Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

National Geographic Explorer Cruise Ship
National Geographic Explorer
148 Passengers

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. 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

See the roots of human history in the ice
It’s one thing to meet people who thrive in the extreme conditions of the Arctic, it’s another to see deeply into their culture, history, and traditions. This expedition reveals the deep connection of the Inuit people to these ice lands, as we visit Inuit villages sustained by fishing and artistic traditions. And, it also illuminates the dramatic exploration history of the region––and the changing conditions of the ice that is the topic of much scientific discussion today.

The drama of fjords, crystalline sounds & the ice creatures
We’ll look for polar bears hunting along the far reaches of the ice. And will have the opportunity to see the other beautiful creatures of the Arctic: walruses and ringed seals, which have played such a key role in the life of the Inuit. And arctic foxes, plus many of the 60 species of birds that breed in Greenland, including the white-tailed eagle. In the summer months, when we’ll be there, it’s likely we’ll see whales: beluga, bowhead, and perhaps even the elusive narwhal.

Every day is active and engaging
You’ll get out on adventures every day––to Zodiac cruise, hike and walk, or kayak in spectacular fjords and crystalline waters like Lancaster Sound, a vital Inuit hunting ground for centuries. You’ll have a choice of activities, plus your choice of naturalists to join––for a moveable feast of personalities, insights, and interests. Choice also includes opting to relax too. Enjoy the view from behind Explorer’s panoramic glass windows. Or visit the fitness center with its generous views of the ice vistas, or ease into the sauna or a massage in the wellness center.

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 U.S./Keflavík, Iceland/Reykjavík
Day 3 Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark
Day 4 Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut
Day 5 Disko Bay & Ilulissat
Day 6 At Sea in Baffin Bay
Days 7 to 11 Exploring The Canadian High Arctic
Days 12 & 13 Eastern Baffin Island/Greenland's West Coast
Days 14 to 16 Kangerlussuaq/ Disembark/ Reykjavík/ Keflavík/U.S.

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Keflavík, Iceland/Reykjavík

Depart on an overnight flight to Keflavík (flight not included) and transfer to Reykjavík and take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Following lunch, check into the hotel.

Day 3 — Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer.

Day 4 — Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

Cruise down the length of Kangerlussuaq Fjord en route to 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. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings. There are several walking options to explore in and around town.

Day 5 — Disko Bay & Ilulissat

Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ilulissat Icefjord. Visit the town of Ilulissat and take a hike to the archaeological site at Sermermiut Valley.

Day 6 — At Sea in Baffin Bay

A 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.

Days 7 to 11 — Exploring The Canadian High Arctic

We begin our exploration of the Canadian High Arctic with a visit to the small Inuit community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut. We will explore some of the beautiful bays and inlets along Baffin Island's Lancaster Sound. 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 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.  Visit Devon Island and walk with our ship's archaeologist to learn about the Thule people that once inhabited this region and were the ancestors of all modern Inuit. Go ashore on rocky Philpots Island for a chance to hike on the tundra and search for interesting flora and fauna, including extensive moss beds with interspersed flowering vascular plants, various bird species, Arctic hares, and perhaps even musk oxen.

Days 12 & 13 — Eastern Baffin Island/Greenland's West Coast

We make our way across Baffin Bay with a relaxing day at sea. Enjoy talks from our staff and look for wildlife from the Bridge. Our final day exploring will be spent in Greenland's beautiful, scenic fjords. Take a Zodiac cruise or kayak some of the picturesque waterways. Our undersea specialist may launch the ROV to see the marine life inhabiting the fjord floor.

Days 14 to 16 — Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/Reykjavík/Keflavík/U.S.

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavík where we will stay two nights. The next day features either a full day tour of the Golden Circle or choose a walking or city-by-bike tour of Reykjavík. Our final day in Reykjavík you have your choice of options: a soak in the Blue Lagoon; a tour of Reykjanes Peninsula; or a visit to the hot springs, geothermal power plant and horse farm. After lunch, transfer to the airport in Keflavík for flights home (flight not included).

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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