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
£ 4796 £ 5291 per person
- 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
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.
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.
IncludedThe Fortress of LouisbourgEnjoy a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg on your own time with this all-day, at-leisure shuttle.
Coxhealth Mountain TrailBoard 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.
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.
IncludedCheticamp At LeisureDiscover the town of Cheticamp, a busy fishing village with a thriving Acadian culture.
Cape Breton Highlands and LunchThis 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 CheticampThe famed Cabot Trail should be on everyone’s bucket list and today you can experience this must-drive highway!
Hiking the HighlandsExperience the exquisite beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands on this half-day hiking adventure along one of the best trails in Eastern Canada!
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.
A Taste of Iles de la MadeleineThis is the perfect way to discover views and flavours of Iles de la Madeleine.
Cycling around Cap-Aux-MeulesDiscover the Madeleine Islands by bike while learning about the history and the wildlife.
Within the heart of the Madelinot life and cultureA 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.
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.
Percé Sights & Geo ParkEmbraced 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 IslandYou 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.
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.
Ile NiapiskauDeparting 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 FootPast and present merge in this pedestrian tour that makes you discover the evolution of the magnificent village of Havre-Saint-Pierre.
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.
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.
IncludedRed Bay - Red Bay Highlights AccessWant to get a feel for Red Bay’s local culture and history?
Coastal Labrador and Point Amour Lighthouse tourDrive the coastal highway and visit the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada.
Red Bay Then and Now Historical Walking tourStroll 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IncludedQassiarsuk - Erik the Red Settlement WalkWalk 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 FjordExplore 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!
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.
IncludedQaqortoq - Great Lake WalkQaqortoq rises quite steeply over the surrounding fjord system and is best discovered on foot, which says something about its small size
KaffemikEnjoy a great experience with a local family!
Great Greenland TanneryVisit the only tannery in Greenland
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.
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.
Included in your voyage
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Ship yard||Fincantieri, Italy|
|Passenger capacity||318 (200 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||11 647 T|
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.
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.
Louisbourg - Coxhealth Mountain Trail
Cheticamp - Cheticamp At Leisure
Cheticamp - Cape Breton Highlands and Lunch
Cheticamp - Highlights of Cheticamp
Cheticamp - Hiking the Highlands
Iles de la madeleine - Cycling around Cap-Aux-Meules
Iles de la madeleine - Within the heart of the Madelinot life and culture
Percé - Percé Sights & Geo Park
Percé - Cruise Around Bonaventure Island
Havre-Saint-Pierre - Ile Niapiskau
Havre Saint Pierre by Foot
Red Bay - Red Bay Highlights Access
Red Bay - Coastal Labrador and Point Amour Lighthouse tour
Red Bay Then and Now Historical Walking tour
Erik the Red settlement walk
Boat trip to the Qooroq Icefjord
Qaqortoq - Great Lake Walk
Great Greenland Tannery
Extend your cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.