Night in Copenhagen.
Flight and then embark on La Louise late afternoon.Navigation in the Ummannaq Fjord.
Our journey begins at Ummanaq at the foot of a rocky peak below which icebergs pass.Embark for a discovery of the city on foot: the church surrounded by peat houses and the museum which brings together exhibitions dedicated, among others, the mummies of Qilakitsoq.
Possible hike in steep terrain for Santa’s summer cottage overlooking Ummanaq and the sea. Navigation continues north.
Upernavik – Ice Fjord
Stopover at Upernavik, located 800 km north of the Arctic Circle. Upernavik’s location offers fabulous views of the Davis Strait and Apparsuit, one of the world’s most breathtaking bird cliffs. Upernavik’s main activity is halibut fishing and hunting. The city was the starting point for attempts to cross the Northwest, between Greenland and Alaska. We will visit the fjord where giant icebergs accumulate.
Melville Bay – Greenland Cape
We pass Melville Bay, recently set aside as a nature reserve before navigating between icebergs and landing towards the Greenland ice cap.
Qaanaaq – Siorapaluk
Qaanaaq (Thule) is the first region of Greenland colonized by the Inuit of the West.Discovery of the city on foot: the Knud Rasmussen Museum and the church. Guided walk in the mountains in the heart of a splendid nature. Located only 1360 km from the North Pole, Siorapaluk is the most northerly community in the world. Discussion with one of them about the life of this remote village, the hunting and rituals of their community. It is the homeland of “Sila”, the Snow Maiden. The economy relies on hunting narwhals, seals, walrus and polar bears.
Navigation to the pack ice of Smith Sound, north of Greenland. We will try to move as far north as possible between Ellesmere Land and North West Greenland. We will look for seals, walrus, narwhals, polar bears; Sea ice and giant icebergs will be our daily life. The glacier Petermann gave the summer of 2010 an iceberg of 260 km².
Gray Fjord – Ellesmere Land
This Inuit community is the administrative and economic node of the Ellesmere and Devon Islands. Landscapes are forged in the rock, and several glaciers come to calve at the seaside. Visit ancient Inuit camps, bird colonies in the evening. Ellesmere Land is the most secret island in the Canadian North Archipelago and cruises go only very occasionally.
Devon Island – Beechy Island
Depending on the pack ice, we will sail north or south. These regions are rich in musk ox and polar bears that we should observe several times. Ellesmere Land and Devon Island are the most spectacular in the Canadian North Archipelago, close to the autonomous Nunavut, they are waiting for the promising future of the free passage of ice … It is on this bare land that the sailors of the expedition died unfortunately with Franklin (1845-46) and the tombs erected in this desert of pebbles recall the tragic hours of the quest for the Northwest Passage. The remains of this expedition were searched by hundreds of ships before they were found in 2016.
Baffin Island – Inlet Bridge
You will live a real “unknown land expedition”, in the land of eternal ice. Still little explored, Baffin Island is the island of immoderation, immense and cold, the silence, the infinite spaces of deserts of ice and snow, vertical landscapes, dotted with fjords, glaciers and valleys with a thousand beauties . The horizon of these virgin lands protects an exceptional fauna: polar bears, whales, seals, belugas, narwhals, killer whales and migratory birds
Back to Greenland and Disko Bay
We will cross the Baffin Sea towards Illulissat in Disko Bay. We will find civilization again, but icebergs will always be present thanks to those coming out of the Sermimuit glacier, the ice fjord that produces the largest number of icebergs in the northern hemisphere.
Night in Copenhagen
The Louise is a schooner built between 2003 and 2010, specially designed to navigate the Arctic regions with a French crew of great experience. It is one of the few boats to explore Baffin Island from Greenland.
The sailboat allows us to hike every day in different places while having access to our daily comfort equivalent to that of a shelter. Each evening the ship is anchored in a sheltered bay to appreciate the best landscapes.
The French crew of 2 can accommodate 7 passengers in 2 cabins with single berths divisible into 2 by sliding doors. The ship is equipped with a shower, 2 toilets, 2 washbasins, a square with dining table, a sitting area with 2 benches for 2 people, electric heaters and clothes drying rack.
We will also spend two nights in a hotel.
The Northwest Passage is more than just a trip, it's a real adventure and exploration is the key word. In the heart of the Arctic the weather will not always be lenient and the conditions of navigation can be difficult. We recommend very good hiking equipment including shoes and a marine suit for observations on the bridge. During the hikes we will move more often off the trail.
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