Greenland & the Canadian Arctic
Designed and built in Finland as a scientific research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. External stabilizers and a built-in trimming system provide exceptional stability while still permitting excellent maneuverability. The Ioffe has an ice-strengthened hull and a maximum cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. She accommodates 96 guests and has been refitted and refurbished in recent years to enhance guests' comfort and the caliber of on-board facilities.
2014/2015 Itineraries, Dates, & Fees
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Arctic Explorer: Crossing the Circle
The Arctic has an allure that grips many adventurers, whether it’s the Inuit culture of the Canadian North, the incredible wildlife along the fringe of the ice, or the riveting exploration history that captivates many a reader. The Arctic Circle is also a highlight of this trip. A parallel of latitude located at about 66 degrees and 33 minutes North, the Arctic Circle marks the southernmost latitude where the sun stays above the horizon for 24-hours on the Summer Solstice. Over the course of this voyage we will cross the Arctic Circle at least twice on the ship as we explore this region of the Eastern Canadian Arctic.
- Jul 22-Aug 1, 2014 ($5,795-$11,395)
Northwest Passage: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the St. RocheJoin us aboard the Akademik Ioffe as we sail these fabled waters in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the first single-season transit of the Northwest Passage. The first ever transit of Canada’s Northwest Passage was between 1903-1906 under the command of the great Roald Amundsen of Norway. This feat was not repeated until 1940-42 when the RCMP St. Roch under the command of Staff Sergeant Henry Larsen (RCMP) completed a West to East transit of the passage. In 1944, Sgt. Henry Larsen undertook an East to West transit in a single season, marking the first ever single season transit of the Northwest Passage and making the RCMP St. Roch the first vessel to transit the Northwest Passage in both directions. We celebrate this achievement as we sail these waters 70 years later.
- Aug 25- Sep 6, 2014 ($7,795-$13,795)
Arctic Circle in Focus: Photographic SymposiumThis is an exploration of the wildlife, culture and spectacular scenery in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. From Iqaluit on the east coast of Baffin Island to the west coast of Greenland this 11-day adventure sails through a spectacular wilderness of glaciers, mountains, fjords and breathtaking icebergs. Along the way, the Inuit settlements of both Canada and Greenland will open eyes to the rich and unique cultures that have survived in this harsh landscape for many hundreds of years.
A further highlight of our journey will be the shipboard photography symposium. In addition to our regular program of presentations on history, ornithology, geology and the natural world, this unique voyage will have a major focus on photography, with four professional photographers on staff and a professional water colorist.
- Aug 2-12, 2015 ($6,995-$12,395)
Baffin Island & West Greenland: Off the Beaten TrackThe Arctic has an allure that grips many adventurers, whether it’s the Inuit culture of the Canadian North, the incredible wildlife along the fringe of the ice, or the riveting exploration history that captivates many a reader. The Arctic Circle is also a highlight of this trip. A parallel of latitude located at about 66 degrees and 33 minutes north, the Arctic Circle marks the southernmost latitude where the sun stays above the horizon for 24-hours on the Summer Solstice. Over the course of this voyage we will cross the Arctic Circle at least twice on the ship as we explore this region of the Eastern Canadian Arctic and west coast of Greenland. Enjoy a more active adventure with the off the beaten track options.
- Jul 22-Aug 2, 2015 ($7,695-$13,495)
The Northwest Passage: East to WestThis iconic voyage through the remote Northwest Passage follows in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, as we explore the archipelago of islands and channels that create Canada’s high Arctic region. This is the home of the polar bear, the barren ground grizzly bear, muskox, caribou and walrus and we journey through the wild Canadian north aboard our celebrated expedition ship, Akademik Ioffe. Wildlife is the major draw card of our expedition but there is plenty of historical interest and the stories of that ill-fated expedition by Sir John Franklin more than 150 years ago are central to our journey. Franklin made his last heroic foray into the Arctic in 1845 with two ships and 129 men, never to be heard from again. We visit the last known wintering site of his ships the Erebus and Terror, and other sites along the way where traces of the expedition have been found. For lovers of remote expedition cruising this journey has it all!
- Aug 12-24, 2015 ($8,395-$14,995)