Canada’s Epic East Coast and Labrador - 21 Days, Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Get ready to thoroughly explore Canada’s amazing east coast, Newfoundland, and Labrador, in this adventure-filled journey. The adventure begins through storied small fishing settlements in Canada's Atlantic Maritime Province. You will experience the celebrated Celtic traditions, music, and cuisine of the region firsthand. Town of Louisburg on Cape Breton Island is famous for its fascinating history. The highlight of the area is the plentiful wildlife consisting of rare birds, seals, whales and famed Sable Island ponies. As you move towards the St. Lawrence River you will have views of the pristine beaches and lagoons. Along the way, you will have ample opportunities to see baleen, humpback, minke, and blue whales. The area also has an abundance of gray and harp seals. Thanks to the abundance of prey, there is an astonishing amount of wildlife present and the best way to see it all is on a ship because some areas are not accessible via land. Ship-based exploration is ideal as you will be a part of daily land excursions giving you a taste of all the activities available in this region. 

Next part of the adventure takes you to the higher latitudes in the Arctic region. Expert guides will be on board to explain the changes to the plants and animals as the journey progresses. You will also be able to experience the human cultural diversity in the region, especially on the coastline of Labrador where you will meet the Nunatsiavut people. The wildlife on the coastline is diverse as well, consisting of bears, seals, whales, and migratory and resident birds. The highlight of this leg of the journey is the visit to the Torngat Mountains National Park – which has the highest mountains in the whole of Canada – a real pride of the Canadian National Parks. You will learn about the culture and history of the land. The expert guides will inform you about the Inuit people and their spiritual connection to the region. The only way to fully explore and experience all this is in a shop, as the remote bays and fjords are inaccessible on foot. Last, but certainly not the least, the destination is Monumental Island and you will have to see it to learn that the name is aptly given.