Arctic Quest: Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic Cruise

Walrus and her pup
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Taking a zodiac tour to see icebergs in the arctic.
Adventure Life
Fishing village in the arctic
Arctic Birds
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Hiking through the Antarctic landscape.
Relax in the luxurious sauna aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
Relax in the National Geographic Explorer's lounge.
Join this 13-day voyage to venture deep into the far reaches of the Arctic, a land where polar bears roam and hardy Inuit communities maintain their traditional way of life. National Geographic Explorer traces Greenland’s rugged fjords and navigates the entrance to Canada’s legendary Northwest Passage. Spot polar bears on the pack ice, a wide variety of whales - from bowhead and beluga whales to the rare narwhal - all the while surrounded by massive glaciers.

Day 1

  • Dinner

Arrive Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Arrive in Ottawa and check into the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Embark Ship

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq Fjord, a picturesque waterway that stretches 100 miles.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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% 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.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Days 6-8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 are 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.

Days 9-11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Eastern Baffin Island

Spend a few more days in true expedition style, exploring eastern Baffin Island shores. Hike the tundra in search of caribou and arctic foxes, or follow the ship's botanist to learn more about the hardy arctic plants. Cruise the coastline in search of walrus and other icons of the Canadian North.

Day 12

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark in Iqaluit, Nunavut / Fly to Ottawa, Canada

Disembark in Iqaluit and fly to Ottawa, Canada by chartered aircraft. Overnight in Ottawa at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, or similar.

Day 13

  • Breakfast

Ottawa, Canada / Return Home

Today proceed to the airport for your homeward-bound flights.

Travelers under the age of 18 save $500 per person.

Costs Include:
All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included:
Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, internet access, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew are at your discretion.
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