Greenland and Wild Labrador 2013

Highlights 

• Visit Greenland’s capital city, Nuuk   

• Purchase some highly prized qiviut (muskox wool)

• A chance to experience the Northern Lights 

• Spend three memorable days among the spirits in the Torngat National Park 

• Visit the culturally significant abandoned site of Hebron

• Take part in a traditional Newfoundland kitchen party

• See the French Store Tapestry at Conche  

• Explore the earliest known European settlement in the New World at L’Anse aux Meadows

• Experience a glimpse into Inuit culture and heritage in Makkovik

• Participate in artistic workshops onboard 

• Enjoy daily onboard musical entertainment 

Itinerary Summary   

Join us as we discover the divine landscape and sublime natural wonders of Southwest Greenland and the wild coast of Labrador.

Our journey begins in the gateway to Greenland - Kangerlussuaq. Here we board our vessel, the Clipper Adventurer before sailing down the 168km fjord to the coast. Drawing explorers and adventurers for thousands of years, Greenland is a powerful place of immense beauty - deep fjords, immense icebergs and colourful houses. A highlight will be our visit to Nuuk, Greenland’s capital and home to the 500-year-old Qilakitsoq mummies.

From here we cross Davis Strait into Canada. Entering the Inuit territory of Nunavik, we are welcomed by our hosts at Kangiqsualujjuaq.

Untamed and gigantic, Labrador is a land of inspiration. Entering Nunatsiavut, the home of the Labrador Inuit, we’ll spend the next three days sailing south, the view dominated by the awe-inspiring scenery of the 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 and is one of Canada’s newest National Parks. It is a coastline of immense beauty and fjords surrounded by towering peaks - the highest mountains in Canada east of the Rockies - and a favourite destination among the AC staff!

We’ll visit the abandoned settlements of Hebron, founded by the Moravian Church in 1776, as well as the communities of Makkovik and Cartwirght.

Our first stop in Newfoundland is at L’Anse aux Meadows, the earliest known European settlement in the New World, with Viking reminders everywhere. Our adventure ends in St. John’s, North America’s oldest city, and an unforgettable end point to a remarkable trip.

Adventure Canada’s expeditions have always been a combination of science and art, which has produced some interesting and rewarding collaborations. On our Greenland & Wild Labrador expedition we broadened our collaborative vision of arts and science with an extended troupe of visual artists, musicians and authors joining forces with our team of biologists, geologists and archaeologists, to explore the landscape in a multi-disciplinary fashion.

  

 

Day 1: Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord)

Arriving from Toronto, we will board the Sea Adventurer via Zodiac and prepare to steam out of one of the longest fjords in the world with 168km of superb scenery! Although the fjord crosses the Arctic Circle, the waters here do not freeze, making this part of Greenland a year-round centre for fishing and hunting.

Day 2: Evighedsfjorden and Kangaamiut

Today we arrive at Evighedsfjorden, known as the Eternity Fjord. As we cruise along this meandering fjord, we find ourselves surrounded by the highest mountains in West Greenland - reaching heights of over 2,000 meters! We;'ll seek out the seals and whales who reside in the area, and scan the bird cliffs. Kangaamiut, is a small fishing community in the municipality of Qeqqata. During our visit to this colourful town, we'll be hosted by a local family and enjoy a presentation in the church before and 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. Today, Nuuk is the world's smallest capital city with a population of only 15,000. 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

We will cross Davis Strait will a full day of fun, lectures and time on deck looking for marine life.

Day 5: Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River)

In the shelter of a commanding granite rock outcrop we find the easternmost community of Kangiqsualujjuaq, or George River. Twenty-five kilometers upstream from Ungava Bay, the ebb and flow of the tides define the summer lives of the people and fauna of this area. Arctic flora thrives in the protected valley. The calving grounds of the George River herd, the largest ungulate population in the world estimated at several hundreds of thousands of head is nearby. After our welcome back to Canada, we will have the freedom to explore the community, meet with locals and strike out of town for a hike on the tundra.

Days 6-7: 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 the Eclipse Bay, Nackvak Fiord and Saglek Bay.

Day 8: Torngat Mountains National Park and 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. Originally known as the Unitas Fratrum, the Moravian Church traces its roots to 15th century central Europe, in what is now the Czech Republic. 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 9: Nain

Nain is the administrative capital of the newly formed Nunatsiavut government. Formed as the first mission in Canada by the Moravian Church in 1771, Nain is the most northerly living community on the Labrador coast. Many of Labrador's best known carvers reside in Nain. 

Day 10: Mealy Mountains

Infused in the Mealy Mountains in the traditional history of the first peoples of the land. The Labrador Innu, Labrador Inuit and Labrador Métis have binding subsistence, traditional and cultural bonds. The creation of the Mealy Mountain National Park was announced in early February 2010 and celebrated by all Canadian. Larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined, the new park will be the single largest conservation zone in Eastern Canada. The area boasts boreal ecosystem and wildlife and threatened woodland caribou herd, along with moose, black bear, osprey, bald eagles and a species of special concern, the eastern population of the harlequin duck will now have a protected area. We will seek to explore a small portion of this vast new protected area while keeping an eye out for the six species of seal and sixteen species of whales and dolphins known to frequent these waters. 

Day 11: Battle Harbor

Once a bustling fishing community and the epicenter of the Labrador fishery until the codfish moratorium in 1992 forced it to cease its fishing operations, Battle Harbour has undergone extensive restoration work and is now open to curious travellers. A walking tour of this restored fishing community suggests how daily life might have been for Battle Harbour's past inhabitants. 

Day 12: L'Anse aux Meadows and Conche

L'Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America. Located at the tip of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula, it is widely regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites globally.

On the Great Northern Peninsula, the people of Conche welcome us into their charming community. Complete with ties to its history, religion, the fishery and wildlife, Conche is made up of mostly Irish descent. We will explore the colourful town on foot, but don't be surprised if you are invited in by local residents for a 'mug up'!

Day 13: Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova National Park of Canada is a place where long fingers of the North Atlantic Ocean touch the island boreal forest of Eastern Newfoundland. Rocky headlands provide shelter from the awesome power of the open ocean. The landscape of the park varies from the rugged cliffs and sheltered inlets of the coastal region to the rolling forested hills, bogs and ponds of the inland. Cultural history abounds in the remnants of sawmills and past human cultures.

Day 14: St. John's Newfoundland

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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Please Note: The cabin layout is different for the 2014 & 2015 Arctic Seasons.  Refer to the two different deck plans below.

 


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