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HIGH ARCTIC 2020 EXPEDITION CRUISE 12-day expedition cruise with daily diving opportunities

August 11-22, 2020

Explore Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), a newly designated marine protected area. Visit the graves of Franklin’s men on Beechey Island. Enjoy an Inuit welcome in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet); try your hand at Arctic games.

Across Baffin Bay lies the sublime Greenland coast. Illulissat offers cafes, hiking, and handicrafts. Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to Sermeq Kujalleq, the fastest-moving glacier in the world. Explore the best of Greenland and Nunavut in summer!

The far reaches of Northern Canada and Greenland have drawn adventurers from around the world to its wild and stunning coastlines. Be one of the very few who can lay claim to exploration above and below the waterline!

Highlights of the Trip:

  • Watch icebergs calving from Greenland’s glaciers
  • Marvel at the tundra in summer bloom
  • Enjoy an Inuit cultural welcome at Mittimatalik(Pond Inlet)
  • Hike on Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on Earth
  • Seek wildlife in Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), Canada’s largest and newest Marine Protected Area
  • Visit the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island


Each day, you will explore the crystal-clear Arctic waters of fjords carved eons ago by glaciers. You’ll travel to sheltered inlets and bays that hold ancient secrets of the Inuit people and early European explorers—and be one of the lucky few on board to bring home tales of more than what’s above the water!

Topside, you will accompany Adventure Canada guides on Zodiac tours and hikes to abandoned settlements, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and educational sessions to Inuit communities big and small. You’ll be on the ground in areas rich with Arctic culture, history, and wildlife!

This tour can’t be all fun and games though—so there are plenty of relaxation opportunities to break up the days. Kick back and enjoy the fully stocked library, visit the sauna and on-deck hot tub, and share some tales with other patrons over a drink in one of the many lounge rooms or spacious outer decks.


Diver Requirements:

  • Must provide proof of DAN (Divers Alert Network) Insurance for Remote Diving
  • Must bring own cold water-qualified equipment (Weight Restrictions: 10kg for Carry on, and 40kg for checked baggage; tanks and weights supplied by Ocean Quest. (Rentals available on request)
  • Provide signed Medical Questionairre by family doctor
  • Required to sign an Ocean Quest Diver Liability Waiver
  • At least 100 logged dives to “Advanced Open-Water Level”—with a minimum of 10 being in drysuit with drysuit certification. Note: all diving will be conducted from large Zodiacs.

Optional Add-on: 

Customized pre & post-cruise Newfoundland **COMING SOON**

Our Partner:

Ocean Quest’s partner in this expedition is Adventure Canada, an award-winning tour operator specializing in Arctic and sub-Arctic expedition cruises. They provide the logistical support for this tour and also operate the ice-class vessel.

Click here to see the Adventure Canada High Arctic 2020 Expedition Cruise page.


Important Dates and Prices: 

The adventure will begin on August 11th, 2020 when an early morning charter flight will bring us to Qausuittuq, where we will embark the Ocean Endeavour. August 22nd, 2020, we end our adventure by sailing up the Sondre Stromfjord fjord as the sun rises to greet us. Kangerlussuaq, the town at the fjord's eastern head, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here, we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our return charter flight.

Guests booking with Ocean Quest will have access to a block of category 3 Berths.

Category 3 Berth: $10,195.00(USD)   Deck five. Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath.
Diving Package: $2000(USD)
Northbound charter flight: $1078(USD)
Southbound charter flight: $1417(USD)

Total: $14,690.00(USD)


  • Customers who may want a room outside of the categories mentioned above should contact Ocean Quest Adventures directly for more details.
  • All prices listed are in USD
  • Customers will be required to make a $1,000.00 (USD) down payment to reserve their spot. Payment on remaining balance is due 120 days before departure. If payment is not made in time, Adventure Canada reserves the right to cancel the reservation. 


What You Will Be Responsible For (for more details, please visit Adventure Canada's terms and conditions page): 

  • Guests will need their own medical/evacuation insurance. This is Mandatory
  • Commercial flights
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any medical expenses incurred while onboard
  • Physicians fees confirming you are fit to travel
  • Any additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Visa's (if required)
  • Discretionary gratuity to ship's crew (Approximately $15 per passenger per day)
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • Credit card transaction fees
  • Pre and post trip hotel expenses