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Exploring Greenland

Wild Shores of the High Arctic

Example 19 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Endurance
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Join National Geographic Endurance on a 19-day voyage to East Greenland. Venture into the largest national park in the world—Greenland National Park—to spot polar bears, musk oxen, arctic hare and more. In this remote Arctic paradise where animals outnumber humans, go hiking with naturalists on the vast tundra, glide in a kayak through pristine fjords, and take in dramatic mountain views at every turn. You will also be on the lookout for the Northern Lights along Greenland and Iceland at this time of year.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Oslo, Norway
Day 2 : Oslo | Tromsø | Embark
Day 3 : Tysfjorden
Day 4 : Nordfjord | Svartisen
Day 5 : Lofoten Islands
Days 6-8 : At Sea | Jan Mayen, Norway | At Sea
Days 9-13 : Exploring Northeast Greenland National Park
Days 14-16 : Exploring East Greenland, Scoresbysund
Day 17 : Northwest Iceland
Day 18 : Flatey Island | Látrabjarg
Day 19 : Reykjavik | Disembark | Home

Highlights

  • Explore the dramatic, glacier-carved Norwegian coastline of Tysfjorden
  • See the Svartisen National Park on a beautiful fjord called Nordfjord
  • Walk ashore along the coasts and explore the Lofoten archipelago
  • Enjoy the pristine swath of Arctic wilderness in the northeast corner of Greenland
  • See black sand beaches, glaciers and hot springs on Zodiacs

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National Geographic Endurance

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Exploring Greenland Family on Ramberg beach, Lofoten Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote polar regions Arctic Northern Lights

Day 1 Oslo, Norway

Fly overnight to Oslo. Upon arrival, check into the Clarion Hotel, The Hub. In the afternoon, explore this charming city. Stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is at leisure.

Day 2 Oslo | Tromsø | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart Oslo on a chartered flight to Tromsø and embark National Geographic Endurance

Day 3 Tysfjorden

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the dramatic, glacier-carved Norwegian coastline of Tysfjorden, where the fjord’s almost-vertical walls surround the ship. By Zodiac and kayak, get closer views of the birch forests, tumbling waterfalls, and small villages on the rocky shore. Nearby, the U-shaped valley of Hellmobotn cuts nearly to Sweden and has a trail to hike almost to the border.

Day 4 Nordfjord | Svartisen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Svartisen National Park consists of a large ice field of the central Norwegian coast.Enter the park on a beautiful fjord called Nordfjord. As you cross the park boundary, the sheer walls of the fjord tower above the ship. The Captain actors the ship near the mouth of a glacier fed river flowing down from a hanging glacier off the main ice field of Svartisen. Your morning will be spent gasping at the scenery taking walks ashore in the birch meadows and possibly kayaking in the protected waters. Zodiac cruising along the shores is always popular to view the numerous waterfalls cascading down the rock walls. Be on deck as you cruise into one of the most famous fjords in Norway, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, and search the cliffs for Norway’s mythical beings: trolls. 

Day 5 Lofoten Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Lofoten Archipelago is an enchanting region of picturesque seaside villages backed by jagged peaks. Spend your morning walking ashore in a small village along the coast. The area is still quite important as a cod fishing center. Drying racks scattered on the exposed coastal shores provide evidence of the thriving industry of the archipelago. Later, you will go ashore on the island of Vaeroy at the site of an abandon historic village now with a few modern summer homes for locals from the nearby modern community. Walk ashore along the old wagon track which was the only way villagers could get to the main community and to church. By Zodiac, see the nesting seabirds: Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and guillemots.

Day 6-8 At Sea | Jan Mayen, Norway | At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Norway’s Jan Mayen, a remote volcanic island used as a weather station, sits in the middle of the north Atlantic more than 500 miles from anywhere. Head ashore in Zodiacs to explore the black sand beaches, glaciers, hot springs, and endemic flora and fauna—walrus, puffins, and whales in the surrounding waters. Days at sea allow time for relaxation. Attend staff presentations on the wildlife and geology of the region, watch for whales from the bridge, or enjoy a rigorous workout in the fitness center with its “million-dollar views.” 

Day 9-13 Exploring Northeast Greenland National Park

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world, is a pristine swath of Arctic wilderness in the northeast corner of Greenland. There, you’ll find towering mountains, glacial lagoons, and tremendous wildlife—polar bears, musk oxen and walrus. National Geographic Endurance, with its PC 5 ice class makes it possible to navigate the region’s dense pack ice and explore up close the coastline and inlets of the park.

Day 14-16 Exploring East Greenland, Scoresbysund

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
With flexibility and exploration as your priorities, you will head just south of the national park to Scoresbysund, the largest fjord in the world, where you may see the elusive narwhal, Atlantic walrus, and beluga whales. On the nearby shore sits the brightly colored Ittoqqortoormiit, the most isolated town in Greenland. The town is blocked by sea ice for most of the year, and its inhabitants—fewer than 500 of them—survive by hunting and fishing the surrounding waters. This is also the time of year where it is possible to view the Northern Lights and the staff will be scanning for optimal timing and available to help you photograph the experience. 

Day 17 Northwest Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the beautiful and peaceful Westfjords region of Iceland. Perhaps take a hike to a remote waterfall or a Zodiac cruise alongside stunning scenery. Enter Ísafjarðardjúp and land at Vigur Island to visit the Eider Farm and view the down cleaning process.

Day 18 Flatey Island | Látrabjarg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Iceland’s western frontier. Visit Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, to walk around the charming little hamlet and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast. Sail past the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills.

Day 19 Reykjavik | Disembark | Home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Reykjavík with options to visit either the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths or hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and a horse farm, prior to the flight home.

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Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
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Inclusions:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of your expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Exclusions: 
  • International and internal airfare
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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