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From the geysers of Iceland to the deep fjords of Greenland, through to the rugged wilderness of Canada; this trip has it all. Spot whales, polar bears, black bears and the world’s largest caribou herds. Gaze up into the night sky, where you may be rewarded with an enchanting display of Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights. Zodiac cruise past enormous calving glaciers, majestic icebergs and jagged mountain peaks, and discover remote Inuit communities and ancient Viking sites ashore.
Day 1 – Reykjavic, Iceland
Day 2 – Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 3 – Westman Islands, Iceland
Days 4 & 5 – At Sea
Day 6 – Prince Christian South, Southeast Greenland
Day 7 – Tasermiut Fjord, Klosterdal, Nanortalik, South Greenland
Day 8 – Narsarsuaq and Uunartoq, South Greenland
Day 9 – Hvalsey church ruin and Qaqortoq, South Greenland
Days 10 & 11 – At Sea
Day 12 – George River (Kangiqsualujjuaq), Newfoundland & Labrador, East Coast Canada
Days 13 & 14 – Torngat Mountains National Park, Newfoundland & Labrador, East Coast Canada
Day 15 – At Sea
Day 16 – Nain, Newfoundland & Labrador, East Coast Canada
Day 17 – Hopedale, Newfoundland & Labrador, East Coast Canada
Day 18 - Battle Harbour, Newfoundland & Labrador, East Coast Canada
Day 19 – L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland & Labrador, East Coast Canada
Day 20 - Twilingate, Newfoundland & Labrador, East Coast Canada
Day 21 – St John’s Newfoundland
Relax in the included pre-expedition hotel in Reykjavik, and enjoy your time at leisure in this historic city.
You will visit the Thingvellir National Park, designated as a World Heritage site. Discover the unique tectonic and volcanic environment and learn about the history of the area, where the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century. You then head to the mesmerising Gullfoss waterfall, known to be one of those most spectacular in Iceland, before transferring to the port. Arrive on board the Greg Mortimer to a warm welcome from the expedition team.
Today you will explore the spectacular Westman Islands, located off the south coast of Iceland. You will have the option of a guided walking tour of Heimaey to visit the Eldfell volcano. Or alternatively enjoy a city tour to discover historic Viking houses, see the cinder cone volcanoes Helfagfell and Eldfell, and visit the Eldheimar museum to learn about the eruption which formed Surtsey Island.
Enjoy a variety of fascinating presentations from the onboard expert expedition team in which you will learn about volcanology and geothermal activity and prepare you for your landings at Greenland. As you cross the Greenland Sea, you will get to know your fellow travellers, relax and enjoy the onboard facilities.
The Captain steers the ship into wonderful Prince Christian Sound. This channel is located in southern Greenland and is approximately 100 kilometres long and can be just 500 meters wide in places. The region is surrounded by spectacular cliffs, high jagged mountains and a myriad of mystical waterfalls and enormous calving glaciers which produce magical icebergs. You will enjoy a slow ship cruise through the sound, to admire the beauty and capture amazing photographs. Weather allowing, you may make a Zodiac landing to explore the glacier at Kangersuneq Qinngorleq fjord, with its crystalline waters also an inviting opportunity for kayak exploration. Photographers will also enjoy seeing the remote settlement of Appilatoq and its surrounding jagged mountain spires and peaks.
Today you will discover one of Greenland’s most stunning fjords at Tasermiut Fjord, keeping watch for minke whales which frequent the area. There may be an opportunity to hike or kayak amongst the huge mountains and valleys of Klosterdal. You sail through the spectacular fjords, heading to Nanortalik, where you will be offered the warmest of welcomes from the local community as you visit their colourful town. See the petite timber Nanortalik Church, built just over 100 years ago. Explorer the museum with fascinating exhibits and learn more about Inuit history and how they survive in such a secluded environment.
Explore Norse ruins, Inuit graves and ancient farm buildings in Narsarsuaq. You will explore Uunartoq Island, famed for having the only hot springs in the country suitable for bathing, which you can enjoy. It’s a captivating island, with humans having enjoyed these springs for over 1,000 years, once thought to heal the sick with their medicinal properties. You can also explore historical remains, dating back for 500 years and see communal graves in the area.
Visit the best-preserved Norse ruin in Greenland, the 14th-century Hvalsey Church. The voyage will head to Qaqortoq, the most populous town in southern Greenland. Art enthusiasts will take delight in seeing over 40 sculptures throughout the town as part of the Stone & Man project, designed to turn Qaqortoq into an open-air art gallery. Other possible events may include a kayak performance or even perhaps a guided walk through the area with local students. Sample the local Greenlandic cuisine or enjoy the serenity and rugged beauty of Qaqortoq lake.
Relax and enjoy the onboard facilities of the Greg Mortimer as the crew lead you to the wild and remote east coast of Canada. There will be a variety of interesting talks to enjoy onboard to prepare you for landings, where a vast untouched wilderness awaits.
Over the next few days, you will explore some of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful landscapes in the Torngat Mountains National Park, led by your expert expedition team aboard Zodiacs. The park covers an area of a staggering 9,700 kilometres of mountainous wilderness, in which you may spot polar bear and herds of caribou. 80% of the Earth’s geological history can be found in this region, with the park being famously known for its giant rock formations that are 3.9 billion years old, spiralling mountain peaks (which are the largest east of the Rockies), deep glaciated U-shaped valleys and stunningly blue glaciated lakes.
Your expedition crew and Captain will evaluate local weather and tidal conditions to get the very best from your time here, maximising any opportunity to spot polar bear hunting or make Zodiac landings to special regions of the park. For the real icing on the cake, you may want to look up to the sky at night. The autumnal days mean that you may spot the exhilarating dancing green flurries of light, Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.
You will sail south to Nain, where you can enjoy free time to enjoy the onboard facilities of the Greg Mortimer. Share stories and photos with your fellow travellers, relax in the lounge and bars onboard or unwind in the wellness centre. The expert guides will continue to offer fascinating presentations to prepare you for landings in Newfoundland.
Today you will discover Nain, the most northerly community in Nunatsiavut. Originating in the 18th century by Moravian Missionaries, Nain was a significant outpost for their missionizing efforts, where today you can witness traces of their history. You will explore the area in small groups on a guided walking tour. Visit the Moravian church, fascinating Illusuak Cultural Centre and the Torngrat Arts & Crafts shop. Weather and time allowing, you may trek to Mount Sophie alongside local Inuit bear guards, to enjoy lovely views and capture panoramic photographs.
Known previously as Arvertok, or ‘the place of whales’, Hopedale is the legislative capital of the Nunatsiavut Government. You will see some of the oldest timber-framed buildings in Canada, alongside interesting structures and artefacts left by the Moravian Missionaries. Visit a local museum to see an arrange of written works and artefacts from the 18th century, and walk through the Assembly building where you can see seal-skin seating and labradorite stone tiling.
Today you will discover a National Historic Site of Canada, the restored fishing village of Battle Harbour. It’s history dates to the mid-1700s and was formerly the salt fish capital of the world. You will explore the area with local experts and walk amongst the sub-arctic landscape and rock formations, potentially spotting orca.
Discover the excavated remains of a complete Viking settlement dating to around the year 1000 at L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will learn fascinating tales about how the Norse colonies thrived under harsh conditions. There may be an opportunity to discover the story of Sir. Wilfred Grenfell, the famous doctor who risked his own life to bring healthcare to the remote Inuit communities along the Labrador Coast in the early 1900s.
As your adventure of a lifetime reaches its conclusion, you will awaken to views of awe-inspiring Twillingate, known as the ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’. The stunning coastline presents lots of opportunities for discovery, where adventurers can revel in hiking, or you may opt to visit different attractions with local experts including Auk Island Winery, the Prime Berth, Long Point Lighthouse and the Twillingate Museum.
Arriving into St John’s and returning to civilisation, following breakfast, you bid farewell to your fellow explorers, newfound friends and the expedition team. Time allowing, we would recommend spending extra time in St. John’s. It’s a fascinating seaport synonymous with exploration and offers a seafaring history dating hundreds of years. Sample the local bistros and pubs, amble through the picturesque streets awash with colour and discover the many historic and cultural gems of the city.
The Greg Mortimer is named after the Australian polar explorer, mountaineer and Aurora founder, Greg Mortimer. Its the first ship in a series of landmark, purpose-built Polar Expedition ships for Aurora and features a state-of-the-art 'x-bow design', which has a piercing effect on smaller waves, making for a much smoother voyage.
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