Day 1: U.S. / Ottawa, CanadaArrive in Ottawa and check into the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel.
Day 2: Ottawa / Fly To Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandFly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq Fjord, a picturesque waterway that stretches 100 miles.
Day 3: Greenland’s West Coast & SisimiutDozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. Trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings.
Day 4: Disko Bay & IlulissatSail into Disko Bay and set out to explore the Ilulissat Glacier, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the historic Inuit fishing village of Sermermiut, and view the Ilulissat Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier.
Day 5: At Sea in Baffin BayA relaxing day at sea allows for time to hear talks from staff about the fascinating history of polar exploration. Watch for whales from the bridge. Head up to the library. Enjoy the sauna or have a rigorous workout in the fitness center, with its “million dollar views.” Or simply relax in the Observation Lounge.
Days 6 - 8: Exploring The Canadian High ArcticCarved by Ice Age glaciers, Lancaster Sound is the eastern gateway to the Arctic Archipelago. European explorers like William Baffin first ventured here in the 15th century to search for the Northwest Passage. The sound has been a favorite Inuit hunting and fishing location for hundreds of years. Your days here will be spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga, and bowhead whales. You may even see the elusive narwhal, an arctic whale known for the long, spiraling tooth that projects up to ten feet from its upper jaw.
Days 9 - 11: Padloping & Hall PeninsulaSpend another day in true expedition style, exploring the Padloping region and the unspoiled Hall Peninsula of Baffin Island. Hike the tundra in search of caribou and arctic foxes, or follow the botanist to learn more about the hardy arctic plants. The exposed rocky cliffs of Monumental Island are used as haul-outs by walruses. Cruise the coastline in search of these icons of the Canadian North.
Day 12: Disembark Iqaluit, Nunavut / Fly to Ottawa, CanadaDisembark in Iqaluit and fly to Ottawa, Canada by chartered aircraft. Overnight in Ottawa at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, or similar.
Day 13: Ottawa / HomeProceed to the airport for homeward-bound flights
Reverse Itinerary: (This voyage travels from Iqaluit to Kangerlussuaq)
Photo Expeditions: All departures
The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.
Two hotel nights in Ottawa; ship accommodations; meals onboard; excursions; services of expedition staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; all port charges and service taxes.
Air transportation; visa/immigration fees; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.; discretionary tips to ship’s crew.