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Date: August 22 – September 2, 2021
Host: Denell Falk, CEO of Civilized Adventures
Cost: See costing tab and call us for details!

Join Denell, CEO of Civilized Adventures, on this exciting itinerary to cruise around the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic aboard Ultramarine, Quark’s newest ship. Designed to give polar adventurers unprecedented access to the hardest-to-reach places on the planet—and equipped with two onboard twin-engine helicopters for unparalleled access to areas only Quark Expeditions can bring you—this one-of-a-kind ship, in its inaugural year, will take you beyond the familiar in polar exploration. Throughout your journey, your Expedition Team will keep an eye toward immersing you in the best the Arctic has to offer, including reaching Canada’s most northerly islands: Axel Heiberg Island and the rarely visited Ellesmere Island, at the top of the world.

You’ll be able to view the magnificent wildlife that make their home in this forbidding region: sea mammals, polar bears, muskox, and possibly even the elusive arctic wolf. From soaring cliffs to mummified forests, spectacular glacial formations to stunning alpine vistas, expansive waterways to sheltered shores, Canada’s Remote Arctic provides the definitive experience of a mysterious, magical region few ever get to see.


  • Follow the footsteps of polar explorers and experience highlights of the Canadian Arctic
  • Search for iconic Arctic wildlife such as polar bears and muskox
  • Enjoy flightseeing and heli landings with Ultramarine’s two onboard helicopters
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to get up close to glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
  • Learn about the environment and wildlife from our onboard polar experts

Questions? Please contact Julie, one of the Civilized Adventures’ Custom Travel Advisors at julie@civilizedadv.com

© Images courtesy of Quark Expeditions

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Toronto, Canada
Your Arctic expedition begins in Toronto. Explore this vibrant city on your own before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Resolute and Embark

This morning, board your charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, you may have a chance to check out some of the town’s sites before being transferred to your ship via Zodiac or helicopter (depending on ship location and weather conditions).

Days 3 to 10: Exploring Canada’s High Arctic

Cruising around the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic aboard Ultramarine, you’ll navigate the same icy inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of long ago. Remember that no two polar voyages are alike, since each expedition presents new opportunities and different weather and ice conditions. While this voyage has no fixed itinerary, our objective is to visit as many of the incredible highlights this season has to offer, using the opportunities provided by the weather and ice to give you the best experience. Each day, your highly skilled Expedition Team will read the conditions and choose the best course to set, but despite their extensive expertise in these areas, each visit brings something new to discover. That said, your expedition will include daily Zodiac cruising, land excursions, a robust education program, a community visit and wildlife viewing opportunities. And thanks to the onboard helicopters, you’ll also discover the ultimate polar expedition experience: As stunning as polar landscapes are from your ship, they’re even more striking from the air! Conditions permitting, you’ll enjoy ultra-immersive activities like flightseeing (short sightseeing flights around your ship and surrounding areas) and heli-landings (flying to places you could not otherwise access for shore excursions), two breathtaking options that are unique to Ultramarine and give you an awe-inspiring polar experience like no other.

There is no shortage of natural beauty, wildlife and history in Canada’s High Arctic. Each day, you’ll discover something new and inspiring, whether it is admiration of the tundra flora to survive the rugged environment, a rare bird species soaring overhead, a polar bear on the hunt in its natural habitat, or the remains of a century-old hut.

Day 11: Disembark in Resolute, Canada & fly to Toronto
After disembarking in Resolute, you’ll be transferred to your charter flight to Toronto, where you’ll spend the night at your included hotel.

Day 12: Depart Toronto

Today, make your way to the airport to catch your homeward flights or spend the day exploring this fascinating city.

For details on the ship, daily itinerary and more see our interactive itinerary here.

Click here for a printable version of the itinerary to share with friends and family interested in joining you on this adventure.

Important note: When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Denell Falk founded Civilized Adventures in 1994, building on 13 years in adventure travel. Drawing from many rich travel experiences, Denell is an astute critic of what’s worth adding to a trip, and she never stops looking for new and exciting options for our clients.

Denell has been hosting groups for over 30 years, including special journeys testing out new experiences. She has led many groups to Africa (from traditional safari-based countries to the mysterious pyramids of Egypt), Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, South and Central America, as well as expedition cruises to Antarctica, the Spitsbergen region, and our Maritimes.

Click below to explore the ship.

The newest ship in Quark’s fleet, Ultramarine, is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and to immerse you in the best the region has to offer.

Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards.

With all this and more, Ultramarine is set to deliver the ultimate polar expedition experience.


  • 9 nights on the Ultramarine Expedition Ship
  • Leadership throughout your voyage by an experienced Expedition Leaders
  • All shore landings &  zodiac excursions as per the daily program
  • 1 flightseeing excursion (subject to weather conditions)
  • 1 heli-landing to a pre-selected Arctic destination (subject to weather conditions)
  • Formal and informal presentations by Quark Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
  • Beer and wine during dinner (and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock)
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Hosted by Denell Falk, Civilized Adventures



  • Flights to/from Toronto
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Sea Kayaking (optional – US$695) / Paddling Excursion (optional – US$195)
  • Gratuities ~ A Tipping Kitty will be collected at the Pre Departure Meeting
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Any increases due to circumstances beyond our control

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Starting/Ending in Toronto:

Price starting at US$12,995 per person, based on double occupancy (Explorer Suite).

Our recommended category on this ship is Balcony Suite, starting from US$14,495 per person. Other cabins available, ask us for more details!

Civilized Adventures Extra $250 USD shipboard credit per person.

20% Booking Bonus Discount offered & additional 10% Discount if paid in full by March 31, 2021.

Past Quark Travellers are eligible for extra Discount!

Sound Interesting? Call us, we have lots of fabulous specials! Book early for the best deals.



  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Toronto
  • Group transfer from the Toronto hotel to the airport on Day 2
  • Charter flights between Toronto and Resolute
  • Group transfers between the Resolute airport and the ship
  • Group transfer from Toronto airport to the hotel on disembarkation day
  • One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Toronto

All quoted prices effective at time of publication (Feb. 20, 2020). Itinerary is subject to change due to improvements or changes in local conditions; prices are subject to change.