Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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  • 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

Itinerary

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.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Days 1-2: U.S./Keflavík, Iceland/Reykjavík

Take an overnight flight to Reykjavík and take a guided tour of the old town, including Hallrímskirkja Cathedral. After lunch, check into our hotel in time for a welcome reception and dinner.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch, Dinner)
Accommodations:Grand Hotel
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 100-mile-long waterway known as the “long fjord.”

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 rugged 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: At Sea in Baffin Bay

Watch for wildlife, enjoy the ship’s amenities, and attend talks by our experts as we sail to Lancaster Sound, the eastern gateway to the Arctic Archipelago. We'll travel by way of Baffin Bay, named by explorer William Baffin when he ventured here in the 17th century on his search for the Northwest Passage.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-10: Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

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, spiraled 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 11-13: 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 fjord lands, cruising in a Zodiac or kayak among the picturesque waterways. Our undersea specialist may also launch our remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to view the marine life inhabiting the floors of the fjords.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 14-16: Kangerlussuaq/Reykjavík/Keflavík/U.S.

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and return to Reykjavík by chartered aircraft. The next day, choose between a tour of the Golden Circle or an in-depth walking or biking tour of Reykjavík. Our final day in Reykjavík offers 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 for your flight home.

Meals Included:Day 14 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) / Day 15 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) / Day 16 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Accommodations:Grand Hotel