From Canada to Greenland - Crossing Baffin Bay

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Join an expedition to explore the unspoiled regions on both sides of Baffin Bay. This expedition starts in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. We will visit places where you can see remarkable archaeological remains, and get an insight into the very interesting history of the Vikings.
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Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Experience Canada and Greenland in the same expedition
    • Learn more about the people living in the area
    • See archaeological remains and learn about Viking history
    • Exciting excursions

What's this trip about?

    Join an expedition to explore the unspoiled regions on both sides of Baffin Bay. This expedition starts in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. We will visit places where you can see remarkable archaeological remains, and get an insight into the very interesting history of the Vikings.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range18 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CitySt. John's
End CityCopenhagen

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • North America
  • Canada
  • Greenland


  • Baffin Island
  • Ilulissat Icefjord


  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Whale watching
  • Wildlife viewing

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Travel Map

Day 1: St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Your adventure starts in St. John's, the oldest and most easterly city in North America. The town still embodies the spirit of an old fishing village and its narrow streets and hidden alleyways are full of character and experience.

Day 2: Cruising the Coast of Newfoundland

With its tiny seaside communities, encompassing forests, freshwater fjords, bogs, barren lowlands, and striking cliffs and shorelines, this area is world-renowned for its complex geology. The wildlife is amazing with large seabird colonies, huge moose and caribou popu...

Day 3: L'anse Aux Meadows

In L'Anse aux Meadows you'll find the first known evidence of European presence in America. It is here that a Norse expedition built a small camp around 1,000 years ago. In 1960, two Norwegian archaeologists started excavating in this area and discovered the fascinati...

Day 4: Cruising the Coast of Labrador

We will spend three days sailing along the coast of Labrador and exploring this area. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking along the trails and the countless miles of wilderness to explore, while others will appreciate learning more about the history, cultures and traditions of the area at the numerous his­toric sites we will visit.

Day 5: Cruising the Coast of Labrador

One of the places we may visit is Red Bay. The discovery of the wrecks of whale-hunting galleons and chalupas has made Red Bay one of the most exquisite underwater archaeological sites in America. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Cruising the Coast of Labrador

We may also visit the picturesque town of Rigolet, the southernmost Inuit community in the world. This small, isolated town has a population of just 300 and cannot be accessed by road. However, it is accessible by ship all year around, and in wintertime also via snowm...

Day 7: Baffin Island

Baffin Island is a great, wild landscape, the spectacular homeland of Inuit and an accessible Arctic playground for the adventurous. The vast geographical area that is now fondly known as 'Nunavut' has supported a continuous indigenous population for over 4,000 years.

Day 8: Baffin Island

Most historians today identify Baffin Island as the 'Helluland' (place of black rocks) described in ancient Norse sagas. It is believed that both the Dorset and Thule inhabitants of the region had regular contact with Norse sailors over 1,000 years ago.

Day 9: Baffin Island

Viking artefacts have been discovered on Baffin Island, including architectural materials, yarn spun from a hare, tally sticks, and a carved wooden face mask depicting white European features.

Day 10: At sea

As we cruise towards Greenland, you can enjoy lectures, the view from the observation lounge or simply relax with a good book.

Day 11: Exploring Northwest Greenland

Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko. The area offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions such as a tour of the town, kayaking or an ice cruising boat tour. If you appreciate archaeology and history, you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum in Qasigiannguit.

Day 12: Exploring Northwest Greenland

Today, you will have a unique opportunity to witness the true power of nature on a visit to the Eqip Sermia Glacier, which calves icebergs into the open ocean. The town of Ilulissat in the Ilulissat Icefjord was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. See eno...

Day 13: Exploring Northwest Greenland

Itilleq means 'the hollow', and as its name suggests, this small settlement is situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers. With the Arctic Circle passing just 200 metres south of the village centre, Itilleq can rightly claim the title of ‘the Arctic Circle Village’. The 130 people who live here are mainly engaged in hunting and fishing activities.

Day 14: Kangerlussuaq/Copenhagen

As we reach Kangerlussuaq, your expedition comes to an end. Take the opportunity to join a final excursion to the Greenland Ice Sheet, a vast icy wasteland stretching 1,500 miles north. Your plane to Copenhagen leaves late in the evening.

Day 15: Copenhagen

You arrive in the Danish capital early in the morning and may even have the time to explore "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen" before you head home.

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Summer 2016 is an outstanding chance to join the most extraordinary of all our coastal voyages. Our new ship MS Spitsbergen will take you on itinerary beyond the ordinary. Our new vessel will be starting her operation on the Norwegian coast from May 2016, sailing parallel to our Classic ship MS Lofoten. She will follow the same departure dates as MS Lofoten and call at all regular coastal route ports at daytime. The ports that Hurtigruten usually call to at night will be excluded from the new vessel’s sailing plan, leaving her time to instead spend a few more hours in selected ports at daytime. All regular excursions will be available for her passengers and she will also follow Hurtigruten’s seasonal sailing schedule with Lyngen Fjord in May. In addition – she will sail into Geirangerfjord on northbound throughout the entire sailing period. The ship is modern and environmentally friendly, and we will make further improvements in order to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. She will also be equipped and adapted for sailings in polar waters. The new ship's maneuverability and optimal size makes her very suitable for the operations we are performing today along the coast of Norwegian, and will bring Hurtigruten`s guests even closer to amazing nature experiences. TILLBERG DESIGN of SWEDEN - the world's leading company within marine architecture and interior design is responsible for the interior refurbishment
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