Antarctica & Arctic
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 the Northwest Passage.
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14 nights cruise and two nights hotel accommodation, meals as indicated, excursions, services of a Lindblad Expeditions leader, charter flights, bar tab and gratuities.
07 Aug ‘20
Venture deep into the far northern reaches of the Arctic, on a quest for arctic wildlife and the magestic scenery of the ice. Share the experience of explorers from ancient to modern as they sought to discover the Northwest Passage and spend a fascinating week in the Canadian High Arctic, observing polar bears and other arctic wildlife
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Navigate the eastern entrance of Canada's fabled Northwest Passage
Explore Greenland's fjords, and the Ilulissat Glacier, a UNESCO site
Visit an historic Inuit fishing village and former whaling ports
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Discover the highlights of Reykjavik on a guided tour of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. (L)(D)
Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland where you will embark the National Geographic Explorer. (B)(L)(D)
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. (B)(L)(D)
A relaxing day at sea allows for time to hear talks from our staff about the fascinating history of polar exploration. Go up to the bridge to watch for whales. Enjoy the sauna or have a rigorous workout in the fitness centre, with its “million dollar views.” Or simply relax in the Observation Lounge. (B)(L)(D)
We begin our 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 favourite 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 the long, spiralling tooth that projects up to ten feet from its upper jaw.
Visit Devon Island and walk with our ship’s archaeologist to learn about the Thule people that once inhabited this region and were the ancestors of all modern Inuit. Go ashore at Dundas Harbor for a chance to hike on the tundra and search for interesting flora and fauna, including extensive moss beds with interspersed flowering vascular plants. Look for gyrfalcons, nesting above the sod and stone dwellings once inhabited by the Thule. (B)(L)(D)
See day 5 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)
We make our way across Baffin Bay with a relaxing day at sea. Enjoy talks from our staff and look for wildlife from the Bridge. (B)(L)(D)
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 to the archaeological site in the Sermermiut Valley. (B)(L)(D)
Our final day exploring will be spent in Greenland’s beautiful, scenic fjords. Take a Zodiac cruise or kayak some of the picturesque waterways. Our undersea specialist may launch the ROV to see the marine life inhabiting the fjord floor. (B)(L)(D)
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavík. Whilst in Iceland, choose to enjoy a soak in the Blue Lagoon , or tour Reykjanes Peninsula. (B)(L)(D)
See day 16 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)
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