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Explore the dramatic coastlines of Iceland and Greenland on an expedition by land and sea. Encounter modern Icelandic culture in quirky Reykjavík, and travel outside the city to experience the country’s geothermal landscapes—from lava fields to the famed Blue Lagoon. Then fly to Greenland and embark the National Geographic Explorer to trace the fjord-laced landscapes of the country’s rugged western coast, getting an up-close look at glaciers and icebergs on kayaking and Zodiac excursions.
The National Geographic Explorer is equipped with a fleet of kayaks and Zodiacs that allow for up-close views of glacier-draped fjords and massive icebergs.
Take a private cooking class in Reykjavík, and savor an exclusive dinner on Viðey Island curated by one of Iceland’s top chefs.
Ride horseback across lava fields and marvel at steaming hot springs in the company of our naturalists.
Watch for the magnificent northern lights—we’ll have a chance to see them in the skies over Iceland and Greenland.
Itinerary - 9 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Reykjavík, Iceland
Fly overnight to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. On a walking tour of the old town, visit Hallgrímskirkja cathedral and delve into Viking history at the National Museum. Check in to our hotel in downtown Reykjavík, our home for the next two nights. Grand Hotel, Island Hotel, or Radisson Blu Saga Hotel (Day 2: L)
Day 3 — Reykjavík
Today you may choose from several active options. Choose to go hiking across the rolling scrublands just outside the city, ride an Icelandic horse through the Hafnarfjörður lava field, or go kayaking along the coast. Or you may wish to visit the famed Blue Lagoon for a soak in its soothing geothermal waters. Tonight, a special treat: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner and a concert in a historic house await. (B,L,D)
Days 4 & 5 — Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Sisimiut
Fly to Greenland, taking in stunning aerial views
over the ice cap that covers most of the country.
Embark the National Geographic Explorer for our journey along Greenland’s western coast, laced by
fjords harboring glaciers and icebergs. As we cruise
this rugged coastline, keep an eye out for humpback
and minke whales. The next day, disembark
at Sisimiut, a former whaling port. Visit the town
museum, wander amid its colorful 18th-century
buildings, and welcome aboard students of the
National School for Greenlandic Clothing to learn
how traditional clothing is crafted. (B,L,D)
Days 6 & 7 — Disko Bay/Ilulissat/Western Coast
Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap and designated World Heritage site. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs at the mouth of the fjord, and see calving glacial ice. Then visit the archaeological site at Sermermiut, an abandoned pre-colonial settlement. The next day, we’ll have options to explore the fjords by kayak or Zodiac, or hike inland across the tundra. (B,L,D, daily) (B,L,D)
Day 8 — Kangerlussuaq/Reykjavík, Iceland
Disembark the National Geographic Explorer in Kangerlussuaq, and return to Reykjavík by charter flight. Grand Hotel, Island Hotel, or Marina Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 9 — Reykjavík/Keflavík/U.S.
Head out on a scenic drive amid the volcanic landscapes and natural hot springs of the Reykjanes peninsula to the tiny fishing village of Grindavík. Or opt for a soak in the Blue Lagoon. Transfer to the airport in Keflavík for your flight home. (B,L)
Book now and receive free round-trip international
airfare between New York and Reykjavík as well as
complimentary charter airfare between Reykjavík
and Kangerlussuaq on the August 22 and 26, 2017
departures. Or book a 2018 departure and receive
complimentary charter airfare only. We will also cover
your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew on all
Offers are for new bookings only and is subject to availability. Please call for details.
Born at home into the house his father built in rural Vermont, Ronan Donovan has spent his adult years immersed in the natural world. A biologist turned photographer and filmmaker, he spent 2011 in the canopy studying wild chimpanzees in Uganda, Africa through Harvard University. The experience inspired his desire to use visual storytelling as a way to reach a greater audience. Ronan's photographic journeys include weeks filming puffins on a remote island in Scotland, and he recently spent an entire year living inside Yellowstone National Park documenting the live of wolves for National Geographic magazine. His photographs have hung on the walls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and his film work has aired on PBS Nature. When Ronan isn’t working, he’s exploring the mountains around his home in western Montana.
Travelers 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, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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