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

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

Start: Toronto Finish: Toronto

Visiting: Toronto , Resolute , Axel Heiberg Island , Ellesmere Island

Duration: 11 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: BQMRP

Trip Styles: Active , Adventure , Cruise , Expeditions

Activities: Hiking , Sightseeing , Walking

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 200

Age range: 8-99 years

Tour operated in: English

Interests: History , Polar , Ruins-Archaeology , Wildlife


From: $13326

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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

  • iconWith 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.
  • iconExplore 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.
  • iconSpot 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.
  • iconTraverse 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.
  • iconDiscover the immense beauty of ancient glaciers, house-sized icebergs, granite mountains and epic tundra that extends as far as the eye can see.
More Information on the local operators website

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Toronto

Location: Toronto

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: 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: 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: 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: 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: No Meals

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

What's Included

  • icon
    Meals

    10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

  • icon
    Accommodation

    Expedition Voyage, comfortable hotel

  • icon
    Transport

    Ship, Zodiac, Plane

What's Not Included

  • icon

    Tipping and Gratuities

  • icon

    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

    How long has the tour company been trading?

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

    What are the Flexible booking conditions in place for Covid-19?

    Lock your trip in with a deposit, then you just need to pay in full by 21 days prior to departure. If you cancel your trip up to 21 days before departure, you can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely (excluding Polar). We are an accredited member of ATOL, AFTA, ABTA, TICO, USTOA and the US Travel Association, so your booking is protected.

    What are the Safety Policies in place for Covid-19?

    We have reviewed all our health and safety policies and are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation. These are in line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation and following the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators, for which we have received a 'Safe Travels Stamp'

    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

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