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.
The Highlights of Leg 7
We will hike to the tongue of the Coronation glacier, connect with the unique culture of Iqaluit and hear stories about how and why Nunavut has one of the most unique model governments in the world.
Head of the Canada C3 Science Program
General Partner, VERDEXUS