Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

04/17/2019 through 08/03/2020
04/17/2019 through 08/23/2020
Lindblad Expeditions
National Geographic Explorer

Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

Discover epic ice, dramatic far-north landscapes, polar bears & more
Venture deep into the far northern reaches of the Arctic, on a quest for arctic wildlife and the magisterial scenery of the ice––occurring at an epic scale in Greenland. And share the experience of explorers from ancient to modern, goaded by the desire to discover the Northwest Passage. Another facet of our multifaceted focus on the vital Arctic region, this itinerary provides unique opportunities to:

  • Cruise to Greenland and the eastern entrance of Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage
  • Explore Greenland’s fjords, and the Ilulissat Glacier, a UNESCO site and a tongue of the Greenland ice cap
  • Spend a week in the Canadian High Arctic observing polar bears and other denizens of the ice
  • Visit an historic Inuit fishing village and former whaling ports

See the roots of human history in the ice
It’s one thing to meet people who thrive in the extreme conditions of the Arctic, it’s another to see deeply into their culture, history, and traditions. This expedition reveals the deep connection of the Inuit people to these ice lands, as we visit Inuit villages sustained by fishing and artistic traditions. And, it also illuminates the dramatic exploration history of the region––and the changing conditions of the ice that is the topic of much scientific discussion today.

The drama of fjords, crystalline sounds & the ice creatures
We’ll look for polar bears hunting along the far reaches of the ice. And will have the opportunity to see the other beautiful creatures of the Arctic: walruses and ringed seals, which have played such a key role in the life of the Inuit. And arctic foxes, plus many of the 60 species of birds that breed in Greenland, including the white-tailed eagle. In the summer months, when we’ll be there, it’s likely we’ll see whales: beluga, bowhead, and perhaps even the elusive narwhal.

Every day is active and engaging
You’ll get out on adventures every day––to Zodiac cruise, hike and walk, or kayak in spectacular fjords and crystalline waters like Lancaster Sound, a vital Inuit hunting ground for centuries. You’ll have a choice of activities, plus your choice of naturalists to join––for a moveable feast of personalities, insights, and interests. Choice also includes opting to relax too. Enjoy the view from behind Explorer’s panoramic glass windows. Or visit the fitness center with its generous views of the ice vistas, or ease into the sauna or a massage in the wellness center.

Itinerary

Day 1-2 U.S./Keflavík, Iceland/Reykjavík
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Day 3 Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark
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Day 4 Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut
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Day 5 Disko Bay & Ilulissat
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Day 6 At Sea in Baffin Bay
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Day 7-10 Exploring The Canadian High Arctic
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Day 11-13 Eastern Baffin Island
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Day 14-15 Kangerlussuaq/ Disembark/ Reykjavík/ Keflavík/U.S.
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