Arctic Expeditions

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Depart: Arrive: Type of Cruise: Days: Price Per Person:
Wednesday
July 10
Tuesday
July 30
Northern Parks Tour: Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland) & Torngat Mountains National Park (Nunatsiavut - Labrador): See Icebergs and Polar Bears in their Natural Habitat; Visit stunning fiords, remote outpost communities, the former Basque whaling port of Red Bay Labrador & Inuit communities of Nunatsiavut.
(The Adventure begins at the French Island of St. Pierre & ends in Nain, Nunatsiavut - Labrador!)
21 Day

$ 7,999
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****

Tuesday
Aug 6
Monday
Aug 26

In Depth Exploration of Labrador & Newfoundland: Fjords, mountains, icebergs, remote outpost communities, polar bears, Viking settlement, St. John's, a piece of France, and much more
(The Adventure begins in Nain, Labrador & ends at the French Island of St. Pierre!)

21 Day

$ 7,999
***
****


Polar Bear, Labrador
Photo © Michael Earle

Northern Parks Tour: Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland) & Torngat Mountains National Park (Nunatsiavut - Labrador)

Dates: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Departure: Saint Pierre, France
Disembarkation:    Nain, Labrador
Duration: 21 Days
Price: $ 7,999 *** ****
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You will join the Wanderbird on the island of St. Pierre. This little piece of France is only 15 miles off the coast of Newfoundland though you could easily imagine that you were walking the streets of a small town outside of Paris. Saint Pierre, once a thriving fishing outport of the French Empire, and a hotspot for prohibition rum-running, is today a picturesque bastion of Old World charm, culture and cuisine for you to enjoy before your expedition cruise begins.

You will sail by day and make anchorage by night along the south and west coasts of Newfoundland, with a special stop at Bonne Bay and world famous Gros Morne National Park. In the park you can explore the geological wonders that make this a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy special Newfoundland foods, or take a walk or hike to look down on Wanderbird in the stunning fjord of Bonne Bay.

Wild Labrador

Labrador Coast: Photo © K. Miles

You will continue your cruise north through the Strait of Belle Isle to "Iceberg Alley," the path of Greenland's ice mountains, with Labrador off to the port side. At Red Bay you can explore a Basque whaling station site more than 400 years old, and at Battle Harbour you will see a preserved and restored island outport that is a Canadian National Historic Site.

North of Cartwright and the entrance to Goose Bay you will travel along Labrador's "wild coast," past the 36-mile beach that the Viking sagas called the "Wonderstrands," to remote outport communities of Inuit Nunatsiavut – including Makkovik, Hopedale, and Nain. At Nain, you will enter polar bear country, and meet the Inuit people who have welcomed Wanderbird and her passengers as guests and friends for many years.

North of Nain is the Torngat Mountains National Park, at nearly 60 degrees north an awe-inspiring, treeless landscape on the Northern Labrador Peninsula. This is true wilderness, less than 6 degrees (425 miles) from the Arctic Circle. It is a land with no roads, airstrips, villages, true harbors, or shore lights. Your presence here, in sight of the Torngat Mountains, puts you in a place where few people, including Inuit people, have ever been.

drying fish, Greenland

Labrador: Photo © K. Miles

Simeonie with sled dog

Our friends among the Labrador Inuit:
Photo © K. Miles

 
After your expedition to Torngat, Wanderbird will return you to Nain, where your 21-day journey ends.

Big Ice, Labrador
Big Ice in Labrador: Photo © K. Miles

*** Please be advised that Travel Insurance and Emergency Evacuation Insurance are absolutely required for this trip!

**** Northern Travel Note:
Guests are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements to and from our start and end points in Labrador & Greenland. For some suggestions on travel to those ports, please see our Travel Tips pages on this site.

Due to remote destinations and limited sources for provisions on some of our Northern Expedition trips, we are not be able to accommodate special dietary requests on these trips; please check with us directly before making your reservation.

Schedule your trip now by calling 1-866-SEA-BIRD or 1-866-732-2473
Email: wanderbirdcruises@gmail.com
You can also use this handy reservation form.


In-Depth Exploration of Labrador & Newfoundland:

Dates: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Departure: Nain, Nunatsiavut - Labrador
Disembarkation:    Saint Pierre, France
Duration: 21 Days
Price: $ 7,999 **** ***
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You will join the Wanderbird at the Nunatsiavut outport community of Nain in Labrador. The people here are Inuit, and have welcomed Wanderbird and her passengers as guests and friends for many years.

The first leg of your expedition cruise, sailing by day and making anchorage by night, is northbound along the Northern Labrador Peninsula into polar bear country. North of Nain is the Torngat Mountains National Park, at nearly 60 degrees north an awe-inspiring, treeless landscape on the Northern Labrador Peninsula. This is true wilderness, about 6 degrees (425 miles) from the Arctic Circle. It is a land with no roads, villages, true harbors, or shore lights. Your presence here, in sight of the Torngat Mountains, puts you in a place where few people, including many Inuit, have ever been.

After your expedition to Torngat, Wanderbird will return to Nain, and then continue south along the Great Northern Peninsula, north coast, and east coast of Newfoundland. First you will experience Labrador's outport communities of Hopedale and Makkovik, the 36-mile long "Wonderstrands" beach mentioned in Viking sagas, the Battle Harbour island National Historic Site.

You will cross into "iceberg alley," the path of Greenland's ice mountains, as Wanderbird takes you to St. Anthony, Newfoundland center of Dr. Sir Wilfred Grenfell's pioneering medical work in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a working fishing port that also hosts a bottler of iceberg water and several good walking trails. L'Anse aux Meadows at the northern tip of Newfoundland. From St Anthony, you will have the opportunity to visit the World Heritage Site of Leif Ericson's 1000 A.D. Viking settlement, the first in north America.

Newfoundland Homes

Newfoundland Homes: Photo © K. Miles

Fjord

Newfoundland Waterfall: Photo © K. Miles

St. Anthony is also your jumping-off point for travel along the northern coast of Newfoundland, past the Twillingate archipelago, Fogo Island, and around Cape Bonavista to the eastern coast of Newfoundland and the Avalon Peninsula. There you will experience an entry into St. John's harbor through the famous Narrows, with Signal Hill and The Battery to starboard and Fort Amherst to port.

After you explore this capital city's museums, shops, and restaurants, Wanderbird will take you past Cape Spear – the easternmost point of north America – and around Cape Race, where the Titanic's distress signal was received and sent on to the rest of the world.

Your three-week journey ends on the island of St. Pierre. This little piece of France is only 15 miles off the coast of Newfoundland though you could easily imagine that you were walking the streets of a small town outside of Paris. Saint Pierre, once a thriving fishing outport of the French Empire, and a hotspot for prohibition rum-running, is today a picturesque bastion of Old World charm, culture and cuisine.

It will be a wonderful way to end your expedition cruise.

 

Newfoundland
Newfoundland fjords

*** Please be advised that Travel Insurance and Emergency Evacuation Insurance are absolutely required for this trip!

Northern Travel Note:
**** Guests are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements to and from our start and end points in Labrador & Greenland. For some suggestions on travel to those ports, please see our Travel Tips pages on this site.

Due to remote destinations and limited sources for provisions on some of our Northern Expedition trips, we are not be able to accommodate special dietary requests on these trips; please check with us directly before making your reservation.

Schedule your trip now by calling 1-866-SEA-BIRD or 1-866-732-2473
Email: wanderbirdcruises@gmail.com
You can also use this handy reservation form.

Wanderbird with Glacier in Greenland
Photo © K. Miles

Arctic Circle Certificates

A seafaring tradition, possibly beginning in the British Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy, sailors crossing the Arctic Circle (66- 32 North latitude) were subject to various ceremonies comemmorating their visiting the "Northern Domain of the Polar Bear" and becoming a "Blue Nose". Fancy and varied certificates, often unique to the shipping company or agency, decorated with arctic scenes, maps or wildlife, have been traditionally presented to sailors and passengers as part of a ceremony to comemmorate crossing the Artic Circle. Passengers who cross the Arctic Circle with us are given this personalized certificate that is unique to the expedition vessel Wanderbird (artwork by Capt. Karen Miles). (see: Unofficial U.S. Navy Certificates, images of certificates, and a sample from the HMS Vanguard)

Arctic Ciecle Certificate- Wanderbird Cruises

 


Humpback Sounds...

Our Northern Expedition will begin in Makkovik, Labrador where you will join the Wanderbird. You will have a chance to experience to a meal prepared by local residents in a place where char and caribou are delicious staple foods. Welcome or "Atelihai"! Makkovik is part of Nunatsiavut; "Our Beautiful Land" in Inuttitut, the home of the Labrador Inuit.


Polar Bear, Labrador
Photo © Michael Earle