Summary : Cruise by Zodiac for scenic exploration among floating icebergs. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of L'Anse aux Meadows and Gros Morne. Meet a sledge dog team and their owners, learn of the Inuit culture and their lasting traditions. Explore Medieval Norse sites, the historic Fortress of Louisbourg and experience a traditional Viking feast. Search for polar bears and whales, and discover magnificent birdlife including osprey, and a colony of 122,000 northern gannets on this North Atlantic voyage of a lifetime.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
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Embark the vessel after a charter flight from Copenhagen, meet Expedition Team members and fellow passengers.
Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the northernmost town in Greenland where the port remains free of ice in the winter; yet it is also the southernmost town where there exists enough snow and ice to drive a dogsled in winter and spring. Traveling by sled has been the primary means of winter transportation here for centuries. Meet a sled dog team and their owners, who will share about sledding and how the Greenlandic sled dog has been bred to be amongst the strongest working dogs in the world.
Sisimiut is renowned for its archaeological sites that date back to the year 1200 during prehistoric Thule. Sample a variety of regional specialties at a local restaurant as your host explains about traditional hunting methods and food preparations.
Explore Disko Bay and stop at one of the smallest settlements that you will come across during your voyage. Share the tradition of morning kaffe-mik (coffee and cake) with the locals while learning more about their culture and lifestyle. Before departing, enjoy a scenic Zodiac ride along rugged coastlines dotted with icebergs that were set free after breaking off from the Jakobshavn Glacier.
Just after sunrise, be out on deck to see the northern hemisphere’s most active glacier – Jakobshavn – often surrounded by icebergs in all shapes and sizes and in varying shades of white and turquoise. Known as the birthplace of icebergs, the Ilulissat Icefjord produces nearly 20 million tons of ice each day. While here, there may be an opportunity to see a demonstration of ancient fishing methods and enjoy some locally caught and prepared fish. Take a guided walking tour of Ilulissat and visit the local history museum. The afternoon tour continues via fishing boat navigating amongst the many icebergs at the fjord’s entrance. Alternatively, purchase an optional adventure by helicopter to see the magnificent Jakobshavn Icefjord from above.
Gather in The Theatre to hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable lecture staff are experts in a variety of scientific fields. Other onboard options include spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Center, and excellent dining options.
Arrive in Greenland’s first town (1728) and current capital, Nuuk, which means “the heartland”. Enjoy a leisurely walk through this picturesque harbor town taking in Nuuk’s natural beauty and discovering important cultural relics. At the Greenlandic National Museum, observe the famous Qilakitsoq mummies, followed by a visit to Father Christmas’ post office claiming the world’s largest mailbox.
Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Attend informative lectures that will prepare you for upcoming ports-of-call and adventures that lie ahead. Peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library, enjoy a fine cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard ship.
Your first foray into Canada begins in the town of Iqaluit located at the head of Frobisher Bay, an inlet of the North Atlantic extending into southeastern Baffin Island. Iqaluit is the capital of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut, which is Inuktitut for “our land”. Nunavut is the least populated but largest of all of Canada’s provinces and territories, and is filled with culture and charm.
After completing customs and immigration formalities, head ashore and explore the edges of Canada’s, “true north”. The ship’s experts along with local guides lead you through the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum and Nunavut Legislative Assembly Building, both housing incredible collections of Inuit artwork. Before returning to the vessel, enjoy a performance of traditional throat singing.
Today the search is on for Ursus Maritimus, the polar bear, which the native Inuit refer to as Nanuk or Nanuuq. The Lower Savage Islands are a small group of islands off of the southeastern tip of Baffin Island, and a common location for polar bears to be found during the summer months. With plenty of land to roam and hunt, it seems many bears locate here with the season’s warming temperatures. Zodiacs allow for a scenic ride through narrow channels between the islands to search for wildlife among the unique rock formations.
As we make our way along Canada’s scenic coast, enjoy some time out on deck keeping an eye out for seabirds, dolphin, seals and migrating humpback, fin and blue whales, or listen to additional presentations by expert natural history staff in The Theatre or in the comfort of your own accommodation. Enjoy a fine cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard ship.
Enjoy two leisurely days at sea. Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library, enjoy a fine cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard ship. Expedition lectures in The Theater are broadcast so that if you prefer, you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own room.
Opingivik Island, means 'a summering place' in Inuktitut. It is one of the most concentrated archaeological sites in the region, dating back thousands of years. Still used today by local residents for hunting and fishing, explore this tiny island as guides interpret the many rock formations.
Explore remote Akpatok Island at the northernmost extremity of the Labrador Peninsula. Steep and sheer limestone cliffs jut out of the icy waters. Encased in snow and surrounded with sea ice in the winter months, this uninhabited island lures hordes of wildlife, most notably the world’s largest population of breeding thick-billed murres, estimated at well over a million birds. Auks flock to the bare cliffs of the island between June and September, and female murres incubate their single pear-shaped egg on the cliff’s ledges. Glaucous gulls can be seen soaring above looking for unguarded eggs and chicks. Adding to the excitement, Akpatok Island is a favorite summer home for polar bears as they wait for the winter ice to form.
Help birders spot seabirds found far away from their nesting grounds. Enjoy a lecture or an interesting book, or just relax in the comfort of your own room and watch a movie.
Step back in time through the streets of this restored fishing village reflecting the Labrador lifestyle of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. This National Historic District commemorates the era of whalers, fishermen, and polar explorers. Savor a crab feast accompanied by traditional interpretations of coastal Labradorean music.
Land on the shores of L’Anse aux Meadows and take a short walk to the ruins of an entire Viking village dating back to the year 1000. Norseman Leif Eriksson, son of Erik the Red, established this colony in the New World some 500 years before the likes of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot. In 1978, this village was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the L’Anse aux Meadows archaeological site remains natural and unspoilt.
As an alternative, explore St Anthony on the northern tip of Newfoundland. This area was once the staging point for many northern expeditions. Arctic explorers used its sheltered harbor acquire sled dogs and other supplies as the world raced for the North Pole. As you explore the scenic coastal fishing communities, watch for moose and icebergs. Visit the interpretation center and view Arctic artifacts.
Welcome to the self-proclaimed ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’. Twillingate is one town on two islands with about 3,000 residents and is one of the oldest towns in this part of Newfoundland. Begin the day with local guides as they take you atop the 114–year-old Long Point Lighthouse for panorama views of the bay and coastal cliffs. Visit the local museum to learn of the town’s history and fishing tradition.
After breakfast, disembark the vessel.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Ship accommodation; all onboard meals and entertainment; butler service; complimentary beverages (select wines, champagne, spirits, bottled water, specialty coffees, juices and soft drinks); onboard gratuities (except spa and salon); parka; Silver, Medallion, Grand and Owner's Suite guests receive laundry service and dinner at Officer's table; 1 hour of internet access per guest/per day for passengers booked in Adventurer, Explorer, View, Vista, and Veranda Suites; unlimited internet access for passengers booked in Expedition, Medallion, Silver, Grand, and Owner’s Suites. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; government fees and taxes; transfers and luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; travel insurance; items of a personal nature; helicopter tour; Wifi; fuel surcharge may apply.