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Arctic Greenland in 2004

Last winter I indulged in a 10 day cruise to Antarctica and spent the following three and a half months exploring South America. The rough experience of crossing the Drake Passage and the incredibly beautiful scenery were unique. I enjoyed the cruise tremendously largely because of the excellent organisation of activities on the M/V Orlova. When I learned that the same ship would be visiting the western coast of Greenland, well inside the Arctic Circle, I was first tempted, then I dreamt about it and finally I gave in and booked passage for their August cruise.


The cruise package started in Ottawathat I reached by bus from Montreal. After a night at the Chateau Laurier Hotel, a charted flight took us to the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenlandwhere we boarded the M/V Orlova and sailed north to Ilulissatin Disko Bay. We then sailed south to Sisimiutand to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

After Nuuk we crossed the Davis Strait to visit Nainon the Labrador coast and a Viking site at Anse-aux-Meadowsbefore reaching St-John's, Newfoundland's capital where everyone made their own arrangements to get back home.

I took a short flight the same day to Saint Pierre et Miquelon, a part of France that I had not visited yet. After a few days there, I returned to Newfoundlandby ferry at Fortune and made my way across the island by bus to Corner Brook that I had visited in 1951.

Finally, I took a ferry at Sainte Barbe and crossed the strait of Belle Isle to visit Quebec's remote "Basse Côte Nord", the less distant "Moyenne Côte Nord"and the remarkable Saguenay Fjordon my way back to Montreal.


As usual, I am providing some information on costs and hotels  that might be useful to you if you are considering a trip in that part of the world.


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