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Arctic Itineraries

Discover the far north aboard National Geographic Explorer

The Arctic is, as we all know by now, a bellwether geography. The Arctic’s vulnerability, evidenced in changes we’ve witnessed in our decades of exploring, and documented by the scientific community, in addition to the region’s allures, has inspired us to deepen our commitment to exploring there.

We offer multiple expeditions to various sectors of the vast Arctic geography. Our season is a unique opportunity for travelers to delve into the natural and human history of one of the planet’s most inspiring places.

A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations––glaciers, geysers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty––is world-class. It alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. And when you add in the other itinerary components––Iceland’s people, their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character, the island’s geography and birdlife––seeing it all in one 360º expedition is irresistible.
  • 11 days
  • Nat Geo Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Expeditions in: Jul
  • $9,440 to $18,880

Along The Viking Trail: From Iceland to Greenland

How heroic were the earlier transatlantic voyages by Columbus’ predecessors: the Viking explorers? We follow in the wake of these fearless explorers and colonists to discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland––in particular, Iceland’s untrammeled western coast––and visit fascinating Viking sites and settlements, each set against edenic backdrops.
  • 12 days
  • Nat Geo Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Expeditions in: Jul
  • $10,580 to $19,550

Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

Venture deep into the far reaches of the Arctic, a land where polar bears roam, and hardy Inuit communities maintain their traditional way of life. National Geographic Explorer traces Greenland’s rugged fjords and navigates the entrance to Canada’s legendary Northwest Passage. Spot polar bears on the pack ice, a wide variety of whales––­­from bowhead and beluga whales to the rare narwhal––amid massive glaciers.
  • 13 days
  • Nat Geo Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Expeditions in: Jul/Aug
  • $12,990 to $24,790

Land Of The Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration Of Arctic Svalbard

A high Arctic archipelago situated beyond Norway’s fjord-fretted coast, a mere 600 miles from the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, and massive sheets of ice––glowing under the midnight sun during our season there. It’s a magnificent polar bear habitat that provides opportunities for thrilling up-close observations of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. It’s Arctic nature in its purest form.
  • 11 days
  • Nat Geo Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Expeditions in: Jun
  • $9,440 to $17,460

Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

Follow Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromso and Bear Island on the way to Svalbard in the high Arctic, where polar bears prowl and walruses haul out on rocky shores.
  • 17 days
  • Nat Geo Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Expeditions in: May
  • $15,170 to $27,750

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast

See the majestic setting that the lordly polar bear freely roams as we explore the Svalbard archipelago, pulling the ship’s bow up to blue-veined glaciers, alighting on islands where caribou drift like smoke across the tundra.

The Northwest Passage, Iceland & Greenland

Following in the footsteps of dauntless explorers who came before, accompanied by our veteran expedition team, and captained by Ice Master Leif Skog, National Geographic Explorer will — for the first time ever —set an east-west course through the Northwest Passage. A navigational highlight will be seeing the captain and his officers use the ‘mud maps’ made by Lars-Eric’s team, as they navigate the James Ross Strait, and re-confirm the soundings they took in 1984.
  • 25 days

The Northwest Passage, Newfoundland and Labrador

The second of our inaugural voyages through the Northwest Passage, this expedition takes on a historic challenge: can we navigate the famously ice-clogged Fury and Hecla Strait?  If conditions are right, we’ll spend the following days exploring—by ship, Zodiacs, kayaks and on shore hikes—the islands of the Foxe basin and Hudson Strait south of Baffin Island. If the Fury and Hecla Strait is impassable, we’ll sail to the north of Baffin Island, very familiar waters to us, where the landscape is equally stunning and inviting to activities, and plenty of late-season ice still clings to Baffin’s eastern shore. We’ll explore the wild and pristine Canadian High Arctic: Baffin Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well.
  • 24 days

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