Cast off on an exceptional Arctic-bound voyage, exploring a Viking settlement, a French-built fortress at Louisbourg, and remote mission locations and fishing ports. Journey north from the temperate Maritimes climates to the Arctic, where communities of Nunatsiavut people live along Labrador's coast. Marvel at Torngat Mountains National Park - home to the highest mountains east of the Rockies, and a jewel of the Canadian National Park network. With days spent onshore exploring dramatic wilderness and navigation through remote bays and fjords, this is small-ship expedition cruising at its best.
Voyage north along the Labrador's wild coast, exploring historic Viking and Basque settlements
Take in the wonders of Torngat Mountains National Park with its towering peaks and deep fjords
Hike the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and enjoy daily off-ship excursions along the coast
Begin in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia with time to explore the Fortress of Louisbourg. Board the expedition ship in the late afternoon and settle into your cabin before gathering with your expedition team and trip mates. Enjoy a welcome dinner of fantastic local lobster as we sail out past the lighthouse into the North Atlantic.
Spend an epic day in the park, transferring first by Zodiac and bus to the incredible World Heritage-listed Tablelands. Here, the Earth's mantle is exposed on the surface - pushed up over millions of years by the movement of tectonic plates. Its unique geology and exceptional scenery is world-renowned. Next, explore the boreal wetland landscape, featuring dramatic rock ridges, pitcher plants, white-throated sparrows and potentially an iconic moose. Continuing north through the park, visit Discovery Centre before arriving at the majestic Bonne Bay to meet the ship.
Spend another unforgettable day on the shores where Vikings boarded long-ships a millennium ago. L'Anse aux Meadows is one of Canada's UNESCO World Heritage Sites - it is where Norseman, Leif Erikson is thought to have founded "Vinland" around 1000 AD. Explore reconstructed sod huts and Norse ruins with the guidance of the site's resident archaeologist. Learn about surprising evidence that shows the Vikings discovered North America five hundred years before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.
Arrive in the province of Labrador, where lies the remote community of Battle Harbour. This was one of the first British settlements on the east coast of the Americas. It was an important gateway to the rich Labrador fisheries. Explore its colorful buildings and restored fishing centers, taking photographs with breathtaking coastal view backdrops.
Approach Hopedale and be greeted by the ancient rocks of the Canadian Shield (the exposed portion of the Earth's crust), which cradle this small coastal hamlet. Venture ashore to visit the Canadian National Historic Site, Hopedale Moravian Mission. Built in 1782, it is said to be the oldest building east of Quebec. Learn the history of this fascinating place where the early Moravian missionaries held influence on the Inuit people. Visit a local museum, and look at local Inuit carvings and crafts available for purchase.
Go deeper into regional history in Hebron, once the northernmost settlement in Labrador. Learn how the Moravian missionaries established it in the early 1830's and look at the clear Germanic influence in the architecture. This is another designated National Historic Site. Have the chance to meet Buddy and Jenny, Nunatsiavut Government ambassadors, who have been looking after it for years. They have a fascinating story to tell.
Sail into the magnificent wilderness of Saglek Fjord, gateway to Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve. Marvel at towering peaks, breathtaking fjords, and remnant glacial systems. Be enchanted by this magical wonderland, which is deeply important in the Inuit spirit world. In these mountains, home to the Inuit and their predecessors for thousands of years, polar bears hunt seals along the coast, and caribou herds migrate to their calving grounds. While hiking, keep an eye out for blooming wildflowers and bears feasting on local berries.
Tour through the exceptionally beautiful Nachvak Fjord, which is deep, narrow and more than 12.5 miles in length. The rocky walls of the fjord sometimes soar to almost 3,000 feet. Delight in a wonderland of wildlife, including many species of birds, seals, and perhaps even small whales. This is an outstanding location for landscape photography with endless subjects, a dynamic color range, and beautiful lighting.
Reach the far northern stretches of coastal Labrador, learning of the remarkable events at Martin Bay. Here, a German U-boat made the only known armed landing in North America during WWII. Then visit the Button Islands before sailing into southern Davis Strait. View thousands of seabirds and other marine mammals in the nutrient-dense waters.
Sail across the mouth of Frobisher Bay and to Monumental Island, a small, steep-sided outcrop off the coast of Baffin Island. Look out 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. Enjoy a final Zodiac cruise here, then reflect on the voyage while enjoying a sumptuous farewell dinner, attended by the Captain of the ship.
Bid farewell to the crew and disembark in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. Iqaluit has a vibrant Inuit culture where residents balance traditional and modern life. Take a short tour of Iqaluit (if time and tides permit) then transfer to the airport for the flight back to Ottawa.
MT Sobek's Polar Value Promise means we offer in-house services to help plan and execute you polar adventure for no added cost.
We can help you book in advance to secure a spot on this sell-out trip. Only one departure per year!
We choose ships and operators that maintain a high level of commitment to safety, people, value, quality, environment, well-being, and customer service
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Small-ship expedition cruising with cultural excursions to historic towns and settlements, expert guides, wildlife experiences, hiking, and Zodiac cruising. Optional kayaking for a fee.
Stylish and well-appointed expedition ships offer a comfortable and safe way to explore the Labrador coast. Enjoy healthy cuisine and wellness services onboard.
Mild, coastal summer conditions. Daytime temperatures range from 42°F in Iqaluit to 65°F in Louisbourg. Fog and precipitation are common.
Plan to arrive in Sydney, Nova Scotia on the day before the trip begins. Hotel accommodations are not included, but we can help reserve for you. We recommend Cambridge Suites.
On the morning of Day 1, there will be a group transfer (45 minutes) from the Cambridge Suites in Sydney to Louisbourg.
The group flight returns in the late afternoon. Plan your outbound flight for the next day. Transfer included from the Ottawa airport to a central downtown location, but hotel is not included.
The ship will be navigating in both protected waters and some open waters. No rough conditions are expected. If you do tend to get seasick, we recommend that you bring seasickness medication.
Large variety of options at buffet breakfasts and buffet lunches. Dinners include plated entree choices (including vegetarian), appetizers, and desserts. Full-bar onboard payable with an onboard account.
Each guest will have use of a complimentary rental package including a quality waterproof/windproof jacket, bib-pants, and insulated rubber boots. Includes binoculars, a waterproof backpack, and a walking stick.
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