Cruising Tour

Arctic Cruise Greenland to Newfoundland via Wild Labrador | CA-AC1501

Follow the Viking voyage from the Greenlandic Coast to Labrador and St. John’s

Overview

Cruise the icy waters of Greenland and explore the rugged coast of Labrador and Newfoundland on this Arctic cruise.

Tour Highlights

  • Sondre Stromfjord
  • Baffin Bay
  • Kangerlussuaq
  • Nuuk
  • Nain
  • Polar Bears
  • Torngat Mountains National Park
  • L’Anse aux Meadows

Follow in the footsteps of Leif Erikson from Greenland, down the coast of Labrador, Canada and feel like the Viking explorers who first set foot on the American continent. This extraordinary voyage takes you south over the Arctic Circle, crossing 2,200 nautical miles from Søndre Strømfjord in Greenland all the way to St. John’s in Newfoundland.

Along the way, we’ll call at fjords along the Greenlandic Coast, then cross the Davis Strait to the rugged Labrador Coast. We’ll explore four incredible Canadian National Parks, including Torngat Mountains National Park and the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows.

Meeting point: This tour departs from Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.

  • No single supplement in select cabin categories
  • Free Wifi
  • Zodiac boat
  • family-owned and -operated line
  • lectures by expedition leaders
Available Sept - Oct
Duration 15 days
Departs From Greenland
Minimum age No limit
Difficulty Level Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 118
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

5 606 USD

Per Adult

Save 15%

6 595 USD

Early booking discount: 15% off if a reservation is made by October 31, 2019

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  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676
  • Please note that you will be charged in USD for this tour

For further information about dates and prices:
Please see the price list at the section here below.

What's Included

Find out what is included and what to bring.

Included

  • Educational program and pre-departure materials
  • All shore and Zodiac excursions
  • Transfers between piers and applicable airports
  • Service charges
  • Embarkation taxes
  • Port fees

What to bring

  • Warm coat, long sleeved shirts, Sweaters, long pants
  • Wind jacket wind pants
  • Rain gear rubber boots
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera and Binoculars
  • Daypack, sunglasses, water bottle

Not Included

  • Arrival flights to the starting point and departure flights from last stop
  • 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
  • Charter flights from Toronto to Greenland can be added to the package for additional cost

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

Itinerary

Information

Stretch out your sea legs with 15 days out on the Ocean Endeavour. Sail out in the footsteps of Leif Erikson, starting in Greenland, across the Davis Strait, all the way down the coast of Labrador to St. John's in Newfoundland. 

After you arrive at the international airport on the former U.S. airbase of Kangerlussuaq, our guides will drive you along the longest road in Greenland (just 20 km!) to our embarkation point. We’ll hop on special Zodiacs that will take us to the grand Ocean Endeavour. You’ll get a chance to stretch your legs in your cabin and then it’s time to set sail! From there, 168 km of superb scenery await us as we cross spectacular Søndre Strømfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world.

The region is known for its towering cliff faces, massive glaciers, 300 days of clear sky per year, and access to the Greenland Ice Cap. As the local saying goes, you’re never without a friend in Kangerlussuaq, as friendly faces abound. The same goes for the curious arctic rabbits, foxes, caribou, great white-tailed eagles, and a population of around 10,000 musk oxen.

Turning south at Simiutaq Island, we hug the coast of Greenland.

As we cross alongside the West Coast of Greenland, we pass charming fishing villages. Depending on sea conditions and time, we’ll make a stop at one of these communities to learn about small-town Greenlandic life. Otherwise, we’ll explore some of the cool fjords lining the coast. Soak in the true spirit of expedition as we travel in the remote Arctic wilderness and navigate cultural and topographical frontiers.

The Qeqqata municipality is really the edge of the earth. It’s home to many settlements served by regular boats and three airports, but even so, there are less than 10,000 people living in the entire region. Keep your eyes out for the colorful houses with white trims. You may even see a herd of reindeer who migrate long distances between the interior and the coast each year.

Day 3 marks our sailing into Nuuk, the main city of Greenland and the world’s northernmost capital! Nuuk comes from the Kalaallisut word for “cape,” and is located at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established as the first official town of Greenland in 1728, Nuuk remains the bustling heart of the country.

We’ll have a guided orientation around the city and its history. Nuuk is home to the University of Greenland, historical whaling houses, a cathedral that dates back to 1849, and Greenland’s National Museum, where we’ll have a chance to study the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.

Then it’s some free time to walk around and explore on your own. You may have the chance to spot humpback whales in the fjords, reindeer roaming the hills, and birds soaring above.

Our presentation series will kick into full swing as we steam across the Davis Strait and into the Arctic Ocean, towards landfall in Canada. 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.

The strait was named after John Davis, an explorer on the hunt for a Northwest Passage. By the 1650s, it was a popular whale-hunting spot. Once notorious for its fierce tides, our modern cruise ship is well-equipped to handle the pull of the ocean.

If we’re lucky, we’ll spot narwhal, bowhead whales, belugas, and seabirds on our voyage.

Cruise the Labrador Coast to the remote region of Kangiqsualujjuaq. The shelter of a granite rock outcrop is home to this Inuit community. Located 25 km upstream from Ungava Bay, the ebb and flow of the tides here define the summer for the people, flora, and fauna in the region.  After our welcome into northern Quebec, we’ll explore the village, meet with locals and strike out of town for a hike on the tundra.

The area is also home to the traditional calving grounds of the George River caribou herd, unfortunately, a critically at-risk species. Their population has plummeted from 800,000 strong to only 5,500 in just two decades.

We sail past Ungava Bay off the coast of Labrador. The Torngat Mountains have been home to the Inuit and their predecessors. As the spiritual homeland of the autonomous region of Nunatsiavut, Torngat (Inuktitut for “place of spirits”) is a place of sublime beauty.

We’ll explore this natural paradise’s hiking trails and archaeological sites, and if we’re lucky, spot caribou, peregrine falcons, foxes, and golden eagles. Then it’s time to hop on the Zodiac for a boat ride through some of Canada’s most dramatic vistas. The fjords here reach deep into the mountains, bounded by cliffs peaking at 1,700 meters--the highest point of land in Labrador. There are also over 100 small glaciers in the mountains.

We leave the rugged forests for the museum town of Hebron. Once a thriving Inuit community, after the local Moravian missionaries departed in 1959, the government forced the locals to relocate. In August 2009, a monument was erected with an inscribed apology by the provincial government. We’ll visit the ghost town and the cultural interpretation center that stands as a testament to this controversial past.

The Moravian Church is a Protestant denomination that originated in the Kingdom of Bohemia. From 1771, they set up missions across Labrador and formed the mission in Hebron in 1831. The original mission still stands in remarkable condition, maintained by Inuit volunteers.

Today, we’ll explore the vibrant Inuit community of Nain, the administrative capital of Nunatsiavut. Nunatsiavut is an Inuit autonomous area created in June 2005 and led by the Nunatsiavut Assembly. The Labrador Inuit, or Labradormiut, are descendants of ancient Thule people, who expanded east from Alaska to the Canadian Arctic around 1000 c.e. They followed the migrations of whales and harp seals, even traveling as far as the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Greenland.

Nain is the northernmost community in Labrador and a town that very few Canadians have explored. Established in 1771 by Moravian missionaries, it is one of the oldest permanent Inuit settlements in Canada. We’ll have a chance to enjoy a warm Inuit welcome and check out the Moravian Church, the traditional building constructed with Labradorite stone and the newly finished Torngâsok Cultural Center.

The Labrador Coast boasts ten microclimates, including subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, string bog and coastal barrens. The magnificent Mealy Mountain Range peaks at 1,000 meters (3,280 ft), and most of it makes up a part of the National Park Reserve. We’ll land our Zodiacs at the stunning 56 km beach known as the Wonderstrands.

This shoreline is said to have been mentioned in the Icelandic manuscript Erik’s Saga. According to the story, on his way to Greenland, Leif Erikson blew off course and made land at various locations in Canada. Scholars theorize that the so-mentioned Helluland (Flat-Rock Island) might be Baffin Island and Markland (Forest Land) may be Labrador. So hiking around the area, you might just be walking in the footsteps of Vikings.

Our next landing point is the world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Site, L’anse aux Meadows. As the only confirmed Norse settlement in North America, archaeologists have dated the remains to around 1000 c.e. The location of the ruins was determined by scholars dissecting the Viking sagas. We’ll check out the visitor’s center and the painstaking reconstruction of Norse-style buildings, a must for anyone visiting Newfoundland.

Located on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, the remains of nine peat-turf buildings were found by Norwegian archaeologists in the 1960s. Their resemblance to the characteristics discovered in medieval sites in Greenland and Iceland rendered the settlement an international sensation. It establishes it as the earliest known European community on the North American continent. 

The northeast coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores. We’ll find harbor 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 all the special charm of classic island communities and picturesque coastlines.

On the last day of our voyage, we sail around St. John’s famous iceberg-strewn Narrows and Signal Hill. Once ashore, you’ll be free to explore the colorful, jellybean town of St. John’s and its charming hilly streets. This settlement has a rich history, noteworthy as the oldest city in North America, and played major roles in several wars.

Don’t miss Quidi Vidi, the village within the city, which keeps the spirit of the old fishing town alive.

From downtown, you can venture up to the iconic Cabot Tower, built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s landing in Newfoundland.

Our vessel for this voyage is the Ocean Endeavour. A 1B ice-class sailing boat that holds a maximum of 198-passengers and is outfitted with 20 Zodiac boats, our ship is perfect for expedition cruises. Facilities include a top deck observation room, swimming pool, outdoor dining, sauna spa, library, and top-class navigation equipment.

Our three onboard lounges are excellent public spaces for our educational seminars, workshops, and entertainment. Launched in 1982, the Ocean Endeavour has been upgraded many times, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137-m (450-ft) length and 21-m (69-ft) breadth, it’s the pride of our cruises in Canada and beyond.

Learn more about the Ocean Endeavour.

No Single Supplement! Solo Adventurers are welcome. Our cruises have no single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins in categories 3 to 7. Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5x the cost of the berth.

Temperatures run around 8-15° Celsius (46-60° Fahrenheit) on average. That said, guests have been known to enjoy a day of shorts and t-shirts in the Canadian Arctic! Do note that temperatures can fall below zero (especially at night) and snowfall could happen at any time.

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).

If you wish to add on a charter flight from Toronto, Ontario to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, the cost is USD $1,245.

Prices and Availability

Availability (2020):

  • Sep 23 - Oct 07

Category 1. Quad occupancy. Quad cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bath.
Price: $6595.00 per person / USD.

Category 2. Triple occupancy. Triple cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, three lower berths, private bath.
Price: $7995.00 per person / USD.

Category 3. Double occupancy. Interior twin cabin. Deck five. Interior Cabin, two lower berths, private bath.
Price: $9395.00 per person / USD.

Category 4. Double occupancy. Exterior twin cabin. Deck four. Porthole window, two lower berths, private bath.
Price: $10695.00 per person / USD.

Category 5. Double occupancy. Main twin cabin. Deck five. Picture window, two lower berths, private bath.
Price: $11995.00 per person / USD.

Category 6. Double occupancy. Comfort twin cabin. Deck seven. Picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator.
Price: $13295.00 per person / USD.

Category 7. Double occupancy. Top deck twin cabin. Deck eight. Large picture windows (partial obstruction), matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.
Price: $14595.00 per person / USD.

Category 8. Double occupancy. Superior twin cabin. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, twin or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.
Price: $15895.00 per person / USD.

Category 9. Double occupancy. Junior suite. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath.
Price: $17195.00 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.
Price: $18495.00 per person / USD.

Payment Details

Deposit, Taxes and Discounts

  • A $1000.00 USD deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
  • Travellers under 30 receive a 30% discount.
  • No single supplement charge on most of the cabin categories.

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

  • 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, the cancellation charge is 65% of the cruise cost.
  • Please note that within the 90-day limit, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited.
  • Trip cancellation insurance is not included, but highly recommended.