Newfoundland, Labrador and the Torngat Mountains

from £4757
excluding flights *
10 nights Jul

Overview

This fascinating voyage brings together the rich history, captivating culture and abundant wildlife of the contrasting provinces of Canada's east coast. As you journey northwards from the temperate climate of the Maritimes, into the higher Arctic latitudes visit historic locations, witness changing flora and fauna and encounter local communities.

Highlights

  • Visit historic Viking ruins and early New World settlements
  • Encounter local cultures and communities
  • Keep watch for wildlife ranging from migratory birds to prowling polar bears
  • Explore the stunning scenery of the Torngat Mountains

What's Included

  • Flight from Iqaluit to Ottawa
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Loan of expedition jacket, waterproof trousers & rubber boots during voyage

Full description

A particular highlight of this voyage is a visit to Torngat Mountains National Park – home to the highest mountains in Canada, east of the Rockies. This is one of the jewels in the crown of the Canadian National Park network. The Inuit have strong cultural and spiritual connections to the area which you will learn about during your visit. An expedition vessel is the perfect platform from which to explore the remote bays and fjords of this spectacular wilderness as many locations can only be accessed by ship.

Historic sites visited include a known Viking settlement, a French-built fortress, several remote mission locations and isolated fishing ports. You'll also observe the subtle changes to vegetation and wildlife species, ranging from migratory birds to the mighty polar bears. And encounter local communities who's culture and ancestry provide an intriguing glimpse into life, past and present, in these remote lands.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2018/19 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
12 July 2019 11 days Akademik Ioffe £4,757
30 July 2019 11 days RCGS Resolute £6,211

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Activity Key:
Kayaking

What's Included

  • Flight from Iqaluit to Ottawa
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of expedition jacket, waterproof trousers & rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: embarkation in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia

Your adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. Board the ship in the late afternoon in time for a dinner and sail out past the lighthouse, into the North Atlantic and on to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Day 2: Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

This morning, drop anchor off the tiny fishing community of Trout River, the access point into Gros Morne National Park. Zodiacs take you ashore, followed by a transfer 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. Explore the boreal wetland landscape, featuring dramatic rock ridges, pitcher plants, white-throated sparrows and the iconic moose. Continuing north through the park enjoy a visit to the Discovery Centre, before arriving at Woody Point located in majestic Bonne Bay. Meet the ship here, re-boarding in the afternoon and continue the voyage northwards.

Day 3: L’anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

Today tells a story a thousand years in the making. Board the Zodiacs for a short cruise to the rocky shoreline. 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” around 1000 AD. As you explore the reconstructed sod huts and Norse ruins with the site’s resident archaeologist, see evidence that the Vikings discovered North America some five hundred years prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. This evening leave the coastline of Newfoundland, crossing the Strait of Belle Isle overnight.

Day 4: Battle Harbour, Newfoundland

Battle Harbour marks your arrival into the province of Labrador. The location was one of the first British settlements on the east coast of the Americas. It was an important gateway to the rich Labrador fisheries. Venture ashore and explore the restored fishing, whaling and commercial buildings found in this remote community. The colourful buildings make for fantastic photographic subjects amid the backdrop of breathtaking coastal views.

Day 5: Hopedale, Newfoundland

The ancient rocks of the Canadian Shield (the exposed portion of the Earth’s crust) cradle the small coastal hamlet of Hopedale. This remarkable geological feature is estimated to be up to 4-billion-years-old. Visit the Hopedale Moravian Mission – built in 1782 and said to be the oldest building east of Quebec. It’s a fascinating place and you will learn of the influence of the early Moravian missionaries on the Inuit people of Northern Labrador. This location has been designated a Canadian National Historic Site. The local museum will offer a deeper insight and the local Inuit produce wonderful carvings and other crafts which make wonderful souvenirs.

Day 6: Hebron, Newfoundland

Today enjoy a visit to the historic town of Hebron, once the northernmost settlement in Labrador. The Moravian missionaries established Hebron in the early 1830’s and the Germanic influence is clearly seen in the architecture. The Mission was closed and the local Inuit families relocated in 1959 but the original buildings still stand today. This is another designated National Historic Site and is considered one of the most historically significant mission-built structures in the entire province. You may have the opportunity to meet Buddy and Jenny, Nunatsiavut Government ambassadors, who have been looking after the historic site for years. They have a fascinating story to tell.

Day 7: Torngat Mountains National Park, Labrador

Sail into Saglek Fjord, the southern gateway to the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve, established in 2005. You are midway through your exploration of Labrador at this point and the attention turns from history – to the magnificent wilderness of the Torngat Mountains. 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, remnants of 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. Polar bears hunt seals along the coast, and 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 travelling throughout the park during the year. There are some terrific hiking opportunities amongst the wildflowers, local berries and raised beaches.

Day 8: Nachvak Fjord, Labrador

Nachvak Fjord is exceptionally beautiful. It is deep and narrow and stretches for more than 20 kilometres. The rocky walls of the fjord soar almost 900 meters above 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. 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 9: Button Islands, Nunavut

As you reach the far northern stretches of coastal Labrador, 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 went ashore and established an automated weather station. This station remained undiscovered until the late 1970’s when a German historian came across a reference to it in the naval archives. The equipment was collected by the Canadian Coast Guard in the early 1980’s and is on permanent display in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Later in the day, visit the Button Islands before sailing into the southern Davis Strait. 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 10: Monumental Island, Nunavut

Sail across the mouth of Frobisher Bay and make landfall on Monumental Island, a small, steep-sided outcrop off the southeast coast of Baffin Island. Be on the lookout for both polar bears and walrus that live around the island in an uneasy truce. While polar bears have been known to attack and kill young walrus they are no match for a fully-grown male, especially in the water. Enjoy your final Zodiac cruise here and tonight reflect on the last 10-days of exploration while enjoying a sumptuous farewell dinner, attended by the Captain. During the night the ship will negotiate the narrow channels of Frobisher Bay on the way to Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut.

Day 11: disembarkation in Iqaluit, Nunavut

Bid farewell to the crew and disembark the ship by Zodiac. After a short tour of Iqaluit (if time and tides permit), transfer to the airport for a flight to Ottawa. On arrival in Ottawa, an airport transfer is provided to a central downtown location.

Notes

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

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