EXPLORING GREENLAND & THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC

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17 DAYS

On this Arctic voyage visit Greenland’s rugged fjords and navigate the entrance to Canada’s legendary Northwest Passage. Spot Polar bears on pack ice, a wide variety of whales- from bowhead and beluga whales to the rare narwhal- amid massive glaciers.

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
Day 1Keflavík, Iceland/ReykjavíkExplore the capital city of Norway
Day 2Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandEmbark on the National Geographic Explorer
Day 3Greenland’s West Coast & SisimutCruise the Kangerlussuaq Fjord en route to Sisimut
Day 4At Sea in Baffin BayRelax on board the ship
Days 5 - 12Exploring the Canadian High ArcticAbundance of wildlife opportunities including ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, polar bears and beluga whales
Day 13At Sea in Baffin BayRelax on board
Day 14Disko Bay & IllulissatDisko Bay, Illulissat Icefjord, Greenland ice gap
Day 15Exploring West GreenlandZodiac Cruise or kayak
Days 16 & 17Kangerlussuaq/ Reykjavík/ Keflavík/Disembark, Explore Reykjavik
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SHIPS OFFERING THIS ITINERARY

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer was completely redesigned and rebuilt prior to being relaunched in 2008. The ship is equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment making it ideal for Antarctic expeditions, and offers a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the regions explored. The Explorer accommodates guests in 81 spacious outside cabins, most with feature windows and some with balconies. Public areas include a lounge and bar, a spa, fitness centre and sauna, and a choice of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine.

Day 1 Keflavík, Iceland/Reykjavík

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Overview:

Arrive in Keflavík and transfer to Reykjavík where you will have the option of either a soak in the Blue Lagoon or experience the hot springs, geothermal plant and horse farm. Following lunch, check into the Grand Hotel.

Day 2 Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark

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Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer.

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.

Day 4 At Sea in Baffin Bay

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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.

Days 5-12 Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

Begin the exploration of the Canadian High Arctic with a visit to the small Inuit community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut. You 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 whales.

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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 the ship’s archaeologist to learn about the Thule people that once inhabited this region and were the ancestors of all modern Inuit. Go ashore 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 people.

Day 13 At Sea in Baffin Bay

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Make your way across Baffin Bay with a relaxing day at sea. Enjoy talks from staff and look for wildlife from the Bridge.

Day 14 Disko Bay & Illulissat

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.

Day 15 Exploring West Greenland

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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.

Day 16-17 Kangerlussuaq/ Disembark/ Reykjavík/ Keflavík/Home

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Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavík where you will enjoy overnight in the Grand Hotel. On your final day in Reykjavík you have your choice of either a soak in the Blue Lagoon or a tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula. After lunch, transfer to the airport in Keflavík for flights home.

To book this cruise contact us on 1300 323 194 or email: contact@arctictravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.