Greenland & Wild Labrador

Follow the route of Leif Erikson from Greenland to Newfoundland, via coastal Labrador.


Canadian Arctic and Greenland
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Duration: 14 days
Starts: Toronto, ON*
Ends: St. John's, NL, Canada
Languaje: English Speaking Voyage

* Northbound Charter Flight: price $1,295 USD. Toronto, ON to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Early-morning departure.


Included Activities
Optional Activities


Sailing south over the Arctic Circle, surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Greenland’s coast is sublime!
Crossing the Davis Strait, we visit Torngat Mountains National Park, staffed completely by Inuit. Our southerly journey will follow the rugged Labrador coast. Across the Strait of Belle Isle in Newfoundland, we’ll roam North America’s only authenticated Norse site before sailing the picturesque coast of northeast Newfoundland.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Zodiac along the face of a Greenlandic glacier
• Cross the Arctic Circle by ship via glorious Søndre Strømfjord
• See and learn about the Qilakitsoq mummies at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk
• Hike and Zodiac among the fall colours of Torngat Mountains National Park, a model of Inuit leadership
• Enjoy a warm welcome in Nain, the administrative capital of Nunatsiavut
• Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of L’Anse aux Meadows
• Sail through the Narrows into St. John’s historic harbour for a spectacular finale

Itinerary

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DAY 1: KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND
Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here we will be transferred by Zodiac to the Ocean Endeavour.
With 168 kilometres of superb scenery, Søndre Strømfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world. We begin our adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle southbound as we go spending time on deck watching for aurora borealis.

Day 2: KANGERLUSSUATSIAQ FJORD
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands, and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. We’ll explore this sublime landscape by ship and by Zodiac.

DAY 3: NUUK
Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, bridges old and new. The old harbour region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. Nuuk is known for great art, shopping, and cafes.
The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies are housed here.

DAY 4: AT SEA—DAVIS STRAIT
Our onboard presentation series will continue as we steam across Davis Strait towards Canada. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, and get out on deck looking for whales, seabirds, and marine wildlife.

DAY 5–7: TORNGAT MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, NL, CANADA
Canada’s highest peaks east of the Rockies are found in Torngat Mountains National Park. Here, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut will be our guides in their spiritual homeland. Polar bears, black bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles are among the species we hope to spot. We’ll also be on the lookout for marine mammals. We’ll spend our time hiking, searching for wildlife,
visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising.

DAY 8: 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.

DAY 9: NAIN
The administrative capital of Nunatsiavut, Nain is the most northerly community in Labrador. We’ll visit Illusuak, the stunning new cultural centre, and the beautiful Moravian Church among other community highlights.
We always enjoy a warm cultural welcome. Expect music, food, and handicrafts at this dynamic visit.

DAY 10–12: THE LABRADOR COAST
Along the Labrador coast we find coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid-boreal forest, and string bog. The area is dotted with islands and we'll select a landing based on the conditions of the day.

DAY 13: 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 1,000 AD.
Today, a superb interpretive centre and several reconstructed Norse-style sod buildings evoke the spirit of the Viking voyages.

DAY 14: EASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND
The east coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores. We’ll find harbour in one of these unique communities. We look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon our arrival. Photographers will have their work cut out for them capturing the special charm of classic island communities and picturesque coastlines.

DAY 15: ST. JOHN’S, NL, CANADA
Sailing into the port of St. John’s has to be experienced to be believed. Watch for locals waving from Signal Hill as we take on our pilot and enter the world-famous Narrows to North America's oldest city. The colourful houses of The Battery are always a hit with shutterbugs!
Today we disembark the Ocean Endeavour. We will say our farewells and the expedition team will be on hand to assist you with luggage and transportation arrangements.

Itinerary

DAY 1: KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND
Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here we will be transferred by Zodiac to the Ocean Endeavour.
With 168 kilometres of superb scenery, Søndre Strømfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world. We begin our adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle southbound as we go spending time on deck watching for aurora borealis.

Day 2: KANGERLUSSUATSIAQ FJORD
West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands, and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. We’ll explore this sublime landscape by ship and by Zodiac.

DAY 3: NUUK
Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, bridges old and new. The old harbour region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. Nuuk is known for great art, shopping, and cafes.
The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies are housed here.

DAY 4: AT SEA—DAVIS STRAIT
Our onboard presentation series will continue as we steam across Davis Strait towards Canada. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, and get out on deck looking for whales, seabirds, and marine wildlife.

DAY 5–7: TORNGAT MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, NL, CANADA
Canada’s highest peaks east of the Rockies are found in Torngat Mountains National Park. Here, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut will be our guides in their spiritual homeland. Polar bears, black bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles are among the species we hope to spot. We’ll also be on the lookout for marine mammals. We’ll spend our time hiking, searching for wildlife,
visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising.

DAY 8: 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.

DAY 9: NAIN
The administrative capital of Nunatsiavut, Nain is the most northerly community in Labrador. We’ll visit Illusuak, the stunning new cultural centre, and the beautiful Moravian Church among other community highlights.
We always enjoy a warm cultural welcome. Expect music, food, and handicrafts at this dynamic visit.

DAY 10–12: THE LABRADOR COAST
Along the Labrador coast we find coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid-boreal forest, and string bog. The area is dotted with islands and we'll select a landing based on the conditions of the day.

DAY 13: 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 1,000 AD.
Today, a superb interpretive centre and several reconstructed Norse-style sod buildings evoke the spirit of the Viking voyages.

DAY 14: EASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND
The east coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores. We’ll find harbour in one of these unique communities. We look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon our arrival. Photographers will have their work cut out for them capturing the special charm of classic island communities and picturesque coastlines.

DAY 15: ST. JOHN’S, NL, CANADA
Sailing into the port of St. John’s has to be experienced to be believed. Watch for locals waving from Signal Hill as we take on our pilot and enter the world-famous Narrows to North America's oldest city. The colourful houses of The Battery are always a hit with shutterbugs!
Today we disembark the Ocean Endeavour. We will say our farewells and the expedition team will be on hand to assist you with luggage and transportation arrangements.


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INCLUSIONS

*Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
*Applicable taxes and Credit card fees
*Complimentary Expedition jacket (Ocean Endeavour only)
*Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund
*Special access permits, entry and park fees
*Team of expedition staff
*Guided activities
*Sightseeing and community visits
*All Zodiac excursions
*Port fees
*Pre-departure materials
*Educational program
*Nikon Camera Trial Program
*Interactive workshops
*Evening entertainment
*All shipboard meals

EXCLUSIONS

*Commercial & charter flights
*Program Enhancements/optional excursions
*Gratuities
*Personal expenses
*Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
*Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
*Possible fuel surcharges
*Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation


* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.




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