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A 21-day itinerary into the pristine wilderness of Canada & Greenland. Set sail from the vibrant city of Toronto and see for yourself remarkable wildlife from the impressive sight of whales to majestic reindeers and musk oxen. The voyage takes you in the natural beauty of North Canada’s coastline and in many places such as Norris Point, Battle Harbour and Hudson Strait before navigating to Greenland and the stunning landscapes around Ilulissat and Sisimiut.
Day 1-2: Depart from Toronto & Cruising on Lake Ontario
Day 3: Montreal
Day 4-5: At Sea & Tadoussac
Day 6-7: At Sea & Norris Point, Newfoundland
Day 8-11: Labrador
Day 12-15: At Sea & the Hudson Strait
Day 16: Cruising off Monumental Island
Day 17-20: At Sea & Western coast of Greenland
Day 21: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
The adventure starts from Toronto where you will embark the ship at 10 pm and navigate through Lake Ontario along the Thousand Islands – an archipelago of more than 1,800 islands. It is one of the most scenic spots in Ontario.
Montréal is a francophone metropolis located on an island in the St Lawrence River. While Toronto is Canada’s economic capital, Montréal is the country’s cultural centre. You can go to the mountain of Mont Royal to enjoy the view of the city and the remarkable Notre-Dame Basilica. Another fascinating sight will be in the Laurentian Mountains. Contemplate the endless forests and intense- blue lakes accessible for excursions such as the Mont Tremblant winter sports resort. You can visit popular sight from the Old Port to the vibrant Atwater Market.
You will spend the next day at sea on the St. Lawrence River Tadoussac – Canada’s oldest village founded in 1535. The region is known of its whale watching site on St. Lawrence Fjord and you can spot blue, fin and humpback whales. Alternatively, you can go hiking on the Sentier du Fjord trail, one of Quebec’s most stunning hiking routes and can be performed during the voyage.
The expedition takes you through the Gulf of St. Lawrence and follows a passage to reach Norris Point in Newfoundland. This attractive town in Bonne Bay and is the starting point for amazing tours. Gros Morne National Park is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and a pristine place for hiking to majestic table mountains as well as the fishing village of Lobster Cove Head. You can also take advantage of the view from a boat trip in Bonne Bay.
As you travel further north and leave civilisation behind, the journey will reveal an untouched wilderness. In fact, there are only a few tourists visiting Labrador. You will visit the villages of Red Bay and Battle Harbour and discover the region’s grand history of fishing. If the local authority allows it, you could travel the Inuit community of Rigolet.
You will continue the expedition through the Labrador Sea and enjoy its scenic views as you head further north to the famous Hudson Strait. Akpatok Island is one of the unpopulated islands in the region and its steep rocky coasts are the perfect backdrop for potential polar bear sightings. Onboard a Zodiac, you will explore many places such as the rocky hills of Sugluk Bay. Diana Island will also be visited and is home to remarkable wildlife from the musk oxen to the majestic reindeer.
This day will be filled with a spectacular event on Monumental Island. You will have the chance to be on a Zodiac and land on the island for a face-to-face with the majestic walruses.
The voyage will continue into the natural beauty Greenland – the largest island in the world. The first destination is Qeqertarsuaq. As you approach the coast, you will discover picturesque landscapes of the natural harbour and colourful houses. The next place will be the charming coastal town of Ilulissat where you will reach many places such as the old settlement of Sermermiut and admire dramatic icebergs slowly drifting through the water.
You will arrive at Kangerlussuaq. You can either go home in a charter flight or decide to spend a few extra days in this pristine part of the world.
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