Greenland and Atlantic Canada - Expedition of History, Culture and Nature (Itinerary 2)
About Nova Scotia
- Discover stunning landscapes, including the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord
- Meet local Inuit during visits to remote yet welcoming communities
- Get a fascinating in-depth look at the cultures and histories of Greenland and Canada
- Enjoy opportunities to see wildlife such as whales and a variety of seabirds
- Flight in coach class from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq
- Transfer in Kangerlussuaq from the airport to the ship
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
- À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with current scientific research
- Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
- Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
- Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
- Escorted landings with small explorer boats
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
- No gratuities expected
Toward the World’s Largest Island - Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Starting with a flight from Copenhagen, you arrive late in the evening at the international airport in Kangerlussuaq. After a transfer to the port and embarkation on your expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen, we will sail almost the entire length of the fjord (118 miles) before reaching the open sea.
`The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens’ - Sisimiut
Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland, situated 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It is a modern, growing settlement with a history that goes back 4,500 years. The town´s name translates as `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens.´ Visit the museum, shop for handicrafts, or hike in the hills.
Where Icebergs are Born - Ilulissat
The stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord has earned it the designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These ice masses originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest-moving and most productive glaciers in the world.
Exploration day Vaigat Sound - Vaigat Sound
We now arrive at the northernmost point in our itinerary. There are several excellent landing sites in Vaigat Sound, offering views of breathtaking landscape and Arctic flora. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day.
Exploration Day - Evighed Fjord
On one side of the meandering Evighed Fjord is an ice cap that often crashes massive chunks of ice into the water. Around us are the highest mountains in West Greenland with peaks up to 6,600 feet high, sometimes swirling with mist. Conditions on the day will determine the final program and the range of activities on offer by the Expedition Team.
Capital of Greenland - Nuuk
Nuuk is the oldest town in the nation, founded in 1728. It has a beautiful setting at the mouth of one of most spectacular fjord systems in the world. This is a place where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in `Kolonihaven´ to the modern architecture of the Greenland Home Rule era.
Labrador Sea - Labrador Sea
We leave Greenland and head for open sea. We will cross the southern part of the Labrador Sea, sailing toward Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Wind down and watch the waves aboard the ship or enjoy a lecture from the Expedition Team.
An Inuit and Settler Community - Makkovik
Our first call in Canada is this welcoming town in northern Labrador populated by 360 people from diverse backgrounds and heritage. Visit the White Elephant Museum and learn more about the mixed history here, stroll through the inspiring Poet's Path, or hike along the boardwalk for stunning views of icebergs and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Southernmost Inuit Community in the World - Rigolet
Located on Hamilton Inlet and nestled in a sheltered cove at the entrance to Lake Melville, this picturesque town is the southernmost officially recognized Inuit community in the world and we will learn about its unique traditions and history. Minke (known locally as 'grumpus') and humpback whales are also commonly observed in the nearby waters.
Canada’s Hidden but Rich Maritime History - Red Bay
Preserved in the ice-cold waters, the remains of several 17th century Basque whaling ships have led to the town being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the local museum that documents this interesting history or take the trail up to Tracey Hill for scenic views, and where, legends say, pirate captain Kidd buried treasure.
A Classic Canadian City - Corner Brook
Located at the mouth of the Bay of Islands and Humber River, Corner Brook is the second largest city in the province and local to the core. Explore the city center or enjoy its many walking trails along the Humber River, decorated at this time of year with vibrant autumn leaves.
Relaxing Day - At Sea
Our adventure is drawing to an end. Spend time with the other guests and the Expedition Team reviewing the many exciting experiences you shared during our voyage together.
End of the Expedition - Halifax
Our journey comes to an end in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, which features red-brick heritage buildings, parks, a landmark citadel, some world-class museums, and a 2-mile seafront boardwalk. If you can, we definitely recommend spending extra time exploring here with our Post-program before you head home.