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High Arctic Archipelago: Canada and Greenland

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Embark on a 24-day expedition cruise to and from Reykjavik aboard the National Geographic Endurance. Set sail from Reykjavik, Iceland, on an extraordinary expedition to Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. Discover the rugged beauty of Greenland's west coast, from Sisimiut's cultural richness to the icy wonders of Disko Bay. Navigate through the historic Northwest Passage, encountering diverse wildlife and ancient Inuit settlements. Explore the remote Queen Elizabeth Islands and Ellesmere Island, where raw geology and wildlife thrive. Immerse yourself in Inuit traditions and the stunning landscapes of Northern Greenland before visiting Ilulissat. This epic journey offers a profound exploration of the Arctic's untamed wilderness and captivating history.
Colorful Sisimiut, GreenlandMidnight sun light, IlulissatFirst views of Baffin IslandView of Reykjavik from the Church TowerAmazing blue water and ice in Greenland
Highlights
  • Venture into the Northwest Passage and search for Arctic wildlife in the Canadian High Arctic
  • Experience guided walks and local food tastings in Sisimiut, Greenland
  • Sail into Disko Bay and explore the second-largest island in the Baffin Bay
  • Explore the charming streets of Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland

Upon arrival in Reykjavík, you can enjoy a morning excursion in the surrounding region. This will serve as a first introduction to the unique and fascinating land of Fire and Ice. Following the excursion, you can enjoy lunch before entering a centrally located Reykjavík hotel. From there, you can explore the charming streets of the capital city at your leisure.

Day 2: Reykjavik | Nuuk, Greenland | Embark

Fly via chartered aircraft from Reykjavík to Nuuk, Greenland's capital city. After settling into your cabin, you can enjoy a picturesque sailing experience through the Nuuk fjord and into the open waters of the Davis Strait. Take in the stunning views as you navigate north along the coastline.

Day 3: Greenland’s West Coast | Sisimiut

Upon arrival at Sisimiut, a former whaling port, enjoy your choice of guided walks through the sights and sounds of the village, including Dog Town or Sallinnguit. This small island has centuries of history, from Inuit culture to colonization and current-day industry. In your free time, enjoy a local food tasting, visit the open-air museum, or explore the local artisan workshops.

Day 4: Disko Bay

Sail into Qeqertarsuup Tunua, also known as Disko Bay, and be welcomed by floating icebergs calved off the world's most active glacier, Sermeq Kujalleq. On Disko Island, the second largest in the Baffin Bay, enjoy a day of expedition activities as conditions permit, including backcountry hiking, photo walks, and naturalist-led botany walks. This evening, sail away from the Greenlandic Coast and venture to the west and the Canadian Arctic.

Day 5-11: Shores of the Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage begins in the Davis Strait between Greenland and Canada. Your exploration takes you along the beautiful bays and inlets of Baffin Island’s Lancaster Sound, a favorite Inuit hunting and fishing location for hundreds of years. Carved by Ice Age glaciers, Lancaster Sound is also the eastern gateway to the Arctic Archipelago, where European explorers like William Baffin first ventured in the 17th century to search for the Northwest Passage. Continue your exploration of the Canadian High Arctic with a visit to the small Inuit community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut, an area inhabited by Inuit for over 1000 years.

As you explore Lancaster Sound, spend days searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, polar bears, and beluga and bowhead whales. Visit Devon Island and walk with the ship’s archaeologist to learn about the Thule people—ancestors of the modern Inuit—who once inhabited this region.

Day 12-16: Exploring the Queen Elizabeth Islands

Explore the ice-laden channels and glacier-carved islands that stretch for hundreds of miles—a stunning display of raw geology. In the High Arctic Archipelago, you take your cues from nature: following wildlife, stopping for hikes on the tundra, dropping anchor in a beautiful fjord or an iceberg-strewn bay to explore, and kayaking beneath massive ice sculptures and soaring cliffs.

Sail among the northernmost cluster of islands in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, learning about the Inuit peoples who have hunted and fished here for thousands of years and the famous explorers who have sailed these waters, such as Sir John Ross. Look for animals that call this region home, such as ringed seals, arctic foxes, musk oxen, walruses, polar bears, and beluga and bowhead whales.

Day 17-21: Exploring Ellesmere Island and Northern Greenland

Heading ever northward, make your way up Ellesmere Island's beautiful and remote east coast. Cruise along scenic Smith Bay (a.k.a. Skog Inlet, named for Leif Skog, LindbLindblad'srenowned ice captain and world explorer), bordered by a steep wall of mountains, with a glacial ice tongue that pours down the mountains on either side. Be up on the bridge as you search for a patch of "pola" bear ice," the "mixture of first-year and multi-year sea ice that is the preferred habitat of the ice bears. Your binoculars seek out any small ivory-colored dot on an otherwise white ice surface. With luck, these tiny dots will be local polar bears exploring the ice and making their way across the landscape of the Arctic Archipelago.

After exploring the ice edge, turn your attention eastward to the largest island in the world: Greenland. The shores of northern Greenland continue to challenge explorers and locals alike to carve out their daily lives among some of the most beautiful and harsh conditions. Kayak in sheltered coves, embark on hikes (when the coast is clear of polar bears), and visit local communities that continue the traditional hunting practices.

Day 22: Ilulissat

Sail back into Qeqertarsuup Tunua, or Disko Bay, and enjoy an extraordinary cruise aboard local boats among towering icebergs of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ilulissat Icefjord. Visit the town of Ilulissat and hike into the Sermermiut Valley, once an Inuit settlement and now the home to a peaceful boardwalk overlooking the Icefjord. This evening, sail away south along the coast and spend time on the bridge with your Naturalists and Bridge team, watching whales and glimpses of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet.

Day 23-24: Nuuk | Disembark | Reykjavik, Iceland

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail back into Nuuk and disembark the ship. Take an evening charter flight to Reykjavík and transfer to your overnight hotel close to the airport. On your final morning, transfer to the airport for flights home.

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Located on the Fore Deck. 183 square ft room with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Fore Deck. 205 square ft. room with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers.
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Located on the Main Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Lounge Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 205 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 344 square ft suite with large balcony, sofa bed, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 430 square ft. suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Main Deck. 140 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Category B Solo
Located on the Lounge Deck. 140 square ft. suite with balcony, sofa, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers

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Included
  • 22 Breakfasts, 23 Lunches, 23 Dinners
  • 23 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors that are available for purchase.
  • Crew gratuities
  • Complimentary Starlink-enabled Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, enabling email, messaging, and social media.
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of leading expedition staff
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic  where available
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees 
  • Enhanced and premium Wi-Fi plans, which may enable video chat, web browsing, and streaming (connectivity permitting)

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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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