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Setting sail from Reykjavik
Capital of Iceland and gateway to this extraordinary volcanic island, modern Reykjavik is home to an impressive collection of interesting attractions and places of historic significance. Visit the impressive Hallgrímskirkja church, relax in a thermal pool, potter around the old harbour, and with 24 hour daylight in the summer months, you can play golf at midnight, or choose the perfect place to view the midnight sun such as the lighthouse at Grotta or on the waterfront by Sólfar - the Sun Voyager sculpture. If you're like us, you will find travelling out of Reykjavik by land or sea to be unforgettable.
Take a boat tour from Reykjavik’s Old Harbour to see the numerous whales of Faxaflói Bay: harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and humpback whales.
Greenland: Prince Christian Sound
The spectacular Prince Christian Sound provides a protected passage for ships rounding the southern tip of Greenland, at times narrowing to just 1,500 feet across. Waterfalls cascade down the rugged mountain sides, and you can often spot whales and seals amongst the icebergs.
The abandoned mining settlement of Ivittuut played an important role in World War II thanks to its rich deposits of cryolite, used in the manufacture of Allied fighter planes. Today you can wander amongst deserted but well-maintained buildings, and you may see musk oxen grazing nearby.
Greenland’s capital and largest town, Nuuk is positively cosmopolitan compared to the rest of this remote and isolated country. The setting amongst mountains and fjords is striking, and attractions include the Greenland National Museum and the picturesque Old Harbour.
Canada: Pond Inlet
The small Inuit settlement of Pond Inlet sits at the entrance to the fabled Northwest Passage, on the north coast of Baffin Island. A dramatic landscape of fjords, glaciers and icebergs provides a habitat for wildlife including whales, seabirds, seals and narwhals, the otherworldly ‘unicorns of the sea’.
Canada: Dundas Harbour (Devon Island)
Devon Island is the world’s largest uninhabited island, a barren and frozen place that is used by NASA scientists to carry out research on the practicalities of missions to Mars. The chilly waters off the coast support species including bearded seals, harbour seals and humpback whales, and if you’re lucky you may even spot polar bears.
Canada: Croker Bay (Nunavut), Beechey Island, Prince Leopold Island (Nunavut), Fort Ross, Conningham Bay
Canada: Gjoa Haven
Gjoa Haven was known by the Inuit as Uqsuqtuuq, the ‘place of plenty blubber’, but was renamed when Roald Amundsen became the first explorer to traverse the Northwest Passage on his ship the Gjøa. It was also here that the wreck of the HMS Erebus, from Franklin’s famous lost expedition of 1845, was finally discovered in 2014, followed by the HMS Terror in 2016.
Canada: Cambridge Bay
The remote community of Cambridge Bay is located on the southeast coast of Victoria Island, part of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. It’s the largest stop for ships transiting the Northwest Passage, despite a population of less than 2,000, and it's a great place to learn about the wildlife of the Arctic and the culture of the Inuit people who live here.
Canada: Hershel Island
United States: Point Barrow
Point Barrow is the northernmost point in the USA, and is close to the city of Utqiagvik (Barrow), home to the largest community of indigenous Iñupiat in Alaska. Despite its remote location and harsh climate there is considerable wealth here, thanks to the nearby oilfields, and Barrow was historically an important whaling centre.
United States: Port Clarence (Alaska)
Arriving in Nome
Only accessible by air or sea, the remote Alaskan town of Nome sits overlooking the Bering Strait, surrounded by miles of largely featureless tundra. This was once a boomtown; the discovery of easily extractable gold in 1898 led to a gold rush, and you can still see the remnants of the mining industry which thrived here. The gold hasn't completely dried up, so many still come here to try and find their fortune, while other visitors are drawn to Nome by the varied bird life and intriguing Iñupiat culture.
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Extend your stay in Reykjavik
Enjoy Icelandic design chic at the super cool 101 Hotel, with a perfect central location.
Private tours from Reykjavik
A helicopter tour is a must do here; the unforgettable spectacular day-tours will give you a completely different perspective.