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Gjoa Haven

Gjoa Haven is an Inuit hamlet in Nunavut, Canada located on the southeastern coast of King William Island in the Arctic Ocean. It is the only community on the island and is the northernmost community in Nunavut. The hamlet is located approximately 654 km northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and 1,056 km south of the North Pole.

The hamlet was named after the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s ship Gjøa, which was the first ship to sail through the Northwest Passage. Amundsen spent two years in Gjoa Haven from 1903-1905, becoming the first European to winter in the Canadian Arctic.

The traditional language of Gjoa Haven is Inuktitut, and the hamlet is home to approximately 1,200 people. The major industry in Gjoa Haven is fishing, with caribou, polar bear, and seal hunting also providing a source of food.

Gjoa Haven is located in a climate-sensitive area, and temperatures can range from -40°C in the winter to +22°C in the summer. The hamlet is also located in an area of permafrost, which can cause problems with infrastructure and housing.

Gjoa Haven has a rich cultural heritage and is home to the Nunavut Sivuniksavut College, which offers courses in Inuit culture and language. The hamlet is also home to the Gjoa Haven Museum, which houses artifacts from Amundsen’s voyage, as well as other historical items from the area.

Gjoa Haven is an important part of Canadian history and continues to be an important part of the Inuit culture in Nunavut. The hamlet is a great place to visit for those looking for a unique Arctic experience.

Excursion tips for a day in Gjoa Haven

As a tourist in Gjoa Haven, Canada, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. Here is a list of some of the most popular activities to do in Gjoa Haven:

1. Visit the Gjoa Haven Museum to learn about the history of the area and the Inuit culture.

2. Take a boat tour of the area and explore the nearby islands.

3. Go fishing in the Arctic Ocean and catch Arctic Char or Cod.

4. Enjoy the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in town.

5. Visit the nearby Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and learn about the region’s wildlife and traditional Inuit lifestyle.

6. Take a hike in the nearby hills and explore the stunning nature of Gjoa Haven.

7. Visit the local arts and crafts stores to pick up some unique souvenirs.

8. Attend a cultural event such as the Nunavut Music Festival or the Gjoa Haven Festival of the Midnight Sun.

9. Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach and take in the beautiful views of Gjoa Haven.

10. Go camping in the nearby hills and explore the wilderness of the Arctic.

Experience Gjoa Haven with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Gjoa Haven. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Gjoa Haven

Gjoa Haven in Canada experiences a subarctic climate with long, cold winters and short, cool summers. In the winter, temperatures can drop to -30°C and can be accompanied by strong winds and blizzards. During the summer, temperatures usually stay around 0°C and can reach up to 20°C on the warmest days. Spring and autumn temperatures are milder than the winter, with temperatures ranging from -10°C to 10°C. Precipitation is common throughout the year and snow can be expected from October to April.

Cruise weather for Gjoa Haven

Our weather forecast for Gjoa Haven helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Apr. 21st 2024 Apr. 21st 2024 max: -19.3 °C
min: -27.5 °C
19.1 m/s
36.0 m/s
22.2 %
20.4 m
74.3 %
1,016 hPa
Apr. 22nd 2024 Apr. 22nd 2024 max: -14.4 °C
min: -28.7 °C
19.4 m/s
37.1 m/s
65.8 %
17.1 m
77.3 %
1,019 hPa
Apr. 23rd 2024 Apr. 23rd 2024 max: -12.3 °C
min: -21.9 °C
22.3 m/s
34.9 m/s
42.2 %
19.8 m
81.7 %
1,017 hPa
Apr. 24th 2024 Apr. 24th 2024 max: -14.3 °C
min: -23 °C
26.6 m/s
42.0 m/s
63.6 %
13.3 m
78.2 %
1,016 hPa
Apr. 25th 2024 Apr. 25th 2024 max: -14.4 °C
min: -21.3 °C
25.9 m/s
45.4 m/s
87.2 %
24.0 m
78.1 %
1,017 hPa
Apr. 26th 2024 Apr. 26th 2024 max: -14.2 °C
min: -24.1 °C
13.0 m/s
14.8 m/s
46.3 %
20.7 m
78.7 %
1,019 hPa
Apr. 27th 2024 Apr. 27th 2024 max: -11.1 °C
min: -21.8 °C
13.0 m/s
15.5 m/s
95.8 %
8.3 m
81.4 %
1,020 hPa
Apr. 28th 2024 Apr. 28th 2024 max: -9.1 °C
min: -21.4 °C
19.8 m/s
24.5 m/s
80.4 %
7.9 m
84.3 %
1,024 hPa
Apr. 29th 2024 Apr. 29th 2024 max: -7.1 °C
min: -20.6 °C
28.3 m/s
45.4 m/s
77.9 %
9.6 m
84.4 %
1,025 hPa
Apr. 30th 2024 Apr. 30th 2024 max: -3.7 °C
min: -7.3 °C
34.6 m/s
55.1 m/s
100.0 %
1.5 m
91.4 %
1,022 hPa
May. 1st 2024 May. 1st 2024 max: -2.0 °C
min: -4.5 °C
27.4 m/s
45.0 m/s
100.0 %
17.6 m
88.9 %
1,030 hPa
May. 2nd 2024 May. 2nd 2024 max: -2.4 °C
min: -5.1 °C
18.4 m/s
30.6 m/s
75.9 %
16.1 m
89.2 %
1,033 hPa

Cruises to Gjoa Haven

Would you like to travel to Gjoa Haven on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Gjoa Haven.

Scheduled ship calls in Gjoa Haven, Canada
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Sep. 5th 2024 Thursday, 5th of Sep. 2024 Silver Wind Expedition 07:00 am 12:30 pm
Sep. 8th 2024 Sunday, 8th of Sep. 2024 LE BOREAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 17th 2025 Sunday, 17th of Aug. 2025 Seabourn Venture 12:00 pm 06:00 pm
Sep. 5th 2025 Friday, 5th of Sep. 2025 Silver Endeavour 07:00 am 12:30 pm
Sep. 8th 2025 Monday, 8th of Sep. 2025 Seabourn Venture 07:00 am 01:00 pm

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