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Path of the Vikings - Iceland, Greenland & Canada

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard RCGS Resolute
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This voyage links three countries and follows the path taken by early Vikings as they navigated across the Atlantic on their quest of discovery a 1,000 years ago. Commencing in Iceland, you'll cross the Denmark Strait to Greenland and navigate through the celebrated Prince Christian Sound. You then discover colorful fishing villages, meet friendly locals and learn about the history of Eric the Red and the Viking settlers as they established communities in the fertile valleys of the south. Arriving in Canada, more Viking history awaits at L’Anse Aux Meadows. You come face to face with natural history in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region teems with wildlife and you can anticipate encounters with numerous whale species and migratory and resident bird species.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea - Iceland to Greenland
Day 4 : Prince Christian Sound, Greenland
Day 5 : Tasermiut Fjord & Nanortalik
Day 6 : Narsarsuaq
Day 7 : Bredefjord & Narsaq
Day 8 : At Sea - Davis Strait
Day 9 : L’Anse aux Meadows
Day 10 : Woody Point - Gros Morne National Park
Day 11 : Cape North, Nova Scotia
Day 12 : Sydney, Nova Scotia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sail through Prince Christian Sound a spectacular welcome to Greenland
  • Explore Tasermiut Fjord known as 'The Patagonia of the North'
  • Visit Narsarsuaqand, one of the most historical locations in the country
  • Tour Gros Morne National Park

Ship

RCGS Resolute

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A beautiful arctic glacier. Colorful homes in Greenland Northern gannet colony Inuit woman Humpback whale

Day 1 Reykjavik | Embark

Your voyage begins in Reykjavik, Iceland’s picturesque capital city. This afternoon, you board your home for the next 11 nights – RCGS Resolute. Once onboard you will meet the expedition team and following welcome drinks and dinner, you depart Iceland bound for Greenland and Canada.

Day 2-3 At Sea - Iceland to Greenland

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
You will awaken to the open waters of the Denmark Strait which separates Iceland from Greenland. You will make an easier time of it in your modern expedition ship than the Vikings did in their longboats more than 1,000 years ago. Your onboard experts educate you with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations to visit in the coming days. Be sure to visit the ship’s bridge and watch the Captain and officers navigate your modern expedition vessel.

Day 4 Prince Christian Sound, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The coast is in sight and the ship navigates towards the entrance of Prince Christian Sound, providing a spectacular welcome to Greenland. The sound separates the mainland from the island archipelago that forms the southern tip of the country. Mountains tower around you and waterfalls tumble down the steep cliffs as the Captain carefully navigates through the passage. You will pass numerous icebergs along the way and can’t help but wonder what the Viking’s experienced as they pushed deeper into the sound, on their journey of discovery.

Day 5 Tasermiut Fjord & Nanortalik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For many, today may well be a highlight of the trip. Tasermiut Fjord has a well-known reputation as 'the Patagonia of the North' due to the towering rock formations that surround the narrow waters. The highest peak is over 1800m and has a sheer granite face of more than a kilometer. This is nature at her most powerful. You will return to the small town of Nanortalik and venture into the pretty harbor in the Zodiacs for a stroll through the colorful houses in town.

Day 6 Narsarsuaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This is quintessential Greenland. As you navigate the ship further into the fjord system, you are awestruck by the beauty. Not surprisingly, the Vikings were just as impressed and Narsarsuaqand surrounds are among the most historically significant locations in the country. The Brattahlid open-air museum is a fascinating spot and features a reconstructed church and Viking longhouse. Nearby is Igaliku, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in the country and home to the ruins of Gardar – a stone church constructed in the 11th century.

Day 7 Bredefjord & Narsaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The coast of western Greenland is famous for icebergs and you observe several glaciers at close quarters when navigating the ship along Bredefjord. At the end of a remote arm of the fjord are two giant glaciers, known locally as ‘the twins’. You will navigate in the Zodiacs to get a better view of the glacial face and delight at the endless photo opportunities the ice sculptures provided. This afternoon you will visit the small community of Narsaq. Your time in Greenland has come to an end and as you depart this enchanting place in the soft evening light.

Day 8 At Sea - Davis Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While sailing south towards Newfoundland your onboard experts will recap on your adventures in Greenland and prepare you for the days ahead. This is an important migration corridor for birds and whales, and you keep your eyes out for signs of wildlife from the outer decks. Large icebergs of all shapes drift on the currents of the Davis Strait and while these won't be your first iceberg sightings, seeing them in open water is an impressive sight. Your educational program continues, and your onboard experts entertain you with interactive presentations and lively discussions.

Day 9 L’Anse aux Meadows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Having arrived in Newfoundland, your excursion this afternoon tells a story a thousand years in the making. You board the Zodiacs for a short cruise to the rocky shoreline. A millennium ago, Viking long-ships would have been found along this same beach. L’Anse aux Meadows is one of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 10 Woody Point - Gros Morne National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you find yourself anchored in majestic Bonne Bay, just offshore from the small community of Woody Point, the gateway into the southern reaches of Gros Morne National Park. This is a Registered Historic District with several significant structures along the waterfront. Gros Morne is best known for the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and is celebrated for its unique geology and exceptional scenery. You'll make a visit to the excellent Discovery Center before continuing through the park. You will meet the ship at Trout River re-boarding in the afternoon and continue your voyage southwards.

Day 11 Cape North, Nova Scotia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Overnight you have crossed the broad Gulf of St Lawrence, which separates Newfoundland from Nova Scotia. Your final day will be spent exploring the northern reaches of Cape Breton. Cape North is a small community situated on the famous Cabot Trail and is a gateway into the Highlands National Park. There are some excellent hiking opportunities here. Tonight, your chefs have prepared a special farewell dinner attended by the Captain of the ship. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate and reflect on a memorable journey as you sail to the final port of Sydney.

Day 12 Sydney, Nova Scotia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning you will enter the port of Sydney, situated on the north coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Your fabulous trip comes to an end and you can reflect on the truly memorable journey. You disembark in the morning and, while some of you will head to the airport, many will add a few extra days in Nova Scotia to enjoy the hospitality, culture and renowned seafood.

RCGS Resolute

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Main Deck Triple
Deck 3. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, portholes, writing desk and chair, and private washroom facilities.
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Twin Private Cabin
Deck 4. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, large windows, writing desk and chair, and private washroom facilities.
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Superior Cabin
Deck 5. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, large windows, writing desk and chair, and private washroom facilities.
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Superior Plus Cabin
Deck 5. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, large picture windows, writing desk and chair, and private washroom.
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Shackleton Suite
Deck 6. 22 m2. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge convertible to a sofa bed, large picture windows, a large desk, expansive cabinetry, and washroom facilities including both a shower & bathtub.
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One Ocean Suite
Deck 6. 44 m2. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge convertible to a sofa bed with matching club chairs, large picture windows, a large desk, expansive cabinetry, and washroom facilities including both a shower & bathtub.

Notes

Your Expedition Includes:
 
- Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip
 -Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation
- Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
 -High quality, ecofriendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
 -All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
- 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in-cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
 -Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
- Daily off-ship excursions by zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
 -Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
- Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits
- Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore
- Resident photography guide available to assist all guests
 -Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
- An emergency trained medical physician onboard every voyage
 -Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
- Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
 -Sea kayaking program available (additional charge of $695pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
- Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books
- End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
 -Port fees and all permits to access visited areas

 The Expedition does not include:
 
- Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
- Visa and passport expenses
-Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
-Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
-Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
-Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
-Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all One Ocean Expeditions trips)
-A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – $US12-15 per day)
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