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Fabled Lands Of The North: Greenland To Newfoundland

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Explorer
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Embark the National Geographic Explorer for a thrilling exploration of the far north’s ice-carved landscapes, sailing from Greenland to Newfoundland and Labrador. Navigate massive icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, and venture into Davis Strait en route to Canada’s legendary Baffin Island. Along the way, encounter historic Viking villages, an abandoned Moravian mission, and the fascinating traditions of the Inuit communities who still live in these remote places. Hike the tundra 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.
Street view of old town ReykjavikHallgrimskirkja Church in ReykjavikMidnight sun light, IlulissatViking settlement, Anse-aux-MeadowsA caribou antler found while exploring Baffin Island
Highlights
  • Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites alongside a team of experts
  • Meet Inuit artisans and learn about their carving and weaving traditions
  • Join naturalists to observe humpback and minke whales
  • Discover the untamed coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: U.S. | Reykjavik | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart on an overnight flight to Reykjavík. Choose to soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon or visit hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and a horse farm. After lunch, check in to the Grand Hótel Reykjavík. 

Day 2: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland and embark the National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq fjord, a 120-mile-long waterway whose name means “large fjord” in Greenlandic. 

Day 3: Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4: Disko Bay and Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 5: At Sea | Davis Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Watch for whales and polar bears, 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 Peninsula, Baffin Island, Canada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 7: Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 8: South Baffin Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 9: Button Islands, Nunavut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 10-13: Exploring The Labrador Coast

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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 Harbour to observe vast colonies of common murres along the sea cliffs. Continue to scenic Battle Harbour to discover the reconstucted 19th-century buildings and legacy of this historic fishing village. 

Day 14: L’anse Aux Meadows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cliffs, fjords, and beaches grace northern Newfoundland. Hike, kayak, and explore by Zodiac amid this stunning scenery. Back on board the ship, gain insights from our experts on this unique landscape.

Day 16: St. John’s, Newfoundland | U.S.

  • 1 Breakfast
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. Explore the colorful waterfront and historic Signal Hill, or pay a visit to The Rooms and its fascinating regional exhibits. Then transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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National Geographic Explorer's Category 1 Cabin.
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Main Deck with one or two portholes. #301-308
National Geographic Explorer's Category 2 Cabin.
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Cat 2
Main Deck with window. #317-320, 335-336.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 3 Cabin.
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Cat 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340,342, 344, 346, 348, 350.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 4 Cabin.
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Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. # 103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 5 Upper Deck Cabin.
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Cat 5
Upper Deck with Balcony. #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 6 Cabin.
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Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213.
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Cat 7
Upper Deck Suite with Balcony. #215, 219, 230.
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C Deck Solo - Cabins 309-312, 329-334. Single cabins with window.
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Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. #105-106, 203, 208.

Notes

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
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.
Exclusions: 
  • International and internal airfare
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Spa treatments
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature


Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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