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Crossing Baffin Bay from Canada to Greenland

Eastern Canada Cruise Information

Summary : Embark on a 15-day Arctic expedition and explore the unspoiled regions on both sides of Baffin Bay. Starting in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, visit extremely remote destinations where you can see remarkable archaeological remains and gain insight into Viking history. Then you will explore Baffin Island, a grand Arctic playground for outdoor enthusiasts before crossing Baffin Bay over to Greenland. Here you will marvel at the power of nature as you touch icebergs with your bare hands!

Activities : Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Your adventure starts in St. John's, the oldest and most easterly city in North America. The town still embodies the spirit of an old fishing village and its narrow streets and hidden alleyways are full of character and experience.

Day 2
Cruising the Coast of Newfoundland, Canada

With its tiny seaside communities, encompassing forests, freshwater fjords, bogs, barren lowlands, and striking cliffs and shorelines, this area is world-renowned for its complex geology. The wildlife is amazing with large seabird colonies, huge moose and caribou populations, and a rich marine life including several species of whales. With some 10,000 humpback whales visiting the area every year, don’t be surprised if you inadvertently capture a whale in a photograph you take on deck!

Day 3
L'anse Aux Meadows, Canada

In L'Anse aux Meadows you'll find the first known evidence of European presence in America. It is here that a Norse expedition built a small camp around 1,000 years ago. In 1960, two Norwegian archaeologists started excavating in this area and discovered the fascinating remains of a Viking camp. In 1979, L'Anse aux Meadows became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the recreated camp, you can see original artifacts from this internationally renowned archaeological find.

Day 4 – 6
Cruising the Coast of Labrador, Canada

You will spend three days sailing along the coast of Labrador and exploring this area. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking along the trails and the countless miles of wilderness to explore, while others will appreciate learning more about the history, cultures and traditions of the area at the numerous his­toric sites you will visit.

One of the places you may visit is Red Bay. The discovery of the wrecks of whale-hunting galleons and chalupas has made Red Bay one of the most exquisite underwater archaeological sites in North America. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You may also visit the picturesque town of Rigolet, the southernmost Inuit community in the world. This small, isolated town has a population of just 300 and cannot be accessed by road. However, it is accessible by ship all year around, and in wintertime also via snowmobile. There are several outings offered here: You can explore the beautiful waters in a speedboat or go fishing, riding or whale watching. You may also visit Hopedale, originally the Inuit settlement of Agvituk, meaning 'the place of the whales', and Hebron, a former Moravian mission and the northernmost settlement in Labrador.

Day 7 – 9
Baffin Island, Canada

Baffin Island is a great, wild landscape, the spectacular homeland of Inuit people and an accessible Arctic playground for the adventurous. The vast geographical area that is now fondly known as ‘Nunavut’ has supported a continuous indigenous population for over 4,000 years.

Most historians today identify Baffin Island as the ‘Helluland’ (the land of flat stones) described in ancient Norse sagas. It is believed that both the Dorset and Thule inhabitants of the region had regular contact with Norse sailors over 1,000 years ago.

Viking artifacts have been discovered on Baffin Island, including architectural materials, yarn spun from hare, tally sticks, and a carved wooden face mask depicting white European features.

Day 10
Baffin Bay

As you cruise toward Greenland, you can enjoy lectures, the view from the observation lounge, or simply relax with a good book.

Day 11 – 13
Exploring Northwest Greenland

Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko. This area offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions such as a tour of the town, kayaking, or an ice-cruising boat tour. If you appreciate archaeology and history, you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum in Qasigiannguit.

Today, you will have a unique opportunity to witness the true power of nature on a visit to the Eqip Sermia Glacier, which calves icebergs into the open ocean. The town of Ilulissat in the Ilulissat Icefjord was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. See enormous icebergs at the mouth of the fjord and enjoy a variety of optional shore excursions such as hikes, historic town walks and a boat tour to the Icefjord.

Itilleq means ‘the hollow’, and as its name suggests, this small settlement is situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by mountains and glaciers. With the Arctic Circle passing just 650 feet south of the village center, Itilleq can rightly claim the title of ‘the Arctic Circle Village’. The 130 people who live here are mainly engaged in hunting and fishing occupations.

Day 14
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

When you reach Kangerlussuaq, your expedition comes to an end. Take the opportunity to join a final excursion to the Greenland ice sheet, a vast icy wasteland stretching 1,500 miles north. Your plane to Copenhagen leaves late in the evening.

Day 15
Copenhagen, Denmark

You arrive in the Danish capital early in the morning. Take the time to explore ‘Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen’ before you head home.

Notes

The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:

Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Multilingual Departures: English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)

Deck Camping:

Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for deck camping during the voyage. Spend the night on deck and enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape and sky. Included: Sleeping bags, a welcome drink, and a fresh pastry and coffee in the morning. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Fishing:
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for fishing during the voyage. Spend 2.5-3 hours fishing with an officer and members of the crew and preparing your catch. When you return to the ship, you will be invited to meet the chef, prepare your catch, and have it served for dinner. Included: Waterproof clothing and a fishing rod. Maximum participants: 3 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Hiking:
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for hiking during the voyage. Included: Water bottle, snack bar, and lunch pack (if hike is during lunch time). Physical fitness is essential. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Kayaking:
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 2-4 hours. Due to popular demand, kayakers are chosen by a lottery system. Kayaking is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Basic kayak experience required. Includes kayaking gear. Maximum participants: 8 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Photography School:
Taught by two professional photography instructors, this pre-bookable photography school program covers basic image editing, wildlife and landscape photography, and DSLR video instruction. This program is designed for proficient beginners to experienced photographers. Included: photography booklet, designated work station with software provided, priority access to the Photo Optics test center equipment, and a Zeiss Lens cleaning kit. Min/max participants: 2-10 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Science Center: Included
'Hands-on' science program where guests can perform their own science experiments with the assistance of professional biologists and geologists. Featuring ten Leica DM500 biological microscopes and ten Leica EZ4 geological microscopes, groups of 2-3 guests per microscope will work with a trained biologist or geologist. Occasionally, scientists invite guests along to sample biomaterial for use in the science center. There is also a large screen connected to the scientist's microscope for viewing during every session.

Included:

Economy flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen; transfer from the ship to the airport in Kangerlussuaq, including an excursion toward the ice sheet and dinner; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; landings and activities onboard and ashore; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities; onboard 'hands-on' science center; complimentary tea and coffee; and a wind- and water-resistant jacket. Arctic Superior Suites (P, U, QJ, YA) include an Arctic Pure amenity kit (bathroom). Expedition Suites (Q, MG, MX) include a soft drink package, a wine package, an Arctic Pure amenity kit (bathroom), a fleece blanket/throw, a cabin kit (bathrobe and slippers), an espresso maker, sweets/snacks and sparkling wine (on embarkation day), a separate check-in with sparkling wine, and a suite breakfast. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
International flights to/from the U.S.; travel insurance; luggage handling; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.

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