Arctic Quest: Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Explorer
148 Passengers

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 National Geographic Explorer, trace the fjords of Greenland and navigate the eastern entrance to Canada’s legendary Northwest Passage. Spot polar bears on the pack ice, and muskoxen on the tundra. Watch for a wide variety of whales — from minke and killer whales to the rare narwhal, with its long tusk that can project up to ten feet. Get up close to massive glaciers, and hike the wild islands that dot Canada’s northern shores.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

Spend a week discovering the incredible wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian High Arctic.
Glide between soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Observe polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, belugas and narwhals in their natural habitat.
Explore Uummannaq, site of Greenland’s impressive mummy find, and visit the historic Inuit village of Sermermiut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

NOTE: REVERSE ITINERARY on Aug departure means different start and end points. You start in Iqaluit and end in Kangerlussuaq for your charter flights

Day 1 U.S./Ottawa, Canada/Overnight Hotel
Day 2 Ottawa/Fly To Iqaluit, Canada/Embark Ship Day 3 South Baffin Island/Frobisher Bay
Day 4 Hall Peninsula
Day 5-11 Exploring the Canadian High Arctic
Day 12 At Sea in Baffin Bay
Day 13 Uummannaq
Day 14 Disko Bay & Ilulissat
Day 15 Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut
Day 16 Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/Fly to Ottawa Day 17 Ottawa/Home 

Day 1: Ottawa, Canada

Arrive in Ottawa and check into the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel. (D)

Day 2; Ottawa/Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Dozens 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. (B,L,D)

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 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. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Disko Bay and Ilulissat

Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore the Ilulissat Glacier, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the historic Inuit fishing village of Sermermiut, and view the Ilulissat Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Uummannaq

In 1972, Uummannaq was the site of Greenland’s most remarkable archaeological find when an astounding collection of preserved mummies dating back to 1475 was discovered among the remains of an old Inuit settlement. The mummies were featured on the cover of the February 1985 issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - 13: Exploring The Canadian High Arctic

Carved 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, killer, 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. Delve into the region’s human history on visits to vibrant Inuit villages sustained by fishing and artistic traditions, and to archaeological sites of the Thule people. (B,L,D)

Days 14: Hall Peninsula

We spend another day in true expedition style, exploring the unspoiled 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 Lady Franklin Islands are used as haul-outs by walruses. We’ll cruise the coastline in search of these icons of the Canadian North. (B,L,D)

Day 15: South Baffin Island/Frobisher Bay

The southeastern tip of Baffin Island forms the mouth of the Hudson Strait and is surrounded by tiny islands. Lower Savage and Resolution Islands are often a summer home to polar bears stranded by the retreating pack ice. Navigate the ice floes and rocks in a Zodiac, and spot harbor seals frolicking in the icy waters. Continue into Frobisher Bay — named for the English navigator who came across it on his quest for the Northwest Passage— and sail towards Iqaluit. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - 17: Disembark Iqaluit, Nunavut/Ottawa, Canada/Home

Disembark in Iqaluit and fly to Ottawa, Canada by chartered aircraft. Overnight in Ottawa at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, or similar. Fly home the next day. (B,L,D)

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