Epic 80N – Exploring Greenland, Baffin and Ellesmere Islands (24 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Keflavík, Iceland to Keflavík, Iceland
Dates: 17 Aug 2018 - 09 Sep 2018

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17 Aug 2018
Air travel

Depart U.S. for an overnight flight to Keflavík.

18 Aug 2018
Keflavík, Iceland
Reykjavík, Iceland

Transfer from Keflavík to Reykjavík, located just south of the Arctic Circle. Check into the Grand Hotel. Take a guided overview of the old town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. Or choose to explore the Blue Lagoon and soak in the geothermal waters. (L,D)

19 Aug 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland
Air travel
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland. Embark National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq Fjord, a picturesque waterway that stretches 100 miles. (B,L,D)

20 Aug 2018
Sisimiut, Greenland

Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland's west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. In the morning, we trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales. Later, at Sisimiut, a former whaling port, we visit the museum and wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings. (B,L,D)

21 Aug 2018
Pond Inlet, NU, Canada
22 Aug 2018
Beechey Island, Canada
23 Aug 2018
Dundas Harbour, Canada

We begin our exploration of the Canadian High Arctic with a visit to the small Inuit community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut. We will explore some of the beautiful bays and inlets along Baffin Island's northern coast and Lancaster Sound. We search for ringed seals, Arctic foxes, and polar bears, as well as beluga whales. Perhaps even see the elusive narwhal, known for the long spiraling tooth that projects up to ten feet. Possible stops to explore Beechey Island and the remains of the Franklin expedition's winter quarters and Lancaster Sound for polar bears on the ice. At the entrance to the Northwest Passage, we encounter Devon Island. Walk with our ship's archaeologist to learn about the Thule people that once inhabited this region and were the ancestors of all modern Inuit. At Dundas Harbor, we hike the tundra and search for wildlife, perhaps including musk oxen. (B,L,D)

24 Aug 2018
Northwest Passage
25 Aug 2018
Northwest Passage
DAY 10
26 Aug 2018
Northwest Passage
DAY 11
27 Aug 2018
Northwest Passage
DAY 12
28 Aug 2018
Smith Bay, Ellesmere Island, Canada

Heading ever northward, we make our way up the beautiful and remote east coast of Ellesmere Island, where the Explorer first ventured a few seasons ago. 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. Our flexible itinerary stops may include a stop at any number of inlets along the southeastern coastline, or we might go for a Zodiac cruise in Makinson Inlet, where tidewater glaciers tumble down to the sea. (B,L,D)

DAY 13
29 Aug 2018
DAY 14
30 Aug 2018

On these two days we explore to 80ºN and hopefully beyond, if the ice allows. 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 15
31 Aug 2018
DAY 16
01 Sep 2018
Cape York, Greenland

Explorer will be in true expedition mode every turn of the way. Take a Zodiac cruise among grounded icebergs, explore vast colonies of seabirds, and walk ashore, perhaps stopping at Cape York to see beautiful pink feldspar hills and the distant granite monument memorializing Robert Peary. (B,L,D)

DAY 17
02 Sep 2018
Scenic Cruising
DAY 18
03 Sep 2018
Scenic Cruising
DAY 19
04 Sep 2018
Scenic Cruising
DAY 20
05 Sep 2018
Qilakitsoq, Greenland

Today we are back in familiar waters, stopping at Qilakitsoq, where a collection of mummies dating to 1475 was discovered in 1972 and featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine's February 1985 issue. (B,L,D)

DAY 21
06 Sep 2018
Disko Bay, Greenland
Ilulissat, Greenland

Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ilulissat Icefjord. Visit the town of Ilulissat and walk to the archaeological site in the Sermermiut Valley. (B,L,D)

DAY 22
07 Sep 2018
West Coast of Greenland

Our final day aboard will be spent in the beautifully scenic fjords. Take a Zodiac cruise, kayak, or hike across the tundra. Our undersea specialist may launch the ROV to see the marine life inhabiting the fjord floor. (B,L,D)

DAY 23
08 Sep 2018
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Air travel
Reykjavík, Iceland

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq in the morning followed by a tour and lunch. Fly by private charter to Reykjavík, where we check into the Grand Hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 24
09 Sep 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland
Keflavík, Iceland
Air travel

Our grand adventure takes us to Iceland's lively capital city, Reykjavík. Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula, followed by lunch. Transfer to Keflavík for your flight home. Or you may wish to extend your stay in Iceland for further adventures. (B,L)

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