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Day 1: Leaving for Greenland
The flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland will take about 5 hours. You arrive at Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. You will spot the majestic fjord, located at the estuary of the Qinnguata Kuussua river. You will embark on the cruise ship and depart for the experience of your life.
Day 2: Exploring Maniitsoq area
The day is for you to explore the area around Maniitsoq. The town is the 6th largest in Greenland with a population of fewer than 3,000 inhabitants. You can contemplate the sublime Eternity Fjord and gigantic glaciers that the area can offer.
Various activities are available: you could go hiking, kayaking or cruising on smaller boats. Wildlife abounds in Maniitsoq and you could spot Humpback whales. They are particularly playful and love to show off aerial acrobatics and tail whips.
Day 3: Fjord of Kapisillit
Your journey will take you to a small settlement of under 100 people called Kapisillit. It means salmon in the Greenlandic language and it refers to the belief that the only spawning-ground for salmon in Greenland is a river near the settlement.
The Nuuk fjord is the highlight of the day. Nuuk is surrounded by a huge fjord system, with a lot of hidden gems to be explored. It is the largest fjord system in Western Greenland. Go hiking and see the majestic reindeers and other beauty of nature.
Day 4: Nuuk, Capital of Greenland
We will then travel to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and the oldest town. It houses the Greenland National Museum where you can see the “Greenland Mummies” from Qilakilsoq, discovered in 1972. The capital has a university, a teacher’s training college, and churches. Nuuk Cathedral or Church of Our Saviour is a wooden Lutheran cathedral in the Old Nuuk neighbourhood. It was established in 1849.
Nuuk is a city of vitality, surrounded by an immense nature. It is a place where history and traditions remain strong in this growing city, but it also has diverse influences and modern twists.
Day 5: Ivittuut, the Ghost Town
The expedition brings you to an abandoned mining town, Ivittuut. Vikings settled about 20 farms when they arrived more than a thousand years ago. The archaeologists believe it was the last settlement established as there are no written records of its residents.
Day 6: Uunartoq Island & Hvalsey Church
Hot springs in Greenland are a common natural phenomenon, but the uninhabited island of Uunartoq is the only place where the springs are warm enough to bathe in. They are set in a completely natural environment in the middle of a grassy field. Enjoy the hot springs and a picturesque view of the surrounding mountains and drifted icebergs!
Not far from the hot springs, you will get to visit Hvalsey Church in the abandoned Greenlandic Norse settlement of Hvalsey. The last written record was a wedding hosted by the Church of Thorstein Olafsson and Sigrid Björnsdóttir on September 1408. It is the finest preserved Norse ruins in Greenland.
Day 7: Qassiarsuq, Viking Erik the Red’s hideout
The next day will lead you towards Qassiarsuk. Its economy is based on sheep husbandry and farming. You can join a guided walk through the settlement, where you will learn more about the history of the region. Green fields dotted with white sheep, flourishing vegetation and busy farmsteads bring a colourful and vibrant contrast to the icescapes at sea.
Day 8-9: Sailing in North Atlantic Ocean
You will cross the Northern Atlantic Ocean to Canada. This time at sea is a great opportunity to share with your fellow travellers about what you have seen so far. Admire the open sea on the decks, breathe in the salt air and feel the wind. You can spot majestic icebergs on the way, as well as birds and mammals and even whales.
Day 10: A remote town set in a natural harbour
You arrive in St. Anthony, a town on the Great Northern Peninsula of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This place is set in a natural harbour and is a popular tourist destination for its whale watching. Hike up to the viewing platform or try the Whale Watching trail for a picturesque view of the area.
The region benefits of a prosperous wildlife where black bear, coyote, wolf, snowshoe hare or Arctic hare can be spotted. On the sea, you could contemplate many whales as well as seal, dolphins and porpoises.
Day 11: Red Bay – Whales hunting
Your next trip is Red Bay, a fishing village in Labrador and a natural harbour, both names are in reference to the red granite cliffs of the region. Between 1550 and the early 17th century, Red Bay was a centre for whaling operations. French and Spanish sailors were sent to catch right whales and bowhead whales that populated the waters to produce the oil that lit the lamps of Europe.
You can go hiking along the beach and get into the Interpretation Center where it showcases collections of whalebones. A trip to Saddle Island will reveal remnants of ovens, where the precious oil was extracted from the whales.
Day 12-13: Bonne Bay – A pearl in Newfoundland
Bonne Bay is in Newfoundland, the western side has some of the most beautiful bays in the area. It has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the geological uniqueness and outstanding nature. Indeed, the Tablelands Mountains in Gros Morne National Park is one among many scenic landscapes that can be visited in the area. The wildlife is rich in diversity and it is likely to observe moose, caribou, fox, black bears, ptarmigans and eagle.
Day 14: A little of France in North America
You will pursue your voyage in St. Pierre and Miquelon, a French archipelago in the South of the Canadian island of Newfoundland. Even though it is 4000 km away from Paris, you will be surprised to see that the inhabitants have not forgotten their traditions and habits. Everything is reminiscent of France, from cars clearly dominated by Peugeots and Renaults, to bakeries/patisseries where you will find the traditional French cakes such as macarons, chocolate éclairs and others.
The museum offers bilingual Tours at the National Museum, “Musée de l'Arche”. There is also a tiny island called Grand Colombier, an ideal place for bird watchers as it is home to more than 100.000 breeding pairs of Leach´s storm petrels.
Day 15: Saint John, a city full of character
Your last destination is St. John’s on Newfoundland island, the most easterly city in North America. It is a city full of character with its narrow streets and hidden alleyways. Having played a role in the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812; St. John’s, therefore, has a rich history. You can also visit the Basilica of St. John the Baptist and explore the surrounding area, with its stunning landscapes and picturesque views before returning home.
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