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Voyage to Newfoundland & Labrador

Follow in the footsteps of explorers to the Canadian Arctic's wild east coast

15 days

from £7,550pp (excluding flights)

Showcasing the awe-inspiring landscapes, culture and wildlife of Canada & Greenland, this 15-day cruise covers over 2,200 nautical miles taking in fjords, mountains, ice-berg strewn waters and wild stretches of beach, as well as the chance for some wonderful wildlife sightings.

  • Cross the Arctic circle through the spectacular Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world
  • Travel with widely respected authors, naturalists and culturalists
  • Visit the Viking site at L’Anse aux Meadows with its reconstructed settlement
  • Search for polar bears, whales and seals
  • Access local Inuit and Greenlandic communities
  • Explore the largely inaccessible Torngat Mountains National Park on foot and by zodiac

Greenland

This voyage takes in the western coast of Greenland, calling at Nuuk, one of the world’s northernmost capital cities, and exploring one of the many fjords for which the area is famed. Visit some of the charming fishing villages dotting this coast as well as local communities before crossing the Davis Strait to Canada.

Labrador & Newfoundland

Gros Morne in Newfoundland, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its extraordinary geological features are admired internationally, while the remote Torngat Mountains National Park boasts the tallest mountains east of the Rockies that tower off the Labrador coastline, creating deep & convoluted fjords that only a nimble expedition ship can access.

This voyage includes a fascinating cultural aspect offering the chance to learn about the Newfoundland history, exploring French, Basque and Viking influences. Labrador and Nunatsiavut are also full of history and culture as they are the homelands of the captivating Inuit people.

Wildlife

While the wildlife is never guaranteed, the breeding and nesting seabirds can be seen in abundance, and the potential sighting of whales, polar bears and seals will keep you scanning the icebergs and horizon daily. Additional Arctic wildlife frequently seen includes humpback whale, minke whale, reindeer, black bear, moose and birds of prey including osprey and eagle.

Voyage dates 2018

Dependent on the departure date this voyage sometimes journeys from Canada to Greenland or in reverse, please contact us for further details.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to St. John's

Day 2

St Johns Embarkation
Meet in St. John's-Newfoundland's historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, with a world-famous harbour, St. John's has been continuously fished since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North America's oldest European settlement.

Take an optional city tour in the afternoon. Afterwards meet at the docks and board the Ocean Endeavour. Sailing out of St. John's through the narrows, Signal Hill keeps watch over the world-famous narrows, heading for open water, passing Cape Spear, the easternmost point in North America.


You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 3

Notre Dame Bay
Notre Dame Bay is known for the dozens of quaint villages that dot its rocky shores, today visit one of these small settlements, with a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon our arrival. The bay itself is home to a plethora of islands and, seasonally, icebergs that drift in from the Atlantic; chart a scenic course through these beautiful monoliths while heading north


You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 4

L'Anse aux Meadows
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, L'Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. The archaeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 AD. Amazingly, the location of the ruins was first established by a close reading of the Viking sagas.

Today, a superb interpretive centre and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L'Anse aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.


You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 5

Wonderstrands, Mealy Mountains Park Reserve
The Mealy Mountains encompass five of Labrador's ten provincial eco-regions, including coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid boreal forest, and string bog. The mountain range reaches heights of more than 1,000 metres.

Two long trackless crescents of sand, washed by the cold Labrador Sea, backed by the Mealy Mountains were given the name "Wunderstrand" by the Norse seafarers, and earned a place in their sagas. Hunted, travelled, and occupied over thousands of years by various peoples, the Wonderstrands are still largely unknown and rarely visited by non-Labradorians.


You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 6

Hopedale
Today enter Nunatsiavut, homeland of the Labrador Inuit. Visit the town of Hopedale, founded as an Inuit settlement named Agvituk, or "place of the whales". In the late eighteenth century, Moravian missionaries from Germany arrived in the settlement to convert the population-a population with a long history of traditional nomadic Inuit occupation. The Hopedale Mission is still standing and is thought to be the oldest wooden-frame building in Canada east of Québec. It was named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1970. Meet with locals in the community and learn about the mission and its history. There will be ample time for walking and exploration-a nearby derelict American radar station affords spectacular views of the surrounding area

Hopedale is the legislative capital of the Nunatsiavut Government. A new assembly building has recently been opened with local Labradorite stone tiling and sealskin seats. An important historical location for Labrador is thus enjoying continued vitality in the modern lives of its Inuit population.


You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 7

Hebron
Hebron is now abandoned. A Moravian Mission station was constructed here from 1829 to 1831 but the main buildings-the church, the mission house, and the store-were not inhabited until 1837. In a highly controversial move, the station was abandoned in 1959 with the departure of the Moravians, forcing the relocation of the Inuit who resided there. In 2005, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams apologized to people affected by the relocations. In August of 2009, the provincial government unveiled a monument at the site of Hebron with an inscribed apology for the site closure. Today, some of the buildings at Hebron are being repurposed as a cultural interpretation centre they form a lonely monument to the cultural past of the area, with hopes for the future of Nunatsiavut.


You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 8

Torngat Mountains National Park
The Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for millennia, with archaeological evidence reaching back almost 7,000 years. The fjords here reach deep into the heart of the mountains, bounded by cliffs peaking at 1,700 metres, the highest point of land in Labrador. The rugged, spectacular beauty of the Torngat Mountains underscores their role as the spiritual homeland of Nunatsiavut.

The Torngat Mountains comprise some of the oldest rocks on the planet and provide some of the best exposure of geological history. Polar bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles are among the species hardy enough to make their homes here. Spend time here getting out on the land for hikes, searching for wildlife, visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising through some of Canada's most dramatic landscapes.


You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 9

You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 10

You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 11

Davis Strait
Head across the Davis Strait towards landfall in Greenland. While out on deck keep your eyes peeled for minke, humpback whales and other marine mammals, as well as the seabirds.


You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 12

Nuuk
Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and the world's northernmost capital! Nuuk means 'the headland' and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established in 1728, Nuuk remains the bustling centre of the country today. The city is home to the University of Greenland, a cathedral dating back to 1849, and Greenland's National Museum.


You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 13

West Greenland
There are a number of charming fishing villages along the west coast of Greenland-depending on timing and sea conditions, call in at one of these communities to experience small town Greenlandic life, or navigate into the stunning fjords that line the coast. This is a day in the true spirit of expedition travel taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.


You will be staying at Ocean Endeavour, Full board

Day 14

Kangerlussuaq
Sail up spectacular Sondre Stromfjord, and early risers (or late-nighters) will have a chance to experience its beauty. Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery! Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means 'the big fjord'.

Disembark the Ocean Endeavour and fly back to Toronto.


You will be staying at Sheraton Gateway Toronto Airport, Room only

Day 15

Fly Toronto to London overnight

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Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour

The Ocean Endeavour was launched in 1982 as a purpose built vessel for remote environments....

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