The North atlantic odyssey - reykjavik to new york

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16 Days

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ICELAND, GREENLAND, CANADA & USA
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CRUISE

OVERVIEW

Cross the North Atlantic from Greenland’s prismatic glaciers to the rocky shores of South-East Canada and New England. Along the way, visit places beyond the reach of larger ships like the UNESCO sites of Red Bay and L’Anse Aux Meadows with their whaling and Viking pasts, and tiny Acadian villages like Bonne Bay in the midst of Gros Morne National Park’s beauty. Fill your camera’s memory cards in scenic Acadia National Park and picturesque Peggy’s Cove. Watch for whales in the wildlife-rich Cape Cod Canal (another place inaccessible to larger ships). Take in Norse ruins and Inuit culture, lobster bakes and fiddle music that speaks to the soul.

 

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Itinerary

 

Day 1: reykjavik, iceland

The world's most northerly capital enjoys almost 24-hour sunlight in summer, all the better to show off the city’s eclectic architecture and dazzling natural wonders. Soak in the milky Blue Lagoon, visit Guilfoss Waterfall, find Pingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site , or explore the surprisingly vibrant local museum and art scene.

Days 2 & 3: at sea

day 4: orince christian sound

The beautiful fjord system of Prince Christian Sound is a waterway in southern Greenland that connects the Labrador Sea and the Irminger Sea. Sixty miles long and narrows to only 1,500 feet wide at some points. It separates the mainland from the islands of the Cape Farewell Archipelago and is surrounded by steep granite mountains as high as 3,937 feet.

Day 5: qaqortoq, greenland

The scenic colonial town of Qaqortoq is easily seen on foot. Walk to the town square with its gorgeous fountain built of Igaliku rocks. Colourful houses encircle the square and Our Saviour’s Church, built in 1832, is nearby. There are many works of art that have been chiselled into the rocks at the sculpture park called “Stone and Man,”  and the local museum full of Nordic artefacts is definitely worth a visit. Another point of interest is the fishing wharf where fresh and dried fish is sold.

Day 6: nanortalik, greenland

The southernmost town in Greenland located at the mouth of the Tasermuit Fjord, Nanortalik shares space with polar bears who live and hunt on the sea outside of town. Vertical cliffs and steep peaks characterise the area around Nanortalik and Ketil Mountain at 6,562 feet has one of the highest climbing walls with Greenland’s only natural forest just 25 miles away. The locals are charming and friendly and known for their choir singing, which you may end up hearing.

DAY 7 & 8: at sea

DAY 9: st john's, newfoundland, canada

Considered one of North America’s oldest settlements, St. John’s is a charming blend of winding streets, colourful row houses, hidden alleyways and a bustling harbour. Visit Quidi Vidi, St. John’s village-within-a-city, and Signal Hill where small wooden houses cling to the cliff-sides and Cabot Tower stands guard. Take time to visit The Rooms, a provincial museum, art gallery and archives housed next to the twin clock towers of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.

DAY 10: l'anse aux meadows, newfoundland, canada

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. Here you will find the remains of an 11th century Viking settlement, evidence of the first European presence in North America. The wood-framed peat-turf buildings that were excavated in the 1960s have been carefully redone. This is the only authenticated Viking site in North America and is also on Canada’s list of 50 Places of a Lifetime.

DAY 11: red bay, labrador, canada

Red Bay is a fishing village that was, between 1530 and the early 17th century, a major Basque whaling area. Here the highlight will be what you learn as you see three Basque whaling galleons and four small chalupas used for capturing whales, Red Bay’s livelihood at the time. In 2013 Red Bay Basque Whaling Station was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site where original Basque artefacts, and a restored chalupa are preserved.

DAY 12: bonne bay / woody point, newfoundland, canada

Bonne Bay and Woody Point are part of the Gros Morne National Park, whose ancient landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bonne Bay has two sections – Inner Bonne Bay and Outer Bonne Bay. Inner Bonne Bay has two arms with wooded coves and beaches. Outer Bonne Bay is the entrance to the Bonne Bay fjord. This bay was carved out approximately 10,000 years ago and is an area full of wildlife – moose and caribou, Arctic hare and ptarmigan.

DAY 13: at sea

DAY 14: halifax, nova scotia, canada

The capital of Nova Scotia was ranked the 4th best place to live in Canada back in 2012. It is a city with more pubs and clubs per capita than any other Canadian city and even one of the mayors was a brewmaster. The boardwalk on the waterfront follows the water’s edge and is lined with unique shops. Halifax is home to the longest running saltwater ferry and a 200-year-old restored fishing village. Be sure to find time to try fabled donair (pita, meat and sauce), the official food of Halifax.

DAY 15: bar harbour, maine, usa

One of the best places to appreciate nature is found at Bar Harbor, with its stunning coastal beauty. Surrounded by Acadia National Park, with over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, forests, soaring granite cliffs and amazing views, Bar Harbor’s laid-back atmosphere encourages relaxation and repose. Bar Harbor was the premier summer resort of the 19th century for some of America’s most powerful families like the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers until the destructive 1947 fire. Visit the Abbe Museum, which showcases the Wabanaki Indians, the Dorr Museums of Natural History or the Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum.

DAY 16: at sea transit cape cod canal

Seventeen-mile-long Cape Cod Canal is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Construction began in 1909 and the canal was first used in 1914. At 540 feet wide, it is the widest canal in the world. Cape Cod Canal traverses the neck of land joining Cape Cod to the mainland and occasionally marine life like whales and dolphins can be seen frolicking in the waters.

DAY 17: new york, Usa

The largest city in the United States, New York City sits at the mouth of the Hudson River and is made up of five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island. It is the premier gateway for immigrants, with almost 800 languages spoken there. Full of attractions, its iconic sites include the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, The Museum of Modern Art, the Statue of Liberty and The Metropolitan Museum of Art to name just a few.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

As this is a private tour, it can be personalised to suit your needs. Itinerary subject to availability and change.

Inclusions and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our consultants for the most up to date itinerary, prices and availability.