Experience the charm of Newfoundland and the splendour of Labrador by following in the footsteps of the explorers along Canada’s wild east coast on board the Ocean Endeavour.
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, beginning in the French island of Saint Pierre, where passengers will 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 capitivating Inuit people.
While the wildlife is no guarantee, 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 – you never know, you could be lucky.
29 June - 11 July
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Fly London to St. John's
St Johns EmbarkationMeet 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
Notre Dame BayNotre 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
L'Anse aux MeadowsA 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.
Wonderstrands, Mealy Mountains Park ReserveThe 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.
HopedaleToday 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 areaHopedale 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.
HebronHebron 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.
Torngat Mountains National ParkThe 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.
Davis StraitHead 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.
NuukNuuk, 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.
West GreenlandThere 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.
KangerlussuaqSail 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
Fly Toronto to London overnight
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