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Witness the impressive wildlife of pristine Baffin Island on a cruise with Adventure Life. Baffin Island is home to polar bears, musk ox, seals and narwhals, fjords and glaciers, and expansive Arctic wilderness. Many of the cruises that visit Baffin Island also visit Greenland or transverse the entire Northwest Passage, just like explorers such as John Franklin did. Modern-day explorers will delight in the opportunities to kayak or even dive in these frigid waters for the rare chance to see the gargantuan bottoms of the icebergs, coldwater jellyfish, and the polar bears that love to go for relaxing swims here. Or, you can harness your inner Innuit as you drive a traditional sled or explore the tundra by snowmobile. Contact us to start planning a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Baffin Island.
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10 Best Baffin Island Small Ship Cruises for 2022-2023

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10 Best Baffin Island Luxury Small Ship Cruises for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland$1749520Sep 13, 2022Embark on Ocean Adventurer and join this 20-day itinerary in the exploration of the Arctic Circle through the legendary Northwest Passage, searching …
Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin$1549517Aug 1, 2022On this compelling 17-day Arctic cruise aboard the game-changing new vessel, Ultramarine, passengers retrace the steps of the intrepid Franklin …
Canada’s Remote Arctic: Northwest Passage to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands$1049512Aug 21, 2022Join a 12-day adventure cruise around the Canadian High Arctic aboard the Ultramarine. See the unique wonders and the breathtaking environment at the …
Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage$74959Aug 15, 2022During this 9-day expedition cruise aboard the Ultramarine you will discover the great sea route known as the Northwest Passage at the top of the …
Expedition to the Thule Region$2090017Jul 25, 2023Departing from cosmopolitan Paris, luxurious L'Austral takes you north to Arctic Greenland on this 17-day expedition cruise. Explore Baffin Bay, …
Kangerlussuaq Roundtrip$2150017Jul 23, 2023Explore the Arctic on this exceptional 17-day roundtrip expedition cruise from Kangerlussuaq aboard Silver Cloud, thoroughly traversing Disko Bay and …
Baffin Bay Secrets$1827014Jul 12, 2023This incredible 14-day journey aboard L'Austral acquaints you with the secrets of Baffin Bay and Greenland. Glaciers and icebergs are home to the …
Northwest Passage: Epic High Arctic$1549517Aug 30, 2022Marvel at highlights of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland’s stunning west coast aboard the Ultramarine on a 17-day adventure cruise. Participate in …
Northern Canada Discovery: Greenland to Nova Scotia$828217Sep 24, 2022Join the SH Vega for a 17-day Northern Canada Discovery cruise to learn the cultures, art, and wildlife of the magical Arctic while exploring its …
Kangerlussuaq to Nome, Alaska$5003025Aug 24, 2022Join Silver Wind on a 25-day expedition voyage from Greenland to Alaska, following in the footsteps of pioneering explorers. Discover an intriguing …
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10 Top-Rated Baffin Island Small Cruise Ships for 2022-2023

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Ultramarine199$7495New in 2021, the Ultramarine is designed with an ice rating of 1A+, PC6, making it one of the most capable polar exploring vessels on the planet. …
National Geographic Resolution126$36960New in 2021, The National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation 126-passager expedition ship purpose-built for polar exploration in comfort with …
Greg Mortimer132$18295With only 132 passengers on board, Greg Mortimer reimagines arctic expedition cruise for the future. Robust, robust, and designed with guests in …
L'Austral264$18270The L'Austral, sister ship to the Le Boreal, is the fruit of Italian expertise and French sophistication. A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the …
Ocean Endeavour198$7595Updated as recently as 2014, the 200-passenger ice class Ocean Endeavor explores the most remote areas in comfort and style. With several decks and …
Ocean Albatros189$8290Accommodating 189 passengers as it sails along Antarctica, the Ocean Albatros offers a unique adventure. Experience shore landings, excursions, …
National Geographic Explorer148$16360The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art luxury expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. It is fully stabilized, …
SH Vega152$82825-star elegant Scandi-design boutique ship offers you an intimate setting from which you will be fully immersed in all the sights and scenery of your …
Silver Cloud260$21500The newly refurbished Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Its large suites, destination …
L'Austral199$36995Experience sophisticated design, innovative sailing technology, and the finest expedition staff from aboard the comfortable and sophisticated …

Canadian Arctic Travel Tip & Cruise Guide

Favorite things to do on a Baffin Island cruise:
  • Daily wildlife viewing
  • Hike across glaciers
  • Sea kayak among fjords and icebergs
  • Daily zodiac excursions to look for wildlife and navigate the icebergs.
  • Coldwater diving and snorkeling
  • Snowmobile across pack ice
  • Visit traditional Inuit villages
Wildlife to see on Baffin Island:
  • Polar bears
  • Narwhals
  • Musk ox
  • Seals
  • Walruses
  • Beluga Whales
  • Caribou
  • Arctic foxes and wolves
  • Migratory sea birds
Baffin Island Fun Facts:
  • Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island on the planet.
  • It has been inhabited for centuries by the Inuit People, yet only about 11,000 people call the island home.
  • Viking explorers are believed to have visited and traded with the Inuit before 1000 A.D.
  • It can snow at any time of the year on Baffin Island
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Best Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2022-2023
  • Ponant - a French cruise line, invites you to set sail aboard L'Austral for an all-inclusive 14-day luxury expedition cruise along the eastern coast of Baffin Island, in Nunavut, Canada. This destination delights you with immense cliffs, bird colonies, and fjords.
  • Silversea Cruises - offers unique Baffin Island expeditions hosted by Silver Cloud and Silver Wind that include authentic Inuit culture and wildlife viewing opportunities from polar bears, walrus, bowhead whales, to orcas, narwhals, and beluga whales.
  • Lindblad Expeditions - lets you discover the extraordinary icescapes of the Northwest Passage aboard the Polar Class 5 National Geographic Resolution, which carries you across the Baffin Bay, a long-time favorite of Inuit hunters and fishermen. Discover ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga, killer, and bowhead whales, as well as the elusive narwhal.
  • Quark Expeditions - explore the northern shores of Canada's Baffin Island and the western coast of Greenland, visiting local communities and searching for wildlife, including one of the Arctic's most iconic animals, the polar bear. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the largest suites in its class, magnificent public areas, and more outside wildlife viewing areas than other expedition ships of similar size.
  • Aurora Expeditions - travel the Northwest Passage to Baffin Island, where you may see humpback, sei, sperm, and fin whales, as well as ring and harp seals. A cruise on the Greg Mortimer via the Northwest Passage lets you see the Canadian High Arctic archipelago of islands and canals.
  • Adventure Canada - takes you to Igloolik and the Nunavut's Foxe Basin coast searching for walrus and bowhead whales and allows you to camp on the floe's edge with Inuit guides searching for polar bears. The spacious, ice-strengthened Ocean Endeavour features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. 
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