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Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

  • Trip Type: Small Ship
  • 15 Days | Round-trip Keflavík
  • Group Size: Max 148

Expedition Details

 

Venture deep into the far reaches of the Arctic, a land where polar bears roam, walruses loll, and hardy Inuit communities maintain their traditional way of life. Aboard the National Geographic Explorer, trace the rugged fjords of Greenland and navigate Canada’s legendary Baffin Island. Spot polar bears on the pack ice, get up close to massive glaciers, and hike the myriad islands that dot Canada’s northern shores.

Trip Highlights

    • Maneuver between the soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    • Join our naturalists to observe polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, belugas, and—with luck—narwhals in their natural habitat.
    • Explore Lancaster Sound, the gateway to the Northwest Passage, and hear from our experts and onboard cartographers about the legendary explorers who sought to make history here.
    • Discover Arctic-adapted flora, and seek out caribou and arctic foxes while hiking the landscapes of Baffin Island.

Itinerary - 15 Days

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

Take an overnight flight to Keflavík. Transfer to Reykjavík and take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallrímskirkja Cathedral. Or choose to explore the Blue Lagoon and soak in geothermal waters. After lunch, check into the hotel in time for a welcome reception and dinner.
Island Hotel or Grand Hotel (Day 2: L, D)

Day 3 — Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland, the land of the midnight sun. Embark the National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq Fjord, a scenic waterway that stretches 100 miles, and is aptly known as the “long fjord.”
(B,L,D)

Day 4 — Greenland’s West Coast and Sisimiut

Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers about 80 percent of the country. Discover this beautiful and ragged coastline in Zodiacs, searching for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a picturesque jumble of 18th-century wooden buildings.
(B,L,D)

Day 5 — Disko Bay and Ilulissat Icefjord

Sail into Disko Bay to explore the World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap that extends to the bay. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs at the mouth of the fjord. Then walk alongside this immense, calving glacier to the Inuit fishing village of Sermermiut.
(B,L,D)

Day 6 — At Sea

Watch for wildlife, enjoy the ship’s amenities, and attend talks by our experts as we travel through Baffin Bay—named by explorer William Baffin when he ventured here in the 17th century on his search for the Northwest Passage—to Lancaster Sound, the eastern gateway to the Arctic Archipelago.
(B,L,D)

Days 7 through 10 — Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

Lancaster Sound has been a favorite Inuit hunting and fishing location for thousands of years. Our days here will be spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga, killer, and bowhead whales. We may even see the elusive narwhal, an Arctic whale known for the long, spiraling tooth that can project nearly ten feet from its upper jaw. Delve into the region’s human history on visits to archaeological sites of the Thule people and vibrant Inuit villages sustained by fishing and artistic traditions.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 11, 12, & 13 — Eastern Baffin Island

Using our years of experience judging ice conditions, we make the most of the eastern Baffin shores. Hike the tundra in search of caribou and arctic foxes, or follow our botanist to learn more about the hardy Arctic plants. We’ll cruise the coastline in search of walrus and other icons of the Canadian North. (B,L,D daily)

Days 14 & 15 — Kangerlussuaq/Reykjavík/Keflavík/U.S.

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Reykjavík, Iceland by chartered aircraft. Overnight in the hotel and the next day transfer to the airport in Keflavík for flights home.
Island Hotel or Grand Hotel (Day 14: B,L,D; Day 15: B,L)

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare and Amenities

Book now and receive free international round-trip airfare between New York and Reykjavik on the July 23, 2017 departure. We'll also cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.

Offer valid on new bookings only and is subject to availability. Please call for details.

National Geographic Expert

Michael Melford

Michael MelfordNational Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced a dozen feature stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for National Geographic Traveler, including eight covers. Some of Michael's recent assignments have focused on America's national parks and the need to preserve them. Michael has also photographed eight books for National Geographic. When not shooting for National Geographic, Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography, sharing both his love of nature and his extensive knowledge of his craft. He frequently visits both polar regions, and looks forward to exploring Iceland and Greenland with National Geographic travelers.

Michael will join the following departure:

Jul 23 - Aug 06, 2017

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2017
  • Jul 23 - Aug 06, 2017
2018
  • Aug 08 - 21, 2018

The August 8, 2018 departure is one day shorter. Travelers will fly directly from the U.S. to Kangerlussuaq and end the trip with two full days to explore Reykjavík and the Golden Circle. Please call for details.

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

Expedition Cost

2017-2018
 
Category 1 $13,990
Category 2 $14,990
Category 3 $15,600
Category 4 $16,750
Category 5 $20,200
Category 6 $23,290
Category 7 $27,000
Category A Solo $18,740
Category B Solo $19,500

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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