Greenland & Wild Labrador - Small-Ship Expedition

    Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature and culture. Travel alongside scientists, historians, naturalists, cultural educators, and artists, who share their passion and experience with you.


    Your personal voyage of discovery Explore and learn about new lands and peoples as you experience the rich cultures and fascinating landscapes we sail to. Take the road less travelled and enrich your perspective during visits to communities, natural habitats, and historic sites that can be otherwise difficult to reach. Our expeditions are designed to be flexible and allow us to make the best of Mother Nature’s conditions. We often make landfall at new places and are able to share new discoveries and local knowledge with you. Your voyage will be marked with thoughtful discussions, expert interpretation, and the spirit of discovery.

    Get off the ship, get into a Zodiac


    Cruise among icebergs; search for marine mammals; visit an outport community; wander remote coastlines… simply enjoy the freedom of being out on the water daily! Our goal is to get you off the ship as often as possible. Zodiacs free us from the dependency on ports, piers, and other built infrastructure. These safe, stable, versatile boats take you where the action is..

    Learn from passionate experts


    Why would an esteemed Canada Research Chair, for example, travel with us on a working vacation? It’s simple: they can’t resist the opportunity to engage, excite, educate, and enlighten you! Make the most of every learning opportunity, aboard and ashore, in geology, botany, marine biology, archaeology, photography, cultural history, and more! Our hand-picked experts are as excited as you are to be on board. Join them on deck searching for wildlife, share daily meals for personal indepth conversations, participate in workshops, attend presentations, and learn on the land. The Adventure Canada team has a deep love for discovery, learning, exploration, and growth, and is at your service.

    Experience local culture and traditions


    From Arctic communities to the fishing villages of former New France, to the outports of Newfoundland and Labrador, we embrace local music, dance, food, language, and traditions, everywhere we go! Expedition travel isn’t just about what you see, or where you go. It’s who you meet and get to know.

    Wildlife encounters


    Daily excursions with expert guides put you where you are most likely to see wildlife: whales and seabirds in Atlantic Canada; muskox, seals, and polar bears in the High Arctic. Whether viewing on deck, in the Zodiac, or learning during our presentation series, you’ll come away with an appreciation for the fine creatures that inhabit our world. Our best practices ensure the safety and integrity of the wildlife we have the privilege to view.

    Highlights

    • Zodiac along the face of a Greenlandic glacier

    • Cross the Arctic Circle by ship via glorious Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord)

    • See and learn about the Qilakitsoq mummies at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk

    • Hike and Zodiac among the fall colours of Torngat Mountains National Park, a model of Inuit leadership

    • Enjoy a warm Inuit welcome in Nain, the administrative capital of Nunatsiavut

    • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of L’Anse aux Meadows

    • Sail through the Narrows into St. John’s historic harbour for a spectacular finale

    Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

    Kangerlussuaq is a former U.S. Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here we will be transferred by Zodiac to the Ocean Endeavour. With 190 kilometres of superb scenery, Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord) is one of the longest fjords in the world. We begin our adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle as we go, spending time on deck watching for aurora borealis.

    DAY 2: KANGERLUSSUATSIAQ FJORD


    West Greenland’s complex coastal waterways include glaciers, islands, and fjords against a towering mountain backdrop. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the subarctic location. We’ll explore this sublime landscape by ship and by Zodiac.

    DAY 3: NUUK

    Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, bridges old and new. The old harbour region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. Nuuk is known for great art, shopping, and cafes. The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies rest here.

    DAY 4: AT SEA—DAVIS STRAIt

    Our onboard presentation series will continue as we steam across Davis Strait towards Canada. This is an excellent time to enjoy workshops, watch a documentary, and get out on deck looking for whales, seabirds, and other marine wildlife.

    DAY 5–7: TORNGAT MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, NL, CANADA


    Some of Canada’s highest peaks east of the Rockies are found in Torngat Mountains National Park. Here, Inuit of Nunatsiavut will be our guides in their spiritual homeland. Polar bears, black bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles are among the species we hope to spot. We’ll also be on the lookout for marine mammals. We’ll spend our time hiking, searching for wildlife, visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising.

    DAY 8: HEBRON

    This haunting site preserves a Moravian Mission station dating from the 1830s. The mission was abandoned in 1959, forcing the relocation of Inuit who resided there. In 2005, the government of Newfoundland & Labrador issued an apology to people affected by the relocations. Former Hebron residents and their kin continue to visit the site, and to hunt and fish nearby.

    DAY 9: NAIN

    The administrative capital of Nunatsiavut, Nain is the most northerly community in Labrador. We’ll visit Illusuak, the stunning new cultural centre, and the beautiful Moravian Church among other community highlights. We always enjoy a warm cultural welcome here. Expect music, food, and handicrafts at this dynamic visit.

    DAY 10–12: THE LABRADOR COAST

    Along the Labrador coast we find coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid-boreal forest, and string bog. The area is dotted with islands and we'll select a landing based on the conditions of the day.

    DAY 13: L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS


    L’Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Site. The archaeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 CE. Today, a superb interpretation centre and several reconstructed Norse-style sod buildings evoke the spirit of the Viking voyages.

    DAY 14: EASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND

    The east coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores. We’ll find harbour in one of these unique communities. We look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon our arrival. Photographers will have their work cut out for them capturing the special charm of classic island communities and picturesque coastlines.

    DAY 15: ST. JOHN’S, NL, CANADA


    Sailing into the port of St. John’s has to be experienced to be believed. Watch for locals waving from Signal Hill as we take on our pilot and enter the world-famous Narrows to North America's oldest city. The colourful houses of the Battery are always a hit with shutterbugs! Today we disembark the Ocean Endeavour. We will say our farewells and the expedition team will be on hand to assist you with luggage and transportation arrangements.

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