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Path of the Vikings: Reykjavik to Quebec

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Cruise along chiseled fjords packed with icebergs for up-close views of glittering glaciers on our brand-new expedition that explores the Arctic region of Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. You'll search for beluga whales, and seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots, and kittiwakes, and enjoy a hike through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavík, Iceland
Day 2 : Reykjavík | Embark Le Champlain
Day 3 : Vigur Island | Ísafjördur
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Tasiilaq, Greenland
Day 6 : Napassorssuaq Fjord
Day 7 : Prins Christian Sund
Days 8-9 : At Sea
Day 10 : L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada
Day 11 : Gros Morne National Park
Day 12 : Gaspe, Quebec
Day 13 : Havre St. Pierre
Day 14 : Cruising the St. Lawrence River
Day 15 : Saguenay
Day 16 : Quebec City | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise along chiseled fjords for up-close views of glittering glaciers
  • Search for marine mammals, including beluga whales in Saguenay
  • Hike through Gros Morne National Park; this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the eroded sea stacks and cliffs of the Mingan Archipelago
  • Attend a cultural performance at Taiilaq and meet with friendly locals

Ship

Le Champlain (ZE)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Street view of old town Reykjavik Icelandic Rams The amazing Godafoss Waterfall Whale Watching off the coast of Reykjavik in Iceland Charming Quebec City

Day 1 Reykjavík, Iceland

Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and transfer to the Reykjavík Hilton Nordica. Lunch and the remainder of the day are at leisure to enjoy this fascinating and colorful city. Gather this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner and overnight at a hotel.

Day 2 Reykjavík | Embark Le Champlain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, set out to explore Iceland’s classic scenic wonders known as the Golden Circle. Begin with Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by mountains and encompassing a vast lava plain of green moss and wildflowers. Continue to Gullfoss Waterfall where the Hvita River drops 96 feet in two voluminous cascades. The Geysir Center is a huge geothermal field of both boiling and tranquil multi-hued hot springs and bubbling mud pools. After lunch, visit Fridheimar Farm, which produces tomatoes and cucumbers year-round in their impressive greenhouses and breeds Icelandic horses, then embark Le Champlain.

Day 3 Vigur Island | Ísafjördur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast take a walking tour of small, verdant Vigur, the summer home to vast numbers of puffins, black guillemots, Arctic terns, and eiders. The tiny community dates back to the late 1800s and boasts Iceland’s only windmill. During lunch on board, cruise northward to Ísafjördur, the trading and cultural center of the West Fjords. A cultural tour reveals the history and daily life of one of Iceland’s oldest fishing settlements and visits the region’s scenic highlights. This afternoon, enjoy free time in town to browse the local shops.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Attend lectures on the natural and historical highlights ahead. 

Day 5 Tasiilaq, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The small settlement of Tasiilaq is part of the municipality of the same name which covers an area five times the size of Denmark. Ashore, enjoy a cultural performance and stroll through the town’s brightly-colored buildings to visit the excellent local museum. After this, there is free time to browse handicraft shops, or take a stroll around town. Those who wish may continue on a hike to Flower Valley, accompanied by naturalists who point out the varieties of local vegetation enjoying their brief seasonal bloom.

Day 6 Napassorssuaq Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today cruise along the southeastern coast of Greenland. Now uninhabited, the region recalls its past civilization in skeletal sites of old Scandinavian and Inuit camps and settlements. Watch for seals, whales, and polar bears and, conditions permitting, go ashore in Napassorssuaq Fjord via Zodiac to explore this remote expanse of shoreline. Farther south, witness the portion of Greenland that fully lives up to its name. This is the most fertile part of the country; unlike the northern hunting and fishing villages, agriculture and farming are an important part of economic life. 

Day 7 Prins Christian Sund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The 55-mile-long channel near the southern tip of Greenland offers breathtaking vistas as you cruise among a flotilla of ice. Mountains rise from the barren landscape, and icebergs, like tiny atolls, sit in pools of aquamarine waters. Steep, glacier-cut cliffs border the fjord; frozen waterfalls cling to their edges like freeze-framed photographs. By Zodiac and aboard the ship, cruise the bays and finger-like offshoots of this truly spectacular display of geology and geography.

Day 8-9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend your time at sea attending informative lectures, searching for wildlife from deck with naturalists, and enjoying the amenities of Le Champlain.

Day 10 L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Considered by some to be the long-sought-after Vinland depicted in the Norse sagas and settled by Leif Ericson in A.D. 1000, L’Anse aux Meadows was only officially rediscovered in 1961. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, it remains the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America and represents the earliest evidence of a European presence in the New World. Visit the living history Viking trading settlement of Norstead. 

Day 11 Gros Morne National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Gros Morne take a hike to the Tablelands, a landform that resembles the surface of the moon. Much of Gros Morne’s fame comes from this huge extrusion of the earth’s mantle thrust violently to the surface over 450 million years ago. The park is also rich in wildlife—caribou, Arctic hare, fox, weasel, lynx, and an occasional black bear. Alert spotters may observe fin, minke, humpback, and pilot whales in the offshore waters.  

Day 12 Gaspe, Quebec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Be on deck as the ship approaches Gaspe to view stunning Percé Rock, an imposing limestone sea stack with a large arch “piercing” the rock. On nearby Bonaventure Island, step ashore for nature walks to observe interesting geology and over 300 species of birds, including black-legged kittiwakes, common murres, and a large colony of northern gannets.

Day 13 Havre St. Pierre

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Havre St. Pierre is the gateway to the spectacular Mingan Archipelago, a chain of islands, islets, and monoliths of element-sculpted limestone. Whales and seals are often spotted frolicking among these bizarre formations, and seabirds nest along the sheer rock cliffs.  

Day 14 Cruising the St. Lawrence River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the passing coastal scenery, spend time sorting through your photos, and attend lectures recapping your experiences.

Day 15 Saguenay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Fjord du Saguenay offers some of Canada’s most breathtaking scenery. As the ship cruises along this narrow waterway, you are surrounded by cliffs that tower from 500 – 1,000 feet. Keep an eye out for resident wildlife, including peregrine falcons, black bears, seals, and beluga whales.

Day 16 Quebec City | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your independent flights home.

Le Champlain (ZE)

Reykjavik - Hotels

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Ocean-view suites on Deck 3 are 204 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 43-square-foot private balcony.
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Ocean-view suites on Deck 4 are 204 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 43-square-foot private balcony.
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Ocean-view suites on Deck 5 are 204 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 43-square-foot private balcony.
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Ocean-view suites on Deck 6 are 204 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 43-square-foot private balcony.
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Category 5
Ocean-view suites on Decks 3, 4, 5, and 6 are 290 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 64-square-foot private balcony.
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Ocean-view suites on Decks 5 and 6 are 344 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 86-square-foot private balcony.
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Ocean-view suites on Decks 5 and 6 are 484 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 322-square-foot private balcony.
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Owner's Suite
This ocean-view suite on Deck 6 is 484 square feet and has a sliding glass door leading to a 322-square-foot private balcony, including a private hot tub.

Notes

For most activities, a moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore and be able to walk moderate distances over rough terrain, including rocky uneven beaches, and occasionally across ice and snow. Temperatures throughout will range from lows in the 40s°F to highs in the mid 50s°F. Please note that temperatures on the water may feel cooler. Knee-high, waterproof boots with good tread are essential. 

Included: Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and cultural tours; all gratuities; all accommodations; world-class lecture and expedition team; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Excluded: Airfare from your home city/Reykjavík and Quebec/home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages, (other than listed above), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Airfare: You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Reykjavík and Quebec City/home city. Please contact our in-house Air Department for fare quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.
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