Fabled Lands of the North: Greenland, Baffin Island, Labrador, and Newfoundland Cruise

Day 1

    Arrive Ottawa, Canada

    Arrive in Ottawa and check in to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel. This evening gather for cocktails and a welcome dinner. (D)

    Day 2

      Ottawa/Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark Ship

      Arrive by chartered aircraft in the land of the midnight sun. Embark National Geographic Explorer at the head of picturesque Kangerlussuaq Fjord. (L,D)

      Day 3

        Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

        The massive ice cap that blankets much of Greenland feeds the countless fjords and glaciers of the dramatic western coast. Glide into these fjords, on the lookout for caribou on the tundra. Stop at the former whaling port of Sisimiut to visit the museum and stroll among its 18th-century wooden buildings. (B,L,D)

        Day 4

          Ilulissat, Disko Bay

          Your expedition cruise sails into Disko Bay to explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice sheet that extends to the bay. A Zodiac cruise among these gigantic sculptures of ice is a highlight of your journey. Take a walk to the historic Inuit fishing village of Sermermiut to view the glacier. (B,L,D)

          Day 5

            Exploring the Davis Strait

            Explore Davis Strait as you sail past massive icebergs on our way to Baffin Island. Hear talks about Arctic wildlife and peoples, and keep a lookout for whales and polar bears. (B,L,D)

            Day 6

              Exploring the Cumberland Peninsula

              Your landfall on Baffin Island is the tiny town of Pangnirtung, set on Cumberland Sound. You will be welcomed at the Craft Center, perhaps with a taste of traditional bannock bread, to see the weavings, soapstone carvings and prints depicting Arctic life for which this region is renowned. A hike along a riverside trail gives wonderful views of Autyuittuaq National Park, “the land that never melts.” On Kekerten Island see the remains of a bygone era as we wander between cast iron pots once used to render oil from the blubber of the mighty bowhead whale. (B,L,D)

              Day 7

                Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island

                Spend today in true expedition cruising style, exploring the unspoiled landscapes of the Hall Peninsula. Hike the tundra in search of arctic fox, and perhaps walrus hauling out on the rocky shores. (B,L,D)

                Day 8

                  South Baffin Island

                  The southeastern tip of Baffin Island is dotted with small islands. As the pack ice retreats during the summer, polar bears are often stranded on Lower Savage and Resolution islands. Your team will keep plans flexible today so that you can make the most of wildlife sightings. (B,L,D)

                  Day 9

                    Button Islands, Nunavut

                    Scattered across the entrance to Hudson Strait between Baffin Island and Labrador, the stark Button Islands attract thousands of seabirds and marine mammals. Spend today exploring these tiny islands and their wildlife. (B,L,D)

                    Days 10-12

                      Exploring The Labrador Coast

                      The Moravian Mission of Hebron, a National Historic Site of Canada, was established in the 1830’s to minister to the Inuit. See the original buildings, an excellent example of Germanic mission architecture. Then pass through Mugford Tickle, a dramatic channel surrounded by the Kaumajet Mountains, which rise 4,000 feet straight from the sea. Spend a day on the island of Quaker Hat—shaped like a broad-brimmed hat, exploring the fishing settlement of Indian Harbour and observing vast colonies of common murres. Continue to Battle Harbour. Set amid beautiful scenery, the town was once the economic and social hub of the southeastern Labrador coast. Visit restored 18th-century fishing and whaling buildings and learn about the early settlers of Newfoundland and Labrador. (B,L,D)

                      Day 13

                        L’anse Aux Meadows

                        In 1960, the remains of a Viking village established in 1000 AD were discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts, and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America—500 years before Columbus arrived. (B,L,D)

                        Day 14

                          Exploring Northern Newfoundland

                          Northern Newfoundland is graced by cliffs and fjords, sweeping tablelands and beaches, and brightly painted fishing villages. Look for opportunities to hike, kayak and Zodiac cruise amid beautiful scenery and observe the wildlife of the far north. (B,L,D)

                          Day 15

                            St. John’s, Newfoundland

                            Disembark this morning and proceed to the airport for flights home. (B)
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