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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Day by day Itinerary

Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

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Day 1


Discover the highlights of Reykjavik on a guided tour of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. (L)(D)

Day 2

Reykjavík - Kangerlussuaq

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland where you will embark the National Geographic Explorer. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

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. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

At Sea in Baffin Bay

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)

Day 5


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)

Day 6

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

See day 5 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

See day 5 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

See day 5 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

See day 5 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)

Day 10


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)

Day 11


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)

Day 12


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)

Day 13

Kangerlussuaq - Reykjavík

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavík. Whilst in Iceland, a myriad of options are available. Choose to join a full day tour of the Golden Circle, a city-by-bike tour, soak in the Blue Lagoon, or
tour Reykjanes Peninsula. (B)(L)(D)

Day 14


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Day 15


See day 13 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)

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