Dartmouth is known throughout the world for the excellence of its Arctic Studies program and its many contributions to the scholarship of the region. Join Dartmouth Alumni Travel on a very special trip to the Arctic with a world-renowned Dartmouth professor and see Dartmouth research in action.
On this expedition we will sail above the Arctic Circle and on to Greenland, an unsullied wilderness that also happens to be the largest island in the world. Explore deep fjords and impressive icebergs and visit sites where ancient Vikings roamed. Venture deep into the range for a vast array of wildlife, including whales, seals, walruses, sea birds and polar bears. And meet the exceptional people who live in remote Arctic towns and learn about the native Inuit culture.
Day 1: Depart US for Ottawa, Canada
Day 2: Ottawa, Canada) for Iqaluit, Nunavit - Baffin Island / Embark ship
Day 3: Monumental Island in Davis Strait
Day 4: Pangnirtung in Cumberland Sound
Day 5: Cape Mercy to Cape Dyer (a great place to see polar bears coming ashore)
Day 6: Sunshine Fjord (straddling the Arctic Corcle)
Day 7: Davis Strait (and the ice edge)
Day 8: Qeqertarsuag (Disko Island)
Day 9: Ilulissat and Jacobshavn Icefjord, Greenland
Day 10: Sisimiut
Day 11: Sondre Stromfjord
Day 12: Kangerluassag (Sondre Stromfjord) / Disembark ship / Depart for US (via Ottawa)
Optional 3 day pre-cruise: Discover Iqaluit
**Please note: Weather, ice, wildlife, or other conditions may require us to modify the itinerary. Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions and the itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage. The Arctic is not predictable which is one of the many reasons we think it is so special.**
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Moderate. Suitable for those in reasonable health with capability of getting in and out of Zodiacs with close assistance. Walks and hikes are organized into groups, each with different levels of activity.
Professor Virginia is the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, Professor of Environmental Science and the Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies within the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. Growing up in snowy Syracuse, New York, Dr. Virginia read fervently about the race to the South pole. Today, he studies human influences on biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial systems and has participated in analysis of critical issues facing the Arctic and its inhabitants as a result of climate change. His current research focuses on carbon and nutrient cycling in the tundra ecosystems of western Greenland and the polar deserts of Antarctica. In his role as Co-Director of the University of the Arctic Institute of Arctic Policy, and in conjunction with Dartmouth College, Professor Virginia has established an exchange program for Greenlandic students and secured grants to design a program of collaboration between scientists and engineers around polar environmental change while incorporating fieldwork and policy studies in Greenland. In Antarctica, a portion of the McMurdo Dry Valleys has been renamed "Virginia Valley," honoring his lifelong efforts in conducting long-term ecological research. In October 2014, Professor Virginia was selected by the U.S. State Department as one of two distinguished lead scholars of the newly established Fulbright Arctic Initiative.