This unique Arctic cruise exploring Canada's north Atlantic coast and the western fjords of Greenland, combines icebergs and glaciers, a fascinating insight into the history of Inuits and Vikings, plus the opportunity to spot a wealth of wildlife that inhabit this region including walrus, polar bears, caribou and whales.
- visit remote corners of Greenland and Labrador
- explore the largely inaccessible 'Spirit Mountains' of Torngat
- on hikes and Zodiac cruises spot polar bear, black bear, caribou, wolves and whales
- stop at the renowned Viking archaeological site of L'Anse aux Meadows
- travel with widely respected authors, naturalists and culturalists
- delve into the jaw dropping fjords of western Greenland
This extraordinary sailing showcases a staggering geographic diversity. Explore islands, inlets and rocky coastlines. Call at immense beaches and long-abandoned communities. Mountains will tower above, as the azure waters mark the passage below; scan the horizon for icebergs, whales, polar bears, seals—and, of course, the abundance of nesting seabirds. The Labrador coast has to be seen to be believed. Indeed, you will do more than see it, as you head ashore on daily expeditions to hike the secret wilds of Canada’s hidden coast.
You will also have the chance to explore one of the world’s northernmost capital cities, Nuuk, and plumb the many fjords, filled with glaciers and icebergs - for which the western coast of Greenland is famed.
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Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: Fly to Kangerlussuaq and embark ship
- After flying from Toronto, embark the ship and make your way down spectacular Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world which boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery! Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord’.
- Day 2: Qeqqata Kommunia
- There are a number of charming fishing villages along the west coast of Greenland - depending on timing and sea conditions, you will call in at one of these communities to experience small town Greenlandic life, or you may navigate into the stunning fjords which line the coast.
- Day 3: Nuuk
- Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and one of the world’s northernmost capital cities! Nuuk means ‘the headland’ and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established in 1728, Nuuk remains the bustling centre of the country today. You have the chance to spot humpback whales in the fjord, reindeer roaming the land, and birds soaring above. The town is home to the University of Greenland, a cathedral dating back to 1849, and Greenland’s National Museum. You will visit some of the city’s most important sites, and you’ll have some free time to explore on your own.
- Day 4: at Sea
- The on board lecture series helps pass the hours as you head across the Davis Strait towards landfall in Canada. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales (and other marine mammals), as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark your passage.
- Day 5: Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River)
- In the shelter of a commanding granite rock outcrop is the eastern community of Kangiqsualujjuaq, or George River. Twenty-five kilometres upstream from Ungava Bay, the ebb and flow of the tides define the summer lives of the people and fauna of this area. Arctic flora thrives alongside huge herds of grazing mammals. You will have the freedom to explore the community, meet with locals and strike out of town for a hike on the tundra.
- Days 6-8: Torngat Mountain National Park
The Torngat Mountains have been home to the Inuit and their predecessors for millennia, with archaeological evidence reaching back almost 7,000 years. The fjords here reach deep into the heart of the mountains, bounded by cliffs peaking at 1,700 metres, the highest point of land in Labrador. The rugged, spectacular beauty of the Torngat Mountains underscores their role as the spiritual homeland of Nunatsiavut.
The national park is home to some of the oldest rocks on the planet and provides some of the best exposure of geological history. Polar bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles are among the species hardy enough to make their homes here.
Spend time here getting out on the land for hikes, searching for wildlife, visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising through some of Canada’s most dramatic landscapes.
- Day 9: Hebron
- Hebron, a now abandoned Moravian Mission station, was constructed here from 1829 to 1831 but the main buildings—the church, the mission house, and the store—were not inhabited until 1837. In a highly controversial move, the station was abandoned in 1959 with the departure of the Moravians, forcing the relocation of the Inuit who resided there. In 2005, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams apologized to people affected by the relocations. In August of 2009, the provincial government unveiled a monument at the site of Hebron with an inscribed apology for the site closure. Today, some of the buildings at Hebron are being repurposed as a cultural interpretation centre and it is these buildings that you will be visiting. They form a lonely monument to the cultural past of the area, with hopes for the future of Nunatsiavut.
- Day 10: Nain
- Today explore the Inuit community of Nain, known for its Moravian Church, the Nunatsiavut Building with its Labradorite stone and the newly finished Torngasok Cultural Centre. Local leaders will share the fascinating history of the township, and you will have a chance to visit with the community.
- Days 11-12: Labrador Coast
- The lower Labrador coast boasts five of Labrador’s ten provincial eco-regions, including coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid boreal forest, and string bog. The Mealy Mountain range in this area reaches heights of more than 1,000 metres. A significant portion of the mountain range and surrounding area has been recently designated a potential National Park Reserve, a move which follows lobbying for the preservation of the area since the early 1970s. You will explore the park and surrounding landscape, making expedition stops as they present themselves.
- Day 13: L’Anse aux Meadows
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, L’Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. The archaeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 AD. Amazingly, the location of the ruins was first established by a close reading of the Viking sagas.
Today, a superb interpretive centre and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L’Anse aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.
- Day 14: Terra Nova National Park
- Today call in at Newfoundland and Labrador's first national park, Terra Nova, located in beautiful Bonavista Bay. The approach course will wind through the scenic small islands that dot the route. Once ashore, you have a variety of hiking opportunities in the park, where you may be able to observe some of the black bears, osprey, and moose that call the park home.
- Day 15: Disembark in St Johns
- Sail into St Johns and disembark the ship before continuing your journey home.
All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in these remote regions!
Prices & Dates
Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin. Quad-share, triple-share and single prices available on request.
|Departure Date||Duration||Vessel||Prices from|
|18 Sep 2018||15 days||Ocean Endeavour||£6,808|
Inclusions and Exclusions
Excludes: All airfares not specified in inclusions • Additional airport or airline security charges • Government arrival and departure taxes (payable locally) • Any pre- or post-voyage accommodation/meals/land arrangements • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • Travel insurance including full cancellation cover and mandatory emergency evacuation insurance • Gratuities and tips (for stewards and other service personnel - guidelines will be provided) • Jackets and boots are not provided on this voyage; passengers must provide their own outdoor clothing • Doctor's fees confirming fitness for travel (compulsory for all passengers)
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