Fabled Lands of the North: Greenland to Newfoundland

National Geographic Explorer Cruise Ship
National Geographic Explorer
148 Passengers

Embark the National Geographic Explorer for a thrilling exploration of the far north’s ice-carved landscapes, sailing from Greenland to Newfoundland and Labrador. Navigate massive icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, and venture into Davis Strait en route to Canada’s legendary Baffin Island. Along the way, encounter a historic Viking village, an abandoned Moravian mission, and the fascinating traditions of the Inuit communities who still live in these remote places. Hike the tundra on the lookout for caribou and arctic foxes and seek out whales, walruses, and polar bears along the rugged coastlines by sea kayak and Zodiac.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
• Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites alongside a team of experts: glide among soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, and ponder the remains of the 11th-century Viking village at L’Anse aux Meadows.
• Meet Inuit artisans on Baffin Island and learn about their carving and weaving traditions.
• Join our naturalists to observe polar bears, caribou, arctic foxes, humpback and minke whales, walruses, and more in their natural habitat.
• Explore the untamed coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador, discovering spectacular fjords and cliffs on foot and by kayak and Zodiac.

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 U.S./Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 3 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland /Embark
Day 4 Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut
Day 5 Disko Bay & Ilulissat
Day 6 At Sea Davis Strait
Day 7 Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island
Day 8 Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island
Day 9 South Baffin Island
Day 10 Button Islands, Nunavut
Day 11-14 Exploring The Labrador Coast
Day 15 L’Anse aux Meadows
Day 16 Northern Newfoundland
Day 17 St. John’s, Newfoundland/ U.S.

Days 1 & 2 ⁠— U.S./Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive in Reykjavík. Choose to soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon or visit a local hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and an Icelandic horse farm. After lunch, check in to the hotel.

Day 3 ⁠— Kangerlussuaq, Greenland /Embark

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland and embark the National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq fjord, a 120-mile-long waterway whose name means “large fjord” in Greenlandic.

Day 4 ⁠— Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice sheet that covers about 80 percent of the country. Discover this beautiful and rugged coastline in Zodiacs, keeping an eye out for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and stroll around a picturesque jumble of historic and modern wooden buildings.

Day 5 ⁠— Disko Bay & Ilulissat

Sail into Qeqertarsuup Tunua, also known as Disko Bay, to explore the World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap that extends to the sea. 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 Sermermiut, an abandoned valley previously inhabited by several distinct Inuit cultures.

Day 6 ⁠— At Sea Davis Strait

Watch for whales and polar bears, enjoy the ship’s amenities, and attend expert-led talks about the Arctic as we navigate the massive icebergs of Davis Strait on the way to Baffin Island.

Day 7 ⁠— Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island

Disembark at the hamlet of Pangnirtung—home to the Inuit for thousands of years—and interact with its thriving community of artists. Visit a craft center to see soapstone carvings, weavings, and prints depicting life in the Arctic. Hike along a riverside trail for sweeping views of Auyuittuq National Park, and discover the remains of a bygone whaling era on uninhabited Kekerten Island.

Day 8 ⁠— Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island

Spend today exploring the unspoiled landscapes of the Hall Peninsula, and get acquainted with the Arctic tundra biome. Hike the tundra in search of arctic foxes and walruses hauled out on the shore.

Day 9 ⁠— South Baffin Island

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, today’s itinerary is flexible to maximize wildlife sightings. Set out in pursuit of polar bears, which often find themselves stranded on the Lower Savage Islands and Resolution Island after the pack ice retreats during the summer.

Day 10 ⁠— Button Islands, Nunavut

Scattered across the entrance to Hudson Strait, the Button Islands attract thousands of seabirds and marine mammals. Encounter wildlife on kayak and Zodiac excursions along the coast.

Day 11-14 ⁠— Exploring The Labrador Coast

Spend four days tracing the beautiful, wild coast of Labrador, exploring on foot and by kayak and Zodiac. Stop at the deserted outpost of Hebron, the peninsula’s northernmost settlement, to walk among the historic buildings of the Moravian Mission Station established here in the 1830s. Watch for peregrine falcons and other birds soaring over the rocky shorelines of the spectacularly narrow Mugford Tickle, and take in the impressive sight of the 4,000-foot-high Kaumajet Mountains. Enjoy a day on Quaker Hat Island, shaped like a broad-brimmed hat, and head into the tiny fishing settlement of Indian Harbor to observe vast colonies of common murres along the sea cliffs. Continue to scenic Battle Harbor to discover the reconstructed 19th-century buildings and legacy of this historic fishing village.

Day 15 ⁠— L’Anse aux Meadows

In the 1960s, the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century were excavated at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk among the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts, and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America who arrived here nearly 500 years before the explorations of Columbus.

Day 16 ⁠— Northern Newfoundland

Cliffs, fjords, and beaches grace northern Newfoundland. Hike, kayak, and explore by Zodiac amid this stunning scenery. Back on board the ship, gain insights from our experts on this unique landscape.

Day 17 ⁠— St. John’s, Newfoundland/ U.S.

In the early morning, glide through the natural gateway called The Narrows and arrive in St. John’s, the picturesque capital of Newfoundland and Labrador and home to Cape Spear—the most easterly point of North America. Transfer to the airport.

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   Category 1
Cabins feature one or two Portholes. Most cabins feature two lower single beds. Cabins 303-306 feature one queen-sized bed. All offer a writing desk, reading lamps, bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programing.
    Category 2 with Window
Cabins feature two lower single beds (some can convert to a queen-sized bed), and one large window. They offer a writing desk, reading lamps, bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programming.
  Category 3 with Window
Cabins feature two lower single beds (some can convert to a queen-sized bed), one large window, and two sitting chairs and a small table and ample storage. They have a writing desk, reading lamps, bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programming.
  Category 4 with Window
Cabins feature two lower single beds and at least one large window. Cabin 217, 226 & 228 feature one queen-size bed. All cabins feature climate controls, a TV showing the ship's position and programing. Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall.
  Category 5 with Balcony
These cabins feature a balcony with sliding glass doors, feature one queen-sized bed, a writing desk and chairs, climate controls, a TV showing the ship's position and programing. Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall. Cabin 221 has two lower single beds that can convert to an Olympic-sized queen.
  Category 6 Suite
Spacious cabins. Those on the Veranda Deck can be converted into Triples, while Upper Deck cabin has private balcony. All feature two lower single beds that can be converted into a queen, a writing desk, chairs, and a TV. Bathrooms are generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall and twin sinks.
  Category 7 Suite with Balcony
These large cabins with private balconies have two lower single beds that can convert to an Olympic-sized queen. They have seating areas and can be converted to triples. Bathrooms are generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall and twin sinks.
  Category Solo A with Window
These cabins feature one lower single bed and a large window, a writing desk, reading lamp, bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programming.
  Category Solo B with Window
These cabins feature one lower single bed and a large window, a writing desk, reading lamp, bathroom with a roomy glass-walled shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programming.