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Greenland and Atlantic Canada – The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Greenland and Atlantic Canada – The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

USD $10453 USD $8885 starting price

Ship: MS Fram
Duration: 17 days

17-days Scoresbysund Fjord System and Atlantic Canada
DEPARTURE
19 August 2021 Request a Quote

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Join an epic voyage from Iceland to Greenland and to the eastern Canadian coast
  • Explore the rarely visited eastern coastline of Greenland and meet the locals who live here
  • Enjoy stunning scenery in the largest national park and the largest fjord in the world
  • Visit Canadian towns and cities for culture and history

19 August 2021
Departs From
Reykjavik, Iceland

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Day 1

Capital of Iceland

Docked – Full Day – Embarkation

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 before embarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Day 2

Crossing the Denmark Strait

At Sea

We leave Iceland 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 introductory lectures on local history and biology, and get to know our innovative expedition ship.

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Day 3

Isolated Settlement

Ittoqqortoormiit

 Encased by sea ice for nine months of the year, Ittoqqortoormiit is the most remote inhabited community in the western hemisphere. Ittoqqortoormiit has a population of less than 500  and they’ll be proud to show you around the community, including a museum, church and even a photo exhibition.

Days 4-7

Largest National Park in the World

Begin your exploration of the largest national park in the world, which is also the least visited national park in the world. Only a small number of expeditions are permitted to visit the park over its very short summer season. Thanks to our expertise and experience here, we are always one of them.

Apart from trapper huts, some science research stations, and two military outposts, there are no traces of human life here. The only others we might be lucky to meet are the Sirius Patrol park rangers who supervise the area on dog-sleds.

Once inside the park, there are large fjords, giant icebergs, alpine landscapes, hanging glaciers, and vertical granite cliffs reaching as far as the eye can see. The likes of hares, musk oxen and Arctic foxes roam the coasts and tundra in the summertime. They are usually spread out across this enormous region, making it a real highlight if we do manage to spot one or more of them.

The captain and Expedition Leader will assess the ice conditions and choose the best locations for landings accordingly. You can also participate in exciting optional activities such as kayaking and long guided hikes.

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Days 8

Largest Fjord system on Earth

Scoresbysund Fjord

Heading south, we will attempt a landing at the entrance to the Scoresbysund fjord. This is the world’s largest fjord system, which extends 217 miles inland and 1,970 feet deep. The fjord’s steep basalt mountains provide a haven for an unusual abundance of Greenlandic wildlife including various species of seabird, seal, and whale.

Day 9

At Sea

Relax on board and reflect on the experiences of the past few days. Lectures by the Expedition Team will also prepare you for the next days to come, including a bit of history about Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen’s crossing over the Greenland ice sheet.

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Day 10

A Place in History

Umivik

The bay of Umivik is surrounded by glaciers that calve their icebergs into the sea. It was here that Fridtjof Nansen launched his legendary journey across the Greenland ice sheet in August 1888. As you venture ashore, you will see the remains of the small Inuit community that welcomed Nansen way back then.

Day 11

Skjoldungen

Located between two deep fjords, Skjoldungen is a large coastal island in southeastern Greenland. Danish Arctic explorer W.A Graah described the area as “paradise on Earth” when he came here in 1829 to look for a lost Norse settlement. Humpback whales are also known to visit the area in the summertime.

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Day 12

Prins Christian Sund

Prince Christian Sound separates mainland Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If conditions allow, we will sail through this narrow channel and admire the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Day 13

At Sea

Heading for Canada

After experiencing the wonders of Greenland, you will set course for Canada. Relax on board, recap your experiences with other guests, participate in the lectures held by the expedition team and get excited for the next chapter in this adventure.

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Day 14

Red Bay

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.

Day 15

Corner Brook

Canadian Classic

Corner Brook is located at the mouth of the Bay of Islands and Humber River and it is the second largest city in the province and local to the core. Explore the city center or enjoy its many walking trails along the Humber River, decorated at this time of year with vibrant autumn leaves.

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Day 16

At Sea

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.

Day 17

Halifax

End of the Line – explore the Vibrant City on the Rise

Your expedition, beginning in Iceland, exploring the extremes of Greenland, across to the coasts and culture of Canada, comes to an end in Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia. If you can, we definitely recommend spending an extra day or two here on one of our Post-Programs before you head home.

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Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • 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

Onboard Activities

  • 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 with floor-to-ceiling window, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition 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

NOTES:
All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

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