Venture deep into the far northern reaches of the Arctic, on a quest for arctic wildlife and the magisterial scenery of the ice––occurring at an epic scale in Greenland. And share the experience of explorers from ancient to modern, goaded by the desire to discover the Northwest Passage. Another facet of our multifaceted focus on the vital Arctic region, this itinerary provides unique opportunities to:
- Navigate the eastern entrance of Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage
- Explore Greenland’s fjords, and the Ilulissat Glacier, a UNESCO site and a tongue of the Greenland ice cap
- Spend a week in the Canadian High Arctic observing polar bears and other denizens of the ice
- Visit an historic Inuit fishing village and former whaling ports
Day 1 - Day 2Reykjavík, IcelandArrive Reykjavík, the captial city of Iceland. Transfer to city hotel for a short break and then take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral or choose to explore the Blue Lagoon and soak in the geothermal waters.
Day 3Reykjavík & Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandFly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. EmbarkNational Geographic Explorer.
Day 4Greenland’s West Coast & SisimiutDozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. Trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings.
Day 5Disko Bay & IlulissatSail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the archaeological site at Sermermiut, and view the Jakobshavn Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier.
Day 6At Sea in Baffin BayA relaxing day at sea allows for time to hear talks from our staff about the fascinating history of polar exploration. Go up to the bridge to watch for whales. Head up to the library. Enjoy the sauna or have a rigorous workout in the fitness center, with its “million dollar views.” Or simply relax in the Observation Lounge.
Day 7 - Day 10Exploring The Canadian High ArcticCarved by Ice Age glaciers, Lancaster Sound is the eastern gateway to the Arctic Archipelago. European explorers like William Baffin first ventured here in the 15th century to search for the Northwest Passage. The sound has been 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 and bowhead whales. We may even see the elusive narwhal, an arctic whale known for the long, spiraling tooth that projects up to ten feet from its upper jaw.
Day 11 - Day 13Eastern Baffin IslandUsing our years of experience in 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.
Day 14 - Day 15Kangerlussuaq, Greenland & Reykjavík, IcelandDisembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavík and overnight in our fine hotel. The next day transfer to the airport in Keflavík for flights home.
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National Geographic Explorer
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water (not available on Panorama II)
- 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand (soda not incuded on Lord of the Glens)
- Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
- Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
- Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
- The guidance and company of our expedition staff
- The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
- Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
- Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
- Sightseeing & entrance fees
- Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
- Transfers to and from group flights
- The expertise of our expedition staff
- All excursions
- Zodiac & kayak explorations (Kayaks not available on Panorama II)
- Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge