2021 Arctic Expedition Itinerary
*Please note the following dates and locations are subject to change
July 20 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The first day of Saavittut, a pre-expedition program for northern students and staff at Nunavut Sivuniksavut.
July 21 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Day 2 of Saavittut at Nunavut Sivuniksavut. We also welcome our expedition staff team to Ottawa and host Staff Orientation, where our team prepares to welcome students and launch the expedition program the next day.
July 22 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Grand arrival day for our southern and international participants! Our team of students, chaperones, educators and expedition staff will arrive from around the world and we will officially launch the expedition with a team dinner and presentation by our Expedition Leader in the evening.
July 23 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Expeditioners will embark on the second day of orientation! We will see the sights in Ottawa, including the Canadian Museum of Nature, Gatineau Park, the Parliament Buildings and more! We will also engage in team-building activities and educational presentations.
July 24 – Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
This morning we will board our charter flights to Kangerlussuaq, where our floating home, the MS Ocean Endeavour, awaits! Upon arrival, we will be given a safety briefing and assigned cabins before we set sail down Kangerlussuaq Fjord.
July 25 – Itilleq Fjord, Greenland
Our first landing in Greenland will be on the shores of Itilleq Fjord! We will spend the day familiarizing ourselves with expedition routines, exploring the tundra and enjoying land-based workshops.
July 26 – Ilulissat, Greenland
As we approach this picturesque coastal town, we will sail amongst a gallery of icebergs in the Jakobshaven Icefjord. Ilulissat and the neighbouring Sermeq Kujalleq glacier are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for producing the most icebergs of all glaciers in the northern hemisphere.
July 27 – Uummannaq, Greenland
Uummannaq, which means ‘heart-shaped’ in Greenlandic, gains it’s name from a nearby mountain that resembles a heart. We will spend the day onshore visiting the community and exploring the surrounding area before setting sail westward to the eastern Canadian Arctic!
July 28 – Davis Strait Crossing
We will spend the day at sea, crossing the Davis Strait from western Greenland to Baffin Island. Taking advantage of a full day onboard, a variety of educational opportunities such as lectures, guided reflection, hands-on science, art and song-writing workshops will be offered.
July 29 – Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut, Canada
Our first stop in the Canadian Arctic is Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), a vibrant community that boarders Lancaster Sound on the northeastern coast of Baffin Island. We will spend the day engaging with local community members and participating in land-based workshops.
July 30 – Kinngaarjuk (Coutts Inlet), Nunavut, Canada
Surrounded by the ice-capped mountains of Coutts Inlet, our day will be filled with land-based workshops that focus on the natural and human history of this region. The Expedition Team will also take to the water and explore this stunning landscape by Zodiac.
July 31 – Sirmilik National Park, Nunavut, Canada
Sirmilik is an Inuktitut word meaning ‘place of many glaciers’. While visiting this national park, our Expedition Team will be joined by Inuit elders and youth from Pond Inlet, and Parks Canada staff to share their adventures and connect visitors to their homeland.
August 1 – Qurvik (Cobourg Island), Nunavut, Canada
Expeditioners will cruise around Qurvik (Cobourg Island), which is part of Nirjutiqavvik- Canada’s northernmost National Wildlife Area. The North Water polynya, the largest reoccurring polynya in the Arctic, influences the productivity and community structure of this area.
August 2 – Talluruti (Dundas Harbour) and Croker Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Expeditioners will visit and learn about the history of the former RCMP post, Talluruti (Dundas Harbour), which was inhabited from 1924-1933, and 1945-1951. Nearby in Croker Bay, our expedition team will enjoy shore landings, hikes and workshops by the South Croker Glacier
August 3 – Iluvulik (Beechey Island) and Appait (Prince Leopold Island), Nunavut, Canada
Our Expedition Team will embark on a morning landing to Iluvilik (Beechey Island), the historic site where the Franklin Expedition overwintered in 1845-1846. Later, we will zodiac beneath the towering cliffs of Appait (Prince Leopold Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary), one of the most important multi-species seabird colonies in the Arctic.
August 4 – Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay), Nunavut, Canada
The ship-based portion of our expedition will end in Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay). We will disembark our floating home and spend the morning exploring the community before boarding our charter flight back to Ottawa.
August 5 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Students On Ice and the Canadian Museum of Nation will host a public celebration event in the morning for our Expedition Team. Friends and family will be invited to join us in celebration before we bid farewell to our expedition teammates and begin to travel home in the afternoon!