As we put south towards Cape York, the morning permitted and it was through otherwise seas that we sailed into Melville Bay. Our Northwest Feature Attractiv was underway. Ilulissat residents iceberg in Greenlandic and the district is Kullorshaq numb at the acceptance of the almost 60 km tight ice people, filled with enormous icebergs from the most right glacier in the layer hemisphere, Sermeq Kujalleq. Possible snow times blew across the lone beach, featureless but for the people of the first sweepstakes of the Ad expedition to remove. On the cold of town, we came a boardwalk to Sermermiut, not only an united public site, with Stone Age ad, but also a state shirt of the ice-choked law.
Briefing meeting with the Inuit guide and preparation of the equipment im the start of dog sledding expedition on the following day. You will have to buy the food you will need for the trip. Accommodation in the communal house.
Days 3 to 7: Dog sledding expedition searching for Polar Bears Today, we are starting a really dog sledding expedition sharing Attactive the Inuit guide his traditional way of life through the Ice Sheet looking for Polar Bears. Every traveller will share with the Greenlandic guide, a traditional sledge. In effect, dogs are womwn allocated in 3 lines: So, we are talking about 6 dogs per sledge The Greenlandic sledge is so different. Almost 9 to 14 dogs permit the progress of the wmoen in Attractive women in kullorsuaq ice or snow. These dogs are allocated in a circular arc. Of course, there is a leader dog.
Therefore, this is the Inuit guide who will be in charge of the sledge conduction. However, adventurer will be helping him in some tasks and of course seating in the sledge while progressing on the ice! During these days, you will be surprised by the contrast between this simple and ancient World, with the speed of rapid progress. This will be really an opportunity to be surrounded by an overwhelming nature in which adventurers, Inuit guides and dogs are exploring the ice-floes looking for Polar Bears. Flight way back to Ilulissat Return to Ilulissat and check-in the hotel.
We divided into several groups to search the landscape for interesting birds, plants, and rocks. As we sailed into Queen Maud Gulf on a windier morning than yesterday, we gathered in the lounge to hear ornithologist, Jim Wilson, give the first of his presentations on Birds of the Northwest Passage, describing some of the birds we may see and their remarkable migrations.
Adult fun in Kullorsuaq
By now we had reached the shelter of a bay on the southeast side of Jenny Attractive women in kullorsuaq Island. Returning to the lounge, geologist Tom Sharpe described the Geology of Arctic Canada, from the ancient rocks of the Canadian Shield Agtractive the landforms of the permafrost today. After lunch, we boarded our Zodiacs for a landing on Jenny Lind Island where some of us hiked up Single party hessen the site of the now-removed DEW station. Attractive women in kullorsuaq searched for birds, plants, and rocks, or wandered along the shoreline. Our plans for landing this morning at Cape Felix on the northern tip of King William Island, were quickly changed when our first polar bear was spotted on the shoreline by eagle-eyed Jim Wilson!
We boarded Zodiacs womenn braved the choppy seas for a closer view. As we approached, the bear entered the water and swam parallel Attracive the shore before returning kullofsuaq land and shaking himself off, giving us wonderful views of this magnificent creature. We watched him trot up to the top of the beach ridge and stroll along its crest to the point, before returning to the ship. Not far from here, to the east at Cape Adelaide on the Boothia Peninsula, was the location of the North Wo,en Pole when it was attained by the Ross expedition on AAttractive 1, The day was brought to a wonderful conclusion with a sighting of several pods of narwhal near Dixon Island, off the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island.
Scattered beluga bones along the shoreline suggested a plentiful food supply for kullorsuaa bears in the vicinity, owmen we were fortunate to see several, albeit some distance from the kjllorsuaq. Returning to the warmth of the ship and a welcome hot breakfast, Carmen Field gave her presentation on Aytractive much overlooked but vital base of the food chain, The Plankton of the Arctic. Soon, we entered the narrow and dramatic channel of Bellot Strait, which separates the most northerly point on the North American mainland from Somerset Island to the north. The ancient gneiss rocks exposed on either side of this dramatic channel provided a background to views of several polar bears, snow geese, and distant views of muskoxen.
Some nine years later, inJohn Ross made use of this cache of provisions and spent the winter in a shelter they named Somerset House. Back on board, Rick Price discussed the seals, bears, and other large animals of the Arctic Ocean. Here we made a landing in the spectacularly bleak and barren stony landscape on the fifth largest island in the world. Arctic weather greeted our arrival at Beechey Island this morning. Squally snow showers blew across the raised beach, featureless but for the graves of the first members of the Franklin expedition to perish. In the afternoon, we entered Radstock Bay on the south coast of Devon Island and landed by the isolated limestone mountain of Caswell Tower.
As we came ashore, we all had great sightings of a pure white Arctic hare sitting motionless amongst the boulders at the foot of the mountain. Amidst spectacular scenery on this, the largest uninhabited island in the world, our historians showed us the well-preserved stone and whalebone houses of the Thule people who occupied the area over a thousand years ago. As we sailed around the south and east coasts of Devon Island, we had great views of spectacular mountain and glacier scenery as well as icebergs in Lancaster Sound. Jim Wilson continued his description of the Birds of the Northwest Passage, and Hector gave us the History of the Mounties of the North—but his talk was interrupted by the announcement of the approach of a polar bear on an ice floe!
We all rushed for cameras and jackets and took up position on the decks where we were treated to superb views as the ice floe and its occupant slowly drifted past. This afternoon we enjoyed a showing of Bay of Giants, a TV program on the bowhead whales of Baffin Island, filmed by our very own marine biologist, Rick. Meanwhile, we arrived at the edge of the sea ice and began making our way between it and the coast of Devon Island. It was soon clear, however, that if we continued towards our scheduled stop at Grise Fjord on Ellesmere Island, we would run the risk of the ice drifting south and trapping us in Jones Sound. So, we turned around and followed the ice edge out into Baffin Bay.
After dinner, Peter Alareak, our Inuit guide, donned his parka and gave a marvelous demonstration of traditional Inuit drumming. The next day, as we continued our journey around the ice towards Greenland, Jim Wilson gave a wonderful talk on bird migration and how it is studied. Later, Tom spoke on the rocks of Greenland and the icebergs spawned by the Greenland Icesheet. In a fascinating presentation this afternoon, Jim Delgado discussed his visit to the wreck of the Titanic and the work he and his colleagues have been doing to map the ship as she lies on the seafloor.
After two days at sea, we had an opportunity to stretch our legs as we made a welcome landing this morning on Herbert Island in Murchison Fjord in northwest Greenland. Fresh snow lay on the mountains around us and we enjoyed views of the glaciers descending from a small icecap on the mainland, opposite of the many glaciers in the fjord. In Qaanaaq, a local choir, some dressed in traditional costume of sealskins and polar bear furs, performed for us in the simple Lutheran church. Afterwards, we wandered this remote and isolated community that had just received its last delivery of supplies for eight months, visiting the excellent little museum in the house of Knud Rasmussen, the famous explorer, transported from its original site and rebuilt here.
As we proceeded south towards Cape York, the wind strengthened and it was through heavy seas that we sailed into Melville Bay. During the day, we were informed and entertained by lectures from our expedition staff. Rick rounded the day off with tales of his adventures as a wildlife cameraman.