LABRADOR AND TORNGAT MOUNTAINS
Fascinating historic locations and remote wilderness accessible only by ship
LABRADOR AND TORNGAT MOUNTAINS
12 Days 23 JUL - 03 AUG 2018

This voyage links several fascinating historic locations on Canada’s east coast, including a Viking settlement, a French-built fortress, several remote mission locations and isolated fishing ports. We journey northwards from the more temperate climate found in the Maritimes and into the higher Arctic latitudes.

Tour Highlights
  • VIKING SETTLEMENT
  • HIGHER ARCTIC LATITUDES
  • REMOTE MISSION LOCATIONS
  • ANCIENT CANADIAN SHIELD
  • BREATHTAKING TORNGAT NP
  • EXCEPTIONAL NACHVAK FJORD

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Arctic

  • When
    :

    July, August

  • What
    :

    Nature, Wildlife

GROS MORNE NP

Carved by colliding continents and grinding glaciers Gros Morne NP is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will find unique geology and exceptional scenery.

LOUISBOURG

The Fortress of Louisbourg is a National Historic Site of Canada. The original settlement was made in 1713 and became one of North America’s busiest 18th century seaports, the largest of it’s kind.

Itinerary

Welcome to Nova Scotia, transfer to your hotel.

Our adventure begins in the historic port town of
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. First visited in 1597 by
the English, it was fortified in 1713 by the French
due to its strategic maritime location. We board
the ship in the late afternoon.

We are anchored off the tiny fishing community
of Trout River, the access point into Gros Morne
National Park. Our zodiacs take us ashore and
we are transferred by bus for our visit to the
World Heritage-listed Tablelands. This incredible
location is noted for its exceptional scenery,
where the Earth’s mantle is exposed – pushed
up over millions of years by the movement of
tectonic plates.

Today 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.

Battle Harbour marks our arrival into the province
of Labrador. We venture ashore to explore the
restored fishing, whaling, commercial buildings
found in this remote community. The colourful
buildings make for fantastic photographic
subjects amid the backdrop of breathtaking
coastal views.

The ancient rocks of the Canadian Shield (the
exposed portion of the Earth’s crust) cradle
the small coastal hamlet of Hopedale. This
remarkable geological feature, estimated to be
up to 4-billion-years-old greets us as we sail
through narrow channels and weigh anchor off
Hopedale.

Today we enjoy a visit to the historic town
of Hebron and the Moravian missionaries,
considered one of the most historically significant
mission-built structures in the entire province. We
will hope to meet Buddy and Jenny, Nunatsiavut
Government ambassadors, who have been
looking after the historic site for years. They have
a fascinating story to tell.

We will visit Torngat Mountains National Park
Reserve., featuring breathtaking fjords, remnant
glacial systems and stunning landscapes. The
Inuktitut word Torngat, means “place of spirits”
and it represents a spiritual connection to the
Inuit spirit world. Polar bears hunt seals as they
migrate to and from their calving grounds. There
are some terrific hiking opportunities here to
explore the area on foot and along the shoreline
in the zodiacs. Wildflowers are spectacular when
in bloom and bears feast on local berries.

Nachvak Fjord is exceptionally beautiful. The
fjord is deep and narrow and stretches more
than 20 kilometres. The rocky walls of the fjord
soar almost 900 meters above us at several
points. Many species migrate through the area
during the short boreal summer. Numerous seal
species may be encountered including ring,
hooded, harp and harbour seals. Minke whales
have been known to linger in the fjords, while
larger species, including fin and humpback,
tend to stay offshore. An outstanding location for
landscape photography with endless subjects.

We visit the northern Button Islands before
sailing into southern Davis Strait. Named after
Thomas Button who explored the area in 1612,
the islands are in the middle of the upwelling of
nutrients on the edge of the continental shelf.
This action makes it a magnet for thousands of
seabirds and other marine mammals.

Today we will sail across the mouth of Frobisher
Bay and make landfall on Monumental Island.
Here we are on the lookout for both polar bears
and walrus that live around the island in an
uneasy truce. We enjoy our final zodiac cruise
here and tonight we reflect on the last 10-days
of exploration while enjoying a sumptuous
farewell dinner, attended by the Captain of the
ship. During the night the ship will negotiate the
narrow channels of Frobisher Bay on the way to
our disembarkation point, Iqaluit, the capital city
of Nunavut.

We bid farewell to our crew and disembark the
ship by zodiac and transfer to the airport for our
flight back to Ottawa.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices
    ROOM / CABIN TYPE PER PERSON
    Twin / Triple Share USD 3,695
    Twin / Twin Semi USD 4,695
    Twin / Twin Private USD 6,295
    Twin / Superior USD 6,795
    Twin / Shackleton USD 8,295
    One Ocean Suite USD 9,895
    Charter Flight USD 995
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