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Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

Greenland and Canadian Arctic Cruise

Summary : 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. And share the experience of explorers from ancient to modern, goaded by the desire to discover the Northwest Passage. This multifaceted program focused on experiencing this vital Arctic region provides unique opportunities to navigate the entrance of the fabled Northwest Passage, explore Greenland's fjords and Illulissat Glacier, and observe the mighty polar bear.

All departures are photo expeditions, see end of page for details.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
U.S . / Fly to Keflavik, Iceland

Depart on an overnight flight to Keflavik, Iceland.

Day 2
Keflavik / Reykjavik

Arrive in Keflavik and transfer to Reykjavik. Take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Following lunch, check into your hotel.

Meals: L, D

Day 3
Reykjavik / Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Embark

Fly by chartered aircraft (extra fee) to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer.

Meals: B, L, D

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.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5
Disko Bay / Ilulissat

Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a portion 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.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6
Baffin Bay

A relaxing day at sea allows for time to hear talks from 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 workout in the fitness center, with its “million dollar views.” Or simply relax in the Observation Lounge.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7 – 11
Exploring The Canadian High Arctic

Begin your 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 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. Your days here will be spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. You 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 the 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.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12 – 13
At Sea / Baffin Island / Greenland's West Coast

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

Meals: B, L, D

Day 14
Kangerlussuaq / Disembark / Reykjavik

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavik (extra fee) where you will stay two nights.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 15
Reykjavik

Choose from either a full day tour of the Golden Circle, or a walking or city-by-bike tour of Reykjavik. Stay overnight at your hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 16
Reykjavik / Keflavik / Home

Today you have optionsl : soak in the Blue Lagoon, take a tour of Reykjanes Peninsula, or visit a geothermal power plant and horse farm. After lunch, transfer to the airport in Keflavik for flights home.

Meals: B, L

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.

Included:
Three hotel nights in Reykjavík as per itinerary; ship accommodations; meals as per itinerary; services of expeditions leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; port charges and service taxes; most alcoholic beverages; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Air transportation; passport and visa/immigration fees; personal items such as premium alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photo Credit: © Ralph Lee Hopkins (polar bear and cub, puffin, whale, seal, ice arch); Sven-Olof Lindblad (Zodiac); Michael S. Nolan (house)

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