Exploring the Arctic Land of the Caribou - Southbound

Copenhagen, Denmark - St. John's, Newfoundland

Allow us to take you back in time to a different world, where the vast Arctic landscapes, wild animals and small settlements remain as if untouched by man. Join us for a 16-day adventure from Greenland to St. Johns on the eastern coast of Canda, and explore the majestic and historic coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its isolated national parks offer rugged fjords and valleys, a rich wildlife and Inuit communities - natural ingredients of a true and unforgettable adventure.

  • Visit the remote and almost inaccessible Gros Morne and Torngat National Parks in Canada
  • Discover the largest island in the world, Greenland
  • See archaeological remains and L'anse Aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only Norse settlement in North America
  • Stay active with our wide range of exciting excursions and engage in fascinating lectures from our onboard Expedition Team

Overview

This expedition includes the chance to visit two national parks, several different settlements and some intriguing cities. While the vastness of this immense region can easily prove unsettling for visitors, the cheerful and friendly manner of the region’s inhabitants, the Inuit, will quickly put you at ease. Enjoy learning more about the fascinating history of the people that have lived here for thousands of years, and the people living here today.

Stunning Scenery in a Remarkable Region 

Imagine endless truly wild tundra, taiga forests, scenic mountains, majestic rivers and countless lakes! This unspoiled region is home to a rich array of plants, fish and other wildlife, each species uniquely adapted to the North. You will see stunning scenery and exotic wildlife. Along the way, we will take you to places where you can see remarkable archaeological remains and get an insight into the very interesting history of the Vikings.

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Plant your flag - On board credit offer

Book an expedition to Antarctica, Greenland, Canada, the Amazon or Europe departing in 2017/18 and you will receive up to £500pp on board credit to spend. Make the most of your time sailing exotic shores and put this credit towards any purchase on board - be it a cabin upgrade, excursions, or souvenirs from the gift store. Book before 30 December 2016.

Your holiday price includes

  • Hurtigruten Expedition voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Economy flight Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq
  • Transfer airport to ship in Narsarsuaq

Not included

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Note 

  • Prices are in GBP per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Rubber boots rental service on board free of charge
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
Itinerary

The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

10 July 2017

Departure port Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 1
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Photo: Heather Poon Photo

Greenland awaits


Location: Copenhagen/Narsarsuaq

This expedition starts with a flight from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq, a settlement in the Kujalleq Muncipaluty in Southern Greenland. Its immediate surroundings in Tunulliarfik Fjord hold incredible significance to Greenland’s history. The land where Narsarsuaq now stands earned Greenland its name. The Norse Vikings settled in this vicinity many centuries ago and gave Narsarsuaq a name that hints that an Arctic forest covered the large plain. On arrival in Narsarsuaq your transfer to MS Spitsbergen is awaiting you.

Day 2
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Photo: Hilde Foss Photo

The grassy place


Location: Ivittuut, Greenland

Ivittuut, meaning 'the grassy place', is an abandoned mining town near Cape Desolation in southwestern Greenland. It is located in the modern Sermersooq municipality on the ruins of the former Norse Middle Settlement and is situated in one of Greenland’s most beautiful areas, the Arsuk fjord complex. Take a leisurely walk around the old mining settlement and enjoy the nice view of the surrounding landscape. This is also a place where one is likely to observe the musk ox, the largest land mammal in Greenland.

Day 3
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

Canada bound


Location: North Atlantic Ocean

As we cruise towards Canada, you can enjoy lectures, the view from the observation lounge or simply relax with a good book.

Day 4

Ghost inhabitants


Location: Torngat Mountains National Park

The name Torngat comes from the Inuit word for ghost. For the Inuit, the mountains are where ghosts are living. Archeological sites out of 7000 years witness the importance of this region for the Inuit which still have their hunting areas in the Torngat Mountains.

Day 5
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Rough and wild


Location: Torngat Mountains National Park

The Torngat Mountains National Park protects one of the most spectacular mountain and coastal areas of Canada. In wide parts of the park the mountains are over 1500 meters high and up to 3.9 billion years old. The whole landscape was formed during the last ice age. Deep fjord systems rising up to 900 meters directly out of the sea make the park rough and wild. The highest mountains are without any vegetation in contrast to the river valleys where you can find an enormous variation of tundra vegetation. Moose, Caribous, foxes, wolves, Black bears and even the Polar bear are native to the park.

Day 6
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Explore the outdoors


Location: Cruising the Coast of Labrador

We will spend three days sailing along the coast of Labrador and exploring this area. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking trails and countless of kilometres of wilderness to explore, while others will appreciate learning more about the history, cultures and traditions at the numerous historic sites and places we will visit.

Day 7
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Southernmost Inuit community


Location: Cruising the Coast of Labrador

We might visit Rigolet, a picturesque town, and with a population of 300 it is the southernmost Inuit community in the world.

 

Day 8
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Place of the whales


Location: Cruising the Coast of Labrador

We are offering several outings here: explore the beautiful waters in a speedboat, try fishing, riding or go whale watching. We might also visit Hopedale that was founded as an Inuit settlement named Agvituk, meaning “place of the whales” and Hebron a former Moravian mission that was the northernmost settlement in Labrador.

Day 9
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Wilderness adventure destination


Location: Battle Harbour

Located on the edge of the Labrador Sea, Battle Harbour is a nature lover’s paradise. For two centuries it was the economic and social centre of the southeast Labrador coast. Today it is a wilderness adventure destination, where you can encounter whales, dolphins, seabirds, Arctic fox, icebergs and spectacular island scenery on one of our hikes or boat tours.

Day 10
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Evidence of Norse expedition


Location: L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

In L’Anse aux Meadows you find the first known evidence of European presence in America. This is where a Norse expedition built a small camp thousand years ago. In 1960 two Norwegian archaeologists started the excavation and discovered the fascinating remains of this Viking encampment. In 1979 L’Anse aux Meadows became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the recreated camp you will find original artefacts from this internationally renowned archaeological find.

Day 11
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Underwater sites


Location: Red Bay

Between 1550 and the early 17th century Red Bay was a centre for Basque whaling operations. At the most 2500 whalers on 50 ships from France and Spain came for the whale-hunting season. The discovery of vessels used for whale hunting made Red Bay one of the most exquisite underwater archaeological sites in America. It is now on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 12
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Ancient landscapes


Location: Gros Morne National Park

The Gros Morne National Park belongs to the highlights of a Newfoundland trip. The landscape with its deep valleys, steep cliffs, sandy beaches and the spectacular fjord system is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moose, caribous, foxes, black bears, ptarmigans and eagles are a very common sight here. A ride through this ancient landscape in the higher regions will be unforgettable.

Day 13
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Wildlife watching


Location: The Atlantic Ocean

Enjoy a day at sea. There will be lectures on various topics or you can spend some time on deck enjoying the wildlife we'll see on our journey.

Day 14
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

The French way of life


Location: St Pierre and Miquelon

Even though Paris is 4000 km away, the people living in St Pierre and Miquelon are very proud of being French. This is France’s oldest overseas territory and a part of the French Republic. So today you can enjoy a visit to a place where you find the typical French way of life with nice bistros, cafés, wine, cheese, baguettes, chocolates and pastries. You might even see people wearing berets.

Day 15
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Full of character


Location: St. John's, Newfoundland

St. John’s is the oldest and most easterly city in North America, and it is said that this is where heritage lives. With its narrow streets and hidden alleyways it is a city full of character and experience. We recommend you explore the history of this place with the striking twin clock towers of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist after you disembark.

25 July 2017

Location St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Your ship

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Cruise the coast of North America and surrounds on board MS Spitsbergen, our intimate modern expedition ship.

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Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Copenhagen and St. John's.

Post programme

Complete your holiday in North America with an extension programme after your sailing in St. John's.