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Journey into the North - Labrador, Torngats & Greenland

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard RCGS Resolute
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Explore the remote bays and fjords of Canada's east coast on this 12-day small ship Arctic expedition from Louisbourg to Kangerlussuag. This voyage features numerous encounters with Arctic's wildlife species, a visit to Torngat Mountains National Park, and encounters with the Nunatsiavut people in communities along the coastline of Labrador. During the voyage, you will visit numerous historic locations on Canada’s East Coast before your journey northwards from the more temperate climate found in the Maritimes onto higher latitudes. Subtle changes to vegetation and wildlife species can be noticed and our expert guides will interpret and explain these changes throughout the journey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sydney to Louisbourg, Nova Scotia | Embark
Day 2 : Gros Morne National Park
Day 3 : L'anse aux Meadows
Day 4 : Wonderstrands, Labrador
Day 5 : Hopedale
Day 6 : Torngat Mountains National Park, Saglek Fjord
Day 7 : Torngat Mountains National Park, Nachvak Fjord
Day 8 : Button Island, Nunavut
Day 9 : At Sea - Davis Strait
Day 10 : Nuuk
Day 11 : Sondre Stromfjord & Greenland Icecap
Day 12 : Kangerlussuag, Greenland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Go ashore and visit the World Heritage-listed Gros Morne National Park
  • Visit L'Anse aux Meadows to see reconstructed sod huts & Norse ruins
  • Admire the walls of Nachvak Fjord, almost 900 meters tall
  • Enjoy wildlife spotting opportunities - including polar bears and walruses

Ship

RCGS Resolute

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Atlantic Coast
  • Canada
  • Greenland
  • North America
  • Button Islands
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • Hopedale
  • Kangerlussuaq
  • L'Anse aux Meadows
  • Labrador
  • Louisbourg
  • Newfoundland
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nuuk
  • Sondre Stromfjord
  • Torngat Mountains National Park
  • Wonderstrands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Walruses coming ashore in the arctic Norstead village Colorful homes in Greenland Polar bear in the Arctic View of an iceberg at dawn

Day 1 Sydney to Louisbourg, Nova Scotia | Embark

Your adventure begins in Sydney, Nova Scotia. You will transfer to the historic port town of Louisbourg. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. You'll board the ship in the late afternoon and sail out past the lighthouse, across the Gulf of St Lawrence towards Newfoundland, Labrador and eventually Greenland

Day 2 Gros Morne National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you are anchored off the coastal hamlet of Trout River, the access point into Gros Morne National Park. The Zodiacs take you ashore and you are transferred by bus for a visit to the World Heritage-listed Tablelands. This incredible location is noted for its unique geology and exceptional scenery. You will visit the Discovery Center, before arriving at Woody Point, located in Bonne Bay. You meet the ship here and continue your voyage northwards.

Day 3 L'anse aux Meadows

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today tells a story a thousand years in the making. 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. This is where Norseman, Leif Erikson, (son of Eric the Red) - is thought to have founded “Vinland”. As you explore the reconstructed sod huts and Norse ruins with the resident archaeologist, You'll see evidence that the Vikings discovered North America some five hundred years prior to the arrival of Columbus. Tonight you will leave the coastline of Newfoundland, crossing the Strait of Belle Isle towards Labrador.

Day 4 Wonderstrands, Labrador

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Overnight, you have arrived along a historic stretch of coastline, named the Wonderstrands. The location appears in the Viking saga of Eric the Red – which calls the location ‘furdustrandir’ - the Wonder Strands. Other than one rocky promontory, the beach is almost 50km long – a rarity on the famously rocky east coast of Canada. There are some excellent hiking options along the shoreline and hinterland while Zodiac cruising and exploring in the sea kayaks provides additional means of discovering the area.

Day 5 Hopedale

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will venture ashore by Zodiac to visit the Hopedale Moravian Mission – built in 1782 and said to be the oldest building east of Quebec. It’s a fascinating place and you will learn of the influence of the early Christian missionaries on the Inuit people of Northern Labrador. This location has been designated a Canadian National Historic Site. You'll plan a visit to the local museum for a deeper insight. The local Inuit produce ornate carvings and other crafts which make for wonderful souvenirs.

Day 6 Torngat Mountains National Park, Saglek Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail into Saglek Fjord, you arrive at the southern gateway to the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve. The Park covers almost 10,000 square kilometers of Northern Labrador. It is bordered by Quebec on one side, and the Labrador Coast on the other. It is home to Canada’s highest mountains east of the Rockies, and features breathtaking fjords, remnant glacial systems and stunning landscapes.

Day 7 Torngat Mountains National Park, Nachvak Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nachvak Fjord is exceptionally beautiful. The fjord is deep and narrow and stretches more than 20 kilometers. The rocky walls of the fjord soar almost 900 meters above you at several points. Many species migrate through the area during the short boreal summer. Numerous seal species may be encountered including ring, hooded, harp and harbor seals. Minke whales have been known to linger in the fjords, while larger species, including fin and humpback, tend to stay offshore. This is an outstanding location for landscape photography with endless subjects, a dynamic color range and interesting lighting.

Day 8 Button Island, Nunavut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you reach the far northern stretches of coastal Labrador, you'll learn of the remarkable events at Martin Bay. Here a German U-boat made the only known armed landing in North America during WWII. Later in the day, you will visit the Button Islands, named after Thomas Button who explored the area in 1612. The islands are in the middle of the upwelling of nutrients on the edge of the continental shelf. This action makes it a magnet for thousands of seabirds and other marine mammals.

Day 9 At Sea - Davis Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will awaken to the vast expanse of the Davis Strait, which separates Greenland from Canada. Throughout the day your onboard experts educate you with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife, history and the locations you will visit in the coming days. This is an important migration corridor for birds and whales, and keep your eyes out for signs of wildlife from the outer decks.

Day 10 Nuuk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nuuk is the small capital of Greenland and home to a population of around 18,000 - almost a third of the entire population of the country. The small city is a fascinating blend of both the historic and contemporary. The National Museum of Greenland is located right by the harbor and is home to a fascinating collection of artifacts, traditional costumes and textiles and other items. Nuuk is easily explored on foot and there will be plenty of options for you to choose from today.

Day 11 Sondre Stromfjord & Greenland Icecap

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
By morning you have navigated north and into one of the longest fjords on the planet. At the head of the fjord sits the town of Kangerlussuaq – a key outpost on the west coast of Greenland. An exciting day lies ahead as experienced guides take you to view and experience the vast expanse of the Greenland ice cap. Your trip takes you through fabulous scenery and there’s a good chance of seeing muskox, reindeer and local birdlife. You will return to the ship and 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.

Day 12 Kangerlussuag, Greenland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning bid farewell to your expedition team and make your way to the airport. A special charter flight returns you to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa where your journey comes to an end. A transfer is also provided from the airport to a downtown location for those staying on.

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Main Deck Triple
Located on Deck 3 these cabins feature the option for a double or two single beds and a third Pullman berth, which can fold out from the wall if required. A sectional lounge is placed by the portholes with a writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the expedition room and gangway.
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Twin Private Cabin
Twin Private cabins are located on Deck 4 and have the option for either a queen or two single configured beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Superior Cabin
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Superior Plus Cabin
Superior Plus cabins are located midships on Deck 5. They are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds. A comfortable lounge is placed by the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Shackleton Suite
The Shackleton Suites are situated on Deck 6. Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a queen or two single beds with upgraded linen/ pillows.
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One Ocean Suite
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space. Sleeping quarters feature a queen size bed with upgraded linen/pillows. Included is a comfortable sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive floor to ceiling cabinetry, and spacious washroom facilities with both a shower and bathtub.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.  

This itinerary includes:
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip in Canada's Atlantic provinces
  • Transfers from the airport to your hotel upon arrival
  • 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, eco friendly, 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 bioligists, 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 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
This itinerary 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 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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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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