Northern Canada Discovery: Greenland to Nova Scotia

Greenland to Nova Scotia: Northern Canada 16 Day Discovery Cruise

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Dates
09/25/22 to 10/10/22
Ship
SH Vega
Duration
16 Days
Guests
2 Guest
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Trip Details

Start your cruise above the Arctic Circle, where the summer sun never sets, on this 16-day Northern Canada Discovery cruise aboard a boutique expedition ship exploring the west coast of Greenland and northern shores of Canada. As you set sail from Greenland, gaze in awe at the ice-filled straits and deep fjords crammed with gargantuan icebergs in Baffin Bay. The remote Northern Canada coast around the province of Nunavut is a haven for caribou and polar bears who roam the treeless tundra. Meet the friendly Indigneous Inuit people and listen to the stories of their ancestors in these rugged lands. Then discover ancient Norse sites in Newfoundland as the ship traces a path to Nova Scotia. Combining culture and culture, this epic voyage is something every traveller should experience in their lifetime.

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Trip Highlights
Marvel at the glistening bergs, growlers and glaciers in the iceberg capital of the world
Immerse yourself in Inuit culture and traditions as you wander their ancestral homelands
Gaze up at towering cliffs filled with seabirds and watch out for polar bears
Learn about the history of Viking exploration and tour an 11th-century Norse settlement
Stroll around French and British colonial sites whose history helped shape modern Canada
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Itinerary
Kangerlussuaq Day 1

At the head of one of the longest fjords in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has a history as a World War II airbase. Visit the 60-metre tall face of the Russell Glacier on the edge of the Greenland ice cap to hear and see it crack and break off into the meltwater. Other popular activities include kayaking on the fjords and wildlife tours of the glacial areas that attract muskoxen, reindeer, arctic foxes and gyrfalcons.

Sisimiut Day 2

Just north of the Arctic Circle and the northernmost city in Greenland, Sisimiut remains ice free in winter and is known as an adventure sports hub. Inhabited for more than 4,500 years by the Inuit, Dorset and then Thule people, dog sled remains a common form of transport and we have a chance to see abandoned settlements but it also has a cool, modern side. Watch out for humpback whales and walrus between Sisimiut and the Thule district in the north.

Ilulissat Day 3

Sailing through the iceberg capital of the world to Disko Bay, the Ilulissat Icefjord is one of the cruise highlights. Given UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the Ilulissat Icefjord is a popular tourist destination, and thanks to the productive Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, thousands of gargantuan icebergs calve from the Greenland ice cap into the sea. The city of Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven, is home to as many sled-dogs as people.

Itilleq Day 4

Brightly painted houses spread out across the waterfront of this small remote island that can only be reached by helicopter or weekly ferry, a mile north of the Arctic Circle on the Davis Strait. Surrounded by glaciers and mountains, this former trading station was once a fishing community. When not at school, working in the fish factory or out hunting, islanders enjoy a game of football. Keep an eye out for snow bunting, black-legged kittiwake and black guillemot.

At Sea Day 5-6

Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.

Iqaluit Day 7

The native Inuit are an integral part of Iqaluit, a remote community at the head of Frobisher Bay. Once-considered the possible entrance of a Northwest Passage, the bay provides insight into Inuit history and culture including dog-sledding on handmade qamutik sleds led by qimmiiq - North America's oldest and rarest purebred canine. Inuit artworks are showcased at Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum while Inuit history is evident at Crystal II, an ancient Thule Inuit settlement outside of Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park.

Lady Franklin Island Day 8

Most known for its huge vertical cliffs of Archean rocks, reputedly the oldest stones in Canada, Lady Franklin Island is an uninhabited isle off Hall Peninsula on Baffin Island. Black guillemots, ptarmigan and gulls all nest in this ice-filled area of the Davis Strait. Lumbering walrus haul out to the south at Monumental Island, which is also a well-known denning site for polar bears. Nearby, the Cumberland Sound is home to its own species of beluga whale.

Akpatok Island Day 9

With the largest number of breeding thick-billed murres in Canada, Akpatok Island - whose name in Inuktitut means thick-billed murre - is an important birding area. More than half a million pairs make their home on the ledges of the sheer limestone cliffs, while glaucous gulls keep a beady eye out for unprotected chicks and eggs. Seals, walruses and polar bears make up the scene. The brutish act of cannibalism was practiced here as recently as 1900.

Saglek Day 10

Saglek is the gateway to Torngat Mountains National Park in northern Labrador, the ancestral lands of the Labrador Inuit. Staffed completely by Inuit, Torngat Mountains National Park takes its name from the Inuktitut word Tongait, meaning place of spirits. You have a rare chance to follow in the footsteps of Inuit as they share their stories of spirits and traditions in their homeland, where for centuries they have been fishing and hunting polar bears and caribou. This magical land made up of dramatically spectacular mountains and deep fjords nudging up to iceberg-filled waters is only accessible by boat.

At Sea Day 11

As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

L'Anse Aux Meadows Day 12

The 1,000-year-old Norse settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows (Meadows Cove) on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland is the first and only authenticated Viking site in the Americas, believed to have been occupied by Leif Erikson, the first European to explore the east coast of Canada in around 1021. Discover some of the 800 original Norse artefacts and eight sod houses found here on a tour of the recreated village, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At Sea Day 13

As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

Louisbourg Day 14-15

Two battles between the English and French took place in 1745 and 1758 at this historic site in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in the fight for what is now Canada. The French-built Fortress of Louisbourg is a partial reconstruction of the original 18th-century fortress, and is the largest historical reconstruction in North America. A visit here includes immersive experiences of French colonial life between 1713 and 1758, and a tour of the original fortifications. Walk along the coast to the lighthouse to spot harlequin ducks, black scoter and bald eagles.

Halifax Day 16

Founded as a naval base in 1749, Halifax’s seafaring history is well-grounded with the Canadian Museum of Immigration where one million Europeans landed up until 1971. Another reminder is the Noon Gun that has fired from the looming Citadel fortress since 1857. When Titanic struck the iceberg at 11:40 pm, April 14, 1912, ships set sail from here. Many victims are buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, while the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic displays rescued artefacts.

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Rates Include
Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard 
All meals onboard 
24-hour room service 
Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
Standard WiFi
Onboard gratuities and port taxes
One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call
Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
Itineraries are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change
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Oceanview D4
19 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 4 at the centre of the ship. Light, bright and crafted from natural materials Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Oceanview M4
19 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 4 at the bow. Light, bright and crafted from natural materials Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Balcony D5
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 5 at the bow and aft, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 balcony.
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Balcony M5
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 5 at the centre of the ship, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 balcony.
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Balcony D6
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 6, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 panoramic balcony.
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44 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 5 and 6 at the centre of the ship, our spacious Suites with a 12 sq.m. private balconies are a favorite with discerning guests, and those that prefer a little more space and comfort.
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Premium Suite
49 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 6 at the aft, our Premium Suites with a 12 sq.m. private balconies are the most luxurious accommodation on board. A favorite for those who want nothing but the best.
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Itinerary changes and surprising experiences are part of expedition cruise life. The world has a habit of amazing us with incredible things when we yield to the unexpected. Join us with an open mind and a sense of adventure and you’ll find that this can pay off in the most rewarding ways.

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