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National Geographic Explorer - 148 Guests

Fabled Lands Of The North: Greenland To Newfoundland

16 Day Reykjavik / Kangerlussuaq to St. John’s, Newfoundland


Explore three remarkable regions of the north on a far-ranging expedition through ice-laden waters encompassing Greenland's spectacular, 100-mile-long Kangerlussuaq Fjord and Ilulissat Icefjord, Nunavut's Baffin Island, and the wild coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador. Encounter a historic Viking village and the fascinating traditions of local Inuit communities. Hike the tundra in search of caribou and arctic foxes. Kayak and cruise by Zodiac to spot whales, walruses, and polar bears along the rugged shores.



 

 

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites: glide among soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, and walk through the remains of the 11th-century Viking village at L'Anse aux Meadows
  • Meet Inuit artisans on Baffin Island and learn about their carving and weaving traditions
  • Join our naturalists to search for polar bears, caribou, arctic foxes, humpback and minke whales, walruses, and more in their natural habitat
  • Explore the untamed coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador, discovering spectacular fjords and cliffs on foot and by kayak and Zodiac
  • Ponder the remains of the 11th-century Viking village at L'Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage site

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Aug 28, 2024Sep 12, 202417,806 18,969
Aug 16, 2025Aug 31, 202518,333 19,530
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Aug 28, 2024Sep 12, 202417,806 18,969
Aug 16, 2025Aug 31, 202518,333 19,530

ITINERARY


DAY 1

Reykjavík, Iceland
Arrive in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital, which lies just below the Arctic Circle. Transfer from the airport and have a panoramic overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower before gathering for a welcome dinner this evening with your fellow travelers.

DAY 2

Reykjavik / Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Embark Ship
Fly by chartered aircraft to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, a military outpost and one of the few airports in the entire country. Embark the National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq Fjord, a 120-mile-long waterway with a name that means “large fjord” in Greenlandic.

DAY 3

Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut
Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice sheet that covers about 80 percent of the country. Discover this beautiful and rugged coastline in Zodiacs, keeping an eye out for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, enjoy a guided walking tour of the colorful wooden buildings that create this tiny hamlet. Visit the museum and discover the tastes of Greenland hosted by a local chef.

DAY 4

Disko Bay and Ilulissat
Sail into Qeqertarsuup Tunua, also known as Disko Bay, to explore the World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap that extends to the sea. Take an extraordinary
small boat cruise with locals among towering icebergs at the mouth of the fjord. Watch for whales along the nutrient-rich edges of the icefjord. Visit the town of Ilulissat and the recently opened Ilulissat Icefjord Centre and/or hike to the archaeological site in Sermermiut, an abandoned valley previously inhabited by several distinct Inuit cultures.

DAY 5

At Sea / Davis Strait
Spend time on the bow of the ship watching for whales, polar bears, and other wildlife; enjoy the ship’s amenities; and attend expert-led talks about the Arctic as we navigate the massive icebergs of Davis Strait on the way to Baffin Island.

DAY 6

Cumberland Sound, Baffin Island, Canada
Disembark at the hamlet of Pangnirtung—home to the Inuit for thousands of years—and interact with its thriving community of artists. Visit a craft center to see soapstone carvings, weavings, and prints depicting life in the Arctic. Hike along a riverside trail for sweeping views of Auyuittuq National Park, and discover the remains of a bygone whaling era on uninhabited Kekerten Island.

DAYS 7-8

Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island
Spend two days exploring Frobisher Bay and the islands south of Baffin Island as we make our way south towards the northern tip of Labrador.  Hike the tundra in search of arctic foxes and walruses hauled out on the shore. Set out in pursuit of polar bears, which often find themselves stranded on the Lower Savage Islands and Resolution Island after the pack ice retreats during the summer. Be on the lookout for  seabirds and marine mammals during kayak and Zodiac excursions along the coast.

DAYS 9-13

Exploring the Labrador Coast
Spend five days tracing the beautiful, wild coast of Labrador, exploring on foot and by kayak and Zodiac. Explore the shores throughout Torngat National Park and start to delve into the local Inuit history with our onboard archeologist. Stop at the deserted outpost of Hebron, the peninsula's northernmost settlement, to walk among the historic buildings of the Moravian Mission Station established here in the 1830s. Watch for peregrine falcons and other birds soaring over the rocky shorelines of the spectacularly narrow Mugford Tickle, and take in the impressive sight of the 4,000-foot-high Kaumajet Mountains. Head into the tiny fishing settlement of Indian Harbour to observe vast colonies of common murres along the sea cliffs. Continue to scenic Battle Harbour to discover the reconstructed 19th-century buildings and legacy of this historic fishing village.

DAY 14

L'Anse aux Meadows
In the 1960s, the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century were excavated at L'Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk among the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts, and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America, who arrived here nearly 500 years before the explorations of Columbus.

DAY 15

Northern Newfoundland
Cliffs, fjords, and beaches grace the northwestern tip of Newfoundland. Hike, kayak, and explore by Zodiac with our experts amid this stunning scenery and keep an eye out for migrating birds and whales.

DAY 16

St. John’s, Newfoundland / Disembark Ship
Today, disembark in St. John's and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

National Geographic Explorer (Luxury Expedition, 148-guests)

An authentic expedition ship, purpose-engineered for blue water and polar exploration. National Geographic Explorer Hosts 148 guests. National Geographic Explorer is equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the environment. Her interior and exterior design embodied the Lindblad expedition ethos, the privilege of wildness and the luxury of comfort.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of our leading expedition staff 
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible. 
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endeavour II, National Geographic Islander II, Sea Cloud, Sea Cloud II, Lord of the Glens, and The Jahan. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors, available for purchase.
  • Beer and wine on all 2023 departures aboard National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Bird, and National Geographic Sea Lion, and specialty cocktails with meals aboard Delfin ll.  Starting in 2024, spirits and cocktails are also included aboard these ships, with super premium wines and liquors available for purchase.
  • Beer and wine with meals aboard Oberoi Philae and Sun Goddess. Additional alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.
  • Crew gratuities aboard National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, Sea Cloud, Sea Cloud II, Lord of the Glens, Oberoi Philae, Sun Goddess, and The Jahan.
  • Laundry services aboard Oberoi Philae and Sun Goddess.
  • Free Wi-Fi aboard Lord of the Glens and The Jahan.
  • Free Wi-Fi, up to one hour a day per person, aboard National Geographic Islander II and National Geographic Endeavour II 
  • Lindblad Expeditions is currently activating Starlink-enabled internet on each of our ships, enabling us to offer free Wi-Fi—in addition to paid tiers for faster internet speeds—to all of our guests fleetwide by the end of 2023.
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic 
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available 
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Complimentary Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic parka or jacket on select Arctic and Antarctic voyages
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert (National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution) and Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor (all ships) 
  • Access to the OM System Photo Gear Locker with the latest gear to try out on loan (all Lindblad-National Geographic ships except in Galapagos)
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes 
Pricing Does Not Include
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi, and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • Crew gratuities aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, National Geographic Islander II, National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Bird, National Geographic Sea Lion, and Delfin II
Unused services or items included in our programs are non-refundable.

 

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