Greenland and Atlantic Canada – The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition (Itinerary 2)

Duration: 17 days

Departure:
19 August 2021
Price from:
6390 € per person
  • Join an epic voyage from Iceland, to Greenland, and to the eastern Canadian coast
  • Explore the rarely-visited eastern coastline of Greenland and meet the locals here
  • See spectacular scenery in the largest national park and the largest fjord in the world
  • Contrast your journey with a visit to Canadian towns and cities for culture and history
Explore glacial landscapes.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Greenland and Atlantic Canada
Experience remote beauty.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Experience remote beauty.
Scan for powerful wildlife like musk oxen.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Itinerary

We begin this epic journey from Iceland and head into the extremely remote eastern coast of Greenland which is almost uninhabited. Here, we explore the largest national park and the largest fjord in the world. From these massive landscapes empty of humans, we then voyage to the historical sites, culture, and charming cities of eastern Canada.
Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland
Capital of Iceland
Welcome aboard for an epic adventure.
Welcome aboard for an epic adventure.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world. The name means 'Smokey Bay', so called because of the columns of steam that rise from the many hot springs in the area. It is well worth booking a Pre-programme to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths before embarking MS Fram.

Welcome aboard for an epic adventure.
Welcome aboard for an epic adventure.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Reykjavik´s concert hall in the twilight.
Reykjavik´s concert hall in the twilight.
Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
Scan for rich marine life.
Scan for rich marine life.
Photo: Sandra Walser
Enjoy lectures in the Science Center.
Enjoy lectures in the Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 2
At sea
Crossing the Denmark Strait
Scan for rich marine life.
Scan for rich marine life.
Photo: Sandra Walser

Learn how to protect the great wilderness, both during our expedition and in the future, as part of the mandatory safety and sustainability briefing. Check out the onboard Science Center to learn more about the wildlife and ecosystems of the Arctic.  

Day 3
Ittoqqortoormiit
The Most Isolated Settlement
This is the most remote community in the hemisphere.
This is the most remote community in the hemisphere.
Photo: Annie Spratt

Located on a stunning peninsula that is encased by sea ice for nine months of the year, Ittoqqortoormiit is the most remote inhabited community in the western hemisphere. Less than 500 hardy souls call this home and they’ll be proud to show you around the community, including a museum, church and even a photo exhibition.

This is the most remote community in the hemisphere.
This is the most remote community in the hemisphere.
Photo: Annie Spratt
Get a taste of remote Greenland life.
Get a taste of remote Greenland life.
Photo: Annie Spratt
Experience the beauty of floating ice.
Day 4-7
North East Greenland National Park
The Largest National Park in the World
Scan for powerful musk oxen.
Scan for powerful musk oxen.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 4-7
North East Greenland National Park
The Largest National Park in the World
Experience the beauty of floating ice.
Experience the beauty of floating ice.
Photo: Luca Baggi

We begin our exploration of the largest national park in the world, which is also the least visited national park in the world. Only a small number of expeditions are permitted to visit the park over its very short summer season. Thanks to our expertise and experience here, we are always one of them.

Apart from trapper huts, some science research stations, and two military outposts, there are no traces of human life here. The only others we might be lucky to meet are the Sirius Patrol park rangers who supervise the area on dogsleds.

Once inside the park, there are large fjords, giant icebergs, alpine landscapes, hanging glaciers, and vertical granite cliffs reaching as far as the eye can see. The likes of hares, muskoxen and Arctic foxes roam the coasts and tundra in the summertime. They are usually spread out across this enormous region, making it a real highlight if we do manage to spot one or more of them.

The captain and Expedition Leader will assess the ice conditions and choose the best locations for landings accordingly. You can also participate in exciting optional activities such as kayaking and long guided hikes.

Day 8
Scorebysund
Largest Fjord on Earth
Explore where few others have gone.
Explore where few others have gone.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Heading south, we will attempt a landing at the entrance to the Scoresbysund fjord. This is the world’s largest fjord system which extends 350 km inland and 600 m deep. The fjord’s steep basalt mountains provide a haven for an unusual abundance of Greenlandic wildlife including various species of seabird, seal, and whale.

Explore where few others have gone.
Explore where few others have gone.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Sail in an ever-changing seascape.
Sail in an ever-changing seascape.
Photo: Stian Klo
Learn and discover in the Science Center.
Learn and discover in the Science Center.
Photo: Genna Roland
Day 9
At sea
Sailing along the East Coast of Greenland
Sail in an ever-changing seascape.
Sail in an ever-changing seascape.
Photo: Stian Klo

Take some time just relaxing on board and allowing the experiences of the past few days to sink in. Lectures by the Expedition Team will also prepare you for the next days to come, including a bit of history about Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen’s crossing over the Greenland Ice Cap.

Day 10
Umivik
A Place in History
Experience magnificent Greenland skies.
Experience magnificent Greenland skies.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten

The gentle bay at Umivik is fringed by many glaciers which calve their icebergs into the sea. This is the place where Fridtjof Nansen launched his legendary journey across the Greenland Ice Cap in August 1888. Once ashore yourself, you’ll see the remains of the small Inuit community that welcomed Nansen way back then.

Experience magnificent Greenland skies.
Experience magnificent Greenland skies.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
Sail in the footsteps of Nansen.
Sail in the footsteps of Nansen.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Icebergs highlight our passage.
Day 11
Skjoldungen
“Paradise on Earth”
The remote beauty of Skjoldungen.
The remote beauty of Skjoldungen.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Encounter powerful glaciers.
Encounter powerful glaciers.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Day 11
Skjoldungen
“Paradise on Earth”
Icebergs highlight our passage.
Icebergs highlight our passage.
Photo: Shutterstock

Skjoldungen is a large coastal island in southeastern Greenland and located between two deep fjords. Danish Arctic explorer W.A Graah described the area as “paradise on earth” when he came here in 1829 to look for a lost Norse settlement. Humpback whales are also known to visit the area in the summertime.

Experience incredible scenery in Prince Christian Sund.
Day 12
Prins Christian Sund
Narrow Channel with Spectacular Scenery
Day 12
Prins Christian Sund
Narrow Channel with Spectacular Scenery
Experience incredible scenery in Prince Christian Sund.
Experience incredible scenery in Prince Christian Sund.
Photo: Volker Tetzel

This long fjord is surrounded by mountains that reach over 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), and up to 2,220 metres (7,280 ft) high. Many glaciers go straight into its waters where they calve icebergs of all shapes, shades, and sizes. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell) instead.

Glaciers radiate light in the Arctic sunshine.
Glaciers radiate light in the Arctic sunshine.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Local mountains soar up to 2,200 meters high.
Local mountains soar up to 2,200 meters high.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Keep an eye out for rich avian life.
Keep an eye out for rich avian life.
Photo: Camille Seaman
The Expedition Team will help you identify wildlife.
The Expedition Team will help you identify wildlife.
Photo: Luca Baggi Photography
Day 13
At sea
Heading for Canada
Keep an eye out for rich avian life.
Keep an eye out for rich avian life.
Photo: Camille Seaman

After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set course for Canada. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center or just relaxing out on deck, looking at the sea birds which follow our ship or maybe even engaging in some whale-spotting.

Day 14
Red Bay
Canada’s Hidden but Rich Maritime History
Local life is based on the sea.
Local life is based on the sea.
Photo: Camille Seaman

Preserved in the ice-cold waters, the remains of several 17th century Basque whaling ships have led to the town being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the local museum that documents this interesting history or take the trail up to Tracey Hill for scenic views, and where, legends say, pirate captain Kidd buried treasure.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Red Bay - Red Bay Highlights Access
    Want to get a feel for Red Bay’s local culture and history?
  • Coastal Labrador and Point Amour Lighthouse tour
    Drive the coastal highway and visit the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada.
  • Red Bay Then and Now Historical Walking tour
    Stroll through the intriguing village of Red Bay with local guides to provide insight into the history and culture of this remarkable community with a history of whaling.
Local life is based on the sea.
Local life is based on the sea.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Visit historic Red Bay.
Visit historic Red Bay.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Marble Mountain above the city.
Marble Mountain above the city.
Photo: Shutterstock
Corner Brook thrives on local industry.
Corner Brook thrives on local industry.
Photo: Shutterstock
Spectacular foliage in Corner Brook.
Spectacular foliage in Corner Brook.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 15
Corner Brook
A Classic Canadian City
Corner Brook thrives on local industry.
Corner Brook thrives on local industry.
Photo: Shutterstock

Located at the mouth of the Bay of Islands and Humber River, Corner Brook is the second largest city in the province and local to the core. Explore the city centre or enjoy its many walking trails along the Humber River, decorated at this time of year with vibrant autumn leaves.

Optional excursions
  • Corner Brook - Gros Morne by Motorcoach
    Explore the mountains, fjords, and coastal wonders of Gros Morne National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its unique geology.
  • Corner Brook - Marble Mountain Zip Line
    Experience zip lining like never before with an adventure that starts at the top of Steady Brook Falls, just outside of western Newfoundland’s largest town, Corner Brook.
  • Captain Cook's Trail
    This excursion is a scenic exploration of the countryside with a local host who will share historic stories of the region’s rich land and sea.
  • Corner Brook Trails Adventure
    Embrace the spectacular natural beauty of the Corner Brook woodlands during this picturesque hiking excursion.
Day 16
At sea
Spend the day in the Science Center
Light and weather in constant change at sea.
Light and weather in constant change at sea.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Spend a tranquil day at sea, sharing experiences and exchanging stories with your fellow adventurers. Enjoy the amenities of our innovative expedition ship and look out for wildlife from the outer decks. In the Science Center, observe the tiniest creatures and samples taken during this voyage up close with our state-of-the-art microscopes.

Light and weather in constant change at sea.
Light and weather in constant change at sea.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Birdwatching from the deck.
Birdwatching from the deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Explore colourful Halifax.
Explore colourful Halifax.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Old and new in the city streets.
Old and new in the city streets.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 17
Halifax
Vibrant City on the Rise
Explore colourful Halifax.
Explore colourful Halifax.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Our incredible journey beginning in Iceland, exploring the extremes of Greenland, across to the coasts and culture of Canada, comes to an end in Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia. If you can, we definitely recommend spending an extra day or two here on one of our Post-Programmes before you head home.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

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Red Bay - Red Bay Highlights Access

North America

Duration

1 - 3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-RDY1

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Red Bay - Coastal Labrador and Point Amour Lighthouse tour

North America

Duration

4hrs

Price per person

From 131 €

Booking code

C-RDY1

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Red Bay - Red Bay Then and Now Historical Walking tour

North America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From 74 €

Booking code

C-RDY3

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Corner Brook - Gros Morne by Motorcoach

North America

Duration

7 hrs

Price per person

From 137 €

Booking code

C-CBK1

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Corner Brook - Marble Mountain Zip Line

North America

Duration

2hrs 15min

Price per person

From 137 €

Booking code

C-CBK2

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Corner Brook - Captain Cook's Trail

North America

Duration

4 hrs

Price per person

From 74 €

Booking code

C-CBK3

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Corner Brook Trails Adventure

North America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

From 62 €

Booking code

C-CBK4

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Halifax: Post-programme (20/21 and 21/22)

North America

Duration

2 Days

From

349 €

Booking code

YHZPOST

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