Summary : Embark on an epic voyage seeking polar bear sightings, local culture and stunning scenery aboard a luxury ship with excellent guides, kayaking and photography expert. 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 to share the experience of explorers from ancient to modern, goaded by the desire to discover the Northwest Passage.
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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$16,790 to $32,400
Depart on an overnight flight to Keflavik, Iceland.
Arrive in Keflavik and transfer to Reykjavik. Take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Following lunch, check into your hotel.
Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland to embark the ship.
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.
A relaxing day at sea allows for time to hear talks from your 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.
Begin your 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 17th 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 your ship's archaeologist to learn about the Thule people that once inhabited this region and were the ancestors of all modern Inuit. Venture even further north, to the southern reaches of Ellesmere Island. Your flexible itinerary may include stops at Skraeling Island (“Skraeling” is the word that the Norse settlers of Greenland used for the Inuit.), where Norse artifacts were found in an Inuit house. Or perhaps a Zodiac cruise in Makinson Inlet, where tidewater glaciers tumble down to the sea.
Make your way across Baffin Bay with a relaxing day at sea. Enjoy talks from the staff and look for wildlife from the Bridge.
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 in the archaeological site in the Sermermiut Valley.
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.
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavík where you will stay overnight in the Grand Hotel.
Your 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.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
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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.
Two 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 onboard ship; 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.
Photos: © Ralph Lee Hopkins (polar bear and cub, puffin, whale, seal, ice arch); Sven-Olof Lindblad (Zodiac); Michael S. Nolan (house); Stewart Cohen (walrus)