Greenland and Wild Labrador

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Day 1: Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Lying at the head of the longest fjord in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has one of the most stable climates in the region though temperatures can range from -50C in the winter to as high as 28C in summer.

The start of our voyage, Kangerlussuaq, which means 'The Big Fjord' in Greenlandic, is appropriately named, as it's 168km long.

 

Day 2: Kangaamiut

Kangaamiut, is a small fishing community in the municipality of Qeqqata. During our visit to this colourful town, we'll be hosted by local people and enjoy a presentation in the church before an optional hike.

 

Day 3: Nuuk

Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland! Nuuk, meaning 'the headland' and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system.

Established as the very first Greenlandic town in 1728, Nuuk has a history that dates back over 4,200 years. Here we have a chance to spot Humpback whales in the fjord, reindeer roaming the land and birds soaring in the sky.

The town itself is home to Greenland's University, a cathedral dating back to 1849 and Greenland's National Museum. We will visit some of the city's most important sites, before free time to explore on your own.

 

Day 4: At sea

Our presentation series will kick into full swing. While out on deck keep your eyes peeled for Minke and Orca whales and other marine mammals.

 

Day 5: Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River)

25km upstream from Ungava Bay, we find the welcoming town of Kangiqsualujjuaq. We will have the freedom to explore the community, meet with locals, gather for a community event and strike out of town for a hike on the tundra.

 

Days 6 - 8: Torngat Mountains National Park

From the Inuktitut word Torngait , meaning 'place of spirits', the Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for thousands of years, with archaeological evidence reaching back almost 7,000 years.

The fjords here reach well back into the depths of the Torngats as we are overshadowed by cliffs rising straight up from the sea, peaking at 1,700 m, the highest point of land in Labrador. The Torngat Mountains claim some of the oldest rocks on the planet and provide some of the best exposure of geological history.

The rocky landscape is a challenge to life, and the species that make their home here are a resilient bunch with fascinating survival adaptations. We hope to see a number of species during our time in Northern Labrador.

Our intention is to make expeditionary stops in the northern reaches of Labrador, including Nackvak Fiord, Saglek Bay and Ramah Bay.

 

Day 9: Hebron

Long-abandoned Hebron was once one of the most northerly communities on the north Labrador coast. A Moravian Mission station was constructed here from 1829 to 1831 but the main buildings - the church, the mission house and the store - were not inhabited until 1837.

The Moravian Mission has had a very strong influence on the history of northern Labrador. In 1751, a group of merchants attached to the Moravian congregation in London decided to outfit a trading and missionary voyage to the Labrador coast in order to convert the Inuit.

In a highly controversial move, the station was abandoned in 1959, forcing the relocation of the Inuit who resided there.

In 2005, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams apologized to people affected by the relocations. In August of 2009, the provincial government unveiled a monument at the site of Hebron with an inscribed apology for the site closure.

 

Day 10: Nain

Explore this Inuit community especially the Moravian Church and the Nunatsiavut Building with its labradorite stone. Share in the history of the township, wander the roads or check out the new homes being constructed.

 

Day 11: Mealy Mountains

Our time in the Mealy Mountains will allow us to explore the changing landscape and vegetation as we venture south.

 

Day 12: L’Anse aux Meadows & Conche

On our visit to the Great Northern Peninsula, we call in at one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, North America’s only authenticated Viking settlement, L’Anse aux Meadows.

It is widely regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites globally.

Conche welcomes us into their charming community for a visit ashore.

 

Day 13: Fogo Island

Located 15km off Newfoundland's northeast coast, Fogo Island was originally named 'fuego' or 'fire' by the Portuguese, after fires set by early fishermen were seen burning on the island. A lucrative crab fishery has since replaced the salmon and cod fisheries that once supported the outport communities of the island. Fogo Island supports 11 communities, and a landmark proclaimed by the Flat Earth Society as one of the four corners of the Earth. We spend time experiencing island life in Fogo Town before heading further south.

 

Day 14: St. John’s

We finish in St. John's, Newfoundland's historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, it has been continuously fished since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North America's oldest European settlement. We will leave the Sea Adventurer here.

 
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