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
New starting 2017: Most beverages and crew tips included
Free Chronicle: Receive a free video chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$999,999,999 to $0
Depart on an overnight flight to Keflavík and transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík. Take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Or choose to explore the Blue Lagoon and soak in the geothermal waters. (Day 2: L,D)
Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)
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)
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)
A relaxing day at sea allows for time to hear talks from staff about the fascinating history of polar exploration. Watch for whales from the bridge. 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. (B,L,D)
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. (B,L,D)
Using years of experience in judging ice conditions, your team makes the most of the eastern Baffin shores. Hike the tundra in search of caribou and arctic foxes, or follow the botanist to learn more about the hardy arctic plants. You’ll cruise the coastline in search of walrus and other icons of the Canadian North. (B,L,D)
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavík and overnight at a hotel. The next day transfer to the airport in Keflavík for flights home. (Day 14: B,L,D, Day 15: B,L)
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Special Photo Expedition:
Join National Geographic photographer Michael Melford on board for this special photo expedition. His work for the National Geographic magazine, has been celebrating the marvels of our National Parks (Acadia, Glenn Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Waterton/Glacier, and Death Valley). In 2014 Michael had two stories published in National Geographic: New Zealand’s south island, and a story celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, voted by the readers as the second most popular story of the year.
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.
Optional Pre-Trip Extension:
Reykjavik’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon: Extend your stay in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital. Enjoy the surreal Blue Lagoon, and have a guided in-depth experience along the famed Golden Circle. From $920 per person (1 Day)
Two hotel nights in Reykjavík as per itinerary; ship accommodations; meals as indicated; 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.
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)