Leg 7: Iqaluit to Qikiqtarjuaq

We will experience and celebrate the diversity and burgeoning culture of Canada’s newest capital city, Iqaluit, which was formerly a seasonal fishing area for local Inuit, hence the name meaning ‘place of fishes’. We will discover the Arctic Archipelago as we sail by many islands and points with a history of Distant Early Warning systems, whaling and Arctic exploration. Participants will hear the cry of murres and fulmars, as thousands of breeding pairs make a home on the cliff walls facing the sea. Arriving in Auyuittuq National Park, a zig-zag skyline of craggy granite peaks and glittering glaciers awaits, overlooking tundra valleys and steep-walled fjords whose winding waterways hold narwhal and ringed seals. Auyuittuq is Inuktitut for the ‘place that never melts’ and the spectacular Coronation glacier is a glimpse of the power that the ice caps still hold on shaping the land.