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Discover Stunning Icescapes & Native Cultures Along Baffin Bay & Beyond

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National Geographic Explorer

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...

National Geographic Explorer

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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.

2016 Itineraries, Dates, & Fees

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Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands

Canada’s Ellesmere Island stretches farther north than any other land in the world, save for Greenland—explore both on this epic Arctic expedition. This is a region of ancient ice, where tidewater glaciers of exceptional beauty dominate the landscape. Few humans have ever been here. It is home to hunting polar bears, muskox, and extremely rare wildlife, including narwhal. Rely on the expedition team’s experience in Baffin Island and Lancaster Sound at the entrance to the Northwest Passage to ensure peak exploration and wildlife encounters; and then strike as far north at the ice allows, tracing the rarely visited coast of northwest Greenland and Ellesmere Islands into parts largely unknown, where the only assurance is great wonder, beauty, and genuine exploration. The High Arctic in its full glory is a lifetime experience.


Iceland & Greenland: Viking Legends and Wild Fjords

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.

Akademik Ioffe

Designed and built in Finland as a scientific research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. External stabilizers and a built-in trimming system provide...
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Akademik Ioffe

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Greenland & the Canadian Arctic

Designed and built in Finland as a scientific research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. External stabilizers and a built-in trimming system provide exceptional stability while still permitting excellent maneuverability. The Ioffe has an ice-strengthened hull and a maximum cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. She accommodates 96 guests and has been refitted and refurbished in recent years to enhance guests' comfort and the caliber of on-board facilities.

2016 Itineraries, Dates, & Fees

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Baffin Island: Jewel of the Arctic

Baffin Island is one of the last great wilderness regions on the planet and the focus of this outstanding expedition. From Iqaluit, on Frobisher Bay, we explore up the wild east coast of Baffin Island discovering the deep fjords, soaring mountains and immense glacial systems. We are constantly on the lookout for variety of birdlife and marine wildlife- including polar bear- the icon of the north. Visits to remote Inuit provide a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the people who call this wilderness their home. The history of early exploration is ever present as we visit outposts and important historical sites. This is remote, small ship expedition cruising at its best.

 

Canadian Maritimes: Fins & Fiddles

The islands of Canada’s Atlantic Maritime Provinces feature a rich and diverse culture, found in small fishing communities and remote out ports. The area is well known for its Celtic traditions and the music and cuisine of the region is celebrated the world over. Historically, this is one of the most fascinating places in North America. Our exploration of the Maritimes starts and ends in the historical town of Louisburg, on Cape Breton Island. The region also offers a staggering abundance of wildlife, including prolific birdlife, numerous seal and whale species and we even encounter the fabled ponies of Sable Island. Beaches and lagoons provide viewing opportunities for numerous shorebirds and as we cruise towards the mouth of the St Lawrence River we hope to see the great baleen whales such as the humpback, minke and blue whale - as well as grey and harp seals. These rich feeding grounds act as a magnet for wildlife. A ship-based exploration allows us to visit places that are otherwise inaccessible or difficult to get to for land-based visitors and we achieve this all in a manageable time frame.

 

Classic Northwest Passage (Eastbound)

This iconic voyage explores the remote Northwest Passage and stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline. We follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, exploring the archipelago of islands and channels that create Canada’s high Arctic region. This is the home of the polar bear, the barren ground grizzly bear, musk ox, caribou and walrus and we journey through the wild Canadian north aboard the celebrated expedition ship, Akademik Ioffe. Wildlife is a major draw card of the expedition but there is plenty of historical interest and the stories of that ill-fated expedition by Sir John Franklin nearly 170 years ago is central to our voyage. Franklin made his last heroic foray into the Arctic in 1845 with two ships and 129 men, never to be heard from again. The fate of the expedition remained a mystery – until September 2014 – when one of the vessels, HMS Erebus, was discovered in a remarkable state of preservation in the frigid waters of Victoria Strait. The find is undoubtedly one of the great archeological discoveries of the last 100 years and has been likened to the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. This is small ship expedition cruising at its best.

 

Northwest Passage: Wildlife Encounter

This new expedition brings the wildlife of the Arctic into sharp focus. We cross and re-cross the nutrient-rich waters of Lancaster Sound and the abundance of food makes this region of the Arctic a wildlife hotspot. A visit to the one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in the world, frequent sightings of seals, beluga whale and narwhal provide great interest for wildlife lovers. A highlight will be sightings of polar bear and we hope to encounter these iconic hunters of the north at a number of special locations we have discovered over the years. Frequent shore landings in the company of expert guides allow us to explore on foot, observing wildlife, Arctic flora, and points of historical interest - including a number of former Hudson's Bay Company outposts. All of this is set against a backdrop of epic mountain scenery, sweeping glaciers and skies that go on forever. This is an ideal introduction to small ship expedition cruising in the remote Canadian Arctic.


Northwest Passage: Finding Franklin

This outstanding new expedition showcases the breathtaking wilderness of Canada's High Arctic. Wildlife is another major draw card and throughout the voyage we visit one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in Canada and a number of locations where encounters with polar bears are frequent. Sightings of seals, whales and narwhal are also common. However, the principal focus of our expedition is the history of Arctic exploration and early quest for the Northwest Passage. The story of Sir John Franklin's expedition from the mid-18th century and the enduring mystery of their fate has gripped the imagination and intrigue of Canadian's - and history lovers - for more than 150 years. A new chapter in this tale was written when in September 2014, a joint government/ private expedition located the final resting place of one of two of Franklin's 'lost ships' - HMS Erebus, in the frigid waters of the Victoria Strait. We navigate our modern expedition vessel through these very same waters and wonder about the fate of these early Arctic explorers. Throughout the journey, we enjoy on-board presentations by polar experts and fascinating shore excursions to many key historic sites.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, this ship was designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. She is exceptionally stable, yet maneuverable...

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, this ship was designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. She is exceptionally stable, yet maneuverable. She accommodates 92 guests in a variety of cabin categories, with private, semi-private, and shared facilities, all with exterior views. Amenities include a sauna and plunge pool. The Vavilov has one elevator between passenger deck levels and the bridge level.

2016 Itinerary, Dates & Fees

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Classic Northwest Passage (Westbound)

This iconic voyage explores the stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline and remote Northwest Passage. We follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, exploring the archipelago of islands and channels that create Canada’s High Arctic region. This is the home of the polar bear, the barren ground grizzly bear, musk ox, caribou and walrus and we journey through the wild Canadian north aboard the celebrated expedition ship, Akademik Sergey Vavilov. Wildlife is a major draw card of our expedition but there is plenty of historical interest and the stories of that ill-fated expedition by Sir John Franklin nearly 170 years ago is central to our voyage. Franklin made his last heroic foray into the Arctic in 1845 with two ships and 129 men, never to be heard from again. The fate of the expedition remained a mystery – until September 2014 – when one of the vessels, HMS Erebus, was discovered in a remarkable state of preservation in the frigid waters of Victoria Strait. The find is undoubtedly one of the great archeological discoveries of the last 100 years and has been likened to the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. This is small ship expedition cruising at its best.

 

Baffin Island & West Greenland

An exploration of the wildlife, culture and spectacular scenery in the Canadian Arctic and Western Greenland. From Iqaluit on the east coast of Baffin Island to the west coast of Greenland, this 11-day adventure sails through a spectacular wilderness of glaciers, mountains, fjords and breathtaking icebergs. Along the way, Inuit settlements of both Canada and Greenland will open eyes to the rich and unique cultures that have survived in this harsh landscape for centuries.

Kapitan Khlebnikov

The 400-foot-long Kapitan Khlebnikov is a hardy polar-class icebreaker that combines superlative power and technology with plenty of comfort. No passenger ship has transited the Northwest Passage...

Kapitan Khlebnikov

The 400-foot-long Kapitan Khlebnikov is a hardy polar-class icebreaker that combines superlative power and technology with plenty of comfort. No passenger ship has transited the Northwest Passage more often than the renowned Kapitan Khlebnikov. Originally designed to take on the rigors of northern Siberia, the 24,000 horsepower engine and advanced ice-breaking technology take you places in the Arctic that no other ship can.

The ship accommodates 110 guests in 51 outside cabins and suites, all with private bathroom facilities, large windows, desk, hair dryer, bathrobes and large closets. Suites have separate sitting areas apart from the bedroom space. Common areas include a dining room with open-seating meals, a lounge and bar staffed by a professional bartender, theater-style auditorium for presentations by the Expedition Team, Polar Library stocked with books and DVDs, heated indoor plunge, pool, boutique and health clinic.


2016 Dates, Fees & Itineraries


Arctic Icebreaker Expedition: Epic Northeast Passage

On the fabled Northeast Passage, travelers will encounter thick pack ice, unique geological formations and the fascinating cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Arctic. On-board helicopters and the Khlebnikov’s sheer icebreaking force combine to take you to some of the most magnificent regions of the world where others dare not sail.

 

Arctic Icebreaker Expedition: Extreme Greenland

Northeast Greenland is one of the most isolated regions in the world. The lush tundra supports herds of musk oxen, and shore landings offer outstanding hiking and photographic opportunities. Visit the remains of Thule camps and enjoy the splendor of “iceberg alleys” as you navigate past majestic floating bergs. Get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the residents of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most northerly community in East Greenland. Sailing south to Tasiilaq, you will undoubtedly spend time in the bar exchanging impressions of this awesome wilderness with fellow travelers.


Arctic Icebreaker Expedition: Best of the Canadian High Arctic

From quiet coastal towns to authentic Inuit communities to awe-inspiring Ilulissat, this voyage is ideal for those seeking an in-depth, authentic expedition to the less-discovered regions of the Arctic. A truly off-the-standard-tourist path adventure.


Arctic Icebreaker Expedition: Ultimate Northwest Passage

On this special icebreaker expedition of the Northwest Passage, you’ll witness first-hand the haunting beauty of the northern wilderness, wildlife and culture. Be prepared to encounter every type of Arctic wildlife, including whales, seals, polar bears, and seabirds as you immerse yourself in northern culture with visits to Canadian Inuit and Russian Yupik and Chukchi communities. In addition to the jaw-dropping scenery, you’ll see memorials and artifacts from early voyages of exploration, including Beechey Island.

Ocean Nova

Exhibiting clean, crisp Scandinavian design, the Ocean Nova was built in Frederikshavn, Denmark, with an ice-strengthened hull to navigate the frigid waters of the polar regions in comfort...

Ocean Nova

The Ocean Nova was built in 1992 at the Ørskov Shipyard in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to navigate the ice-choked waters off western Greenland. The ship was upgraded in 2000 and was significantly refurbished once again in 2006 to include a glass enclosed forward observation lounge on the top deck and to offer travelers even more of a comfortable retreat after days of exploring ashore. Carrying approximately 86 passengers and classified to operate in ice-filled waters, the 73-meter vessel is guided by officers with deep experience in polar navigation. With outside cabins only (all with private facilities), a spacious dining room, and a comfortable library, the Ocean Nova is a perfect expedition ship for discovering the Arctic.

Sea Adventurer

The Sea Adventurer has a proud reputation as a well-appointed, elegant expedition ship designed for exploration in polar regions. Built in 1975, she underwent a $13 million conversion...

Sea Adventurer

The Sea Adventurer has a proud reputation as a well-appointed, elegant expedition ship designed for exploration in polar regions. Built in 1975, she underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. An exceptionally comfortable ride is ensured by stabilizers and an ice-hardened hull that allow her to navigate easily in the most rugged natural environments. The Sea Adventurer is outfitted with state-of-the-art satellite navigation and communication equipment as well as a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. The deluxe ship accommodates 117 guests in 61 outside cabins, all with private en suite facilities in a variety of categories. Cabins feature individual temperature controls and in-room music. Comfortable public areas include a window-lined dining room, two bars and a lounge/presentation room.

2016 Itineraries, Dates, & Fees

Please click on the dates below to see the specific dates, fees, map, itinerary, inclusions, and exclusions.

 

Northwest Passage: Franklin's Legend

For centuries, fortune-seekers risked their lives to find the Northwest Passage, the fabled sea route running between Europe and Asia, the greatest geographical problem of the last three centuries, according to the New York Times of November 25, 1852. During this 20-day active adventure, cruise through the heart of the Northwest Passage. Experience first-hand those islands, waterways and wilds that still yield a gratifying sense of achievement for all those who make the voyage, including Beechey Island, made famous by explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Sir John Franklin.

Long considered lost forever, the ships of the Franklin Expedition have been the subject of many searches over the years. In September 2014, the Victoria Strait Expedition conducted a large hunt for the two missing vessels, and on 7 September, 2014 the search team found the sunken remains of the HMS Erebus off the coast of King William Island.

 

Northwest Passage: Fury and Hecla

On this active expedition, we’ll visit some of the main highlights of the fabled Northwest Passage, a sea route long-known to sailors around the world for its formidable channels. Traversing this passage was considered the greatest geographical quest for the last three centuries, tempting renowned explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Sir John Franklin. From landscapes to icescapes to seascapes, we’ll explore some of the region’s most interesting and stunning landmarks.

 

The Untamed North: Iceland to Greenland

Discover the ethereal beauty of Iceland—element sculpted landscapes, mighty glaciers, and geothermal hotspots—while offshore, rock pinnacles serve as the seasonal home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Meet the citizens of colorful fishing villages; cruise by Zodiac beneath emerald hillsides laced with waterfalls; and walk among ruins that recall the heyday of Viking exploration. In the capital of Reykjavík explore the fabled Golden Circle—Thingvellir National Park; Gullfoss waterfall; and the Geysir Center. Your exploration of Greenland begins in Scoresbysund where, for two days, (weather permitting) search for the wildlife that lives among the glittering icebergs or on the wildflower-carpeted tundra. Sailing southward, explore coves and inlets of the pristine coast by Zodiac and visit millennia-old Norse sites and thriving local villages, including Nuuk, the world’s smallest capital. Prins Christian Sund is a photographer’s heaven with cliff-hugging frozen waterfalls and towering volcanoes. And, as you sail the length of Kangerlussuaq Fjord, witness the breathtaking spectacle of sheer vertical cliffs, massive glaciers, and elegant icebergs.

 

Greenland to Canada: Inuit, Ice & Wildlife

An exploration of historic Canadian and Greenlandic sites in the Arctic, combined with abundant wildlife and Inuit culture equals one amazing Arctic expedition. This in-depth adventure provides fantastic opportunities for seeing all of the Arctic’s iconic creatures, including polar bears.

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