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Why Canada's High Arctic should be at the top of your bucket list

Vikings, polar bear, deep fjords, majestic mountains and incredible glaciers. With this and more it’s no wonder the Canadian High Arctic and expedition cruising and voyages to the North’s most spectacular regions are becoming the ultimate adventure holiday for Australians.  


As Australia’s leading Scandinavian and Expedition Cruising specialists, Bentours are heading north to the Canadian High Arctic in their new Expedition Cruising and Voyages 2017 brochure in response to the endless opportunities this stunning region provides.



With numerous chances to sight a variety of birdlife and marine wildlife – including polar bear, as well as a stunning landscape of epic mountains, sweeping glaciers and skies that go on forever, this new destination will quickly become a favourite for High Arctic travel.


Bentours have also introduced Russian High Arctic travel, including Wrangle Island, to this year’s brochure allowing for more wildlife opportunities for polar bear spotting fanatics as well as breathtaking scenery.


Wrangle Island offers a new kind of polar bear experience as the tundra and wilderness of the island allows for bears to be seen clearly as the rocky terrain provides a stark difference against their white fur.


With 2017 set to be the year of Canadian High Arctic travel as it marks the 150th year anniversary of Canada’s confederation, Bentours are offering a $1,300AUD $1400NZD per person flight rebate on select tours when you book by 31 July 2016. 


Explore one of the last great wilderness regions on the planet, Baffin Island, with 12 incredible days on Bentours ‘Baffin Island – High Arctic Jewel’ expedition cruise. Prices starting from $10,990AUD $12,000NZD per person twin share, based on twin semi private.



Departing 25 Jul and 5 Aug 2017, explore the east coast of Baffin Island, discovering its deep fjords, soaring mountains, immense glacial systems and the inspiring Inuit communities who call this remote wilderness their home.


For an ideal introduction to small ship expedition cruising in the Canadian High Arctic, Bentours ‘Northwest Passage – High Arctic Wildlife Explorer’, also included in the flight rebate deal, combines the quest for wildlife with a history of Canadian exploration in the Arctic.


The scenery is like no other along the iconic Northwest Passage, with wildlife sightings in abundance and the chance to explore a number of Royal Canadian Mounted Police outposts that are scattered along the shoreline of High Arctic Bays. Prices start from $10,300AUD $11,2570NZD per person twin share, based on twin semi private.


Another reason to visit The Canadian High Arctic is the fascinating Viking history and heritage that is still evident today.


As accomplished explorers and settlers, the Vikings colonised a lot of land and their presence and amazing history can be found in The Canadian High Arctic, along with the more Viking iconic destinations – Iceland, Greenland and Russia. 


To make the most of your once in a lifetime holiday complete your unforgettable High Arctic expedition voyage with a self-drive or coach tour with Bentours.


Spend 9 days exploring Iceland on board ‘Iceland Complete Tour’. This coach tour explores Iceland’s wild terrain and Nordic sophistication as well as visits epic waterfalls, gigantic glaciers and steaming geothermal springs. Prices start from $2770AUD $3025NZD per person twin share. 


Easily combinable with Iceland, Bentours 3 day independent tour ‘Ilulissat – Introduction to Greenland’, with prices starting from $2470AUD $2695NZD per person twin share, is the perfect pre or post adventure to explore all that Greenland has to offer.


For over 35 years, Bentours has been proudly operating innovative expedition cruising and voyages to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations and are confident their new regions will quickly become a favourite for High Arctic travel.


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Published: 6 July 2016

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