Remote outposts and Inuit lands
Explore Canada and Greenland’s rugged shores on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most fascinating corners of the world. Sail amid floating icebergs as they drift in blue-tinged waters and witness the wonders of Mother Nature as you immerse yourself in dramatic landscapes. Learn about the Inuit traditions that still thrive in remote communities and experience the stark beauty of the Arctic beneath the skies of the midnight sun.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada / Nuuk, Greenland
2025 Sailings on July, and on September
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Cruise fare from $16,195.0 per person
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Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Toronto is beloved by many as one of Canada’s boldest and most innovative capitals. Hugging the shores of Lake Ontario and facing the picturesque Toronto Islands, it was founded by British loyalists fleeing the American Revolution in 1793. Today the city is a pleasure to explore on foot, whether strolling past the Victorian bay-and-gable homes of Rosedale, or the historic enclave of Wychwood Park, an Ontario Heritage Conservation district. The city’s Distillery District is home to North America’s largest preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture.
Toronto is home to a wealth of diverse cultures that each bring their own customs, traditions and food to this cosmopolitan city. More than half of the population were born outside of Toronto and the city’s districts represent all corners of the globe; Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown offer a literal taste of the city’s renowned ethnic communities. One of Toronto’s historic treasures is St. Lawrence Market, which first operated here in 1803. Today, everything from fresh farmers produce to antiques grace the stalls of its vendors.
A brilliant feat of engineering, the St. Lawrence Seaway comprises a series of locks, canals and channels that allow ships and goods to travel from the Atlantic Ocean up the St. Lawrence River to Lake Superior. Seven locks point the way between Montreal and Lake Ontario, detouring past rapids and several dams. The 27-mile Welland Canal lifts ships over the Niagara Escarpment to Lake Erie, sidestepping Niagara Falls. The Canadian-and American-operated waterway is known locally as “Highway H2O” for the traffic and trade it allows.
Trois-Rivières is the cultural center of Quebec’s Maurice region. This picturesque city was established in 1634, the second—after Quebec City, in 1608—to be permanently settled in New France. With its strategic location, it played an important role as all eyes looked west to trade fur with the First Nations peoples. “Three Rivers,” the city’s anglicized name, is located at the point where two islands in the Saint-Maurice River break the waterway into three channels before it spills into the St. Lawrence. Today, stately century-old buildings form the core of the Old Town.
Quebec City is by many accounts the most French city in New France. The Old Town’s centerpiece, the magnificent Château Frontenac, seems transported from the palatial landscapes of the Loire Valley, and its French-accented streets lead past white-stone buildings that evoke old-world medieval villages. The only remaining walled city in North America outside of Mexico, Quebec City was fortified in the 17th century soon after its founding in 1608. Its strategic setting on the rocky promontory of Cape Diamond gave troops a close view of the St. Lawrence.
Tadoussac is a small village in the Côte-Nord that sits at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and the Saguenay Fjord. Established as an important trading post by French explorers in 1599, Tadoussac still retains its rural charms to this day. Surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of the fjord, it is close to several natural and provincial parks, as well as Canada’s first maritime national park. A dozen whale species, such as minke, humpback, fins and blue whales, frequent the waters of Tadoussac Bay during the summer months, while beluga whales live here year-round.
Havre-Saint-Pierre is located on the northern shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, north of the Anticosti Island. Settled by fishermen from the Magdalen Islands in 1857, residents refer to themselves as Cayens and proudly celebrate their Acadian heritage. Historically focused on fishing and lumber, today the village serves as a transit port for ore brought from the mines of Lac Allard. Nestled among the stunning landscapes of the Canadian Shield, this region is a renowned for its diverse flora and fauna, as well as its mysterious, weather-eroded “monoliths.”
Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the west coast of Newfoundland. Crisscrossed by hiking trails, the expansive park covers an area of almost 700 sq mi and features diverse scenery and ecosystems, including soaring fjords, rugged mountains, dense forests and coastal lowlands. At 2,600 feet, Gros Morne Mountain towers over its surroundings, while the barren landscape of Tablelands highlights unique geological formations that are more than a billion years old. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, caribou and black bears.
Red Bay is a small fishing village that sits on a natural harbor on the southern coast of Labrador. Named for the red granite cliffs that dominate the region, the area was a significant Basque whaling station during the 16th and early 17th centuries. Today, the town is both a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering visitors a glimpse into the past with its well-preserved whaling artifacts, including a whaling ship, the Basque cemetery and a reconstructed 16th-century whaling complex.
Battle Harbour is a small 19th-century village located on a remote island off the coast of Labrador. A vibrant hub for the cod fishing industry from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, it later fell into economic decline and was abandoned during the decades following a devastating fire in 1930. Today, the island’s rugged landscape offers a striking backdrop to the well-preserved heritage structures that dot the restored village serving as a living museum, including narrow boardwalks, traditional saltbox houses and fishing stages.
Follow in the footsteps of intrepid Viking Leif Eriksson who famously crossed this stretch of water to become the first European to land on North American shores. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film on our 8k laser-projected panoramic screen in The Aula, one of the world’s most advanced venues for learning at sea. This indoor-outdoor experience allows nature to take center stage with its retractable floor-to-ceiling windows that unveil 270° views.
Ivittuut was founded during the 10th century by medieval Norsemen. By the 19th century, the town was enjoying an economic boom due to its cryolite deposits. The mineral’s properties were used to refine aluminum and were integral in the manufacturing of fighter planes. At its peak during World War II, the mine was protected by the Allied forces, with more than 85,000 tons of cryolite being shipped to the US and Canada. It was mined here until 1987 and the community was abandoned soon after. Today, several preserved buildings remain, as well as relics from the town’s past.
A small town with a tiny population, Paamiut’s residents are friendly and welcoming. The town’s local museum is working to restore its 11 historic buildings, including the wooden stave church that was built in 1909. Traditional peat houses can also be explored to gain a glimpse into life here when the early Inuit settlers arrived; they were used to shelter from the extreme winter conditions. Paamiut is also home to the largest population of white-tailed eagles. Majestic in flight, their prowess is a celebrated symbol with youth teams sporting the bird as a lucky mascot.
Located at the far end of the Nuuk Fjord, Kapisillit is a quaint village in a sprawling bay with a scenic mountain backdrop. Amid its blue-tinged waters, icebergs drift along as they make their way along the Nuuk Icefjord to the ocean. Several hiking trails weave their way from the town toward the backcountry and along the Kapisillit River, a popular spot for salmon fishing. It is the only known location in Greenland with a spawning salmon population, and the species found in these waters cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Cosmopolitan Nuuk is Greenland’s capital city and one of the smallest in the world, with just 16,000 residents. Located on the southwest coast, the city is home to one of the world’s largest fjords, the Nuup Kangerlua Fjord, whose waters are brimming with marine life; whale sightings are commonplace in these waters. Visitors to Nuuk come to enjoy nature, hiking along the dramatic coastline or exploring the fjord by boat or kayak. Its rugged landscape is dotted with colorful houses, set amid a beautiful backdrop of the Sermitsiaq mountain. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.
* One shore excursion included per port; all others available at an extra charge.