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. Embark 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. 

  • Day 01 to Day 02

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

    Lodging: Grand Hotel Reykjavik

    Meals included: Day 02 - Lunch and Dinner (L,D)

  • Day 03

    Reykjavík & Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
    Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark the National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq Fjord. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 04

    Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut
    Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers about 80% 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 and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 05

    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, which is 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 and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 06 to Day 10

    Exploring the Canadian High Arctic
    Begin the 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 favourite Inuit hunting and fishing location for hundreds of years. Your days will be spent on searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga whales.
    You may even see the elusive narwhal, an arctic whale known for its long, spiraled tooth. Visit Devon Island and take a walk with the ship's archaeologist to learn about the Thule people. 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 and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 11 to Day 13

    At sea, Disko Bay, Ilulissat Icefjord and Exploring West Greenland

    Make your way across Baffin Bay during a relaxing day at sea. Enjoy talks with the 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.

    Your final day of exploration will be spent in west Greenland's beautiful fjord lands, cruising in a Zodiac or kayak among the picturesque waterways. The undersea specialist may also launch the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to view the marine life inhabiting the floors of the fjords. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 14 - Day 16

    Kangerlussuaq / Reykjavík 

    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. Your 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. 

    Lodging: Grand Hotel Reykjavik

    Meals included: Day 14 - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  (B,L,D), Day 15 - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  (B,L,D) and Day 16 - Breakfast and Lunch (B,L)

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Cruise Line: National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions

Cruise Ship: National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is arguably the finest expedition vessel on the seas. A state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ship, the Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins, each with outside views; private bathrooms; and sleek, modern furnishings. 
Guest: 148
Cabins: 81

Route details
Round-trip Reykjavík

Dates (15 nights)
2019 departures are available from August to September

Included

  • Transfers upon arrival / departure for guests booked on recommended group flights 
  • Accommodation aboard the world-class expedition ships of the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet or a luxury chartered ship 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodging: Grand Hotel Reykjavik

Not included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable 
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities

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