Viking Explorer – Greenland & Eastern Canada

Viking Explorer – Greenland & Eastern Canada

From USD $4,995

Description

The southwestern coast of Greenland – the world’s largest island, is home to numerous towns and fishing ports. Colourful houses and buildings dot the sparsely vegetated landscape. The scenery can truly be described as awesome and we explore a maze of iceberg-filled fjords navigating south on our journey towards Canada. We enjoy daily excursions off the ship, exploring in the Zodiac boats to witness glaciers and icebergs, observing wildlife, and strolling through the colourful villages or on longer hikes.

Greenlanders are friendly by nature and meeting the locals and learning about their culture and traditions is a highlight. History surrounds us and we learn about the earliest inhabitants, the arrival of the Vikings and the Danish colonial period. Crossing the Davis Strait from Greenland to Canada, more Viking history awaits in Newfoundland. A visit to Red Bay in Labrador tells the story of the arrival of Basque whalers and fisherman from southern Europe in the mid15th century. We come face to face with natural history in
Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site where 485 million years of natural history comes to the Earth’s surface.

Legendary Newfoundland hospitality awaits when we visit several remote locations along the western and southern coastline of the island, providing yet another highlight. This outstanding small-ship expedition provides fantastic diversity in scenery, history, culture and activity and packs a lot into a relatively compact timeframe.

Please Note: This trip commences in Ottawa – Canada’s elegant capital city. We recommend you arrive in
Ottawa at least one day prior to the scheduled voyage departure date. This gives you a buffer in the event of any unexpected travel delays between home and trip departure time. From Ottawa we fly to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland via a charter flight. We transfer to the ship for embarkation via Zodiac. At the conclusion of the trip, we arrive into Sydney, Nova Scotia in the morning. Transfers are provided to a central location and to nearby Sydney Airport for onward flights to Halifax and Toronto.

Trip Name
Viking Explorer - Greenland & Eastern Canada
Days
12
Overview
Vessel Type: Polar Expedition Vessel Passenger Capacity: 146 Built: 1993 Named after the HMS Resolute, a British Royal Navy Arctic exploration vessel, as well as the Inuit town of Resolute in Canada’s Nunavut Territory, RCGS Resolute will arrive in Canada in November 2018 for its inaugural polar voyage. RCGS Resolute also carries the name of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), since we are exclusive education, environmental science, and expedition partners in Canada’s north. This longstanding partnership works to the benefit of our guests, who have the opportunity to learn from and interact with world-renowned educators, researchers, naturalists, marine biologists, artists, historians and photographers. With an unsurpassed ice classification, a proven track record for stability and safety, large indoor and outdoor viewing platforms, and exceptional maneuverability, RCGS Resolute is ideally equipped to guide guests through the world’s most pristine regions, further expanding our expertise in exploration and discovery. RCGS Resolute will carry a maximum of 146 passengers in unparalleled comfort, with an array of luxury amenities, educational opportunities and activities tailored to guests’ particular interests, and individual, personalized service.  Superb Design and Layout. Throughout the ship there are spaces ideally suited to every need. Spacious outer decks provide 360 degree viewing platforms perfect for photography, wildlife watching, birding and appreciating expansive views.  The salt water plunge pool, large relaxation deck, hot water jacuzzi are all located aft of the wellness centre (massage therapy, Finnish Sauna, steam room) and well equipped gymnasium.  Inside there are multiple areas to explore ranging from our well appointed theatre style presentation room, aft observation lounge and bar, forward observation lounge and bar, and both dining rooms. Add in the One Ocean Expeditions multimedia room, and mobile laboratory and the opportunities are endless.  Six Different Cabin Categories. All cabins feature outside viewing ranging from deck three traditional with port holes, up to decks 4 through 6 offering expansive panoramic windows.  Cabins all have lower berths that have the ability to be single beds, or 1 double bed depending on our guests needs.  Extensive renovations have provided new carpets, high quality cabinetry with soft close drawers, contemporary and spacious bathroom design, all paired with soft accent lighting offering options dependant on our guests daily activities and mood. All cabins offer modern sectional lounge quarters, providing a quiet nook to read or catch up on journalling.  Space is exceptional as each cabin offers 22M squared living space, whilst the One Ocean Suites are absolutely palatial offering 44M squared with enough room to entertain or do back - flips (your choice)! Enjoy Great Dining? So do we. At One Ocean Expeditions, the priority is on the expedition.  However with every activity, option, event, or excursion we find we build up incredible appetites to indulge in superb and extensive menu options.  Our bistro dining room provides early birds the option to get their social caffeine or smoothy start to the day, accompanied by light breakfast style snacks.  Full meal service includes buffet breakfast and lunches incorporating an international flare.  For those with special dietary requirements - no problem, we can accommodate that too.  Dinner is a great opportunity to catch up about the day’s events, as well as look to where we expect to explore next.  Five course menu options are offered a la carte, and seating is open in our business casual dining room featuring 180 degree sweeping views.  There’s also an excellent wine list featuring a range of international wines and other beverages of choice.  Join us on the Bridge. There is an open-bridge policy and guests are welcome to meet the navigating crew at virtually any time of day; there’s always something to learn from the officers on watch and the bridge is one of the best places on the ship for spotting whales and sea birds.  The bridge is closed during times of tricky navigation, pilotage, or weather. Operational Safety. There are no compromises here. The expedition staff and crew onboard RCGS Resolute have the deepest respect for changeable weather in the polar regions and the varying sea and ice conditions. That respect is apparent in every decision made throughout the voyage. The ship carries the most extensive inventory of safety equipment on all excursions and require leaders to undergo vigorous and effective safety training programs. Your expedition team are well prepared, so you can relax and enjoy your voyage.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 / KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND
We depart Ottawa this morning on our charter flight toKangerlussuaq, situated on the west coast of Greenland.Upon arrival we enjoy a short tour of the surrounding tundraand board the ship in the afternoon. After settling in to ourcabins and exploring the vessel, we meet our expedition teamand fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we cast offand enjoy a welcome cocktail while cruising along SondreStromfjord, one of the longest fjords on the planet.
Day 2 - DAY 2 / NUUK, GREENLAND
Overnight we have navigated down the coast of westernGreenland to arrive in Nuuk, the small capital of Greenland.Built overlooking a beautiful fjord, the city was founded in 1728by the Danes and today many historic buildings can be seenaround town. The small city is a fascinating blend of both thehistoric and contemporary. The National Museum of Greenlandis located right by the harbour and is home to an interestingcollection of artefacts, traditional costumes and textiles andother items including boats, kayaks and dog sleds. Cafesand restaurants showcase local cuisine and there is even anemerging craft beer scene to discover. Nuuk is easily exploredon foot and there will be plenty of options for you to choosefrom today
Day 3 - DAY 3 / PAAMIUT, GREENLAND
The small town of Paamiut has existed since the mid-17thcentury and the name means 'the people who live at the mouth'referring to the nearby fjord. The town is home to a beautiful andornate wooden church (Fredenskirche), all the more remarkablewhen you consider there are no trees in Greenland to providetimber for construction. A circle of five old structures make up thetown museum. At the centre is the former Governor's House builtin 1839 and local artisans offer textiles and other traditional craftsfor sale. The town and surrounding area are best known for theresident population of white-tailed eagles which we hope to see,while minke, fin, humpback and killer whales (orca) are known toinhabit this stretch of coastline.
Day 4 - DAY 4 / BREDEFJORD AND NARSAQ
The coast of western Greenland is famous for icebergs whichare formed by calving glaciers which snake their way towardsthe coast from the vast ice sheet that covers 80% of the entirelandmass. Today is our first opportunity to observe glaciersat close quarters as we navigate the ship along Bredefjord.At the end of a remote arm of the fjord are two giant glaciers,known locally as ‘the twins’. We navigate in the Zodiacs to geta better view of the glacial face and delight at the endless photoopportunities the ice sculptures provide us. This afternoon wevisit the small community of Narsaq. What will surprise many isthat the town is a centre for agriculture, including sheep farming,though fishing is still the mainstay of the local economy.
Day 5 - DAY 5 / NARSARSUAQ, GREENLAND
This is quintessential Greenland. As we navigate the ship furtherinto the fjord system, we are awestruck by the beauty. Notsurprisingly, the Vikings were just as impressed and Narsarsuaqand surrounds are among the most historically significantlocations in the country. Local farmers cultivate the very sameland that Eric the Red chose for his settlement more than 1,000years ago. The Brattahlid open air museum is a fascinating spotand features a reconstructed church and Viking longhouse.Nearby is Igaliku, considered by many to be one of the mostbeautiful villages in the country and home to the ruins of Gardar– a church constructed in the 11th century. There's an excellenthike which provides wonderful views of the colourful village, icefilled fjords, green fields and mountainous backdrop.
Day 6 - DAY 6 / TASERMIUT FJORD AND NANORTALIK
For many, today may well be a highlight of the trip. TasermiutFjord has a well-known reputation as 'the Patagonia of theNorth' due to the towering rock formations that surround thenarrow waters. At almost 70km long, the place to be is on theouter decks of the ship with your camera. The highest peakis over 1800m and it has a sheer granite face of more than akilometre. This is nature at her most powerful. We return to thesmall town of Nanortalik and venture into the pretty harbour inthe Zodiacs for one final stroll through the colourful houses andtown buildings. Tonight, we set sail for Canada.
Day 7 - DAY 7 / AT SEA - DAVIS STRAIT - TOWARDS CANADA
We awaken to the vast expanse of the Davis Strait, whichseparates Greenland from Canada. Throughout the day ouronboard experts educate us with a series of presentationsabout the environment, the wildlife, history and the locations wehope to visit in the coming days. This is an important migrationcorridor for birds and whales, and we keep our eyes out forsigns of wildlife from the outer decks. Enjoy the wonderfulfacilities onboard the ship, spend time with the photographyguide or relax with a book or your journal. If atmosphericconditions cooperate, there is a chance of viewing the AuroraBorealis this evening.
Day 8 - DAY 8 / L'ANSE AUX MEADOWS, NEWFOUNDLAND
Having arrived in Newfoundland, our excursion this afternoontells a story a thousand years in the making. We board theZodiacs for a short cruise to the rocky shoreline. A millenniumago, Viking long-ships would have been found along this samebeach. L’Anse aux Meadows is one of Canada’s UNESCOWorld Heritage Sites. This is where Norseman, Leif Erikson, (sonof Eric the Red) - is thought to have founded “Vinland” around1000 AD. As we explore the reconstructed sod huts and Norseruins with the site’s resident archaeologist, we see evidence thatthe Vikings discovered North America some five hundred yearsprior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus.
Day 9 - DAY 9 / RED BAY, LABRADOR
Almost 500 years after the Vikings were known to haveestablished their North America presence, it was visitors fromsouthern Europe who were to put Red Bay on the map. Sailorsfrom the Basque region of southern France and northernSpain sailed across the Atlantic every season in pursuit of theabundant right whale and bowhead whale populations. Todayit is considered an important underwater archaeological siteand was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.There is an excellent interpretive centre to learn about the earlywhaling era and on nearby Saddle Island, relics remain from theperiod. A hiking trail allows for a complete exploration of theisland, while the sheltered waters are ideal for the sea kayakers.
Day 10 - DAY 10 / WOODY POINT - GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK, NEWFOUNDLAND
This morning we are anchored in majestic Bonne Bay, justoffshore from the small community of Woody Point. This is aRegistered Historic District with several significant structuresalong the waterfront. Gros Morne is best known for the WorldHeritage-listed Tablelands and is celebrated for its uniquegeology and exceptional scenery. Here, the Earth’s mantle isexposed on the surface – pushed up over millions of yearsby the movement of tectonic plates. We make a visit to theexcellent Discovery Centre before continuing through the park.We explore the boreal wetland landscape, featuring dramaticrock ridges, pitcher plants, white-throated sparrows and mayencounter the iconic moose as we explore the park. We meetthe ship at Trout River re-boarding in the afternoon.
Day 11 - DAY 11 / RAMEA, NEWFOUNDLAND
The southern coastline of Newfoundland is dotted with smallislands, home to small communities known as outports andonly accessible by boat. Today we explore the historic town ofRamea providing a quintessential Newfoundland experience.The islands were known to Europeans as early as the 1500sand Captain James Cook charted the location in 1766. Thesmall town is best explored on foot and there are some greathikes in the vicinity, including the high point of Man-O-War Hill,providing sweeping views, or to the century old lighthouse. Theprotected waters are best explored by Zodiac and this is a greatlocation to explore by sea kayak. This is an important migratorybird flyway and is home to a variety of resident seabird speciesincluding two known puffin colonies. The puffin is the mascotof the town. Tonight, our chefs have prepared a special farewelldinner attended by the Captain of the ship. It’s a wonderfultime to celebrate and reflect on a memorable journey as we sailsouth towards Cape Breton and our final port of Sydney
Day 12 - DAY 12 / SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA
This morning we enter the port of Sydney, situated on the northcoast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Our fabulous trip comesto an end and we reflect on the truly memorable journey. Wedisembark in the morning and, while some of us will head to theairport, many will add a few extra days in Nova Scotia to enjoythe hospitality, culture and renowned seafood.
Day 13 - Please Note:
Small ship expedition cruising can sometimes be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather andsea conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with theExpedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage ofoptimal weather and sea conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Years of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we haveplenty of outstanding landing sites and Zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal. A flexible approachis something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
12-09-202023-09-2020USD $4,995Triple Private
12-09-202023-09-2020USD $6,495Twin Private
12-09-202023-09-2020USD $7,495Superior
12-09-202023-09-2020USD $7,695Superior Plus
12-09-202023-09-2020USD $8,995Shackleton Suite
12-09-202023-09-2020USD $10,895One Ocean Suite

Inclusions

    • Witness the fjords and glaciers of coastal Greenland including fantastic icebergs
    • Rich history of Greenland and east coast Canada including Newfoundland
    • Diverse activities on shore with daily excursions in the company of expert guides
    • Experience two very unique destinations

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