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An adventure cruise in comfort beginning in Greenland, following the coast of Labrador and including Hebron, Torngat Mountains National Park, and more.

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Greenland & Wild Labrador

Dennis Minty



September. 5 - September 18, 2013 aboard the Sea AdventurerThis journey encompasses the Arctic and sub-Arctic landscapes from Greenland to northern Quebec, Labradors Torngat Mountains and coastal Newfoundland. In Greenland well explore deep-cut fjords, dramatic icebergs, colourful houses and thriving culture. Did you know Greenland is the birthplace of the kayaq and that in some villages there are more sled dogs than people? Crossing Davis Strait into the Inuit territory of Nunavik, Quebec, we will be welcomed by our hosts in Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River). Well experience the customs and culture of this region and see the similarities between neighbouring regions. Dennis Minty

Michelle Valberg

Michelle Valberg

Next well reach Labradors stunning Torngat Mountains National Park. Torngat loosely means place of spirits and Inuit legend holds that in these mountains everything has a spirit. Well spend the next three days exploring this mountainous region, defined by

red and green rock, flowing rivers and one of the most thriving populations of polar bears in the Arctic. Highlights south of the Torngat Mountains include the abandoned

Moravian mission at Hebron, as well as LAnse aux Meadows, the earliest known European settlement in the New World. Our adventure ends in St. Johns, North Americas oldest city.


H I G H L I G H T S Greenland & Wild Labrador Colourful houses, deeply-cut fjords and the coastline of Greenland Take home highly prized qiviut (muskox wool) The Northern Lights may come out to dance overhead Three days exploring the ultimate beauty of the Torngat Mountains See the French Shore Tapestry at Conche LAnse aux Meadows, the earliest known European settlement in the New World Enjoy an enhanced onboard arts component with multiple musicians onboard.

ITINERARYDay Day Day Day Day Day Day Day Day Day Day Day 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6-8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: Kangerlussuaq (Sndre Strmfjord) Evighedsfjorden & Kangaamiut Nuuk At Sea Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River) Torngat Mountains National Park Hebron Makkovik Cartwright LAnse aux Meadows & Conche Terra Nova National Park St. Johns, Newfoundland

Flights: A northbound charter flight is available for this expedition. Independent commercial flights must be arranged for departure from St. Johns, NL

Northbound September 5: Early morning departure Toronto, ON arrival mid-afternoon Kangerlussaq, Greenland Northbound charter flight: $1,085.53 USD, inclusive of taxes and fees

Post expedition excursion available to Cape St Marys, Newfoundland Date: Sept 18-19, 2013 Cost: $215 USD + HST per person Single Supplement: $105 USD + HST per person

Pre and Post Hotel nights are available upon request in Toronto and St. Johns

Y O U R S T A F F Greenland & Wild LabradorDERRICK POTTLECulturalist



LENA ONALIKCulturalist & Archaeologist





DAVE PADDONStoryteller






WILLIAM FITZHUGH Anthropologist William W. Fitzhugh, Director, Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, is an anthropologist of circumpolar regions. He has led archaeological expeditions in most areas of the Arctic, studying culture history and interactions between humans, climate, and environment over the past 10,000 years. His current research concerns the Arctic connections of the Mongolian Bronze Age and research on 16-17th C. Basque and Inuit contacts in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

MICHELLE VALBERG Photographer Michelle Valberg is an award-winning Canadian photographer, renowned for her soulful portraiture, majestic wildlife and stunning landscapes. She possesses a magical combination of artistic creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and community commitment. Michelle is currently at work on her third book following her solo photography exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature, both entitled Arctic Kaleidoscope:The People, Wildlife and Ever-Changing Landscape. Michelle has also published her first childrens book called Ben and Nuki Discover Polar Bears.

MICHAEL CRUMMEY Author Michael was born in Buchans, a mining town in central Newfoundland. His first novel, River Thieves, was published internationally and appeared on half a dozen award shortlists, including the Giller Prize. Galore won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor-Generals Award. Under the Keel, a new collection of poems, is due in spring 2013. He lives in St. Johns with his family.

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2013 Greenland & Wild LabradorITINERARY DETAILSDay 1: Kangerlussuaq (Sndre Strmfjord) Arriving from Toronto, we will board the Sea Adventurer via Zodiac and prepare to steam out of one of the longest fjords in the world with 168km of superb scenery! Although the fjord crosses the Arctic Circle, the waters here do not freeze, making this part of Greenland a year-round centre for fishing and hunting. Day 2: Evighedsfjorden & Kangaamiut Today we arrive at Evighedsfjorden, known as the Eternity Fjord. As we cruise along this meandering fjord, we find ourselves surrounded by the highest mountains in West Greenland reaching heights of over 2,000 meters! We;ll seek out the seals and whales who reside in the area, and scan the bird cliffs. Kangaamiut, is a small fishing community in the municipality of Qeqqata. During our visit to this colourful town, well be hosted by a local family and enjoy a presentation in the church before and optional hike. Day 3: Nuuk Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland! Nuuk, meaning the headland and is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established as the very first Greenlandic town in 1728, Nuuk has a history that dates back over 4,200 years. Here we have a chance to spot Humpback whales in the fjord, reindeer roaming the land and birds soaring in the sky. The town itself is home to Greenlands University, a cathedral dating back to 1849 and Greenlands National Museum. We will visit some of the citys most important sites, before free time to explore on your own. Day 4: At Sea Our presentation series will kick into full swing. While out on deck keep your eyes peeled for marine mammals and seabirds. Day 5: Kangiqsualujjuaq 25km upstream from Ungava Bay, we find the welcoming town of Kangiqsualujjuaq. We will have the freedom to explore the community, meet with locals, gather for a community event and strike out of town for a hike on the tundra. Day 6 - 8: Torngat Mountains National Park From the Inuktitut word Torngait , meaning place of spirits, the Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for thousands of years, with archaeological evidence reaching back almost 7,000 years. The fjords here reach well back into the depths of the Torngats as we are overshadowed by cliffs rising straight up from the sea, peaking at 1,700 m, the highest point of land in Labrador. The Torngat Mountains claim some of the oldest rocks on the planet and provide some of the best exposure of geological history. The rocky landscape is a challenge to life, and the species that make their home here are a resilient bunch with fascinating survival adaptations. We hope to see a number of species during our time in Northern Labrador. Our intention is to make expeditionary stops in the northern reaches of Labrador, including the Eclipse Bay, Nackvak Fiord and Saglek Bay. Day 9: Hebron Long-abandoned Hebron was once one of the most northerly communities



on the north Labrador coast. A Moravian Mission station was constructed here from 1829 to 1831 but the main buildings - the church, the mission house and the store were not inhabited until 1837. The Moravian Mission has had a very strong influence on the history of northern Labrador. Originally known as the Unitas Fratrum,

the Moravian Church traces its roots to 15th century central Europe, in what is now the Czech Republic. In 1751, a group of merchants attached to the Moravian congregation in London decided to outfit a trading and missionary voyage to the Labrador coast in order to convert the Inuit. In a highly controversial move, the

station was abandoned in 1959, 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.

50Day 10: Makkovik The Inuit community of just under 400 inhabitants welcomes us for a day of exploration and immersion. We explore the town through an organized walking tour followed by a musical event with the school children and townsfolk. Day 11: Cartwright Named for Captain George Cartwright, our visit to the south coast of Labrador will be at this splendid fishing village. Well see the sights, meet locals, learn about regional craft and industry and enjoy a taste of fresh caught crab! Day 12: LAnse aux Meadows & Conche On our visit to the Great Northern Peninsula, we call in at one of the worlds most important archaeological sites, North Americas only authenticated Viking settlement, LAnse aux Meadows. It is widely regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites globally. In the evening, the people of Conche welcome us into the

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