Red homes with white trim sit atop green hills under a blue sky, seen on a cruise from Greenland to Canada.
Nat Geo Explorer small ship with dark blue hull & white upper decks cruises by a large iceberg taller than the ship on the Fabled Lands of The North: Greenland to Newfoundland small ship cruise.
Travelers sit in a Zodiac & photograph a large iceberg beside beige rock on a cruise from Greenland to Canada.
Inuit woman with small child on her back stands on a sandy beach during the Fabled Lands of The North: Greenland to Newfoundland voyage.
Large polar bear lifts a front paw and stares while walking over snow & ice, seen during an Arctic cruise in Canada.
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North America Canada Cruise

Fabled Lands of The North: Greenland to Newfoundland

On this 17-day Arctic cruise in Canada aboard 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, discover three distinctly fascinating regions of the north. Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites alongside a team of experts: glide among soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord; and ponder 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. Search for polar bears, caribou, arctic foxes, humpback and minke whales, walruses, and more in their natural habitat. And explore the untamed coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador, discovering spectacular fjords and cliffs on foot and by kayak and Zodiac.

Begin your cruise from Greenland to Canada by sailing the spectacular, 100-mile-long Kangerlussuaq Fjord. Then venture into ice-thronged waters to confront the towering ice wall of Ilulissat Icefjord—a UNESCO World Heritage site—and navigate the Davis Strait to Baffin Island. Along the way, encounter a historic Viking village, an abandoned Moravian mission and the fascinating traditions of the Inuit communities who still live in these remote places. Ranging through the Hudson Strait, follow in the path of the Vikings further south to Newfoundland and Labrador, navigating magnificent icebergs. Hike the tundra while being on the lookout for caribou and arctic foxes; and seek out whales, walruses and polar bears along the rugged coastlines, by sea kayak and Zodiac.

Cruise from Greenland to Canada aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, a technologically advanced, fully stabilized expedition ship equipped with a well-rounded set of exploration tools including an ROV and enough kayaks and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time.

Read on for details about this trip, learn more about AdventureSmith’s Canada small ship cruises and Canada adventure travel.



Itinerary

Fabled Lands of The North: Greenland to Newfoundland Itinerary

This Arctic cruise in Canada begins in Reykjavik with an overnight and charter flight to embark the ship in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Cruise from Greenland to Canada, disembarking in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Route map of Fabled Lands of The North: Greenland to Newfoundland cruise from Reykjavik, Iceland to St. John's, Newfoundland with visits along western Greenland & northern Canada.
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Days 1 - 2
Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland, Explore & Overnight

Arrive in Reykjavík and choose from a variety of guided options: soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon or visit a local hot springs, a geothermal power plant and an Icelandic horse farm. After lunch, check in to The Reykjavik Edition.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); The Reykjavik Edition (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); lunch and dinner (day 2)

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Day 3
Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland & Embark

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland and embark the ship at the head of Kangerlussuaq fjord, a 120-mile-long waterway whose name means “large fjord” in Greenlandic.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
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, visit the museum and stroll around a picturesque jumble of historic and modern wooden buildings.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Disko Bay & 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 cruise among towering icebergs at the mouth of the fjord. Visit the town of Ilulissat and walk to the archaeological site in Sermermiut, an abandoned valley previously inhabited by several distinct Inuit cultures.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
At Sea (Davis Strait)

Watch for whales and polar bears, enjoy the ship’s amenities and attend expert-led talks about the Arctic as the ship navigates the massive icebergs of Davis Strait on the way to Baffin Island.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Cumberland Peninsula, 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island

Spend today exploring the unspoiled landscapes of the Hall Peninsula and get acquainted with the Arctic tundra biome. Hike the tundra in search of arctic foxes and walruses hauled out on the shore.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
South Baffin Island & Button Islands, Nunavut

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, today’s itinerary is flexible to maximize wildlife sightings. 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. Continue to the Button Islands, where seabirds and marine mammals are plentiful. Encounter wildlife on kayak and Zodiac excursions along the coast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Button Islands, Nunavut

Scattered across the entrance to Hudson Strait, the Button Islands attract thousands of seabirds and marine mammals. Encounter wildlife on kayak and Zodiac excursions along the coast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 14
Exploring The Labrador Coast

Spend four days tracing the beautiful, wild coast of Labrador, exploring on foot and by kayak and Zodiac. 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. Enjoy a day on Quaker Hat Island, shaped like a broad-brimmed hat, and head into the tiny fishing settlement of Indian Harbor to observe vast colonies of common murres along the sea cliffs. Continue to scenic Battle Harbor to discover the reconstructed 19th-century buildings and legacy of this historic fishing village.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Northern Newfoundland

Cliffs, fjords and beaches grace northern Newfoundland. Hike, kayak and explore by Zodiac amid this stunning scenery. Back on board the ship, gain expert insights on this unique landscape.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Disembark St. John's, Newfoundland

In the early morning, glide through the natural gateway called The Narrows and arrive in St. John’s, the picturesque capital of Newfoundland and Labrador and home to Cape Spear—the most easterly point of North America. Then transfer to the airport for your flight home or to onward travel.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations, including one hotel night in Reykjavik, Iceland; meals indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

One-way charter flight between Reykjavik, Iceland and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland ($835 per person in 2022 and 2023, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Fabled Lands of The North: Greenland to Newfoundland cruise begins in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF), and ends in St. John’s, Newfoundland (YYT). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended group flights are available with transfers provided. Consult your Adventure Specialist for arrival and departure flight recommendations. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland is not included in the cruise price, but is arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book this flight for you on the scheduled charter flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these (as well as luggage weight limits) for you in their proposal and on your invoice. See Exclusions for sample airfare rates, subject to change. There is a strict luggage limit of two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (8 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include walking, hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, wildlife observation, town exploration, museum visits and morning yoga and stretching.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Aug 14 - Aug 30, 2022
National Geographic Explorer • 17 days
From $17010USD
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Aug 13 - Aug 29, 2023
National Geographic Explorer • 17 days
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Learn About the Small Ship on Your Itinerary

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National Geographic Explorer

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

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

In conjunction with this cruise, the following pre-cruise option is available for a seamless land-and-sea group travel experience with National Geographic guides and fellow passengers. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing.

Iceland’s Natural Wonders is a 6-day pre-cruise extension that includes a soak in the surreal Blue Lagoon thermal baths and an in-depth guided experience along the famed Golden Circle, where the earth is alive with boiling and bubbling pools, geysers, a spectacular two-tiered waterfall and more. Move on to discover Reykjavik and Akureyri with its botanical gardens. Finish with an exploration into the heart of North Iceland, with Lake Myvatn’s jagged lava fields and glacially carved canyons. Stand on the rim of a vast volcanic crater and get sprayed by Goðafoss Waterfall—one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland.

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The Canadian Maritimes & Newfoundland

Cruise the eastern Canadian coast exploring historical maritime communities, legendary islands, Viking history and breathtaking sandstone cliffs aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer.

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Arctic Watch

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