Explore Labrador and the Torngat Mountains
10 Nights / 11 Days • Expedition Cruising
This voyage links several fascinating historic locations on Canada’s east coast, including a Viking settlement, a French-built fortress, several remote mission locations and isolated fishing ports.
- Gros Morne National Park – this stunning landscape is one of Newfoundland & Labrador’s most well-known images – and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- L’Anse Aux Meadows – home to North America’s first Viking settlement
Battle Harbour – an important historic community dotted with colourful buildings and spectacular views
- Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve – this truly incredible landscape is one of Canada’s national treasures; walrus and polar bears abound and the land is of great spiritual importance to the Inuit peoples.
- Nachvak Fjord is another stunning place; with rocky walls almost 900 meters high
- 10 nights on board One Ocean Expedition’s Akademik Sergey Vavilov
- Guided hikes and walks led by naturalist and expedition guides
- All shore excursions and landings
- All meals including 24 hour coffee/tea
- Wet weather gear including rubber boots
- Educational presentations as well as the hospitality staff and an ER trained English speaking physician
- Access to the multimedia room and download stations
US$3,800 + US$1000
(Expedition + Charter flight)
Price is per person, based on triple occupancy.
Departs July 24 – Aug 3, 2019
See below for other dates and room options.
DAY 1 - Louisburg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Our adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. We board the ship in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of local lobster as we sail out past the lighthouse, into the North Atlantic and on to Newfoundland and Labrador.
DAY 2 - Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland)
This morning we are anchored off the tiny fishing community of Trout River, the access point into Gros Morne National Park. Our zodiacs take us ashore and we are transferred by bus for a visit to the World Heritage-listed Tablelands. This incredible location is notable for its unique geology and exceptional scenery. We explore the boreal wetland landscape, featuring dramatic rock ridges, pitcher plants, and white-throated sparrows. We might encounter the iconic moose as we explore the park. We re-board the ship in the afternoon and continue our voyage northwards.
DAY 3 - L’Anse aux Meadows
A millennium ago, Viking long-ships would have been found along the beach of L’Anse aux Meadows. After all, this is where Norseman, Leif Erikson, son of Eric the Red, is thought to have founded “Vinland” around 1000 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 five hundred years prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus.
DAY 4 - Battle Harbour
Battle Harbour was one of the first British settlements on the east coast of the Americas and was an important gateway to the rich Labrador fisheries. We venture ashore to explore the restored fishing, whaling, commercial buildings found in this remote community. The colourful buildings make for fantastic photographic subjects amid the backdrop of breathtaking coastal views.
DAY 5 - Hopedale
The ancient rocks of the Canadian Shield (the exposed portion of the Earth’s crust) cradle the small coastal hamlet of Hopedale. This remarkable geological feature, estimated to be up to 4 billion years old, greets us as we sail through narrow channels and weigh anchor off Hopedale. We venture ashore by zodiac to visit the Hopedale Moravian Mission which was built in 1782. It’s a fascinating place and we learn of the influence of the early Moravian missionaries on the Inuit people of Northern Labrador.
DAY 6 - Hebron
Today we enjoy a visit to the historic town of Hebron, once the northernmost settlement in Labrador. The Moravian missionaries established Hebron in the early 1830s and the Germanic influence is clearly seen in the architecture. The Mission was closed and the local Inuit families relocated in 1959, but the original buildings still stand today. This is another designated National Historic Site. We will hope to meet Buddy and Jenny, Nunatsiavut Government ambassadors, who have been looking after the historic site for years and have many absorbing stories to tell.
DAY 7 - Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve
Midway through our exploration of Newfoundland and Labrador, our attention turns to the magnificent wilderness of the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve. The Park was established in 2005 and covers almost 10,000 square kilometers of Northern Labrador. It is home to Canada’s highest mountains east of the Rockies, and features breathtaking fjords, glacial systems and stunning landscapes. The Inuktitut word “Torngait” means “place of spirits”; these mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for over 7500 years and are of great spiritual importance to these peoples. Polar bears hunt seals along the coast, and caribou herds cross paths as they migrate to and from their calving grounds. There are some terrific opportunities to explore the area on foot and along the shoreline in the zodiacs.
DAY 7 - Nachvak Fjord
Nachvak Fjord is exceptionally beautiful. The fjord is deep and narrow and stretches more than 20 kilometers. The rocky walls of the fjord soar almost 900 meters above us at several points. Many species migrate through the area during the short boreal summer. Numerous seal species may be encountered including ring, hooded, harp and harbour seals. Minke whales have been known to linger in the fjords, while larger species, including fin and humpback, tend to stay offshore. This is an outstanding location for landscape photography with endless subjects, a dynamic colour range, and interesting lighting.
DAY 8 - Coastal Labrador
As we reach the far northern stretches of coastal Labrador, we learn of the remarkable events at Martin Bay. Here a German U-boat made the only known armed landing in North America during World War Two. In 1943, U-537 sat at anchor here, while the crew man-handled ashore and established an automated weather station. This station remained undiscovered until the late 1970’s when a German historian came across a reference to it in the German naval archives. The equipment was collected by the Canadian Coast Guard in the early 1980’s and is on permanent display in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. We visit the Button Islands before sailing into southern Davis Strait. Named after Thomas Button who explored the area in 1612, the islands are in the middle of the upwelling of nutrients on the edge of the continental shelf. This action makes it a magnet for thousands of seabirds and other marine mammals.
DAY 10 - Frobisher Bay
Today we will sail across the mouth of Frobisher Bay and make landfall on Monumental Island, a small, steep-sided outcrop off the southeast coast of Baffin Island. Here we are on the lookout for polar bears and walrus that live around the island in an uneasy truce. While polar bears have been known to attack and kill young walrus, they are no match for a fully-grown male walrus, especially in the water. We enjoy our final zodiac cruise here and tonight we reflect on the last 10-days of exploration while enjoying a sumptuous farewell dinner, attended by the Captain of the ship. During the night the ship will negotiate the narrow channels of Frobisher Bay on the way to our disembarkation point, Iqaluit, capital of the province of Nunavut.
DAY 11 - Departure day - Iqaluit to Ottawa
We bid farewell to our crew and disembark the ship by zodiac and, after a short tour of Iqaluit (if time and tides permit), we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Ottawa. On arrival in Ottawa, an airport transfer is provided to a central downtown location.
Triple Share $3,695.00
Semi Private $4,695.00
Twin Private $6,295.00
Shackleton Suite $8,295.00
One Ocean Suite $9,895.00
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Expedition Cruising relies on many factors such as weather, water and ice conditions. Therefore, while the captain and crew make every possible effort to follow the posted itinerary, there are sometimes necessary changes made for the safety and enjoyment of the passengers on board. This is the nature of expedition cruising.
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