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Atlantic Canada and Greenland – Expedition of History, Culture and Nature (Itinerary 1)

Resort:Atlantic Canada and Greenland - Expedition of History, Culture and Nature (Itinerary 1)
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: Greenland
Price From: £4363.00

Overview

Explore the eastern coasts of Canada and visit sites in Nova Scotia, Qubec, and Newfoundland & Labrador before journeying up to the shores of southern Greenland. This voyage combines and sometimes even contrasts the stunning and wild landscapes, local customs, and intricate histories of these two neighbouring countries.

Itinerary

Day 1 Halifax

Your journey starts in Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia. There are red-brick heritage buildings, parks, a landmark citadel, some world-class museums, and a 4km seafront boardwalk. We definitely recommend spending more time exploring Halifax with our Pre-Programme before embarking MS Fram.

Day 2 Louisbourg

We head for the large island of Cape Breton to reach Louisbourg, home to the historic Fortress of Louisbourg. At this National Historic Site, you can experience what life was like in the bustling French fortified town in 1744, which was then one of the largest European fortifications in North America.

Day 3 Cheticamp

This traditional fishing village dates back to 1785 and is an Acadian community that has managed to maintain age-old French traditions and culture. Nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers spectacular sea views, as well as valleys and forests where moose, black bears and bald eagles can be found.

Day 4 Magdalen Islands

Twelve islands make up the sand archipelago called les de la Madeleine. The coastline here is made up of iron-rich, red and grey sandstone cliffs shaped by wind and waves to form picturesque bays that are dotted with multi-coloured houses. We dock in Cap-aux-Meules, home to more than half of the archipelagos population.

Day 5 Perc

Perc Rock with its natural arch lies just off the coast of this artists village, best seen from the suspended glass platform at the UNESCO Global Geopark. Nearby Bonaventure Island is one of the most accessible gannet colonies in the world. Rare North Atlantic right whales are known to visit the area as well.

Day 6 Havre-Saint-Pierre

Famous for the largest concentration of limestone monoliths in Canada, the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve encompasses close to a thousand islands and islets sprinkled along 93 miles from east to west. We hope to board our small expedition boats and take to the waters to explore this unique landscape of geological wonders.

Day 7 At Sea

The Expedition Team will continue the lecture programme, covering topics like history, the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife. In the Science Center, observe the samples gathered during this voyage up close with our state-of-the-art microscopes.

Day 8 Red Bay

Preserved in the ice-cold waters, the remains of several 17th century Basque whaling ships have led to the town being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the local museum that documents this interesting history or take the trail up to Tracey Hill for scenic views, and where, legends say, pirate captain Kidd buried treasure.

Day 9-10 At Sea

Leaving the coast of Canada behind, we head out to sea, and set course for Greenland across a stretch of the North Atlantic. Our days at sea will be filled with lectures and youll have time to chat with fellow travellers, perhaps to share what you have seen and done so far.

Day 11 Kvanefjord

We discover the beautiful region of Paamiut by sailing deep into Kvanefjord. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day. This could be a hike ashore for a scenic view of the area, or possibly small-boat cruising or kayaking.

Day 12 Ivittuut

According to archaeologists, Vikings settled in this area more than a thousand years ago but didnt remain. Ivittuut is believed to be the last Norse settlement in Greenland, but first to be abandoned. Nowadays, the only inhabitants that might appear in the town are wandering muskoxen which normally graze in the nearby plains.

Day 13 Quassiarsuk

Busy farmsteads of green fields dotted with white sheep contrast against the icescapes in the nearby sea. Join a guided walk through the settlement, including a visit to the reconstruction of Viking Erik The Reds longhouse and the church that Eriks wife Tjodhildur made him build following his banishment from Iceland.

Day 14 Qaqortoq

Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and photogenic setting. It is the biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3,000 inhabitants, but still easy to explore on foot. You can also join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.

Day 15-16 Irminger Sea

After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set course to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center or just relaxing on deck, looking at the sea birds which follow our ship or maybe even spotting whales.

Day 17 Reykjavik

You arrive in the northernmost capital city in the world early in the morning. The name Reykjavik means ‘Smokey Bay’, so called because of the steam that rises from its many natural hot springs. It is well worth booking a Post-Programme to explore the geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths before heading home.