Resolute, Toronto


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Say goodbye to your crew and take an included transfer to the airport for your included flight to Toronto. On arrival in Toronto, you are free to explore at your leisure or simply relax in your post-expedition accommodation for the evening.

icon Day 12 : Toronto
Location:

  Toronto


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Your tour comes to an end today and there are no activities or further accommodation booked.

What's Included

  • Meals

    10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

  • Accommodation

    Expedition Voyage, comfortable hotel

  • Transport

    Ship, Zodiac, Plane

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Accommodation

  • Expedition Voyage, comfortable hotel

Transport

  • Ship , Zodiac , Plane

Check out our Q&As

Are internal flights included in this tour?

Yes, Toronto to Resolute

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No

Are internal flights included in this tour?

Yes,

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

    Are internal flights included in this tour?

    Yes, Toronto to

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

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

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

Dates & Availability

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Saturday

Aug 19, 2023

Wednesday

Aug 30, 2023
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Thursday

Aug 15, 2024

Monday

Aug 26, 2024
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$13421 (USD)
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Saturday

Aug 24, 2024

Wednesday

Sep 04, 2024
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$13421 (USD)
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tourhub discount: $669

Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Intrepid Travel allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 56 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Intrepid Travel allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform intrepid travel, 56 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 56 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of intrepid travel charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: 30% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: 60% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: 100% of booking price.

  • COVID Protection

    If you contract COVID-19 before you leave, or if government-imposed travel restrictions related to COVID-19 mess up your plans, you can cancel your trip right up until the departure day.*

    *Some exclusions will apply. Please ask your booking agent for more information.

    Trips on or before 31 December 2022
    If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

    If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

    Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

    Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
    From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

    However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and other Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

    This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination remains a requirement. Please refer to the Essential Trip Information of your chosen tour for more details.

Canadian Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere & Axel Heiberg Islands

12 Days Starting and ending in Toronto

Visiting:

Toronto

,

Resolute

,

Axel Heiberg Island

,

Ellesmere Island

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

BQMRP

Group size:

1 - 200

Age range:

8-99 years

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

From:
$13490

$12849 (USD)

tourhub discount: $641

See local operators tour description
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