Epic Greenland and the Canadian Arctic - Endurance

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Experience unbridled 21st-century exploration on a cutting-edge vessel, as you venture deep into remote Arctic waters to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike the tundra.

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126

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25

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ACTIVITY LEVEL

The Arctic: Drink It In

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National Geographic Endurance

Set off on a grand polar adventure that traces the spectacular icy shores of Western Greenland and Arctic Canada. Powered by the new National Geographic Endurance, sail into dramatic fjords, narrow straits, and breathtaking bays and call in on remote villages where Inuit communities have lived off the land for hundreds of years. Heading ever northward, we’ll follow leads through the ice to search for the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, along with other iconic wildlife from whales to walrus. Finally, in the farthest reaches of the region, discover the untamed beauty of the storied Northwest Passage and experience the intoxicating thrill of true exploration.
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    •Travel with world class experts well above 80º north into the fabled Northwest Passage.
    •Explore Ellesmere Island and spot polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, belugas, bowhead whales, and maybe the elusive narwhal.
    •Travel on the new gold standard of expedition ships with updated features like a science hub with scientists gathering data and a full yoga studio!

Travel Curator’s Insights:

SPECIAL OFFER:

Rates:
From $39,990 per person
Cancel your expedition at least 14 days before departure and receive 100% future travel credit. Policies and protocols provided before you book.

Aug 3-27, 2023
Aug 21-Sept 13, 2024
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August 2023, 2024
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Trip Sustainability Awards 

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CARBON

Fantastic advances in minimizing carbon footprints at locations.

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ENERGY

On the East African Energy Renewal Board

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EDUCATION

Runs local educational facilities for children.

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Itinerary 

Days 1-2: U.S. / Reykjavík, Iceland

Depart on an overnight flight to Reykjavík. Upon arrival, take a tour an excursion to see Iceland’s hot springs, beautiful Icelandic Horses, and a fascinating power plant. After lunch, check into our centrally located hotel. (Day 2: L,D)


Day 3: Reykjavík, / Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Embark

The morning is at leisure followed by lunch and a tour of the city ending at either the National Museum or the Whale Museum. Transfer to the airport for a chartered flight to Greenland and embark our ship at the head of Kangerlussuaq fjord, a 120-mile-long waterway whose name means “large fjord” in Greenlandic. (B,L,D)


Day 4: Sisimiut

Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice sheet that covers about 80 percent of the country. Discover this beautiful and rugged coastline in Zodiacs, keeping an eye out for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and stroll around a picturesque jumble of historic and modern wooden buildings. (B,L,D)


Day 5: Ilulissat

Sail into Qeqertarsuup Tunua, also known as Disko Bay, to explore the World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap that extends to the sea. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs at the mouth of the fjord. Visit the town of Ilulissat and walk to the archaeological site in Sermermiut, an abandoned valley previously inhabited by several distinct Inuit cultures. (B,L,D)


Day 6-8: Exploring Eastern Baffin Island

We continue our exploration of the Canadian High Arctic with a visit to the small Inuit community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Explore some of the beautiful bays and inlets along 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. Our days here will be spent searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. Visit Devon Island and take a walk with our ship’s archaeologist to learn about the Thule people—ancestors of the modern Inuit—that once inhabited this region. (B,L,D)

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Day 9-12: Exploring the Queen Elizabeth Islands

We explore the ice-choked channels and glacier carved islands that stretch for hundreds of miles—a stunning display of raw geology. We’ll explore the rocky, “Mars-like” terrain of uninhabited Devon Island. We take our 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 kayak beneath massive ice sculptures and soaring cliffs. Sail past the northernmost part of mainland North America in the Bellot Strait, one of the narrowest and most infamous of the passage. We’ll learn about the Inuit peoples who have hunted and fished here for thousands of years, as well as be on the lookout for the animals that call this region home such as ringed seals, arctic foxes, musk oxen, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. (B,L,D)


Day 13-17: Exploring Ellesmere Island

Heading ever northward, we make our way up the beautiful and remote east coast of Ellesmere Island. Cruise along scenic Smith Bay (a.k.a. Skog Inlet) bordered by a steep wall of mountains, with a glacial ice tongue which pours down the mountains on either side. Be up on the bridge as we search for a patch of "polar bear ice," the mixture of first-year and multi-year sea ice that is the preferred habitat of the ice bears. Our binoculars seek out any small ivory-colored dot on an otherwise white ice surface. We strain to see the dot move. Yes, it is a bear, spotted at a considerable distance. We approach, ever so slowly, stalking the polar bear much as the bear stalks seals on the ice. At the end of the bay, we go ashore to hike or kayak in picturesque surroundings. Ice is always present here.


On our next day, we enter Buchanan Bay, and turn into Alexandra Fjord to reach the area of Skraeling Island. (“Skraeling” is the word that the Norse settlers of Greenland used for the Inuit.) This is the site of an important archaeological find. Norse artifacts show that the Norse traded with the natives here on Ellesmere Island, far north of their settlements on Greenland. Last summer, quite unexpectedly, we discovered the remains of a summer encampment of natives, we think of the Thule Culture (the third of the three Inuit cultures to occupy this area.) We saw rings of stones that held down the edges of skin tents against the wind, and stone chambers that might have been constructed for storage. Perhaps the Inuit camped at this very site as they traded with the Norsemen, exchanging skins and walrus ivory for European goods, especially metal. (B,L,D)

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Day 18-20: Exploring Above 80 Degrees North

On these two days we explore to 80ºN and beyond, ice conditions permitting. We take full advantage of our “human resources”—our experienced captain, expedition leader and naturalists—as well as our technological resources. We chart where the ice is impenetrable and where there are leads guiding us to exciting discoveries. (B,L,D)


Day 21: Kiatassuaq Island, Greenland

Marking the southern border of Melville Bay, Kiatassuaq Island means “a large torso” in the Greenlandic language. Known as an important area for whaling in the 19th century, we spend the day exploring the southern reaches of Melville Bay and shores of the island, marveling at the ice dispatched from the Greenland Ice Cap as well as being on the lookout for whales and other marine life. (B,L,D)


Day 22-23: Disko Island / Exploring

Continue south, stopping to explore the volcanic Disko Island, home to isolated Greenlandic settlements, dramatic cliffs laced with waterfalls, and black-sand beaches. (B,L,D)


Day 24-25: Kangerlussuaq / Disembark /Reykjavik, Iceland / U.S.

Sail back into Søndre Strømfjord to Kangerlussuaq and disembark the ship. Take an evening charter flight to Reykjavík and transfer to the Marriott Keflavik Airport Hotel. On our final morning, you may choose to enjoy a soak in the Blue Lagoon or take a tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula before transferring to the airport for flights home. (Day 24: B,L,D; Day 25: B,L)


Please Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond this operator's control at the sole discretion of this operator.


Special Offer (Subject to change): Travel aboard the National Geographic Endurance on any voyage and this operator will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.


Sample Airfares:

Economy: from $600 per person

Business: from $2,300 per person

Charter( Reyjavik/Kangerlussuaq): from $1,520 per person

Airfares are subject to change.


Children: Take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.


Back-to-Back: Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken on board one of this operator's expedition ships. This savings is applicable on voyage fares only and are not valid on extensions or airfare. Ask your Travel Curator for dovetailing options.


Group Rates: Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from regular policies.

National Geographic Endurance

The first new polar build in this operator's 50-year history, National Geographic Endurance is named to honor explorer Ernest Shackleton and his legendary Transantarctic Expedition. A fully stabilized vessel of the highest ice class (PC5 Category A), she will enable adventurous guests to go where few have or can. Endurance’s most striking exterior feature is her distinctive profile, the patented X-Bow®, a game-changing design that guarantees the smoothest, most comfortable ride in all kinds of conditions.

• Capacity: 126 guests
• Cabins: 69 outside cabins, 53 cabins with balconies
• Specialists: Nat Geo Experts, Full-Time Doctor, and Wellness Coach

ACHIEVEMENTS 

2022 Best Expedition Ships, Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards
2021 Top Small-ship Ocean Cruise Lines, Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
2021 #1 Small Ship Cruise Line, Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers' Choice Award

"The brand new, state-of-the-art X-Bow ship, the National Geographic Endurance, offers one of the most exciting, cutting-edge expedition experiences available. With her spacious, beautifully appointed cabins, expedition equipment, and National Geographic-level experts onboard, the NG Endurance is an outstanding choice for any of her far-flung destinations. Highly recommended!"

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Rates

 

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CATEGORY 1 CABIN

Two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft. #406, 408, 411, 413, 415

From in USD:

$39,990pp

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CATEGORY 4 CABIN

Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft. #608, 610, 612, 613-623

From in USD:

$56,390pp

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CATEGORY 7 CABIN

Large Balcony Suite, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717

From in USD:

$80,980pp

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CATEGORY 2 CABIN

Two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft. #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427

From in USD:

$43,210pp

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CATEGORY 5 CABIN

Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #708, 709, 711, 713

From in USD:

$64,780pp

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CATEGORY A SOLO CABIN

Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #504-510, 513

From in USD:

$62,750pp

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CATEGORY 3 CABIN

Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #512-524

From in USD:

$50,190pp

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CATEGORY 6 CABIN

Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710

From in USD:

$74,490pp

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CATEGORY B SOLO CABIN

Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #604, 606, 609, 611

From in USD:

$70,500pp

I've helped design itineraries in this region, and this one includes so many remote and spectacular landing sites that you'll come away from it with deeper insight into Arctic life than on most other voyages. Highly recommended!

Joy Martinello, Founder

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What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Two hotel nights in Reykjavik; accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of Expedition Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

NOT INCLUDED
Air transportation; personal items such as emails, laundry, etc.