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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. 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.
Duration: 12 Days
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 11 nights – RCGS Resolute. Once on-board you will meet the expedition team and following welcome drinks and dinner, we depart Iceland bound for Greenland and Canada.
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 on-board 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 on-board the ship, look for wildlife on the outer decks or relax with a book or your journal.
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 100km long and in numerous places only 500 metres 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.
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 70km long, the place to be is on the outer decks of the ship with your camera. The highest peak is over 1800m and has a sheer granite face of more than a kilometre. This is nature at her most powerful. We return to the small town of Nanortalik and venture into the pretty harbour in the Zodiacs for a stroll through the colourful houses in town.
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 Narsarsuaqand 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 colourful village, ice filled fjords, green fields and mountainous backdrop.
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 centre 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.
While sailing south towards Newfoundland our on-board 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 on-board experts entertain us with interactive presentations and lively discussions. Spend some time at the multimedia computers downloading and backing up your precious images.
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 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 some five hundred years prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus.
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 Centre 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.
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.
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.
|01 Jul 2020 - 12 Jul 2020||$4995 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|Main Deck Triple Cabin||$4995 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|Twin Private Cabin||$6495 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|Superior Cabin||$7495 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|Superior Plus Cabin||$7695 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|Shackleton Suite||$8995 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|One Ocean Suite||$10895 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
Located on Deck 3, two single beds, sofa lounge (that can convert into an additional single bed), writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities and flat screen entertainment system.
Located on Deck 4, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge adjacent to a large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment.
Located on Deck 5, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge adjacent to a large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment.
Located on Deck 5, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge, large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment system.
Located on Deck 6, two single beds or queen bed, sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, washroom facilities with shower, flat screen entertainment system, upgraded linens and pillows.
Situated on Deck 6, queen size bed, upgraded linens and pillows, comfortable sectional lounge with club chairs, large desk, expansive floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, spacious washroom facilities with shower and bathtub and flat screen entertainment system.
*Expedition gear package
Included in the expedition, you will have free use of essential gears needed for the trip. This package includes quality waterproof/windproof jacket, insulated rubber boots, and a set of binoculars.