Adventure Canada 2014 Greenland and Wild Labrador

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Cruise the coast of Greenland and Labrador in comfort aboard the Sea Adventurer.

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Greenland & Wild LabradorSeptember 11 - September 24, 2014 aboard the Sea AdventurerWe spend two days along the spectacular coast of Greenland with its dramatic fiords, calving glaciers, and charming communities. Across the Davis Strait, the Inuit territory of Nunavik, Quebec beckons, followed by Nunatsiavut, homeland of the Labrador Inuit. Community visits here are eye-opening and inspiring. Torngat Mountains National Park contains eastern Canadas highest peaks. Along Labradors shore lie the ghost settlement of Hebron, founded in 1776, and the contemporary community of Nain. Tracing the route of Leif the Lucky, we arrive in Newfoundland at LAnse aux Meadows, the first known European settlement in the New World. A kitchen party awaits us in Conche, and Fogo Island is one of the traditional Four Corners of the Earth. Our adventure ends in St. Johns, North Americas oldest city, with its legendary cultural attractions.

From $4,595 USD per personFor full pricing details see Page 56

Dennis Minty

In remote Arctic waterways, weather, sea and ice conditions, and safety will determine our daily progress. Our actual route may vary from the proposed one.

H I G H L I G H T S Greenland & Wild Labrador Visit Canadas highest mountains east of the Rockies See the spectacular fiords and glaciers of Greenland Enjoy a warm welcome in dynamic coastal Inuit communities Seek the legendary Northern Lights in sub-Arctic skies Visit the remote Torngat Mountains National Park

P R O P O S E D I T I N E R A RYDay 1: Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Day 5: Day 6-8: Day 9: Day 10: Day 11: Day 12: Day 13: Day 14: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland Kangaamiut Nuuk At sea Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River) Torngat Mountains National Park Hebron Nain Mealy Mountains LAnse aux Meadows & Conche Fogo Island St. Johns, Newfoundland




A charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq is available for this expedition. Independent flights home from St. Johns are required

Northbound September 11, 2014 from Toronto, Ontario to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Early morning departure

$1,130 USD per person inclusive of taxes and fees.

Pre and post hotel nights are available in Toronto and St Johns.



Y O U R S T A F F Greenland & Wild Labrador

DENNIS MINTY Photographer & Naturalist












DANIEL PAYNE Musician Daniel Obediah Payne is a vocalist and multiinstrumentalist from Cow Head on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador. Daniel works extensively in Newfoundland, and has toured Canada, Greenland, Australia, Japan, Europe, Ireland, the US and the UK. A wearer of many hats, he has also worked as a composer, musical director, producer, and actor in both theatre and film. Hes excited to be travelling this beautiful country by water and is anticipating some great music.

LENA ONALIK Culturalist Lena is an archaeologist, the first Labrador Inuk to obtain this title. Lena grew up in Makkovik, NL where she spent her summers in childhood fishing with her fathers family. Through her knowledge and experience working in coastal Labrador, she has strengthened her interest in her own culture, including preserving her Inuit language. She enjoys sharing her culture through storytelling, crafts, Inuit drum dancing and throat singing.

HOLLY HOGAN Naturalist Hollys fascination with birds began in her teens when she discovered they could be identified by song. She pursued her graduate degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland on songbird community ecology. She has worked primarily on seabirds for the last 25 years, most recently, managing two seabird ecological reserves for the Newfoundland and Labrador. Holly and fellow Adventure Canada resource staffer Allan Byrne write and perform music together regularly under the name The Blue Drop.

Please visit our website for a full listing of your staff and their biographies.


2014 Greenland & Wild LabradorI T I N E R A RY D E TA I L SDay 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland Lying at the head of the longest fjord in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has one of the most stable climates in the region though temperatures can range from -50C in the winter to as high as 28C in summer. Kangerlussuaq, which means The Big Fjord in Greenlandic, is appropriately named, as its 168km long and is the start of our voyage. Day 2: Kangaamiut 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 Minke and Orcas whales and other marine mammals. Day 5: Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River) 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 Nackvak Fiord, Saglek Bay and Ramah 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. Day 10: Nain Explore this Inuit community especially the Moravian Church and the Nunatsiavut Building with its labradorite stone. Share in the history of the township, wander the roads or check out the new homes being constructed.

Day 11: Mealy Mountains Our time in the Mealy Mountains will allow us to explore the changing landscape and vegetation as we venture south. 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. Conche welcome us into their charming community for a supper of Newfoundland fare. Day 13: Fogo Island Located 15km off Newfoundlands northeast coast, Fogo Island was originally named fuego or fire by the Portuguese, after fires

set by early fishermen were seen burning on the island. A lucrative crab fishery has since replaced the salmon and cod fisheries that once supported the outport communities of the island. Fogo Island supports 11 communities, and a landmark proclaimed by the Flat Earth Society as one of the four corners of the Earth. We spend time experiencing island life in Fogo Town before heading further north. Day 14: St. Johns We finish in St. Johns, Newfoundlands historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, it has been continuously fished since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North Americas oldest European settlement. We will leave the Sea Adventurer here.


EXPEDITION COSTS INCLUDE: *Pre-departure materials *Special access permits, entry and park fees *Team of expedition staff *Applicable taxes *Educational program * Interactive workshops *Evening entertainment *Guided activities *Sightseeing and community visits *All


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