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West Greenland, Labrador, and Newfoundland

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Summary : Explore and learn about new lands and people as you discover rich culture and fascinating landscapes. Take the road less traveled and enrich your perspective during visits to communities, natural habitats, and historic sites that can be difficult to reach.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Toronto, Canada

Attend the mandatory orientation at the recommended hotel. Hotel night not included.

Day 2
Toronto, Canada / Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here you'll be bused along Greenland’s longest road—less than twenty kilometers—to the port. Zodiacs will be waiting to transfer you to the Ocean Endeavour.

Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometers of superb scenery. Begin your adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle as you go.

Day 3
Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord

The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, many islands and complex coastal waterways. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. This makes for lusher vegetation.

As you enter the Arctic autumn, the tundra foliage will be turning colors beautifully. You will be making an expedition stop here to explore the wild landscape of Greenland.

Day 4
Nuuk

Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and one of the world’s northernmost capitals. The old harbor region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. The modern downtown core includes shopping, cafes, and restaurants—as well as public institutions with a European flair.

The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies are housed here. The museum’s exhibits also offer in-depth information about colonial, Norse, and Inuit presence in Greenland—a must-see.

Day 5
At Sea – Davis Strait

Sailing ever-westward, like the Vikings, cross the Davis Strait—the mouth of the Northwest Passage. Narrower and shallower than Baffin Bay to the north, Davis Strait is a haven for marine mammals and seabirds. So be on the watch!

Your presentation schedule will be a flurry of learning opportunities. Immerse yourself in the archaeology, history, and culture of Greenland, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, and Newfoundland.

Day 6
Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River), Canada

Make landfall on the Arctic coast of Québec’s Inuit region, Nunavik. Twenty-five kilometers upstream from Ungava Bay lies the Inuit community of Kangiqsualujjuaq. The tides here are nearly a match for those of the Bay of Fundy.

Arctic flora thrives in the protected valley. The George River caribou herd, which is in critical decline, has its calving grounds nearby. A community welcome here gives a chance to mingle with local folks and explore the hamlet.

Day 7 – 9
Torngat Mountains National Park

Canada’s highest peaks east of the Rockies are found in Torngat Mountains National Park. Here, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut will be your guides in their spiritual homeland.

Polar bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles are among the species to keep and eye out for. You’ll also be on the lookout for marine mammals! Spend time on guided hikes, searching for wildlife, visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising.

Day 10
Hebron

This haunting site preserves a Moravian Mission station dating from the 1830s. The mission was abandoned in 1959, forcing the relocation of the Inuit who resided there. In 2005, Newfoundland & Labrador issued an apology to people affected by the relocations.

Former Hebron residents and their kin continue to visit the site, and to hunt and fish nearby. With their help, some of Hebron’s buildings are now being repurposed as a cultural interpretation center.

Day 11
Nain

The administrative capital of Nunatsiavut, Nain is the most northerly community in Labrador. A busy harbor in a gorgeous location is the center of this bustling village. Visit the beautiful Moravian Church and the Nunatsiavut Building.

Enjoy a warm cultural welcome. Expect music, food, and handicrafts at this dynamic visit.

Day 12 – 13
The Labrador Coast

Labrador’s coast in this region is much more varied than you might expect. Here you'll find coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid-boreal forest, and string bog—as well as the Akami-Uapishk?-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve.

Day 14
L’Anse aux Meadows

L’Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic site. 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 15
Northeast Newfoundland

The northeast coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores. Look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon your arrival. Photographers will have their work cut out for them capturing all the special charm of classic island communities and picturesque coastlines.

Day 16
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Disembark the Ocean Endeavour.

Notes

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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
Emergency evacuation and medical insurance is mandatory in order to travel with Adventure Canada. As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase at least $75,000 of medical evacuation insurance and medical insurance. Please note that this is a suggested minimum by Adventure Canada and that actual medical and evacuation costs may far exceed this amount. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. Persons that already have their own medical and emergency evacuation coverage will be asked to provide full policy details upon booking. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Nikon Photography Program
Adventure Canada is proud to partner with Nikon Canada for the onboard Nikon Camera Trial Program, taking place aboard all Ocean Endeavour expeditions. Through this program, travelers will have the opportunity to try professional quality photography equipment in stunning environments, and take advantage of onsite instruction from Nikon Ambassadors. You can also experience the power of Nikon products through onboard seminars and onshore photography workshops, designed to help you capture the perfect image of your trip of a lifetime.

Optional Kayaking:
Explore at water level in small groups with experienced kayak guides. Excursions are offered on double kayaks, as well as the essential gear for safety and comfort.

Optional Mountain Biking:
Experience communities and landscapes at your own pace! For fitness enthusiasts and independent explorers, the ship carries a fleet of Kona mountain bikes. These multi-geared, all-purpose bikes are available during select community excursions.

Included:
Transfer from recommended pre-trip hotel to airport in Toronto on embarkation day; transfer from Kangerlussuaq airport to ship on disembarkation day; transfer from ship to airport on disembarkation day; Nikon Camera Trial Program; gear to keep (expedition jacket); gear on loan (boots); photo journal; all meals onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

Airfare; pre- and post-trip accommodations; passport and visa expenses; spa expenses; kayaking; mountain biking; optional excursions and extensions; WiFi; alcohol; soft drinks; laundry services; onboard medical charges; personal expenses; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.

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