Voyage 7320

North Atlantic Adventure

 

 

Day 1 - September 8, 2013 - Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

After dinner with the crew, I went out to the sundeck to appreciate the scenic landscape with snow-topped mountains, magnificent rock formations and glaciers facing the fjord while Silver Explorer sailed westbound.


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Day 2 - September 9, 2013 - Sisimiut, Greenland

With a population of some 5,598 souls, Sisimiut is the second-largest town in Greenland and its economy is based largely on fishing the cold waters offshore, particularly for the world-famous shrimp.


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Day 3 - September 10, 2013 - Saqqaq, Greenland

The residents of Saqqaq, though with cell phones in hand and outboard motors attached to their boats, still live very much a subsistence existence of hunting and fishing.


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Day 4 - September 11, 2013 - Illulisat, Greenland

The surprising part was that on the one side was no ice at all, and on the other side it was packed full with ice, truly an ice belt.


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Day 5 - September 12, 2013 - At sea, en route to Nuuk, Greenland

Today was a full day at sea, with some considerable swell and low cloud cover, which gave guests a chance to enjoy some excellent lectures and presentations.


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Day 6 - September 13, 2013 - Nuuk, Greenland

The highlight for the day was the parade of the Members of Parliament who were dressed in traditional Greenlandic dress for the first day of Parliament.


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Day 7 - September 14, 2013 - At sea

I awoke to a bright morning with the sun shining down from a partly cloudy sky. A great start to any day at sea.


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Day 8 - September 15, 2013 - Brattahlid & Ittileq, Greenland

We then proceeded to the replica of a Norse long house and the church of the wife of Erik-the-Red, named because of his red hair and red beard.


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Day 9 - September 16, 2013 - Labrador Sea, en route to Newfoundland

With cloudy overcast skies and swells sufficient to remind us all that we were crossing open waters, the first of two full days at sea unfolded.


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Day 10 - September 17, 2013 - Labrador Sea, en route to Newfoundland

The officers slowed the ship and we spent a good hour-plus amidst dozens of whales, both humpback and fin, feeding close together and a pod of white-beaked dolphins that came to the bow twice.


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Day 11 - September 18, 2013 - St. Anthony, Newfoundland

This was the first European settlement on the North American Continent and was home to the Norse who explored with Leif Eriksson and then settled briefly from the main colony in Greenland around the year 1000 AD.


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Day 12 - September 19, 2013 - Gros Morne National Park, Canada

While lunch was served we sailed into Bonne Bay where the Captain anchored Silver Explorer right between Woody Point, today’s landing site, and Norris Point, tomorrow’s landing site.


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Day 13 - September 20, 2013 - Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada

We awoke this morning refreshed and ready to go at Gros Morne National Park. We had an afternoon activity here yesterday, so Silver Explorer remained at anchor overnight. Our landing site today was at Norris Point, where we were offering our guests two options for their tours for the day.


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Day 14 - September 21, 2013 - Havre St. Pierre

Back at the pier we now boarded the other boat and headed for the Île de Niapiskau, arriving just as the first group was about to leave. Here a short looped trail took us past some extraordinary stone features. These limestone monoliths were truly amazing and all had been given some kind of name depending on what an imaginative mind had likened them to.


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Day 15 - September 22, 2013 - Bonaventure Island, Canada

Silver Explorer anchored offshore the small town of Percé, halfway to Bonaventure Island. It was here that we would visit the famous and largest on earth Northern Gannet colony, harbouring some 60,000 breeding pairs of gannets, 15,000 pairs of Kittiwakes, 20,000 pairs of Common Guillemot, 250 pairs of Double-crested Cormorant and even a few Atlantic Puffins.


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Day 16 - September 23, 2013 - Magdalen Islands, Canada

After an early lunch I headed to shore with the scout boat to await the arrival of guests for our afternoon tour of these beautiful islands. The tour was entitled “Acadian culture and heritage” and gave a fascinating insight into both the past and present of Iles de la Madeleine, as they are known in Quebec. I was immediately struck by the friendliness of the locals, who were extremely welcoming.


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Day 17 - September 24, 2013 - Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

The re-creation entailed not just 50 different buildings, from the King’s Bastion and its jail to marvellously appointed private homes, but animators garbed in period attire that through their stories truly brought history alive.


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