National Geographic Explorer: The European 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 Itinerary, Dates & FeesPlease click on the dates below to see the specific dates, fees, map, itinerary, inclusions, and exclusions.
Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard ItineraryCombine the glaciers and wild polar bears of Svalbard with the fjords and green summer-scape of coastal Norway. Our seasoned captain and expedition staff will bring you far north, to an expansive wilderness region of towering glaciers, deep fjords, mountains and massive ice sheets. They have been exploring this region for years, even decades, and take us to the “lesser-traveled” and back safely.
Land of the Ice Bears: An In Depth Exploration of Arctic SvalbardA 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, snow-capped 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.
- Jun 6-16, 2014 ($8,990-$16,630)
- Jun 13-23, 2014 ($8,990-$16,630)
Circumnavigation of IcelandIceland’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 bird-life––seeing it all in one 360º expedition is irresistible.
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. Go from the TV series depiction of Vikings to a real sense of their heroism. We’ll follow in the wake of these, and other 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.
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)