Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

  • Trip Type: Expedition Cruise
  • 16 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 and hardy Inuit communities maintain their traditional way of life. Aboard the National Geographic Explorer, trace the rugged fjords of Greenland and navigate the northern end of 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, arctic foxes, 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 - 16 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. After lunch, check into the hotel in time for a welcome reception and dinner.
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 historic and modern wooden buildings.
(B,L,D)

Day 5 — At Sea in Baffin Bay

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 6 through 10 — Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

We begin our exploration of the Canadian High Arctic with a visit to the small Inuit community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Explore some of the beautiful bays and inlets along Lancaster Sound—a favorite Inuit hunting and fishing location for hundreds of years. Our days here will be spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga whales. We may even see the elusive narwhal, an arctic whale known for its long, spiraling tooth. Visit Devon Island and take a walk with our ship's archaeologist to learn about the Thule people—ancestors of the modern Inuit—who once inhabited this region. At Dundas Harbor, search for interesting flora and fauna while hiking on the tundra, and look for gyrfalcons nesting above sod and stone dwellings once inhabited by the Thule.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 11, 12, & 13 — At Sea/Disko Bay and Ilulissat Icefjord/Exploring West Greenland

We make our way across Baffin Bay during a relaxing day at sea. Enjoy talks with our expedition team and search for wildlife from the bridge. 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. Visit the town of Ilulissat and walk to the archaeological site in the Sermermiut Valley. Our final day of exploration will be spent in west Greenland's beautiful, scenic fjords. Cruise in a Zodiac or kayak some of the picturesque waterways. Our undersea specialist may also launch our remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to view the marine life inhabiting the fjord’s floor. (B,L,D daily)

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

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly by chartered aircraft to Reykjavík, Iceland where we will stay for two nights at our fine hotel. The next day features either a tour of the Golden Circle or a walking or biking tour of Reykjavík. Our final day in Reykjavík, choose from several options: a soak in the Blue Lagoon; a tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula; or a visit to hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and a horse farm. After lunch, transfer to the airport in Keflavík for your flight home.
Grand Hotel (Days 14-15: B,L,D daily; Day 16: B,L)

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National Geographic Expert

Phil Schermeister

Phil SchermeisterDuring the past 25 years, Phil Schermeister completed more than 40 major assignments for the National Geographic Book Division, National Geographic magazine and other National Geographic publications. He has photographed on assignment in more than 40 National Parks around the United States and has published six single-photographer books with National Geographic, including Range of Light, Our National Parks and America's Western Edge. Some of his other assignments have included coverage of Quechua Indians in the Andes of Peru, Tarahumara Indians in Mexico’s Copper Canyon and Native Americans across the Western United States. Phil is drawn to high-latitudes, and has photographed all types of natural landscapes from National Parks, Seashores, and Recreation Areas to Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Wildlife Refuges. In his search for “decisive moments” in nature, Phil seeks to find drama in the changing light and seasons as the forces of nature continue to sculpt an unfinished natural landscape.

Phil will join the following departure:

Aug 06 - 21, 2018

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2018
  • Aug 06 - 21, 2018
2019
  • Aug 23 - Sep 09, 2019 ALT

ALT indicates a departure that has a slightly different itinerary than the one shown on this page. Click the ALT icon to see the day-to-day itinerary.

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

*The 2019 departure date follows a 19-day itinerary. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

2018
Explorer
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

2019
Explorer
Category 1 $16,790
Category 2 $17,990
Category 3 $18,720
Category 4 $20,100
Category 5 $24,240
Category 6 $27,950
Category 7 $32,400
Category A Solo $22,490
Category B Solo $23,400

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

Airfare to/from Keflavík and round-trip charter airfare between Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq is not included in the expedition cost. The charter flights between Kangerlussuaq and Reykjavik are $1,520 in 2018 or $1,590 in 2019 per person (subject to change).

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Activity Level

Light or Moderate

Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.

For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

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