Greenland and wild Labrador | 19 days
This is a sailing of staggering geographic diversity covering over 2,200 nautical miles from the head of Sondre Stromfjord in Greenland all the way to St. John’s, capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, stopping at four Canadian national parks along the way.
We set out along the western coast of Greenland, calling at Nuuk, one of the world’s northernmost capital cities, and exploring one of the many fjords for which the area is famed. Across Davis Strait in Canada, we visit the stunning Torngat Mountains National Park—the first and only national park in Canada to be staffed completely by Inuit. Here, at the edge of the Canadian Shield, massive mountains slope down to the Labrador Sea, forming one of the most dramatic coastlines in Canada. Northern Labrador has to be seen to be believed, and we will do just that with daily Zodiac expeditions and excursions.
As we move further south, we'll visit the newly created Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve, Canada's 46th national park. Encompassing 10,700 square kilometres, it is the largest in eastern Canada. Crossing the Strait of Belle Isle to Newfoundland, we'll pay our respects to North America’s Viking visitors at L’Anse aux Meadows. While in Newfoundland, we'll explore Terra Nova National Park before ending our voyage in historic St. John’s.
Crossing the Arctic Circle while sailing a spectacular Greenlandic fjord
Hiking the pristine wilds of the Torngat Mountains National Park
Searching for polar bear and black bear along the rugged Labrador coast
A community welcome at the Torngâsok Cultural Centre in Nain
Following in the wake of the Vikings at L'Anse aux Meadows and the Wonderstrands
Searching for marine life in the rich waters of Newman Sound and Terra Nova National Park
When:16 September – 4 October 2018
Guide price:£10,595 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities)
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“A brilliant holiday! Franz Josef Land must be the ultimate Arctic experience.”
Barbara Forrai and Margaret Dykes, Franz Josef Land, August 2012
“As Marion promised, I attach a copy of the log from our recent trip to Franz Josef Land. The photos in the log illustrate the quality of the polar bear encounters! Dense sea ice is definitely the place to see bears at close range, and we couldn’t have got into the middle of it without an icebreaker. In one twenty-four hour period we had fourteen bear encounters. Often with two in view at the same time. (That 14 count involved some repeat visits by the same bear, who seemed fascinated by the ship).”
Grant Hutchison and Marion McMurdo, Franz Josef Land, July 2011