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Northern lights dance across the Arctic landscape

Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland

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Sail the route of early Viking explorers and discover a region of epic ice home to the Arctic’s iconic creatures: polar bears, whales, and vast seabird colonies. We will also be on the lookout for the Northern Lights along Greenland and Iceland at this time of year. Actively explore Iceland’s Westfjord region: hike through valleys awash in wild orchids, mountain aven, wild thyme, and woolly willow; make your way over layers of basalt visibly cracked and carved in the last ice age; feel the spray of thundering waterfalls. Venture into the largest fjord system in the world to cruise among magnificent icebergs and visit the welcoming communities where people live close to their ancestral traditions. Follow in the wake of the 10th-century Viking explorers along the ice cap learning of their bold, history-making expeditions.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark
Day 2 : Latrabjarg & Flatey Island, Iceland
Day 3 : Exploring the Westfjords
Day 4 : Crossing the Denmark Strait
Days 5-11 : Exploring Scoresbysund and NE Greenland
Day 12 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the largest national park in the world-Northeast Greenland N. Park
  • Search for polar bears, musk oxen, whales and more
  • Sail into Scoresbysund, home to a remote Inuit community
  • Learn how to capture the stunning Northern Lights displays

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National Geographic Endurance

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Northern lights dance across the Arctic landscape Beautiful arctic landscape Colorful homes in Greenland Exploring Greenland Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly overnight to Reykjavík. Explore its Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral and the National Museum with its Viking treasures. Embark National Geographic Endurance

Day 2 Latrabjarg & Flatey Island, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Iceland’s wild western frontier. See the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, with a huge population of razorbills. Visit charming Flatey Island, a trading post for centuries, for walks around the 19th-century hamlet. Zodiac cruise the coast and see where Erik the Red sailed from in the year 982 A.D. bound for Greenland.

Day 3 Exploring the Westfjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Just south of the Arctic Circle, the Westfjords region is a remote area backed by majestic cliffs. Hike with our botanist or birder through a wildflower-filled meadow, kayak quiet coves, or hop aboard a Zodiac. Join a photo hike with our National Geographic photographer and soak up the legendary scenery. 

Day 4 Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cross the Denmark Strait, where the cold east Greenland current carries the ice south. Enjoy presentations and searching for seabirds including fulmars, kittiwakes, and terns—and possibly seals and humpback whales. Our staff will be on the lookout for northern lights displays at this time of year.

Day 5-11 Exploring Scoresbysund and NE Greenland

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland, the Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of ice in the world.  Weather and ice will dictate our exact route, but expect to explore well north of Scoresbysund, in the largest national park in the world –Northeast Greenland National Park.  Being the end of summer, the ice will have retreated as far as it ever does, allowing us to explore the fjords, bays, nooks and crannies of this stunning coastline.  We hope to see the iconic arctic wildlife: polar bears, seals and whales.  And the northern lights will be on show every night, conditions permitting.  We will also set a course for Scoresbysund, the largest and longest fjord system on earth, with a native village at its entrance.

Day 12 Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Reykjavík. Soak in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters. Transfer to the airport for flights home. 

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Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all departures.

Per person starting at
$12,520
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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
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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