Our Canadian Arctic small ship cruises explore the starkly beautiful Arctic archipelago made up of over 35,000 islands encompassing Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. They provide excellent opportunities to observe iconic polar wildlife, view breathtaking coastal scenery and visit remote communities.
Here, the icy seas and desolate tundra are home to surprisingly diverse plant and animal life. Unlike Antarctica, which has no land animals, you’ll find an array of terrestrial species such as Arctic hare, ptarmigan and muskox happily feeding on the abundant berries, heather and moss. If you are lucky, you might even see polar bears, Arctic fox and caribou, so important to the Inuit. The seas abound with amazing marine life – beluga whale, bowhead whale, walrus, the rare narwhal whale, bearded and ringed seals.
This frozen land is also the historical home of around 200,000 Inuit, whose rich, ancient cultures and traditions still survive in settlements scattered across the north. Summer is the only time to visit, with long daylight hours providing plenty of time to explore.