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Availability : Aug 23, 2019
Keflavik - Iceland
Keflavik - Iceland
National Geographic Expeditions

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
 
  • Maneuver between the soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Join our naturalists to observe polar bears, arctic foxes, ringed seals, belugas, and—with luck—narwhals in their natural habitat.
  • Explore Lancaster Sound, the gateway to the Northwest Passage, and hear from our experts and onboard cartographers about the legendary explorers who sought to make history here.
  • Discover Arctic-adapted flora, and seek out caribou and arctic foxes while hiking the landscapes of Baffin Island.

Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts – from naturalists to regional specialists – who will share their knowledge and insights the wildlife, landscape and local culture. Select a member of the expedition team below to see their bio and dates.

Eva Aariak
Matthias Breiter
Karen Copeland
 
 
ITINERARY

Venture deep into the far reaches of the Arctic, a land where polar bears roam and hardy Inuit communities maintain their traditional way of life. Aboard the National Geographic Explorer, trace the rugged fjords of Greenland and navigate the northern end of Canada’s legendary Baffin Island. Spot polar bears on the pack ice, get up close to massive glaciers, and hike the myriad islands that dot Canada’s northern shores.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 
DAYS 1-2: U.S./KEFLAVÍK, ICELAND/REYKJAVÍK

Take an overnight flight to Keflavík. Transfer to Reykjavík and take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallrímskirkja Cathedral. After lunch, check into the hotel in time for a welcome reception and dinner.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch, Dinner)
Accommodations:Grand Hotel
 
DAY 3: REYKJAVÍK/KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland, the land of the midnight sun. Embark the National Geographic Explorerat the head of Kangerlussuaq Fjord, a scenic waterway that stretches 100 miles, and is aptly known as the “long fjord.”

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 4: GREENLAND’S WEST COAST AND SISIMIUT

Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers about 80 percent of the country. Discover this beautiful and ragged coastline in Zodiacs, searching for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a picturesque jumble of historic and modern wooden buildings.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 5: AT SEA IN BAFFIN BAY

Watch for wildlife, enjoy the ship’s amenities, and attend talks by our experts as we travel through Baffin Bay—named by explorer William Baffin when he ventured here in the 17th century on his search for the Northwest Passage—to Lancaster Sound, the eastern gateway to the Arctic Archipelago.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAYS 6-10: EXPLORING THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC

We begin our 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 Lancaster Sound—a favorite Inuit hunting and fishing location for hundreds of years. Our days here will be spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga whales. We may even see the elusive narwhal, an arctic whale known for its long, spiraling tooth. Visit Devon Island and take a walk with our ship’s archaeologist to learn about the Thule people—ancestors of the modern Inuit—who once inhabited this region. At Dundas Harbor, search for interesting flora and fauna while hiking on the tundra, and look for gyrfalcons nesting above sod and stone dwellings once inhabited by the Thule.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
 
DAYS 11-13: AT SEA/DISKO BAY AND ILULISSAT ICEFJORD/EXPLORING WEST GREENLAND

We make our way across Baffin Bay during a relaxing day at sea. Enjoy talks with our expedition team and search for wildlife from the bridge. Sail into Disko Bay to explore the World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap that extends to the bay. 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 the Sermermiut Valley. Our final day of exploration will be spent in west Greenland’s beautiful, scenic fjords. Cruise in a Zodiac or kayak some of the picturesque waterways. Our undersea specialist may also launch our remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to view the marine life inhabiting the fjord’s floor.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
 
DAYS 14-16: KANGERLUSSUAQ/REYKJAVÍK/KEFLAVÍK/U.S.

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly by chartered aircraft to Reykjavík, Iceland where we will stay for two nights at our fine hotel. The next day features either a tour of the Golden Circle or a walking or biking tour of Reykjavík. Our final day in Reykjavík, choose from several options: a soak in the Blue Lagoon; a tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula; or a visit to hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and a horse farm. After lunch, transfer to the airport in Keflavík for your flight home.

Meals Included:Day 14 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) / Day 15 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) / Day 16 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Accommodations:Grand Hotel
 
WHAT TO EXPECT

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, we keep our schedule flexible to take advantage of the unexpected, adapting our course to the conditions and opportunities that arise. Your expedition experience can be tailored to the activity level you choose, whether it’s light or moderate or a little of both. Travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, and able to get in and out of expedition landing craft. Daily activities may include nature walks (often over snow and ice), Zodiac cruises, city tours, and visits to cultural or historic sites, with options for more vigorous hikes and kayaking excursions.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic photographer joins the expedition team on every departure aboard the National Geographic Explorer.

 
SHIPS & DECK PLANS

Traveling aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, you’ll enjoy the daily thrill of discovery without sacrificing comfort. Each of our ships provides an inviting home base with superior amenities, personalized service, and a vibrant yet casual onboard atmosphere. Step aboard and you’ll find comfortable cabins, a well-stocked library, and dining rooms serving regionally inspired cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Expansive decks provide an exceptional vantage point for spotting and photographing wildlife.

National Geographic Explorer – Capacity 148 Guests

The National Geographic Explorer is arguably the finest expedition vessel on the seas. A state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ship, the Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins, each with outside views; private bathrooms; and sleek, modern furnishings. Single cabins in Category 2 are highlighted in bright blue and include cabins 309-312 and 310-332. Single cabins in Category 3 are highlighted in bright pink and include cabins 105, 106, 203 and 208. 

The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft, as well as sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. Public areas include a lounge and bar; a library; a spa; a fitness center; a sauna; and a selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Services include a full-time doctor, a wellness specialist, and an Internet cafe.

Please note: the 2019 departure is 18 days and will spend two additional days exploring the Canadian High Arctic. Click on the date for the full itinerary.

If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from Keflavík and round-trip charter airfare between Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq is not included in the expedition cost. The charter flights between Kangerlussuaq and Reykjavik are $1,520 in 2018 or $1,590 in 2019 per person (subject to change).

WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Transfers upon arrival/departure for guests booked on recommended group flights
  • Accommodation aboard the world-class expedition ships of the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet or a luxury chartered ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
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