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Newfoundland & Labrador Cruise to Torngat | One Ocean Expeditions

East Coast Labrador and Torngat Explorer 10 nights

Exploring the coastal wild lands of Newfoundland & Labrador this expedition cruise travels through the western shores of Newfoundland including Gros Morne National Park, and Torngat National Park. This voyage links several fascinating historic locations on Canada’s east coast including L'ans Aux Meadow, the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and local outports of Labrador.

We journey northwards from the more temperate climate found in the Maritimes and into the higher Arctic latitudes. Our expedition vessel is the perfect platform for exploring the remote bays and fjords of this spectacular wilderness, including many locations that only be accessed by ship.

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Map of Newfoundland and Labrador traveled by One Ocean Expeditions voyages around the Canadian Maritimes.
A family of polar bears are photographed during a One Ocean Expedition in Labrador. Photo: Mark Robinson
The coastlines of Newfoundland and Labrador boast untapped wilderness for One Ocean passengers to explore. Photo: Barrett & MackKay
One Ocean travelers can expect to seestunning landscapes as they journey through Canada's East Coast. Photo: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism
One Ocean travelers explore Labrador's coastline in sea kayaks. Photo: Barrett & MacKay
A whale breaks the surface near one of our ocean expedition vessels. Photo: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism
One Ocean passengers take advantage of day hikes throughout their voyage in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Inukshuk in Labrador, close to the Torngat Mountains National Park. Photo: Barrett & MacKay

Labrador and Torngat Explorer

Starting Rate: $3,495.00+

Number of Nights: 10

Departs from: LOUISBOURG

Returns to: IQALUIT

The voyage ends with a flight to Ottawa.

Experiences:

    Wildlife Identification
    Sea Kayaking
    Photographer in Residence
    Education
    Family
    Fitness & Yoga
    Photography
    Polar Bear Watching
    Trekking/Hiking
    Whale Watching
    Zodiac Cruising

Available Dates:

2017
July 15 - 25 Akademik Sergey Vavilov Download Trip Notes
2018
July 24 - August 3 Akademik Ioffe Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Labrador and Torngat Explorer

Numerous wildlife species are found along this coastline, including bears, seals, whales and migratory and resident birds. A particular highlight of our voyage is a visit to Torngat Mountains National Park, a jewel in the crown of the Canadian National Park network. There is a strong cultural element to this voyage, as we learn about the Inuit and their strong cultural and spiritual connections to the land. A final highlight awaits as we venture across Frobisher Bay to Monumental Island.



Day 1

Louisbourg, Nova Scotia

Our adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by ...

Our adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. We board the ship in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of local lobster as we sail out past the lighthouse, into the North Atlantic and on to Newfoundland and Labrador.




Day 2

Gros Morne National Park

This morning we are anchored off the tiny fishing community of Trout River, the access point into Gros Morne National Park. Our zodiacs take us ash...

This morning 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 a visit to the World Heritage-listed Tablelands. This incredible location is notable for its unique geology and exceptional scenery. We explore the boreal wetland landscape, featuring dramatic rock ridges, pitcher plants, and white-throated sparrows. We might encounter the iconic moose as we explore the park. We re-board the ship in the afternoon and continue our voyage northwards.




Day 3

L'Anse aux Meadows

A millennium ago, Viking long-ships would have been found along the beach of L'Anse aux Meadows. L’Anse aux Meadows is where Norseman, Leif Eriks...

A millennium ago, Viking long-ships would have been found along the beach of L'Anse aux Meadows. L’Anse aux Meadows is where Norseman, Leif Erikson, son of Eric the Red, is thought to have founded “Vinland” around 1000 AD. As we explore the reconstructed sod huts and Norse ruins with the site’s resident archaeologist, we see evidence that the Vikings discovered North America five hundred years prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus.




Day 4

Battle Harbour

Battle Harbour marks our arrival in Labrador. The location was one of the first British settlements on the east coast of the Americas and was an im...

Battle Harbour marks our arrival in Labrador. The location was one of the first British settlements on the east coast of the Americas and was an important gateway to the rich Labrador fisheries. We venture ashore to explore the restored fishing, whaling, commercial buildings found in this remote community. The colorful buildings make for fantastic photographic subjects amid the backdrop of breathtaking coastal views.




Day 5

Hopedale

The ancient rocks of the Canadian Shield (the exposed portion of the Earth’s crust) cradle the small coastal hamlet of Hopedale. This remarkable ...

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. We venture ashore by zodiac to visit the Hopedale Moravian Mission which was built in 1782. It’s a fascinating place and we learn of the influence of the early Moravian missionaries on the Inuit people of Northern Labrador.




Day 6

Hebron

Today we enjoy a visit to the historic town of Hebron, once the northernmost settlement in Labrador. The Moravian missionaries established Hebron i...

Today we enjoy a visit to the historic town of Hebron, once the northernmost settlement in Labrador. The Moravian missionaries established Hebron in the early 1830s and the Germanic influence is clearly seen in the architecture. The Mission was closed and the local Inuit families relocated in 1959, but the original buildings still stand today. This is another designated National Historic Site. We will hope to meet Buddy and Jenny, Nunatsiavut Government ambassadors, who have been looking after the historic site for years and have many absorbing stories to tell.




Day 7

Torngat Mountains National Park

Midway through our exploration of Labrador, our attention turns to the magnificent wilderness of the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve. The P...

Midway through our exploration of Labrador, our attention turns to the magnificent wilderness of the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve. The Park was established in 2005 and covers almost 10,000 square kilometers of Northern Labrador. It is home to Canada’s highest mountains east of the Rockies, and features breathtaking fjords, glacial systems and stunning landscapes. The Inuktitut word “Torngait” means “place of spirits”; these mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for over 7500 years and are of great spiritual importance to these peoples. Polar bears hunt seals along the coast, and caribou herds cross paths as they migrate to and from their calving grounds. There are some terrific opportunities to explore the area on foot and along the shoreline in the zodiacs.




Day 8

Torngat Mountains National Park

Nachvak Fjord in the Torngat Mountains National Park is exceptionally beautiful. The fjord is deep and narrow and stretches more than 20 kilometers...

Nachvak Fjord in the Torngat Mountains National Park is exceptionally beautiful. The fjord is deep and narrow and stretches more than 20 kilometers. 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. This is an outstanding location for landscape photography with endless subjects, a dynamic colour range, and interesting lighting.




Day 9

Martin Bay and Button Island

As we reach the far northern stretches of coastal Labrador, we learn of the remarkable events at Martin Bay. Here a German U-boat made the only kno...

As we reach the far northern stretches of coastal Labrador, we learn of the remarkable events at Martin Bay. Here a German U-boat made the only known armed landing in North America during World War Two. In 1943, U-537 sat at anchor here, while the crew man-handled ashore and established an automated weather station. This station remained undiscovered until the late 1970’s when a German historian came across a reference to it in the German naval archives. The equipment was collected by the Canadian Coast Guard in the early 1980’s and is on permanent display in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. We visit the 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.




Day 10

Monumental Island

Today we will sail across the mouth of Frobisher Bay and make landfall on Monumental Island, a small, steep-sided outcrop off the southeast coast o...

Today we will sail across the mouth of Frobisher Bay and make landfall on Monumental Island, a small, steep-sided outcrop off the southeast coast of Baffin Island. Here we are on the lookout for polar bears and walrus that live around the island in an uneasy truce. While polar bears have been known to attack and kill young walrus, they are no match for a fully-grown male walrus, especially in the water. 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, capital of the territory of Nunavut.




Day 11

Ottawa

We bid farewell to our crew and disembark the ship by zodiac and, after a short tour of Iqaluit (if time and tides permit), we transfer to the airp...

We bid farewell to our crew and disembark the ship by zodiac and, after a short tour of Iqaluit (if time and tides permit), we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Ottawa. On arrival in Ottawa, an airport transfer is provided to a central downtown location.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Dates

Nights

Ship

Starting Rate

Charter Flights Options
July 15 - 25
2017
10 Akademik Sergey Vavilov $3,495.00+ Charter Flights: $995.00
DEPARTED
One Ocean Suite
$9,495.00

Shackleton Suite
$7,995.00

Superior
$6,495.00

Twin Private
$5,995.00

Semi Private
$4,495.00

Triple Share
$3,495.00


July 24 - August 3
2018
10 Akademik Ioffe $3,695.00+ Charter Flights: $995.00
One Ocean Suite
$9,895.00

Shackleton Suite
$8,295.00

Superior
$6,795.00

Twin Private
$6,295.00

Semi Private
$4,695.00

Triple Share
$3,695.00



All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).

Sea Kayaking in Eastern Canada: USD695. On our Fins and Fiddles departures, Sea Kayaking is complimentary

GST (Canada): All bookings on voyages that operate domestically within Canada, are subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST). This will be itemized separately to the cruise price on the confirmation invoice.

*The voyage ends with a flight to Ottawa.

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