Path of the Vikings: Reykjavík to Quebec

Le Champlain Luzury Arctic Cruise Ship
Le Champlain — Z
160 Passengers

Expedition Highlights
• Cruise along chiseled fjords packed with icebergs for up-close views of glittering glaciers.
• Search for marine mammals, including beluga whales in Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.
• Attend a cultural performance at Taiilaq and meet with friendly locals to learn more about life in the High Arctic.
• Take a hike through Gros Morne National Park; this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a geological wonderland that offers the world’s best examples of plate tectonics.
• Discover the bizarrely eroded sea stacks, arches, and cliffs of the Mingan Archipelago, a haven for seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots, terns, and kittiwakes.

INCLUDED:
• Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and cultural tours
• All gratuities
• All accommodations
• World-class lecture and expedition team
• All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
• All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
• Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
• Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
• Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Note: International airfare is NOT included and must be arranged independently of this itinerary (e.g. USA/Reykjavík & Quebec City/USA).

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA via Independent Flight
Day 2 Reykjavík, Iceland
Day 3 Reykjavík / Embark Le Champlain
Day 4 Vigur Island / Ísafjördur
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Tasiilaq, Greenland
Day 7 Napassorssuaq Fjord
Day 8 Prins Christian Sund
Days 9 & 10 At Sea
Day 11 L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada
Day 12 Gros Morne National Park
Day 13 Gaspe, Quebec
Day 14 Havre St. Pierre
Day 15 Cruising the St. Lawrence River
Day 16 Saguenay
Day 17 Quebec City / Disembark / USA via Independent Flight

Day 1 — Depart USA via Independent Flight

Board your independent flight to Iceland.

Day 2 — Reykjavík, Iceland

Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and transfer to the Reykjavík Hilton Nordica. Lunch and the remainder of the day are at leisure to enjoy this fascinating and colorful city. Gather this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 3 — Reykjavík / Embark Le Champlain

After breakfast, set out to explore Iceland’s classic scenic wonders known as the Golden Circle. Begin with Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by mountains and encompassing a vast lava plain of green moss and wildflowers. Continue to Gullfoss Waterfall where the Hvita River drops 96 feet in two voluminous cascades. The Geysir Center is a huge geothermal field of both boiling and tranquil multi-hued hot springs and bubbling mud pools. After lunch, visit Fridheimar Farm, which produces tomatoes and cucumbers year-round in their impressive greenhouses and breeds Icelandic horses, before embarking Le Champlain.

Day 4 — Vigur Island / Ísafjördur

After breakfast take a walking tour of small, verdant Vigur, the summer home to vast numbers of puffins, black guillemots, Arctic terns, and eiders. The tiny community dates back to the late 1800s and boasts Iceland’s only windmill. During lunch on board, cruise northward to Ísafjördur, the trading and cultural center of the West Fjords. A cultural tour reveals the history and daily life of one of Iceland’s oldest fishing settlements and visits the region’s scenic highlights. This afternoon, enjoy free time in town to browse the local shops.

Day 5 — At Sea

Attend lectures on the natural and historical highlights ahead.

Day 6 — Tasiilaq, Greenland

The small settlement of Tasiilaq is part of the municipality of the same name which covers an area five times the size of Denmark. Ashore, enjoy a cultural performance and stroll through the town’s brightly-colored buildings to visit the excellent local museum. After this, there is free time to browse handicraft shops, or take a stroll around town. Those who wish may continue on a hike to Flower Valley, accompanied by naturalists who point out the varieties of local vegetation enjoying their brief seasonal bloom.

Day 7 — Napassorssuaq Fjord

Today cruise along the southeastern coast of Greenland. Now uninhabited, the region recalls its past civilization in skeletal sites of old Scandinavian and Inuit camps and settlements. Watch for seals, whales, and polar bears and, conditions permitting, go ashore in Napassorssuaq Fjord via Zodiac to explore this remote expanse of shoreline. Farther south, witness the portion of Greenland that fully lives up to its name. This is the most fertile part of the country; unlike the northern hunting and fishing villages, agriculture and farming are an important part of economic life.

Day 8 — Prins Christian Sund

The 55-mile-long channel near the southern tip of Greenland offers breathtaking vistas as you cruise among a flotilla of ice. Volcanoes rise from the barren landscape, and icebergs, like tiny atolls, sit in pools of aquamarine waters. Steep, glacier-cut cliffs border the fjord; frozen waterfalls cling to their edges like freeze-framed photographs. By Zodiac and aboard the ship, cruise the bays and finger-like offshoots of this truly spectacular display of geology and geography.

Days 9 & 10 — At Sea

Spend your time at sea attending informative lectures, searching for wildlife from deck with naturalists, and enjoying the amenities of Le Champlain.

Day 11 — L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada

Considered by some to be the long-sought-after Vinland depicted in the Norse sagas and settled by Leif Ericson in A.D. 1000, L’Anse aux Meadows was only officially rediscovered in 1961. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, it remains the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America and represents the earliest evidence of a European presence in the New World. Visit the living history Viking trading settlement of Norstead.

Day 12 — Gros Morne National Park

In Gros Morne take a hike to the Tablelands, a landform that resembles the surface of the moon. Much of Gros Morne’s fame comes from this huge extrusion of the earth’s mantle thrust violently to the surface over 450 million years ago. The park is also rich in wildlife—caribou, Arctic hare, fox, weasel, lynx, and an occasional black bear. Alert spotters may observe fin, minke, humpback, and pilot whales in the offshore waters.

Day 13 — Gaspe, Quebec

Be on deck as the ship approaches Gaspe to view stunning Percé Rock, an imposing limestone sea stack with a large arch “piercing” the rock. On nearby Bonaventure Island, step ashore for nature walks to observe interesting geology and over 300 species of birds, including black-legged kittiwakes, common murres, and a large colony of northern gannets.

Day 14 — Havre St. Pierre

Havre St. Pierre is the gateway to the spectacular Mingan Archipelago, a chain of islands, islets, and monoliths of element-sculpted limestone. Whales and seals are often spotted frolicking among these bizarre formations, and seabirds nest along the sheer rock cliffs.

Day 15 — Cruising the St. Lawrence River

Enjoy the passing coastal scenery, spend time sorting through your photos, and attend lectures recapping your experiences.

Day 16 — Saguenay

The Fjord du Saguenay offers some of Canada’s most breathtaking scenery. As the ship cruises along this narrow waterway, you are surrounded by cliffs that tower from 500 – 1,000 feet. Keep an eye out for resident wildlife, including peregrine falcons, black bears, seals, and beluga whales.

Day 17 — Quebec City / Disembark / USA via Independent Flight

Transfer to the airport for your independent flights homeward.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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   Owner's Suite
This ocean-view suite on Deck 6 is 484 square feet and has a sliding glass door leading to a 322-square-foot private balcony, including a private hot tub. It features two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, an en suite bathroom, and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating.
   Suite
Ocean-view suites on Decks 5 and 6 are 484 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 322-square-foot private balcony. They feature two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, an en suite bathroom, and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating.
   Category 6
Ocean-view suites on Decks 5 and 6 are 344 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 86-square-foot private balcony. They feature two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, an en suite bathroom, and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating.
   Category 5
Ocean-view suites on Decks 3, 4, 5, and 6 are 290 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 64-square-foot private balcony. They feature two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, an en suite bathroom, and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating.
   Category 4
Ocean-view suites on Deck 6 are 204 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 43-square-foot private balcony. They feature two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, an en suite bathroom, and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating.
   Category 3
Ocean-view suites on Deck 5 are 204 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 43-square-foot private balcony. They feature two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, an en suite bathroom, and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating.
   Category 2
Ocean-view suites on Deck 4 are 204 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 43-square-foot private balcony. They feature two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, an en suite bathroom, and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating.
   Category 1
Ocean-view suites on Deck 3 are 204 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 43-square-foot private balcony. They feature two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, an en suite bathroom, and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating.