Lady Franklin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Rising from the sea in vertical walls of rock of Baffin Island’s Hall Peninsula at the entrance to Cumberland Sound, monumental, uninhabited Lady Franklin Islands was named for the widow of the famed arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. The waters around the island teem with polar life, including dense colonies of seabirds and ducks during the nesting season, seals and walruses. Your onboard Ventures team will offer optional Zodiac excursions skirting the steep walls of the island, watching the ceaseless activities of the wildlife from up close, and alert for any polar bears marooned on the island by the annual retreat of the sea ice. These may be visible from the deck as well.