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Explore the Canadian arctic and the coast of Labrador on this cruise from Greenland to Newfoundland


Cruise the icy waters of Greenland and explore the rugged coast of Labrador and Newfounldand on this northern cruise.

This extraordinary sailing showcases staggering geographic diversity, from head of Sondre Stromfjord in Greenland all the way to St. John’s, NL.  Covering over 2,200 nautical miles our program will encompass four distinct Canadian National Parks and is designed to for maximum absorption of the awe inspiring landscape and to foster a deep understanding of the cultural connections to the land.

We set out along the western coast of Greenland, calling at Nuuk, one of the world’s northernmost capital cities, and exploring one of the many fjords for which the area is famed. Across the Davis Strait in Canada, we visit the the stunning Torngat Mountains National Park. Here, at edge of the vast Canadian shield massive mountains tumble down to the Atlantic Ocean in one of the most dramatic seascapes in Canada. The Torngat Mountains National Park is the first and only National Park in Canada to be staffed completely by Inuit.  Northern Labrador has to be seen to be believed—and we will do just that, via daily Zodiac expeditions to and organized hiking.

As we move further south, we'll visit the newly created Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve, Canada's 46th National Park. Encompassing 10,700 square kilometers, the Park is the largest in Eastern Canada. We'll aim to stop at  stupendous stretch of sandy beaches. 

Crossing over to Newfoundland, we'll pay our respects to North America’s Viking visitors at L’Anse aux Meadows. While in Newfoundland we'll call in at a outport community and explore Terra Nova National Park before ending our voyage  in historic St. John’s.

ATTENTION SINGLE TRAVELLERS: This cruise welcomes solo travellers. Most cabin categories on the ship are available as a private cabin to single travellers for no additional cost.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Cruises & Boat Tours
SEASON

September/October

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
118
GUIDE INFORMATION

Tours are guided by the expedition staff that may include artistic, cultural and natural history specialists.

RESTRICTIONS

This program features activities such as walking, wildlife viewing and Zodiac cruising, all at a relatively easy to moderate level of exertion. The majority of shore landings are undertaken using Zodiacs. Zodiac embarkations involve descending gangway stairs with double handrails and stepping into the Zodiac from a small platform at water level (assistance is
provided).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Arrival flights to the starting point and departure flights from the last community, personal expenses (laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, etc.), additional expenses in the event of weather delays or itinerary changes, staff gratuities, mandatory medical evacuation coverage/optional travel insurance, possible fuel surcharges.

Comments: Price does not include your $250 US Discovery Fund Fee.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Tour begins in Kangerluusuaq, Greenland and ends in St. John's, Newfoundland. Charter flight from Toronto to Greenland is available for an additional cost of $1095 US.

WEATHER

Temperatures run around 8 to 15 degrees Celsius (46° to 60°  Fahrenheit) on average. That being said, there has been more than one day enjoyed in shorts and a t-shirt on deck in the Canadian Arctic!  However, temperatures can fall below zero (especially at night) and the the snow can fly at anytime. 

REGION
Labrador
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Educational program and pre-departure materials, all shore and Zodiac excursions, transfers between piers and applicable airports, service charges, embarkation taxes and port fees.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm coat, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, long pants, wind jacket, wind pants, rain gear, rubber boots, hiking boots, hat, gloves.  Full clothing listed supplied upon booking.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, daypack, sunglasses, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The cruise takes place aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer. Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014.

At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada's expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn - connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue. The Ocean Endeavour's private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day is included.  Meals are prepared fresh daily by the on-site chef and are served in the dining room three times a day. You have the choice of buffet style dishes or you can order off the menu, which changes daily. Snacks and hot and cold drinks are always available in the forward lounge throughout the day.

Sep 23, 2017 - Oct 07, 2017
$4995.00 / per person - USD
Category 1. Quad occupancy. Quad cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bath.

$6195.00 / per person - USD
Category 2. Triple occupancy. Triple cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, three lower berths, private bath.

$7595.00 / per person - USD
Category 3. Double occupancy. Interior twin cabin. Deck five. Interior Cabin, two lower berths, private bath.

$8895.00 / per person - USD
Category 4. Double occupancy. Exterior twin cabin. Deck four. Porthole window, two lower berths, private bath.

$10095.00 / per person - USD
Category 5. Double occupancy. Main twin cabin. Deck five. Picture window, two lower berths, private bath.

$11295.00 / per person - USD
Category 6. Double occupancy. Comfort twin cabin. Deck seven & eight. Picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.

$12495.00 / per person - USD
Category 7. Double occupancy. Top deck twin cabin. Deck eight. Large picture windows (partial obstruction), matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.

$13795.00 / per person - USD
Category 8. Double occupancy. Superior twin cabin. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, twin or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.

$15095.00 / per person - USD
Category 9. Double occupancy. Junior suite. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath.

$16395.00 / per person - USD
Category 10. Double occupancy. Suite. Deck seven. Picture windows overlooking the bow, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub.
PAYMENT INFORMATION


A $1000.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
All prices are in US dollars. All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received at least 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administration fee of $500 US dollars per passenger. If cancellation is made between 91 and 120 days, cancellation charge is 65% of cruise cost. Please note that within the 90-day limit, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited.

Sep 23, 2017 - Oct 07, 2017

Day 1

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  

After our flight from Toronto, we will embark the Ocean Endeavour and make our way down spectacular Sondre Stromfjord, for a chance to experience its beauty. Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery! Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord’.

Day 2

Qeqqata Kommunia
 
There are a number of charming fishing villages along the west coast of Greenland. Depending on timing and sea conditions, we will call in at one of these communities to experience small town Greenlandic life, or we may navigate into the stunning fjords that line the coast. This is a day in the true spirit of expedition travel and we will avail ourselves of any and all opportunities that present themselves. 

Day 3

Nuuk 

Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and the world’s northernmost capital city! Nuuk means ‘the headland’ and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established as the  first Greenlandic town in 1728, Nuuk remains the bustling centre of the country today. We have the chance to spot humpback whales in the fjord, reindeer roaming the land, and birds soaring above. The town itself is home to the University of Greenland, a cathedral dating back to 1849, and Greenland’s National Museum. We’ll have a guided orientation of this bustling metropolis and an opportunity to visit the National Museum where the Qilakitsoq mummies are housed before free time to explore on your own.

Day 4

At sea-Davis Strait

Our presentation series will kick into full swing as we steam across the Davis Strait towards landfall in Greenland. While out on deck keep your eyes peeled for minke, humpback and other marine mammals, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

Day 5

Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River) 

In the shelter of a commanding granite rock outcrop we find the easternmost community of Kangiqsualujjuaq. Twenty-five kilometers upstream from Ungava Bay, the ebb and flow of the tides define the summer lives of the people and fauna of this area. Arctic flora thrives in the protected valley. The traditional calving grounds of the critically declining George River caribou herd are nearby. After our welcome back to Canada, we will have the freedom to explore the community, meet with locals and strike out of town for a hike on the tundra.

Day 6

Day 6-8

Torngat Mountains National Park 

The Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for millennia, with archaeological evidence reaching back almost 7,000 years. The fjords here reach deep into the heart of the mountains, bounded by cliffs peaking at 1,700 metres, the highest point of land in Labrador. The rugged, spectacular beauty of the Torngat Mountains underscores their role as the spiritual homeland of Nunatsiavut. 

The Torngat Mountains comprise some of the oldest rocks on the planet and provide some of the best exposure of geological history. Polar bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles are among the species hardy enough to make their homes here. We’ll spend our time here getting out on the land for hikes, searching for wildlife, visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising through some of Canada’s most dramatic landscapes.

Day 9

Hebron

In a highly controversial move, the former Moravian Mission station dating from the 1830s was abandoned in 1959 with the departure of the Moravians, forcing the relocation of the Inuit who resided there. In 2005, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams apologized to people affected by the relocations. In August of 2009, the provincial government unveiled a monument at the site of Hebron with an inscribed apology for the site closure. Today, some of the buildings at Hebron are being repurposed as a cultural interpretation centre and it is these buildings that we will be visiting. They form a lonely monument to the cultural past of the area, with hopes for the future of Nunatsiavut.

Day 10

Nain 

Today we explore the vibant Inuit community of Nain. The administrative capital of Nunatsiavut Nain is the most northerly community in Labrador. We'll visit the Moravian Church, the Nunatsiavut Building with its Labradorite stone and the newly finished Torngâsok Cultural Centre. Local leaders will share the fascinating history of the township, and we will have a chance to visit with the community. 

Day 11

Day 11-12

Labrador Coast 

The lower Labrador coast boasts five of Labrador’s ten provincial eco-regions, including coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid boreal forest, and string bog. The Mealy Mountain range in this area reaches heights of more than 1,000 metres. A significant portion of the mountain range and surrounding area has been designated a National Park Reserve,  a move which follows lobbying for the preservation of the area since the early 1970s. Our intent is to land our Zodiacs at the Wonderstands, a stunning 56 kilometer stretch of beach, referenced in Viking sagas.

Day 13

L’Anse aux Meadows 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic site, L’Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. 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 14

Terra Nova National Park

Today we call in at Newfoundland and Labrador's first national park, Terra Nova, located in beautiful Bonavista Bay. Our approach course will wind through the small islands that do the route and the occasional icebergs that drift in from the Atlantic. Once ashore, we have a variety of hiking opportunities in the park, where we hope to observe some of the black bears, osprey and moose that call the park home.

Day 15

St. John's, Newfoundland

Sailing into St. John’s has to be experienced to be believed; Signal Hill keeps watch over the world-famous Narrows where icebergs are frequently seen. The bustling city of St. John's with its colourful houses and steep streets makes a spectacular backdrop to the legendary rot where we will bring our journey to a close.