Trace the footsteps of Vikings, European explorers, and inventors on a special voyage aboard our flagship, the National Geographic Explorer. Explore Cape Breton Island, the remote isles of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the rugged and spectacular coast of Newfoundland.
This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.
Arrive in St. John’s, the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. Settle into the National Geographic Explorer, and take to the sea.
Our first landfall is Saint-Pierre Island, part of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Explore a picturesque fishing village, stop at a scenic whale-watching lookout, go on a hike, and soak up the distinctly French atmosphere while enjoying a fresh-baked patisserie.
Visit the reconstructed 18th-century Fortress of Louisbourg before docking in the village of Baddeck, where Alexander Graham Bell, a founding member of the National Geographic Society, built his summer home and conducted much of his research. Enjoy a guided tour of the Bell Museum and see historic artifacts not otherwise accessible to the public.
A cluster of wispy islands isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are home to grassy hills, dazzling red sandstone cliffs, and dunes that stretch for many miles. The caves, sea arches, and rocky nooks along the coast are perfect for exploring by Zodiac and kayak. Learn about Acadian culture, which dates back some 250 years on the archipelago and still lingers today. Weather permitting, set off into the green hills on a hike, or explore the islands by bicycle.
Today we’ll touch the beautiful and wild coast of Labrador Peninsula, exploring by Zodiac and on foot.
Graced by cliffs and fjords, glacial valleys and a sweeping alpine plateau, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique and spectacular geology. Take a walk with our geologist to learn about the forces that shaped this land and the ancient serpentine rock and other formations that illustrate the phenomenon of plate tectonics.
In 1960, the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century were discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk among the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts, and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America—who arrived here nearly 500 years before the explorations of Columbus.
Wild, rugged, and often accessible only by sea, Newfoundland's eastern coast is dotted with tiny fishing villages tucked into coves. Explore these stunning shores by Zodiac and kayak today. Back on board, gain insights from our experts into the civilizations and the wildlife that have made this island home.
Glide through the natural gateway called The Narrows and arrive in St. John’s, perched at the most easterly point of North America. Visit the colorful waterfront and historic Signal Hill or visit the Rooms Museum before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.
- Fogo Island Extension4 days from $6,190
Journey to Fogo Island at the far eastern edge of the North American continent, and settle into the acclaimed Fogo Island Inn—a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the wild North Atlantic, the inn connects you with a centuries-old Newfoundland outport culture, from its fishing and foraging traditions to its rich heritage of art, crafts, and lilting music.
Disembark our ship and transfer to the St. John’s airport for your charter flight to the Fogo Island airstrip. Settle into Fogo Island Inn, a National Geographic Unique Lodge, and join a guide for an excursion to Fogo’s berry bogs. Pick some of the 20 types of edible berries that grow on the island, and bring your bounty back to the inn for a jam-jarring and pie-making class. Your culinary journey continues over happy hour, when you’ll step behind the bar for a lesson on concocting liquor infusions. Cap off your day with your community host at a traditional outdoor boil-up dinner.
Begin your day with warm pastries and coffee, delivered to your door at daybreak, and then head to the dining room for breakfast. Later, join Captain Ane and his crew aboard the M/V Ketanja and cruise across coastal waters to the Little Fogo Islands, once home to a fishing hamlet. Enjoy a picnic lunch amid the colorful, now-abandoned homes, and peek into St. Anne’s Catholic Church, a restored heritage site.
Return to Fogo and meet up with a local artist to see the statue of the Great Auk that guards Joe Batt’s Point. Continue to the Long Studio, one of four studios designed by architect Todd Saunders for the Fogo Island Arts residence program. Tour the contemporary structure, raised above a rocky coastal outcrop by a series of stilts. This evening, savor gourmet Newfoundland cuisine while taking in views over the wild North Atlantic through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the lodge dining room. Then unwind in the rooftop hot tub, soaking and stargazing while listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the rocky coastline below.
Linger over a scrumptious breakfast, and then set out with a local geologist on an interpretive hike that explores Fogo’s subarctic ecosystem and 420-million-year-old rocks. After a picnic lunch, visit the island boat-building shop to watch artisans at work crafting traditional punts. Continue to the Fogo Island Furniture Shop to meet the talented carpenters behind the construction of the inn’s distinctive furniture. This evening, dinner is served family-style back at the inn.
Enjoy one last delicious breakfast before meeting up with your community host for the ground and ferry transfer to Gander International Airport. During your drive across the island, keep your eyes peeled for the caribou that roam inland fields, and visit the captain’s deck as you ferry across Hamilton Sound. Fly from Gander to St. John’s and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure, followed by dinner at your hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.