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Crossing Baffin Bay from Canada to Greenland

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard MS Spitsbergen
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This expedition starts in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Visit places where you can see remarkable archaeological remains and gain insight into the very interesting history of the Vikings. As you travel north, experience a seemingly endless and truly wild tundra, taiga forests, scenic mountains, majestic rivers, and countless lakes. This unspoiled region is home to a rich array of plants, fish, and other wildlife, each species uniquely adapted to the extreme northern climate and conditions. Visit Baffin Island, the spectacular homeland of the Inuit people, and cross over into Greenland, where you have the chance to touch an iceberg with your bare hands and marvel at the power of nature in the Ilulissat Icefjord. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada | Embark
Day 2 : Cruising the Coast of Newfoundland
Day 3 : L'anse aux Meadows
Days 4-6 : Cruising the Coast of Labrador
Days 7-9 : Baffin Island
Day 10 : At Sea
Days 11-13 : Exploring Northwest Greenland
Day 14 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Fly to Copenhagen
Day 15 : Copenhagen, Denmark

Highlights

  • Cruise the coast of Newfoundland and admire its complex geology
  • Discover Viking history in the re-created camp at L'anse aux Meadows
  • Hike the trails and wildernesses of Labrador
  • Tour the town of Qeqertarsuaq on the volcanic island of Disko
  • Join an excursion to the Greenland ice sheet

Ship

MS Spitsbergen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada | Embark

Your adventure starts in St. John’s, the oldest and easternmost city in North America. The town still embodies the spirit of an old fishing village and its narrow streets and hidden alleyways are full of character and history.

Day 2 Cruising the Coast of Newfoundland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With its tiny seaside communities, encompassing forests, freshwater fjords, bogs, barren lowlands, and striking cliffs and shorelines, this area is world-renowned for its complex geology. Even the wildlife is amazing, with some 10,000 humpback whales visiting the area every year.

Day 3 L'anse aux Meadows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In L’Anse aux Meadows find the first known evidence of European presence in North America. It is here that a Norse expedition built a small camp around 1,000 years ago. In 1960, two Norwegian archaeologists started excavating in this area and discovered the fascinating remains of a Viking camp. In 1979, L'Anse aux Meadows became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the re-created camp, you can see original artifacts from this internationally renowned archaeological find.

Day 4-6 Cruising the Coast of Labrador

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Spend three days sailing along the coast of Labrador and exploring this area. Outdoor enthusiasts may enjoy hiking along the trails and the countless miles of wilderness to explore, while others may appreciate learning more about the history, cultures, and traditions of the area at the numerous historic sites you visit.

One of the places you may visit is Red Bay. The discovery of the wrecks of whale-hunting galleons and chalupas has made Red Bay one of the most exquisite underwater archaeological sites in North America. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may also visit the picturesque town of Rigolet, the southernmost Inuit community in the world. This small, isolated town has a population of just 300 and cannot be accessed by road. However, it is accessible by ship all year round, and in wintertime also by snowmobile. Several outings are offered here. You can explore the beautiful waters in a speedboat or go fishing, riding, or whale watching. You may also visit Hopedale, originally the Inuit settlement of Agvituk, meaning ‘the place of the whales’, and Hebron, a former Moravian mission and the northernmost settlement in Labrador.

Day 7-9 Baffin Island

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Baffin Island is a great, wild landscape, the spectacular homeland of Inuit people and an accessible Arctic playground for the adventurous. The vast geographical area that is now fondly known as ‘Nunavut’ has supported a continuous indigenous population for over 4,000 years. Most historians today identify Baffin Island as the ‘Helluland’ (the land of flat stones) described in ancient Norse sagas. It is believed that both the Dorset and Thule inhabitants of the region had regular contact with Norse sailors over 1,000 years ago. Viking artifacts have been discovered on Baffin Island, including architectural materials, yarn spun from hare, tally sticks, and a carved wooden face mask depicting white European features.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you cruise toward Greenland, you can enjoy lectures, the view from the observation lounge, or simply relax with a good book.

Day 11-13 Exploring Northwest Greenland

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko. This area offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions such as a tour of the town, kayaking, or an ice-cruising boat tour. If you appreciate archaeology and history, you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum in Qasigiannguit.

You may have a unique opportunity to witness the true power of nature on a visit to the Eqip Sermia Glacier, which calves icebergs into the open ocean. The town of Ilulissat in the Ilulissat Icefjord was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2004. See enormous icebergs at the mouth of the fjord and enjoy a variety of optional shore excursions such as hikes, historic town walks, and a boat tour to the Icefjord.

Itilleq means ‘the hollow’, and as its name suggests, this small settlement is situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by mountains and glaciers. With the Arctic Circle passing just 650 feet south of the village center, Itilleq can rightly claim the title of ‘the Arctic Circle Village’. The 130 people who live here are mainly engaged in hunting and fishing occupations.

Day 14 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Fly to Copenhagen

When you reach Kangerlussuaq, your expedition comes to an end. Take the opportunity to join a final excursion to the Greenland ice sheet, a vast icy wasteland stretching 1,500 miles north. Your plane to Copenhagen leaves late in the evening.

Day 15 Copenhagen, Denmark

You arrive in the Danish capital early in the morning. Take the time to explore ‘Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen’ before you head home.

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Voyage price includes:
  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind-and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not included:
  • Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Notes:
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change

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  • 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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