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Epic 80ºN

  • Trip Type: Small Ship
  • 24 Days | Keflavík to Reykjavik
  • Group Size: Max 148

Expedition Details

 

With sights set for 80º North aboard the National Geographic Explorer, channel legendary explorers and venture to places rarely visited in the far reaches of the Arctic. Trace the virtual terra incognita of northwest Greenland and discover its tidewater glaciers and deep fjords. Explore the Canadian High Arctic, from legendary Baffin Island and Lancaster Sound to wild Ellesmere Island. Spot polar bears and narwhals, hike on the tundra, explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord, and soak in the geothermal waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.

Trip Highlights

    • Aboard the National Geographic Explorer, venture to 80˚ North latitude, and discover the virtual terra incognita at the northernmost reaches of the planet.
    • Visit ancient sites with an archaeologist, and learn about the Thule people, who predate the Inuits.
    • Trace the rugged and remote coast of northwest Greenland, on the lookout for minke, humpback, and beluga whales.
    • Hone your photography skills while framing incredible Arctic landscapes with a National Geographic photographer.

Itinerary - 24 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Keflavík, Iceland/Reykjavík

Depart for your overnight flight to Keflavík and upon arrival transfer to our hotel in Reykjavík. Take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Or choose to explore the Blue Lagoon and soak in the geothermal waters.
Grand Hotel or Island Hotel
(Day 2: L,D)

Day 3 — Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland and embark the National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq Fjord, a picturesque waterway that stretches 100 miles.
(B,L,D)

Day 4 — Greenland's West Coast and Sisimuit/At Sea

Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers much of the country. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid wooden 18th-century buildings. In the afternoon, we trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales.
(B,L,D)

Days 5, 6, & 7 — Baffin Island

Over the next three days we will stretch our legs on hiking trails at Qikiqtarjuaq and head to Coronation Fjord where 5,000-foot cliffs soar near the Coronation Glacier. Stops include Niaqurnak Point, a former Inuit camp where glacial tongues extend to the water’s edge and walrus haul outs decorate the landscape, and Isabella Bay, an important marine habitat where deep troughs create ideal conditions for bowhead whales. (B,L,D daily)

Days 8, 9, & 10 — Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

Our days here will be spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. We may even see the elusive narwhal, an arctic whale known for the long, spiraling tooth that projects up to ten feet from its upper jaw. We plan to explore Milne Bay for possible narwhal sightings and Prince Regent Inlet for polar bears on ice. (B,L,D daily)

Day 11 — Devon Island

In the waters of the entrance to the Northwest Passage, we encounter Devon Island’s Croker Bay and Philpots Island where we go ashore for a chance to hike on the tundra and search for various bird species, Arctic hares, and perhaps even musk oxen. Stand on deck as we then head out into the open waters offshore and spot towering icebergs.
(B,L,D)

Days 12 & 13 — Ellesmere Island

We make our way up the beautiful and remote east coast of Ellesmere Island. Cruise along scenic Smith Bay bordered by a steep wall of mountains and tumbling glacial ice. Search for polar bears on the ice from the ship’s deck and go ashore to hike or kayak in picturesque surroundings. The next day, enter Bachanan Bay, and turn into Alexandra Fjord to reach Skraeling Island with the hope of finding artifacts from Inuit cultures. (B,L,D daily)

Days 14 & 15 — Farther North

On these two days we explore to 80ºN and hopefully beyond if the ice allows, encountering sparkling icebergs and experiencing the sense of adventure that comes with venturing into rarely explored waters. Enjoy the ship’s amenities including the spa and observation deck, and listen to talks from our experts and National Geographic photographer. (B,L,D daily)

Days 16 through 19 — Exploring Northwest Greenland

The remote coast of Northwest Greenland is our next destination. Visit the small community of Etah and encounter glaciers, fjords, inlets and island. (B,L,D daily)

Day 20 — Uummannaq

Today we are back in familiar waters, stopping at Uummannaq, where a collection of mummies dating back to 1475 was discovered in 1972 and featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine’s February 1985 issue.
(B,L,D)

Day 21 — Ilulissat

Sail into Disko Bay to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord. Take an extraordinary cruise among the towering icebergs and visit the Inuit fishing village of Sermermiut.
(B,L,D)

Day 22 — Greenland's West Coast

Our final day aboard the National Geographic Explorer will be spent in the scenic fjords north of Sondre Stromfjord. Take a Zodiac cruise, kayak, or hike across the tundra. Our undersea specialist may launch the ROV to see the marine life inhabiting the fjord floor.
(B,L,D)

Day 23 — Kangerlussuaq/Reykjavík, Iceland

After breakfast, disembark in Kangerlussuaq. Fly by private charter to Reykjavík, where we check in to either the Grand Hotel or Island Hotel.
(B,L,D)

Day 24 — Reykjavík/U.S.

Explore Iceland’s lively capital city, Reykjavík with a guided tour. Visit the famous Blue Lagoon’s thermal baths and enjoy lunch prior to your flight home.
(B,L)

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Expedition Team

Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts--from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. The expert featured below will be part of the expedition team on the date noted.

David Doubilet and Jen Hayes

David Doubilet and Jen HayesUnderwater photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes are married partners who work together as a team to produce National Geographic stories from equatorial coral reefs to beneath the polar ice. David estimates he has spent nearly half his life in the sea since taking his first underwater photograph at the age of 12 with a Brownie Hawkeye camera sealed in a bag. Between them, Jennifer and David have photographed and explored the ocean depths in such places as New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Tasmania, Scotland, and Antarctica. David has photographed stingrays, sponges, and sleeping sharks in the Caribbean, as well as shipwrecks in the South Pacific, the Atlantic, and at Pearl Harbor. He has produced more than 70 stories for National Geographic magazine and several books, and has received the Explorers Club’s prestigious Lowell Thomas Award and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography.

David will join the following departure:

Aug 17 - Sep 09, 2018

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2017
  • Aug 03 - 26, 2017
2018
  • Aug 17 - Sep 09, 2018

If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

Expedition Cost

2017-2018
Explorer
Category 1 $25,990
Category 2 $27,990
Category 3 $28,970
Category 4 $30,990
Category 5 $37,470
Category 6 $42,710
Category 7 $49,640
Category A Solo $34,990
Category B Solo $36,210

Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.

Airfare to/from Reykjavik and round-trip charter airfare between Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights between Kangerlussuaq and Reykjavik are $1,450 (subject to change).

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