Exploring the Arctic Land of the Caribou

Copenhagen/Narsarsuaq - St. John's

Allow us to take you back in time to a different world, where the vast Arctic landscapes, wild animals and small settlements remain as if untouched by man. Join us for a 15-day adventure from Greenland to St. Johns on the eastern coast of Canada, and explore the majestic and historic coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its isolated national parks offer rugged fjords and valleys, a rich wildlife and Inuit communities - natural ingredients of a true and unforgettable adventure.

  • Visit two national parks: the remote and nearly inaccessible Gros Morne National Park and the remote and spectacular wilderness of Torngat National Park, a land of mountains and polar bears, small glaciers, and caribou where the Inuit hunt and fish.
  • Discover the largest island in the world, Greenland
  • See archaeological remains at L'anse Aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage site and only authenticated Norse settlement in North America - the archeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 A.D.
  • Stay active with our wide range of exciting excursions and engage in interesting lectures from our onboard expedition team

Overview

Our voyage starts in Narsarsuaq, South Greenland. We will visit Ivittuut which means "the grassy place" in Greenlandic; and is situated in one of Greenland's most beautiful areas, the Arsuk fjord complex, before we will cross the sea towards the Canadian province Labrador and Newfoundland. We will visit places where you will learn about the history of the people in Newfoundland and you will get insight in the stories of some Indian tribes.

Torngat Mountains National Park

During this voyage we will spend some days in the Torngat Mountains National Park which protects one of the most spectacular mountain- and coastal areas of Canada. The national park is a unique site, with a great variation in tundra vegetation and fauna. This region has been very important for the Inuit for serval thousands years and still today local Inuit are hunting in the areas of the Torngat Mountains.

Gros Morne National Park

One of the many highlights during our voyage in Newfoundland is The Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here the landscape has deep valleys, steep cliffs, sandy beaches and the spectacular fjord system is formed by the last ice age. This is the home to the rich fauna in the area, moose, caribous, foxes, black bears, ptarmigans and eagles are very common in the area.

Along the way we will take you to places with archaeological remains and you will get an insight in the very interesting Viking history. L´Anse au Meadows is truly a unique place, it was Anne and Helge Ingstad who found the old Viking settlement by following evidence they got by a close reading of the Viking sagas, and proved that Columbus was in fact not the first to discover America.

St. Johns, Canada

Our voyage ends in St. Johns, Canada. The expedition team on board will share their knowledge with you, and possibly your will share your impressions with your fellow travellers during the evenings up at deck or in the observation lounge. We look forward to take you on an adventure were you will experience the great variety of Canada.

Your Cruise Price Includes:

  • Flight from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq, transfer from airport to ship
  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included:

  • Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Notes:

  • Prices are in USD per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Single cabins on request
Itinerary

Voyage Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

July 10 2017

Departure port Copenhagen, Denmark/Narsarsuaq, Greenland
Day 1
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Greenland awaits


Location : Copenhagen, Denmark/Narsarsuaq, Greenland

This expedition starts with a flight from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq, a settlement in the Kujalleq Muncipaluty in Southern Greenland. Its immediate surroundings in Tunulliarfik Fjord hold incredible significance to Greenland’s history. The land where Narsarsuaq now stands earned Greenland its name. The Norse Vikings settled in this vicinity many centuries ago and gave Narsarsuaq a name that hints that an Arctic forest covered the large plain. On arrival in Narsarsuaq your transfer to MS Spitsbergen is awaiting you.

Day 2
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The grassy place


Location : Ivittuut, Greenland

Ivittuut, meaning 'the grassy place', is an abandoned mining town near Cape Desolation in southwestern Greenland. It is located in the modern Sermersooq municipality on the ruins of the former Norse Middle Settlement and is situated in one of Greenland’s most beautiful areas, the Arsuk fjord complex. Take a leisurely walk around the old mining settlement and enjoy the nice view of the surrounding landscape. This is also a place where one is likely to observe the musk ox, the largest land mammal in Greenland.

Day 3
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Canada bound


Location : North Atlantic Ocean

As we cruise towards Canada, you can enjoy lectures, the view from the observation lounge or simply relax with a good book.

Day 4
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Ghost inhabitants


Location : Torngat Mountains National Park

The name Torngat comes from the Inuit word for ghost. For the Inuit, the mountains are where ghosts are living. Archeological sites out of 7000 years witness the importance of this region for the Inuit which still have their hunting areas in the Torngat Mountains.

Day 5
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Rough and wild


Location : Torngat Mountains National Park

The Torngat Mountains National Park protects one of the most spectacular mountain and coastal areas of Canada. In wide parts of the park the mountains are over 1500 meters high and up to 3.9 billion years old. The whole landscape was formed during the last ice age. Deep fjord systems rising up to 900 meters directly out of the sea make the park rough and wild. The highest mountains are without any vegetation in contrast to the river valleys where you can find an enormous variation of tundra vegetation. Moose, Caribous, foxes, wolves, Black bears and even the Polar bear are native to the park.

Day 6
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Explore the outdoors


Location : Cruising the Coast of Labrador

We will spend three days sailing along the coast of Labrador and exploring this area. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking trails and countless of kilometres of wilderness to explore, while others will appreciate learning more about the history, cultures and traditions at the numerous historic sites and places we will visit.

Day 7
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Southernmost Inuit community


Location : Cruising the Coast of Labrador

We might visit Rigolet, a picturesque town, and with a population of 300 it is the southernmost Inuit community in the world.

 

Day 8
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Place of the whales


Location : Cruising the Coast of Labrador

We are offering several outings here: explore the beautiful waters in a speedboat, try fishing, riding or go whale watching. We might also visit Hopedale that was founded as an Inuit settlement named Agvituk, meaning “place of the whales” and Hebron a former Moravian mission that was the northernmost settlement in Labrador.

Day 9
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Wilderness adventure destination


Location : Battle Harbour

Located on the edge of the Labrador Sea, Battle Harbour is a nature lover’s paradise. For two centuries it was the economic and social centre of the southeast Labrador coast. Today it is a wilderness adventure destination, where you can encounter whales, dolphins, seabirds, Arctic fox, icebergs and spectacular island scenery on one of our hikes or boat tours.

Day 10
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Evidence of Norse expedition


Location : L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

In L’Anse aux Meadows you find the first known evidence of European presence in America. This is where a Norse expedition built a small camp thousand years ago. In 1960 two Norwegian archaeologists started the excavation and discovered the fascinating remains of this Viking encampment. In 1979 L’Anse aux Meadows became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the recreated camp you will find original artefacts from this internationally renowned archaeological find.

Day 11
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Underwater sites


Location : Red Bay

Between 1550 and the early 17th century Red Bay was a centre for Basque whaling operations. At the most 2500 whalers on 50 ships from France and Spain came for the whale-hunting season. The discovery of vessels used for whale hunting made Red Bay one of the most exquisite underwater archaeological sites in America. It is now on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 12
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Ancient landscapes


Location : Gros Morne National Park

The Gros Morne National Park belongs to the highlights of a Newfoundland trip. The landscape with its deep valleys, steep cliffs, sandy beaches and the spectacular fjord system is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moose, caribous, foxes, black bears, ptarmigans and eagles are a very common sight here. A ride through this ancient landscape in the higher regions will be unforgettable.

Day 13
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Wildlife watching


Location : The Atlantic Ocean

Enjoy a day at sea. There will be lectures on various topics or you can spend some time on deck enjoying the wildlife we'll see on our journey.

Day 14
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The French way of life


Location : St Pierre and Miquelon

Even though Paris is 4000 km away, the people living in St Pierre and Miquelon are very proud of being French. This is France’s oldest overseas territory and a part of the French Republic. So today you can enjoy a visit to a place where you find the typical French way of life with nice bistros, cafés, wine, cheese, baguettes, chocolates and pastries. You might even see people wearing berets.

 

Day 15
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Full of character


Location : St. John's, Newfoundland

St. John’s is the oldest and most easterly city in North America, and it is said that this is where heritage lives. With its narrow streets and hidden alleyways it is a city full of character and experience. We recommend you explore the history of this place with the striking twin clock towers of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist after you disembark.

July 25 2017

Location Longyearbyen, Svalbard
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