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Exploring Greenland & the Canadian High Arctic

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Exploring Greenland & the Canadian High Arctic
On this 13-day expedition aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, you’ll venture deep into the far northern reaches of the Arctic. Your quest? Arctic wildlife and the magisterial scenery of the ice - occurring at an epic scale in Greenland. You will share the experience of explorers from ancient to modern, goaded by the desire to discover the Northwest Passage. This itinerar y provides unique opportunities to navigate the eastern entrance of Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage; explore Greenland’s fjords and the Ilulissat Glacier, a UNESCO site and a tongue of the Greenland ice cap; spend a week in the Canadian High Arctic observing polar bears and other denizens of the ice; and visit an historic Inuit fishing village and former whaling ports.

This expedition reveals the deep connection of the Inuit people to these ice lands, as it visits Inuit villages sustained by fishing and artistic traditions. It also illuminates the dramatic exploration history of the region, and the changing conditions of the ice that is the topic of much scientific discussion today. Look for polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, arctic foxes and many of the 60 species of birds that breed in Greenland, including the white-tailed eagle. In the summer months of this expedition, it’s likely you’ll see whales: beluga, bowhead and perhaps even the elusive narwhal.

Off-ship adventures are hallmarks of small ship expedition cruising and you can expect to Zodiac cruise, hike and walk, or kayak daily. And this Arctic expedition aboard a vessel in the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet assures guidance from some of the best expedition leaders and naturalists in the business. A National Geographic photographer plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler accompany each Greenland & Canadian High Arctic voyage.
read more On this 13-day expedition aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, you’ll venture deep into the far northern reaches of the Arctic. Your quest? Arctic wildlife and the magisterial scenery of the ice - occurring at an epic scale in Greenland. You will share the experience of explorers from ancient to modern, goaded by the desire to discover the Northwest Passage. This itinerary provides unique opportunities to navigate the eastern entrance of Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage; explore Greenland’s fjords and the Ilulissat Glacier, a UNESCO site and a tongue of the Greenland ice cap; spend a week in the Canadian High Arctic observing polar bears and other denizens of the ice; and visit an historic Inuit fishing village and former whaling ports.

This expedition reveals the deep connection of the Inuit people to these ice lands, as it visits Inuit villages sustained by fishing and artistic traditions. It also illuminates the dramatic exploration history of the region, and the changing conditions of the ice that is the topic of much scientific discussion today. Look for polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, arctic foxes and many of the 60 species of birds that breed in Greenland, including the white-tailed eagle. In the summer months of this expedition, it’s likely you’ll see whales: beluga, bowhead and perhaps even the elusive narwhal.

Off-ship adventures are hallmarks of small ship expedition cruising and you can expect to Zodiac cruise, hike and walk, or kayak daily. And this Arctic expedition aboard a vessel in the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet assures guidance from some of the best expedition leaders and naturalists in the business. A National Geographic photographer plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler accompany each Greenland & Canadian High Arctic voyage.
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Day 1 - U.S. to Ottawa, Canada

Day 2 - Charter Flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Day 3 - Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

Day 4 - Disko Bay & Ilulissat

Day 5 - At Sea in Baffin Bay

Days 6 - 8 - Exploring the Canadian High Arctic

Days 9 - 11 - Padloping & Hall Peninsula

Day 12 - Disembark Iqaluit, Nunavut & Fly to Ottawa, Canada

Day 13 - Fly Home


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Day 1 - U.S. to Ottawa, Canada

Arrive in Ottawa and check into the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Charter Flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq Fjord, a picturesque waterway that stretches 100 miles.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80 percent 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.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Disko Bay & Ilulissat

Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore the Ilulissat Glacier, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the historic Inuit fishing village of Sermermiut, and view the Ilulissat Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - At Sea in Baffin Bay

A relaxing day at sea in Baffin Bay allows for time to hear talks about the fascinating history of polar exploration. Go up to the bridge to watch for whales or spend some time in the ship's library. Enjoy the sauna or have a rigorous workout in the fitness center, with its “million-dollar views.”
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 6 - 8 - 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. Your days here will be spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. 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.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 9 - 11 - Padloping & Hall Peninsula

Spend another day in true expedition style, exploring the Padloping region and the unspoiled Hall Peninsula of Baffin Island. Hike the tundra in search of caribou and arctic foxes, or follow your expedition's botanist to learn more about the hardy arctic plants. The exposed rocky cliffs of Monumental Island are used as haul-outs by walruses. Cruise the coastline in search of these icons of the Canadian North.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 - Disembark Iqaluit, Nunavut & Fly to Ottawa, Canada

Disembark in Iqaluit and fly to Ottawa, Canada by chartered aircraft. Spend a final night in Ottawa with your newfound friends from the expedition.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Fairmont Chateau Laurier or similar
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 - Fly Home

Enjoy a final breakfast at your lodging before a transfer to the airport for flights home or to other adventures.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.
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1       Jul 28 - Aug 09, 2015National Geographic Explorer$12990 - $24790View Details
Category 1

Category 1 - $12990

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $13990

Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $14430

Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with Window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $15550

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $17490

Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $18040

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $18680

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6

Category 6 - $21290

Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213. Triples: #101-102
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Category 7

Category 7 - $24790

Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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2  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 07 - Aug 19, 2015National Geographic Explorer$12990 - $24790View Details
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Reverse

  This departure travels in reverse, from Iqaluit to Kangerlussuaq.
Category 1

Category 1 - $12990

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $13990

Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $14430

Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with Window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $15550

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $17490

Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $18040

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $18680

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6

Category 6 - $21290

Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213. Triples: #101-102
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Category 7

Category 7 - $24790

Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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3       Aug 17 - Aug 29, 2015National Geographic Explorer$12990 - $24790View Details
Category 1

Category 1 - $12990

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $13990

Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $14430

Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with Window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $15550

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $17490

Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $18040

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $18680

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6

Category 6 - $21290

Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213. Triples: #101-102
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Category 7

Category 7 - $24790

Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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4  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 27 - Sep 08, 2015National Geographic Explorer$12990 - $24790View Details
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Reverse

  This departure travels in reverse, from Iqaluit to Kangerlussuaq.
Category 1

Category 1 - $12990

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $13990

Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $14430

Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with Window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $15550

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $17490

Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $18040

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5

Category 5 - $18680

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6

Category 6 - $21290

Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213. Triples: #101-102
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Category 7

Category 7 - $24790

Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions Leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; all port charges and service taxes; non-alcoholic beverages; cappuccinos, lattes and filtered water; 24-hour coffee, tea and soda.

Exclusions

Air transportation; charter airfare ($1750, 2015); personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc; private transfers; insurance; passport, visa and immigration fees; expedition extensions; gratuities to the ship's crew at your discretion.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to confirm a reservation. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days - $750, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate
179-120 days - Advance payment cost
119-90 days - 25% of trip cost
89-60 days - 50% of trip cost
59-0 days - No refund

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. It is fully stabilized, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing comfort.
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