Whether it’s experiencing the lives of the local Inuit people or spotting native Arctic wildlife, our Canadian Arctic holidays will enable you to delve deep into the snow-bound wilderness. During your visit, get up close to huge glaciers and giant icebergs that have stories of the past frozen into their magnificent structures.
Take in Baffin Island, the largest island in Canada, which forms part of the Canadian Arctic archipelago. Despite its colossal size, here you are not alone – Baffin’s notable residents include the Arctic fox, Arctic hare, Arctic wolf, the inimitable walrus, and many species of whale including Beluga, Narwhal and Bowhead. Our expert leaders will tell you historic tales and secrets of expedition mysteries from the Inuit communities that fish and sell handicrafts along the coast of Hudson Bay, the world’s largest inland sea. During our Canadian Arctic Tours you’ll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, go in search of polar bears and explore some of the most remote corners of the earth.
The legendary Northwest Passage can be discovered on our expedition ship, Ultramarine, and you’ll follow in the footsteps of great explorers who dared to venture into this unknown icy realm. Take Zodiacs out to harder to reach areas where you’ll ride beneath immense glaciers, plunging fjords and icebergs. Part of the adventures on Canadian Arctic tours includes whale watching, a helicopter flight and trips to remote villages where you’ll learn about the Inuit culture and history.
Canadian Arctic Holidays
17 DaysfromNZD 35,549
Guided Group (Excl. Flights)
Explore the Northwest Passage, the fabled sea route running between Europe and Asia
Amazing Places to Explore on Canadian Arctic Holidays
Baffin Island: Named after the English explorer, William Baffin, Baffin Island is the world’s fifth largest island. As you navigate the eastern shore of Baffin Island, you’re presented with immense scenery and some of nature’s greatest handiwork. Discover soaring peaks, vast tundra and magnificent fjords such as the Sam Ford Fjord, one of the most remote destinations on earth where giant granite cliffs add to the drama of this wonderful seascape. Along the way you’ll explore the Inuit community of Qikiqtarjuaq on Broughton Island and learn about their unique heritage.
Lancaster Sound: Known as the ‘Gateway to the Northwest Passage’, Lancaster Sound is a rich marine habitat with whales and other marine life occupying its open waters. One of the best ways to explore the area and get up close to the wildlife is on a Zodiac tour that takes you on a journey of discovery through untouched inlets and bays. As well as exploring several historical sites, you might also be lucky enough to spot polar bears, walrus, seals and the narwhal, which is indigenous to the Arctic waters of Canada, Greenland and Russia.
Canada’s High Arctic: A staggering 35,563 islands can be found in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, of which Baffin Island is one. This icy region is home to remote historical sites, imposing fjords and Inuit communities, including the beautiful village of Pangnirtung which lies at the foot of Mount Duval. Pang is known for its arts and beautiful tapestries, and you can watch them being made by locals at the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts. There’s also the opportunity to visit the uninhabited island of Kekerten and learn about its heritage as a principal whaling location.
Beechey Island: While Beechey island is one of the smaller islands, lying on the western side of Devon Island, it sure packs a punch with its incredible history and dramatic scenery. The island was named after Frederick William Beechey who was a British explorer that set out to discover its Arctic history and wildlife, and in 1903 the world-famous Roald Amundsen arrived here following the first ever voyage through the Northwest Passage. On the island you’ll see the three graves where the crew members that tragically died on Sir Jon Franklin’s expedition are laid to rest.