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Viking settlement, Anse-aux-Meadows

Newfoundland Circumnavigation

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Experience the lively culture and dramatic scenery of Newfoundland on this 11-day cruise starting and ending in historic St. John´s. Enjoy daily expedition stops and community visits, stop at Red Bay's Basque Whaling Station, learn about the Viking history, and enjoy a taste of the Mi’kmaq culture in Miawpukek First Nation (Conne River). The rugged charm and geographic diversity of Newfoundland and Labrador are best appreciated by ship. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : St. John's, Newfoundland | Embark
Days 2-3 : Northeast Coast
Day 4 : L'Anse aux Meadows
Day 5 : Red Bay
Day 6 : Woody Point | Gros Morne National Park
Days 7-8 : Newfoundland's South Coast
Day 9 : Miawpukek (Conne River)
Day 10 : Saint-Pierre, FR
Day 11 : St. John's, Newfoundland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the remote reaches of Newfoundland & Labrador in autumn
  • Hike the phenomenal landscapes of Gros Morne National Park
  • Travel with widely respected naturalists, musicians, and culturalists
  • Visit the reconstructed Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Canada
  • North America
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • L'Anse aux Meadows
  • Labrador
  • Miawpukek
  • Newfoundland
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Red Bay
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • St. John's

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Viking settlement, Anse-aux-Meadows Witness incredible whales on your journey. St. John's Newfoundland A local man tressed in traditional style North American arctic dress. St. Pierre

Day 1 St. John's, Newfoundland | Embark

Welcome to St. John’s—Newfoundland’s historic, vibrant capital. Sailing out of the port of St. John’s has to be experienced to be believed. Signal Hill keeps watch as you exit the world-famous Narrows. 

The charming houses of The Battery are always a hit with shutterbugs. The bustling capital city of Newfoundland & Labrador makes a spectacular backdrop as you head out to sea. Watch for whales and seabirds as you sail!

Day 2-3 Northeast Coast

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The northeast coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores, and you can find harbour in one of these unique communities. Look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon your arrival. Photographers have their work cut out for them capturing the special charm of classic island architecture.

Day 4 L'Anse aux Meadows

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, L'Anse Aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. The archeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 A.D. Amazingly, the location of the ruins was first established by a close reading of the Viking sagas. Today a superb interpretive center and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L'Anse Aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.

Day 5 Red Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. Basque whalers operated out of the Red Bay harbor in the 1500s: North America’s first export industry.

The interpretation center at Red Bay is excellent. Here we find tools, personal items, and navigational instruments recovered from the wreck of the whaling ship San Juan. The ship was lost in a storm in 1565 and found centuries later submerged in the harbor.

Day 6 Woody Point | Gros Morne National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gros Morne is internationally famed for its geographic diversity and majesty. The park’s mountains are both picturesque and highly unusual: the Tablelands, a 600-meter plateau, forms one of the world’s best examples of ancient rock exposed from the earth’s mantle. The park’s fjords are equally stunning, and the town of Woody Point has become widely renowned for its annual Writers’ Festival.

There are a choice of walks—catering to all levels of skill and interest—as you explore the surrounding area. The beauty of Bonne Bay is surely a highlight, as are the subtle charms of Woody Point.

Day 7-8 Newfoundland's South Coast

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The wild and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outport communities. Visits here are often a highlight of our trips. 

There are many choices of unique bays and coves to explore via Zodiac or land excursions. The geology is outstanding, and plant life is gorgeous here. Be on the watch for wildlife too. Make the most of every chance to explore this beautiful and remote coast.

Day 9 Miawpukek (Conne River)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The First Nations community of Miawpukek (Conne River) has an economically self-sufficient mandate, guided by traditional values. It became a permanent settlement sometime around 1822. Before then, it was one of many semi-permanent camping sites used by the Mi'kmaw people, who were, at the time, nomads travelling throughout the east coast. Since its establishment as a reserve in 1987, Miawpukek’s employment rate has increased from 10% to nearly 100% and Indian and Northern Affairs often reference the community as a model for other First Nations. Receive a formal welcome into the community and meet the locals, with the help of community leaders.

Day 10 Saint-Pierre, FR

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Saint-Pierre, a last bastion of France’s colonial territories in North America. The colourful and charming shops and residences of the town of Saint-Pierre reveal its unique historical character.  French food, wine, cars, clothing, and shops are all in evidence here—and the sweets at the local cafes and bakeries are much in demand. Saint-Pierre offers a taste of European living, just a short sail from the coast of Newfoundland!

Day 11 St. John's, Newfoundland | Disembark

On the final day of your expedition, sail though the historic Narrows and into St. John's harbor. Say your farewells and begin the process of departure.

Staff are on hand to assist you with luggage and transportation arrangements. 

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Deck four: Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room) - approx. 240 sq. ft.
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Triple - Category 2
Deck four: Interior cabin, three lower berths, two private baths - approx. 200 sq. ft.
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Interior Twin - Category 3
Deck five: Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
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Exterior Twin - Category 4
Deck four: Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
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Main Twin - Category 5
Deck five: Picture window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four: Two portholes windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths - 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
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Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, approx. 190 sq. ft. Deck eight: oversize windows, partially obstruction view, matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
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Superior Twin - Category 8
Deck five. Two picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows with unobstructed view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven midship: picture windows, partially obstructed view, matrimonial, private bath, fridge - 190 sq.ft
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Junior Suite - Category 9
Deck five: Picture windows, unobstructed views, matrimonial bed, sitting area- approx. 270 sq. ft. Deck seven: forward-facing picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, private bath w/full tub, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 290 sq. ft.
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Suite - Category 10
Deck seven. Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub, refrigerator - approx. 310 sq. ft.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the double occupancy rate.

Expedition Costs Include:
  • Introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing
  • Museum entry, park access, and port taxes
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and transfers
  • Educational on-site interpretation
  • Community programming—local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
  • Instructional photography walks
  • Rubber boots for expedition landings
  • Educational presentations
  • Interactive workshops
  • Nikon Canada lender program
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on-deck barbeques and afternoon tea
  • 24-hour coffee, tea, and snacks
  • Hors d’oeuvres and snacks during daily recaps
  • 24-hour film and documentary programming in cabins
  • Fully stocked library
  • Access to all ship's amenities, including saunas, gym, pool, and hot tub.
  • Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund
Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
  • Commercial and charter flight costs
  • Gratuities (suggested at $15 USD per person per day)
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation
  • Additional costs associated with credit card payment
  • Program enhancements
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