Iceland, Greenland and Canada, Path of the Vikings

Resolute Arctic Cruise Ship
Resolute
146 Passengers
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This superb voyage links three countries and follows the path taken by early Vikings as they navigated across the Atlantic on their quest of discovery a 1,000 years ago. Rich history is accompanied by breathtaking scenery, as we sail into deep fjords, past enormous icebergs and discover the culture and people of the region.

Commencing in Iceland, we cross the Denmark Strait to Greenland and navigate through the celebrated Prince Christian Sound. We then discover colorful fishing villages, meet friendly locals and learn about the history of Eric the Red and the Viking settlers as they established communities in the fertile valleys of the south. Such was the agricultural output here, they called the country Greenland – despite an ice sheet covering more than 80% of the landmass.

The region teems with wildlife and we anticipate encounters with numerous whale species. The skies are full of migratory and resident birdlife. We enjoy daily excursions off the ship in the company of expert guides. The choices are endless: exploring in the Zodiac boats, observing wildlife, and strolling through the local villages or stretching our legs on longer hikes. Arriving in Canada, more Viking history awaits at L’Anse Aux Meadows. Come face to face with natural history in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site where 485 million years of history comes to the Earth’s surface. One final highlight will be a visit to the small community of Cape North, situated on the northern tip of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.

Expedition Highlights
• Link three exceptional countries on a single voyage crossing from east to west
• Experience the fjords and glaciers of southern Greenland
• Wildlife encounters with various whale species and abundant birdlife
• Diverse activities on shore with daily excursions in the company of expert guides

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland
Days 2 & 3 At Sea - Iceland to Greenland
Day 4 Prince Christian Sound, Greenland
Day 5 Tasermiut Fjord and Nanortalik
Day 6 Narsarsuaq, Greenland
Day 7 Bredefjord and Narsaq
Day 8 At Sea - Davis Strait towards Canada
Day 9 L'anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland
Day 10 Woody Point - Gros Morne National Park
Day 11 Cape North, Nova Scotia
Day 12 Sydney, Nova Scotia

Enhanced Option: It is possible to link this trip with the preceding 12-day Scotland, Faroe Islands and Iceland voyage for a comprehensive North Atlantic Arctic experience at substantial savings. Combined itinerary here.

Day 1 — Reykjavik, Iceland

Your voyage begins in Reykjavik, Iceland’s picturesque capital city. We recommend spending a few days prior to voyage departure exploring this fascinating city and surrounds. This afternoon, we board our home for the next 12 days – RCGS Resolute. Once onboard you will meet the expedition team and following welcome drinks and dinner, we depart Iceland bound for Greenland and Canada.

Days 2 & 3 — At Sea - Iceland to Greenland

We awaken to the open waters of the Denmark Strait which separates Iceland from Greenland. We make an easier time of it in our modern expedition ship than the Vikings did in their longboats more than 1,000 years ago. More recent history tells the story of one of the most significant naval engagements of the Second World War when British and German battleships met in May 1941 in these waters. Britain's HMS Hood was sunk with only three survivors out of a crew of almost 1,500. The German battleship, Bismarck was also sunk several days later after heading south into the Atlantic. Our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. Be sure to visit the ship’s bridge and watch the captain and officers navigate our modern expedition vessel. Enjoy the wonderful facilities onboard the ship, look for wildlife on the outer decks or relax with a book or your journal.

Day 4 — Prince Christian Sound, Greenland

The coast is in sight and the ship navigates towards the entrance of Prince Christian Sound, providing a spectacular welcome to Greenland. This narrow body of water is over 60 mi (100km) long and in numerous places only 0.3 mi (500 m) wide. The sound separates the mainland from the island archipelago that forms the southern tip of the country. Mountains tower around us and waterfalls tumble down the steep cliffs as the captain carefully navigates through the passage. Many have likened the experience to sailing a ship through the Rockies. We pass numerous icebergs along the way and can’t help but wonder what the Viking’s experienced as they pushed deeper into the sound, on their journey of discovery.

Day 5 — Tasermiut Fjord and Nanortalik

For many, today may well be a highlight of the trip. Tasermiut Fjord has a well-known reputation as 'the Patagonia of the North' due to the towering rock formations that surround the narrow waters. At almost 45 mi (70km) long, the place to be is on the outer decks of the ship with your camera. The highest peak is over 5,900 ft (1,800m) and has a sheer granite face of more than half a mile (a kilometer). This is nature at her most powerful. We return to the small town of Nanortalik and venture into the pretty harbor in the Zodiacs for a stroll through the colorful houses in town.

Day 6 — Narsarsuaq, Greenland

This is quintessential Greenland. As we navigate the ship further into the fjord system, we are awestruck by the beauty. Not surprisingly, the Vikings were just as impressed and Narsasuaq and surrounds are among the most historically significant locations in the country. Local farmers cultivate the very same land that Eric the Red chose for his settlement more than 1,000 years ago. The Brattahlid open air museum is a fascinating spot and features a reconstructed church and Viking longhouse. Nearby is Igaliku, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in the country and home to the ruins of Gardar – a stone church constructed in the 11th century. There's an excellent hike which provides wonderful views of the colorful village, ice filled fjords, green fields and mountainous backdrop.

Day 7 — Bredefjord and Narsaq

The coast of western Greenland is famous for icebergs and we observe several glaciers at close quarters when navigating the ship along Bredefjord. At the end of a remote arm of the fjord are two giant glaciers, known locally as ‘the twins’. We navigate in the Zodiacs to get a better view of the glacial face and delight at the endless photo opportunities the ice sculptures provide us. This afternoon we visit the small community of Narsaq. What will surprise many is that the town is a center for agriculture, including sheep farming, though fishing is still the mainstay of the local economy. Our time in Greenland has come to an end and as we depart this enchanting place in the soft evening light, we look forward to the days ahead.

Day 8 — At Sea - Davis Strait towards Canada

While sailing south towards Newfoundland our onboard experts will recap on our adventures in Greenland and prepare us for the days ahead. This is an important migration corridor for birds and whales, and we keep our eyes out for signs of wildlife from the outer decks. Large icebergs of all shapes drift on the currents of the Davis Strait and while these won't be your first iceberg sightings, seeing them in open water is an impressive sight. Our educational program continues, and our onboard experts entertain us with interactive presentations and lively discussions. Spend some time at the multimedia computers downloading and backing up your precious images.

Day 9 — L'anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland

Having arrived in Newfoundland, our excursion this afternoon tells a story a thousand years in the making. We board the Zodiacs for a short cruise to the rocky shoreline. A millennium ago, Viking long-ships would have been found along this same beach. L’Anse aux Meadows is one of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is where Norseman Leif Erikson (son of Eric the Red) is thought to have founded “Vinland” around 1,000 AD. As we explore the reconstructed sod huts and Norse ruins with the site’s resident archaeologist, we see evidence that the Vikings discovered North America some five hundred years prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

Day 10 — Woody Point - Gros Morne National Park

Today we find ourselves anchored in majestic Bonne Bay, just offshore from the small community of Woody Point, the gateway into the southern reaches of Gros Morne National Park. This is a Registered Historic District with several significant structures along the waterfront. Gros Morne is best known for the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and is celebrated for its unique geology and exceptional scenery. Here, the Earth’s mantle is exposed on the surface – pushed up over millions of years by the movement of tectonic plates. We make a visit to the excellent Discovery Center before continuing through the park. We explore the boreal wetland landscape, featuring dramatic rock ridges, pitcher plants, white-throated sparrows and may encounter the iconic moose as we explore the park. We meet the ship at Trout River re-boarding in the afternoon and continue our voyage southwards.

Day 11 — Cape North, Nova Scotia

Overnight we have crossed the broad Gulf of St Lawrence, which separates Newfoundland from Nova Scotia. Our final day will be spent exploring the northern reaches of Cape Breton. Cape North is a small community situated on the famous Cabot Trail and is a gateway into the Highlands National Park. There are some excellent hiking opportunities here. This is also an important summer habitat for numerous whale species and home to numerous migratory birds which we can view from the ship, the Zodiacs, while sea kayaking or onshore. Tonight, our chefs have prepared a special farewell dinner attended by the captain of the ship. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate and reflect on a memorable journey as we sail to the final port of Sydney.

Day 12 — Sydney, Nova Scotia

This morning we enter the port of Sydney, situated on the north coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Our fabulous trip comes to an end and we reflect on the truly memorable journey. We disembark in the morning and, while some of us will head to the airport, many will add a few extra days in Nova Scotia to enjoy the hospitality, culture and renowned seafood.

Note: Polar exploration can be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a ‘guide only’ and may change. The ship’s captain in conjunction with the expedition leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a large number of outstanding landing sites and Zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal or when heavy ice may hinder our planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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All cabins are smoke-free. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
Trip cost does not include Mandatory Charter Flights listed in pricing chart.
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Kayaking option available for $695 per person (maximum 30 participants). Kayaking is complimentary on 'Canada’s East Coast – Fins and Fiddles' departures.
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DeckPlan_Resolute

   One Ocean Suites
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space. Sleeping quarters feature a queen size bed with upgraded linen/pillows. Included is a comfortable sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive floor to ceiling cabinetry, and spacious washroom facilities with both a shower and bathtub. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. These suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are located nearby on Deck 7. (475 sq.ft./44m²)
   Shackleton Suites
The Shackleton Suites are situated on Deck 6. Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a queen or two single beds with upgraded linen/ pillows. These Suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The forward panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are also located nearby on Deck 7. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Superior Plus Cabins
Superior Plus cabins are located midships on Deck 5. They are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds. A comfortable lounge is placed by the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Centrally located on the ship, these cabins provide easy access to the aft observation lounge featuring 180 degree views and the ship’s dining areas. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Superior Cabins
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the forward stairs leading up to the bridge on Deck 6 and the forward observation lounge located on Deck 7. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Twin Private Cabins
Spacious and well appointed, these cabins are situated on Deck 4 and have the option for either a queen or two single configured beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the main dining room on the ship as well as the gift shop. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Triple Private Cabins
These cabins are a popular choice for solo travellers willing to share, a family, or a group of friends travelling together. Located on Deck 3, cabins feature three single beds, one of which can convert to a convertible sofa and lounge during the day. These cabins feature writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the expedition room and gangway. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
Cabin and Voyage Inclusions            
Outside view with panoramic windows (triple private cabins have portholes)
Complimentary use of Expedition Gear Package (jacket, pants, boots)
Complimentary use of binoculars, trekking pole and waterproof backpack
Custom blend natural Canadian-made washroom amenities
Canadian-made linen + ‘Dream-Sleep’ package
100% Cotton bathrobe
Hair Dryer
Digital clock with media connector
In-room tea and coffee station
Flat-screen entertainment system + onboard intranet
Welcome package and stainless-steel water bottle
In-room snack menu
In-room mini-bar replenished daily (non-alcoholic)
Resolute Adventure Concierge service
Deluxe custom blend natural Canadian-made washroom amenities    
Complimentary Resolute voyage notebook    
Resolute Expeditions Wildlife/Field Guide    
In-room mini-bar replenished daily (incl. beer/wine)    
In-room bistro menu    
Deluxe in-room Resolute Adventure Concierge service    
In-room private reference library      
In-room iPad preloaded with reference and fictional content      
Exclusive check-in service on day of embarkation        
Deluxe welcome package (as above plus wine, fruit basket + snacks)        
Single brew coffee machine (Nespresso)        
Mini stereo        
Private in-room Resolute Adventure Concierge service        
In-room dining menu        
Early morning in-room café service        
Evening après dinner drink service        
Premium in-room mini-bar replenished daily (incl. spirits)        
Complimentary 1-hour massage/spa experience