BAFFIN BAY SECRETS 2021

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14 DAYS

Set sail aboard L’Austral for a memorable 14-day expedition cruise to the discovery of Baffin Bay. You will embark in Kangerlussuaq for an unforgettable journey in the heart of the most magnificent Arctic landscapes.

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
Day 1Paris to Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandFly from Paris for your embarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2SisimiutExplore the second largest town in Greenland, full of colourful stilt houses and beautiful landscapes
Day 3Paul-Émile Victor Camp, Eqi Glacier & Disko BayGreenland was described by Paul Émile Victor as “the most beautiful place in the Arctic” explore one of the most impressive sights on offer- the Eqi Glacier
Day 4Disko BayDiscover Disko Bay, scattered with icebergs and the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 5Karrat FjordSail among gigantic iccebergs drifting in this bay
Day 6KullorsuaqSee how the village of Kullorsuaq are still living in the traditional Greenlandic way, living off of fishing and seal or bear hunting
Day 7SavissivikThis small Inuit village has less than 100 inhabitants is known as the biggest iceberg graveyard in Greenland
Day 8Dundas Harbour, NunavutThis Royal Canadian Mountain Police post keeps watch over the entrance to the Northwest Passage
Day 9Pond Inlet, NunavutSee snow-capped mountains, fjords and glaciers combined in the beauty of Pond Inlet
Day 10Sam Ford Fjord, NunavutBe in awe of this fjord which has a ‘World’s End’ appearance
Day 11Isabella Bay, Ninginganiq Wildlife AreaThe bay is part of the Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area, one of the best possible places to observe bowhead whales
Day 12Kivitoo, NunavutVisit this abandoned Inuit camp to wander through the silence of the heathland landscape
Day 13ItilleqThis tiny island is home to around 100 people that mainly earn their living from fishing and hunting
Day 14Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandDisembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Paris

Ship Offering This Itinerary

L’Austral
L'Austral

L’Austral (200 guests) was launched in May, 2011 and is a sister ship to Le Boreal and Le Soleal.  She features 132 staterooms offering elegant design as well innovative state-of-the-art marine technology. The vessel boasts a convenient layout, aided by three passenger elevators. She offers a single seating dining room, al fresco dining, an outdoor heated pool, and a modern lecture facility and theatre, as well as an ample and comfortable gathering area and library.

Day 1 Paris to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

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Overview:

Travel from Paris to Kangerlussuaq. From 1941 to 1992, the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland was home to an American military base. Nowadays, thanks to its international airport, it has become a transit point for travellers seeking adventure in the Far North. Located to the north of the Arctic Circle, this town is the starting point of magnificent discoveries surrounded by unspoiled nature. Indeed, just a few dozen kilometres from there it is possible to get close to the Greenland ice sheet, the largest body of ice in the Northern Hemisphere. From Kangerlussuaq, admire also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colours, where Arctic hares, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles live.

Day 2 Sisimiut

Sisimiut Greenland

During your cruise discover Sisimiut, founded in 1756 and the second largest town in Greenland. This small town is typical of Greenland, boasting bewitching panoramas: here and there, colourful stilt houses dot the undulating landscape, and the small fishing port stands as the gateway to an icy realm. As for the town centre, it is home to a number of historic buildings, a small church and a museum which retraces the history of the Inuit people, as well as many craft shops. When your ship drops anchor here, you will set out to meet the locals in a typically arctic atmosphere.

Day 3 Paul-Émile Victor Camp, Eqi Glacier & Disko Bay

Ponant Eqi glacier

“The most beautiful place in the Arctic” is how Paul-Émile Victor described Greenland, a land of great table icebergs and of towering ice formations calved by the giant glaciers of the polar ice cap. The Eqi Glacier is one of the region’s most impressive sights. Here, the silence is broken only by the roaring and cracking of the ice. It is impossible to know if one is shivering from cold or from the sheer thrill of being here… Imagine the vast outline of a glacier, its translucent crystals glowing with an ice-blue fire in the sunlight. Paul-Émile Victor’s shelter cannot be overlooked; it was from here that the French Polar Expeditions’ anthropological and geographic explorations set off in the 1950s.

Day 4 Disko Bay

Ponant-Disko Bay

To the east of Baffin Bay, discover Disko Bay, scattered with countless icebergs produced by the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From your ship, admire the majestic ballet of these ice giants as they slowly drift across the dark waters. This site is a natural marvel of Greenland, and is also renowned as an observation point for the region’s many humpback whales. The encounters with wild fauna and stunning landscapes in the heart of this spectacular and fragile nature will be pure moments of wonder for you.

Day 5 Karrat Fjord

Iceberg Greenland

During your cruise along the Greenland coast, you are invited to discover the Karrat Fjord. Located in the north of the famous Uummannaq Bay, it stretches out towards the ice sheet. As you sail in this exceptional setting, take the time to admire the beautiful icebergs that surround you, as well as the sheer cliffs that tower along the fjord.

Day 6 Kullorsuaq

Ponant Lady in Greenland

Well beyond the Arctic Circle, in the majestic landscapes of Greenland’s Northwest, you will find the village of Kullorsuaq, the last bastion of Greenland’s traditional hunters. Here is where you will find Greenland’s true character… Vast mineral expanses, sumptuous mountains, impressive glaciers and, above all, the local population which still lives off fishing and seal or bear hunting. Hospitality and respect for nature are essential elements in the daily lives of these men, who live an austere life. When you drop anchor in this remote part of the world, set off to discover these friendly people who are also talented craftsmen, deftly sewing the furs and skins of marine mammals. This will be a unique and authentic experience.

Day 7 Savissivik

Iceberg formations in Greenland

Cruise along through ice berg filled fjords admiring the high mountains and potentially spot seals basking in on a piece of the ice flow. This untouched pristine landscape will feel like you are in another world.

Day 8 Dundas Harbour, Nunavut

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On the southern coast of Devon Island, Dundas Harbour, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police post in the early 20th century, keeps watch over the entrance to the Northwest Passage. This site has been frequented for centuries by the Inuit, who call it Talluruti – or “woman’s chin with tattoos on it” in Inuktitut – in reference to the lines of the landscape which are reminiscent of their traditional tattoos. Its hills, covered in taiga reflecting greens, browns and golds, are edged by the deep navy waters of a bay dotted with white and turquoise ice floe glistening in the sunlight.

Day 9 Pond Inlet, Nunavut

On Baffin Island, located in northern Canada at the mouth of the famous NorthWest Passage, there is a small Inuit settlement at the very bounds of infinity. To get there, cross the Arctic Circle, the imaginary line that separates man from lands of mystery and wonder. It’s not so much the way of life that sets Pond Inlet’s inhabitants apart, so much as the setting. Snow-capped mountains, fjords and glaciers combine in a dazzling natural environment that fills space and expands time. Some discoveries change you forever: this is one of them.

Day 10 Sam Ford Fjord, Nunavut

Lindenow Fjord Glacier

All around you is a raw landscape of spectacular beauty. Nothing seems to want to disturb the silence. You are in the Sam Ford Fjord, on the east coast of Baffin Island. Located only a few kilometres away from the Inuit community of Clyde River, this fjord has the kind of world’s end appearance that only the Arctic lands can offer. From your ship, allow yourself to be dazzled by the series of vertiginous cliffs plunging into the waters of the fjord. These impressively high walls of rock, known worldwide to climbing enthusiasts, are reflected in the waters of the fjord, as though to completely shift perspectives and blur the lines between land and sea.

Day 11 Isabella Bay, Ninginganiq Wildlife Area

Welcome to the kingdom of the cetaceans! Here, those who love the giants of the Arctic won’t know where to look. Isabella Bay is in fact part of the Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area, one of the finest places to observe bowhead whales. From your ship, watch the sumptuous ballet performed by these impressive mammals. With undersea faults over 300 metres deep, Isabella Bay, located on the north-east coast of Baffin Island, attracts cetaceans which come here to feed. In addition to the bowhead whales, the uncontested stars of these parts, the Ninginganiq Wildlife Area is also home to ringed seals, narwhals, polar bears, king eiders, little auks and northern fulmars.

Day 12 Kivitoo, Nunavut

Baffin Island Areal View Canada

Located on the east coast of Baffin Island, in Nunavut, Kivitoo is a simultaneously calm and unsettling place that you will explore with your naturalist-guides. This former Inuit camp lying in the heart of a heathland landscape was abandoned in 1923. Here you will pass before a broken-down cabin surrounded by metal tanks that stored whale oil at the time when cetacean hunting was in full swing. You will see walrus skulls and the graves of Inuits, revealing their past presence. Kivitoo had its days of technological glory in the 1950s, with the installation of an American radar station on top of the mountain overlooking the area.

Day 13 Itilleq

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Itilleq is a tiny island lying within the Arctic Circle, 45 km south of Sisimiut. Home to barely 100 people, they mainly earn a living from fishing and hunting in their typical Greenlandic village, whose bright colours evoke those of their traditional clothing. During your visit, you will maybe have the pleasure of playing a game of football with them, enjoying a “kaffemik” (a coffee break) or a moment of contemplation when the gentle light of the midnight sun dapples the horizon.

Day 14 Kangerlussuaq to Paris

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After an incredible 14 days on board, disembark where your adventure started in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Step off the ship early in the morning and farewell your new friends and the expedition team. In the afternoon board your return flight from Kangerlussuaq back to Paris.

To book this voyage call 1300 784 794 or email: contact@arctictravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.