A few weeks ago we released Adventure Canada's 2023 Arctic rates and dates. And with the 2022 season sold out, within a few days, nearly a dozen travellers snapped up cabins on the 2023 departure of In the wake of the Vikings - Expedition Cruise to Greenland, Labrador and Newfoundland.
Why? Well, Torngat for one. Holding an almost mystical appeal to Canadians, the subarctic Torngat Mountains is a line of jagged peaks and glacier-cut fjords studded with icebergs. Bear and caribou roam free among of some of Earth's oldest rock. These are Canada's highest mountains east of the Rockies and for the last 75 centuries have been of great spiritual significance to the Inuit people and their predecessors.
Your journey begins in Greenland, by sailing out of the spectacular Kangerlussuaq fjord. The old Danish name, the fjord of eternity, refers to the age old glaciers that calve into the fjord.
Next is a stop at Nuuk, Greenland's capital, home to the excellent Greenland National Museum, art galleries, shops, pubs, and cafés.
We then spend a day crossing Davis Strait in the wake of Leif Erikson and Bjarni Herjólfsson, Vikings of old and the European discovers of what now is Newfoundland and Labrador. En-route enjoy workshops and presentations or go out on deck to watch for whales and seabirds.
We spend three days at Torngat Mountains National Park where Inuit welcome you with stories and guide you through a dramatic landscape where nature and culture meet and blend. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy hiking, searching for wildlife, visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising.
Travelling south along the Labrador Coast we visit the remains of a Moravian Mission station and experience Inuit Culture in Nain, the most northerly community in Labrador. Days are also spend hiking and zodiac cruising to explore the diverse geography of coastal barrens, tundra, forest, bogs and islands.
Another highlight for many on this trip will be the visit to L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America.
A fitting end to your expedition cruise is our day or cruising along the rocky shores of the northeast coast of Newfoundland, ending in the capital St. John’s.
With bookings coming in in such numbers, you should book this trip as soon as you can. Contact us for more information.
Photos courtesy of Adventure Canada.
Banner photo: "the test of time" by Jen Derbach
Man overlooking fjord: Scott Sporleder
Hiker above Greenland Fjod: Tom Gehrels
Inuit couple, Seal: Dennis Minty