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Greenland and Eastern Canada

Iceland / Greenland Cruise Information

Summary : Embark on a 15-day adventure from Greenland to St. John's on the eastern coast of Canada, and explore the majestic and historic coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador. Visit two national parks: the remote and nearly inaccessible Gros Morne National Park and the remote and spectacular wilderness of Torngat National Park, a land of mountains and polar bears, small glaciers, and caribou where the Inuit hunt and fish. See archaeological remains at L'anse Aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage site and only authenticated Norse settlement in North America – the archeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 A.D.

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

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Itinerary
Day 1
Copenhagen, Denmark/Narsarsuaq, Greenland

This expedition starts with a flight from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq, a settlement in the Kujalleq Muncipaluty in Southern Greenland. Its immediate surroundings in Tunulliarfik Fjord hold incredible significance to Greenland’s history. The land where Narsarsuaq now stands earned Greenland its name. The Norse Vikings settled in this vicinity many centuries ago and gave Narsarsuaq a name that hints that an Arctic forest covered the large plain. On arrival in Narsarsuaq your transfer to MS Spitsbergen is awaiting you.

Day 2
Ivittuut, Greenland

Ivittuut, meaning 'the grassy place', is an abandoned mining town near Cape Desolation in southwestern Greenland. It is located in the modern Sermersooq municipality on the ruins of the former Norse Middle Settlement and is situated in one of Greenland’s most beautiful areas, the Arsuk fjord complex. Take a leisurely walk around the old mining settlement and enjoy the nice view of the surrounding landscape. This is also a place where one is likely to observe the musk ox, the largest land mammal in Greenland.

Day 3
North Atlantic Ocean

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

Day 4
Torngat Mountains National Park

The name Torngat comes from the Inuit word for ghost. For the Inuit, the mountains are where ghosts are living. Archeological sites out of 7000 years witness the importance of this region for the Inuit which still have their hunting areas in the Torngat Mountains.

Day 5
Torngat Mountains National Park

The Torngat Mountains National Park protects one of the most spectacular mountain and coastal areas of Canada. In wide parts of the park the mountains are over 1500 meters high and up to 3.9 billion years old. The whole landscape was formed during the last ice age. Deep fjord systems rising up to 900 meters directly out of the sea make the park rough and wild. The highest mountains are without any vegetation in contrast to the river valleys where you can find an enormous variation of tundra vegetation. Moose, Caribous, foxes, wolves, Black bears and even the polar bear are native to the park.

Day 6
Cruising the Coast of Labrador

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

Day 7
Cruising the Coast of Labrador

Today you might visit Rigolet, a picturesque town, and with a population of 300 it is the southernmost Inuit community in the world.

Day 8
Cruising the Coast of Labrador

There are offering several outings here: explore the beautiful waters in a speedboat, try fishing, riding or go whale watching. You might also visit Hopedale that was founded as an Inuit settlement named Agvituk, meaning “place of the whales” and Hebron a former Moravian mission that was the northernmost settlement in Labrador.

Day 9
Battle Harbour

Located on the edge of the Labrador Sea, Battle Harbour is a nature lover’s paradise. For two centuries it was the economic and social center of the southeast Labrador coast. Today it is a wilderness adventure destination, where you can encounter whales, dolphins, seabirds, Arctic fox, icebergs and spectacular island scenery on one of your hikes or boat tours.

Day 10
L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

In L’Anse aux Meadows you will find the first known evidence of European presence in America. This is where a Norse expedition built a small camp thousand years ago. In 1960 two Norwegian archaeologists started the excavation and discovered the fascinating remains of this Viking encampment. In 1979 L’Anse aux Meadows became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the recreated camp you will find original artifacts from this internationally renowned archaeological find.

Day 11
Red Bay

Between 1550 and the early 17th century Red Bay was a center for Basque whaling operations. At the most 2500 whalers on 50 ships from France and Spain came for the whale-hunting season. The discovery of vessels used for whale hunting made Red Bay one of the most exquisite underwater archaeological sites in America. It is now on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 12
Gros Morne National Park

The Gros Morne National Park belongs to the highlights of a Newfoundland trip. The landscape with its deep valleys, steep cliffs, sandy beaches and the spectacular fjord system is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moose, caribous, foxes, black bears, ptarmigans and eagles are a very common sight here. A ride through this ancient landscape in the higher regions will be unforgettable.

Day 13
The Atlantic Ocean

Enjoy a day at sea. There will be lectures on various topics or you can spend some time on deck enjoying the wildlife you'll see on your journey.

Day 14
St Pierre and Miquelon

Even though Paris is thousands of miles away, the people living in St Pierre and Miquelon are very proud of being French. This is France’s oldest overseas territory and a part of the French Republic. So today you can enjoy a visit to a place where you find the typical French way of life with nice bistros, cafés, wine, cheese, baguettes, chocolates and pastries. You might even see people wearing berets.

Day 15
St. John's, Newfoundland

St. John’s is the oldest and most easterly city in North America, and it is said that this is where heritage lives. With its narrow streets and hidden alleyways it is a city full of character and experience. We recommend you explore the history of this place with the striking twin clock towers of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist after you disembark.

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:

Flight from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq; transfer from the airport to the ship; 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; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots); 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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