Spotlight On: Greenland & Arctic Canada

This is true polar exploration—whether it’s attempting to penetrate the massive ice of east Greenland to reach Northeast Greenland National Park, marveling at the big ice of West Greenland, or cruising among the towering icebergs of UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ilulissat Icefjord. Each year in this incredibly remote region, our guests enjoy simply spectacular wildlife sightings, and cultural rewards as well. You’ll visit the small Inuit community at Pond Inlet, hike the tundra, meet locals, and search for unique wildlife that congregates along the scenic shores of Greenland, Baffin Island, Newfoundland and Labrador—where, in addition to the natural splendors of the sea and land, we trace the lineage of Arctic exploration and migration, from the ancient Vikings to the Acadians.


See What It’s Like & Why You Should Go

 

 

Hear more from Aleqa Hammond, the former prime minister of Greenland >

 


Come for the Wildlife, Be Amazed by the Ice

 

We venture high, deep, and far into Arctic Canada and East Greenland lured by the chance to see mythic species: muskox, beluga whales, polar bears, killer whales, even the possibility of the elusive narwhal. And to log the exhilarating sightings of other iconic creatures—walrus, humpbacks, bearded and ringed seals—that our keen-eyed spotters reliably deliver each year. As we head farther south along the coast of Labrador, two bear territories intersect in one fjord system, creating a rare opportunity: the chance to see both black bears and polar bears in one incredible landscape. 

 


Choose Your Expedition

5 diverse ways to discover this wild part of the planet

 

Exploring Greenland & the Canadian High Arctic

Fabled Lands of the North: Greenland to Newfoundland

East Greenland: Wild Shores of the High Arctic

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August 2020 & 2021
Free Bar Tab & Crew Tips
Explore entirely above the Arctic Circle, venturing as far north as extraordinary Ellesmere Island. Search for bears and narwhal, marvel at a UNESCO icefjord and encounter modern Inuit culture.

August 2020 & 2021
Free Charter Air from Reykjavík to Kangerlussuaq; Call for Details
A sweeping exploration from the deep fjords of West Greenland to fascinating Viking ruins in Newfoundland. Plus, a foray into Torngat Mountains National Park, a pristine Inuit-run nature reserve in Labrador, and a chance for Northern Lights.

August 2020
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Enter the vast Arctic paradise that is Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park, and an uninhabited region that has been only the domain of Inuit hunters before us.  

Iceland’s Wild West Coast to East Greenland

The Canadian Maritimes & Newfoundland

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September 2021
Free Bar Tab & Crew Tips
Contrast West Iceland’s modern culture and rolling geothermal marvels with East Greenland’s incredible icy fjords and legendary national park. Chance to witness the Northern Lights.

September 2020 & 2021
Free Bar Tab & Crew Tips
Island hop among North America’s oldest Viking settlements, plus discover the unique geological features of Gros Morne National Park, where the Earth’s mantle is laid bare.


Discover the Ice with Exceptional People

The following esteemed Global Perspectives Guest Speakers join us on select departures.

 

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Minik Rosing
Geologist
Carl Safina
Conservationist
Jared Diamond
Author
Robert MacNeil
Journalist

Families Share Exhilarating Discoveries in the Arctic

 

“Our original itinerary had to be altered due to too much ice along lower Baffin Island, but the staff was determined to find polar bears. After a few days, we struck gold: a mother and two cubs, sleeping on an iceberg. The ship approached slowly and the three bears, as curious about us as we were about them, walked across the ice and started rolling on their backs in front of the ship. I was fortunately able to share this experience with my wife, son (age 10) and daughter (age 13). It was one of those moments that will stick in our minds forever. My son’s love for photography started on this voyage, and my daughter wrote a beautiful essay about this trip that won an award at school.”
—Bennett G., Guest, Greenland, July 2013
 

 

Visit expeditions.com/Arcticfamily to learn more about exploring the Arctic with kids.

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