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

Keflavík - Reykjavík

Arrive in Keflavík and transfer to our 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. (L,D)

Day 2

Reykjavík - Kangerlussuaq

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Kangerlussuaq - 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. 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)

Day 4

Disko Bay & Ilulissat

Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the archaeological site at Sermermiut, and view the Jakobshavn Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier. (B,L,D)

Day 5

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. 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)

Day 6

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

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. Our days here will be spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. We 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)

Day 7

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

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Day 8

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

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Day 9

Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

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Day 10

Eastern Baffin Island

Using our years of experience in judging ice conditions, we make the most of the eastern Baffin shores. Hike the tundra in search of caribou and arctic foxes, or follow our botanist to learn more about the hardy arctic plants. We’ll cruise the coastline in search of walrus and other icons of the Canadian North. (B,L,D)

Day 11

Eastern Baffin Island

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Day 12

Eastern Baffin Island

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Day 13

Kangerlussuaq - Reykjavík

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavík and overnight in our fine hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 14


The next day transfer to the airport in Keflavík for flights home. (B,L)

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