Northeast US and Atlantic Canada – Exploring Canadian Maritimes (Northbound)
Duration: 10 days
Ship: MS Fram
12 May 2019
- Explore beautiful Newfoundland and Nova Scotia coastlines studded with history and wildlife
- Visit the unique Magdalen Islands
- Enjoy culture, history and natural beauty every day of the voyage
- Spend the day in France without leaving North America
This cruise has sailed! Don't worry, here are a few suggestions if you want to explore North America with Hurtigruten.
Our expedition starts in New York, that quixotic, iconic, unique city. Spend some time here to enjoy all that New York has to offer!
A day at sea means you can join the lectures by the Expedition team, spend time on deck or in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travelers. Enjoy a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor whirlpools.
A lovely historic town built on shipbuilding and trade, Yarmouth boasts fine Victorian homes, museums, churches, wharves and other hidden gems. Join an excursion to see ornate Captain´s homes, and the lighthouse that guided them safely back home after long journeys at sea. Or take a seaside walking trail to Cape Forchu, and explore the rugged landscape as you take in the stunning views.
While the area around Halifax has been inhabited by native Mi'kmaq peoples for millennia, modern Halifax was founded in 1749 as a British military outpost. Today it is Atlantic Canada’s entertainment and cultural capital, melding the old and new worlds. Modern office towers of glass and steel stand beside historic buildings that once stored the booty of privateers.
Located on the second largest natural harbour in the world, life here revolves around the sea and the surrounding areas offer plenty of fun activities on land, water and in the air. Spend some time to explore this vibrant urban centre set on the edge of true wilderness.
Sailing along the eastern shores of Nova Scotia, we head for the large island of Cape Breton. Then we reach Louisbourg, home to the historic jewel, the Fortress of Louisbourg, a National Historic Site. Here you can experience what life was like in the bustling French fortified town of Louisbourg in 1744, one of the largest European fortifications in North America. As you might expect, the rugged coastal setting offers up plenty of outdoor adventure, with brilliant hiking and biking trails.
Situated right in the heart of Cape Breton Island, Baddeck is a quaint little village, located at a spot which is generally known as the 'beginning and end' of the world. The famed Cabot Trail is here, considered to be one of the most beautiful coastal driving and hiking trails in the world. There are wonderful walking opportunities here, including a short hike to the Uisge Ban Falls – a comfortable and pleasant hike to the cascade in the Uisge Ban Provincial Park.
Twelve islands make up the roughly 100 km long sand archipelago called Îles de la Madeleine. The six largest of these islands are connected by many kilometres of thin sand dunes, peppered with fuzzy tufts of grass. Shaped by wind and waves, the iron-rich red and grey sandstone cliffs amaze with their spectacular forms.
The coastline of beaches is dotted with harbours, multi-coloured houses and picturesque bays. We dock in Cap-aux-Meules, home to more than half of the archipelago’s population. Long before the arrival of Europeans, native people came to the islands to fish and hunt for seal and sea cows. Preceded by Basque fishermen, Jaques Cartier arrived in 1534 and wrote in his logbook the first recorded reference to the islands. By 1765, the islands were inhabited by 22 French-speaking Acadians and their families.
The locals who live here today are called Madelinots, and they identify themselves both as Acadians and Québécois. Others are descendants of survivors from the more than 400 shipwrecks on the island. Come ashore and discover this little outpost, where high winds and ocean storms are a part of life. Have a bite to eat at Café la Côte, Pas Perdu, Café d’Chez Nous or something to drink at Bar Le Central to feel the island’s bohemian pulse.
If you feel like being active, you can go kayaking or enjoy a hike in this relatively flat terrain.
Even though Paris is very far away, the people living in St Pierre and Miquelon are very proud of being French. This is France’s oldest overseas territory and a part of the French Republic. So today you can enjoy a visit to a place where you find the typical French way of life with nice bistros, cafés, wine, cheese, baguettes, chocolates and pastries. Join our optional excursions to Île aux Marins or experience the local life with a walking tour of St. Pierre.
Visit the site of the first permanent settlement on Newfoundland, established in 1625. Today there is an interpretation center, conservation laboratory and 17th century reproduction kitchen for us to experience. The beautiful setting of Ferryland is great for coastal walks, taking in cobble beaches, meadows and the photogenic Ferryland Light house. Join the optional excursion to explore the south end of the Avalon Peninsula and the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve.
Our voyage comes to an end at St. John’s, the oldest and most easterly city in North America, with narrow streets and hidden alleyways - it is a city full of character. We recommend you explore the history of this place with the striking twin clock towers of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.
- Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- Wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional Excursions and Gratuities
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|Passenger capacity||318 (200 in Antarctica)|
The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.