Greenland and Eastern Canada, Viking Explorer

Resolute Arctic Cruise Ship
Resolute
146 Passengers
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The southwestern coast of Greenland – the world’s largest island, is home to numerous towns and fishing ports. Colorful houses and buildings dot the sparsely vegetated landscape. The scenery can truly be described as awesome and we explore a maze of iceberg-filled fjords navigating south on our journey towards Canada. We enjoy daily excursions off the ship, exploring in the Zodiac boats to witness glaciers and icebergs, observing wildlife, and strolling through the colorful villages or on longer hikes. Greenlanders are friendly by nature and meeting the locals and learning about their culture and traditions is a highlight.

History surrounds us and we learn about the earliest inhabitants, the arrival of the Vikings and the Danish colonial period. Crossing the Davis Strait from Greenland to Canada, more Viking history awaits in Newfoundland. A visit to Red Bay in Labrador tells the story of the arrival of Basque whalers and fisherman from southern Europe in the mid-15th century. We come face to face with natural history in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site where 485 million years of natural history comes to the Earth’s surface.

Legendary Newfoundland hospitality awaits when we visit several remote locations along the western and southern coastline of the island, providing yet another highlight. This outstanding small-ship expedition provides fantastic diversity in scenery, history, culture and activity and packs a lot into a relatively compact timeframe.

Expedition Highlights
• Witness the fjords and glaciers of coastal Greenland including fantastic icebergs
• Rich history of Greenland and east coast Canada including Newfoundland
• Diverse activities on shore with daily excursions in the company of expert guides
• Experience two very unique destinations

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ottawa, Canada to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2 Nuuk, Greenland
Day 3 Paamiut, Greenland
Day 4 Bredefjord and Narsaq
Day 5 Narsasuaq and Itelleq
Day 6 Tasermiut Fjord and Nanortalik
Day 7 At Sea - Davis Strait towards Canada
Day 8 L'anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland
Day 9 Red Bay, Labrador
Day 10 Woody Point - Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Day 11 Ramea, Newfoundland
Day 12 Sydney, Nova Scotia

Day 1 — Ottawa, Canada to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

We depart Ottawa this morning on our charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, situated on the west coast of Greenland. Upon arrival we enjoy a short tour of the surrounding tundra and board the ship in the afternoon. After settling in to our cabins and exploring the vessel, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we cast off and enjoy a welcome cocktail while cruising along Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords on the planet.

Day 2 — Nuuk, Greenland

Overnight we have navigated down the coast of western Greenland to arrive in Nuuk, the small capital of Greenland. Built overlooking a beautiful fjord, the city was founded in 1728 by the Danes and today many historic buildings can be seen around town. The small city is a fascinating blend of both the historic and contemporary. The National Museum of Greenland is located right by the harbor and is home to an interesting collection of artifacts, traditional costumes and textiles and other items including boats, kayaks and dog sleds. Cafes and restaurants showcase local cuisine and there is even an emerging craft beer scene to discover. Nuuk is easily explored on foot and there will be plenty of options for you to choose from today.

Day 3 — Paamiut, Greenland

The small town of Paamiut has existed since the mid-17th century and the name means 'the people who live at the mouth' referring to the nearby fjord. The town is home to a beautiful and ornate wooden church (Fredenskirche), all the more remarkable when you consider there are no trees in Greenland to provide timber for construction. A circle of five old structures make up the town museum. At the center is the former Governor's House built in 1839 and local artisans offer textiles and other traditional crafts for sale. The town and surrounding area are best known for the resident population of white-tailed eagles which we hope to see, while minke, fin, humpback and killer whales (orca) are known to inhabit this stretch of coastline.

Day 4 — Bredefjord and Narsaq

The coast of western Greenland is famous for icebergs which are formed by calving glaciers which snake their way towards the coast from the vast ice sheet that covers 80% of the entire landmass. Today is our first opportunity to observe glaciers at close quarters as we navigate 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.

Day 5 — Narsasuaq and Itelleq

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 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 6 — 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 it has a sheer granite face of more than hals 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 one final stroll through the colorful houses and town buildings. Tonight, we set sail for Canada.

Day 7 — At Sea - Davis Strait towards Canada

We awaken to the vast expanse of the Davis Strait, which separates Greenland from Canada. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife, history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. This is an important migration corridor for birds and whales, and we keep our eyes out for signs of wildlife from the outer decks. Enjoy the wonderful facilities onboard the ship, spend time with the photography guide or relax with a book or your journal. If atmospheric conditions cooperate, there is a chance of viewing the Aurora Borealis this evening.

Day 8 — 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 9 — Red Bay, Labrador

Almost 500 years after the Vikings were known to have established their North American presence, it was visitors from southern Europe who were to put Red Bay on the map. Sailors from the Basque region of southern France and northern Spain sailed across the Atlantic every season in pursuit of the abundant right whale and bowhead whale populations. Today it is considered an important underwater archaeological site and was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. There is an excellent interpretive centre to learn about the early whaling era and on nearby Saddle Island, relics remain from the period. A hiking trail allows for a complete exploration of the island, while the sheltered waters are ideal for the sea kayakers.

Day 10 — Woody Point - Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

This morning we are anchored in majestic Bonne Bay, just offshore from the small community of Woody Point. 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.

Day 11 — Ramea, Newfoundland

The southern coastline of Newfoundland is dotted with small islands, home to small communities known as outports and only accessible by boat. Today we explore the historic town of Ramea providing a quintessential Newfoundland experience. The islands were known to Europeans as early as the 1500s and Captain James Cook charted the location in 1766. The small town is best explored on foot and there are some great hikes in the vicinity, including the high point of Man-O-War Hill, providing sweeping views, or to the century old lighthouse. The protected waters are best explored by Zodiac and this is a great location to explore by sea kayak. This is an important migratory bird flyway and is home to a variety of resident seabird species including two known puffin colonies. The puffin is the mascot of the town. 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 south towards Cape Breton and our 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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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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Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single Supplement for twin and superior cabins is 1.5 times the twin rate & single supplement for suites is double the suite rate.

In the Canadian Arctic, charter flights are required to get to the start and finish points of the voyage. Ottawa is the gateway for Kangerlussuaq (Greenland). Edmonton is the gateway for Cambridge Bay.

All cabins are smoke-free. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
Trip cost does not include Mandatory Charter Flights listed in pricing chart.
Airfare to/from destination is not included.

Kayaking option available for $695 per person (maximum 30 participants). Kayaking is complimentary on 'Canada’s East Coast – Fins and Fiddles' departures.
Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.
Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

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   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
Located on Deck 3 these cabins feature the option for a double or two single beds and a third Pullman berth, which can fold out from the wall if required. A sectional lounge is placed by the portholes with a 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