Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 7 full days exploring the Canadian coast
- 2 full days in Greenland before reaching Kangerlussuaq
- Just one departure in August
- Travel on a true expedition ship with hugely experienced specialist guides
- Hike through virgin territory
- Kayaking option available (at extra cost)
Day 1 - Sydney/Louisbourg, Nova Scotia:
Our adventure begins in Nova Scotia. We transfer from Sydney to the historic port town of Louisbourg. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was one of the busiest seaports in all of North America. Boarding in the late afternoon, we set sail past the lighthouse, across the Gulf of St Lawrence towards Newfoundland, Labrador and eventually Greenland.
Day 2 - Gros Morne National Park:
Anchored off the coastal hamlet of Trout River, we are at the access point for Gros Morne National Park. Zodiacs will take us ashore for a bus transfer to visit the World Heritage-listed Tablelands; noted for its unique geology and exceptional scenery. We will visit the Discovery Centre, and then head to Woody Point, at Bonne Bay, where the ship will meet us and we continue our voyage northwards.
Day 3 - L'anse aux Meadows:
A thousand years ago, Viking long-ships would have been found along this same beach and L’Anse aux Meadows is one of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is the site where the Norseman, Leif Erikson, (son of Eric the Red) is thought to have founded “Vinland”. With a resident archaeologist, we will explore the reconstructed sod huts and Norse ruins and see evidence showing that the Vikings discovered North America some five hundred years prior to the arrival of Columbus. Tonight we leave the coastline of Newfoundland behind and cross the Strait of Belle Isle towards Labrador.
Day 4 - Wonderstrands, Labrador:
By morning, we will have arrived at the historic stretch of coastline known as Wonderstrands. The location appears in the Viking saga of Eric the Red, referred to as ‘furdustrandir’. On the famously rocky east coast of Canada, this place is very unusual, with just one rocky promontory in a stretch of beach that is almost 50km long. There are many ways to explore the area: take some excellent hiking options along the shoreline and in the hinterland or use a zodiac cruise or sea kayak to discover the coastline from the water.
Day 5 - Hopedale:
We venture ashore today to visit the Hopedale Moravian Mission. Built in 1782, it is said to be the oldest building east of Quebec. At this designated Canadian National Historic Site, we learn of the influence of the early Christian missionaries on the Inuit people of Northern Labrador. For further insights into the history and culture here, we also plan to visit the local museum. There will be a chance to buy local Inuit crafts, such as ornate carvings which make for wonderful souvenirs.
Day 6 - Torngat Mountains National Park, Saglek Fjord:
We arrive at the southern gateway to the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve by sailing into Saglek Fjord. Covering almost 10,000 square kilometres of Northern Labrador, the park is bordered by Quebec on one side, and the Labrador Coast on the other. Home to Canada’s highest mountains east of the Rockies, you will find breathtaking fjords, remnant glacial systems and stunning landscapes.
Day 7 - Torngat Mountains National Park, Nachvak Fjord:
Nachvak Fjord is exceptionally beautiful; it is both deep and narrow and stretches for more than 20 kilometres. At several points, the rocky walls of the fjord soar almost 900 metres above us. Many animals migrate through this area during the short boreal summer. We may encounter numerous seal species, including ring, hooded, harp and harbour seals. Minke whales have been known to linger in the fjords, and larger whale species, including fin and humpback, will tend to stay offshore. With its dynamic colour range and interesting lighting and endless subject matter, this is an outstanding location for landscape photography.
Day 8 - Button Island, Nunavut:
As we travel to the furthest northern stretches of coastal Labrador, we learn of the remarkable events at Martin Bay. It is here that a German U-boat made the only known armed landing in North America during WWII. We will also visit the Button Islands, named after Thomas Button who explored the area in 1612. In the middle of the upwelling of nutrients on the edge of the continental shelf, the islands are a magnet for thousands of seabirds and other marine mammals.
Day 9 - The Davis Strait:
We spend the day sailing through the vast expanse of the Davis Strait, separating Greenland from Canada. As we sail, our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the wildlife, environment, history and locations we hope to visit in the coming days. We keep our eyes peeled for signs of wildlife from the outer decks as we travel through this important migration corridor for birds and whales.
Day 10 - Nuuk:
The capital of Greenland, Nuuk is home to a population of just 18,000 people - almost a third of the entire population of the country. The small city is a fascinating blend of both contemporary and historic. The National Museum of Greenland is located right by the harbour and you will find it is home to a fascinating collection of artefacts and traditional costumes and textiles. Nuuk is easily explored on foot, with plenty of choices to keep you entertained for the day.
Day 11 - Sondre Stromfjord & Greenland Ice Cap:
By morning we will have navigated north into one of the longest fjords on the planet. At the head of the fjord sits the town of Kangerlussuaq, a key outpost on the west coast of Greenland. Experienced guides take us on an exciting trip to see and experience the vast expanse of the Greenland ice cap. Our journey takes us through fabulous scenery, with a good chance of seeing muskox, reindeer and local birdlife. We return to the ship and enjoy a special farewell dinner attended by the Captain - the perfect time to celebrate and reflect on a memorable journey.
Day 12 - Kangerlussuag, Greenland:
This morning we bid farewell to our expedition team and make our way to the airport. We return to Canada by a special charter flight to Ottawa, where our journey comes to an end. For those staying in Ottawa, transfers are provided from the airport to downtown locations.
Please note: this is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
About The Ship
Purpose built in Finland in 1993 for polar expedition, this safe, 1AS ice-class vessel also delivers on comfort and space. This ship provides the perfect setting for an Arctic experience with spacious cabins and panoramic public areas, and an outstanding expedition staff.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $5995
Optional adventure activities:
Sea kayaking: USD $695
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.5 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64lbs or 29kg and 48” or 1.2m must be met.
- All excursions and activities by zodiac
- Foul weather gear and waterproof backpack
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional services before and after your voyage
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Optional adventure activities
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gifts, drinks)