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Newfoundland

Circumnavigation

Visit Newfoundland in autumn to fall in love.
 
The light is exquisite, the air is clear and fresh, and the land beckons with rich colour and an earthy scent that is meant to be deeply inhaled.


It’s the best time of year for hiking, berry-picking, and sightseeing. Explore this charming province among the soft daylight and changing colours.

DAY 1 | St. John’s, NL, Canada 
Begin Your Adventure

Welcome to St. John’s—the vibrant capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Board the Ocean Endeavour for an evening departure and sail out of the historic port, looking out for Signal Hill as you exit the world-famous Narrows.

Photograph the charming houses of the Battery, always a hit with shutterbugs. Watch for whales and seabirds as we sail!


DAY 2 - 4 | Northeast Coast
Visit Picturesque Villages & Charming Communities

 
Look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon your arrival in the picturesque villages and unique communities that dot the rocky shores of the northeast coast of Newfoundland.

Have your camera at the ready—photographers will have their work cut out for them capturing all the special charm of classic island communities and rambling coastlines.


DAY 5 | L’Anse aux Meadows
Immerse Yourself in Viking Archaeology

 
Wander through the reconstructed Viking habitation at L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America.

Learn more about the archaeological remains that date to approximately 1000 CE, and how—amazingly—the site was first found here in 1960 by a close reading of the Viking sagas.

Be sure to visit the superb interpretation centre and meet the actors in period costumes as you make your way through the reconstructed Norse-style sod buildings. This is a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland and Labrador!

DAY 6 | Red Bay
Soak in Basque Whaling History

 
Make a stop in Labrador at the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013.

Learn firsthand about how Basque whalers operated out of the harbour in the 1500s, creating what was to be North America’s first export industry.

Browse through the excellent interpretation centre to see the tools, personal items, and navigational instruments recovered from the wreck of the whaling ship San Juan, which was lost in a storm in 1565 and found centuries later submerged in the harbour.

Visit nearby Saddle Island to delve even deeper into the history of the whaling industry.


DAY 7 | Gros Morne National Park & Woody Point
Hike through Incredible Geology

 
Stretch your legs with a walk or hike at Gros Morne National Park.

Soak in the extraordinary views of beautiful Bonne Bay and be sure to take time to explore the park’s excellent interpretation centre and the town of Woody Point.

Witness for yourself the spectacular Tablelands, a six-hundred-metre plateau that forms one of the world’s best examples of exposed mantle.

Normally found below the Earth’s crust, the mineral-rich rocks support very little life, making the Tablelands an eerie landscape.


DAY 8 - 9 | Southern Coast
Explore Scenic Coastlines & Remote Outports

 
Journey through the beautiful and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland, dotted with bays, coves, and a few remaining remote outport communities.

Admire outstanding geology and gorgeous botanical life.

Spot plentiful birds, whales, and other wildlife as we make the most of every opportunity for Zodiac and land excursions.

A visit here will be a highlight of your trip!

DAY 10 | Miawpukek (Conne River)
Experience Mi'kmaw Culture

 
Receive a formal welcome from local leaders of the First Nations community of Miawpukek.

Learn more about the history of the community, formerly called Conne River, which became a permanent settlement sometime around 1822. Before then, it was one of many semi-permanent camping sites used by Mi'kmaw people, who traditionally travelled nomadically throughout the east coast of Canada.

Have a chance to explore this special community, which was established as a reserve in 1987 and has successfully bridged traditional knowledge and contemporary practices.

 
DAY 11 | Saint-Pierre, France
Savour European Shops & Cafés

 
Indulge in the colourful town of Saint-Pierre, a charming finale to your trip. Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of France.

Wind through charming streets lined with shops, houses, and cafés that bring a taste of Europe to the east coast of North America.

DAY 12 | St. John’s, NL, Canada
Wave a Fond Farewell

 
Complete your journey by sailing back through the picturesque Narrows and into St. John’s harbour.

Say your farewells in this cultural hotspot and what is sometimes called North America's oldest city.

Life Aboard the Ocean Endeavour

Sailing aboard our ice-class expedition vessel is engaging and exciting, featuring an unparalleled mix of discovery, learning, and fun. Above all, expedition life means true adaptability; each day features unique programming, and there’s something for everyone! There’s never a shortage of things to do—from lively talks, workshops, and presentations, to trivia nights, concerts, singalongs, theme dinners, and dances.

Enjoy the onboard spa, pool, and hot tub; get the blood flowing in the health club and gym;

enjoy a therapeutic massage, a yoga class, or a quiet sauna after a day out in the Zodiacs. Top it all off with unbeatable gourmet food—and the rush of a polar plunge!

Travelling aboard the Ocean Endeavour is an experience like no other: all the comforts of a boutique hotel, at sea in some of the world's most remote environments!

 

Highlights

See the remarkable collection of Celtic art and medieval architecture at the Rock of Cashel

Visit Ireland's gems: Giant's Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry and more

Tour the Dingle Peninsula, described by National Geographic as the most beautiful place on earth

Sail past the picturesque Skellig Islands, featured in The Last Jedi

Travel alongside world-renowned Irish botanist, biochemist, and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Explore rolling countryside, charming towns, and scenic islands

Spot rare seabirds and marine mammals along Ireland’s rugged coasts

Learn Irish history, archaeology, and culture from enthusiastic experts


DAY 1 | ST. JOHN'S, NL, CANADA

DAY 7 | GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK & WOODY POINT

DAY 2 - 4 | NORTHEAST COAST

DAY 8 - 9 | SOUTHERN COAST

DAY 5 | L'ANSE AUX MEADOWS

DAY 11 | SAINT-PIERRE, FRANCE

DAY 6 | RED BAY

DAY 10 | MIAWPUKEK
(CONNE RIVER)


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  • Take a walk back in time and soak up fascinating Viking history as you wander through L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Site of Canada 

  • Hike the Tablelands and witness Newfoundland’s most dramatic landscape at Gros Morne National Park 

  • Venture to the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station where mariners operated North America’s first export industry, hunting bowhead and right whales and rendering their fat into oil 

  • Take a Zodiac ride up the Conne River to receive a formal welcome from local leaders of the First Nations community of Miawpukek
     
  • Indulge in French wood, wine, and pastries just kilometres offshore of Newfoundland in Saint Pierre et Miquelon, an official territory of the French Republic 

  • Search for wildlife at sea where the likely profusion of marine and bird life lies


DAY 12 | ST. JOHN'S, NL, CANADA

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Newfoundland Circumnavigation

October 1 to October 12, 2023

Newfoundland

Circumnavigation

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