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ARCTIC ADVENTURES



25, August to 11, September 2008 - 18 days
on board Icebreaker kapitan Khlebnikov

This unique voyage to the High Arctic of Canada and Greenland would be impossible in anything but a polar-class icebreaker. Following in the wake of 19th-century explorers, we journey through dense pack ice in a spectacular region of towering mountains, glaciers and fjords.

Along the way, we visit some of the world’s most northerly and isolated communities, explore 4,000-year-old archaeological sites, watch the Greenland ice-cap tumbling down to the shore, and keep a lookout for a wealth of Arctic wildlife. We will be traveling through regions renowned for narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales, as well as polar bears, walrus and other Arctic seals, musk ox and huge colonies of seabirds. From Resolute and Devon Island to Qaanaaq and Ellesmere we travel through an icy paradise rarely visited by anyone but the Inuit and hardened explorers.




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Along the way, we visit some of the world’s most northerly and isolated communities, explore 4,000-year-old archaeological sites, watch the Greenland ice-cap tumbling down to the shore, and keep a lookout for a wealth of Arctic wildlife. We will be traveling through regions renowned for narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales, as well as polar bears, walrus and other Arctic seals, musk ox and huge colonies of seabirds. From Resolute and Devon Island to Qaanaaq and Ellesmere we travel through an icy paradise rarely visited by anyone but the Inuit and hardened explorers.

ITINERARY

Day 1
Ottawa, Canada
on board icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov

Ottawa, Canada's national capital, is a city of green spaces and cultural institutions. You will spend the first night of the expedition in a centrally located hotel.

Day 2
Embarkation Day
We fly you from Ottawa to Resolute, a small village above the Arctic Circle, where you board Kapitan Khlebnikov.

Day 3-4
Lancaster Sound
From Resolute, you will sail along the south shore of Devon Island into Lancaster Sound. Narwhals, polar bears, Arctic seals and about two-dozen species of birds inhabit the Sound. Our first shore landing may be at Dundas Harbour, where we will visit the remains of millennia-old Early Thule winter houses.

Day 5-6
Greenland
Following the western coast of Greenland, we sail north through Smith Sound and Kane Basin. Our ultimate goal is the Lincoln Sea, more often than not the sea is covered in ten-tenths pack ice, making it virtually impassable, even for Kapitan Khlebnikov. When satellite photos taken in May 2002 were compared to images taken in May 2007, we noted than area of open sea had developed. This open water may allow the icebreaker to enter the Lincoln Sea. Although we cannot be certain that an open passage will be found in 2008, we look forward to attempting to sail as far into Robeson Channel and the Lincoln Sea as conditions permit.

Day 7-9
Ellesmere Island
Fort Conger, on the eastern shore of Ellesmere Island, is another planned shore landing. From Fort Conger we plan to explore Buchanan Bay and its massive twin glaciers. In Alexandra Fjord we plan to visit Skraeling Island, where archaeologists have unearthed artifacts of Small-Tool cultures dating to 4500 BCE. If conditions permit, a landing is planned at Starvation Camp, Pim Island, where members of Adolphus Greeley's 1881-84 expedition died.

Day 10-11
Coburg Island
When we reach Coburg Island, if conditions permit, the Expedition Leader will deploy the Zodiacs to cruise the base of the towering cliffs where fledged murres thrive. The vessel continues westward to Bylot Island, a vast bird sanctuary, with a diverse avian community. We hope to conduct a landing on the southern shore as well as exploring the tiny community of Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik).

Day 12-16
Baffin Island
We will sail the steep-sided fjords of northeastern Baffin Island, where beautiful, rugged mountains soar above a black sea. Narwhals and beluga inhabit the nutrient-rich waters here. Caribou roam the extensive tundra. We round the headland into Cumberland Sound to Pangnirtung. Local artists famed for the prints and woven tapestries they produce will demonstrate their craft. En route to Iqaluit we plan more landings, taking advantage of local conditions.

Day 17-18
Iqaluit to Ottawa
From Iqaluit, you will be flown to Ottawa, where you spend the final night of the expedition.

 


EXPEDITION IN BRIEF

The High Arctic: Canada & Greenland

Expedition Start/Finish
Ottawa/Ottawa, Canada

Expedition Highlights


Resolute, Lancaster Sound, Dundas Harbor, Coburg Island, Smith Sound, Kane Basin,

Kennedy Channel, Buchanan Bay, Qaanaaq (Thule), Cape York , Bylot Island, Beechey Island

All cabins are smoke-free. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas only, as outlined by the Expedition Leader at the initial briefing.

Emergency evacuation insurance offering a benefit of at least US$50,000 per passengers is mandatory.

Additional helicopter flying time will be charged at an hourly rate to be announced.

 


         

       

TOUR COSTS
(CRUISE ONLY - US Dollars / per person)

Kapitan Khlebnikov
KLB140807 - 25 August to 11 September 2008

triple
(decks 5/8)

twin
(decks 5/6/7/8)

suite
(decks 6/7)

corner suite
(decks 6/7)

US$ 14,500
US$ 17,500
US$ 18,900
US$ 21,400

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
US$1000 for bookings paid by 30 November 2007. That’s a savings of $2,000 per couple!

All rates are per person based on twin occupancy (except *).
Please ask about our request share program.
Triple cabins are identical to twins but with a third pull down berth.

Included in Expedition Rates

We know that ensuring a successful polar journey requires fanatical attention to detail. We also understand that when you choose to explore these remote corners of the planet, you want to travel with experts who have thought of everything. Our passionate devotion to comprehensive planning and support is reflected in every facet of the expeditions. The rate you pay covers your voyage aboard the Yamal or Kapitan Khlebnikov, from embarkation to disembarkation as indicated in the itinerary. But it also includes a great deal more:

  • Air transportation from the staging point to the port of embarkation, as well as your return flight from the port of disembarkation.
  • Hotel accommodations: 1 night pre-expedition and 1 night post-expedition lodging with breakfast at the hotel named in the itinerary. The number of guests per hotel room is the same as the cabin occupancy you have booked on board the ship. Travellers who reserve a suite on board the ship are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. (Please note: Because this brochure is published well in advance of our departure dates, occasionally the hotels listed in the itinerary are not available. In such cases, we arrange for stays at hotels of comparable quality in similar locations.)
  • Round-trip transfers between the host hotel and the airport for your flights out of and back to the staging point, and between the ship and the local airport at the port(s) of embarkation and disembarkation – plus all baggage handling aboard ship.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board the ship throughout your voyage, including a complimentary glass of house wine with every dinner. (If you have any special dietary requirements, please inform us as far in advance of your expedition departure as possible. Regrettably, the ships’ kitchens are not set up for kosher meal preparation.)
  • All shore landings and excursions by Zodiac according to the daily onboard program.
  • All helicopter transfers and aerial sightseeing according to each day’s onboard program.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities arranged by the Expedition Team.
  • Formal and informal educational presentations by our Expedition Team and guest lecturers as scheduled during the voyage.
  • An onboard multimedia artist who, in the tradition of early expeditions, will chronicle the voyage and produce for each traveller a remarkable memento of the experience – a digital work on CD combining narrative, photography and video in the artist’s individual style.
  • A specially designed expedition parka that is yours to keep. (To simplify packing, we also lend you a pair of rubber boots for use on landings throughout your voyage aboard the Kapitan Khlebnikov.)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic book.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Not Included in Expedition Rates

Airfares/air ticket taxes to or from the gateway city, whether on scheduled or charter flights; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel; baggage, cancellation and travel insurance (please note that emergency medical insurance is mandatory – see Terms & Conditions on opposite page); excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage and other charges of a personal nature; telecommunications charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided). Any possible helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group will be charged at an hourly rate to be announced on board.

Shipboard Policies

Both ships are smoke-free with the exception of some outside decks and designated areas. The helicopter deck and Zodiac decks are smoke-free. There is no smoking in the cabins. You are welcome to visit the Bridge as often as maritime regulations and the safety of the ship permit.

                 
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