Experience the fascinating transition from the Atlantic provinces into the North
This voyage links numerous historic locations on Canada’s East Coast before we journey northwards from the more temperate climate found in the Maritimes onto higher latitudes. Subtle changes to vegetation and wildlife species can be noticed and our expert guides will interpret and explain these changes throughout the journey. The region features strong cultural diversity and we encounter the Nunatsiavut people in small communities along the coastline of Labrador. Numerous wildlife species are found along this coastline including bears, seals, whales and both migratory and resident birds.
Duration: 12 days
Language: English speaking voyage
At the conclusion of the trip, we fly from Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) back to Ottawa on a charter flight.
Please note this is a SAMPLE ITINERARY and subject to change. Reference the full trip notes for your chosen departure details.
Sydney/Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
Our adventure begins in Sydney, Nova Scotia. We transfer to the historic port town of Louisbourg. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. We board the ship in the late afternoon and sail out past the lighthouse, across the Gulf of St Lawrence towards Newfoundland, Labrador and eventually Greenland
Gros Morne National Park
This morning we are anchored off the coastal hamlet of Trout River, the access point into Gros Morne National Park. The Zodiacs take us ashore and we are transferred by bus for a visit to the World Heritage-listed Tablelands. This incredible location is noted for its unique geology and exceptional scenery. We visit the Discovery Centre, before arriving at Woody Point, located in Bonne Bay. We meet the ship here and continue our voyage northwards.
L'anse aux Meadows
Today tells a story a thousand years in the making. A millennium ago, Viking long-ships would have been found along this same beach. L’Anse aux Meadows is one of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is where Norseman, Leif Erikson, (son of Eric the Red) - is thought to have founded “Vinland”. As we explore the reconstructed sod huts and Norse ruins with the resident archaeologist, we see evidence that the Vikings discovered North America some five hundred years prior to the arrival of Columbus. Tonight we leave the coastline of Newfoundland, crossing the Strait of Belle Isle towards Labrador.
Overnight, we have arrived along a historic stretch of coastline, named the Wonderstrands. The location appears in the Viking saga of Eric the Red – which calls the location ‘furdustrandir’ - the Wonder Strands. Other than one rocky promontory, the beach is almost 50km long – a rarity on the famously rocky east coast of Canada. There are some excellent hiking options along the shoreline and hinterland while Zodiac cruising and exploring in the sea kayaks provides additional means of discovering the area.
Today we venture ashore by Zodiac to visit the Hopedale Moravian Mission – built in 1782 and said to be the oldest building east of Quebec. It’s a fascinating place and we learn of the influence of the early Christian missionaries on the Inuit people of Northern Labrador. This location has been designated a Canadian National Historic Site. We plan a visit to the local museum for a deeper insight. The local Inuit produce ornate carvings and other crafts which make for wonderful souvenirs.
Torngat Mountains National Park, Saglek Fjord
As we sail into Saglek Fjord, we arrive at the southern gateway to the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve. The Park covers almost 10,000 square kilometres of Northern Labrador. It is bordered by Quebec on one side, and the Labrador Coast on the other. It is home to Canada’s highest mountains east of the Rockies, and features breathtaking fjords, remnant glacial systems and stunning landscapes.
Torngat Mountains National Park, Nachvak Fjord
Nachvak Fjord is exceptionally beautiful. The fjord is deep and narrow and stretches more than 20 kilometres. The rocky walls of the fjord soar almost 900 metres above us at several points. Many species migrate through the area during the short boreal summer. Numerous seal species may be encountered including ring, hooded, harp and harbour seals. Minke whales have been known to linger in the fjords, while larger species, including fin and humpback, tend to stay offshore. This is an outstanding location for landscape photography with endless subjects, a dynamic colour range and interesting lighting.
Button Island, Nunavut
As we reach the far northern stretches of coastal Labrador, we learn of the remarkable events at Martin Bay. Here a German U-boat made the only known armed landing in North America during WWII. Later in the day, we visit the Button Islands, named after Thomas Button who explored the area in 1612. The islands are in the middle of the upwelling of nutrients on the edge of the continental shelf. This action makes it a magnet for thousands of seabirds and other marine mammals.
At Sea - Davis Strait
We awaken to the vast expanse of the Davis Strait, which separates Greenland from Canada. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife, history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. This is an important migration corridor for birds and whales, and we keep our eyes out for signs of wildlife from the outer decks.
Nuuk is the small capital of Greenland and home to a population of around 18,000 - almost a third of the entire population of the country. The small city is a fascinating blend of both the historic and contemporary. The National Museum of Greenland is located right by the harbour and is home to a fascinating collection of artefacts, traditional costumes and textiles and other items. Nuuk is easily explored on foot and there will be plenty of options for you to choose from today.
Sondre Stromfjord & Greenland Icecap
By morning we have navigated north and into one of the longest fjords on the planet. At the head of the fjord sits the town of Kangerlussuaq – a key outpost on the west coast of Greenland. An exciting day lies ahead as experienced guides take us to view and experience the vast expanse of the Greenland ice cap. Our trip takes us through fabulous scenery and there’s a good chance of seeing muskox, reindeer and local birdlife. We return to the ship and tonight our chefs have prepared a special farewell dinner attended by the Captain of the ship. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate and reflect on a memorable journey.
This morning we farewell our expedition team and make our way to the airport. A special charter flight returns us to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa where our journey comes to an end. A transfer is also provided from the airport to a downtown location for those staying on.
Complimentary use of wet weather gear
Complimentary use of wellington boots
Complimentary use of waterproof backpack and binoculars
Complimentary water bottle
In room coffee & tea station
An extensive pre-departure information package
Onboard Information Folder
Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts
Photography advises and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures
All zodiac and landing excursions
Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga.
Board and Lodging
All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs
Welcome reception & welcome dinner
One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime
Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub)
Natural essential oil amenities
Services of English speaking medical officer.
Use of multimedia room to download images. Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers
Expedition Gear Package for the duration of the voyage - valued at US$1,000
Windproof / waterproof jacket and bib pants
Comfortable insulated rubber boots
Water resistant binoculars
Trekking poles available on shore.
From/ to designated meeting points to/from the ship
Additional transfers in welcome/departure cities (only applicable on certain departures)
Luggage transfer from designated locations to/from your cabin
International and national airfares
Visa and passport fees, airport taxes
Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival/departure cities
Meals & transfers in arrival / departure cities
Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Massages from a registered therapist
Personal laundry charges
Postage, telephone calls & email set up
Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications
Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)
Trip interruption / cancellation insurance
Gratuities to staff and crew
* 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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