22631
Canada/Greenland
Expedition North: The Wild Beauty of Greenland & Labrador
Reindeer. Humpback whales. Viking vestiges. Discover Greenland and Newfoundland & Labrador, a harshly majestic Arctic outpost not just endured, but embraced by its friendly residents.
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Program No. 22631RJ
Length
16 days
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9,495
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16 days
15 nights
44 meals
15 B 14 L 15 D
DAY
1
Arrival Toronto, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Toronto
D
Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: At 5:30 PM meet your group leader in the hotel lobby. Mandatory Orientation: At 6:00 PM we will meet for a mandatory briefing with Adventure Canada. Here we will meet Resource Staff and fellow travelers as we learn about the embarkation process. While on board, rotating members of the ship's resource staff will offer educational presentations on a variety of topics. Many are active researchers with expertise in areas such as history, paleontology, geology, and biology. At each expedition port of call, you will have a choice of field trips that will vary by location such as nature activities (minimal walking), short walks (about .5 - 1.5 miles), longer walks (2-3 miles) and photography sessions led by resource staff. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Expedition ships — more rugged than traditional sailing vessels — are designed to venture into remote landscapes, enabling us to seek opportunities for getting up close to nature and wildlife. These educational adventures have flexible schedules. The itinerary may change daily based on weather, sailing conditions, and potential wildlife sightings. There may also be serendipitous occasions to experience something unexpected. The schedule that follows is tentative and a representative outline. Changes in the schedule, including ports of call, can be expected due to weather and other local conditions. Updates will be provided aboard ship. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a plated dinner with beverage options including coffee, tea, water, and a glass of beer or wine. Additional beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Charter Flight to Kangerlussuaq, Embark Ocean Endeavour
Kangerlussuaq
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Due to the remote location of the ports, each embarkation and disembarkation will be done via zodiac rafts. Staff will be available for assistance. Flight times are subject to the unpredictable Arctic weather and the vagaries of flight servicing in remote destinations. Delays can, and often do occur. Should you require medication during the day please ensure you keep this with you

Breakfast: Aboard the charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Morning: Transfer to the airport via motorcoach for our charter flight to Kangerlussuaq on board a 737 aircraft.

Lunch: Aboard the charter flight.

Afternoon: Arrive in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. We'll board a bus and transfer to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation. We begin our adventure by sailing down the dramatic Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world boasting 168 kilometres of superb scenery. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means ‘the big fjord.’

Dinner: Aboard ship we’ll have a 3-course a la carte meal with meat, seafood, and vegetarian options, plus water, coffee, and tea. Additional beverages are available for purchase. The chefs try to incorporate local delicacies when possible. Each night, we’ll be joined by fellow participants and various members of the ship’s staff.

Evening: At leisure. Rotating members of the ship’s staff will offer fun educational activities and presentations on a variety of topics such as history, biology, storytelling, and folk music.

DAY
3
Kangaamiut
Kangaamiut
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain. Each expedition day's schedule is subject to change due to wind/sea conditions. This is done with your safety in mind and we hope you understand that schedule changes are part of travelling aboard an expedition ship in this beautiful but remote part of the world!

Breakfast: Aboard ship, choose from hot and cold buffet offerings.

Morning: Today we visit the charming coastal community of Kangaamiut. The town of 350 is located on an island off the coast of Davis Strait between mouths of two long fjords. Here, we will meet community members here to learn about how they rely on the sea for their local economy.

Lunch: Aboard ship, choose from hot and cold buffet offerings.

Afternoon: Time spent on deck this afternoon should result in stunnning views as we navigate into the fjords that line the coast.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
4
Nuuk
Nuuk
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and the world’s northernmost capital city! Nuuk means ‘the headland’ and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established as the first Greenlandic town in 1728, Nuuk remains the bustling centre of the country today. Today we'll cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs with the hopes of spotting humpback whales in the fjord, reindeer roaming the land, and birds soaring above.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We'll land on shore this afternoon in the city of Nuuk. The town itself is home to the University of Greenland, a cathedral dating back to 1849, and Greenland’s National Museum. We’ll have a guided orientation of this bustling metropolis and an opportunity to visit the National Museum where the Qilakitsoq mummies are housed before free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
5
At Sea - Davis Strait
Davis Strait
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Possibility of rough seas.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: While crossing Davis Strait we'll relax and enjoy onboard lectures and opportunities to watch for wildlife from the ship's decks. Resource staff will be on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which we travel.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Relax aboard the Ocean Endeavour as you enjoy onboard lectures from the knowledgeable resource staff. This afternoon, enjoy a Road Scholar exclusive cocktail party onboard.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
6
Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River)
Kangiqsualujjuaq
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: In the shelter of a commanding granite rock outcrop we find the easternmost community of Kangiqsualujjuaq. Twenty-five kilometers upstream from Ungava Bay, the ebb and flow of the tides define the summer lives of the people and fauna of this area. Arctic flora thrives in the protected valley. The traditional calving grounds of the critically declining George River caribou herd are nearby. We'll cruise in our fleet of Zodiac to explore the area.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue to explore Kangiqsualujjuaq. We will have the opportunity explore the community, meet with locals and strike out of town for a hike on the tundra.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
7
Torngat Mountains National Park
Torngat Mountains National Park
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac cruise; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for millennia, with archaeological evidence reaching back almost 7,000 years. The fjords here reach deep into the heart of the mountains, bounded by cliffs peaking at 1,700 metres, the highest point of land in Labrador. The rugged, spectacular beauty of the Torngat Mountains underscores their role as the spiritual homeland of Nunatsiavut. We'll cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs to explore some of Canada’s most dramatic landscapes.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon, gather in the onboard meeting space for a lecture from one of the ship's knowledgeable resource staff.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
8
Torngat Mountains National Park
Torngat Mountains National Park
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The Torngat Mountains comprise some of the oldest rocks on the planet and provide some of the best exposure of geological history. Polar bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles are among the species hardy enough to make their homes here. We’ll spend our time here getting out on the land to hike and visit archaeological sites.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Torngat Mountains National Park. The Expedition Leader onboard may scout out new landing locations in order for us to explore the variety of flora and fauna that this remote park has to offer.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
9
Torngat Mountains National Park
Torngat Mountains National Park
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Continue exploring Torngat Mountains National Park. Inhabited by the Inuit and many other indigenous cultures for millennia, the Torngats, meaning “place of spirits,” are Canada’s highest peaks east of the Rockies. The steep cliffs and snow covered peaks are one of the few places on earth that offer a narrative of nearly four billion years of geologic history. Despite the numerous challenges, the park is home to a stunning ecological diversity of arctic and boreal species. We hope to see a number of species during our time here.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: As we set sailf or Hebron, gather in the onboard meeting space for a lecture from one of the ship's knowledgeable resource staff.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
10
Hebron
Hebron
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today we visit Hebron. The former Moravian Mission station dating from the 1830s was abandoned in 1959 with the departure of the Moravians, forcing the relocation of the Inuit who resided there. In 2005, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams apologized to people affected by the relocations. In August of 2009, the provincial government unveiled a monument at the site of Hebron with an inscribed apology for the site closure. Today, some of the buildings at Hebron are being repurposed as a cultural interpretation centre and it is these buildings that we will be visiting. They form a lonely monument to the cultural past of the area, with hopes for the future of Nunatsiavut.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: At leisure. Enjoy afternoon activities ranging from lectures to workshops and yoga classes.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
11
Nain
Nain
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today we explore the vibrant Inuit community of Nain. The administrative capital of Nunatsiavut Nain is the most northerly community in Labrador. We'll visit the Moravian Church, the Nunatsiavut Building with its Labradorite stone and the newly finished Torngâsok Cultural Centre.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Local leaders will share the fascinating history of the township, and we will have a chance to visit with the community.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
12
Labrador Coast
Mealy Mountains
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The lower Labrador coast boasts five of Labrador’s ten provincial eco-regions, including coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid boreal forest, and string bog. We will spend the day exploring some of these eco-regions via Zodiac.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue to explore the coastline. Weather, wildlife, and sea conditions will influence our choice of landing today.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
13
Mealy Mountains
Mealy Mountains
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The Mealy Mountain range in this area reaches heights of more than 1,000 metres. A significant portion of the mountain range and surrounding area has been designated a National Park Reserve, a move which follows lobbying for the preservation of the area since the early 1970s. Today we'll land our Zodiacs at the Wonderstands, a stunning 56 kilometer stretch of beach referenced in Viking sagas.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue to explore the Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
14
L'Anse aux Meadows
L'Anse aux Meadows
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We call in this morning at one of the world's most important archaeological sites, North America's only authenticated Viking settlement, L'Anse aux Meadows. This UNESCO World Heritage site has excavated remains of wood-framed, peat-turf buildings which resemble structures found in Norse Greenland and Iceland. The archaeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 AD.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue to explore L'Anse aux Meadows with our Group Leader. Today, a superb interpretive centre and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L’Anse aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
15
Terra Nova National Park
Terra Nova National Park
B,L,D
Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today we call in at Newfoundland and Labrador's first national park, Terra Nova, located in beautiful Bonavista Bay. Our approach course will wind through the small islands that do the route and the occasional icebergs that drift in from the Atlantic. Resource staff will be on deck as we approach, contextualizing the landscape through which we travel.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Once ashore, we have a variety of hiking opportunities in the park, where we hope to observe some of the black bears, osprey and moose that call the park home.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, join the ship's crew and our fellow participants for a lively dinner that will include song and dance.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
16
St. John's, Disembark, Program Concludes
St. John's
B

Activity note: Expected disembarkation time is 10:00 a.m. For those booking independent flights, please arrange for departure times after 1:00PM.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: On the final day of our expedition, we sail though the historic Narrows and into St. John’s harbor for disembarkation. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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