Crossing Baffin Bay from Canada to Greenland

St. Johns - Kangerlussuaq

Join us on a 15-day Arctic expedition and explore the unspoiled regions on both sides of Baffin Bay. Starting in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, we visit extremely remote destinations where you can see remarkable archaeological remains and gain insight into Viking history. Then we explore Baffin Island, an grand Arctic playground for outdoor enthusiasts before crossing Baffin Bay over to Greenland. Here you will marvel at the power of nature as you touch icebergs with your bare hands!

  • Experience both Arctic Canada and Greenland, the territory first mapped on the second Fram expedition led by Otto Sverdup from 1898 to 1902
  • See archaeological remains at L'Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only Norse settlement in North America
  • Stay active with our wide range of exciting excursions and engage in interesting lectures from our onboard expedition team
  • Discover the grand wild landscapes of Baffin Island, homeland of the Inuit people and exceptional outdoor adventures

Overview

This expedition starts in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. We will visit places where you can see remarkable archaeological remains, and gain insight into the very interesting history of the Vikings.

Stunning Arctic Scenery and Warm-Hearted People

As we travel north, you will experience a seemingly endless and truly wild tundra, taiga forests, scenic mountains, majestic rivers, and countless lakes. This unspoiled region is home to a rich array of plants, fish, and other wildlife, each species uniquely adapted to the extreme northern climate and conditions. Baffin Island is the spectacular homeland of the Inuit people and an accessible Arctic playground for the adventurous. This area, now known as ‘Nunavut’, has supported a continuous indigenous population for over 4,000 years.

Crossing Baffin Bay to Greenland

 

In Greenland, you’ll have the chance to touch an iceberg with your bare hands and marvel at the power of nature in the Ilulissat Icefjord. With daily landings and excursions including kayaking, hiking, and other activities, you will discover the authentic Greenland and meet the people who call it home.

Your Voyage Price Includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Transfer from ship to airport in Kangerlussuaq, incl. excursion toward ice sheet and dinner
  • Economy flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen • 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. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

July 24 2017

Departure port St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Day 1
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Full of character


Location : St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Your adventure starts in St. John's, the oldest and most easterly city in North America. The town still embodies the spirit of an old fishing village and its narrow streets and hidden alleyways are full of character and experience. 

Day 2
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Whales galore


Location : Cruising the Coast of Newfoundland, Canada

With its tiny seaside communities, encompassing forests, freshwater fjords, bogs, barren lowlands, and striking cliffs and shorelines, this area is world-renowned for its complex geology. The wildlife is amazing with large seabird colonies, huge moose and caribou populations, and a rich marine life including several species of whales. With some 10,000 humpback whales visiting the area every year, don’t be surprised if you inadvertently capture a whale in a photograph you take on deck!  

Day 3
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Viking remains


Location : L'anse Aux Meadows, Canada

In L'Anse aux Meadows you'll find the first known evidence of European presence in America. It is here that a Norse expedition built a small camp around 1,000 years ago. In 1960, two Norwegian archaeologists started excavating in this area and discovered the fascinating remains of a Viking camp. In 1979, L'Anse aux Meadows became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the recreated camp, you can see original artefacts from this internationally renowned archaeological find.

Day 4
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One for the outdoor enthusiasts


Location : Crusing the Coast of Labrador, Canada

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

Day 5
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Underwater wonders


Location : Crusing the Coast of Labrador, Canada

One of the places we may visit is Red Bay. The discovery of the wrecks of whale-hunting galleons and chalupas has made Red Bay one of the most exquisite underwater archaeological sites in North America. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6
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The place of the whales


Location : Crusing the Coast of Labrador, Canada

We may also visit the picturesque town of Rigolet, the southernmost Inuit community in the world. This small, isolated town has a population of just 300 and cannot be accessed by road. However, it is accessible by ship all year around, and in wintertime also via snowmobile. We offer several outings here: You can explore the beautiful waters in a speedboat or go fishing, riding or whale watching. We may also visit Hopedale, originally the Inuit settlement of Agvituk, meaning 'the place of the whales', and Hebron, a former Moravian mission and the northernmost settlement in Labrador.

Day 7
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An Arctic outdoor playground


Location : Baffin Island, Canada

Baffin Island is a great, wild landscape, the spectacular homeland of Inuit people and an accessible Arctic playground for the adventurous. The vast geographical area that is now fondly known as ‘Nunavut’ has supported a continuous indigenous population for over 4,000 years.

Day 8
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Place of black rocks


Location : Baffin Island, Canada

Most historians today identify Baffin Island as the ‘Helluland’ (the land of flat stones) described in ancient Norse sagas. It is believed that both the Dorset and Thule inhabitants of the region had regular contact with Norse sailors over 1,000 years ago.

Day 9
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Viking reminants


Location : Baffin Island, Canada

Viking artifacts have been discovered on Baffin Island, including architectural materials, yarn spun from hare, tally sticks, and a carved wooden face mask depicting white European features.

Day 10
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Recharge at sea


Location : Baffin Bay

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

Day 11
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The volcanic island


Location : Exploring Northwest Greenland

Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko. This area offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions such as a tour of the town, kayaking, or an ice-cruising boat tour. If you appreciate archaeology and history, you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum in Qasigiannguit.

Day 12
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Icebergs in Ilulissat


Location : Exploring Northwest Greenland

Today, you will have a unique opportunity to witness the true power of nature on a visit to the Eqip Sermia Glacier, which calves icebergs into the open ocean. The town of Ilulissat in the Ilulissat Icefjord was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. See enormous icebergs at the mouth of the fjord and enjoy a variety of optional shore excursions such as hikes, historic town walks and a boat tour to the Icefjord.

Day 13
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The hollow


Location : Exploring Northwest Greenland

Itilleq means ‘the hollow’, and as its name suggests, this small settlement is situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by mountains and glaciers. With the Arctic Circle passing just 650 feet south of the village center, Itilleq can rightly claim the title of ‘the Arctic Circle Village’. The 130 people who live here are mainly engaged in hunting and fishing occupations.

Day 14
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Ice wastelands


Location : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

When we reach Kangerlussuaq, your expedition comes to an end. Take the opportunity to join a final excursion to the Greenland ice sheet, a vast icy wasteland stretching 1,500 miles north. Your plane to Copenhagen leaves late in the evening.

Day 15
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Good morning Scandinavia


Location : Copenhagen, Denmark

You arrive in the Danish capital early in the morning. Take the time to explore ‘Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen’ before you head home.

Why Copenhagen?

  • Easy to access – Enjoy direct-flight accessibility to Greenland (included in your voyage price) with multiple international flight carriers.

  • Charming and picturesque – Being there is like taking a page from a Hans Christian Andersen story!

  • Friendly and welcoming people – Danish people are officially the happiest people on Earth!

  • Multiple accommodation options, versus those you’ll find in Reykjavik, which are often sold out and very pricey.

  • Award-winning food – This small city boasts 15 Michelin-starred restaurants and counting!

  • Beautiful palaces - The three central palaces of Copenhagen are must-sees: Christiansborg, for the (free) tower climb; Rosenborg, for the beautiful Knights’ Hall; and Amalienborg, for the changing of the guards.

  • Denmark doesn't use the Euro, but the Danish Krone, which is great for currency conversion! Tipping is minimal. Restaurant bills normally include a service charge and taxi drivers don't expect a tip, although it's customary to round up the amount.

August 7 2017

Location Exploring Northwest Greenland
Your Ship

Our Ship Sailing This Route

Experience southern Greenland, Baffin Island, and sail down the coast of Arctic Canada on board MS Spitsbergen, our intimate, modern expedition ship.

Everything You Need to Know About a Voyage with Hurtigruten

Learn more about what you can experience on board and travel with confidence on MS Spitsbergen.

Experiences

Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Greenland, Baffin Island, and the coast of Arctic Canada have to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.

Flight Packages

Flight Packages

Please contact us if you want to add on a flight from the US to St. John's or from Copenhagen to the US. Flight packages include transfers.