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Kangerlussuaq to Nome, Alaska Expedition Cruise

21 Aug - 14 Sep 2023

25 Days / 24 Nights

Travel to the High Canadian Arctic and get your dose of marine vitamin with Silversea. Follow in the footsteps of polar explorers from Greenland to Alaska and witness sights you'll never forget. With Silversea's outstanding Expedition Team, explore the history, geology, fauna, and flora of this stunning location while encountering a fascinating blend of local culture, endemic wildlife, and breathtaking scenery.

Itinerary in a Nutshell

23

Ports

3

Countries

Silver Wind

Expedition Cruise

Routes
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Greenland: Kangerlussuaq - Kangaamiut (Qeqqata) - Evighedsfjord, Nuuk (Godthab) - Sisimiut - Ilulissat
 

Canada: Pond Inlet - Dundas Harbour - Devon Island (Radstock Bay) - Beechey Island - Resolute - Cruise Peel Sound (Nunavut) - Gjoa Haven - Jenny Lind Island - Cambridge Bay - Cruise Dease Strait - Cruise Amundsen Trough - Sachs Harbour - Northwest Territories - Smoking Hills (Northwest Territories) - Herschel Island (Yukon Territory)

United States (Alaska): Point Hope - Port Clarence - Nome

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Day 01  |  Kangerlussuaq

Kangerlussuaq is a Greenland village in the Qeqqata municipality at the head of the same-named fjord. It's Greenland's primary airport hub. The airport was known as Bluie West-8 and Sondrestrom Air Base during and after World War II. Kangerlussuaq has Greenland's most diversified fauna, including muskoxen, caribou, and gyrfalcons. The 512-person town relies nearly completely on the airport and tourism.

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Day 02  |  Kangaamiut (Qeqatta) - Evighedsfjord

Kangaamiut (the People of the Fjords) is a town on Greenland's Arctic Circle coast, backed by beautiful fjords. Nearby pinnacle-shaped mountains earned the Danish-Norwegian colonial colony its original name, Sukkertoppen (Sugarloaf). The town recently celebrated its 250th anniversary. Here, small-town Greenlandic culture is authentic. The village is spread across a tiny hill, therefore it's impossible to shoot a terrible photo here. A series of stairs and boardwalks lead to the top of the hill, where helicopters land and offer stunning views of the surrounding forest. Evighedsfjord (Eternity Fjord) is a large fjord northeast of Kangaamiut in southwest Greenland. The 75-kilometer-long fjord has various branches with numerous glaciers coming down from the Maniitsoq Ice Cap to the north. The Evighedsfjord features multiple bends, and whenever the ship approaches the alleged terminus, the fjord continues in another direction and seems to stretch on forever. Qingua Kujatdleq Glacier is near its southeastern end. At the northwestern end, a U-shaped valley has seven glaciers coming down from the mountains but not reaching the lake.

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Day 03  |  Nuuk

Nuuk is Greenland's economic and social center, and more than a third of the country's people live there. It has the feel of a world capital, but if you scratch the surface, you'll find a Greenlandic personality. Nuuk Cathedral looks out over the beautiful old Colonial Harbour district and the Greenland National Museum, where the famous Qilakitsoq mummies are buried. These mummies are the highlight of the museum's archaeological collection. Overlooking the Colonial Harbour, downtown Nuuk is made up of rows of Scandi-style apartments, a busy shopping district, the Greenlandic Parliament, Nuuk City Hall (where visitors can look at the artwork), and even outdoor cafes that sell food and beer made in the area.

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Day 04  |  Sisimiut

Greenland's second city, Sisimiut ('The People of the Fox Holes'), is the largest Arctic City in North America and a hub between the South and North. Sisimiut is one of Greenland's fastest-growing cities due to its young, vibrant population. The Danish Colonial Era witnessed the city's quick expansion into a commerce center, and the old structures and artifacts may be seen at Sisimiut Museum, a collection of magnificently preserved buildings showing ancient turf huts and modern Inuit art. Local artists are some of the best in Greenland and sell their creations from a cooperative workshop near the port, where they barter with hunters for raw materials.

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Day 05  |  Ilulissat

Ilulissat is Kalaallisut for "icebergs." Ilulissat is recognized for its quiet and steady weather, however its climate is cold due to the fjord. Ilulissat, Greenland's third-largest town, has 4,500 residents. Some say there are nearly as many sled dogs as humans in this town, which also has a museum in the former home of Greenlandic folk hero and polar explorer Knud Rasmussen.

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Day 06  |  Day at Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax or maybe visit the gym, visit the spa, whale watching, catch up on your reading or simply top up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring the shoreside.

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Day 07  |  Pond Inlet, Nunavut

Positioned in northern Baffin Island The population of Pond Inlet, which is mostly Inuit, is around 1,500. A number of beautiful glaciers and mountain ranges surround Pond Inlet, making it one of Canada's "jewels of the North" today. There are numerous Dorset and Thule archaeological sites in the area around Pond Inlet. Since long before European and American whalers came here to harvest bowhead whales, Inuit had already been hunting caribou, ringed and harp seals, fish, polar bears, walrus, narwhals, geese, ptarmigans, and Arctic hares. As a major hub for Inuit printmaking and stone carving, Pond Inlet is also well-known for its artistic prowess.

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Day 08 |  Dundas Harbour, Devon Island

Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island in the world, and it is home to only a handful of people. Humans lived there until 1951, when a Canadian Mounted Police outpost that had been there since 1924 to keep an eye out for illegal activities like whaling left. The island is the largest of the Parry Islands at 320 miles in length and 80-100 miles in width. The southernmost point of the island is where you'll find Dundas Harbour. The island is located south of Ellesmere Island and west of Baffin Bay in the Arctic Ocean.

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Day 09  |  Devon Island, Radstock Bay

Devon Island is Canada's sixth largest island and was discovered in the early 1700s. The Thule culture inhabited there centuries ago, leaving behind qarmat dwellings built of boulders, whale bones, rock and sod walls, and skins for roofs. Other remarkable findings in this area are corals, crinoids, and nautiloids. Just across Lancaster Sound lies Prince Leopold Island, a Canadian Important Bird Area, migratory bird sanctuary, and Key Migratory Bird Terrestrial Habitat site with high numbers of Thick-billed Murres, Northern Fulmars, and Black-legged Kittiwakes.

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Day 10  |  Beechey Island - Resolute, Nunavut

Beechey Island is a little island located in the Barrow Strait off the southwest coast of Devon Island. The island's first European visitor was Captain William Edward Parry, who arrived in the year 1819. in 1975, the government of the Northwest Territories designated Beechey Island as a "Territorial Historic Site," and in 1993, it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. It was annexed by Nunavut recently. With a population of just over 240 people, Resolute is one of the most populous settlements in all of Nunavut and all of Canada. The ship HMS Resolute, which was looking for signs of the lost Franklin Expedition in 1850, became frozen in the ice and had to be abandoned. Qausuittuq (place with no dawn) is located on the southern coast of Cornwallis Island, The waters to the south of Resolute are an essential stopover for migrating beluga whales, and the nearby Bathurst Island is home to the Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area, through which polar bears are allowed to pass in the spring and summer. Arctic species, such as King Eider Ducks and Greater Snow Geese, rely on rocky coastal bluffs, rolling hills, moraines, and small lakes for shelter.

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Day 11  |  Cruise Peel Sound, Nunavut

Peel Sound is a 125-mile-long, 30-mile-wide strait dividing Prince of Wales and Somerset Islands. Vice Admiral Horatio Austin named it in 1851 for former British PM Sir Robert Peel. Austin didn't soar through the sound first. Sir John Franklin went across the strait in 1846 before his ships froze. Peel Sound rarely opens. Francis Leopold McClintock and Allen Young couldn't pass because of ice.

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Day 12  |  Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

One little town has been established on King William Island's flat coastline topography. The Netsilik Inuit were the first to settle in the location now known as Gjoa Haven on the southeastern coast of King William Island, but Amundsen gave it its Scandinavian name during his expedition to the Northwest Passage, when he spent two years there overwintering with his ship Gja. The town expanded after the Hudson's Bay Company established a trading post there in 1927. Gjoa Haven is home to around 1,500 people now, the majority of whom are Inuit. The Heritage Centre, the Hamlet Centre (where one can learn about the early European explorers and their fate), and Amundsen's haunts are just a few of the stops along the Northwest Passage Territorial Trail.

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Day 13  |  Jenny Lind Island

Jenny Lind Island is 20 km wide and 420 km2 in Queen Maud Gulf, southeast of Victoria Island. The deserted island was put on European maps in 1851 by Dr. John Rae of the Hudson's Bay Company, who was hunting for Sir John Franklin's Northwest Passage Expedition. The island, where Lesser Snow Geese and Ross's Geese breed, is a Canadian Important Bird Area and a Key Migratory Bird Terrestrial Habitat.

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Day 14  |  Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Cambridge Bay, one of Canada's northernmost settlements, with 1,800 residents. It's the regional administrative center and a marine and air cargo hub. Cambridge Bay's main export is local Arctic char. Roald Amundsen's ship Maud spent years at Cambridge Bay. After several years in the Arctic, the Hudson's Bay Company sailed the ship to Cambridge Bay, where she was beset by ice in 1926 and sank in 1930. The Maud was raised and will be displayed in Norway.

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Day 15  |  Cruise Dease Strait

Dease Strait, located in Nunavut, is around 160 kilometers long and was named for Peter Warren Dease, a Hudson's Bay Company official. In August 1821, Peter Warren entered Dease Strait, which leads to Cambridge Bay, Victoria Strait, and Queen Maud Gulf. On the Kent Peninsula, 73 different bird species were tallied with the kills of seals, white foxes, and rabbits. Both sides of the strait occasionally play host to musk oxen and other wildlife, including the rare Dolphin and Union Caribou, which are distinct from the common Barren-ground caribou.

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Day 16  |  Cruise Amundsen Trough

At the northwest end of the Amundsen Gulf and the Northwest Passage, the Amundsen Trough leads into the Beaufort Sea. The undersea feature and gulf are named after Roald Amundsen south of Banks Island's Migratory Bird Sanctuary, northeast of the Anderson River Delta Bird Sanctuary, and north of Tuktut Nogait National Park in the Northwest Territories. Iceberg keels up to 150 meters wide and 10 meters deep have left plough markings on the sea floor.

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Day 17  |  Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories

Banks Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary No. 1 surrounds Sachs Harbour. To the west are dry mud cliffs, while tidal mud flats, river deltas, wetland meadows, and barren lands with Dryas are frequented by 95% of the Western Arctic's Lesser Snow Geese, Ross's Geese, Black Brants, 25,000 King Eiders, several thousand Long-tailed Ducks, Tundra Swans, and Sandhill Cranes. Sachs Harbour is called the "Muskox Capital of Canada" because it is home to more than half of the world's muskoxen. Sachs Harbour's Inuvialuit name is Ikaahuk, "Place to Cross" In 1929, Inuit families from the Mackenzie River Delta arrived to hunt foxes.

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Day 18  |  Smoking Hills, Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories' Smoking Hills are a natural occurrence that may be thousands of years old. John Franklin saw the Beaufort Sea hills in 1826 during his second Canadian trip hunting for a Northwest Passage. Franklin observed that the rocks and dirt near Cape Bathurst seemed to be on fire and generated bitter white smoke. They were hence christened "Smoking Hills." This phenomena is neither human-caused nor caused by volcanic activity, but by a subterranean exothermic reaction between bituminous shale, sulfur, and iron pyrite. The heat emitted by the oxidation of pyrites in Cretaceous mudstones along the sea cliffs leads to high ground temperatures, hot sulfurous gas, and the likelihood of spontaneous combustion.

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Day 19  |  Cruise Beaufort Sea

Enjoy the Beaufort Sea during the brief summer thaw. The Beaufort Sea is frozen most of the year and only navigable in August and September when a channel near the Canadian and Alaskan shore opens. Despite being frozen for a sixth of the year, the Northwest Passage is rich in species. Binoculars and cameras should be ready for Arctic char, king eider, beluga and bowhead whales, and polar bears. Many scientists and ecologists are concerned about the future of the Beaufort Sea's fauna due to the fast changing Arctic. How long humans have lived on the coast is disputed. Some think the Beaufort Sea sustained human existence 30,000 years ago, while others say the Inupiat, Inuvialuit, and Gwich'in cultures are newer. Discovery is less than 200 years old. Sir Francis Beaufort, a British 18th-century naval officer, named the sea after his Beaufort scale.

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Day 20  |  Herschel Island, Yukon Territory

Herschel Island-Qikiqtaruk has been a National Historic Site of Canada since 1972, a Nature Preserve since 1987, and a Natural Environment Park since 2002. It is now on the tentative UNESCO WHS list as an example of how people have lived and built things over the past several thousand years. The island is also a good place to find fossils from the Ice Age. From September to June, the island is usually covered in snow. It is home to a large number of migratory birds, including the largest colony of Black Guillemots in the Western Arctic. There are also caribou, muskox, polar bears, and brown bears on land, and bowhead whales, beluga whales, ringed seals, bearded seals, and even walruses in the waters around the island.

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Day 21 - 22  |  Day at Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax or maybe visit the gym, visit the spa, whale watching, catch up on your reading or simply top up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring the shoreside.

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Day 23  |  Point Hope, Alaska

At the Point Hope (Tikiaq) settlement in the far Northwest of Alaska, whales are the most important part of life. The Inuit name for the settlement is Tikiaq, which means "finger." It talks about how the settlement is built on a point that sticks out into the water. Bowhead Whales and other marine mammals swim close to the shore as they move around the point. This makes it a good place to hunt. The Inuit people who live in Point Hope still get most of their food from hunting.

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Day 24  |  Port Clarence, Alaska

Port Clarence has always been a strategic and important port because it is the closest port to the northwest of North America. For a long time in the 19th century, this land in Alaska was a safe place for sailors to stop and rest. It was also a place where traders from both sides of the Bering Strait could meet. There were also Russian fur traders and whalers who did business. Port Clarence is now mostly used for research in the Arctic and to keep ships safe.

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Day 25  |  Nome, Alaska

Nome is located on the Seward Peninsula's south west end, on the Bering Sea. Unlike other towns named for explorers, heroes, or politicians, Nome was called for a 50-year-old spelling error. In the 1850s, a British officer off Alaska discovered on a manuscript map that a conspicuous point was missing. In 1899, Nome grew from a few to 28,000 people. Over 3,500 people live there. Many gold rush buildings survive in Nome.

The Fleet

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