Heart of the Arctic: Expedition Cruise - July 18, 2020 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Heart of the Arctic: Expedition Cruise

from $7,395 USD per person for 14 days, 13 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Easy
  • On the Water

Journey with scientists, historians, Inuit artists, and culturalists to three distinct Arctic regions on this exciting voyage aboard the Ocean Endeavour expedition ship. Explore the deep fjords and vibrant communities of Greenland, including the world’s smallest capital, Nuuk. Cross the Davis Strait in the wake of explorers like John Davis, Henry Hudson, and William Baffin, and search for marine life and seabirds. Meet South Baffin Island’s world-famous Inuit art-making communities and pick up a wood carving, print, or tapestry. And in Nunavik, along the Arctic coast of Quebec, keep your binoculars ready for thick-billed murres, guillemots, dovekies, and more. Plentiful sea ice means great opportunities for viewing larger Arctic fauna from the ship or aboard a Zodiac. Every day throughout this trip, there will be workshops, talks, guided hikes, and many opportunities to immerse yourself in the history, science, and traditions of this unique region. 

Note: This trip is not exclusive to Atlas Obscura. Our small group of Atlas Obscura travelers will be joining 186 adventurers from all across the world. 

  • Cross the Arctic Circle by ship
  • Encounter Arctic wildlife
  • Visit some of Nunavut’s greatest carvers
  • Explore South Greenland’s stunning coast
  • Visit spectacular Arctic coastal regions by Zodiac


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info

Activity Level

This expedition can be as leisurely or active as you’d like it to be. Excursions off-ship are optional, but they’re often the most exciting part of the day. Anyone with a medium level of mobility can come aboard the inflatable boats (Zodiacs) used for on-shore excursions—it is comparable to getting in and out of a pick-up truck. For any biking and kayaking (available at a supplementary cost), basic experience is required and physical fitness is essential. All final decisions on excursions will be made by the Expedition Leader.

Arrival & Departure

We recommend arriving in Ottawa, Canada on July 18; the group’s charter flight departs in the early morning on July 19. Your hotel room for July 18 is included in the trip cost, and the hotel will serve as the location for an evening meet-and-greet. For returning home after the trip, we recommend departing from Toronto on August 1 or later, and reserving your own hotel for the night of July 31. We will arrive on the return charter flight to Toronto in the late afternoon on July 31. The private charter flights are an additional cost of $2,295 and will be booked through Atlas Obscura and Adventure Canada. 

Additional Activities

Kayaking: Explore at water level in small groups with our experienced kayak guides. We offer both single and double kayaks, as well as the essential gear for safety and comfort.

Biking: Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, an independent explorer, or are keen to cover more ground, bikes offer an opportunity to experience communities and landscapes at your own pace. We carry a fleet of Kona mountain bikes. These multi-geared, all-purpose bikes are available during select community excursions.

Onboard Accommodation

There are 10 cabin types available to choose, including quads, suites, and twins. We strongly recommend recommend the twin cabin types listed below, which offer a range of options and prices. All cabins have private baths. Exterior cabins have windows while interior cabins do not. If you’d like more detailed information and/or photographs of the different cabin types, or would like to book a cabin type not listed below, please send us an email at trips@atlasobscura.com.

Dates and Prices

Jul 18–Jul 31, 2020
Interior Twin
$7,395 USD per person
Exterior Twin
$8,695 USD per person
Main Twin
$9,995 USD per person
Comfort Twin
$11,295 USD per person
The total cost of your trip depends on the type of cabin you select. Please see the table below for additional pricing details. Note that the price of the trip does not include the two charter flights, which cost an additional $2,295. A $1,000 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment will be due by March 21, 2020. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip’s Terms & Conditions
  • Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise.
  • All meals aboard the ship.
  • All workshops, sightseeing, and shore excursions, including presentations and guide services.
  • Service charges, port fees, and Canadian GST tax.
  • Reading packet and pre-departure information.
  • Hotel accommodation for the night of July 18.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • If applicable, applying for a Canadian visa.
  • Pre-trip and post-trip hotel accommodations.
  • Transportation and flights to Ottawa and from Toronto, where you can connect to your charter flights.
  • Charter flights from Ottawa, Ontario, to to Iqaluit, Nunavut (trip start), and from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Toronto, Ontario (trip end).

Trip FAQ

Because of the exploratory nature of these voyages, we do not have a rigidly set itinerary. The final decisions on our daily program will make the best use of local ice and weather conditions, spontaneous opportunities, and wildlife. The notes in this itinerary are designed to give you a good idea of our intentions, and what your days will look like, but there will very likely be some changes.