The Mythical Northwest Passage: On the Trail of the Great Explorers 2013
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Day 1 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Embarking 4.30pm to 5pm.
Day 2 Sisimiut, Greenland
Day 3 Ilulissat- Disko Bay, Greenland
At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty. The sculptural icebergs continue their on timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicoloured wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors.
Day 4 Uppernavik's Fjord, Greenland
Day 5 Melville Bay, Greenland
Day 6 Savissivik, Greenland
Day 7 Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Pond Inlet appears to guard over the entrance to the legendary North West Passage. Formerly called Tununiq by the Inuit, this region was long ago inhabited by their ancestors, the Thule, who left behind numerous archaeological artifacts, little vestiges of the past. No matter where you look, your eyes will alight upon a unique landscape of snow-capped mountain ranges, each more beautiful than the last, standing opposite ice-blue glaciers whose vertiginous flows descend into the ocean. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the bird colonies of Bylot Island; LE SOLÉAL route will sail you close to this uninhabited "Garden of Eden" so that you may wonder at its natural marvels.
Day 8 Leopold cliff, Nunavut, Canada / Beechey, Nunavut, Canada
Day 9 Navigating the Bellot Detroit / Ross Fort, Nunavut, Canada / Navigation through Franklin and Larsen Detroit
Day 10 Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada / Navigation in Queen Maud Detroit
Day 11 Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Day 12 Navigating the Coronation Gulf and the Duke of York Archipelago, Nunavut, Canada
Day 13 Jesse Harbour, Canada (North West territory) / Navigation in Prince of Wales detroit
Day 14 Franklin Bay, Canada (North West territories)
Day 15 Navigation through Beaufort sea
Day 16 Sailing along the coast of Yukon
Day 17 Navigation through the Arctic Ocean
Day 18 Crossing the International Date Line
Day 17 of the cruise…and the International Date Line just snatched a day from your life! LE SOLÉAL sails towards the International Date Line via the Bering Strait; this imaginary line runs from the North Pole to the South Pole, roughly following the 180 degree longitude. The calendar may tell you that it is Thursday 12th September; nevertheless, in just a few hours’ time, the passengers aboard LE SOLÉAL step straight into Saturday 14th, having skipped Friday 13th altogether! The time clock appears compromised. We try to understand the seemingly familiar passage of time... and yet, nothing is as it seems! Join us for this unique experience in time travel... And remember, only a few kilometers away, the International Date Line has just stolen Friday!
Day 19 Skipped due to the International Date Line
Day 20 Crossing the Bering Detroit
Day 21 Navigation in the Bering sea
Day 22 Anadyr, Russia
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Cruise on board Le Soléal
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Cruising: Standard cabin onboard Le Soléal
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Pre-cruise tour in Kangerlussuaq: To the Ice Cap
At the airport, you will get in off-roads trucks. The road was founded by Volkswagen factories in order to get access to the ice cap where they made a test for their cars. The drive is through an amazing landscape and you might be lucky to see musk oxen or reindeers. Photo stops are made on the way at particularly beautiful and interesting sites. Naturalist guides will explain about the landscape, the fauna, the flora and the ice, this unique and fragile element forming the largest ice formation in the northern hemisphere. Total duration is 4 hours.
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