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

    • Glide between soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    • Observe polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, belugas, and-with luck-narwhals in their natural habitat.
    • Follow in the wake of legendary explorers as we explore the Lancaster Sound, the gateway to the Northwest Passage.
    • Discover the incredible wildlife and landscapes of Baffin Island on hikes and excursions by Zodiac.

Itinerary - 13 Days

Day 1 — U.S./Ottawa, Canada

Arrive in Ottawa and check into the hotel in time for a welcome reception and dinner.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel

Day 2 — Ottawa/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.”

Day 3 — 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.

Day 4 — 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.

Day 5 — 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.

Days 6, 7, & 8 — 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 9, 10, & 11 — Padloping and Hall Peninsula

We spend another day in true expedition style, exploring the Padloping region and the wild Hall Peninsula of Baffin Island. Hike the tundra in search of caribou and arctic foxes, or follow our botanist to learn more about the hardy Arctic plants. The exposed rocky cliffs of Monumental and are used as haul-outs by walruses. We’ll cruise the coastline in search of these icons of the Canadian North.

Days 12 & 13 — Iqaluit/Ottawa/U.S.

Disembark in Iqaluit and fly to Ottawa Canada by chartered aircraft. Fly home the following day.

National Geographic Expert

Rich Reid

Rich ReidAward-winning photographer, filmmaker, and instructor Rich Reid has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for more than two decades. He explored Alaska's Inside Passage by bike and ferry for National Geographic Adventure magazine and is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Rich is familiar with the midnight sun from his years of leading guests on a variety of tours at high latitudes, photographing wildlife and landscapes from the temperate rainforest to the Arctic tundra. When not aboard with National Geographic Expeditions, Rich works with non-profit organizations preserving lands and cultural sites with multimedia projects and pursues his passion for time-lapse photography.

Rich will join the following departures:

Aug 17 - 31, 2015
Aug 27 - Sep 08, 2015


Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Jul 28 - Aug 09, 2015
  • Aug 07 - 19, 2015 REV
  • Aug 17 - 31, 2015 (waitlist only)
  • Aug 27 - Sep 08, 2015 REV (waitlist only)

REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Expedition Cost

Category 1 $12,990
Category 2 $13,990
Category 3 $14,430
Category 4 $15,550
Category 5 $18,680
Category 6 $21,290
Category 7 $24,790

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2015, add $3,500 in Category 2 and $3,610 in Category 3.

International airfare to/from Ottawa is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights from Ottawa to Kangerlussuaq, and Iqaluit to Ottawa, or vice versa, are $1,750 (subject to change).

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