Overview

Day 1 - Copenhagen
Day 2 - Kangerlussuaq 
Day 3 - Evighedsfjorden
Day 4 - Nuuk
Day 5 - Arsuk Fjord
Day 6 - South Greenland 
Days 7 -8 - At Sea
Day 9 - St. Anthony
Day 10 -11 - St. John’s
Day 12 - St. Pierre and Miquelon
Day 13 - Louisbourg
Day 14 - Halifax
Day 15 - Return Flight 

Voyage of the Vikings

Rare opportunity and exceptional value expedition cruise from Greenland’s glacial landscape to Nova Scotia in Canada following the ancient Norse route – early booking recommended!

Follow in the wake of Viking Leif Eriksson’s journey to discover Vinland, North America, which earned him his nickname, ‘The Lucky’. Leif was the son of the legendary Norse explorer Eric the Red.

Greenland is a surprising country in many ways. Firstly, its sheer size; the largest island in the world, it extends in length from Scotland to the Saharan Desert, and its ice cap covers 85% of its total area. Secondly, Greenland’s Arctic wilderness offers some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery anywhere on earth and with a population of only 56,000 the impact of man is minimal. The countries grandiose landscape is dominated by glaciers and beautifully shaped icebergs. This vast and ever-changing backdrop makes for one of the most exciting and unique destinations on the planet. One of the least visited countries, a region perfect to discover by cruise. The traditions of its pioneering people create a cultural experience like no other. The south-west coast of Greenland offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness Greenlandic culture visiting normally inaccessible villages. Get close to stunning glacial formations and relish this spectacular area and the magnificent scenery of its raw and rugged coastline. Around half of Greenland’s inhabitants live in the larger settlements along the scenic west coast, including Nuuk – the world’s smallest capital.

The Strait of Belle Isle between Labrador and the northernmost point of Newfoundland, was where Leif Eriksson, arrived after sailing to “Helluland” (Baffin Island) and “Markland” (Labrador), before reaching an area with lush meadows and trout-rich rivers, which he called Vinland.

Here he wintered before he sailed back to Greenland. He was later followed by his brothers Thorvald and Thorfinn, who brought women and livestock, and who stayed in the area for a number of years. Vinland was recorded by cartographers from the Middle Ages, numerous researchers have sought the archaeological evidence of the settlement and it was the tenacious Norwegian archaeologist Helge Ingestad and his wife, Anne Stine Ingestad, who in 1962 found the final proof of ‘Leif the Lucky’s’ discovery of the North American continent, nearly four centuries before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492. L’Anse aux Meadows is widely accepted as evidence of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact, and is the only confirmed Norse site in North America. In 1978, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
New Cruise
On Board Lectures
Excursions by Zodiac
Group Size: 8 – 25

 

Expedition Cruising

Zodiac Excursions

The primary focus of expedition cruising is contact with your natural surroundings, visiting remote and isolated sites often only accessible by zodiacs. Zodiacs are used on scenic and adventurous excursions among icebergs, surfacing whales and seabirds. These heavy-duty inflatable vessels are extremely safe and designed for Polar expeditions.

Day 1 Fly from Gatwick to Copenhagen. Transfer to the 3-star First Hotel Mayfair for overnight. Dinner inside Tivoli Gardens. (D)

Day 2 Fly to Kangerlussuaq. Embarkation on the Ocean Atlantic. Sail through the 160-kilometre Kangerlussuaq Fjord. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Sail the into the maze of Evighedsfjorden. One of the most beautiful in Greenland but seldom visited. A chance to watch the enormous glaciers, pointed mountain peaks and rich bird cliffs. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is reached during the night. Chance to spot humpback whales. Tour the capital. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning arrival at Arsuk Fjord. Visit the former cryolite mine at Ivituut. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Sail through Erik Fjord into South Greenland. Walk through the village Qassiarsuk, where Erik the Red built his farm Brattahlíð, “The steep grass slopes”. (B, L, D)

Days 7 – 8 At sea. Lectures will be held by the expedition leaders. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Reach St. Anthony in Newfoundland in the morning. Drive to L’Anse aux Meadows and see reconstructions of Viking houses in the style of those found in Qassiarsuk. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Approach St. John’s, North America’s easternmost point in the evening. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Walking tour of St. John’s, capital of Newfoundland. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Time to walk around the small island of St. Pierre, a French protectorate in the Atlantic Ocean. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Reach the natural harbour of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia. Visit the French fortress, where England and France battled for power in eastern Canada. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Arrive in Halifax. Tour of the capital Nova Scotia including the old fortress and the Citadel. Return overnight flight. (B, D)

Day 15 Arrive in the morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2019

Friday
per person in a twin room/Inside Cat. F cabin
Norwegian from Gatwick
WestJet to Gatwick

Date Price
September 6 £3295

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1695
Single Outside cabin Cat. G £1725
Outside cabin Cat. D £1145
Single supplement £895
Outside cabin Cat. C £1295
Single supplement £2695
Outside cabin Cat. B £2995
Single supplement £3995
Outside cabin Cat. A £3395
Single supplement £4295

Extension Options

Extension – Halifax
2 nights £375
Single supplement £295

Independent Arrival

Save £300 
Arrival transfer add £75
Departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, AECO fees, transfers, 1 night accommodation in a hotel, 12 nights’ cruise, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, full board on cruise including complimentary tea and coffee, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

 

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