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REALLY GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL: CRUISE TO GREENLAND AND THE WILD COAST OF LABRADOR

By Dick Griffith

Two-week Expedition Cruise to "Those Far Away Places with Strange-Sounding Names" priced from US$7595

 

KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND – For some, southwest Greenland and the coast of Labrador might seem too remote. But for travelers who think that they're just remote enough, the Great Canadian Travel Company is offering a two-week expedition cruise this September to those wild, faraway places.

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, the gateway to the journey, is located 168 kilometres up a spectacular fjord from the Arctic Ocean. It has drawn adventurers for centuries, but remains gloriously unspoiled and is home to Greenland's most diverse terrestrial fauna, including muskoxen, caribou and gyrfalcons. Nuuk, Greenland's capital, is home to the 500-year-old Qilakitsoq mummies and is surrounded by mountains, glaciers and icebergs.

Even more remote is the passage across the Davis Strait to the community of Kangiqsualujjuaq in the Inuit territory of Nunavik in northern Quebec. Then there's the autonomous area of Nunatsiavut, homeland of the Labrador Inuit. It is dominated by the awe-inspiring Torngat Mountains National Park, home to some of the highest mountains in Canada east of the Rockies. Here polar bears hunt seals along the coast, and huge caribou herds cross paths as they migrate to and from their calving grounds.

South of the Torngats along the coast lies the abandoned settlement of Hebron, founded by the Moravian Church in 1776, as well as the community of Nain, the northernmost settlement of any size in Labrador. The cruise will also stop at the Mealy Mountains, a proposed Canadian national park, which will protect a stunning array of pristine landscapes, vegetation and wildlife, including the threatened Mealy Mountain woodland caribou herd.

The first stop in Newfoundland is the Viking outpost of L'Anse aux Meadows, the earliest known European settlement in the new world. The cruise continues to the charming community of Conche, then to Fogo Island which proudly proclaims itself one of the four corners of the world (according to the Flat Earth Society!). The cruise ends in colourful St. John's, Newfoundland's capital and North America's oldest city.

The 14-day/13-night cruise is priced from US$7,595 to US$10,795 per person double, depending on cabin level. The cruise operates September 11-24, 2014. Included are all shipboard meals, all entry & park fees, a team of resource specialists, educational program and pre-departure materials, all Zodiac excursions, service charges and port fees.

Reservations and additional information available from The Great Canadian Travel Company, 800-661-3830, www.greatcanadiantravel.com. The URL for "Greenland and Wild Labrador" is http://greatcanadiantravel.com/tours/greenland-wild-labrador.