2021 Atlantic Canada and Greenland – History, Culture and Nature
- Explore the Canadian coast across Nova Scotia, Québec, and Newfoundland
- Visit remote, modern-day Inuit communities in southern Greenland
- Learn about the cultures and histories of Canada and of Greenland
- Spot wildlife such as whales and a variety of seabird species
9 May 2021
Vibrant City on the Rise
Your expedition, begins here and you get ready to explore the culture of Canada and the extremes of Greenland.
Louisbourg is part of the large island Cape Breton and 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.
Cheticamp is a traditional fishing village that 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.
Magdalen Islands – Home of the Madelinots
The sand archipelago called Îles de la Madeleine consists of twelve islands. The coastline here is made up of iron-rich red and grey sandstone cliffs that have been shaped by wind and waves to form picturesque bays, which are dotted with multi-colored houses. We dock in Cap-aux-Meules, home to more than half of the archipelago’s population.
Wonderful wildlife and magnificent views
Visit the glass platform at the UNESCO Global Geopark and get the best vantage point of Percé Rock, with its natural arch. 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.
The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is famous for the largest concentration of limestone monoliths in Canada and encompasses close to a thousand islands and islets sprinkled along 93 miles from east to west. We hope to board our small explorer boats and take to the waters to explore this unique landscape of geological wonders.
Science Center Day
Enjoy a calm day at sea and share experiences with your fellow adventurers. Look out for wildlife from the outer decks. In the Science Center, observe the tiniest creatures and samples taken during this voyage up close with our state-of-the-art microscopes.
Canada’s Rich Maritime History
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.
We discover the beautiful region of Kvanefjord near Paamiut by sailing deep into the fjord. Our experienced captain will take advantage of the conditions to identify landing sites for onshore walks, places to launch our kayaks, ideal communities to visit, and the best spots to spot wildlife.
Musk Oxen and a Norse Settlement
The abandoned town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. More than 1,000 years ago, Vikings settled the area, but left no written records behind. Archaeologists believe this was the last Norse settlement in Greenland to be established, and the first to be abandoned.
Busy farmsteads of green fields dotted with white sheep contrast with the icescapes in the nearby sea. Join a guided walk through the settlement, including a visit to the reconstruction of Viking Erik the Red’s longhouse and the church that Erik’s wife Tjodhildur had him build following his banishment from Iceland.
Qaqortoq – Picture perfect town
Qaqortoq is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colorful houses and photogenic setting. It is the largest town in South Greenland, with some 3,000 inhabitants, but still easy to explore on foot. You can also join one of the optional excursions to get additional insight into local culture.
We leave Greenland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This crossing was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago. Enjoy lectures on local history and biology, and get to know our innovative expedition ship.
Capital of Iceland
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norse settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning “Smoky Bay”) after the columns of steam rising from hot springs in the area. The region offers fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths, well worth exploring.
Included in Your Expedition
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
- À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
- English-speaking expedition team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- Experts on the expedition team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with current scientific research
- Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
- Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, indoor gym
- Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
- Escorted landings with small explorer boats
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings
All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions