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Greenland and Wild Labrador

Aboard the Ocean Endeavour

Overview

This exciting voyage brings you from the ethereal landscapes of Greenland and across the Davis Strait to Labrador and Newfoundland, with their rugged coastlines, native cultures, and fascinating archaeological sites. Along the way, you'll sail through Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord, with its calving glaciers and sheer cliffs full of birds, stop in at Nuuk, the charming capital of Greenland, and spend three days exploring the environs of Torngat Mountains National Park, Labrador, in the company of Inuit guides. Heading to the southern Labrador coast, you'll enjoy many opportunities for hiking, Zodiac excursions, and archaeological discoveries before concluding your journey with a warm welcome at the island communities that dot the Newfoundland coast.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Day 1
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Cross the Arctic Circle

After your charter flight from Toronto, ON, you’ll transfer to the Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac. Begin your journey by sailing out of Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord), a 190-kilometer-long fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Kangerlussuaq, the settlement at the head of the fjord, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Cross the Arctic Circle on your way and spend time on deck watching for aurora borealis.

Day 2
Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord / Zodiac Cruise

See why Kangerlussuatsiaq lives up to its Danish name, Evighedsfjorden, which means “the fjord of eternity.” Marvel at this complex coastal waterway that includes calving glaciers, sheer bird cliffs, and streams cascading against a towering mountain backdrop. Explore this sublime glacial landscape by ship and by Zodiac. The waters here are relatively warm, due to the West Greenland Current and the subarctic location.

Day 3
Nuuk

Stop in at vibrant Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. Visit the Greenland National Museum, one of the city’s many outstanding features, where the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies rest. The old harbor includes many buildings dating from Danish colonial days, while contemporary Nuuk is known for art, shopping, pubs, and cafés.

Day 4
At Sea / Davis Strait

Deepen your understanding of the environment, cultures, and history of the region as you steam across the Davis Strait toward Labrador. Enjoy workshops and presentations, watch a documentary, and get out on deck! Keep your binoculars ready to spot whales and seabirds who follow in the ship's wake.

Days 5-7
Torngat Mountains National Park, NL, Canada

Spend three days exploring an area of treeless, mountainous tundra in Torngat Mountains National Park, where some of Canada’s highest peaks east of the Rockies are found. Enjoy your time hiking, visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising. Here, Inuit of Nunatsiavut will be your guides in their spiritual homeland. Be on the lookout for marine mammals, polar and black bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles.

Day 8
Hebron

Step back in time to the historical site of Hebron, which preserves a Moravian Mission station dating from the 1830s. Call in at the old church, which is where Inuit who resided here in 1959 learned they would be forced to relocate. Take a moment to read the plaque that commemorates this history and the apology to people affected by the relocations, issued by the government of Newfoundland & Labrador in 2005. Listen to the stories shared by our guides and meet former Hebron residents and their kin who continue to visit the site and to hunt and fish nearby.

Day 9
Nain / Experience Inuit Culture

Visit thriving Nain, the most northerly community in Labrador and the administrative capital of Nunatsiavut. Stop in at the historic Moravian church, enjoy the vibrant brass band, and visit Illusuak, the stunning new cultural center. Expect a warm welcome and the opportunity to peruse plenty of arts and handicrafts at this dynamic visit. This will be your first chance to see trees since the start of your journey!

Days 10-12
The Labrador Coast / Hiking & Zodiac Cruises

Explore the southern Labrador coast, where you’ll find a diverse geography of coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid-boreal forest, string bog, and islands. Choose the activity you prefer during expedition landings in this beautiful and quiet region.

Day 13
L’Anse aux Meadows / Viking Archaeology

Wander through the reconstructed Viking habitation at L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. Learn more about the archaeological remains that date to approximately 1000 CE, and how—amazingly—the site was first found here in 1960 by a close reading of the Viking sagas. Be sure to visit the superb interpretation center and meet the actors in period costumes as you make your way through the reconstructed Norse-style sod buildings. This is a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland and Labrador!

Day 14
Eastern Newfoundland

Look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon your arrival in the picturesque villages and unique communities that dot the rocky shores of the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Have your camera at the ready—photographers will have their work cut out for them capturing all the special charm of classic island communities and rambling coastlines.

Day 15
St. John’s, NL, Canada / Depart

Welcome to St. John’s—the vibrant capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. Complete your journey by sailing into historic St. John’s harbor, looking out for Signal Hill as you enter the world-famous Narrows. Photograph the charming houses of the Battery, always a hit with shutterbugs. Say your farewells in this cultural hotspot and North America's oldest city.

Highlights

Highlights

Cruise through Greenland's Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord and cross the Arctic Circle
Explore Torngat Mountains National Park (NL) and the historical site of Hebron
Visit L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Norse settlement

Details

Length: 15 days
Cost From: $6995  
Arrive: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Depart: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Canada
Lodging: 14 nights aboard a 198-passenger vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Small Ship Cruising, Walking
Trip Level:

15-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours