Eastbound Arctic Voyage 2017

Join us on our historic expedition in the Northwest Passage: The Arctic

This summer America’s newest sail training vessel, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will make an historic voyage north to the Canadian Arctic and into the Northwest Passage. The goal of this expedition is to observe, study, and report on how a changing climate and the loss of summer sea ice is affecting the environment, wildlife, and indigenous people. 

The mission of OHPRI is to provide innovative and empowering education-at-sea programs that promote personal and professional growth. We can’t think of a more innovative voyage than this new Tall Ship’s 2017 journey into the Arctic Circle. This journey is not only a historic event from which the world will gain powerful knowledge, but also an incredibly empowering experience for the individuals, professional crew and trainees, who get to be a direct part of it. 

Berths are now available  for adventurous travelers who wish to experience one of the last great untouched places on Earth, and do it aboard the first full-rigged ship to sail in these waters in over a century.  This stunningly beautiful polar region is so remote and hard to reach that few people have experienced it.  An opportunity to join Oliver Hazard Perry as she sails through the Northwest Passage will be the experience of a lifetime.

After signing aboard you will become part of our crew, and may find yourself on deck bracing the yards on a starboard tack, or taking your turn at the helm, perhaps steering the ship towards the northern lights. Participants will live aboard a true tall ship and work side by side with professional crew, learning square-rig seamanship on this grand 200-foot, steel-hulled, three-masted vessel. 

Numerous stops will be made to observe the abundant Arctic wildlife, walk the shores and visit the remnants of places where past mariners visited and camped, and meet local Inuit communities. Captain Ken Burton will be aboard as the maritime historian and guide. Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Capt. Burton is a former RCMP officer and veteran of numerous Northwest Passage voyages. He will be joined by a team of Arctic naturalists/historians/guides who will share their extensive knowledge of this legendary polar region.

The Northwest Passage and the land around it are home to an abundant collection of iconic wildlife.  Throughout the voyage we will keep a close watch for opportunities to encounter some of the charismatic animals that call this place home. Including: 

Polar bear • narwhal • bowhead • walrus • harp, ringed, & bearded seal • beluga • arctic fox • arctic hare • musk ox  • lemming • ermine

Join us to experience the Northwest Passage from the tranquility of a sailing ship that evokes the maritime past, in the intimate company of only 49 companions, aboard Oliver Hazard Perry.

5. Arctic Eastbound Leg 1 (14 days): Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada - Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada

  • Voyage highlights: graves from the famed Franklin expedition, visit local Inuit communities, Arctic wildlife remnants of Hudson Bay fur trading building, Northern Lights (aurora borealis)
  • Additional Staff: Ray Pierce (Ice Pilot), Ken Burton (Maritime Historian & Polar Bear Safety Officer) and Linda Nicklin (Naturalist)
  • Sunday August 27, 2017 – Sunday September 10, 2017
  • $14,520 pp + $2,200 pp to upgrade to a private 2-person cabin with ensuite head (based on double occupancy) 
  • Open to all ages. Each participant under 18 must be accompanied by at least one adult
  • Travel from Edmonton to Cambridge Bay and Resolute Bay to Ottawa $4,250 pp, more travel information here
  • Register here

6. Arctic Eastbound Leg 2 (10 days): Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada - Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

  • Voyage highlights: remnants of the HMS Braedalbane, Franklin crew graves, steep cliffs of Caswell Tower, 5,000 year old Inuit structures, Prince Leopold bird sanctuary, Arctic wildlife, glaciers, visit Inuit communities, Northern Lights (aurora borealis), read more
  • Additional Staff: Ray Pierce (Ice Pilot), Ken Burton (Maritime Historian & Polar Bear Safety Officer), Linda Nicklin (Naturalist) and Dr. Marcus Eriksen (Scientist, 5 Gyres)
  • Sunday September 10, 2017 - Wednesday September 20, 2017
  • $11,880 pp + $1,650 pp to upgrade to a private 2-person cabin with ensuite head (based on double occupancy) 
  • Open to all ages. Each participant under 18 must be accompanied by at least one adult
  • Travel from Ottawa to Resolute Bay and Pond Inlet to Ottawa $5,010 pp, more travel information here
  • Register here

 

Payment information

50% of payment is due on registration, and the remainder of the balance in two payments; 4/1/17 and 6/1/17

* All prices are listed in U.S. dollars

TRAVEL 

Please note: A PASSPORT is essential for these voyages

If you are wondering how you are going to get to and from one of the most remote places on the planet, don't worry, we've got it all covered, read more here

 

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