Attempting to Circumnavigate Baffin Island
Sailing up through Baffin Bay, we arrive at the northern part of Baffin Island and the entrance to the legendary Northwest Passage. If the elements work in our favour, it is from here that we will start our exploration of the high Canadian Arctic and attempt to successfully complete a circumnavigation of Baffin Island.
Remote, desolate and with the only certainty being the unpredictability of the ice, this is where the true adventure begins. En route, we plan to land at sites linked to early exploration history, visit traditional Inuit communities and keep a lookout for Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, whales, seas and colonies of seabirds. For the more adventurous there will also be opportunities to take part in small expedition boat cruising and to go ashore and experience the wilderness first-hand.
If conditions allow, we plan to explore:
A traditional Inuit community on Baffin Island, it overlooks Eclipse Sound and the mountain of Bylot Island. It’s also renowned as a great place to see large pods of narwhal.
The largest uninhabited island on earth, the only signs of human life are at the long-abandoned settlement of Dundas Harbour.
Prince Leopold Island:
Attracted by the sheer cliffs, Prince Leopold Island is home to the greatest diversity of sea birds than any other site in the Canadian Arctic.
The final resting place for three members of the lost Franklin expedition which sailed into the Northwest Passage in 1845.
An abandoned Hudson’s Bay Trading post, the storehouse is still used as a shelter by occasional travellers.
An active and vibrant hamlet, it is also home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus troupe in the world.
Perched on a hill next to a bay, this beautiful settlement has earned international recognition for its many Inuit artists.
Baffin Island’s southernmost Inuit community, Kimmirut, is home to 400 people who still maintain the tradition of their ancestors some 4000 years ago.
Dramatic towering limestone sea cliffs, cascading waterfalls and drifting ice floats, Akpatok Island is a place that will last in your memory forever.