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Greenland and Wild Labrador

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Step in the footsteps of Leif Erikson from Greenland to Newfoundland via coastal Labrador. This 15-day expedition voyage will sweep you south over the Arctic Circle aboard the spacious and comfortable Ocean Endeavour. We will cross the Davis Strait, visiting the Torngat Mountains National Park before sailing down the rugged Labrador coast. Visit North America’s only authentic Norse site before cruising the coast of northeast Newfoundland. Look out for Northern Lights across the Arctic Circle; visit Greenland’s colourful capital of Nuuk; hike among fjords on the look our for polar and black bears and enjoy the warm welcome of Inuit culture.

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Trip Code: ACADGWL

Location: Arctic

Ship: The Ocean Endeavour

CRUISE ITINERARY

Please make your own way to Toronto Airport for the early morning charter flight to Kangerlussuaq.

Kangerlussuaq is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here we will be bused along Greenland’s longest road—less than twenty kilometres—to the port. Zodiacs will be waiting to transfer us to the Ocean Endeavour.

Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery. You will begin your adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle as you go.

Toronto - Kangerlussuaq

West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location. We’ll explore this sublime landscape by ship and by Zodiac.

Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord

Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and one of the world’s northernmost capitals. The old harbour region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. The modern downtown core includes shopping, cafes, and restaurants—as well as public institutions with a European flair.

The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies are housed here. The museum’s exhibits also offer in-depth information about colonial, Norse, and Inuit presence in Greenland—a must-see.

Nuuk

Sailing ever-westward, like the Vikings, we cross the Davis Strait—the mouth of the Northwest Passage. Narrower and shallower than Baffin Bay to the north, Davis Strait is a haven for marine mammals and seabirds. We’ll be on the watch!

Our presentation schedule will be a flurry of learning opportunities. We’ll immerse ourselves in the archaeology, history, and culture of Greenland, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, and Newfoundland.

At Sea – Davis Strait

We make landfall on the Arctic coast of Québec’s Inuit region, Nunavik. Twenty-five kilometres upstream from Ungava Bay lies the Inuit community of Kangiqsualujjuaq. The tides here are nearly a match for those of the Bay of Fundy.

Arctic flora thrives in the protected valley. The George River caribou herd, which is in critical decline, has its calving grounds nearby. A community welcome here gives us a chance to mingle with local folks and explore the hamlet.

Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River)

Canada’s highest peaks east of the Rockies are found in Torngat Mountains National Park. Here, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut will be our guides in their spiritual homeland.

Polar bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles are among the species we hope to spot on land. We’ll also be on the lookout for marine mammals! We’ll spend our time on guided hikes, searching for wildlife, visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising.

Torngat Mountains National Park - Day 6 to 8

This haunting site preserves a Moravian Mission station dating from the 1830s. The mission was abandoned in 1959, forcing the relocation of the Inuit who resided there. In 2005, Newfoundland & Labrador issued an apology to people affected by the relocations.

Former Hebron residents and their kin continue to visit the site, and to hunt and fish nearby. With their help, some of Hebron’s buildings are now being repurposed as a cultural interpretation centre.

Hebron

The administrative capital of Nunatsiavut, Nain is the northernmost community in Labrador. A busy harbour in a gorgeous location is the centre of this bustling village. We'll visit the beautiful Moravian Church and the Nunatsiavut Building.

Nain

Labrador’s coast in this region is much more varied than you might expect. Here we find coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid-boreal forest, and string bog—as well as the Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve.

The Labrador Coast - Day 11 to 12

L’Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic site. 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.

L’Anse aux Meadows

The northeast coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores. We’ll find harbour in one of these unique communities. We look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon our arrival. Photographers will have their work cut out for them capturing all the special charm of classic island communities and picturesque coastlines.

Northeast Newfoundland

Sailing into the port of St. John’s has to be experienced to be believed. Signal Hill keeps watch as we take on our pilot and enter the world-famous Narrows. The charming houses of The Battery are always a hit with shutterbugs.

The bustling capital city of Newfoundland & Labrador makes a spectacular backdrop. High on the hill sits The Rooms, a cultural museum dedicated to more than five hundred years of history surrounding St. John’s harbour.

Disembarkation in St John's
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Pricing & date

Greenland and Wild Labrador from AUD 9,999
Departing Ending Duration
23 Sep 2020 07 Oct 2020 15
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Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Cabin accommodation on board The Ocean Endeavour

    All onboard meals 

    One way Charter Flight Toronto to Kangerlussuaq 

    Applicable taxes and credit card fees

    Complimentary expedition jacket 

    Special access permits and entry fees

    Port fees 

    All zodiac excursions and interactive workshops 

    Exclusions 

    Gratuities 

    Mandatory medical evacuation insurance 

    Additional expenses due to delays or itinerary changes 

    Possible fuel surcharges 

    Pre and post trip accommodation. 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Please Note: Category 3 to 7 cabins have no single supplement. Contact us for more details. 

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Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.