Circumnavigation of Newfoundland - Vikings, Fjords and Whales

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Day 1: St. John’s, Newfoundland

We meet in St. John's, Newfoundland's historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, St. John's is proud of its 500 year history.

A superb natural harbour, legendary nightlife, and admirable arts and education facilities are just some of the attractions of this thriving city.

We will embark aboard the Ocean Endeavour from St. John's harbour.


Day 2: Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova National Park of Canada is a place where long fingers of the North Atlantic Ocean touch the island boreal forest of Eastern Newfoundland. Rocky headlands provide shelter from the awesome power of the open ocean. The landscape of the park varies from the rugged cliffs and sheltered inlets of the coastal region to the rolling forested hills, bogs and ponds of the inland. Cultural history abounds in the remnants of sawmills and past human cultures.


Day 3: Conche

On the Great Northern Peninsula, the people of Conche welcome us into their charming community. Complete with ties to its history, religion, the fishery and wildlife, Conche is made up of mostly Irish descent. We will explore the colourful town on foot, but don't be surprised if you are invited in by local residents for a 'mug up'!


Day 4: St. Anthony and L'Anse aux Meadows

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, L'Anse Aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. The archeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 A.D.

Amazingly, the location of the ruins was first established by a close reading of the Viking sagas.

Today a superb interpretive centre and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L'Anse Aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.


Day 5: Red Bay

Today we stop at Red Bay, the fishing village and former site of several Basque whaling stations, occupied between 1550 and the early 1600s when they hunted right and bowhead whales.


Day 6: Gros Morne National Park

It has been said, "Gros Morne is to geology what the Galapagos are to biology." The Park's mountains are both picturesque, and highly unusual: the Tablelands, a 600m (1900 ft) high plateau, forms one of the world's best examples of ancient rock exposed from the earth's interior.

The Park's fiords are equally stunning, and the town of Woody Point has become widely renowned for its annual Writers' Festival.


Days 7 - 9: South Coast

The wild and windswept coast of Southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outport communities, still largely cut off from mainstream travel. Visits here are often a highlight of our trips. There are many unique bays and coves to explore via Zodiac or land excursion.


Day 10: Miquelon, France

The territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon, France is all that remains of the once-vast French holdings in North America. Off the tip of the Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland, the territory consists of eight islands, two of which are inhabited.

The village of Miquelon, on the island of the same name, is inhabited by 600 people, mostly of Basque and Acadian ancestry.

Wildlife is most abundant on this island and its counterpart to the south, the island of Langlade, to which it is joined by an 8-km sand dune.


Day 11: St. John’s, Newfoundland

Discover one of the oldest cities in North America, a city unlike any other.

Cradled in a harbour carved from 500 million year old rock and surrounded by hills running down to the ocean, St. John's is the most easterly port North America.

St. John's has been vitally important for centuries to explorers, adventurers, merchants, soldiers, pirates, and all manner of seafarers, who provided the foundation for this thriving modern day city.

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