Northeast U.S. and Atlantic Canada - Exploring Canadian Maritimes (Northbound)

Join us as we explore beautiful Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Departing from vibrant New York, we visit Yarmouth, Halifax and stunning Louisbourg before a stop at Baddeck, the heart of the Cabot Trail. Later, we explore the awe-inspiring Magdalen Islands before a taste of French culture in St. Pierre and then through Iceberg Alley on our way to our final stop: St John’s.

  • 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


Cruise Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Departure May 12 2019

Departs from New York City

Starting in New York city, enjoy a leisurely stroll through Central Park or shopping along 5th Avenue, before joining the ship, MS Fram. Be sure to be on the lookout as we sail past the magnificent Statue of Liberty on our way to our first stop of Yarmouth. 

Coastal Beauty

A picturesque coastal town, Yarmouth is a lovely town with enchanting history.

We call on the vibrant city of Halifax, a city that manages to blend old and new successfully, with fantastic outdoor activities and a rich cultural life on offer.

Historic and Natural Wonder

We then head up to visit the historic city of Louisbourg, known for its amazing Fortress, completed by the French in 1740, before spending the day exploring Baddeck, a picturesque village on the shores of the Bras d'Or Lakes.

Our next stop is Cap-aux-Meules, an eminent town in the archipelago of the Magdalen Islands set amongst cliffs, harbors and lovely bays.

France in the New World

We cruise to beautiful Newfoundland to experience the unique atmosphere of St. Pierre, before sailing to Ferryland on the Avalon Peninsula, which has been called Iceberg Alley, as giant ice cathedrals float down from Arctic waters.  While in some years there is no ice, at other times the harbors can become blocked by it!

This voyage culminates in St John’s, a city of firsts.  Here, John Cabot is commemorated as the discoverer of Newfoundland and the first transatlantic radio signals were received at Signal Hill, which overlooks the city center.

Day 1
Photo: Camille Seaman Photo

The Big Apple Never Sleeps

New York City

Our expedition starts in New York, that quixotic, iconic, unique city.  Spend some time here to enjoy all that New York has to offer!

Day 2
Photo: Nick Cobbing Photo

Relax at Sea

At sea

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.

Day 3

A Town of the Sea

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

A lovely historic town built on shipbuilding and trade, Yarmouth boasts fine Victorian homes, museums, churches, wharfs 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.

Day 4

Urban History on the Edge of Wilderness


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 center set on the edge of true wilderness.

Day 5
Photo: Camille Seaman Photo

Where the Past is Present

Louisbourg, Nova Scotia

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. 

Day 6

Cape Breton Island

Baddeck, Nova Scotia

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.

Day 7
Photo: Chelsea Claus Photo

Shaped by Wind and Waves

Magdalen Islands, Canada

Twelve islands make up the roughly 62 mile long sand archipelago called Îles de la Madeleine. The six largest of these islands are connected by many miles 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 harbors, multi-colored 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. 

Day 8
Photo: Camille Seaman Photo

The French Way of Life

St Pierre and Miquelon, France

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. 

Day 9

Iceberg Alley

Ferryland, Newfoundland

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.

Day 10

Full of Character

St. John's, Newfoundland

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.

Arrival May 21, 2019

Location St. John's, Newfoundland
What's Included


  • Hurtigruten expedition in the 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
  • Complimentary tea and coffee


  • International flights
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
Your Ship Experiences

Excursions on Your Cruise

Get closer to nature and learn more about your destination with our wide range of optional excursions. They can be pre-ordered while booking your expedition cruise online, or added later if there is still availability.

Hurtigruten Land Adventures

Complete your holiday with a Hurtigruten Land Adventure before or after your sailing. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels. (NOTE: Hurtigruten Land Adventures can only be added to your voyage after booking. Please call to book!)


Contact us

Please get in touch with our customer service team if you have questions or wish to add services like flights, transfers and land adventures to your voyage.