Hot Springs & Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland August 22 - 30, 2017
Dear W&L Traveler,
We invite you to join us in an exploration of Iceland and Greenland, two of our most exotic destinations ever. During this compact, immersive land, sea, and air adventure, we’ll get an exhilarating introduction to both of these geologically-active islands. We’ll visit Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital, to discover its culture, cuisine, and character. We’ll then venture more deeply into the wild, first on a charter flight over Greenland’s massive ice cap, and then aboard the world’s finest expedition ship, National Geographic Explorer, in an exploration of Greenland’s western coast.
In Reykjavík, we’ll get a taste of the city’s Nordic heritage on a guided tour and then go beyond the metropolis to explore the beauty of Iceland’s myriad waterfalls, hot springs, and spouting geysers. Our program offers a choice between a more active itinerary of hiking, biking, horseback riding through lava fields, or the more relaxed option of a full-day excursion of the renowned Golden Circle. Two special features, both appealing for foodies, include a cooking class at Salt Kitchen using local ingredients and an exclusive private dinner on lovely Viðey Island curated by one of Iceland’s top chefs. Included also are performances by local musicians arranged by ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar.
Beyond Iceland, we’ll encounter some of the largest icebergs on Earth while sailing along Greenland’s ice edge and into its deep fjords. Our charter flights to and from Greenland will offer spectacular views of the Greenland ice cap, weather permitting, which covers about 80 percent of the country. Here, we’ll meet the hardy and welcoming inhabitants who call the Arctic home. Rounding out these remarkable experiences is a good possibility of witnessing the dazzling spectacle of the Northern Lights.
We’ll travel with a team of experts: an expedition leader; naturalists, several with geological expertise; cultural specialists; an undersea specialist, and a Global Perspectives guest speaker. To help you capture the experience, a National Geographic photographer and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor will be aboard.
Do give this special travel opportunity every consideration. To make your reservation, please return the enclosed reservation form or call (540) 458-8723.
Robert Fure, Ph.D., Director of Special Programs
Explore the Lands of Fire & Ice
For the adventure traveler, no destination today has anything close to the cool allure of those in Arctic latitudes. Iceland and Greenland — with their unearthly beauty, fascinating Nordic heritage, and some of the most spectacular geology on Earth — are beckoning seasoned and novice travelers alike. We invite you to join us for what so many travelers are now discovering — landscapes beyond the familiar, an earth of wondrous dynamism, and the remote habitations of a hardy people somehow at home in polar climes.
Over the course of one week, we’ll have the unique opportunity to explore by land, sea, and air as we study the extreme and geologically-extraordinary contrasts of these lands, from Iceland’s thermal baths to Greenland’s gigantic glaciers, which can stretch over 100 miles. This active and engaging itinerary allows us to spend three days in Reykjavík and its environs, including the Golden Circle with its geologic marvels. Then spend three full days discovering Greenland’s ragged and wild coastline, hiking the frozen tundra, Zodiac cruising among towering icebergs, and keeping a lookout for humpback and minke whales.
The Perfect Platform for Exploring the Far North
It's not simply where National Geographic Explorer goes that makes traveling aboard so rewarding, it's how she voyages — with a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, and other exploration tools that enable you to actively, personally explore. While roving the word's high latitudes, your expedition ship brings you deeper inside geographies where there is no infrastructure but much wonder. Aboard NG Explorer, no one is a sightseer; every individual is herself or himself an explorer, actively engaged in discovering the world for the very first time.
Enjoy an Exclusive Look at the Arctic Undersea
NG Explorer is uniquely equipped with an undersea specialist/diver, undersea video technology, and an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) capable of exploring depths up to 1,000 feet. The captured images are then displayed on HD TVs for viewing in the lounge, providing you with an unparalleled opportunity to see beneath the ocean’s surface. In addition, the NG Explorer's interior features inspirational "Ocean" photo and video displays by top National Geographic photographers to reinforce our vital connection to the word's oceans.
Share the Adventure with Engaging Experts
Your expedition leader is an outstanding individual, a leader who attracts and inspires geologists, marine biologists, glaciologists, historians, and undersea specialists, who return each year, like migratory species, to their respective geographies on NG Explorer's routes. They help deliver unprecedented observations and experience discovery by explaining the scale and wonder of 'big ice,' spotting marine life in the vast ocean, and providing insight on the people who live here. Their commitment and passion will engage you, and their knowledge will illuminate the facets of all you'll see and do during your expedition.
Take your Best Photos Ever
Whether you think of yourself as a photographer or simply want to capture the moments at the heart of your expedition, you’ll take your best photos ever aboard G Explorer. You’ll have a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor at your side and at your service to help you better understand your camera and its settings, the basics of composition, and the scenery and wildlife you’ll aim your camera at. And you’ll be accompanied by National Geographic award-winning photographer Michael Melford, who has worked in photojournalism for more than 35 years and is a frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine. He will provide inspiration, tips, and advice gleaned over the course of his significant career.
This unique land, sea, and air itinerary allows us to spend three days in Reykjavík and its environs, including the Golden Circle for its geologic marvels; and five nights aboard ational Geographic Explorer discovering the icy wonders of Greenland.
Day 1 and 2: U.S./Keflavík, Iceland/Reykjavík
Fly overnight to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and visit the National Museum, home to Viking treasures and artifacts, and unusual whalebone carvings. Or choose to swim in the thermal baths at the Blue Lagoon. Check in to your hotel in Reykjavík for two nights. (Day 2: L)
Day 3: Reykjavík
Today you may choose from several active options: hiking, biking, or horseback riding on an Icelandic horse. Take in the sights on a walking tour of town or join a cooking class at the Salt Kitchen. Or take a full day’s excursion around the Golden Circle. Tonight, a special treat: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner and musical performance await. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark
Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland and take in stunning views over the Greenland ice cap. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Greenland's West Coast & Sisimiut
Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. Trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Disko Bay & Ilulissat
Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary Zodiac cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the archaeological site at Sermermiut, and view the Jakobshavn Ice fjord and its immense, calving glacier. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Exploring Greenland's West Coast
Our final day in the scenic fjords to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike across the tundra. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/Reykjavík, Iceland
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, fly by charter for the second time over the Greenland ice cap to Reykjavík and check in to your hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Reykjavík/Keflavík/U.S.
Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula, learn firsthand about the country’s innovative approach to geothermal energy, or if you haven’t yet experienced the Blue Lagoon, now’s your chance! Transfer to Keflavík for flights home. (B,L)
The National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship and the flagship of the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate remote places while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An undersea specialist operates a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated undersea video equipment, extending access to the underwater world.
- Capacity: 148 guests in 81 outside cabins.
- Registry: Bahamas.
- Overall Length: 367 feet.
- Public Areas: Bistro bar; chart room; restaurant; global gallery; library; lounge with full-service bar and state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows, and presentations; mud room with lockers for expedition gear, and observation lounge. The “open bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet the offcers and captain and learn about navigation.
- Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair.
- Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities, and climate controls. Some cabins have balconies.
- Expedition Equipment: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, remote-controlled Crow’s Nest camera, video microscope.
- Special Features: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, National Geographic photographer, Global Perspectives speaker, and video chronicler, internet café, and laundry.
- Wellness: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features a glass-enclosed fitness center, outdoor stretching area, two LEXspa treatment rooms, and sauna.
|1||Main Deck with one or two portholes||$6,990|
|2||Main Deck with window||$7,590|
|3||Main Deck with window||$7,870|
|4||Upper and Veranda Decks with window||$8,540|
|5||Upper Deck with balcony||$10,090|
|6||Veranda Deck–Suite; Upper Deck-Suite with balcony||$12,110|
|7||Upper Deck–Suite with balcony||$13,950|
|A Solo||Main Deck with window||$9,490|
|B Solo||Upper and Veranda Decks with window||$9,840|
|3 Triple||Main Deck with window||50%*|
Shared Accommodations: Available in Categories 1 and 2.
Sole Occupancy: Cabins available in Categories A and B.
Note: Some double cabins have one queen-sized bed. The rest have two lower single beds, some of which can convert to a queen-sized bed.
* Third person rates are available in the designated triple occupancy cabins at one-half the double occupancy rate.
- All meals & nonalcoholic beverages
- 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
- Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during lounge recap
- Cappuccinos, lattes & complimentary refillable water bottle
- Fully stocked library
- Fitness center
- The guidance & company of the expedition staff
- Three hotel nights in Reykjavík
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
- Transfers to & from group flights
- The expertise of the expedition staff
- All shore activities
- Zodiac & kayak explorations
- Lectures & presentations in the lounge
- Musical performances
- Photo instruction
- Morning stretch classes with wellness specialist
Savings: Book now to receive complimentary charter airfare between Reykjavík and Kangerlussuaq (a $1,450 value). Also, travel on this voyage and we will cover your bar tab and tips for the crew. (Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, and not combinable with other offers.)
Bring the Kids: We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So, take $500 off the double occupancy price for each person under 18.
Terms and Conditions
Expedition Cost Includes
Accommodations aboard ship; three hotel nights in Reykjavík; all meals and beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) aboard ship; meals on land as indicated; charter air between Reykjavik/Kangerlussuaq; transfers to/from airport if traveling on group flights; all shore excursions, sightseeing, and entrance fees; use of kayaks; taxes, service charges, and gratuities; services of a ship physician and Lindblad’s expedition staff and local guides.
Air transportation unless otherwise indicated; meals not indicated; passport and visa fees; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; voyage DVD; items of a personal nature such as premium alcoholic beverages, email, telephone calls, and laundry.
Round-trip NY/Reykjavík: Economy from $600; Business from $2,300. Lindblad will assist in making your air arrangements for a $50 per person service fee. Fares subject to change.
To confirm your place, an advance payment of US$750 per person is required at the time of reservation and is payable by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or check.
Due 120 days prior to departure.
Travel Protection Plan
Travel protection and medical insurance are available at extra cost. Information will be sent upon registration.
Entry and Visa Requirements
Guests are advised to verify travel documents (passport/transit visa/entry visa) for the country through which they are transiting and/or entering. Reliable and most current information regarding international travel can be found by contacting the consulate/embassy of the country(s) you are visiting or transiting through. We will not be responsible if you are denied entry or transit into a country, if you are unable to provide valid documents as per the country’s requirement.
Allowed only in designated outdoor areas.
Responsibility and Other Terms & Conditions
Certain other provisions concerning, among other things, limitations of Lindblad Maritime Enterprises liability for loss of property, injury, illness, or death during the voyage will be provided to all guests on the ship’s ticket sent prior to departure or upon request. By registering for a trip, the guest agrees to all such terms and conditions.
Prices listed in this brochure are as of publication date, and are subject to change. Lindblad Maritime Enterprises reserves the right to impose surcharges based on increases in the actual cost of fuel.
|Number of Days Prior to Expedition Start||Per Person Cancellation Fee|
|120-179||Advance payment cost|
|90-119||25% of trip cost|
|60-89||50% of trip cost|