The Secluded Islands and Bays of Eastern Canada

New York to Halifax

Explore the rugged coastline of Newfoundland on an adventure that brings you to a spectacular national park, remote settlements, and intriguing cities.

  • Explore the spectacular landscape of Newfoundland
  • See charming Prince Edward and Bonaventure Islands
  • Sight wildlife, on land and at sea
  • Discover unforgettable Mingan National Park


Wild and wonderful

Bonne Bay and Gros Morne National Park are two unmissable highlights of Newfoundland. This unique landscape of deep valleys, steep cliffs, sandy beaches, and a spectacular fjord system is now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moose, caribou, fox, black bears, ptarmigans, and eagles are common sights here. Enjoy getting close to an ancient landscape that is simply unforgettable.

Life on the edge

The people of the idyllic outpost Îles de la Madeleine will amaze you with their ability to thrive in the dramatic wind and weather of their beautiful surroundings.

Vibrant Halifax

Founded in 1749, Halifax today is Atlantic Canada's cultural capital, with a blend of the old and new. Modern office towers and historic buildings stand side by side. The surrounding parks offer plenty of outdoor activities, so spend some time to explore this vibrant urban center set on the edge of true wilderness.

Price includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats 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

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

The itinerary

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

30 April 2018

Departs from New York
Day 1

The Big Apple never sleeps

Location: New York

Our expedition starts in New York, the city that never sleeps. Spends some time to enjoy all that New York offers before embarking on MS Fram, and make sure to be out on deck as we sail past the Statue of Liberty on our way out to sea.

Day 2

Lectures, expedition photography, and relaxing

Location: At sea

As we start our journey north, the Expedition team will begin our lecture program, covering our route and the environmental challenges of the world’s oceans due to climate change. For camera buffs, the expedition photographer will demonstrate the basics of creating great pictures of your voyage, and there may be a chance to go behind the scenes with our Guest Expedition Staff program. Of course, you will also have plenty of time to simply enjoy the peaceful relaxation of being at sea.

Day 3

A town of the sea

Location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

A lovely historic town built on shipbuilding and trade, Yarmouth boasts fine Victorian homes, museums, churches, wharves and other hidden gems. Join an excursion to see ornate Captain´s homes, and the lighthouse that guided them safely back home after long journeys at sea. Or take a seaside walking trail to Cape Forchu, and explore the rugged landscape as you take in the stunning views.

Day 4

Unwind with a view

Location: At sea

A day at sea means you can join the lectures by the Expedition team, spend time on deck, or chat with fellow passengers in the Panorama lounge as we sail north. You can also enjoy a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view, or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor whirlpools.

Day 5

Charm, history, and lighthouses

Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Visit historic Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish, which served as the inspiration for “Anne of Green Gables”, or explore Prince Edward Island National Park and hike along the distinctive red sandstone cliffs. Take in the quaint and charming architecture of Charlottetown, and tour some of the famed lighthouses of the island.

Day 6

Beautiful wilderness

Location: Bonaventure Island

An island of dramatic cliffs and flourishing bird life, Bonaventure Island was made a part of Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock National Park in 1985. Today, it is considered one of the largest and most accessible avian sanctuaries in the world, with more than 280,000 birds.Join us in one of our small boats as we cruise around the island, sighting an amazing array of birds and wildlife.We will also go ashore with our small boats in the nearby village of Percé, a member of the association of the “Most beautiful villages of Quebec”. In this spectacular setting, there will be fantastic kayaking and hiking opportunities. Nearby Percé Rock (French Rocher Percé, or "pierced rock") is a massive rock formation in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, that is one of the world's largest water-based natural arches.

Day 7

The artistry of nature

Location: Havre-Saint-Pierre

We will be alongside in the harbor of Havre-St.-Pierre. From here we offer a series of stunning boat tours to the Mingan Archipelago, to explore a unique landscape of limestone monoliths, carved into fantastic and beautiful shapes by the forces of time, of wind, sun, sea and ice. Take the rare chance to see these geological wonders, and enjoy the Archipelago´s excellent walking trails.

Day 8

A natural UNESCO World Heritage Site

Location: Bonne Bay

Scenic Bonne Bay is among Newfoundland’s most beautiful bays - a deep mountainous fjord located on Newfoundland’s breathtaking west coast, that divides the Gros Morne National Park in two. Gros Morne is a combination of protected areas and small coastal communities with a rich culture and tradition of fishing and logging. From our deck, you can see the Tablelands Mountains - flat-topped rock outcroppings that are usually found deep in the earth’s mantle. Their geological uniqueness is the main reason the park has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It took millions of years to mould the mountains into what they are today, and the sight is truly beautiful and awe-inspiring. Woody Point, in the south of the park, is a charming community of old houses and imported Lombardy poplars. Moose, caribou, fox, black bears, ptarmigans and eagles are all a common sight here. A visit to the higher regions of this ancient landscape will be unforgettable.

Day 9

Shaped by wind and waves

Location: Cap-aux-Meules

Twelve islands make up the roughly 62-mile-long sand archipelago called Îles de la Madeleine. The six largest of these islands are connected by miles of sand dunes, peppered with fuzzy tufts of grass. Shaped by wind and waves, the iron-rich red and grey sandstone cliffs amaze with their spectacular forms. The coastline of beaches is dotted with harbours, multi-coloured houses and picturesque bays. We dock in Cap-aux-Melules, home to more than half of the archipelago’s population. Long before the arrival of Europeans, native people came to the islands to fish and hunt for seal and sea cows. Preceded by Basque fishermen, Jaques Cartier arrived in 1534 and wrote in his logbook the first recorded reference to the islands. By 1765, the islands were inhabited by 22 French-speaking Acadians and their families. The locals who live here today are called Madelinots. Others are descendants of survivors from the more than 400 shipwrecks on the island. Come ashore and discover this little outpost, where high winds and ocean storms are a part of life. Have a bite to eat at Café la Côte, Pas Perdu, Café d’Chez Nous or something to drink at Bar Le Central to feel the island’s bohemian pulse. If you feel like being active, you can go kayaking or enjoy a hike in this relatively flat terrain.

Day 10

A toast to adventure

Location: At sea

We will raise a glass to our travels during the Farewell dinner, and the day can be spent going over the highlights of your extraordinary voyage with your fellow-travelers, or joining in a final lecture from our Expedition team.

Day 11

A modern face, a historic heart

Location: Halifax

It was Halifax’s natural harbor that first drew the British here in 1749. Today, most sites are located along the waterfront or in the Citadel-crowned hill overlooking this harbour. The 260-year-old provincial capital presents Nova Scotia’s strikingly modern districts bordering the historic heart of town. Both hip and historic, Halifax is well worth an extra day or two after you disembark from your expedition with MS Fram.

10 May 2018

Location Halifax
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