Labrador, Torngats and Greenland: Resolute

Canada, Greenland

This voyage links numerous historic locations on Canada’s East Coast, before we journey northwards from the temperate Maritimes, onto higher latitudes. Subtle changes to vegetation and wildlife species can be noticed and our expert guides will interpret and explain these changes throughout the journey. The region features strong cultural diversity and we encounter the Nunatsiavut people in small communities along the coastline of Labrador. Numerous wildlife species are found along this coastline including bears, seals, whales and both migratory and resident birds

  • Visit remote ports and local communities along the coast of Labrador and Greenland
  • Inuit and Greenlandic history and culture plus early Viking settlements
  • Towering mountains, wildlife and wilderness of the Torngat National Park
  • Experience the fascinating transition from the Atlantic provinces into the north
  • Travel in comfort aboard the outstanding expedition ship - RCGS Resolute
  • Zodiac excursions and Onshore hiking options
  • Photographer-in-Residence
  • Sea kayaking available

The region features strong cultural diversity and we encounter the Nunatsiavut people in small communities along the coastline of Labrador. Numerous wildlife species are found along this coastline including bears, seals, whales and both migratory and resident birds. A particular highlight of our voyage is a visit to Torngat Mountains National Park. Leaving Canada, we navigate across the Davis Strait to the spectacular coast of Greenland - home to colourful villages, rich culture, friendly locals and stunning icebergs that break off the immense glacial systems.

Our expedition vessel is the perfect platform for exploring the remote bays and fjords of this spectacular wilderness as many locations can only be accessed by ship. A final highlight awaits as we venture into one of the world’s longest fjords and take a walk on the icecap itself! This is remote, small-ship expedition cruising at its best.

The right gear for your trip – included!

Expedition Clothing Gear package included

During the voyage you will have the use of an expedition gear package free of charge. Containing around $US900 worth of essential equipment, this kit includes a quality waterproof/ windproof jacket and bib-pants plus insulated rubber boots designed for extended walking. We also include a set of binoculars and a Nordic trekking pole for use when on shore. A waterproof backpack completes your package. This kit saves you buying expensive clothing and equipment you may only ever use once. It also eliminates the need to carry such cumbersome gear to the ship (total weight around 8kg/17lbs).

Stewart's Take

Journey into Canada's North to explore remote coastal ports, soaring mountains, rich culture and history

Overview

This voyage links numerous historic locations on Canada’s East Coast, before we journey northwards from the temperate Maritimes, onto higher latitudes. Subtle changes to vegetation and wildlife species can be noticed and our expert guides will interpret and explain these changes throughout the journey. The region features strong cultural diversity and we encounter the Nunatsiavut people in small communities along the coastline of Labrador. Numerous wildlife species are found along this coastline including bears, seals, whales and both migratory and resident birds.
DAY 1 / SYDNEY/LOUISBOURG, NOVA SCOTIA Our adventure begins in Sydney, Nova Scotia. We transfer to the historic port town of Louisbourg. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. We board the ship in the late afternoon and sail out past the lighthouse, across the Gulf of St Lawrence towards Newfoundland, Labrador and eventually - Greenland. DAY 2 / GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK, NEWFOUNDLAND This morning we are anchored off the coastal hamlet of Trout River, the access point into Gros Morne National Park. The Zodiacs take us ashore and we are transferred by bus for a visit to the World Heritage-listed Tablelands. This incredible location is noted for its unique geology and exceptional scenery. Here, the Earth’s mantle is exposed on the surface – pushed up over millions of years by the movement of tectonic plates. We explore the boreal wetland landscape, featuring dramatic rock ridges, pitcher plants, fascinating birdlife and may encounter the iconic moose in the park. We visit the Discovery Centre, before arriving at Woody Point, located in Bonne Bay. We meet the ship here and continue our voyage northwards. DAY 3 / L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS, NEWFOUNDLAND Today tells a story a thousand years in the making. A millennium ago, Viking long-ships would have been found along this same beach. L’Anse aux Meadows is one of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is where Norseman, Leif Erikson, (son of Eric the Red) - is thought to have founded “Vinland”. As we explore the reconstructed sod huts and Norse ruins with the resident archaeologist, we see evidence that the Vikings discovered North America some five hundred years prior to the arrival of Columbus. Tonight we leave the coastline of Newfoundland, crossing the Strait of Belle Isle towards Labrador. DAY 4 / WONDERSTRANDS, LABRADOR Overnight, we have arrived along a historic stretch of coastline, named the Wonderstrands. The location appears in the Viking saga of Eric the Red – which calls the location ‘furdustrandir’ - the Wonder Strands. Other than one rocky promontory, the beach is almost 50km long – a rarity on the famously rocky east coast of Canada. There are some excellent hiking options along the shoreline and hinterland while Zodiac cruising and exploring in the sea kayaks provides additional means of discovering the area. Resident wildlife includes black bear and timberwolf – it is not uncommon to see their paw prints when walking onshore. Puffin, razorbill, guillemot and gannets are also local inhabitants. DAY 5 / HOPEDALE, LABRADOR Today we venture ashore by Zodiac to visit the Hopedale Moravian Mission – built in 1782 and said to be the oldest building east of Quebec. It’s a fascinating place and we learn of the influence of the early Christian missionaries on the Inuit people of Northern Labrador. This location has been designated a Canadian National Historic Site. We plan a visit to the local museum for a deeper insight. The local Inuit produce ornate carvings and other crafts which make for wonderful souvenirs. DAY 6 / TORNGAT MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, SAGLEK FJORD, LABRADOR As we sail into Saglek Fjord, we arrive at the southern gateway to the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve. The Park covers almost 10,000 square kilometres of Northern Labrador. It is bordered by Quebec on one side, and the Labrador Coast on the other. It is home to Canada’s highest mountains east of the Rockies, and features breathtaking fjords, remnant glacial systems and stunning landscapes. The Inuktitut word Torngat means “place of spirits” and the Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for over 7500 years. This place represents a deeply spiritual connection for the Inuit. Polar bears hunt seals along the coast, and both the Torngat Mountains and George River caribou herds cross paths as they migrate to and from their calving grounds. Inuit continue to use this area for hunting, fishing, and are present in the park throughout the year. We explore the area on foot with both various hiking options, and along the shoreline in the Zodiacs and sea kayaks. Wildflowers are spectacular when in bloom and bears feast on local berries found among the sedges and grasses on the raised beaches along the shores of the fjords. DAY 7 / TORNGAT MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, NACHVAK FJORD, LABRADOR Nachvak Fjord is exceptionally beautiful. The fjord is deep and narrow and stretches more than 20 kilometres. The rocky walls of the fjord soar almost 900 metres above us at several points. Many species migrate through the area during the short boreal summer. Numerous seal species may be encountered including ring, hooded, harp and harbour seals. Minke whales have been known to linger in the fjords, while larger species, including fin and humpback, tend to stay offshore. This is an outstanding location for landscape photography with endless subjects, a dynamic colour range and interesting lighting. DAY 8 / BUTTON ISLANDS, NUNAVUT As we reach the far northern stretches of coastal Labrador, we learn of the remarkable events at Martin Bay. Here a German U-boat made the only known armed landing in North America during WWII. In 1943, U-537 sat at anchor here, while the crew manhandled ashore and established an automated weather station. This station remained undiscovered until the late 1970s when a German historian came across a reference to it in the German naval archives. The equipment was collected by the Canadian Coast Guard in the early 1980s and is on permanent display in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Later in the day, we visit the Button Islands, named after Thomas Button who explored the area in 1612. The islands are in the middle of the upwelling of nutrients on the edge of the continental shelf. This action makes it a magnet for thousands of seabirds and other marine mammals. DAY 9 / AT SEA – DAVIS STRAIT TOWARDS GREENLAND We awaken to the vast expanse of the Davis Strait, which separates Canada from Greenland. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. This is an important migration corridor for birds and whales and we keep our eyes out for signs of wildlife from the outer decks. Large icebergs of all shapes drift on the currents of the Davis Strait. These icebergs calve from the large glaciers that tumble down off the Greenland icecap and out into Baffin Bay, where they drift on the currents. Be sure to visit the ship’s bridge and watch the Captain and officers navigate our modern expedition ship. Enjoy the wonderful facilities onboard the ship, spend time with the photography guide or relax with a book or your journal. DAY 10 / NUUK, GREENLAND Nuuk is the small capital of Greenland, and home to a population of around 18,000 - almost a third of the entire population of the country. Built overlooking a beautiful fjord, the city was founded in 1728 by the Danes and today many historic buildings can be seen around town. The small city is a fascinating blend of both the historic and contemporary. The National Museum of Greenland is located right by the harbour and is home to a fascinating collection of artefacts, traditional costumes and textiles and other items including traditional boats, kayaks and dog sleds. Cafes and restaurants showcase local cuisine and there is even an emerging craft beer scene to discover. Nuuk is easily explored on foot and there will be plenty of options for you to choose from today. DAY 11 / SONDRE STROMFJORD AND GREENLAND ICECAP By morning we have navigated north and into one of the longest fjords on the planet. At the head of the fjord sits the town of Kangerlussuaq – a key outpost on the west coast of Greenland. An exciting day lies ahead as experienced guides take us to view and experience the vast expanse of the Greenland ice cap. Covering roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland the ice sheet measures approximately 1.7 million square kilometres. It’s the second largest ice mass on Earth after Antarctica. Our trip takes us through fabulous scenery and there’s a good chance of seeing musk ox, reindeer and local birdlife. Our guides will take us walking on the actual icecap itself, which is a major thrill. We return to the ship and tonight our chefs have prepared a special farewell dinner attended by the Captain of the ship. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate and reflect on a memorable journey. DAY 12 / KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND This morning we farewell our expedition team and make our way to the airport. A special charter flight returns us to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa where our journey comes to an end. A transfer is also provided from the airport to a downtown location for those staying on. ABOUT OUR ITINERARY: Small ship expedition cruising can sometimes be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and sea conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and sea conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Years of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have plenty of outstanding landing sites and Zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

Luxury Expedition Vessel: RCGS Resolute

RCGS Resolute

The purpose built polar expedition vessel RCGS Resolute provides a most capable, safe, and exclusive expedition cruise experience.  Designed for comfort, there are public spaces ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. RCGS Resolute has the highest ice class (Lloyds 1AS).  Equipped with propellers of stainless steel, high density steel plating and small frame spacing on her hull, RCGS Resolute continues into the ice, when others simply cannot.  The ship is very stable and her stability and strength are features greatly appreciated in ice laden large waters.  Unmatched stability, coupled with superior speed allows for more time at your destination and more flexibility with itinerary planning – a critical factor in polar waters where ice and weather conditions sometimes dictate daily plans. All cabins feature outside viewing ranging from deck three traditional with port holes, up to decks 4 through 6 offering expansive panoramic windows.  Cabins all have lower berths that have the ability to be single beds, or 1 double bed depending on our guests needs. 

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Included
  • Voyage and accommodation on board as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Free use of onboard expedition rubber boots & wet weather gear (you are welcome to bring your own as well)
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac and guided hikes/walks.
  • Educational presentations and leadership by experienced expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff.
  • Access to onboard multimedia room and download stations
  • An emergency trained English speaking physician
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Excluded
  • Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.
  • Pre- and post land arrangements.
  • Transfers to the vessel.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • All items of a personal nature such as additional purchases onboard in the gift shop, laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
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