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Fabled Lands of the North- Greenland, Baffin Island, Newfoundland & Labrador

Greenland and Canadian Arctic Cruise

Summary : Adventure and fables go hand in hand, and nowhere is that more evident than among the ice fields, legendary whale-rich seas, ancient Viking sites and Inuit communities of the north. National Geographic Explorer navigates from western Greenland’s fjords and the ice floes of Baffin Island to the historic fishing villages of the Canadian Maritimes. In the High Arctic, approach towering icebergs and massive glaciers, and watch for polar bears and walruses in their natural habitat. Then trace the historic coast of Labrador, where missionaries, fishermen, and whalers settled amid the Inuit. Explore historic whaling towns, visit past and present Inuit villages, and follow in the footsteps of the Vikings in an ancient Norse settlement.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography


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Day 1
US / Ottawa, Canada

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

Day 2
Ottawa / Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Embark

Arrive by chartered aircraft in western Greenland, and embark National Geographic Explorer at the head of the picturesque Kangerlussuaq Fjord.

Day 3
Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

The massive ice cap that blankets much of Greenland feeds the countless fjords and glaciers of the dramatic western coast. Glide into these fjords, on the lookout for caribou on the tundra. Stop at the former whaling port of Sisimiut to visit the museum and stroll among its 18th-century wooden buildings.

Day 4
Ilulissat, Disko Bay

Sail into Disko Bay to explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice sheet that extends to the bay. A Zodiac cruise among these gigantic sculptures of ice is a highlight of your journey. Take a walk to the historic Inuit fishing village of Sermermiut to view the glacier.

Day 5
Davis Strait

Explore Davis Strait as you sail past massive icebergs on the way to Baffin Island. Hear talks about Arctic wildlife and peoples, and keep a lookout for whales and polar bears.

Day 6
Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island

Your landfall on Baffin Island is the tiny town of Pangnirtung, the home of the Inuit for more than 1,000 years, and still a thriving community of artists. Visit a craft center to see soapstone carvings, weavings and prints depicting Arctic life. A hike along a riverside trail offers wonderful views of Autyuittuaq National Park, “the land that never melts.” On Kekerten Island, once an important whaling station, examine the remains of a bygone era as you wander among cast iron pots once used to render oil from the blubber of the mighty bowhead whale.

Day 7
Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island

Spend today in true expedition style, exploring the unspoiled landscapes of the Hall Peninsula. Hike the tundra in search of arctic fox, and perhaps walrus hauling out on the rocky shores.

Day 8
South Baffin Island

The southeastern tip of Baffin Island is dotted with small islands. As the pack ice retreats during the summer, polar bears are often stranded on Lower Savage and Resolution islands. Plans will be kept flexible today so that you can make the most of wildlife sightings.

Day 9
Button Islands, Nunavut

Scattered across the entrance to Hudson Strait between Baffin Island and Labrador, the stark Button Islands attract thousands of seabirds and marine mammals. Spend today exploring these tiny islands and their wildlife.

Day 10 – 12
Exploring The Labrador Coast

The Moravian Mission of Hebron, a National Historic Site of Canada, was established in the 1830’s to minister to the Inuit. See the original buildings, an excellent example of Germanic mission architecture. Then pass through Mugford Tickle, a dramatic channel surrounded by the Kaumajet Mountains, which rise 4,000 feet straight from the sea. Spend a day on the island of Quaker Hat—shaped like a broad-brimmed hat, exploring the fishing settlement of Indian Harbour and observing vast colonies of common murres. Continue to Battle Harbour. Set amid beautiful scenery, the town was once the economic and social hub of the southeastern Labrador coast. Visit restored 18th-century fishing and whaling buildings and learn about the early settlers of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Day 13
L’anse Aux Meadows

In 1960, the remains of a Viking village established in 1000 AD were discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts, and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America—500 years before Columbus arrived.

Day 14
Exploring Northern Newfoundland

Northern Newfoundland is graced by cliffs and fjords, sweeping tablelands and beaches, and brightly painted fishing villages. Look for opportunities to hike, kayak and Zodiac cruise amid beautiful scenery and observe the wildlife of the far north.

Day 15
St. John’s, Newfoundland / US

Depart St. John's and return to the US.


Photo Expeditions: All departures
The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.

All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), tips (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included:
Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew are at your discretion.

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