Atlantic Canada and Greenland – Expedition of History, Culture and Nature (Itinerary 1)

On this voyage you'll find departures with:

Early bird : Flight included

Duration: 17 days

Departure:
9 May 2021
Price from :
£ 4796 £ 5291 per person
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Discover Canada’s Atlantic coast across Nova Scotia, Québec, and Newfoundland
  • Visit remote, modern-day Inuit communities in southern Greenland
  • Fascinating in-depth look at the cultures and histories of Canada and of Greenland
  • Opportunities to see wildlife such as whales and a variety of seabird species
Explore rugged and beautiful Cap-Aux-Meules.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Atlantic Canada and Greenland
Discover a remote land of ice, sea and sky.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Discover a remote land of ice, sea and sky.
Enjoy views of dramatic Percé Rock.
Photo: JF Gagne

Itinerary

Explore the eastern coasts of Canada and visit sites in Nova Scotia, Québec, and Newfoundland & Labrador before journeying up to the shores of southern Greenland. This voyage combines and sometimes even contrasts the stunning and wild landscapes, local customs, and intricate histories of these two neighbouring countries.
Day 1
Halifax
Capital of Nova Scotia
Discover colourful Halifax.
Discover colourful Halifax.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Your journey starts in Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia. There are red-brick heritage buildings, parks, a landmark citadel, some world-class museums, and a 4km seafront boardwalk. We definitely recommend spending more time exploring  Halifax with our Pre-Programme before embarking MS Fram.

Discover colourful Halifax.
Discover colourful Halifax.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Historic Memorial Park.
Historic Memorial Park.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Canada´s first lighthouse still stands tall.
Day 2
Louisbourg
Where the Past is Present
Experience Canadian life in 1744.
Experience Canadian life in 1744.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
History comes alive at Louisbourg.
History comes alive at Louisbourg.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 2
Louisbourg
Where the Past is Present
Canada´s first lighthouse still stands tall.
Canada´s first lighthouse still stands tall.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

We head for the large island of Cape Breton to reach Louisbourg, home to the historic Fortress of Louisbourg. At this National Historic Site, you can experience what life was like in the bustling French fortified town in 1744, which was then one of the largest European fortifications in North America.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    The Fortress of Louisbourg
    Enjoy a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg on your own time with this all-day, at-leisure shuttle.
  • Coxhealth Mountain Trail
    Board your transfer with fellow travellers as you embark on a hiking tour where the only schedule that matters is your timetable and goal is to make your hiking trip a happy one.
Day 3
Cheticamp
Deep Acadian Traditions
Boat with king crabs.
The bounty of the sea provides for local livelihoods
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

This traditional fishing village dates back to 1785 and is an Acadian community that has managed to maintain age-old French traditions and culture. Nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers spectacular sea views, as well as valleys and forests where moose, black bears and bald eagles can be found. 

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Cheticamp At Leisure
    Discover the town of Cheticamp, a busy fishing village with a thriving Acadian culture.
  • Cape Breton Highlands and Lunch
    This full-day Cabot Trail excursion will give you a taste of the scenic beauty of Cape Breton Island by driving the full 184-mile loop.
  • Highlights of Cheticamp
    The famed Cabot Trail should be on everyone’s bucket list and today you can experience this must-drive highway!
  • Hiking the Highlands
    Experience the exquisite beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands on this half-day hiking adventure along one of the best trails in Eastern Canada!
Boat with king crabs.
The bounty of the sea provides for local livelihoods
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A lighthouse.
Explore the beauty of Cape Breton Island
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Red and grey sandstone cliffs dominate the landscape.
Day 4
Magdalen Islands
Home of the Madelinots
Scenic lighthouses guard the coast.
Scenic lighthouses guard the coast.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Discover the rugged beauty of Cap-Aux-Meules.
Discover the rugged beauty of Cap-Aux-Meules.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 4
Magdalen Islands
Home of the Madelinots
Red and grey sandstone cliffs dominate the landscape.
Red and grey sandstone cliffs dominate the landscape.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Twelve islands make up the sand archipelago called Îles de la Madeleine. The coastline here is made up of iron-rich, red and grey sandstone cliffs shaped by wind and waves to form picturesque bays that are dotted with multi-coloured houses. We dock in Cap-aux-Meules, home to more than half of the archipelago’s population.

Optional excursions
  • A Taste of Iles de la Madeleine
    This is the perfect way to discover views and flavours of Iles de la Madeleine.
  • Cycling around Cap-Aux-Meules
    Discover the Madeleine Islands by bike while learning about the history and the wildlife.
  • Within the heart of the Madelinot life and culture
    A bus will bring you to the north end of the Magdalene Island, the Grand-Entree. Impossibly beautiful scenery, different shades of blue and green water, golden sand beaches, ever-changing sand dunes, the green of the hills contrasting with the red of the cliffs, await your discovery.
Day 5
Percé
Magnificent Views and Wonderful Wildlife
Fantastic local formations abound.
Fantastic local formations abound.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Percé Rock with its natural arch lies just off the coast of this artist’s village, best seen from the suspended glass platform at the UNESCO Global Geopark. Nearby Bonaventure Island is one of the most accessible gannet colonies in the world. Rare North Atlantic right whales are known to visit the area as well.

Optional excursions
  • Percé Sights & Geo Park
    Embraced by the rich waters of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Perce village captivates with its beautiful scenery. Featured on National Geographic’s list of “must-see” places in the world, Perce is named one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec!
  • Percé - Cruise Around Bonaventure Island
    You will cruise to Percé Rock and around Bonaventure Island sectors to see its gannet colony, the largest in the world and enjoy some time to explore Percé on your own.
Fantastic local formations abound.
Fantastic local formations abound.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Percé Rock soars some 88 metres high.
Percé Rock soars some 88 metres high.
Photo: JF Gagne
Wind, sun, sea and ice have sculpted fantastic shapes here.
Wind, sun, sea and ice have sculpted fantastic shapes here.
Photo: Chelsea Claus
Discover the amazing Mingan Reserve.
Discover the amazing Mingan Reserve.
Photo: Chelsea Claus
Join the Expedition Team for unforgettable adventures.
Join the Expedition Team for unforgettable adventures.
Photo: Chelsea Claus
Day 6
Havre-Saint-Pierre
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
Discover the amazing Mingan Reserve.
Discover the amazing Mingan Reserve.
Photo: Chelsea Claus

Famous for the largest concentration of limestone monoliths in Canada, the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve encompasses close to a thousand islands and islets sprinkled along 93 miles from east to west. We hope to board our small expedition boats and take to the waters to explore this unique landscape of geological wonders.

Optional excursions
  • Ile Niapiskau
    Departing from the Havre-Saint-Pierre marina, this scenic cruise brings you to île Niapiskau. Walk along a short loop trail with a Parks Canada heritage presenter who will help take you back in time to understand the presence of the amazing geological formations surrounding you.
  • Havre Saint Pierre by Foot
    Past and present merge in this pedestrian tour that makes you discover the evolution of the magnificent village of Havre-Saint-Pierre.
Day 7
At Sea
Lectures and Scanning for Wildlife on Deck
Our Expedition Team welcome your questions.
Our Expedition Team welcome your questions.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

The Expedition Team will continue the lecture programme, covering topics like history, the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife. In the Science Center, observe the samples gathered during this voyage up close with our state-of-the-art microscopes.

Our Expedition Team welcome your questions.
Our Expedition Team welcome your questions.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Get a closeup look at local nature in the Science Center.
Get a closeup look at local nature in the Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Explore the Labrador countryside.
Explore the Labrador countryside.
Photo: Camille Seaman
UNESCO-listed Red Bay is full of history.
UNESCO-listed Red Bay is full of history.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Life revolves around the sea in Labrador.
Life revolves around the sea in Labrador.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 8
Red Bay
Canada’s Hidden but Rich Maritime History
UNESCO-listed Red Bay is full of history.
UNESCO-listed Red Bay is full of history.
Photo: Camille Seaman

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.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Red Bay - Red Bay Highlights Access
    Want to get a feel for Red Bay’s local culture and history?
  • Coastal Labrador and Point Amour Lighthouse tour
    Drive the coastal highway and visit the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada.
  • Red Bay Then and Now Historical Walking tour
    Stroll through the intriguing village of Red Bay with local guides to provide insight into the history and culture of this remarkable community with a history of whaling.
Day 9-10
At Sea
Title Crossing the North Atlantic Ocean
Enjoy the constantly-changing light show from deck.
Enjoy the constantly-changing light show from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Leaving the coast of Canada behind, we head out to sea, and set course for Greenland across a stretch of the North Atlantic. Our days at sea will be filled with lectures and you’ll have time to chat with fellow travellers, perhaps to share what you have seen and done so far.

Enjoy the constantly-changing light show from deck.
Enjoy the constantly-changing light show from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Learn, share and chat in the Science Center.
Learn, share and chat in the Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Our captain will choose an exciting activity for the day.
Day 11
Kvanefjord
Title Exploration day Kvanefjord
Keep a sharp eye out for rich marine life.
Keep a sharp eye out for rich marine life.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Discover colourful local settlements.
Discover colourful local settlements.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig-Anderson
Day 11
Kvanefjord
Title Exploration day Kvanefjord
Our captain will choose an exciting activity for the day.
Our captain will choose an exciting activity for the day.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

We discover the beautiful region of Paamiut by sailing deep into Kvanefjord. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day. This could be a hike ashore for a scenic view of the area, or possibly small-boat cruising or kayaking.

Day 12
Ivittuut
Muskoxes and a Norse Settlement
Hurtigruten takes you close to local life in Greenland.
Hurtigruten takes you close to local life in Greenland.
Photo: Camille Seaman

According to archaeologists, Vikings settled in this area more than a thousand years ago but didn’t remain. Ivittuut is believed to be the last Norse settlement in Greenland, but first to be abandoned. Nowadays, the only inhabitants that might appear in the town are wandering muskoxen which normally graze in the nearby plains.

Hurtigruten takes you close to local life in Greenland.
Hurtigruten takes you close to local life in Greenland.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Stunning scenery in Ivittuut.
Stunning scenery in Ivittuut.
Photo: Hilde Foss
Discover reminders of ancient Viking settlements.
Discover reminders of ancient Viking settlements.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Experience remote Qassiarsuk.
Experience remote Qassiarsuk.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Be immersed in Viking history from the time of Erik the Red.
Be immersed in Viking history from the time of Erik the Red.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 13
Quassiarsuk
Fertile Farmland and Viking History
Experience remote Qassiarsuk.
Experience remote Qassiarsuk.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Busy farmsteads of green fields dotted with white sheep contrast against the icescapes in the nearby sea. Join a guided walk through the settlement, including a visit to the reconstruction of Viking Erik The Red’s longhouse and the church that Erik’s wife Tjodhildur made him build following his banishment from Iceland.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Qassiarsuk - Erik the Red Settlement Walk
    Walk in the footsteps of the Norsemen on this tour through an open-air museum. Hear interesting Viking history in a place where Norse culture meets modern day Greenland.
  • Qassiarsuk - Boat trip to Qooroq Ice Fjord
    Explore the Qooroq Icefjord by boat. Glide through a fjord filled with stranded icebergs and scoop up 1,000 year old ice from the boat that you can enjoy later in a proper cocktail on the rocks!
Sea, ice, sun and coastline create a powerful combination.
Day 14
Qaqortoq
Picture-Perfect Greenlandic Town
Day 14
Qaqortoq
Picture-Perfect Greenlandic Town
Sea, ice, sun and coastline create a powerful combination.
Sea, ice, sun and coastline create a powerful combination.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and photogenic setting. It is the biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3,000 inhabitants, but still easy to explore on foot. You can also join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Qaqortoq - Great Lake Walk
    Qaqortoq rises quite steeply over the surrounding fjord system and is best discovered on foot, which says something about its small size
  • Kaffemik
    Enjoy a great experience with a local family!
  • Great Greenland Tannery
    Visit the only tannery in Greenland
Qaqortoq´s lovely setting.
Qaqortoq´s lovely setting.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Discover rich local culture.
Discover rich local culture.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Enjoy memorable sunsets from deck.
Enjoy memorable sunsets from deck.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Scan for spectacular bird life.
Scan for spectacular bird life.
Photo: Simon Bottomley
Day 15-16
Irminger Sea
Heading to Iceland
Enjoy memorable sunsets from deck.
Enjoy memorable sunsets from deck.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland

After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set course to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center or just relaxing on deck, looking at the sea birds which follow our ship or maybe even spotting whales.

Day 17
Reykjavik
The Stylish Capital of Iceland
The cathedral offers a great view of the capital.
The cathedral offers a great view of the capital.
Photo: Shutterstock

You arrive in the northernmost capital city in the world early in the morning. The name Reykjavik means 'Smokey Bay', so called because of the steam that rises from its many natural hot springs. It is well worth booking a Post-Programme to explore the geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths before heading home.

The cathedral offers a great view of the capital.
The cathedral offers a great view of the capital.
Photo: Shutterstock
Old and new side by side in Reykjavik.
Old and new side by side in Reykjavik.
Photo: Genna Roland
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

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 organise 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 programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, 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

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Ship yard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

A tree in a forest A tree in a forest

Louisbourg - Coxhealth Mountain Trail

North America

Duration

4h30

Price per person

From £ 113

Booking code

A-LOU2

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Highlight in Cheticamp Highlight in Cheticamp

Cheticamp - Cheticamp At Leisure

North America

Duration

Approx. 1h30

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-CBI1

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A sign on the side of a mountain road A sign on the side of a mountain road

Cheticamp - Cape Breton Highlands and Lunch

North America

Duration

7.5hrs

Price per person

From £ 175

Booking code

C-CBI1

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A boat in the water A boat in the water

Cheticamp - Highlights of Cheticamp

North America

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From £ 175

Booking code

C-CBI2

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A elephant that is standing in the grass A elephant that is standing in the grass

Cheticamp - Hiking the Highlands

North America

Duration

5.5hrs

Price per person

From £ 206

Booking code

C-CBI3

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Iles de la madeleine - Cycling around Cap-Aux-Meules

North America

Duration

Price per person

From

Booking code

A-YGR2

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Iles de la madeleine - Within the heart of the Madelinot life and culture

North America

Duration

Price per person

From

Booking code

A-YGR3

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Percé, Canada Percé, Canada

Percé - Percé Sights & Geo Park

North America

Duration

3h45

Price per person

From

Booking code

C-PER1

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Perce Rock, Bonaventure Island Perce Rock, Bonaventure Island

Percé - Cruise Around Bonaventure Island

North America

Duration

Approx 2h

Price per person

From

Booking code

C-PER3

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Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve.

Havre-Saint-Pierre - Ile Niapiskau

North America

Duration

2h30

Price per person

From

Booking code

C-HSP2

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Market in Havre Saint Pierre Market in Havre Saint Pierre

Havre Saint Pierre by Foot

North America

Duration

2h30

Price per person

From

Booking code

C-HSP3

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A bridge over a body of water with a mountain in the background A bridge over a body of water with a mountain in the background

Red Bay - Red Bay Highlights Access

North America

Duration

1 - 3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-RDY1

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Red Bay - Coastal Labrador and Point Amour Lighthouse tour

North America

Duration

4hrs

Price per person

From £ 108

Booking code

C-RDY1

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A small house in a body of water A small house in a body of water

Red Bay Then and Now Historical Walking tour

North America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From £ 61

Booking code

C-RDY3

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Tjodhilde's Church at Brattahlíð Tjodhilde's Church at Brattahlíð

Erik the Red settlement walk

Greenland

Duration

approx. 1h30

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-QAS1

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Qooroq Icefjord iceberg Greenland Qooroq Icefjord iceberg Greenland

Boat trip to the Qooroq Icefjord

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 1.5 hours

Price per person

From £ 103

Booking code

G-QAS2

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A man standing on top of a mountain A man standing on top of a mountain

Qaqortoq - Great Lake Walk

Greenland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-QAQ1

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Kaffemik in Qaqortoq Kaffemik in Qaqortoq

Kaffemik

Greenland

Duration

1h30

Price per person

From £ 36

Booking code

G-QAQ5

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Great Greenland Tannery

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 1 hour

Price per person

From £ 41

Booking code

G-QAQ2

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Halifax: Pre-Programme (20/21 and 21/22)

North America

Duration

2 Days

From

£ 289

Booking code

YHZPRE

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Reykjavik Post-programme: South Coast (20/21 and 21/22)

Iceland

Duration

2 Days

From

£ 470

Booking code

REKPOST

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