National Geographic Explorer
Greenland & the Canadian Arctic
The newly renovated National Geographic Explorer is an ice-class polar expedition vessel accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins, all with windows or portholes, en suite facilities and individual climate controls. The ship is fully stabilized, enabling it to navigate polar passages in exceptional comfort. It has been freshly redesigned with the addition of the most innovative tools for polar and undersea exploration, as well as expedition cruising destinations worldwide. Such features include Zodiacs, kayaks, hydrophones, underwater HD cameras and a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV). The Explorer also includes two restaurants, a lounge and bar, library, observation lounge, spa, fitness center and sauna. A mud room with lockers provides storage for guests’ expedition gear. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. A diverse menu features a wide variety of international favorites, with local flair.
2014/2015 Itineraries, Dates, & Fees
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The Northwest Passage, Iceland, & Greenland
Following in the footsteps of dauntless explorers who came before, accompanied by a 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 reconfirm the soundings they took in 1984.
- Jul 28- Aug 21, 2014 ($24,990-$47,990)
The Northwest Passage, Newfoundland, & LabradorThe 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, Zodiac, 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.
- Aug 19-Sep 11, 2014 ($24,990-$47,990)
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 Greenland's fascinating Viking sites and settlements, each set against edenic backdrops.
- Jul 19-30, 2015 ($10,580-$19,550)
Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic
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 to share the experience of explorers from ancient to modern, goaded by the desire to discover the Northwest Passage.
- Jul 28-Aug 11, 2015 ($12,990-$24,790) *Iqaluit to Kangerlussuaq
- Aug 7-19, 2015 ($12,990-$24,790)
- Aug 17-29, 2015 ($12,990-$24,790) *Iqaluit to Kangerlussuaq
- Aug 27-Sep 8, 2015 ($12,990-$24,790)